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American Sniper (Movie)

AmericanSniperMain Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Review: 6.8 out of 10 stars.

Decent acting by Cooper and he’s finally put of his over dramatic facial expression role.

The story is based on the life and book of Chris Kyle being a sniper as a NAVY seal, him being the eagle eye sniper and witnessed the deaths in his own hands, causing him to (more…)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (Movie)

TheHungerGamesMockingJayPart1Main Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland

Review: 7 out of 10 stars.

Mockingjay has had pretty bad rap on how it was like a trailer to part 2, which actually was (more…)

Number The Stars (Book)

NumberTheStarsAuthor: Lois Lowry
Genre: Teenager
Year Published: 1989
Rating: Good

Known for the dark The Giver book. Again, this is frequently classified as children’s books, but at least it spares graphic and questionable harsh descriptions and more on (more…)

A Summer To Die (Book)

ASummerToDieAuthor: Lois Lowry
Genre: Teenager
Year Published: 1977
Rating: Okay

Known for the dark The Giver book, Lowry’s title gives away the ending and another (more…)

Hounded (Book)

HoundedAuthor: David Rosenfelt
Genre: horror, supernatural, shinning, crime, thriller
Year Published: 2014
Rating: So so

This is the first read of Andy Carpenter series and of the author. The author’s love of dogs is the only reason for the book’s (more…)

Doctor Sleep (Book)

DoctorSleepAuthor: Stephen King
Genre: horror, supernatural, shinning, crime, thriller
Year Published: 2013
Rating: Excellent gripping read

What an excellent read!

This is a sequel to his Jack Torrance. Stephen King not only wrote a sequel but with the consideration of the age of the character’s son, Dan, as a middle age man, and the characters that were linked back to the original book back in 1977.

It was brilliantly written with vivid visual description of a new thrilling horror
Stephen King was able to capture a young 13-year old with her youth, her physical beauty without long passages of words by using simple description of her blond hair and bright clear eyes. But her maturity and smartness come from her thoughts and how when she used it to communicate with Dan that definitely speaks volume, as the author was able to creates the very same image in the audience’s head.

The writing was total horror and had the audience’s hair all jumped up on their back and skin.

The linkage from the first book to the new one was a great continuation as if time had not passed by between the 2 books.

This is a must read and even better to read The Shinning first.

Keywords: ExcellentGrippingRead, horror, supernatural, shinning, crime, thriller, theshining

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The idea of taking steam from the shining was a brilliant plot, and the ability to go into swap minds, or to be able in the same mind together is clever.

Stephen King decided the trip to where the burnt down hotel was a great link back to the childhood and evil comes back to a place where it’s most haunted, especially with Abra and her great grandpa was the very same person, that he was the real uncle.

The visual telepathic communication about charring and smoking birthday cake, or when Dan gave Abra a way out to go to the dump, to throw things out to the dump like an old fridge, rather than throwing antique dishes of her mother’s, was so visual that the audience has a close sense of the idea about sending pictures instead of speaking one’s mind.

The kidnappings of shinning kids were definitely total horror.

The starting point of Dan’s AA was another great link back to his father, Jack. And Dan’s effort to try kicking the habit was admirable. The parallel look with Abra on the alcohol showed there were more similarities than what was shown.

The ending about the lecture from 1 shining to another, how each of his generations had the rage and almost killed someone with a stick like object, be it a cane, or a mallet, or when Dan’s arm was broken by Abra’s great grandfather (his grandfather), or how Dan also had beaten someone into unconsciousness, all were about something that they had almost no control with as part of being the Shining.

The scary part was he asked if  “is it the killing you wish you could take back, or the joy of the killing” was haunting as it showed the struggle of the characters.

The main thing about his father, who made a great cameo in only 1 scene, to do the last push as a gist of wind, to kill rose the hat, was an excellent wrap of the 2 books.

Measles was  a smart way to the plot, especially hauntingly it has been a bigger issue this year than in the past. This by chance plot gives the familiar yet new feeling.

The part about Dan had Momo in him, the old soul and let the true knot breathed in and all pouf, disappeared. That’s a very creative way of thinking.

Ultimately, it ended with Doctor Sleep to show how he can do things, that he can communicate with the soon to be dead people without speaking and asked them to sleep and everything will be okay. He can read the mind and helps the dying man Carling to be rest as he was worried about his cat.

The description of Abra was supernatural and detailed, not by her description, but by each incident and her behavior. it shows her innocence and adorable, determination , maturity all at once. even when she was a kid. it makes the audience to go backward in time in the memory lane to learn everything about Abra.


The Giver (Movie / book)

TheGiverTheGiverMain Cast: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skargard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Tremblay

Review: 8.7 out of 10 stars.

The Giver was a fairly dark movie/book, definitely not an early teenager series because it deals with pain, physical pain, death and ultimately emotional pain. This is especially true as the main character Jonas was only (more…)

If I Stay (Movie)

IfIStayMain Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Stacy Keach

Review: 7.2 out of 10 stars.

Sappy little flick more about a love story than a girl to determine if she will stay on earth or to die after a car accident with her family.

The movie is based on the same name book by Gayle Forman. It is a teenage fantasy love story on top of a (more…)

Divergent (Movie)

DivergentMain Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn

Review: 8.3 out of 10 stars.

Based on the book by Veronica Roth.

Many compared this with The Hunger Games for its women empowering style and most men (except 1 good guy and 1 villain) were weak in character / strength, the scifi fantasy into the future, the segregation of human kinds based on new criteria. Shailene Woodley even looks similar to Jennifer Lawrence with a round, fresh face.

Divergent is about the new (more…)

The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie)

TheWolfOfWallStreetMain Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Spike Jonze, Rob Reiner

Review: 7.6 out of 10 stars.

If you like The Great Gatsby, you will like this as Dicaprio is again portraying in a movie based on a glamorous character and his fall. And it focuses and glorifies the happy and shiny side for the most part.

DiCaprio again is the poster boy of the movie, and the Hollywood boy for many extravagant scenes.

Note that while the movie and the 2 (more…)

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