Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Score: 10/10!

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What can I say? This is one great movie that’s got it all! Just look at the image above. It has a handsome hero, two kick-ass women, muscles with heart, a cool father figure, an emphatic powered person, and two cutesie creatures. Something for everyone 🙂 .

What I liked most about the movie is the number of funny scenes. And they are really funny. Most people in the theatre laughed out loud, me including. You just couldn’t help it. The ending was sad, but if you stay put during the credits, that feeling will soon be replaced by laughter again.

As somebody else mentioned, all the characters have an arc. They all develop during the movie. It’s not just the main character, Peter Quill, who does. Would Hollywood have finally learned that the audience is tired of superficial characters? I sure hope so.

My only ‘but…’ would be: but why did they have Sylvester Stallone in the movie? It didn’t need a big name in it, but I guess they had the money for it. It makes you wonder if the next one will have Arnold Swartzenegger in it.

I can’t say anything about the movie without giving anything away and I don’t want to spoil it for you. All I can say it that it’s ‘clean’ and entertaining for everyone, from the very young to the very old. It has topics like trust, family, relationships, adventure, revenge… The whole kit-‘n-kaboodle. It’s a great movie. I can’t say it often enough. So, go and see the movie and have a good laugh/feel-good time.

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Get Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (the first movie) here.

Renovating…

Not only am I ‘renovating’ Book 2 of the Suckers Trilogy, my husband and I are also renovating our Victorian schoolhouse (where the teachers used to live, the school was across the road).

I’ll miss being away from my keyboard today 😔, but, as we’re working on finishing the dressing room, I’m looking forward not having my clothes stuffed into the bathroom 😃.

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What’s happening?!

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My dear family, friends, readers,

Just letting you know I’m still alive! If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been these last few weeks; I’ve been writing. Actually, I should say editing. I’m working on improving ‘Raising A Vampire,’ Book 2 of the Suckers Trilogy. It’s hard work, much harder than writing. At least, that’s what I find. You need to be more focused and it’s not as creative.

So, I bet you’re asking yourself now ‘how long is this going to take’? Um, I don’t know. I got to chapter 6 and decided to start at chapter 1 again. I have ‘discovered’ the ‘text to speech’ option in Word and am using that now to get rid of the flow issues in sentences. I know, I told you about this function before, so I knew it existed. Didn’t mean I used it :). It’s a great feature though, helps a lot. And I still use ProWritingAid. That takes up the most time. Making decisions on what is ‘cleaner’ writing without making it clinical. Tough one.

But I promise you I will be more active on here again. I’m waiting for the files from the cover designer, so I can tweak them a little and will then go into full advertising mode. First for Book 1 and, as soon as the editing is done, for Book 2. I’m hoping to write Book 3 before the end of the year. So I need you guys to spread the word. Help me get more people on my email list! You can direct them here or to my Suckers Trilogy site:

https://suckerstrilogy.wordpress.com/

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Many thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Jacky D.

Book Review: Death on a Dirty Afternoon, by Colin Garrow

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I had already read one book by Garrow, called ‘The Hounds of Hellerby Hall.’ I liked it so much, I decided to read another.

‘Death on a Dirty Afternoon’ is the story of Terry Bell, a taxi driver, who finds his friend Frank dead on his dining table. Together with Carol, the taxi company’s secretary, he tries to find out who did it. More murder happens, more mayhem.

The first thing you need to know is that Terry and the other characters talk with a Geordie accent. Even though I have never talked to someone with a Geordie accent, never been to the area, I found it easy to follow and it set the scene beautifully. Garrow does a great job setting scenes and building characters. You can just imagine yourself watching it all happen in front of your eyes.

The story is told by Terry himself and the insights to his thoughts are at times comical yet so humane. His relationship with Carol is one of the subplots that was interesting to follow. The tension builds up quickly and only goes up from there. What happens in the story is thrilling but on a realistic level. These characters are made of flesh and blood and there is no Hollywood-style over-the-top action. All of it could be true. There is no gore or sex in it (no matter how much Terry wants it :P), but it does have adult themes. The way Garrow describes it I think it is suitable for 16 and up.  This is a story that you will want to read to the end. You’ll never suspect the twist.

Thumbs up to Colin Garrow to come up with such a witty, funny cabbie-turned-sleuth. I imagine plenty of interesting stories to follow and I can’t wait to read them.

You can find Garrow’s books here.

Movie Review: Free Fire

Score: 9/10

If you want to see a funny movie this weekend, go and watch ‘Free Fire,’ a movie by Ben Wheatley.

The story is rather simple. It’s 1978 and a few dodgy characters  (with links to the IRA) meet some other dodgy characters to do a dodgy arms deal. Circumstances have it that one guy from the one party met up with another guy from the other party in a rather unfriendly setting the night before and as soon as this is brought to the light, things go south. Fast.

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Most of the ninety minutes takes place in one location and in ‘real time.’ There isn’t one moment that doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat, which I think is a real accomplishment by Amy Jump (co-writer) and Wheatley.

The story is not for the faint hearted. There is a lot of cussing and ‘more blood on the floor than in a sausage factory.’ I liken the movie to a classic Tarantino one, but with more one liners and funny scenes. You can hardly keep up with the one liners and I’d love to watch the movie again just to make sure I didn’t miss any.

Sharlto Copley (from ‘Chappie, ‘Elysium,’ and ‘District 9’) plays Vernon and is cast perfectly for the role of the arms dealer and his South-African accent adds to his funny lines. All the other characters (Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, and Noah Taylor) are also perfectly chosen for their roles and make for a realistic group of dodgy characters. Armie Hammer in the role of Ord is one to watch as he gives Vernon good competition in bringing out the laughs.

There isn’t much more I can say about the movie without giving anything away. Just go and watch it!