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Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 Top Ten: My Choices

Movies:
1- Spotlight
2- How to be Single
3- Allied
4- The Lady in the Van
5- Snowden
6- Inferno
7- Florence Foster Jenkins
8- The Revenant
9- The Danish Girl
10-Chocolat

TV:
1- The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
2- Rizzoli & Isles
3- The Big Bang Theory
4- Grey's Anatomy
5- Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
6- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
7- Modern Family
8- Late Night with Seth Meyers
9- New Girl
10- House of Cards

Songs:
1- Cheap Thrills (Sia)
2- La Bicicleta (Carlos Vives Feat. Shakira)
3- The Greatest (Sia)
4- Work (Rihanna Feat. Drake)
5- Side To Side (Ariana Grande Feat. Nicki Minaj)
6- Duele El Corazon (Enrique Iglesias)
7- Send my love (Adele)
8- Entre as Estrelas (Jimmy P Feat. Diogo Piçarra)
9- Don't Wanna Know (Maroon 5 Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
10- I Hate U I Love U (Gnash Feat. Olivia OBrien)

Books:
1- Private Paris (James Patterson & Mark Sullivan)
2- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany)
3- The Murder House (James Patterson & David Ellis)
4- NYPD Red 3 (James Patterson & Marshall Karp)
5- Time of Death (Mark Billingham)
6- Moriarty (Anthony Horowitz)
7- The Santangelos (Jackie Collins)
8- Invisible (James Patterson & David Ellis)
9- Belle (Lesley Pearse)
10- The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (Richard Zimler)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Private Paris (James Patterson & Mark Sullivan)


When Jack Morgan stops by Private's Paris office, he envisions a quick 'hello' during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from one of his most important clients asking Private to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer.
As Jack scours the city, several members of Paris' cultural elite are found dead - murdered in a shocking, symbolic fashion - and the French police need Private's help.

Quote: "In my life I have encountered men and women whose dark stories were written in every line of twisted emotion that squirmed across their faces. But I had never seen a reaction that spoke novels before.
Disbelief. Defeat. Dread. Honor. Conviction. Anger."

Why this book speaks to me: It is a very exciting, on the edge of your seat book that you will not be able to put down. You never know what the next chapter will bring.
It is also very scary considering the way things are in the world today. Bombings in Paris, London, Brussels, to name a few. Even though this is fiction, it talks about recent events in Paris.
It really opens your eyes and makes you wonder.

Allied (Directed by Robert Zemeckis; Written by Steven Knight)



In 1942, an intelligence officer encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.




Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, August Diehl, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Marion Bailey, Matthew Goode, Josh Dylan



My thoughts on this film: First of all, I cannot go on without saying that I never expected to see Brad Pitt speaking French. What a surprise!
Now, back to the film, I had high hopes because of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. I definitely went into it prepared for a WWII movie, filled with action and special effects. And to be clear, it certainly does have action and special effects, but it goes beyond that.
The action scenes are well choreographed and fun to watch, as well as brutal but not overbearing. Marion and Brad are both convincing, proving to the audience that they are well-trained spies who do not hesitate to kill.
The movie also provided a very interesting look at what life was like back then. This was a time when people partied like the world would come to an end: drinks, drugs, sex, etc. But it was also a time when people watched planes get shot out of the sky.
The special effects are stunning. Many scenes are simply breathtaking.
The ending hit a chord that worked for me. It showed the lengths people go to in order to protect their family. I must say that it left the audience in tears.
Overall, it is a great, action movie, but do not forget to bring tissues for the ending.