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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Practice makes Perfect (Penny Parker)

Welcome to the surgery at Larkford, a hotbed of rivalry and romance - and that's just the doctors.
The Practice has suddenly been thrust under the spotlight - its nomination as an 'NHS Model Surgery' is causing the team major headaches. Dr Holly Graham should be basking in the glow of her new romance with fellow doctor, Taffy - but her favourite resident, the irreverent and entertaining Elsie, is facing a difficult diagnosis.
Dr Dan Carter's obsession with work is masking unhappiness elsewhere - he cannot persuade his girlfriend Julia to settle down. It is only as Julia's mother comes to stay that he realises what she has been hiding for so long. Alice Walker joins the team like a breath of fresh air and her assistance dog Coco and Alice will soon need some help of their own.

You know how if you hear something often enough, it becomes familiar - even if it's not true? If somebody tells you over and over - whether it's with their words or their actions - that what you need isn't important. Well, you start to believe it.

😐 As you can see from the picture, I bought this book for the 'buy 1 get 1 half price' offer. I have not read the first book on the series neither have I read any other book by Penny Parker.
To begin with, I found the story rather long, so that was a low for me. Then, it says on the cover that this is 'laugh-out-loud funny', well, maybe this is because I did not read the first book, but I did not find it laugh-out-loud (or even laugh quietly) funny. To tell you the truth, I did not even care for the characters or what they did.
Overall, this is the type of book you read when you have nothing better to do, or if you are anything like me, you feel like after paying for it you will read it to the end, no matter what.

Monday, September 11, 2017

American Made (Directed by Doug Liman; Written by Gary Spinelli)

Barry Seal lands work for the CIA and the Medellin cartel during the 1980s.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez

😐 I found this movie to be more like a collage work. It was scratching the surface instead of going into details, I had to browse the internet in order to understand what was so interesting about the story of Barry Seal.
It may not be a documentary, but it was based on a true story, and I feel like a lot has been left out.

Friday, September 08, 2017

The Boss Baby (Directed by Tom McGrath; Written by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee)

Seven-year-old Tim Templeton has always been a boy with an overactive imagination, and for the past seven years, life has been nothing but peaches for him, getting all the love and attention from his caring parents. However, life will never be the same and Tim will not be the centre of attention anymore with the arrival of an improbable new brother. Nevertheless, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme involving the head of Puppy Co. threatens to tilt the balance of power towards their adorable furry antagonists, not to mention that the next Pet Convention is in only two days... Brothers, hurry up!

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Miles Bakshi

❤️ The Boss Baby is fabulously directed by Tom McGrath, the brilliant mind behind all three Madagascar movies (of course!)
It does not matter what age you are, you have to love the Boss Baby. Alec Baldwin voices him with such panache! His witty personality mixed with a take-charge attitude bursts through the screen.
The film is enjoyable throughout and safe to keep you and your family thoroughly entertained.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Private Vegas (James Patterson and Maxine Paetro)

Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, the global PI agency of the rich and famous, is being pushed to the limit. His car has been firebombed, his ex is dating someone else, and his twin brother is still out to destroy him.
But Private does not rest, and nor do its clients: not the LAPD who need Private's help catching two scumbags with diplomatic immunity, and not the client who has just confessed to murdering his wife.
Add to that Jack's best friend being held on a trumped-up charge that could see him locked away for a very long time, and it seems like all bets are off...

Guess how many ultra-high-net-worth individuals there are in this country - that is, individuals worth fifty million or more. No, let me tell you. There are one million multi-multimillionaires living right here in the U.S.A.

😐 It started out as fun with many storylines at the same time, but towards the end all these storylines just made it even more confusing, and they also just seemed to work out by themselves - like some kind of a miracle.
I really thought that the story being set in Vegas would make it more fun, but I was wrong!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Book of Mormon (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone)

Two young Mormons travel to Africa to preach the Mormon religion.

Cast: KJ Hippensteel, Cody Jamison Strand, Leanne Robinson, Steven Webb, Richard Lloyd King, Dean Maynard, Michael Moulton

❤️ I went to see this musical in London's West End, more precisely, in the Prince of Wales theatre.
I always thought that a musical - even a funny one - would have sad times (or sad songs) in order to break the pace. I had never seen a musical with non-stop laughter from beginning to end... until now!
A clever, hilarious, and overall brilliant form of entertainment that will have you pissing your pants!
There is never an easy way to approach the subject of religion, but the guys from South Park managed to do it brilliantly without being too offensive - although it contains strong language.
Amazing cast! Amazing songs, dancing, and scenery!
Definitely, a must-see!

15th Affair (James Patterson and Maxine Paetro)

Four bodies are found in a luxury hotel. The first is a man who checked in under a false name. Two are in a room next door, full of surveillance equipment. And the fourth is the maid.
Detective Lindsay Boxer is sent in to investigate and hunt down an elusive and dangerous suspect. But when her husband Joe goes missing, she begins to fear that the suspect she is searching for could be him.

Anything anyone says here is off the record. Even if you know who really shot Kennedy. Even if you know the location of the Holy Grail.

😐 I guess I am over the women murder club series, particularly now that Lindsay and Joe's relationship has taken over. It is fast paced and the mystery part is alright, but I could not care less about Lindsay's personal life.
I found this book in a hotel library, otherwise I would not have bought it.

À bras ouverts (Philippe de Chauveron)

A French intellectual who writes about living with an open-mind struggles to live up to his words when a Romani family begins camping on his front yard.

Starring: Christian Clavier, Ary Abittan, Elsa Zylberstein, Mirela Nicolau, Nikita Dragomir

❤️ A laugh out loud kind of movie with very clever insights. It had everyone in the cinema laughing all the way through.
Definitely, a must-see!