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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Furious Seven (Directed by: James Wan; Written by: Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson)

Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they had left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw's brother, Deckard Shaw, is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky

Why I loved this film: It masterfully displays just how deep the values of family and honour are embedded within the Furious characters.
I must also confess that I was very curious about the results regarding Paul Walker (R.I.P.) and that, being such a movie maniac, I would be able to tell which was the real thing and which were stunt-doubles. Well, I was wrong, which just goes to show how brilliant cinematic technology has become, as well as all the masterminds behind it! Well done Mr. Wan and company!
This movie really deserves to be seen for all the possible reasons. Whether you are a fan or not, there is no denying that Furious Seven will take you on a roller-coaster of a ride, visually and emotionally (yes, I left the cinema with tears in my eyes), culminating in an enthralling movie that will live on in fans' hearts.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Papa ou maman (Directed by: Martin Bourboulon; Written by: Guillaume Clicquot de Mentque, Matthieu Delaporte, Jérôme Fansten, and Alexandre de La Patellière)



Florence and Vincent Leroy are getting a divorce. However, they have both been promoted at work and their children will be a burden, so they declare war on each other against full custody.


Starring: Laurent Lafitte, Marina Foïs, Alexandre Desrousseaux, Anna Lemarchand, Achille Potier, Judith El Zein, Michaël Abiteboul, Vanessa Guide


My thoughts on this film: It served its main purpose, which was to make an audience laugh; however, I left the cinema with an uneasy feeling, like something was missing. I am still figuring out what it is that should have been there in order for this movie to be 100% funny and brilliant...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Daddy's gone a-hunting (Mary Higgins Clark)

Hannah Connelly, a young designer and rising star in the fashion world, is plunged into a nightmare beyond imagination when she learns that the family business founded by her grandfather has been levelled by a huge explosion in the middle of the night.
The ashes reveal a startling discovery and provoke a host of suspicions and questions. Could the explosion have been deliberately set? And what was Kate, Hannah's older sister, doing in the building in the middle of the night?
With Kate lying in hospital in a coma, it is down to Hannah to discover what truly happened on that tragic night. But little does she know that someone will do anything they can to prevent Kate from regaining consciousness and revealing the truth.

Quote: "When the tourists saw that crummy old jacket, they felt sorry for him. The dollars they would drop in his cap added up. He had to get rid of the poncho and cut holes in those new warm, heavy pants. He felt like a baby seal in them, a nice, warm, contented baby seal. People liked baby seals but they didn't feel sorry for them."

Why this book speaks to me: I had never read any books by Mary Higgins Clark but this title pulled me and I was not disappointed at all. The story has a tight plot, twists and turns, and it is full of suspense.
The first half of the book is a bit slow and it makes you wonder why you are reading it. However, in the later half Clark put everything together nicely. There was enough suspense to keep me glued to the book for hours. It was hard for me to put it down until I had finished reading the whole thing.