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Chris Ryan Extreme: Silent Kill: Extreme Series 4
Chris Ryan Extreme: Silent Kill: Extreme Series 4
by Chris Ryan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars A good action thriller, 26 April 2015
Chris Ryan is an accomplished action thriller as the latest novel Extreme: Silent Kill shows. He is an SAS troop and fought the Iraq war in tragic circumstances. He has experienced the dangers of war. His experience shows by using the character of legendary soldier Bald embarking on two highly dangerous missions involving the IRA and a ruthless mercenary thriving to overthrow government regiemes. The stories keep you enthralled for long periods with fast face, suspense and action. These elements are what makes a good action thriller. The depth of knowledge and wealth of experience is well reflected in the novel. It is a good action thriller. Chris Ryan is ranked highly as one of the best nation thriller writers. A good read. I would recommend for anyone who loves a fast pace and high adrenaline thriller. I enjoyed it and read in one gulp, as I was hooked to it.

Avengers: Age of Ultron [Blu-ray 3D]
Avengers: Age of Ultron [Blu-ray 3D]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Junior
Price: £20.00

5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, incoherent and confusing sequel, 25 April 2015
I am sorry to spoil the party. To be brutally honest, it fails to my expectations. The first instalment is comparatively much better than a rather feeble sequel. I am always open minded and say it with my heart if I believe a movie is not to my liking. The whole point of reviewing is to express your own views and opinions. It does not measure up to the sucess of the first installment. There are fundamental flaws expose in the film.

Avengers Assemble: Age of Ultron is based mostly Eastern Europe. It is about a new threat facing the avengers known a Ultron a robotic designed villain whose mission is to eradicate humanity for saving earth. What prompted such a negative review from me?

*The ideas and plot did not work for me at all. . Much more thinking and planning required on the plot. It feels so rushed and crammed.
* The villain is weak as in the case of Ultron. Lorki appears a better villian. There is a comical touch to the character. No mention of the character at all. Does he exist? Maybe a different villian should have been introduced. Ultron is such an unconvincing villian. The army of Ultron is so easy to beat and no competition for the Marvel heroes.
* There are so many characters to make sense of. I could not understand the relevance some of the characters. Sticking to the original characters of Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Incredible Hulk and Hawkeye would have been better. Less is better than more, then there would have been much more character development. The characters have become one dimensional.
* The ,momentum of the movie completely lost mid -way through. Script writers seem to be depleted with ideas by introducing old characters without a clear purpose. Samuel L Jackson, leader of shield introduced ¾ of movie. It did not make any sense to me at all. The Shield organisation appear briefly. The sequel is confused, incoherent and disjointed in many parts. It feels like an obligation for Marvel to add a sequel to build on the success of the first one for the sake of it.
* There is a lack of tension and excitement. I feel the action scenes are tedious and repititive. I have seen it all before. It needed a fresh angle.
* The chemistry between Incredible Hulk and Black Widow is silly and annoying. I do not see the point in this at all.

I applaud Marvel for releasing a sequel. This is the only positive point.

I have seen many quality Marvel hero movies. This is by the far the weakest. It failed to fire in most cylinders for me at all. 2 out of 5 is my reflection of the movie. I am sorry to be incredibly negative. It did not pull it through for me on this ocasion. It all hype, but did not deliever when it matters.

Baking Made Easy
Baking Made Easy
by Lorraine Pascale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the baking book, 10 April 2015
This review is from: Baking Made Easy (Hardcover)
Lorraine Pascale is passionate about cooking. This book is well written. It offers a wide range of receipes to try out at the comfort of your home. The receipes are concisely written and easy to follow. It is a great starting point for beginners. I have browsed through the book and there are many receipe that I intend to do in the coming weeks. I love the book.

Meet Me Under the Clock
Meet Me Under the Clock
by Annie Murray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Murray delivers another great historical fiction, 10 April 2015
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Annie Murray forte is writing historical fiction. Meet me under the clock is another great piece of novel. It is set in world war 1 based in the streets of Birmingham. The story focuses on a number of characters depicted in the period. War affected the streets as there were air raids terrifying residents. It reunited families and communities togather. There are emotional moments, as you are about to find out whilst engaged to the nove, The characters are well developed. The novel is beautifully written and engaging. The events are unfolded, as if we are relieving the time as it was. The author attention to details are superb, as it is meticulously and authentically written. I found the novel interesting, emotional and a joy to read. Murray is one of the top writers in historical fiction. I would recommend the author if you express interest in historical fiction.

The Water Diviner [Blu-ray] [2015]
The Water Diviner [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Price: £17.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell Crowe shines, 6 April 2015
The Water Diviner is one of finest movies of Russell Crowe to date. It is a historical fictional drama film. It tells the story of an Australian farmer living in the outbacks. The film based on World War 1. It is about Australian soldiers fighting a war known as Battle of Gallipoli. Joshua hears the news that his sons are fighting a war and not returned home from his wife. All presumed are dead. Unable to cope with grief, Eliza commits suicide. Joshua promises to bring back the sons to be buried alongside the wife. He travels on a long, dangerous and epic journey to find answers and achieve his objectives at Turkey. He is faced with barriers and resistant that affects what he seeks to achieve. How does he overcome this? Does he find any answers about the truth? What dangers does he face?

The Water Diviner is a well delivered historical film. The attention to details of the events unfolding about the historical period are accurately potrayed. There are scenes which some viewers may find distrubing, distressing and shocking. The scenes show bloodshed in battle warfare. The film is about one man journey of discovery and seeking answers with persistent. It is emotional, engaging and dramatic piece of film making. It kept me absorbed throughout. If you an express in historical fiction films, I would recommend The Water Diviner.

'71 [Blu-ray]
'71 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jack O'Connell
Price: £10.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 71 review, 29 Mar. 2015
This review is from: '71 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The year 1971 was a very troubled year for Northern Ireland. Riots erupted between Catholic Nationalists and Protestants Loyalists. They lived side by side, where violence escalated. Absolute chaos and mayhem swept the streets of Belfast as you can imagine. 71 recaptures the horrifying and terrifying days of how the presence of British troops patrolling the streets unfolded. It is a historical based thriller.

It tells the story of how this dangerous mission began. The British Unit deployed under the inexperienced leadership of Armitage. The unit face a mammoth task of controlling the situation. New recruit Gary Hook, the youngest recruit gets a taste of being a frontline troop. He faces a dangerous situation. He has been left separated. Riots immediately erupt on the streets. The British troops are forced to retreat, as the situation is beyond contol and their lives are at risk. One fragility reported as known IRA members fire. Hook is on the run from IRA terrorists who are on hunt for British soldiers and planting bomb attacks. The film show the scale of the problem at the time. The situation was increasingly volatile at Belfast, where streets were unsafe. Hooks faces a battle of survival against some extremely dangerous individuals. The film focuses on Hook's experience as a soldier. How did the British unit rescue the missing soldier? Intelligence gathering became important. An immediate investigation was conducted on the operation raising a few concerns.

71 is a dark, gritty, tense and enthralling piece of film making. It tells the story on how it actually happened. 1971 was the darkest and bleakest day of Northern Ireland. The movie provides a harsh and accurate reflection of the events unfolding in the country. It kept me enthralled throughout. Some viewers will find the film distrubing and distressing to watch. There are violences and bloodshed scenes. It is powerful piece of film making showing a dark side of humanity's. A well delivered thriller. It is not something I would watch again if I am being honest. It stays in your mind questioning society. I hope there is ever lasting piece in society. 4 stars is a fair reflection.

The Very Best Of Chicago & Foreigner
The Very Best Of Chicago & Foreigner
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy for listening pleasure, 8 Mar. 2015
Two legendary American groups rolled into one album, makes music a sheer joy to listen timelessness. Love the album. The songs are great and what I call quality music. Wow, bring fond memories for me. I cannot resist gaining a taste of this music. It is uplifting and powerful. The music spans from the 70s to the 80s. Music blossom during these decades. Well if you love good music and brought up in this generation, I would recommend this album.

Deliver Us From Evil [Blu-ray] [2014]
Deliver Us From Evil [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Scott Derrickson
Price: £10.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An edge of the seat horror thriller, 1 Mar. 2015
The movie received mixed reviews. I disagree with the negative reviews. I did not find the movie dreadful at all. It is an intelligence piece of horror thriller. There are big scary moments. There are edge of the seat moments. The build up is well delivered. The initial hour builts a vivid picture of the events unfolding. The last hour it picks up momemtum as it start to get creepy and scary.

What is it about? The movie is based on real life events of Ralph Sarchie, a New York cop. He was invesigating a case linked supposely to supernatural events. What clues does he stumbled on to solve the case? The opening scene shows a group of Us marine in Iraq being pocessed by a spirit. These strange events occur in New York. Ralph worked in partnership with a priest to solve this mysterious case. What caused these inexplicable events? Does this mystery become solved? It touches upon the theme of exorcism. This is related to spirits and demons. How does the case psychologically affect Ralph, as he was involved in the case? The scenes are dark, hollowing and distrubing.

Overall, it is a good horror movie that kept me enthralled. In any horror movie, building up a picture is important to gain an understanding of the subject matter raised. Deliver us from Evil as it is atmopheric and not filled with annoying cliches associated with horror movies. It contains sickening and violences scenss which some viewers may find distrubing. I would reommend the movie if you are a fan of classical horror films like Exorcism.

Indian Summers [DVD]
Indian Summers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julie Walters
Price: £14.99

26 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, disjointed and too many characters, 27 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Indian Summers [DVD] (DVD)
On initial impression, Indian Summers sounded a promising drama. It is based on the British Indian raj period. After watching a few episodes, I struggled to engage with the drama. It is immensely slow paced. I feel there are too many characters. I could not understand the relevance of few characters. It feels so confused and disjointed in many parts. It lacks clarity for me as a drama. I feel the characters did not blend well in with the British raj period. The portrayal of the main characters feel so unreal and inaccurate. It is filled with too many cliches characterising the period. To elaborate, owning a big mansions and lavish lifestyles. Historical accuracy is questionable on whether what happens reflect the period . It needed to be more simplified and less characters. It has been labelled the new drama Downtown Abbey. I disagree with that as it is miles better and easy to follow. If you are looking for quality period dramas, look elsewhere and this is the weakest I have seen. I had high hopes for the drama. It is disappointing, as it fail to meet my expectations. I asked a few of my friends about what they think of the drama and they share the same views as me. It need serious big improvements in all departments of what is expected of a high quality drama. I do not see the point of the series running for forthcoming future as it will be a wasted investment, unless it changes.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Dvd ~ Maggie Smith
Price: £15.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and feel good movie, 27 Feb. 2015
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a British comedy drama film based in India. It is about a group of pensioners settling in India, who reside in the Exotic hotel tailored to their needs. The films features a strong cast including Bill Nighty, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton and a newcomer Richard Gere. It is interesting and hilarious to observe how these pensioners adapt to Indian way of life. The charming and hot tempered owner played by Dev Patel runs and manages the hotel. He is aiming to expand the empire. Does he achieve the dream? The bonding he shares with the other characters is great. It is touching and hilarious at the same time. The hotel is different from conventonal hotels, The film is filled with humour, drama and Bollywood magic. The characters are great and well developed. I love the majestic setting of India. It is lovely to admire and to appreciate the country. It is a great follow up from the first inststallment. It is richly entertaining with hardly a dull moment. I was engrossed to the film. If you like a great feel good movie, I would truly recommend The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I throughly enjoyed it. This shows British film making of the highest quality

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