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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Fate of the Furious (Directed by: F. Gary Gray; Written by: Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson)

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood

❤️ I thought that 'Fast and Furious 7' was the perfect ending to the series; therefore, 'The Fate of the Furious' had to be a huge mistake. Boy, was I wrong!
It is filled with lots of action, cars (obviously), plot twists, and basically, fun!
Just when I thought that they could not surprise me any more, they deliver this movie!
Amazing cast, story, and special effects. Some scenes really blew my mind!
Hilarious and action-filled throughout.
How will they be able to top this?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Hide and Seek (James Patterson)

This is a trial that has electrified the world. Not only because the defendant is Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs have captured hearts across the globe. And not only because the victim is Will Shepherd, the internationally admired athlete. But also because people are saying that Maggie has murdered not just one husband, but two.
In Maggie's world - the world of fame and celebrity - things are never what they seem.

Quote: "I used to daydream all the time about stuff like this happening. Everybody does. So this had to be a crazy daydream, didn't it?"

My thoughts on this book: It was OK. The main problem was that the first 2/3 of the story were a woman telling us all about her life, particularly her love life. This was pretty boring as I do not read James Patterson for a woman's description of her beautiful wedding or how each new guy in her life made her feel so special. The ending is more classic Patterson with some good action, mystery, and twists.
Not one of his more exciting books, but the ending will probably make you forget how boring the beginning was.

Going in Style (Directed by: Zach Braff; Written by: Theodore Melfi and Edward Cannon)

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Starring: Joey King, Morgan Freeman, Ann-Margret, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Christopher Lloyd, Matt Dillon, John Ortiz, Josh Pais

Why I loved this film: What a fun movie! It had the cinema crowd laughing out loud all the way through, an unexpected ending, and a real-life situation. What more could you want?
I definitely recommend it for a fun afternoon/evening!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Denial (Directed by: Mick Jackson; Written by: David Hare based on the book by Deborah Lipstadt)

Based on the acclaimed book 'History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier', Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system in Defamation, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove that the Holocaust occurred.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings, Harriet Walter, Mark Gatiss, Will Attenborough

Why I loved this film: This is a fine film. Full credit to a great cast and director.
The Auschwitz scenes were the most chilling of all, and despite knowing the outcome, I found the courtroom scenes really thrilling. When Mr. Justice Gray asks whether David Irving might not have denied the Holocaust in good faith the shock is quite electrifying.
The tensions between Deborah Lipstadt and her legal team are very intense particularly after a Holocaust survivor is not allowed to speak in court, so Lipstadt assures her that 'The voice of the suffering will be heard'.
The voice of the suffering was indeed heard.
However, Denial is also a terrible warning. Holocaust denial has spread through the internet and Irving claims that 'Interest in my work has risen exponentially in the last two or three years. And it's mostly young people.'
Based on current world events, it seems like history could repeat itself.