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text 2019-01-20 00:21
Movie Review: Jurassic Park III


Title: Jurassic Park III
Release Date: 2001
Starring: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola
Length: 1h 32min
Rating: PG


Favourite character: Amanda Kirby

Crush: Billy Brennan
Least favourite character: Don’t really have one
Favourite line: Don’t really have one.


Mini-Review: Despite the lack of Ian Malcolm, I like this movie due to it’s lack of dino snacks. But it’s replaced by a dangling rotted skeleton and since I have a phobia of bones, that kind of takes it down a couple of notches on the favourite scale. But I love Billy, I know some people hate him, but I love him. Also Ellie's scenes. Ellie is gold. So this is pretty good.




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review 2019-01-19 10:15
Death of a Movie Star- Timothy Patrick

    This is a well written book that passes all my standards for a five-star review. However, I have to say that I didn’t particularly enjoy the fiction. This lack of engagement being in large part because I find everything relating to celebrity status intensely dull. I was seduced to read by the outstanding opening phrases of the first chapter. The nod towards the spilling of blood suggested a read I wasn’t going to get, but let me be clear, Patrick certainly didn’t set out to deceive murder/mystery lovers and thriller fans into reading. The contents are clearly written on the label if one takes the trouble to read the full blurb.

    We all have expectations about the way certain people behave. In this case those expectations are largely played too. We read a strong story about the pampered celebrity elites that fill the vacant spaces in real human-interest news stories. For many entertainment industry fans this must be exactly choice bread and butter. Hollywood, like sport or gambling, fills a lot of territory in very many individual lives. I on the other hand couldn’t ever raise a care as to which flawed characters rose or fell in the glittering fictional pond. I’m sure I’m missing out on something by not being intensely interested in the rivalries between the real stars, the Joan Crawford versus Bette Davis, Orson Welles v William Randolph Hearst, that inform the fictional ones Patrick creates.

    This fiction does a convincing job of paralleling and parodying reality. Patrick plucks a little bit from a great many of Hollywood’s legendary lives and places his clever concoction into a near future time. The masked figure on the cover of the version I read gave me a clever and accurate feel for the story that waits inside. So is my negativity of any value to most of those that are planning to read this book? That is a fair question. I can recognise that this is well written escapism. The jealousies really are so very Hollywood, so well reflecting backstory reads in a thousand glossy magazines and perhaps, as a crude generalisation, so much more female than male in interest.

I failed to pick up on the dark humour mentioned in the Kirkus Review, or anything very funny at all except in the absurdity of familiar movie satire. I kept wondering if I was missing something. And indeed, perhaps the joke is on me for the view through my blinkered myopic eyes. Certainly, this book has some really good reviews, many that have no trouble in finding comedy.

    In short, this is quality paint, plausible Hollywood glitter, that for me dries too slowly, if at all, and leaves too few memorable bursts of colour.


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review 2019-01-19 04:46
Must Love Movie Star (The Alaska Sunrise Romances, #9) by Melissa Storm
Must Love Movie Star - Melissa Storm



Life is not like the movies. In the real world happy endings are not easily acquired, they're hard work. Storm takes readers behind the glitter with her special brand of heartache and heartwarming. Must Love Movie Star is one woman's determination to flip the script and learn to exist outside the fantasy. Jo is an ace when it comes to remembering her lines, but following her heart is a different matter. When her next film challenges her survival instincts on and off the set, she finds a hero in Dan. Dan is just what she needs to help her find her voice outside of the Hollywood glitz, but can their ordinary love survive the celebrity of her life? Love is an adventure worth taking with Melissa Storm at the wheel.

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text 2019-01-19 03:03
Movie Review: Jurassic Park: The Lost World


Title: Jurassic Park: The Lost World
Release Date: 1997
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite
Length: 2h 9min
Rating: 14A


Favourite character: Kelly

Crush: Ian Malcolm & Nick Van Owen
Least favourite character: Dieter Stark
Favourite line: Basically everything Ian Malcolm says


Mini-Review: These movies always make me feel slightly sick to be completely honest. I tend to veer away from movies like this, monster dinosaur movies that eat people. Scares the crap out of me. But I watched these movies for a kid I babysit and became strangely fascinated. So while I watch, nauseated, I just focus on Jeff Goldblum. That’s all I really have to say.




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text 2019-01-17 23:00
Movie Review: Jurassic Park


Title: Jurassic Park
Release Date: 1993
Starring: Sam Neill, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Length: 2h 6min
Rating: PG-13

Favourite character: Ellie Sattler
Favourite dinosaur: Dilophosaurus
Crush: Ian Malcolm (duh)
Least favourite character: Gennaro
Favourite line: Yeah, but John, if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.

Mini-Review: The first time I ever watched this movie, I turned it off at the washroom scene. If you’ve seen this movie, you know what I’m talking about. The scene when Ellie and Alan first see the dinosaurs makes me cry. For someone who is squeamish, I enjoy this movie a lot. I just have to figure out when to close my eyes/leave the room.




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