Inferno twists and turns like the tentacles of flames in search of oxygen. Having read and loved Dan Brown‘s book of the same name, I was pleased the script followed suit. I’d forgotten about the biggest surprise in the story that blew me away again, seeing it on screen.
I read one review that said Ron Howard didn’t put his best effort into this installment of the adventures of Professor Robert Langdon. Nonsense! The action starts ten minutes into the film and doesn’t let up until the end.
Once again Langdon’s search for clues and his efforts to solve a complex puzzle (to save humanity this time), take him to the ancient cities of Europe, such as Florence, Venice, and Budapest.
Tom Hanks is strong in the role of Professor Langdon, as usual. The historic sites and cinematography made this film a treat to see on the big screen.
Cathryn and I both love the movie and each gave it 10 out of 10.
So I’m one of those Jack Reacher fans who always comments on how Tom Cruise doesn’t fit the main character in Lee Childs books of the same name. Having said that, I must admit that Cruise’s acting fills the void in his character’s size.
In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, our hero adds two female sidekicks. That is very unusual for Reacher, who, at one point states, “I usually work alone.” His two female partners in crime fighting soften the story somewhat, adding both humor and sexual tension.
The depth of Cruise’s acting is shown in his subtle facial expressions, when he learns that his companions can actually help him catch the bad guys. Some critics say the movie lacked superhero action, but that’s the whole idea behind Jack Reacher-he’s not a superhero. He’s only one man.
The movie wasn’t really a sequel to the first, just Reacher’s continuing adventures while he travels around the country. Cathryn and I thought it did well on it’s own and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We both gave the movie a 9 out of 10.
Tough Guy: My Life on the Edge
by Bob Probert, Kirstie McLellan Day, Steve Yzerman , Dani Probert
threw a lot of punches during his hockey career, but he holds none back in his book, Tough Guy. The man partied as hard as he hit. He was feared by other players for his fighting talents, and by coaches for his alcohol and drug abuse.
Although I was never introduced to Bob Probert, I knew of him through his father – we were both police officers in Windsor, Ontario. Bob also made a name for himself when he was arrested by fellow officers I’d worked with. A buddy of mine chatted with him at the Bluesfest, just hours before he was arrested, passed out on a street corner. Oddly enough, I arrested his brother Norm on more than one occasion for public drunkenness.
Probert, revered in Windsor and Detroit, is a hockey legend and always will be. He may have earned a reputation as one of the NHL’s toughest enforcers, but he accumulated impressive stats that showed he could play the game as well.
It is truly sad that he was taken from us at such an early age, I am curious at how he would have played out the rest of his life.
Tough Guy was written by Kirstie Mclellan Day, but openly told by a guy who really was larger than life.
Ben Affleck really can play a bad guy. Or is he a good guy in The Accountant? It all depends on your moral values. The movie starts out a bit slow, but the writer is showing us the back story, and how it will come into play throughout the movie.
If you really pay attention in those early scenes you might pick up on clues to a couple of neat twists that come to light at the end of the movie. The movie keeps you guessing about a lot of things – how can a special needs child evolve into a clever accountant for one.
Action is added to the intrigue and drama, and Affleck fills his roll superbly. His character is complicated to say the least. Can a hit man really be a good person? Watch the movie and decide for yourself.
Cathryn and I both loved the movie and rate it 10 out of 10.
A Devil Is Waiting (Sean Dillon #19)
by Jack Higgins
I thought this book was mediocre at best. Although this is the first Jack Higgins novel I’ve read, I have seen movies made from his books.
In considering the high praise this author has received, I was disappointed with this book. I thought the action was a bit lackluster, or maybe too predictable.
Are other readers tiring, as I am, of characters who are independently wealthy, but choose to be superheros for something to do? Honestly, I expected more.
The largest man-made disaster on the planet, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It’s another movie where we all know the ending, but audiences will still do a lot of head shaking and thinking, omg – I can’t believe they did that.
I can’t remember the last movie the invoked such emotion from both Cathryn and I as we watched the events unfold. The cinematography and special effects keep you plastered to the back of your seat. The fiery explosions were so realistic, you could almost feel the heat, and even though we didn’t see the movie in 3D, the flying debris made you want to duck.
Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell make a dynamic duo. John Malkovich was a pleasant surprise, who added just the right touch of dramatic flare.
The movie got a bit graphic when the rig workers got blown up and burnt, but it was so well depicted, we felt their pain. BP was fined billions of dollars for their arrogant blunder, but somehow it doesn’t seem like they paid enough.
There was nothing wrong with this movie, we both gave it a 10 out of 10.
A whole evening of 1970’s flashbacks. From the music and black concert tee shirts, to the hard-drinking, pot-smoking, longed haired rock and rollers. Sixty-eight year old Alice Cooper took the stage at Caesars Windsor and showed us all that he could still rock the house.
The backdrop on the stage depicted Cooper’s face with his signature black makeup. His eye sockets each contained a black widow spider. The voice of Vincent Price introduced his first song, a cut from Welcome to my Nightmare.
Starting out in a black hooded cape, Cooper stripped off a piece of clothing for each of the next two songs. I think he changed outfits almost as much as Cher, but he always sported some kind of black leather or bloodied clothes.
The stage show was highlighted by cool pyrotechnics and Cooper’s trademark props like dolls, snakes, a guillotine, and even a visit from Frankenstein.
The Rock Shocker paid tribute to who he called, his “dead drunken friends,” Keith Moon, David Bowie, and another guy I’ve never heard of, by playing songs like Pinball Wizard and Suffragette City.
Of course he played all the crowd favorites like Eighteen, Billion Dollar Babies, and Under My Wheels. For School’s Out he included a bit of Pink Floyd, another band who he was inspired by when he started out.
My ears are still ringing.