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Trailer 2: Mission: Impossible-Fallout

This time, they have no choice but to accept.

“When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences.

“As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives.

“Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.”

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The new trailer for MI6 is adrenaline-filled and the cinematography is beautiful (especially those stunning Paris shots)! Ethan Hunt faces an ominous threat: August Walker is an assassin and he has been authorized to hunt Hunt down if he ever goes rogue (again) and kill him. Hahaha! As if! It’s going to be the other way around. Hunt is the craftiest agent I know, babysitter or not.

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One of my favorite scenes is Hunt running into an office, smashing the window, and then hesitating a little to jump prompting Benji to ask what is he waiting for and Hunt yells, “I’M JUMPING OUT A WINDOW!” And Benji is like, “Good luck.” 😂😂The people’s reaction in the office is the best, though. 

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With all the comic book movies going on, MI6 feels like fresh air. But is TC sure he is not a real-life agent undercover masquerading as an actor? 🤔

My mission? To see this movie! It’s the only movie that I’ve been anticipating for this year and the only one I’ll be watching.

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Day 9: A song that makes you happy

Haha! Well, at the moment, the FC Barcelona anthem. It’s the only thing I know in Catalan and that makes me happy. 😄

…and the MI theme song! I’m trying to finish some action scenes for a current story, so I have this song on for inspiration. I mean… 

When you’re in incognito mode!

When you’re attempting to steal out of a building without anyone seeing you!

When you’re about to solve a mystery!

What other song am I going to play? It’s also back to being my ringtone temporarily. 

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Books #105-#107: pretty disappointing reads

I’m reading a lot lately and loving it! Reading through my TBR is a workout in itself and it feels good watching the pile go down. I have a list of books that I’m itching to get, but for now, I am exercising self-control… until I read at least 15 books from my TBR! 😄

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Book #105: Mary Mary by James Patterson

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In this installment, we see Alex Cross’s personal life gets shaken up by his ex, Christine who wants full custody of little Alex. Throw in a pushy journalist in the mix who has no respect for Cross in the name of a story and we have chaos. James Truscott was super annoying. I did not feel remorse for him when he got killed.

A serial killer is on the loose in Hollywood and he/she is killing big shots and sending letters of the crimes to LA Times reporter, Arnold Griner. The killer’s emails were fascinating!

It also shows Alex as a flawed character. He is still hung up on Christine, going with Jamilla who cheated on him because let’s face it, long distance relationships are hard to commit to, so he took Kayla out after remembering how much he liked her since childhood. I don’t like Kayla though. I’m fed up with Cross and his bad luck with relationships, but it works just fine for him given his career. It just doesn’t have to take center stage all the time because it takes away from the story.

This is not really JP’s best work. The story was not well developed, but it was still fast paced and easy to read. I like Nana Mama, but I couldn’t stand her caretaking whining in this story.

This story brought to mind an episode of Criminal Minds call ‘Somebody’s Watching’. And once again, Tom Cruise was mentioned. This is like the 6th or so book I’ve seen TC’s name. A total of 16 victims were murdered in this story. Yes, I counted. I was kind of curious. I liked reading from the killer’s perspective and I agree with this overall:

Isn’t that what one is supposed to do at the movies? Escape? Get away from it all? Except that most movies are so dismal these days – dismally dumb or dismally dreary. 

Random thought: I think Idris Elba would’ve been the perfect Alex Cross. Overall, I give this story a 3/5.

Book #106: Wide Sargasso Sea

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I did not finish this book. I quit on page 60.

I also dislike stories with animal cruelty even if they call for it. I loathed the scene where the parrot (Coco) was burned to death in front of everyone for the sake of the stupid superstition on how it is bad luck to see a parrot burn.

The story bored me to tears. With all the great recommendations about it being written before its time, I’d think Wide Sargasso Sea was a thrilling classic. Overpraised rubbish in my opinion and not a masterpiece. It is one of the worst books I’ve ever laid hands on. I won’t call it literature and I feel sorry for some of the students who had to endure this book for their literature class. The majority said it was bad, but I just had to see for myself.

Much ado about nothing. 

Book #107: A Circle of Wives

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This was supposed to have been a spellbinding psychological thriller of marital deception, revenge, and murder. 

I honestly thought that it was one of those storylines where all 3 wives show up at the polygamist’s funeral, confused, angry and wanting answers, but it wasn’t so.

From the time I read that Deborah (the first & oldest wife) already knew about the other two wives, I should’ve closed the book and move on to another one. In fact, Deborah orchestrated the marriages for Dr. John. She was an accomplice to bigamy. John happened to crave love and that’s why he started to look for it on the outside.

I went looking for wife #4 shortly after and found her as a fiancée.

Back to the story: Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room. At first, he appears to be the victim of a heart attack, but his death is soon ruled as a murder. Enter rookie Detective Samantha Adams who gets the pleasure of solving this crime. She was unbelievable as a character and I didn’t feel any true Detective vibes coming from her. 

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The story did not live up to its full promised potential. How could this be a psychological thriller? In this day of technology, how in the world could the wives not suspect a thing about their so-call beloved husband? Hello, Google! There just wasn’t any credibility and I am left baffled as to why this author is a bestseller and why she has all those gloating reviews on Amazon.

My final verdict is 1/5. Everything about this story and the highly unlikable characters screamed DULL!

 

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All the Right Moves: a touchdown for the realism!

Tom Cruise movie #6

Actual Story: A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

So in 1983, we saw Tom Cruise as a gang member who ran off to Mexico and turned his parents home into a brothel (That’s actually my last 3 movie reviews in a summary!). And now, we get to see him as a high school football player! I love the poster because it actually tells a story. The steel town in the back of the football player looks like it’s dying and it’ll be doomed for young people who want to actually pursue a career; they’ll have to get out. And in the front of the doomed dying town, there’s hope in the form of a high school football player who’s willing to make all the right moves so he can get out of town and move on to bigger and brighter things. 

And that’s this movie in a nutshell. 

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First thing’s first: Tom Cruise plays Stefan Djordjevic, a Serbian-American who is the star player of his high school football team, but I guess he left the accent back in Serbia! Stefan doesn’t want to end up like the men in his family – grandfather, dad & brother – working at the steel mill. He actually has a bright future map out for himself: he wants to get out of town and do engineering. This was also the story of Shah Rukh Khan’s life in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. 😂

Anyway, while watching this film, the Stefan character reminded me so much of Lionel Messi. I was not watching TC; I was watching an actual soccer player full of passion willing to play for Ampipe Bulldogs. 

This film was TC’s first dramatic lead and I thought he did a fantastic job. This is not another typical high school movie. It touches on issues such as education, poverty, and economic status. Stefan is constantly fighting the idea of working in the mill for the rest of his life if he doesn’t make the right choice and leave the town. In the end, Stefan gets a full college scholarship. The realism in this movie was well done. 

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I thought TC and the girl was cute together, but sue me, I didn’t get her name for I didn’t watch the movie for her. They should’ve gotten married, have kids, and call it a day. 

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And here’s a nice fun fact: TC was athletic during high school in which saw him participate in sports such as wrestling, soccer, and football. He was injured during a wrestling match and had to miss some time which led him to try out for drama class and the rest, as they say, is history.

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TRIVIA

^ The director wanted Lea Thompson (oh, that’s her name!) and Tom Cruise to go undercover to remember what high school was like. They went to separate schools, and while Cruise was spotted after just one day because someone recognized him from Taps (1981), Thompson went four days, was asked out by many guys and got caught smoking.

^ The uniforms and team colors used in the film were from Ferndale Area High School, a small high school in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where the film was made.

^ Tom Cruise’s character has been said to be inspired by real-life Pennsylvania coach Donald A. Yannessa, as well as two members of his team.

^ The movie was shot on location during the WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League) American football season.

^ The film’s title “All the Right Moves” is a double entendre referring to both human decision making and match play.

(Via IMDb)

Would I watch it again?:

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Memorable Lines: “We didn’t quit, you quit!” Stefen

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Legend. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!! 😂

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Book #103: Mistress

Ben isn’t like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he’s a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben’s infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life. Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana’s illicit affairs. In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.

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Murder can be made to look like suicide, and suicide can be made to look like murder.

I want to trade lives with James Patterson. I can write all the stories I want without a thought for the loyal readers and stamp my name on my friends’ books as a collaboration although I know their story sucks.

This is not James Patterson’s writing nor is it in his style and this story was dull, slow, and boring. The movie trivia drove me up a wall. The narrator of the story is a creepy reporter dude with a trust fund who works at the White House and runs his own internet-based newspaper. His name is Ben and he has a messed up childhood. If the author/s wanted me to think that just because Ben was obsessive over Diana Marie Hotchkiss she was as straight as a pin, they got the wrong reader. Diana was as transparent as glass when I first met her. 

I didn’t care for half of the movies mentioned in the story. I heard about many of them, but never went looking for them and I don’t intend to start now. I never cared for Seinfeld either. 

The title is somewhat misleading. Almost every page is a movie or president of the USA trivia. Tom Cruise was the most mentioned actor and I think the author is in love with TC and his favorite movie is Mission: Impossible.

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As if I can blame him! 😆

The ending was abrupt. I was disappointed with this book and how the story was all over the place. Plus, all the characters were morons in their own way. Every single one of them. Ben Casper has got to be one of the irritating characters I’ve ever come across!

DIALOGUE

The story is set in the first person, Ben’s, but inside his mind was more annoying rather than fascinating. I wished one of the thugs had shot him dead when they had the chance to.

Page 90: Wouldn’t it be cool if you could play theme music when you’re walking around doing things? Especially during dramatic moments. I think it would inspire people.

Yes, because then my theme song would be that of Mission: Impossible.

Page 188: Inside the main office, the colors are patriotic. Even the Iowa state flag, standing alongside the Stars and Stripes, fits in with the color scheme, though truth be told the Iowa state flag resembles the French flag more than it does the American flag.

COVER

Fair. 3/5

OPENING:

Let’s see what she has in her medicine cabinet. I mean, as long as I’m here.

VERDICT:

love coffeelove coffee