Reviews by cherylo
Serviceable
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For longtime fans of Anita Blake, here's more of what you've come to love about her and her entourage of hunky vampires, werewolves, and other shapeshifters, as well as the sociable sociopaths in her life. An apparently new foe with never before seen supernatural abilities appears unexpectedly in the midst of family drama, Micah's family drama, that is. I suspect this book was rushed in some way, because even with my blazing fast read I noticed a few minor continuity errors, and the conclusion felt a bit forced to me. Still, it was an enjoyable trip, seeing the main character mellow and contemplate her version of commitment. I doubt in general that Anita Blake fans read her primarily for the tight plotting, anyway. Enjoy!
Bizarre comedy, definitely not for kids
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Tim Roth is a hapless bellhop who seems to inhabit a hotel straight out of an alternate, adult, foul-mouthed version of Pink Panther cartoons. An star-studded set of actors must have had profane and strange fun making this film; it seems mostly to really be about a bunch of film types just effing around. Madonna is a witch in a skin-tight vinyl dress, and Antonio Banderas is the father of two little hellions in two of the four vignettes, each more bizarre than the next. Bruce Willis makes an appearance; also Kathy Griffin, Quentin Tarantino, and Jennifer Beal. The segments are tied together loosely by events on what must surely be the worst New Years Eve ever. Depictions of drug use, children smoking and drinking, and huge amounts of swearing, including by and in front of school-age child characters.
Increasingly tough to watch
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Like the proverbial frog in the soup pot, the heat on the viewer is turned up gradually as this futuristic thriller proceeds. Some of the sound design and video techniques very effectively simulate disorientation, which may turn off some viewers. The effects are dazzling and seamless; the play of light and dark portentous; and the emotional ride very tough, at least for me. I definitely don't recommend it for solo late-night viewing when home alone or a difficult night may follow.
Not bad
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As an adult fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic I was not at all sure what to expect. The TV show is quite well-made and surprisingly entertaining. I enjoyed the MLP:FIM take on the mean girls phenomenon, even while thinking more about the cosplay possibilities than the plot. Overall, I would say the major downside is moving from the TV episode short form to a movie more than three times as long as a typical episode taxes the formula, but still it was enjoyable.
Starts out a little slow
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Sophie Kinsella's books are the romance equivalent of the mystery genre known as the 'cozy' from what I can tell; but perhaps that is an apt description of all chick lit. I was pleasantly surprised by her novel I've Got Your Number, so I decided to give this one a try. With characters you love to hate, and a protagonist who is clueless about what (and who) she wants, the formula holds true. I was not sure at first that I would stick this one out, but once the plot got moving, I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed the exploration of the concept of secrets and what intimacy means in various kinds of relationships.