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K-20 - The Legend Of The Black Mask
K-20 - The Legend Of The Black Mask
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun movie, 30 Jun. 2015
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This is the way a manga movie should be, good story, good steam punk style effects and lots of action. On the action note there are more acrobatics and Parkour style chases than actual fights in this movie, but that is ok. Most of all this movie is fun to watch.

In this movie World War 2 never took place to the A-bomb was never dropped on Japan. There are two class the rich and the poor there is not real in-between. There is no "official" movement between classes. The only sign of rebellion is K-20 the Fiend of 20 faces. He is a master thief, a master acrobat and a master of disguise/illusionist. He can be anybody; he steals from the rich and gives to himself. A young circus performer Heikichi Endo, played by Takeshi Kaneshiro, is hired by a newspaper to take pictures of an upcoming wedding of the Princess and the local hero super cop. Getting caught Endo seems to have all the attributes of K-20 so he is pronounced as K-20 and arrested to close the case. Escaping with the help of a thief ring, he must learn all the secrets K-20 know so he can fight him as an equal if he has a chance of clearing his name, and stop K-20 from his end game.

Well worth watching. My wife, who always make fun of me for watching martial arts and Eastern movies, was impressed with Takeshi Kaneshiro's acting and managed to sit through it without complaining. This is a good fun and great entertainment.


Lennox
Lennox
by Lennox Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, not the best writing, 26 Jun. 2015
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Great value for money, and many great photos of possible the best technical heavyweight boxer of all his time. The one thing that lets this book down for me is Melissa's writing. In some cases it is like she is sending him a love letter, saying how beautiful he is shadow boxing and he is the best man we have got. Also it does keep jumping back and forward, the last couple of chapters the talk about he second Rahman fight, the the next chapter is the interview set a month before the fight, surely it would make more sense to have these the other way around. Buy this for the photos, and some great insight from Lennox Lewis on the mental side of boxing, the rest of the text is just fluff.


3 Days to Kill
3 Days to Kill
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2.0 out of 5 stars A man and his bike, 24 Jun. 2015
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A very disappointing movie. Even more disappointing as I actually like Kevin Costner, and I really thought that this sounded like a good movie. What this ended up being was a very confused and fragmented movie. The only person in this movie who got his part spot on was Tómas Lemarquis he played the part of the nasty piece of work enforcer perfectly. The only reason this got more than one star from me was because the first 15 minutes were good.

Kevin Costner plays Ethan Runner, a lifelong CIA cleaner. The trouble is there is not much life left in him. Now the company does not need him, and he decides to take stock of his life. He is trying to make a mends with his daughter and wife. The trouble is he is crap at it. Now the CIA offers him an experimental drug that might cure him if he does one more job for them. He also gets the added bonus of middlemen accountants giving him advice on how to keep your work and family life separate.

Not a good movie, they could not decide whether to make it a comedy, or an action thriller. For me it failed on both accounts. Can anyone please explain to me what his fascination with the bike was? He seemed to like that more than his daughter. Your daughter call you at random times when you are in the middle of beating up people or about to kill people one or twice is ok, but every time is just annoying. The fight between Costner and another killer was just plain badly done and terribly shot. E.g. Costner throws a punch killer falls back, cut. Reset the scent where the killer is already in the process of throwing Costner over a table, cut. Reset to Costner half way towards throwing the Killer into against a wall.

Also I did not realize the French people were so jaded, a man running around with a gun shooting people till the last scene when they all run away seem to be no big deal for them. I would not recommend this movie to anyone Costner puts in a tired half-hearted performance, and everything else is bad if I am in a generous mood borderline ok.


The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 23 Jun. 2015
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A very good book. This story and these characters are having become classic icons for a reason. I have been a Musketeer fan since the early 80's when the Muskethounds carton series. I loved the original movie; the new steam punk version was not really by cup of tea. I loved the new BBC series, but with a bunch of British actors not even trying to hide their accents the series just had a bit of a too British feel to it. I bought it as a companion to read the original work.

The book is extremely well written I am sure it loses something in the translation but I really did think I get a great feel for French society of the time. I know the later version did not follow the story exactly, but I saw where the movies and shows got their classic moments, like d'Artagnan picking a fight with all Three Musketeers in succession and the adventure over the diamond tags.

There is a real sense of, I think what they then called honour we would call pride, but things like a gentleman's word meant something. These days if someone says they will do something you still check to make sure then if you are given someone's word they would die to fulfil it. If you had offended them then you would fight to satisfaction. This could be till someone conceded or were dead. I learn about the difference politics of the time. The two powers vying for control of France the Cardinalist, and the Royalists.

We do learn about the other Musketeers but first and form most this is d'Artagnan's adventure. The only thing I found lacking in this story was even though there were plenty of fights and action the actual thrust and parry, or the details of the fight were left out, which was a bit of a shame for me. I think the reason for this was Alexandre Dumas being a play right gave the outcome to duel but left it to the actors the fill in that part. A great read. I am tempted to learn French just so I could read the actual original, but that would take another 3 decades to get to that level of understanding. So I will stick to this very enjoyable translation.


Broken Fist
Broken Fist
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much to take, 23 Jun. 2015
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Way over done. I love martial arts movies. I don't mind B movies with bad acting if the martial arts are good. I never through I would say there was too much fight in a movie. However this movie managed it. There are 5 martial arts actors, and these guys have taken enough punishment to take out an army. I will give you an example Pamela Walworth playing Lisa Ellis get her leg slashed open, choked to the point of vomiting, drowned, multiple strike to the face and stabbed right through the back and the knife twisted then pulled out to let her bleed to death. She is not even one of the fighters she is just the damsel caught in the middle that is actually tame compared to what the fighter go through.

The movie is 93 minutes, 80 of those are a straight long fight. The only thing that comes close to the chaos of this movie imagine the hero Johnny Yong Bosch playing Jack Ellis / Hiroki is in the WWE as a one on four handicap no rules match. Watching the movie I can hear "oh he is busted wide open"!! "He is still come", believe it is easier to kill a swarm of zombies they these guys. Oh and the blood splatter forget blood bags they must have use whole tankers full of blood to make this movie.

the story is very simple Jack and Lisa Ellis are used to moving because of Jack's "job", his wife has no idea about his former life this it catches up with then in the form of 4 Slipknot style masked psycho assassins. The rest is one looooooooooooooog fight oh they do get a couple of minutes break to seemingly heal up. The must have some magic bandaged in this movie. To sum up the movie is badly acted, bloody with the point where bloody you might as well paint the set red (light red the blood light red), and unbelievable too much fighting. It actually is possible. Think a ninja Terminator crossed with the WWE.


Warriors of the Steppe
Warriors of the Steppe
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4.0 out of 5 stars Todays children are tommorrows soldiers, 22 Jun. 2015
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A very good movie not really my cup of tea, but well done. This movie deals with the brutality of war, making this a brutal movie. This includes village massacres and children murdered. I do like that fact that there is a lack of gore in the movie it is usually one strike or an arrow to the kill.

Sarti see his village and parents killed he manages to save one child and a girl. Now seven year later he is leading a small Kazakh raiding party against the Mongols. Killing Mongol soldiers, stealing horses and freeing slaves he has become a legend to his people, (but the jealousy might turn one of his best friends against him), and an annoyance the Mongol leader, that is till it becomes personal. Now with the Kazakh people banding together to make a military should he become another soldier in the army or continuing leading his small bad as he sees fit. The fight and action scenes are great (if sometime very brutal), and a great story of the human spirit.


Submit By Treaty (Alien Shapeshifter Romance) (Qui Treaty Collection Book 4)
Submit By Treaty (Alien Shapeshifter Romance) (Qui Treaty Collection Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets, 22 Jun. 2015
I received a free advance review copy from Kayla Stonor in exchange for your honest review

Another good short book in the Qui collection. It takes place a few weeks after book 3. Sargent Raiss Tyrone is aboard the ship of Qui commander Meseri, to collect the last surviving member of their unit. Zeus. Zeus has been tortured and abused by the "lizards" especially the "winged lizards", which have remarkable resemblances to the Qui in their natural form, and he will be dammed if they will take him alive again. When Meseri see him she is attracted to him as not only physically but to his warrior spirit and ferocity, however he broken. Even seeing his friend is trigger to reliving his torcher. Meseri does above the call of duty coming up with a plan to allow recreate his torcher secession with more pleasurable results. We learn there are many secrets that the humans and the Qui are still hiding from each other.

Some things I really like about this book are after months of torcher Zeus' reactions to the changes because of the Treaty and the coupling between his friends more believable. Zeus does not seem to possess the superhuman stamina associated with most of the protagonist of these stories, making Meseri's help/sacrifices for him much more selfless. I really do also like the way that secrets to be revealed move this story along. Not just aliens and human finding each other.


Tarzan
Tarzan
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4.0 out of 5 stars New age swing on a classic, 17 Jun. 2015
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Amazing animation, the next generation motion capture and rendering with a nod to the old school story. Yes it does have all the classic lines in the movie. I think Kellan Lutz has found his niche. I am amazed seeing his performances in "real" movies (where I found them flat and inexpressive) that in an animated state where every inch of your facial expressions and body movement is captured and rendered was done so well. The only reason I did not give this movie 5 stars is the fact the ending fell a little flat for me. Compared to the rest of the movie it seemed rushed to be finished.

The new school twists of Greystoke being a business man rather than a lord, and looking for alternate forms of energy rather than gold give the story a current feel. On this trip he takes his family deep into the jungle of Africa. In an escape gone wrong the young heir to the Greystoke Empire is left in the wood with a grieving mother ape to try and survive as best as he can. The rest is history.

I wife hate animated movies, but the animation is so good and realistic in this one that she loved it. Also she said she like the fact that the apes and Tarzan did not "talk" to each other in English but their one apish language of grunts and oh oh, and gestures. A very good movie with a bit of a rushed ending stopping it from being perfect.


WWE: Daniel Bryan - Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes! [DVD]
WWE: Daniel Bryan - Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Bryan
Price: £22.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes to the Wrestling, not the best documentary, 17 Jun. 2015
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I am a huge Daniel Bryan or Bryan Danielson as I first knew him in Ring of honour. I am glad for the success that he was enjoying till his injury. He has an amazing story of achieving his child hood dream. Overcoming the odds and breaking the glass ceiling imposed by not being the right fit for the WWE physically or a great talker (promo man) through hard work, determination and never say die attitude. Most of all his tremendous wrestling ability. His style has changed since his ROH days, where he had a more holds and locks style for longer matches, then the more high impact style used in the WWE. I did find it funny after the DVD WWE did put in the smallest declaimer thanking ROH for their help on the project.

The high point of the DVD is Daniel's the testimonials of people who know his normalcy of the things he does. Like joking around with his girlfriend/now wife, carrying his own bags, shopping interacting with any fans that come to see him. This could be kids in hospitals, someone who has just recognized him, or a contest winner saying hello right after the biggest match of his career.

The way this DVD really falls down is that it does not really break the "four wall" like a certain Punk's DVD or promos. What I mean, and I understand Daniel is still an active superstar, so you really can't have the people he is feuding with saying nice things about him on the DVD, but documentary come across as more of an episode to the road to WrestleMania 30. It is shot from the point of view that, despite the backstage politics of the where people are on the card, or who is in what match, that pro-wrestling and everything that goes on in the ring is real. As an older fan like me (and probably most wrestling fans) we know the outcomes are predetermined. So having Daniel come out after his match I hope I win the next match when you know it is just a bit off putting and obviously staged for the camera as he is in "WWE character". Also they did not really do any favours showing Daniel in a boxing gym training "hitting" pads, more like tapping them. I teach kickboxing I have seen new students with one tenth of the ability that Daniel has got at the pad with more vigour that that.

On just the documentary I would have given the DVD 3.5 stars but the great wrestling matches give it an extra star for me. Here is a list of the matches on the second and third disc:

DISC 2:

Power of Yes

Tryout

American Dragon & Shooter Schultz vs. Brian Kendrik & Lance Cade
Austin, TX [SmackDown Taping] * February 8, 2000

Extra List

Jamie Noble vs. Brian Danielson
Velocity * January 18, 2003

Getting Signed

Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho
NXT * February 23, 2010

Borderline Insulting

United States Championship Match
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
Night of Champions * September 19, 2010

Money in the Bank Winner

World Heavyweight Championship Match
The Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan
TLC * December 18, 2011

Champion

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show
SmackDown * January 6, 2012

Redemption Match

2 out of 3 Falls Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
Extreme Rules * April 29, 2012

Anarchist

No Disqualification Match for the WWE Championship
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Special Guest Referee: AJ Lee
Money in the Bank * July 15, 2012

Team Hell No

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Daniel Bryan & Kane
Night of Champions * September 16, 2012

DISC 3:

B-Plus Player

Gauntlet Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro and Ryback
RAW * July 22, 2013

SummerSlam Main Event

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
Special Guest Referee: Triple H
SummerSlam * August 18, 2013

Great Moment / Short Reign

No Disqualification Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
RAW * March 17, 2014

The YES Movement

Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan
WrestleMania XXX * April 6, 2014

Victory, Injury, & Recovery

Daniel Bryan's Big Announcement
RAW * December 29, 2014

What's Next??

Winner Will Face Brock Lesnar At WrestleMania For The WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns
FastLane * February 22, 2015


Fury
Fury
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4.0 out of 5 stars We are here to kill them they are here to killl us, 16 Jun. 2015
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An enjoyable movie. Actually enjoyable is probably not the right word for this movie. It is actually a brutal movie about the brutalities and realities of war. Even though the fact were not historically correct, please read Mr Kings review on that point. The only non-realistic point that I took a star away from the movie is that the bullets looked more like lasers to me in between the brutalities and gritty reality they were trying to portray this just looked odd to me. The other thing is in the last battle Brad managed to take some superhuman style punishment especially compared to the others.

Brad Pitt plays "Wardaddy" a veteran tank commander of a Veteran tank (named Fury) crew. Presumed dead behind enemy line in Germany, they manage to return to the base minus their assistant driver. Now he assigned a green cadet they carry no their mission. Pitt takes it as his job to teach the new guy the "ideals are peaceful, but history is Violent". This is a tense, gritty, and brutal movie. The gore factor really pushes the limit of the 15 age rating. A very gripping movie building to a last stand the time just seemed to fly by.


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