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3.The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson

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Swedish title : Luftslottet Som Sprangdes ( literally translation ‘The Air Castle That Was Blown Up’)

Publication dateMay 2007

English publication: October 2009 UK

Product description : from the Trade Paperback  edition

In the third volume of the Millennium series, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.

But she’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she’ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge–against the man who tried to killer her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life

Review

If the first two book of Millennium series were good, the third is even better.

I enjoyed reading every word…

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Inception

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In the wonderful world of summer movies you will generally get a vast assortment of visual bonbons constructed from video games, cartoon characters, and comic books, along with new sequels to previously viewed originals, or even new visions of past originals. In short, we see stuff we’ve seen before. But when an original idea pops up in the form of a new movie, we must all take notice.

Christopher Nolan’s brand new movie Inception which opened today, is indeed a new idea in film making and story telling. We’ve not really seen too many movies about dreams. Yes, we’ve seen many movies where there’s something going on, and it’s frightening, or it is intense, and then, someone awakens … and we realize that what we had just seen… was only a dream. That dream was a bit of deceptive gamesmanship by the screenwriter and director to either thrill us or…

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In Time – A Must See Movie For Those Interested In Social Issues

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Time is money.

Time is power.

Time is life.

I’m not a professional movie reviewer.  I just love movies and because of a class in college, I like getting into the heads of directors.  Is this a movie just for entertainment purposes, or are they showing us something deeper?  Is the focus on the characters or the message?  What about the script?  Does it tell, or does the director expect for the audience to understand deeper messages by showing rather than telling?

The movie In Time is one I just saw and want to watch again.  Released in 2011, I somehow missed it.  It is now being shown on FXM.

The message is deeper than the characters, although we need to watch the characters to understand the impact of the message.

In Time has taken everything about society and turned it into life expectancy that is issued out by unknown…

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Fallen (1998)

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Evil is everywhere, and in everybody.  That is never truer than in this film.  I saw Fallen in its original theatrical run fourteen years ago.  I loved it then, and I still love it today.  I owned in on VHS, and later, it was one of the earliest DVDs I saw.  At the time of release, I stated it was one of the best suspense thrillers I had seen.  Now, even after being exposed to a wider array of films in that genre, this still holds up strongly for me.  The supernatural twist surely adds to that.  Fallen really is an inspired film of its genre that is gripping and engaging on multiple levels from the awesome beginning to the masterful ending.

Detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) has already arrested serial killer Edgar Reese (Elias Koteas).  He’s been convicted, and is now awaiting his execution in the gas chamber.  Although…

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V for Vendetta

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Film Title

V for Vendetta

Director

James McTeigue

Starring

  • Hugo Weaving as V
  • Natalie Portman as Evey Hammond
  • Stephen Rea as Eric Finch
  • Stephen Fry as Gordon Deitrich
  • John Hurt as Adam Sutler

A provocative and very arresting political/action thriller based on a comic, V for Vendetta is a confronting movie that tackles a lot of controversial topics and ideas with a sense of style and a brain that is sometimes lacking from films usually on this nature.

In a futuristic version of London, chaos has blighted everything along with an oppressive government.v-for-vendetta-poster Being not dutiful to the ruling power results in imprisonment and death. Activists, homosexuals, and people of different races are frequently targeted just for being different. A virus has claimed many lives in the United Kingdom and Europe. Most prominently is the government in power, run by Adam Sutler; who exercises cruel control over nearly every aspect…

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TV Review – Dark Skies

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In an extra blog for this week, I’m reviewing Dark Skies, a conspiracy theory-based sci-fi series from the 90s, which followed in the footsteps of The X Files but was cancelled before its time. Spoilers ahead.

The main cast of Dark Skies The main cast of Dark Skies

I try to avoid cancelled TV shows unless I know they’ve ended properly, which often means waiting for a show to become really popular. So many shows are cancelled after the end of the season, ending on unsatisfying cliff-hangers. With all these serialized shows around nowadays, it’s like putting on a movie and having it turned off fifteen minutes before the end.

But in 1996, I was – ahem – ten years old. I had no idea Dark Skies was just going to stop before it had really gotten going.

Dark Skies is set in 1960s America and posits that aliens have secretly invaded and are among us…

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Changeling.

Based on a true story of a child who was kidnapped, the police botch the investigation, then the mother is persecuted for trying to find her son.

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SPOILER ALERT!

Oh Clint, you’ve done it again! Changeling was produced in 2008 and is directed by Clint. It stars Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich and Jeffrey Donovan.

The film is set in 1928, Los Angeles. Single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) returns home from work to discover her nine-year-old son Walter is missing. The LAPD really doesn’t do much to help Christine, so she turns to Reverend Gustav Briegleb (Malkovich) who publicises Christine’s case and the corruption in the LAPD. Several months later the LAPD tells Christine her son has been found alive. Due to the recent publicity, the LAPD organises a public reunion, however the boy claiming to be Walter isn’t Walter. Christine tells the LAPD that he is not Walter, but Captain J.J Jones (Donovan) insists the boy is Walter and pressures Christine into taking him home on a trial basis. Christine still convinced that he is not her…

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For want of a nail

“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,

For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,

For the want of a horse the rider was lost,

For the want of a rider the battle was lost,

For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,

And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail”.

Benjamin Franklin