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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (James Patterson)

It is a snowy Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross is at home celebrating with his family. Just as Alex's wife Bree emerges from the kitchen with a bowl of homemade eggnog, his phone rings with news that shatters the night: at a nearby home, a family has been taken hostage - and the situation is spiralling out of control fast.
Alex rushes to the scene and confronts the unthinkable: a father is threatening to murder his own children and ex-wife. Then just as the insanity peaks, a second horrific situation explodes - one that no one could have foreseen, which puts millions of people at risk. This is a red alert of the darkest kind, and Alex is forced to make a decision that could end as many lives as it saves - including his own.

Quote: "They say it's good luck if it snows on Christmas Eve. I didn't usually buy into that kind of folk wisdom, but if it turned out to be true, well, this was looking like it'd be one of the best Christmases ever."

Why this book speaks to me: I am a huge fan of crime fiction, trying to figure out who, where, and why; Thus, I am a big fan of James Patterson - as I may have written before on this blog -, and once again he delivers.
Alex Cross is back and it will actually be fun to see how these stories come out on the big screen, since his first novel of the kind is already in cinemas.
Now about the book, another one that was hard to put down once I had started reading it, with everything included: crime, suspense, love, and terrifying moments. In other words, the perfect Christmas gift!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Comme un Chef (Daniel Cohen)

A veteran chef faces off against his brother. The latter wants the establishment to lose a star in order to bring in a younger chef who specialises in molecular gastronomy.

Starring: Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué, Julien Boisselier, Santiago Segura, James Gerard

Why I loved this film: I am more and more in awe of French movies, and this is yet another spectacular, hilarious, and amazing flick with a great cast. I was laughing all the way!

However, bring something to eat, watching all that food is bound to make you hungry.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik & George V. Higgins)


Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Curatola, Ray Liotta, Trevor Long, Max Casella, Sam Shepard

My thoughts on this film: Unlike most reviews I did not think this was a great piece of art. Nothing to add in terms of actors, the cast was great; however, I believed it to be a low budget movie in every sense.
To begin with, there was nothing heart thumping or any surprise elements; on the contrary, I was laughing the whole time. There were quite a few witty one-liners related to the political reality of America, which I enjoyed, and at times it seemed to go in an interesting direction, but then the tables would turn and leave me disappointed.
The ending was just gross - nothing more, nothing less.