Tuesday, July 25, 2017

War Hawk by James Rollins


War Hawk is the second book in the Tucker Wayne series, which is a spinoff from The Sigma Series books. The first book for Tucker Wayne is Kill Switch. Sandstorm is the first Sigma series story.

     One could probably read this book without reading the first one, but I would suggest reading in order. I love that this book has a dog as one of the main characters and not only that, but every so often you get a glimpse of how his canine minds work, which I like.

     This installment gives the reader a glimpse into Tucker’s past. As usual, Lames Rollins doesn’t fail when it comes to weaving a good yarn that balances history, science, and fiction in such a way that it all seems possible.

     As usual a well-designed coaster ride, from start to finish. Beautifully designed characters in a world you never mind revisiting.

     Worth reading.

                                                                                                                                

Dunkirk

The previews of this film had me hopeful it would be one of those good historical war films that I might watch again and again. Sad to say, it fell short.
     This film had potential to be so much more engrossing but fell short. The film has the action, no doubt about that, and it can be gripping experience but the film has more of a feel of a re-enacted documentary, just missing some narrator voice filling in the facts.
     The documentary feel is partially due that this film takes place in four fronts. If done right, this isn’t an issue, but one does have to pay close attention to what is going on, because it does jump around backing up a little at times.
     The documentary feel comes from the lack of the audience to really immerse themselves completely into what is going on because it’s hard to connect to any characters and care what is going on. Four fronts of the story don’t help this. Those fronts are officers at Dunkirk, soldiers at Dunkirk, British pilots, and the civilian crew going to rescue soldiers.
     There are a couple of moments that one connects to characters, but it’s hard when your kind of just thrown into the war, not getting a chance to really connect to anyone. Yes, you don’t want characters dying, but you don’t get that white knuckle, hold breath kind of feel for most characters, like you should at certain times.

    Over all, it was a decent film, but worth the time seeing it in a theater, not so sure it’s worth it.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Baby Driver

OK, I admit this was not one of those I was wanting to see films. I saw it because company wanted to see it. But I was pleasantly surprised.
     I love the way the songs fit in to the film. This approach has been used in other films, such as American Graffiti. It adds a layer to the film that makes the story a bit more.
     The film moved well till about the last twenty minutes or so where it seemed to have taken a strange detour and the story just got muddied up. Critics thought so too. But otherwise, I really enjoyed this film, which was a surprise to me.
     Looking for something to go see, I'd say give this a chance. Its a pretty good film, not a waste of time, a pleasant surprise.
   

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I loved the first film, and yes, I understand that volume 2 is an important installment of this series because it explores the past of the characters, which is important, and understand that.
     But this felt a tad too long to me, the first did not. The story was a bit odd overall, to me, but not bad. Baby Groot was a scene stealer, a highlight of the film. It was good film over all, like I said one of those needed installments but never the best of the film series. Can't wait to see Vol. 3.

Wonder Woman

     This was one of the few films that were comic book based that I wanted to see. Its about time they had a female led hero comic film.
     This is definitely one of the best origin story films I have seen.
A good story that flows with the right bits of romance, fights, comedy, and life moments perfectly balanced. You can tell the cast has good chemistry. It was an interesting tale, never dull and you got lost in the tale.
     Wonder woman kicks butt. Its about time she made it to the big screen. Worth seeing. Wonder Woman done right.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Midnight : Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

This is the first book in the Midnight, Texas trilogy which needs to be read in order.

Welcome to Midnight, Texas. The one horse, I mean stop light town where the locals are friendly, and the community is close knit. There is only one rule, don't ask too many questions, for the townsfolk hold there secrets close, and some secrets run deep.
     I like how the reader follows the new guy, Manfred into town instead of just jumping into the story. This approach works well with this tale.
     Soon after Manfred arrives in town, things start to get interesting. A dead body is discovered, and bit by bit, the world of Midnight gets turned upside down.
     Along the way, Harris leaves bread crumbs about characters and future threats, which flow well with the story and never clogged it up. Somethings are answered fully while others are left in the air, and hopefully answered in the next to books.
     There is a series coming out based on the this trilogy. Midnight, Texas. If you like this book and haven't read The Sookie Stackhouse series, the one True Blood TV show was based on, its really good and the first is Dead Until Dark.
     Definitely, a good read.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Alien : Covenant

This is part of the Alien series. This installment takes place ten years after Prometheus which is the prequel to Alien.
     I have seen all the all the Alien installments. Nothing beats Alien. Having said that, I was not surprised that I left Prometheus disappointed.
     The trailers for Covenant looked much more promising. The  Alien Franchise is back and that is partially due to the original Alien director. This was better balanced with story, character, and Alien action. Not having seen Prometheus would not be a problem. Gaps are filled in.
     A pretty good sci-fi horror flick. Worth seeing in the theater. But Alien will always be the best in the franchise. Two and Three were pretty good and Resurrection was ok. JUst in case you were wondering what I thought.