Profile for Kona > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Kona
Top Reviewer Ranking: 824
Helpful Votes: 5244

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Kona (Emerald City)
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
Magic in the Moonlight [DVD] [2014]
Magic in the Moonlight [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Colin Firth
Price: £7.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 2 May 2015
Stanley (Firth) is a famous magician who goes to the south of France to check out a young woman (Stone) who claims to be a medium. As Stanley knows all the tricks of the trade, he's skeptical, but her charm wins him over.

How could anything with Colin Firth as the romantic lead be this awful? He was so wrong for the part of a sarcastic trickster who hates everyone and he wasn't funny at all. With his innate genteel sophistication and noble appearance, he sounded ridiculous saying the Woody Allen dialogue. Emma Stone looked like a little girl with a big lisp and was totally annoying. She looked young enough to be Firth's granddaughter, not his love interest.

The location photography and 1928 sets were lovely, but I never bought the characters or the situation. And it was neither romantic nor a comedy.


Change of Heart
Change of Heart
by Jodi Picoult
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking but slow, 14 April 2015
This review is from: Change of Heart (Paperback)
Shay Bourne, a convicted rapist and murderer, is about to be executed. As he is moved into a new prison wing, he meets the residents of the nearby cells, a young priest, and a lawyer. They all want to help Shay because, it seems, he may be Jesus.

This story had a good basic plot: Is this man divine or a monster? If it's the latter and you needed an organ transplant to live, would you take one of his? Is the death penalty moral? All good ideas, but the story was at least twice as long as it should have been, packed with unnecessary characters and a truly silly and awkward romance.

I like that each chapter was narrated by a different character so we see many sides to the story. It's just too bad that it dragged on so slowly in the middle that I almost gave up on it.


Lana: The Lady, the Legend, the Truth
Lana: The Lady, the Legend, the Truth
by Lana Turner
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a life!, 7 April 2015
If a movie were made based on Lana Turner's autobiography, no one would believe it. Her life was a living melodrama lived at breakneck speed with romance, infidelity, abuse, murder, and betrayal, and all while being a top movie star.

She discusses in great detail her seven marriages and multiple affairs, which included Tyrone Power and the infamous Johnny Stompanato. She careened from man to man and movie to movie with reckless abandon, never seeming to learn from her mistakes.

I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough and was often shaking my head at Lana's poor judgment, but the book is still very entertaining. Fans of the golden age of Hollywood will enjoy hearing about Turners' life and famous contemporaries.


The Imitation Game [DVD]
The Imitation Game [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninvolving, 4 April 2015
This review is from: The Imitation Game [DVD] (DVD)
Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) was a brilliant mathematician and cryptologist who developed an early version of a computer that decoded German messages in WWII.

This is based on a monumentally-important story, but the movie is rather dull and flat. The eccentric Turing is neither likable nor especially interesting and I couldn't feel connected to him. The code-breaking plot was too technical for me, and while I did appreciate the acting and the underlying story, I didn't like the movie too much.


Robert Vaughn: A Fortunate Life: An Autobiography
Robert Vaughn: A Fortunate Life: An Autobiography
by Robert Vaughn
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, 3 April 2015
This is a very interesting story of a long-time Hollywood star. Robert Vaughn tells about his famous co-workers, lovers, and political work in detail and I found I could not put the book down. He comes across as an intelligent, funny, and proud man. (The only odd thing was how little space was given to his wife.)

This is a fun look back at U.N.C.L.E.-mania, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt, and all the other film, TV, and stage roles he gave (and is still giving) us. Recommended.


A Promise [DVD]
A Promise [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Rickman
Price: £7.20

1.0 out of 5 stars Lifeless love story, 31 Mar. 2015
This review is from: A Promise [DVD] (DVD)
The story opens in Germany, in 1912, as a poor but bright engineer starts work in an ironworks. The boss (Alan Rickman) takes a liking to him and soon invites the young man to live in his stately mansion. There, the engineer falls in love with the boss' young wife.

This movie was such a disappointment. This should have been a story full of painful, longing glances and stolen moments with breathless lovers; instead we get a boring couple who have absolutely no romantic chemistry whatsoever and bore us to distraction. She is too tall and too sturdy-looking; he's too passionless. Even the wonderful Alan Rickman is colorless and dull. And the ending just...ends.

Not recommended.


The Judge [DVD] [2014]
The Judge [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Everyone wants Atticus Finch...", 6 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Judge [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Big-time lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) returns to his hometown after many years of estrangement from his vitriolic father, who is a judge. When the Judge is accused of hit - and - run murder, Hank steps in to defend him, but the old man doesn't make that easy for him.

This is, quite simply, a great movie. What starts out as a typical dysfunctional family drama is quickly elevated to a master class in acting, probing morality and memories, failures and family. Duvall and Downey are both so powerful and so utterly convincing in their roles, that you cannot blink for fear you'll miss something. They are equally - matched legal lions, battling each other as well as the prosecution.

Duvall was rightly nominated for Best Supporting Actor; I'm sorry he didn't win. This is one of those movies where not a lot happens plot-wise, and not all the ends are neatly tied - up, but the ride is mesmerizing because of the stars' skills. Highly recommended.


Into the Storm [DVD] [2014]
Into the Storm [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Richard Armitage
Price: £5.00

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: £5.38

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.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20