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My ratings:
❤️ = Loved it
😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Delivery Man (Ken Scott)

David Wozniak has always led a calm life: he delivers meat for the family business, and although he has a good heart, David is immature and unreliable with many debts. But when Wozniak finds out that he is the biological father of 533 children due to sperm donations made 20 years ago, everything changes... Delivery Man is a about the hardships of life and how we should seize opportunities in order to become better people.

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Dave Patten, Adam Chanler-Berat, Britt Robertson, Jack Reynor, Amos VanderPoel, Matthew Daddario

My thoughts on this film: This is not only about children searching for a father, but a father searching for the meaning of the term itself. It is particularly lovely to see David interact, silently, with his profoundly disabled son, and a guaranteed tearjerker.
David’s inability to grow up serves as a launching pad to asking some pretty fascinating questions about what it means to take responsibility not just for your own life, but for the lives of those you helped bring into this world. Of course, given that this is first and foremost a comedy, plenty of time is devoted to exploring the absurdity of the situation.
In the end, I took from this movie the fact that we should accept the people we care about, warts and all, and trust that they will always stand by us when we need them the most. For those who find themselves alone in this world, that defines 'family' just as much as sharing our genes with someone who, by choice or by fate, has fallen out of our lives.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Marriage Bargain (Jennifer Probst)

Loyalty, intelligence, and humour - a recipe for the perfect man - quite literally, as Alexa is making a potion to summon herself a knight in shining armour. Impulsive bookshop owner Alexa is willing to try anything in order to save her family home. But has she inadvertently summoned the devil?
Handsome billionaire Nicholas Ryan, brother of Alexa's best friend, and the man who once shattered Alexa's heart suddenly reappears in her life. When he learns of Alexa's troubles, he sees a way to help her whilst also helping himself...
In order to inherit his uncle's corporation, Nick must marry, and remain married for at least a year. This is his proposal to Alexa - marriage in name only, for one year, no entanglement and most importantly, no love... What could possibly go wrong?

Quote: "Nice try, but I'm not one of the Twinkies you're used to dating. Take it or leave it."

My thoughts on this book: Even though this story was predictable, the author's storytelling kept me thoroughly interested and made me excited to get back to Nick and Alexa every chance I got! That says a lot about how this book was written. The reader is never in doubt as to what is going on in his or her head, and I understood their fears, doubts and surging passion even more as the story continued. I was, however, disappointed by the ending since it felt rushed and a tad unrealistic!

Monday, May 19, 2014

NYPD Red 2 (James Patterson & Marshall Karp)

When the tortured body of a woman is found on a carousel in Central Park, the elite team at NYPD Red are put on the case. Someone has been hunting down suspects who have escaped conviction for brutal crimes, and this is victim number four.
The body has been scrubbed clean, just like the rest, destroying any shred of evidence. Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald are the best of the best, but whoever is committing these murders clearly knows how to avoid detection.
As public and political pressure mounts, Zach and Kylie find themselves in a deadly game with an opponent who is one step ahead of every move they make.

Quote: "You suffer from what we in the profession call the grown-man-dumb-as-shit syndrome."

Why this book speaks to me: I was really surprised by how much more I liked this book than the first one. James Patterson has been one of my favourite writers for a very long time and I must admit that his recent novels have not been as good as his older ones. The second book in the NYPD Red series had a very surprising twist that really blew my mind and brought back hope that Mr. Patterson has not lost his touch after all!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Other Woman (directed by Nick Cassavetes; written by Melissa Stack)

After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly Whitten tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on, she realises that they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend.
When yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on this cheating, lying, three-timing rat!

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj

Why I loved this film: This is a fantastic movie with a hilarious twist on what some might call a 'chick flick'. Although, personally, I would not consider it a chick flick as the plot is far from your typical romantic couple scenario.
Also, as a single girl in this current dating world of sharks, I have been in that situation where a guy is not at all what he seems - I just wish I had had the guts to do what these girls did, but I live in the real world -, so I do sympathise with the storyline.
Overall, I recommend this to anyone up for a good giggle and I can actually say that my money was well spent.