Tuesday, December 31, 2013
When that job ends and after a stint in rehab, she convinces her father to invest in a venture of producing shoes with a cobbler Jimmy Choo. Setting up the business and the convoluted world of business deals takes up a lots of the story, there are lots of tales of lawyers and meetings throughout her business dealings. One can't help but feel that she expected a life of privilege and was slightly spoilt, and that had their been less exotic holidays, private jets and cocaine their might have been a bit more sensible decision making and money in the bank. Once her father dies, her mother goes a bit cra cra as she is already the major benefactor of the earlier deals, but still takes her daughter to court in a disagreement over some disputed shares.
Entertaining insight into what you might think is a glamorous world. 4/5
Monday, December 30, 2013
I'm not a huge fan of Ben Stiller as he seems to be one of those actors that doesn't disappear into a role for me, but always seems to be himself, just in a different setting, a bit like Adam Sandler and many others of the manboy genre. I did enjoy his character here, the everyman invisible worker, going about his life in a beige world, never having any adventures. Of course that is all about to change, in a novel and fun way.
Not a must rush to the movies to go and see it, but it was good enough to say it is worth a look if you are all rained out, or sick of wizards and car chases. 4/5
It was a good little romantic easy novel, and even though I had them figured out quite soon in the novel they were interesting characters to read about. Perfect easy reading for wet Christmas weather when you are stuck inside (it's mid summer here - not the time for rain). 3/5
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Colin Firth is also meant to be in town filming his latest blockbuster, which did feel like a name dropping exercise as he didn't feature as prominently as a girl might like in the story. I did end up feeling a bit meh about the story as you knew it would all work out for the ladies and somehow none of them seemed to have a real spark. 3/5
Saturday, December 28, 2013
This movie The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug was a bit more of the same. I bit overindulged CGI action scenes that lasted for 20 minutes. I was a bit over the Spider fights and Orc chasing and wish more attention had been paid to the characters and their story, the story just seemed to be their to hold fight scene after fight scene together. Nothing seemed to have been done to make any of the characters likeable or vulnerable, they all seemed a bit wooden and all the CGI green screen action just seemed false to me.
I get that as a non lover of the stories I am not the target audience, but I did want to like it. I'd give it a 2/5, it was better than being bored at home on a rainy afternoon. The noodles I had afterwards were tasty.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Sunday, December 22, 2013
For me it was a 4/5 - as I like a little bit of wartime romance and I didn't really mind the letter format, as the story flowed.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
So it was really more of the same story, which should have made it boring, but actually I must say it was ok. Jennifer Lawrence is pretty kickass, and a great role model for girls, even if this girl is a middle aged. I would have thought she was awesome when I was sixteen. She has great skin too - so luminous through the movie. Lovely Liam is quite the looker with his blue eyes, and I spent most of the time wondering if they made the other male lead stand in a ditch the whole movie?
The evening was almost spoiled as our favorite Thai restaurant has closed for a month of holidays. We ventured over the road to the local Vietnamese restaurant and had super tasty noodles, made fresh with lots of meat and veg, and a great price.
So a 4/5 for the movie and a good night out.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I did enjoy this book, although I must say the torture scenes were a bit gruesome for my sensitive stomach, the story kept me going for some time.. I am sure that somebody will be picking this one up to make a movie. 4/5
Monday, December 09, 2013
I do admire her honesty, and she seems to really love her husband and kids. She doesn't seem to have a clue about money, but after her upbringing you can see why she is buying pricey clothes and shoes and struggling to pay rent or a mortgage. A quick fun read 3/5.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Tied up, starved and raped, and threatened daily with being killed and the threat of her family being killed, you wonder how this poor wee girl got through. But, survive she did, nine months of abduction before being recognised and returned to her family. She writes well, and I did enjoyed hearing her voice, even though the subject matter is disturbing. I hope she has a long and wonderful life. 4/5
So this latest book is part memoir and part neuroscience reader, explaining what happens in the brain and how we can tame it with mindfulness, silencing the negative voices. You have to admire her bravery at putting herself out there and sharing her story. 3/5
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
For me the middle part of the book was a bit dry and I guess not knowing all the old actors and actresses of the 60's and 70's it was not my favorite book. All started to improve when he wrote more about Porridge, Open All Hours , Fools and Horses, The Darling Buds of May and all his other television roles. Even though there were lots of amusing stories about what him and his fellow actors got up too, it is the stories about friends and family that touch you the most, and allow you to see the man. He certainly would seem to be a good man to share a meal and a chat with. 3/5