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Into the Storm [DVD] [2014]
Into the Storm [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Richard Armitage
Price: £7.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking special effects, 1 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Into the Storm [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I love a good tornado movie and this one was surprisingly entertaining. In it, some storm hunters track a ferocious cluster of twisters while becoming involved with the local high school's assistant principal and his family.

One of my favorite movies is "The Day After Tomorrow" because of the special effects, and I think this movie had even better effects. The storm scenes are unbelievably intense; it felt like it was in 3-D, and I was wedged up against the back of the chair, holding my breath, the whole time. Although I didn't know any of the actors, I thought the casting was excellent.

The one weak spot was the inevitable single mother/drop-dead-gorgeous tornado scientist; I could have done without that cliché. But the movie is so fast-paced, I didn't have time to dwell on negatives; I was completely caught up in the spectacle.

Definitely recommended for those who like disaster movies; may be too scary for those who have lived through a twister.

The Edge of Darkness: Babylon Rising Bk. 4
The Edge of Darkness: Babylon Rising Bk. 4
by Tim LaHaye
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not a finale, 19 Oct. 2014
In the last book of the series, Professor Murphy is again searching for Biblical artifacts - this time, it's the rod of Aaron and the golden jar of Manna. Thwarting his every move, as usual, is Talon, the fiendish killer.

The plot of this story was exciting; almost as thrilling as Book One. There were plenty of scary and near-death moments. I enjoyed it but I was also hugely disappointed in it; it's the last book but there is no resolution to all the loose ends and unanswered questions. Will Murphy find love? Will the Seven take over the world? Will any of Murphy's friends survive? What about Methuselah? We'll never know.

Fans of the series will like this book; I just wish it was a true finale and not just the final book.

The Secret on Ararat
The Secret on Ararat
by Tim Lahaye
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another romp with Murphy and Talon, 5 Oct. 2014
This review is from: The Secret on Ararat (Paperback)
In Book 2 of the Babylon Rising series, professor/adventurer Michael Murphy is off on another trip - this time, he's looking for Noah's Ark. As usual, he's being followed by the deadly Talon who is, in turn, controlled by the mysterious Seven. Will Michael live to find the Ark?!

This book wasn't nearly as much fun as Book 1; the writing was the same (despite a new co-author), but the plot involved so many ridiculously implausible action scenes - Michael accomplishes things no one else in history has ever done - and he does them soooo easily.

There is some preaching in this book, as a character considers becoming a Christian. This may put off some readers. Though I felt let down after Book I, I will still finish the series. I really like Michael Murphy and want to see how it all ends.

The Europa Conspiracy (Babylon Rising)
The Europa Conspiracy (Babylon Rising)
by Tim F. LaHaye
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment, 5 Oct. 2014
What a let-down. This book was dull, dull, dull, in contrast to the very exciting first book in the series. This book had endless boring monologues from people I didn't care about. The only one I did care about was Talon, the villain, a man of very few words.

This story was about a search for "the Writing on the Wall," mentioned in the Book of Daniel. Everything about the trip to Babylon was dull, phony, and pointless. There are too many characters that don't matter, too many wild goose chases, too much filler. The once-exciting hero of the series, Michael Murphy, has become predictable and a real snooze, just like this book.

Babylon Rising
Babylon Rising
by Tim Lahaye
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!, 23 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Babylon Rising (Paperback)
I was completely surprised by this book. I loved it! This is a fast-paced adventure story about an Indiana Jones-type professor/adventurer who finds ancient artifacts to prove the veracity of Bible stories. This time around, he's hunting for Moses' long-lost bronze serpent; little does he know he's being watched and hunted by a vicious killer.

I found this book very different from the, "Left Behind" books; this is pure adventure with scary scenes that really unnerved me. There is no evangelizing here, although the plot involves the Book of Daniel. I like the author's style of introducing many disparate stories that gradually merge into one.

This story would make a fun movie. I can't wait to get the next book in the series of four. Heartily recommended for those who enjoy exciting stories of danger and violence.

Criterion Collection: The Uninvited [Blu-ray] [1944] [US Import]
Criterion Collection: The Uninvited [Blu-ray] [1944] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Donald Crisp

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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense!, 10 July 2014
Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey star as siblings who buy a huge, old English house (sans electricity, of course) on a cliff over-looking the sea. They soon feels chills and hear ghostly sounds at night.

This is a wonderful movie, genuinely scary but completely non-violent. The Oscar-nominated, black and white photography in the creepy, dark house is outstanding and the fear of things that go bump in the night is what makes this one to watch with the lights on. Milland and Hussey are witty and urbane and Gail Russell is sweet as a neighbor girl with an interest in the house.

The lovely, "Stella by Starlight" is played several times and the entire soundtrack is excellent. This is a good old-fashioned thriller with a few laughs to break the tension.
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The Book Thief [DVD]
The Book Thief [DVD]
Dvd ~ Geoffrey Rush
Price: £4.99

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "But in the end there were no words. Only peace.", 27 April 2014
This review is from: The Book Thief [DVD] (DVD)
As the story opens, it is 1938, and a young German girl whose mother cannot keep her, is sent to live with strangers. Little Liesel adjusts to her new life with the help of her kindly new Papa and the books she steals, which teach her to read. But life becomes frightening when the war starts and the family decides to hide a Jew in their home.

This is an exquisite movie, the best I've seen a long time. The story is unforgettable and the cast is outstanding. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are wonderful as Liesel's foster parents Sophie Nelisse is perfectly cast as Liesel, growing from age 8 to 16. We see the war through her eyes; she is unflinchingly brave and lovable.

There is a small amount of violence, mostly bombing, with just enough good people to show that life is worth living. This is a tear-jerker, but well worth watching.

Saving Mr Banks [DVD]
Saving Mr Banks [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £5.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting but forgettable story, 26 April 2014
This review is from: Saving Mr Banks [DVD] (DVD)
When the author of "Mary Poppins" comes to see Walt Disney about making her books into a movie, we learn a lot about her childhood and the inspirations for her characters. She's a rigid sourpuss, immune to the warmth and charms of Mr. Disney, however, and won't even consider the changes he wants.

The constant flashbacks to P.L. Travers' idyllic-then-tragic childhood are quite interesting (although I still don't understand the title). Tom Hanks is utterly lovable as Disney and plays well against Emma Thompson's brittle, control-freak old maid, Travers. It's fun to see the two pros act together.

There is a lot of trivia for fans of the Mary Poppins movie, but this is actually a very lightweight and inconsequential story, more suited as a "extra" on the Mary Poppins DVD, rather than a full-length film. I enjoyed it but have forgotten most of it already.

Non-Stop [DVD] [2014]
Non-Stop [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
Price: £5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling airborne mystery, 15 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Non-Stop [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Liam Neeson stars as troubled air marshal Bill Marks, who is enroute to London. He starts receiving text messages saying someone onboard will be killed every 20 minutes unless $150M is sent to a secret bank account. And then people start dying.

In this movie, every character, except for Bill, is set up as a likely suspect; they all look very shifty and fully capable of murder. It's fun to watch everyone look guilty and my mind was racing to figure out the culprit (I couldn't.). Neeson is outstanding as the air marshal, running the gamut of emotions from grief to confusion to terror; he's instantly sympathetic and likable. Julianne Moore is good as Bill's seatmate and it's fun to see Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") as a flight attendant.

From the opening moments, I felt uneasy; that quickly turned to paranoia and then fear. The story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I really enjoyed the mystery of it. Recommended for those who like whodunits.

The Impossible [DVD] [2013]
The Impossible [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £4.71

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening true story, 25 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The Impossible [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as parents who take their three sons to Thailand on vacation where they become victims of the deadly tsunami of 2004.

Every minute of this true story is gut-wrenching, from the incredibly realistic recreation of the tsunami to the mass death and devastation afterward. Watts and McGregor are excellent as the suffering and selfless parents and Tom Holland gives a wonderful performance as their brave young son.

I saw videos of the disaster, but putting a personal, family face on the horror makes it all the more real and heartbreaking. Filmed on location in Thailand, the movie is intense and very moving. Highly recommended.

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