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Book Review #105: The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

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After reading 'The Guest List', by Foley, a few years ago, I instantly became a fan. So when I heard that she had a new book coming out, I pre-ordered it so that I could read it as soon as possible. When Jess goes to stay with her brother Ben in his apartment in Paris, she finds that the apartment is empty and Ben is nowhere to be found. As Jess looks further into her brother's disappearance, she discovers that all of his neighbours seem to have something to hide. I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to. For a start, it didn't need to build suspense so much so quickly. Every second chapter at the beginning of the book for quite a long time ends with a resident saying that they don't like Ben. After a while it feels like 'we get it, let's move onto something else', and it took too long to do so.  Particularly at the beginning of the story, there are so many characters that it can be hard to keep track of who's who. Because there are quite a

My Fake Boyfriend | Film Review

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  This is a film that came out on Amazon Prime Video recently. It had an interesting premise, albeit a confusing one, so I thought I'd give it a watch. When Andrew (Keiynan Lonsdale) can't stop seeing his toxic ex, his friends decide to help by creating a fake social media boyfriend for him. I didn't like this movie. It could have been good, but it took a few weird turns. The film has a weird tone. It felt like a comedy (it wasn't serious enough to be anything else), but nothing funny really happened.  The plot, at least in the first half of the movie, is a bit stupid. It's not necessarily unrealistic, but the characters do stupid things. Particularly Andrew's friends. Nothing of interest happens for a really long time. The characters aren't particularly fleshed out or well-written. The absurdity of the fake boyfriend idea goes on for way too long, and it is where the film becomes really unrealistic. The saving grace of the film is the chemistry between Andr

Jurassic World Dominion | Film Review

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  I am a huge fan of the Jurassic Park/World franchise, and always enjoy watching the movies even when they're not that great. So I was really looking forward to seeing this one. In a world where dinosaurs and humans co-exist, characters old and new find themselves once again battling both dinosaurs and humans to ensure that all creatures can continue to live in peace. That was a really hard description to write, mainly because this film doesn't really have a coherent plot. From the beginning of the film, there are so many location changes in such a short space of time that it starts to feel a bit disorienting. There were two storylines running alongside each other, and I found that I cared about one of the stories much more than the other, to the point that I was completely uninterested in the other story until the two were merged into one. The concept of humans having to escape from a dinosaur is one that will always be exciting, especially when the characters are ones that w

Four Good Days | Film Review

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I had heard absolutely nothing about this film before it came out on the Sky Premiere channel. What initially attracted me to it was seeing Mila Kunis in a role that I hadn't seen her in before, but I also have a soft spot for this premise, and have seen many films with very similar themes. Drug addict Molly (Mila Kunis) tries to stay clean for four days while living with her mother (Glenn Close). I liked this movie. It was essentially what I expected it to be, but it was good nonetheless. Mila Kunis and Glenn Close are amazing as these characters; their performances are great. But even without the amazing actors, I really loved the characters themselves, particularly Molly. She is really authentic and real. I loved that there was no definitive good or bad in this story. These characters and their world is flawed, and just like in the real world, everyone is just trying their best with what they have. You can completely tell that the movie is based on a true story, and I think that

Halloween Kills | Film Review

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I am a big fan of the Halloween franchise, so much so that I went to the cinema to see the film that came out before this, so I was really looking forward to seeing the sequel (though I didn't think the previous film needed one). After the events of the previous film, masked killer Michael Myers is on the loose and once again terrorising the residents of Haddonfield. But this time, the residents are ready to rid their town of evil once and for all. So, my hunch that this sequel wasn't needed turned out to be correct. For a start, this film starts directly after the last movie. And while this is fine, it felt like there was a bit too much time between the films for the audience to completely remember what happened last time, or who some of the characters are. Having said that, I did enjoy the links between the films - particularly the links back to the original 1978 movie. The 'Halloween' movies aren't the pinnacle of realism, but this one felt especially unrealistic

Book Review #104: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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There was no way I could have bought ' The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ' without also getting 'Daisy Jones & The Six', both by Taylor Jenkins Reid. If there was any book more highly reviewed than Evelyn Hugo, it was Daisy Jones. Everyone knows legendary rock band Daisy Jones & The Six. But nobody knows the reason why the band split up at the height of their success... until now. I have mixed feelings about this book. I can understand why the concept, originality and characters make people love it as much as they do, but there were some parts of it that fell flat for me. I really liked the way the story is told. It is written in the form of a collection of interviews and this makes the information and different points of view easier to understand and digest. The story felt authentic. It is well-written and I believed the things the characters were doing and saying. While I enjoyed the story as I was reading it, there was nothing making me want to pick it up. An

3 Month Favourites | April - June 2022

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It's been a while since my last Favourites post, and I've accumulated quite a few things to mention in the last three months! Favourite Movie (1): Brittany Runs a Marathon I didn't expect to like this film as much as I did. I liked the concept, but thought that it would be a bit predictable and not that interesting to watch, so I was really pleasantly surprised. It's about a woman who, in an effort to get healthier and improve her life, decides to run the New York City marathon. Definitely worth a watch! Favourite Movie (2): Halftime I'm not a huge documentary fan, but I decided to watch JLO's Halftime documentary, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I enjoyed seeing a glimpse into her world, and her preparation for the superbowl halftime show. But more than that, I was really into the Oscars the year that JLO was in the conversation of being nominated for her role in Hustlers, so it was really interesting to see those conversations from her point of vie