Movie – Law Abiding Citizen

 

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Viola Davis, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney, Regina Hall

Director: F. Gary Gray

Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language.

General Plot :  frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Review : Not as bad as the critics make it out to be in my opinion besides what movie is ever without flaws?  I rather liked the idea of a tactical genius forced into taking matters into his own hands when his pleas for justice falls on deaf ears.  Why would he not? When he has lost everything and had even fought for the government , institutions in the past.  He certainly has the skill and the knowledge to carry out his crusade.

Okay so I’ll agree this film is gruesome, gory and at times comes across as an ‘old done over’  exploitation film.  The ending lacks the finesse you would expect of a carefully thought out plot.  Moreover it is even illogical and uncharacteristic of Shelton( Gerard Butler) to carry out what he planned to do in the end. And as for Jamie Foxx, he was clearly a wrong choice for the role he played, but then again this is my personal take. 

That being said, I would still add the DVD to my collection.

Serenity

Movie – Tooth Fairy (2010)

  

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Stephen Merchant, Julie Andrews, Ryan Sheckler

Director: Michael Lembeck

Well this movie is clearly a ‘feel good movie’ intended for kids, with a message for parents to let their kids dream.  The overall humour in it might bring on a smile or two from the Adults accompanying their kids.  However without Billy Crystal’s relatively short role in it, you’d probably not hear any laughter in the Cinema.  And they certainly got it right with Julie Andrews because who else can play the role of the fairy Godmother with such elegance and grace!

Well the movie is nothing to shout about for the adults, but younger kids seem to really enjoy it.

Book Review-Hell’s Kitchen by Jeffrey Deaver

 Sypnosis :- Every New York City neighborhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell’s Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout and former stuntman is in the Big Apple hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents such as Ettie Washington in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages the elderly woman’s crumbling tenement, Pellam realizes that someone might want the past to stay buried.

As more buildings and lives go up in flames, Pellam takes to the streets, seeking the twisted pyromaniac who sells services to the highest bidder. But Pellam is unaware that the fires are merely flickering preludes to the arsonist’s ultimate masterpiece, a conflagration of nearly unimaginable proportion, with Hell’s Kitchen — and John Pellam — at its blackened and searing epicenter.

What makes a thriller great, is when it’s far from predictable.  With Jeffrey Deaver the likely suspects are unlikely while the unlikely suspects are the most likely but then again you may still get it wrong! 

Hell’s kitchen builds up nicely in the beginning then slows down in the middle and accelerates to an exciting finale.  You get to experience why Hell’s kitchen is aptly name through it’s characters and even delve into the sick twisted mind of a pyromaniac through Deaver’s vivid descriptions.

Apparently this is the last novel of the John Pellam series.  Even though this is my first book of that series I enjoyed all the same.

Magnifique Chinese Dragon Tat

Reply From The Warden…

A few months back I was quite upset an wrote a mock letter to the warden of the Church I attend, just to clear my head.   And interestingly enough…..No not that he had read it, but that he walked up to where I was seated at the canteen with my family and asked if he could seat and talk.

He began by shaking my hand and requested we start afresh by putting the past behind us.  I agreed, however I felt that I needed to explain my actions regardless of whether it was right or wrong.  After listening, he apologised for his part in that episode even though he was just carrying out his duty. Because he agreed he could have handled the situation better. 

He then inquired if I attended St Gabe’s as he was trying his best to place me as I looked awfully familiar to him.  I told him that I’ve met and spoken to him before some 20++ years ago as we were from the same parish then in a different district.  We talked and caught up for a few more minutes when he asked if I would consider joining him in becoming a warden myself.

I told him I had always wanted to take a more active role in Church however shift work does not permit me to do so on a regular basis especially on weekends.  He then informed me that it would not be a problem and that I should give it some serious consideration.   I thanked him and told him that I would do so indeed, shook hands again and we parted ways.

Well I must say it is leading up to be a very interesting New Year indeed.  Oh and his name is not Ben as I recalled in my ‘letter’ but Raphael.

Ratings For Each Post..

I didn’t even realise there was this option available on wordpress.  Apparently when enabled, readers are able to rate each post by clicking first on the header of the post.

I was torn choosing between the 5 star rating system or the Nero Rating one, so in the end I opted the latter for sheer simplicity.  Basically it’s just a thumbs up or thumbs down rating system.  I wonder if I have to go through each individual post after some time just to check back on the ratings or is there a ratings summary page??

Ha ha just as I typed that last sentence, I glanced down and there is a ‘Reports’ button under the Ratings tab!

Anyhow any feedback will be great….better yet if you would take the time to comment or just say hi.  However for those too tired or just feeling lazy here’s a new option….just a click away :lol:

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