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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

R.I.P. Gary David Goldberg

Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of my two favourite shows ever - Family Ties and Spin City -, passed away last Sunday at the age of 68. He suffered from brain cancer.
The star of both shows, Michael J. Fox, honoured his mentor on Twitter: 'Thank you to all who sent condolences. Extraordinary friend, mentor & partner. Much of what I love he gave to me. Will miss him.'
I will add that the world has lost another great talent! May he rest in peace!

Monday, June 24, 2013

NYPD Red (James Patterson & Marshall Karp)

This is the elite team in New York's police department, handing the cases involving the most important and high-profile individuals in the city. It is Detective Zach Jordan's dream job, but he is about to step into a nightmare.
In the middle of a New York film festival, a maniac begins a very public and very brutal killing sprree targeting Hollywood's biggest stars.
Zach is asssigned a new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald, who is also his ex-girlfriend. But they will need to put their history aside to have a chance of stopping this homicidal psychopath before he brings New York City to its knees.

Quote: "A lot of these people sleep around, but in show business, adultery isn't a motive for murder; it's a lifestyle."

My thoughts on this book: It has to be the worst James Patterson book I have read so far. I usually enjoy his stories, but this time I did not find anything new... same old, same old!
This is basically about some cops chasing a 'wannabe' who does not bring anything new to the table, even his methods are old.
It is good for passing time, but after a while even I became bored!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Quartet (writer: Ronald Harwood; director: Dustin Hoffman)

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.


Starring: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Trevor Peacock, Ronnie Fox

My thoughts on this film: I was interested to see Dustin Hoffman's début as a director and it was not bad; the cast was remarkable, the story pretty interesting and there were a few funny lines; however, this was supposed to be a comedy!!! I grew up in England with British humour, and apart from a few lines at the beginning, I did not find this funny at all... Interesting... But by no means, funny!!!
The end was interesting, once again, because they showed pictures of the actors/singers at their prime, of the 'now and then' type. But I cannot add anything to the word 'interesting'!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Inferno (Dan Brown)

With the words 'Seek and ye shall find' in his head, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.
A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. Only Langdon's knowledge of the hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers.
With only a few lines from Dante's dark and epic masterpiece 'Inferno' to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the most celebrated artefacts of the Renaissance - sculptures, paintings, buildings - to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat...

Quote: "It is physically impossible for the human mind to think of nothing. The soul craves emotion, and it will continue to seek fuel for that emotion - good or bad. Your problem is that you're giving it the wrong fuel."

Why this book speak to me: My first thought as soon as I started reading this was 'Oh, no! Not another Robert Langdon book! Here comes another movie sequel!'
The thing is, I have read all of Dan Brown's books, and as much as I loved 'The DaVinci Code', he has also written two completely different thrillers - 'Deception Point' and 'Digital Fortress' -, which depicted completely different matters, either Science-related or government-related. Therefore, as much as I love his books, I was expecting something totally different, with a different storyline, and different characters.
Now, Dan Brown is such a brilliant story-teller that as soon as I got into the story, I left those negative thoughts behind and just enjoyed another cultural composition mixed with suspense and breath-taking moments.
This time I learnt a little about Florence, Venice, and went up to Istanbul (even Paço de Arcos, in Portugal, made a very short appearance).
I also noticed and became more interested in Dante's works. You see, that is the fascination that Dan Brown holds for me - I always seem to learn something new that would not have gotten as much attention from me back in school.
This is, overall, a must-read!

The Internship (Vince Vaughn & Jared Stern)

Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. - Directed by Shawn Levy

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, Josh Brener, Dylan O'Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael, Josh Gad, Jessica Szohr, Eric André, Gary Anthony Williams, Will Ferrel

Why I loved this film: This will probably split movie goers, but I must say I am one of the fans! I totally loved 'The Internship' due to its witty writing; I loved the Google experience; it kept me laughing from beginning to end; and, although this is a comedy, it actually depicts the current unemployment issues. I have read a few negative reviews about this film, but I personally felt it was one of the best movies I have seen for quite a while. I even preferred it to 'The Hangover III'!
There was a remark about Biff from 'Back to the Future', which I found funny because as soon as the guy in question appeared I actually thought 'OMG, it's Biff!'
There were also many newcomers and some surprises.
Overall, I am giving this 5 stars!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Hangover Part III (Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore)

In the aftermath of the death of Alan's father, the wolfpack decide to take Alan to get treated for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the wolfpack is assaulted and Doug is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow again and surrender him.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Mike Epps

Why I loved this film: I loved the first movie but the second was a bit of a disappointment, so I was a little curious and scared about the third one.
Well, the 'epic finale' was not as epic or quite a finale, if you ask me, I believe there will be a fourth movie; all the elements remain therein.
However, in terms of comedy, all the great actors turned up and it was a laugh from beginning to end. The writers managed to make up for the second 'Hangover' being a disappointment; although, I must warn you that if you are looking for an interesting story then this is not the movie to watch, 'The Hangover' is all about stupid jokes and crazy moments (and Bradley Cooper...) but that is what makes it so much fun! Who cares about the story when there is a decapitated giraffe on the road?
Also make sure to watch at least one of the previous 'Hangover' movies, since there are a few references to those.
Now, let us wait for 'Hangover 4'!