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Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?
Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?
by Mark Lane
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2.0 out of 5 stars I do believe the CIA was involved -- but I found little credible proof in this book, Nov. 29 2013
Mark Lane's brash and brusque demeanor can be off putting, even to his fellow JFK conspiracy theorists, but no other researcher's criticisms of the Warren Report run as deep or as far back in time as his. Mark Lane was criticizing the Warren Report's conclusions even before the official report was released. As a defense attorney, he was appalled by the lack of due process in Oswald's arrest and interrogation (with no lawyer present), the rush to judgment that declared his guilt, and the absence of any defense attorney to speak in Oswald's defense before the Warren Commission that he wrote a Defense Brief for Oswald, which was published in the National Guardian on December 19, 1963 (and is included in the appendices of this book). His book Rush to Judgment, published in 1966, will always be a pioneering and landmark book on the JFK assassination. That being said, I was most interested in reading Plausible Denial.

Lane's main focus has always been on the CIA's possible involvement in the assassination. No one can now deny the CIA's complicity in a cover-up of information regarding Oswald and the facts of the case, but proving the involvement of The Company in the actual assassination is much more difficult. It's not as if Lane ever had the chance to question some of his prime suspects in a court of law - not until 1985, that is, when he agreed to represent the Liberty Lobby in a retrial for charges of libel brought against it by E. Howard Hunt. Back in 1976, the Liberty Lobby published an article by ex-CIA agent Victor Marchetti in The Spotlight that placed Hunt in Dallas on November 22, 1963 and indicated he had some role in the JFK assassination. Hunt sued for libel and won the initial court case, but an appeals court threw out that decision, setting the stage for a retrial in Miami in 1985. Despite the anti-Semitic reputation of Liberty Lobby, Mark Lane (a Jew) took the case, relishing the chance to get Hunt and top CIA officials on the witness stand. It is a fact that Lane won the case. In the process, he also claims that he convinced the jury that Hunt was involved in a conspiracy to murder President Kennedy.

The lion's share of this book is devoted to Lane's preparations for the trial, the depositions he took of leading CIA suspects, and the events of the trial itself. Frankly, though, Lane convinced me of nothing more than the fact that Howard Hunt has changed the details concerning his whereabouts on November 22, 1963 on more than one occasion. I can place little faith in Hunt's testimony, but Lane really offered no proof that definitely placed Hunt in Dallas on the fateful day. It was interesting to hear testimony from the likes of Richard Helms and James Jesus Angleton of the CIA, but I took little in the way of substance from what I read.

Additional research about this book has lowered my opinion of its contents - and of Mark Lane himself - considerably. The information that Lane conveniently ignored in this case is quite telling. Lane's main witness tying Hunt to Dallas was Marita Lorenz, who claimed to be a CIA operative and an ex-mistress of Fidel Castro - yet this woman claimed (in the deposition taken by Lane himself) to have spent considerable time training with Oswald for the Bay of Pigs invasion during the time that Oswald was in the Soviet Union. Thus, Marita Lorenz really has no credibility. Lane also quotes the foreperson of the jury as saying he had proved to her that Hunt was complicit in the JFK assassination - but he mentions nothing of the several other jurors who disagreed and said that the only reason they ruled in favor of Liberty Lobby was because Hunt failed to prove any malice in the printing of the Marchetti article (which was, after all, the very basis of the lawsuit).

Given the fact that the evidence Mark Lane produced in Plausible Denial failed to convince me of his argument that Hunt and others in the CIA killed Kennedy (and I say this as a person who believes the CIA was complicit in the assassination in some capacity), I was prepared to give this book an average review. Additional knowledge of the evidence Lane chose to hide from the jury and his readers (even though that is pretty much what lawyers do on a regular basis) lowers my opinion of my book even further. I really do not think there is much information contained in Plausible Denial that JFK assassination researchers can benefit from.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Putting the science back in science fiction, Nov. 22 2013
They just don't make many realistic hard science fiction movies these days - not without some kind of monster or alien virus running amuck or a secret agent embedded into the crew intent on sabotaging the mission, but Europa Report gets high marks for its focus on the science of a deep space mission. Yes, there are a few inaccuracies along the way (such as the fact the crew is able to converse with Mission Control with no time lag from the vicinity of Jupiter), but the special effects and attention to detail are really impressive given the fact that is an indie film (NASA reportedly assisted in the project development). There is also a refreshing absence of space opera to the storyline; heck, there's not even a romantic subplot to be found among this crew of men and women. No one breaks down emotionally or descends into madness, either, when serious problems arise. The entire crew works together to fulfill the mission, embodying the words of one of the crew members: "Compared to the breadth of knowledge yet to be known . . . what does your life actually matter?"

For those unfamiliar with Europa, it is the smallest of the four Jovian satellites first discovered by Galileo - and the sixth largest moon in the Solar System. One can easily make the case that it is also the most fascinating orbital body in the Solar System: its atmosphere contains oxygen, its surface is covered in ice, and many scientists believe that a water ocean is to be found below the surface. Such an internally heated ocean holds out the prospect that some type of life - most likely unicellular - exists on Europa. After we put men on Mars, Europa is the next place we should be sending our astronauts. Sadly, that obviously won't happen, given the lack of funding and increasing irrelevance of NASA; even in this movie, Project Europa is funded by private rather than public investment.

A hell of a lot of things can go wrong on a mission to Europa, but this crew does not face a serious problem until it nears Jupiter, when a solar storm knocks out their communication with Earth. It's unrealistic to believe such a mission would not have a back-up communications system, but it adds a little bit of tension to the plot of the movie. Determined to fulfill the mission, the crew members have the added pressure of making sure whatever discoveries they make on Europa make their way back to Earth somehow. It's not like they're just launching a probe down to the surface, by the way. Their mission is to land on Europa, drill down beneath the ice layer, and see what lies beneath. I'm not going to give away any spoilers of what happens down there, though.

The one problematic aspect about this otherwise great film is the fact that it tells some of the story in the form of flashbacks. This can lead to some confusion early on, especially when everyone keeps talking about what happened to one crew member when I didn't even know who they were talking about. That should not deter anyone from watching Europa Report, though. This film truly does put the science back in science fiction, posing and answering realistic questions as to how such a dangerous deep space mission could play out - and how the individual astronauts would react and function in the face of unforeseen and potentially catastrophic occurrences.

Jfk Conspiracy Of Silence
Jfk Conspiracy Of Silence
by Charles Crenshaw
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4.0 out of 5 stars The testimony Crenshaw should have been allowed to give to the Warren Commission, Nov. 21 2013
In this book, Dr. Charles Crenshaw boldly proclaims what many of his medical colleagues at Parkland Hospital were too afraid to say in the years following the JFK assassination (and which the Warren Commission never allowed them to say under oath) : namely, that the President did have a bullet entrance wound in the front of his neck (which could not possibly have been fired by Lee Harvey Oswald), that the kills hot also had to have struck JFK from the front, that the blowout in Kenney's head was in the right rear, and that the autopsy findings and autopsy photographs do not match the wounds he saw firsthand before Kennedy's body was illegally removed from Parkland Hospital. Not only was Crenshaw involved in the futile attempts to save Kennedy's life, he was also one of the surgeons who fought to save the life of JFK's accused assassin two days later. In the book, he describes how he was called out of surgery at one point to take a direct call from President Lyndon Johnson, who informed him that he had a representative there - whom Crenshaw had already encountered inside the surgery room - who was to take Oswald's confession before or in case he died. Of course, there would not be any such confession because Ruby's bullet had caused far too much damage for Oswald to survive.

The Warren Report would basically have you believe that all of the doctors were mistaken about the wounds they observed on the slain President's body - that they were all basically incompetent. Crenshaw clearly takes offense at such claims. He goes to great pains to dispel any notions that Parkland was just some redneck facility with inexperienced personnel, describing the excellence, knowledge, and skills of his colleagues and himself (virtually all of the surgeons who worked on Kennedy would go on to lead distinguished careers as chiefs of surgeries, professors of surgeries, and even deans of distinguished medical schools) and details the lengths they went to in trying to save the lives of both Kennedy and Oswald. He also offers important and disturbing insight into the illegal removal of Kennedy's body from Parkland, describing how Roy Kellerman and other members of the Secret Service literally stole the body at gunpoint when Dr. Earl Rose, chief of forensic pathology, tried to stop them. Legally, of course, the autopsy should have taken place there in Dallas.

The one drawback to this book is Crenshaw's decision to chronicle all of the events of November 22, 1963, including events surrounding Oswald's identification and capture that he did not personally witness and had no personal knowledge of. He does make several assertions that are not necessarily incorrect - but definitely fall outside the purview of his own knowledge. That was a mistake that opened the book up to some degree of criticism, but his testimony as to what he witnessed on that fateful weekend demands to be heard because it clearly contradicts the most basic findings of the Warren Commission.

Dead Want Women, The
Dead Want Women, The
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1.0 out of 5 stars Charles Band hits yet another new low, Nov. 3 2013
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If The Dead Want Women is any indication, Charles Band and Full Moon should be permanently put out to pasture. The only thing this film has going for it is the fact that the two lead actresses are attractive - everything else is just pathetic. For starters, the prologue takes an excruciating twenty-five minutes (out of about only seventy minutes of actual movie content) to play out, and the theme of repetitive, ridiculously drawn out lines established therein continues once the movie shifts to the present day. Second, the film star ghosts are terrible caricatures of, respectively, an old western B-star, a horror actor, and - most annoying of all - some weird combination of Fatty Arbuckle, W.C. Fields, and Curly Howard. Rarely have such insipid lines of inane dialogue been delivered in such a wooden fashion. The penultimate nail in the film's coffin, though, is the ending, which is a total cop-out that will make you want to throw heavy things at the screen.

Back in the 1920s, silent screen goddess Rose Pettigrew liked to throw big soirees at her home -but the real action took place in a secret room where three of her film star buddies would have their way with young women. Then the talkies came along and ended Rose's career - and she didn't take it very well. The house has set vacant ever since. That's why two young female real estate agents are so excited about having finally sold the place. Unfortunately, they soon learn that the house isn't exactly vacant after all.

I'm not sure there is such a thing as an Eric Roberts fan, but you can't possibly be one after watching his atrocious performance here. The Dead Want Women is cinematic trash. I feel sorry for Jessica Morris and Ariana Madix because they aren't terrible actresses - but there's no way they'll ever be able to undue the stain this film will leave on their careers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Adds a brilliantly creepy new twist to the standard found footage archetype, Oct. 29 2013
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V/H/S is a weird and strangely fascinating film that takes the found footage genre up and raises it up a notch, as it's basically a found footage movie built upon a number of different found footage videos, with everything tied together with a twisted little bow. For the first 15-20 minutes, you're a little unsure about what you're watching; by the end of the first little sub-story, though, you know you're in for an uncommonly wild ride through a gauntlet of dark and gory horror thrills. Those who give up on V/H/S too early don't know what they're missing.

The main storyline has us tagging along with a bunch of twenty-something hooligans who go around filming all of their acts of vandalism, robbery, assault, and other nefarious deeds. Then one of them says he has a job that promises a most satisfactory payoff. All they have to do is break into this old man's house and steal a certain video tape - they have no idea what is on the tape, but the third party that wants it says they'll know it when they see it. So off they go, video camera in hand, to burgle the old guy's house. The job seemingly gets a lot easier when they find the old man dead in his chair, facing a wall of TV monitors and video players. That gives them the chance to go through the video tapes they do find to try and find "the tape." As it turns out, though, that's where they make their big mistake.

This is when things start to get good. Each tape features a group of strangers filming their own little adventures. The first one, for example, features three guys who go out on the town to pick up chicks - with one of the guys wearing spy glasses to capture all the fun on video. They manage to get a couple of girls to go home with them, but things don't go as planned from that point on. One of the girls is really weird - both in terms of her looks and her behavior - and she is definitely not the type you want to bring home, even for a one night stand. Then you have a travelogue of a couple's vacation out west, with some creepy moments leading up to an unexpected ending; a group of college kids' trip to an isolated lake (and you know nothing good ever comes from that scenario); a string of video chat recordings between a cute girl and her out-of town boyfriend, centering on a "haunting" in the girl's apartment; and, finally, a group of buddies' video of the Halloween party from hell ( a word to the wise: when you go to a Halloween party, make sure you've got the right house before you go in). Of course, in between and after each video, our gang of hooligans are unknowingly filming their own horror story for us, as well.

V/H/S really offers a great new spin on the found footage genre. The middle stories aren't as strong as the first and last ones, but there are some really good special effects throughout. Everything is filmed on VHS tape, of course, some of them copied on top of other recordings, so we aren't talking about digital special effects here. That being said, some of the effects are really just superb given the VHS format. Blood, gore, and ghostly manifestations all look cheaply real rather than really cheap. You're a little hard pressed to find any characters you like in any of these stories, but that doesn't really matter in this particular context. The first and last videos are particularly spellbinding, while all of them have their creepy moments. I think most horror fans, even those who dislike found footage films, will get a real kick out of V/H/S.

Best Evidence: Disguise and Deceptions in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Best Evidence: Disguise and Deceptions in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
by David S. Lifton
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4.0 out of 5 stars A landmark work concerning the medical evidence in the JFK assassination, Oct. 16 2013
I was probably thirteen or so when I first came across this book in my local bookstore. Back then, I didn't know that there was any reason to question the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK; heck, I didn't even suspect that the American government would ever deliberately lie to the public. This book opened my eyes - and not just about the JFK assassination. It would take me a little while longer to learn to distrust every single thing the government tells me, but David Lifton definitely succeeded in convincing me that the truth about the JFK assassination was not to be found in the Warren Report. All these years later, Best Evidence remains a must-read for those searching for the truth about the events that took place in Dealey Plaza almost fifty years ago. As crowded as the field of books on this subject has grown, this book remains unique in a number of ways.

Lifton was one of the early Warren Report critics; the book was not published until 1980, but Lifton's research efforts began immediately after Life published frames from the Zapruder film. As a graduate student in physics, Lifton knew that a shot from behind would not have caused the violent "back and to the left" motion of President Kennedy's head following the moment of impact. That was the impetus of his work. It quickly became a passion that interrupted and eventually ended his graduate studies (it's pretty difficult to go through the 26 nonindexed volumes of evidence in the Warren Report while pursuing a graduate degree in physics). Unlike some researchers, he was never in this for the money; in fact, I don't know how he managed to support himself over the 15 years or so he devoted to this case. He did have one thing that other early Warren Report critics did not have, though - personal access to one of the Warren Report investigators, Wesley Liebeler. Lifton's record of his conversations with Liebeler - and the overwrought reaction of other Warren Report critics to his relationship with "the enemy" - paint quite a vivid picture of the early years of JFK assassination revisionism in the 1960s.

Lifton doesn't try to explain every facet of that awful weekend of November 22-24, 1963. You won't read much about Oswald, Ruby, or the group of standard suspects here. What distinguishes Lifton's work is his concentration on the medical evidence - ostensibly the "best evidence" in any murder case. While other early critics accused the Warren Commission as well as the autopsy doctors of covering up the truth, Lifton eventually came up with a scenario where all of these parties were actually truthful. In his view, it was the medical evidence - the body and the autopsy X-rays and photos - that lied. The autopsy doctors described completely different wounds than those reported by the Parkland doctors because the body of the slain President was altered somewhere between Dallas and the autopsy at Bethesda to make it look like JFK had been shot twice from behind. That is the crux of Lifton's argument.

While Lifton never truly succeeds at pinpointing when and where (or by whom) the body alterations were made, he does point to many confusing and unexplained aspects of the body's arrival and handling at Bethesda. His attempts to interview everyone who was there in and around the autopsy room that night led to an assembly of confusing stories involving decoy ambulances, two different coffins, and a team of mystery men on hand to watch and control everything that went on there that night. How do you explain reports of a hearse delivering a plain casket with JFK in a body bag vs. reports of the body arriving in an ornate casket with the President wrapped in a sheet? Different people reported entirely different stories taking place at entirely different times from that night in the morgue. The volume and complexity of all this information sort of gets the better of Lifton in the end, I think, as some of his attempts to figure out where and when the body was altered come across as fishing expeditions, but I really don't know what more he could have done in this regard.

Lifton's body alteration theory is - for obvious reasons - rather difficult to embrace, but that's not to say he is completely off base with his arguments. Frankly, I've long accepted the idea that almost anything is possible when it comes to this infinitely complex case. I think there was a conspiracy at the highest levels of government to eliminate Kennedy, and I think the masterminds behind it would have gone to any length - even such an unimaginable one as body alteration - to get the job done. I do not put anything past the secret rulers of this country.

Whatever you think of Lifton's theory, though, Best Evidence is still well worth reading. He walks you through his entire thinking process over the course of fifteen years of work, points out many of the inordinate number of flaws in the Warren Report and House Select Committee investigations, and raises a number of troubling questions about the conduct of numerous Secret Service agents (although he never goes so far as to point an accusing finger at them) - and he was really the first person to ask pointed questions about the autopsy results to Commander Humes, Colonel Finck, and those who X-rayed and photographed the body. This is a book that truly belongs on the shelf of anyone seeking the truth about the JFK assassination.

Saints Row 2 - Standard Edition
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely fun and addictive gameplay, Sept. 12 2013
I enjoyed the heck out of Saints Row 2. What's not to like about putting a gang together to go out and basically take over an entire city, thumping rival gangs into the dust, creating mayhem everywhere, thumbing your nose at authority as you laugh your way to the bank, and blowing holes in anyone who tries to stop you? The activities outside the larger missions only add to the fun. Even though the much more theatrical Saints Row the Third takes the gaming experience to a whole new level, I actually enjoyed Saints Row 2 more than its immediate sequel - largely because the world is a bit more open-ended here.

Waking up from a coma, it's up to you to rebuild the Saints empire that once ruled the city of Stilwater. The old gang has fallen apart, new gangs have staked their claims on the city, and you only have one former lieutenant to work with. Fortunately, that one man is Johnny Gat - if, that is, you can break him out of jail before he's executed for his past crimes. You need money, weapons, and - most of all - respect if you're going to put together a new gang of lieutenants and mindless thugs more than happy to do your bidding. You're going to have to lower yourself to perform various illegal jobs for others, but it's only a matter of time before you'll be ready to harass and ultimately show the Ronin, Sons of Samedi, and Brotherhood that you - and the Saints - are back.

There will be blood and lots of it, and you're basically free to explore the open world of Stilwater and perform all kinds of crazy jobs for cash while you work your way through all of the missions. All of the activities and diversions are great fun. How can you not have a blast disposing of aggressive fans while guarding celebrities, driving hookers around town, fighting it out against multiple opponents in Stilwater's own Fight Club, roughing up petty criminals while playing the role of a cop for the reality show FUZZ, committing massive insurance fraud by hurling yourself repeatedly into oncoming traffic, destroying private property with abandon, etc. My personal favorite is Septic Avenger, which has you riding around town spraying raw sewage on people and property to lower property values. The actual missions are even more fun, with greet cut scenes and plenty of surprises designed to bring your enemies to their knees. Those new Stilwater gang leaders have no idea what's coming courtesy of you and the Saints.

Of course, everything you do is complemented by a great soundtrack of tunes from different styles and eras, and that classic Saints Row humor never misses a beat. Throw in diverse weapons and vehicles for the snatching, all kinds of explosions and mayhem, and the fun of killing anyone you want whenever you want to do it, and we're talking tons of fun. I don't really understand the complaints some people have with the PC port. Sure, I was never able to control my vehicles as perfectly as I would have liked, but it's certainly not difficult to get everywhere you need to go with just a keyboard and mouse. The only reason I'm giving the game four stars instead of five is because it did lock up on me a few times - but even then, I never lost anything I had already done.

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3.0 out of 5 stars You can dance if you wanna, you can leave your friends behind, Aug. 17 2013
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I don't have a lot of experience criticizing Japanese horror movies, but Black Rat is one of the rare J-Horror films that just didn't deliver the goods. For one thing, it's surprisingly unoriginal - six classmates get invited to a location, only to find themselves fighting for their lives against a mysterious killer. The location is the school where their mutual friend Asuka jumped off the roof to her death seven weeks earlier, and the time is midnight - and they all actually show up. I don't know about you, but if I get a text message from a girl who killed herself seven weeks ago asking me to meet her at the school building at midnight, I wouldn't even consider going - not even if the dead girl was smoking hot. Curiosity can have the cat - but it ain't getting me.

All Asuka wanted was for her friends to join her in performing some traditional dance of Seven Rats at the school's arts festival. Then, after they all initially agreed to do it, they refused to practice and pretty much just bailed on her, even after she had spent all this time constructing a really cool rat mask to wear. I'm not really sure why all of these people - who sort of represent the characters in the story of the Seven Rats - were actually friends, as all of them except Asuka and one of the other girls are pretty much jerks in their own special ways - and even the nice girl doesn't turn out to be the kind of person you really want for a best friend. The thing with Asuka, though, is that she is always smiling - even when her friends are totally dumping on her. From the audience's perspective, she's a very sympathetic character, which makes the fact of her suicide particularly tragic. She actually jumped off the roof of the school wearing the rat mask she had created. So that's the backstory, which is presented in a series of flashbacks as the movie progresses.

Back to the schoolroom that dark night, though, these other six kids who stupidly accepted the invitation to show up are greeted by a girl wearing Asuka's bloodstained rat's head, who uses flash cards to let the others know that she is going to kill all of them. Is it really Asuka's ghost underneath that creepy rat head? The film does a good job of really keeping the mystery of the killer's identity just that - a mystery, throwing several wicked curveballs at the audience as the movie progresses. There's not a great deal of blood and gore involved with the actual killings, but they are unique and some of them are creepy in their own special way, but it's really the question of the killer's identity that drives the story. Black Rat does deliver a deeper storyline that your traditional slasher, and the whole thing with the rat mask is pretty creepy, but it sort of feels like director Kenta Fukasaku was trying to invoke the atmosphere of an American slasher film, and I think that was a mistake.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful, Aug. 5 2013
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Just having to look at Ron Jeremy is bad enough on its own (although, thankfully, he stays fully clothed here), but even the prospect of seeing his character savagely killed does nothing to ease the pain of watching a movie this pathetic and abysmal. The Wickeds is a film that even the director couldn't possibly love. There's not even any female nudity to help get you through it - although, quite frankly, I wouldn't particularly like to see any of these actresses nude, anyway. The lack of nudity is confusing, though, because everything else about this film conveys the impression that it was written and filmed by a twelve-year-old boy. Sure, there's plenty of gore, but it's horribly fake and unconvincing. And the acting? Well, Ron Jeremy is by far the most talented actor involved in this project - need I say more?

There is barely even a story underlying all of this cinematic torture. Seven incredibly annoying, unattractive young people break into this old spooky house where a low-budget horror film is being shot. Unbeknownst to them, Gus (Ron Jeremy) and his gimboid sidekick are at the nearby cemetery digging up a corpse in order to steal an amulet from the body. Naturally, the theft of this horrible piece of cosmetic jewelry brings all of the dead bodies out of their graves, and their pursuit of human flesh eventually brings both groups together inside the house. Will any of the characters survive? Who smegging cares?

Despite the fact that these are clearly zombies doing everything that zombies do, the characters keep referring to them as vampires, which tells you something about the group intelligence on display here. That's just one of the many, many ways this film annoyed me. I watch a lot of bad movies - some of them are true gems worthy of cult status; most of them are just forgettable; but a few of them should be considered forms of torture. The Wickeds clearly falls into that final category.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Bland and boring, July 5 2013
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Who knew a film about a captured supernatural entity could be so mind-numbingly boring? Stormhouse begins dead on arrival and doesn't offer so much as a single post-mortem twitch the rest of the way. It's like the filmmakers came up with a way to can mediocrity in cinematic form. There's a little bit of gore, but don't expect any chills or thrills or anything resembling suspense.

So, yeah, some kind of British black operations unit has managed to capture a supernatural entity and apparently wants to turn it into some kind of weapon against terrorists or something. Okay. So far, though, the only thing they've been able to do is keep it contained in a cell using an electromagnetic fence. Enter American ghost whisperer Haley (Katie Flynn), who has been sent to the underground base by some Minister or other to try and communicate with the invisible and silent prisoner. She does seem to make some kind of connection with the thing, but the lieutenant in charge opts to take more extreme measures for getting answers. Naturally, the entity ends up escaping and all hell breaks loose down there.

One of the many frustrating things about this movie is the fact that the whole thing is basically shot in the dark, so be prepared to turn off all the lights or risk some serious eyestrain trying to follow what is happening onscreen. Some of the dialogue can be hard to make out, as well, which is particularly a problem if you're watching it on Amazon's "we don't need no stinkin' closed captioning" video service. Really, though, there's so little story here that it doesn't really matter how much you can actually see and hear.

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