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❤️ = Loved it
😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Papa ou maman 2 (Martin Bourboulon)

Two years have passed and the Leroy seem perfectly successful in their divorce. But two new lovers will turn the lives of Vincent and Florence into turmoil. The match between the former spouses resumes.

Starring: Laurent Lafitte, Marina Foïs, Alexandre Desrousseaux, Anna Lemarchand, Achille Potier, Alice Saignes, Louise Saignes, Michaël Abiteboul, Judith El Zein, Nicole Garcia

❤️ I am not a big fan of sequels since the second film is never as good as the first one. Well, they have proved me wrong!
Over recent years the French have shown the world that they can be funny and create great comedies, and they have done it once again!
Very funny film with great actors (including the children) and worth watching for laughs, on a Sunday afternoon, with the family.
You will not regret it!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Alert (James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge)

New York has seen more than its fair share of horrific attacks, but the city is about to be shaken in a way it never has before.
Two devastating catastrophes hit in quick succession, putting everyone on edge. Detective Michael Bennett is given the near impossible task of hunting down the shadowy terror group responsible.
Then a shocking assassination makes it clear that these events are just the prelude to the biggest threat of all. Now Bennett is racing against the clock to save his beloved city - before the most destructive force he has ever faced tears it apart.

Like a flood or a hurricane, it was affecting multiple thousands of random innocent people. It was what insurance companies used to call an act of God. I wondered if that was what this was. Someone who believed he was God.

❤️ I had been feeling a little disappointed with James Patterson books lately, so this came as a nice surprise. I loved every minute of it. Perfectly timed ending. Villains who knew exactly what they wanted. And a plausible story.
It held my attention from start to finish.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After losing his wife and son, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge their deaths.

Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, Terry Notary, Ty Olsson, Michael Adamthwaite, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, Sara Canning, Devyn Dalton, Aleks Paunovic

❤️ The CGI is amazing and this is truly a technological marvel. Andy Serkis once again plays the ape ruler Caesar; he has gotten better with every film and this is definitely his best performance.
The story is great and well acted throughout. There are a lot of teary eyed moments and really good action sequences.
Woody Harrelson totally surprised me, since I am so used to seeing him in comedies, but he did such a great job! Wow!
I loved every part of the film. This is not just about guns and fire, it is also about the war that goes on inside a person, their emotional roller coaster during hard times. We see this concept with Caesar all the way through.
I felt for him, for what he was going through, and that is the point of a movie: to engage the audience, so that they end up feeling what the characters are feeling.
I also wanted to leave a note about Steve Zahn's character, Bad Ape, who was so funny and cute!
There was nothing about this film that I did not love! A must see!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Twisted (Lynda La Plante)

Where is Amy? She is with her mother, surely, or with her father, or at school, or with her best friend? She is with one of them, safe and sound... surely?
Then why has no one heard from her? It is only when Amy is reported missing from school that her mother Lena contacts the police. Fifteen-year-old Amy has not been seen for four days.
A family under constant police and press scrutiny, a father who is lying, a mother whose perfect world is crumbling, a detective under intense pressure...
Twisted... Who really knows the truth about Amy's disappearance?

Now I'm sure many of you in the room have been to some of the most horrendous and unimaginable crime scenes, and they can leave a lasting impression on your mind, especially if the victims are children. But how do you deal with it... how do you cope?

❤️ This was my first Lynda La Plante book and I was actually very impressed with the writing. It was very detailed, particularly with the numerous suspects and the various lines of enquiry that were taken by DI Reid and his team. An excellent read which raised many issues, including mental health and abuse. And let us not forget the unexpected plot twist.
I highly recommend it!

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Games (James Patterson & Mark Sullivan)

Two years before, Jack Morgan was in Rio consulting on security for the World Cup. The tournament went without a hitch... until a man died in one of the executive hospitality suites during the final, and the autopsy showed the cause to be a rare and deadly virus.
The story was kept from the media to avoid causing panic, but Jack feared that the death was no freak occurrence.
Now the eyes of the world are once again turned towards Rio for the Olympic Games, and Jack is back in Brazil's beautiful capital. It is not long before he uncovers terrifying evidence that someone has set in motion a catastrophic plan.

To anyone who'd not grown up in a favela, this was a hellish existence, devoid of culture or enriching experience. But Rayssa loved the favelas, their vibrancy, their music, their art, the close-knit fabric of life. Favelas didn't just exist. They pulsed, and Rayssa loved each throb and each cry.

😐 I really enjoyed the first Private books, but after a while they have started to become a little too repetitive and predictive.
In this case, I liked the fact that there were two situations going on at the same time, which were interesting in their own way, but I felt that Patterson could have explored them a little bit better. There were times when I lost the plot because of the way he was going back and forth.
However, the basis for the story was good - being a football lover, I enjoyed the part about the World Cup more than the Olympic Games - and the description of the Brazilian slums and way of life was right on point.
Overall, it was okay, but not his best work!

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Goldbergs (Adam F. Goldberg)

The plot revolves around the life of show creator, Adam Goldberg, who grew up in the 80's.

Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, George Segal, Jeff Garlin, Patton Oswalt

❤️ I know this show has arrived way too late in Portugal, but it is my new favourite.
Starting with the Wonder Years connection, where Patton Oswalt takes on the role as narrator, a.k.a. adult version of Adam Goldberg. It just took me back to my childhood days. I used to love that show so much!
Afterwards, there are all the references that I remember as a kid (Family Ties, Alf, He-Man, The Goonies, the clothes, the music, and even the video camera - it was actually my dad's), but not in a nostalgic way; in a 'I had one of those too' or 'I liked that too' kind of way, but then I get to come back to the modern days.
The stories are funny and the actors are brilliant: you could not find a more over-the-top Wendi McLendon-Covey, expressive Sean Giambrone, ridiculous (in a good way) Troy Gentile, musical Hayley Orrantia, or funnier Jeff Garlin. And George Segal is the cherry on top as Pops. What a great combination!
Overall, it is very well-written and worth watching!

The Midnight Bell (Jack Higgins)

In Ulster, Northern Ireland, a petty criminal kills a woman in a drunken car crash. Her sons swear revenge.
In London, Sean Dillon and his colleagues in the Prime Minister's private army, fresh from defeating a deadly al-Qaeda operation, receive a warning: 'you may think you have weakened us, but you have only made us stronger.'
Soon, the ripples from these events will meet and overlap, creating havoc in their wake. Desperate men will act, secrets will be revealed - and the midnight bell will toll.

I believe what everyone from Lawrence of Arabia on has said: There is no other desert in the world like the Sahara. So cold, so bitterly cold at night, so incredibly lonely, and yet tribesmen and their families still travel with their camels and donkeys from one place to another in a journey that never seems to end.

😐 This is a fast paced, tension-filled thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed until the end, then it all fell apart for me because I had built up expectations, and suddenly it felt like the author had reached his limit and was told to find an ending fast. All the suspense was gone!