Saturday, January 9, 2016

My World of Books and Netflix -- This Week

This week I finished Lee Child's Nothing To Lose (audiobook). I'm a Jack Reacher fan. This story was okay as Reacher bounced from the cities-- Hope to Despair. Quite a play on the words. I'm a fast reader, so I would have finished this in a day, maybe two. The narrator was slow and had a voice that put me to sleep lots of time, which might have made me think the story dragged, with a few spikes of action and a gruesome details of war wounds. But I'm loyal, so I stuck with the book to the end.


Blurb: Two small towns in the middle of nowhere: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can’t find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four hostile locals, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on. They’re picking on the wrong guy. 

Reacher is a hard man. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing at all, except hardheaded curiosity. What are the secrets that Despair seems so desperate to hide? 

With just one ally—a mysterious woman cop from Hope—and many enemies, Reacher goes up against a whole town, hunting the rich man at its core, cracking open his terrifying agenda, asking the question: Who has the edge—a man with everything to gain, or a man with nothing to lose? 

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When it comes to my cable or Netflix, many times Netflix wins. I do like my On Demand feature and maybe that's why I'm not pressed to catch the TV shows.  But I also have an eclectic viewing taste that cable TV doesn't satisfy. Hence, my Netflix binge watching lifestyle.

This week, the notable movie that bears mention is New World. It's a Korean crime thriller storyline that is damn good writing & directing, acting, and a couple twists to bring on a smile. I love the cast of familiar faces: Starring Choi Min-sikHwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae

Blurb: The film shows the conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover cop. Supposedly, there will be a trilogy. I'm looking forward to it.

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Another enjoyable film was The Prey, a French production and cast that was action packed from beginning to end. A bit predictable with the plot, but the momentum of the story didn't allow for yawning. Albert Dupontel was a running maniac in this movie. I don't know if he's a natural runner or trained for the part, but he gave a whole new meaning to the term "on the run." These story lines with the father (or mother) who go all out to save the family from harm make for good suspenseful plots.


Blurb:  Franck goes to prison and befriends Jean-Louis. When the latter is released, he promises to look after Franck's family. Then Franck learns that Jean-Louis is a serial killer, so he must escape in order to protect his family. Starring: Albert DupontelAlice Taglioni, Stéphane Debac, Sergi López

Until next week...Netflix and Read.


 


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