Last five



I saw Spider-verse with a friend since my last post. I was tempted to relate about it here, but given how my prior two were movie reviews, I thought another reading list was a safer bet. The last one was in October; since then, I have read a further five books to finish the year. I am about a third through a new one. This list is an eclectic catalogue: there are big names like Grisham and Reilly and a newbie like Sam Felsen. I have remained a Connelly specialist, as someone had observed. Indeed, I crossed the new year while contending with Connelly’s latest. The following are my five books to end 2018:


  1. The Black Echo. Connelly’s debut novel won the Best First Novel award in 1992. Having perused the book, I could say that, structurally, the book is very different compared to the author’s other work. At the time, Connelly was still working as a police reporter for the LA Times. There are far fewer sections, and they are notably divided by date. Longer though the sections are, they are evenly spaced, which gives some pauses for the reader. Early on, Connelly’s talent is on full display. From a well thought out plot, gripping action, pulsating dialogue, and all the bells and whistles, Connelly looked as though he had been writing for years. A Vietnam War veteran, Harry Bosch, barges into the scene, trying to solve a murder that involves a former colleague in the tunnels of Vietnam. Along the way, he crosses paths with the FBI, is under investigation by his own department, and has to stave off the Deputy Police Commissioner all in an effort to solve the case. As he goes deeper and deeper, he inches closer to the identity of the killer, a perp whose true face would shock him. Rating: 5/5
  2. The Reckoning (Grisham). I’ll admit that I haven’t been reading as much Grisham lately. There was a time where all I borrowed was Grisham. Altogether I’ve read in excess of twenty Grisham novels, and this one certainly lived up to the hype. The murder of the reverend Bell astonishes a small town in rural Mississippi. What’s even more unsettling is how the local war hero, Pete Banning, refuses to say anything to his family, friends, and even his lawyer. The book is not only a stage of small town politics, but also tackles family dynamics, 1940s America, and of course, World War II in colour. A whole section, all hundred pages of it, is dedicated to the war effort in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. This was the best part, a history lesson on the shortcomings and casualties of WWII, highlighted by the infamous Bataan death march. While I do not dig the gruesome detail and war portraits, I loved the guerrilla warfare, the kindness of strangers, and the Pinoys and Americans fighting alongside each other. While I thoroughly enjoyed this bit, others weren’t so enamoured. In fact, many people admitted to skipping this section as it was ‘boring’ and they didn’t get it. Personally, I could NEVER do this, to skip an entire part of a book and then read on like nothing happened. I find that very convenient and rather privileged. It’s like getting a chopper lift from base camp to Everest; what’s the fun in that? As readers, we have the right to devour the best books, but we shouldn’t pick and choose the best sections. Otherwise, we would be making a mistake. For instance, twenty pages into Marcus Zusak’s latest release, I got fed up with the flowery prose and painstaking description, so I hit the abort button. I wouldn’t skip the middle chapters though just to have a smooth read. Rating: 5/5
  3. The Three Secret Cities (Reilly). I’ve finished the last three books in the Jack West series, including The Four Legendary Kingdoms (2017). Already a fascinating set, the Scarecrow (Shane Schofield) crossover adds even more spice. I was lucky to be the first person to borrow said book from my library. The series is reminiscent of the Indiana Jones film franchise and there is no shortage of adventure and artefacts. In this instalment, a blend of mercenaries and villains hunt down West and his circle. Loyalties are tested, myths reimagined, and secrets revealed in this race against time to save the world. Along the way, West will gain help from places he’s never imagined, and readers would scratch their heads as the fabled Atlantis and Knights come to life. In true Reilly style, every page has a purpose and thus nothing is wasted. You certainly couldn’t skip a hundred pages without feeling lost!

Rating: 4.75/5


  1. Green: a novel (Sam Graham-Felsen). Recommended by a former colleague, Green is a relatively short read. At 300 pages, the young adult novel is the thinnest book I’ve read all year. Focusing on middle school blues, race relations, and 90s pop culture, Boston is the setting for this impressive debut. As you skim the book, you would easily relate to Dave, Mar, and the rest of the kids at the King. The latter could stand for any high school, with warring kids, gym class, subpar cafeteria food, and big dreams. You don’t have to be black, white, Latino, or Asian; you need only have been a teenager once. Admittedly, it’s a time warp, with Sega’s, Larry Bird, Charlotte Hornets, VCR’s, and NBA cards. It is also very well written, making for easy reading. The peer pressure, basketball, and 90s Boston all gets to young Dave, who aspires to enter Latin like the rest of his school. By getting into Latin, you’re a shoo-in for Harvard. He befriends Mar, a black boy from a nearby neighbourhood who has his own struggles. Together this odd couple attempt to defy the odds, whether from within or beyond. Highly recommended. Rating: 4.5/5
  2. Dark Sacred Night (Connelly). My last book of 2018, bringing my total to 19. Like Scarecrow’s crossover in Reilly’s series, this time it’s ‘late show’ detective Renee Ballard as she intersects with Bosch. There are a few cases covered here, but the main one involves troublesome Mexican gangsters in San Fernando. They are well connected too, since San Fernando’s not LA, so everybody knows everybody. People who’re supposed to help do not cooperate. Therein lies the problem: there are walls everywhere, and roadblocks disrupt Bosch’s progress. He likewise seeks the killer of Elizabeth Clayton, the erstwhile junkie who he helped rehabbed. Will they get to said murderer in time? Or will it be too late? Not as good as Connelly’s earlier work, but not bad either. Rating: 4/5



At the moment, I’m fighting with City of Bones (Connelly). I’ll make sure to include it on my next inventory. Five books in two months, including two Connelly’s. The list includes some of my favourites such as Grisham, Reilly and of course, Bosch. Sometimes, it pays to stick with the tried and tested, but I wouldn’t growl when trying new books either. Every now and then, it’s nice to get out of your comfort zone, but for the moment I remain (mostly) a Connelly specialist. Count me in.





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Aquaman reviewed

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Dubbed ‘the biggest movie this summer’, Aquaman blasted onto Aussie cinemas on Christmas Day this year. It made a killing in overseas markets before debuting at number one at the U.S. box office. Since one of my friends was unavailable, I invited another (Dave) for a viewing this past week. I had a pair of gold class vouchers which expires in two months. I couldn’t think of another film as worthy for a first-class screening during that span. While walking around in the mall prior to the session, my friend admitted that he hadn’t really heard of Aquaman.



Aquaman is an epic production. From a 140-minute running time to sumptuous CGI, to gargantuan characters and set pieces, to mythical quests and adventures, the movie is larger than life. A Warner Bros. picture, Aquaman is from the DC Universe, together with the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Arrow, and others. Some people tend to see the live-wire action and the otherworldly visuals. However, what struck me was the consequence of family, the bond between mother and son, and the nexuses between heroes (and heroines). My buddy told me that ‘the opening scene was really something’. I agree. The scene where soldiers storm the Bastille to fetch the princess (Nicole Kidman) reminded me of the Stormtroopers snatching Princess Leia.




Aquaman/Arthur (played superbly by Jason Mamoa) is variously labelled a ‘half-breed’, a ‘mongrel’, and ‘a traitor’. He is the son of the banal lighthouse keeper and the princess. Aquaman is badgered to take his rightful place on the throne, as doing otherwise would be catastrophic. Arthur has to constantly battle his own insecurities, his fears of not being good enough to be king. Princess Mera (Amber Heard) guides him along the way and becomes his greatest ally in the fight against his evil half-brother Orm, who lusts for the throne. Soon both become outcasts in their own kingdom, a kingdom Aquaman has only just visited.


Arthur will learn that he, like other Atlanteans, could talk underwater. His mentor would tell him that apart from that, Atlanteans could also see in the dark and could adjust accordingly to the cold temperature. The ultimate goal is to defeat King Orm, for which the legendary Trident is necessary. Arthur has shown his affinity for the deep even as a boy, where he could stop shark attacks and communicate with sea life forms. As an adult, he policed the oceans like Robin Hood and thwarted the bad guys. Will the outsider capture the golden trident?



Action overload

There is no shortage of no holds barred action sequences. In fact, there is way too much fight scenes in my opinion. This is rather distracting, even in the picturesque underwater setting. I did not see Wonder Woman at the movies precisely for this reason. In a sense, this bloated product reminds me more of The Lego Movie and Batman v Superman rather than Star Wars. Aqua is also reminiscent of Black Panther, with the soul-searching and the road to being king. While the latter has Wakanda, the former has Atlantis. Speaking of which, I’ve encountered Atlantis in Reilly’s latest novel. Different media provide different secret locations. Some scenes in Arthur’s journey were likewise reminiscent of another sci-fi epic – Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, the background music eerily familiar.



The movie has received mixed reviews from critics. However, my friend and I both agree that it was an okay movie. Spectacular CGI, yes, but predictable story. In a tide of bad options, I believe that Aquaman was the least wasteful. I know Mary Poppins has arrived, but it’s not my kind of movie. Same with Dragon 3, as I’ve just seen another family flick. At the end of the day, my verdict is that Aquaman was disappointing, a subpar Gold Class experience. Nick said he saw Bumblebee and it was a must-see. ‘I wished I saw that one instead,’ I told him.


Rating: 3.25/5


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Ralph Breaks the Internet reviewed



December is almost over and Sydneysiders have been caught amidst a heatwave. With temperatures soaring above 40 degrees in parts of the metropolis, people have been finding refuge in beaches, pools, rivers, shopping malls, and at the cinemas. They have been eating ice cream to keep cool and have turned on the air con. If you think Boxing Day was a scorcher at 32 degrees, think again. Since Thursday, the forecast has only been one thing: hot or hotter.


Disneyfying the heat wave


Personally, I’ve been doing some of those things to cool down. Yesterday I met up with Nick to see Ralph 2. He admitted that he hasn’t seen the first one, unlike David, who saw it at the multiplex. However, he was certain that the omission would not hinder his enjoyment of this part. While I didn’t see Wreck It Ralph in the cinemas, I did thoroughly enjoyed the Disney production. I dare say that this one was on equal footing with the first, if not better.



The first thing I noticed about Ralph 2 was the production budget. $175 million is a lot of cash, and it shows. The animation was nimbly done, and the visuals were stunning. Ralph felt more like The Avengers because of the plethora of Disney cameos and references. There were Disney princesses overload, Stormtroopers, Ironman, Buzz Lightyear, and even had an old Stan Lee sighting (Rest in peace). Suffice it to say, Ralph is a blockbuster for the whole family.


Heavy themes


My buddy noted that though it’s a kiddie picture, it deals with some heavy themes. These include online safety, trust, pop-up blockers, and self-belief (to name a few). When asked of his favourite character, he pointed out Knowsmore with his over-the-top Autofill that made the whole theatre riotous. Joining Ralph and Vanellope in their epic adventure through the online galaxy was such fun. Meeting new friends, expanding their universe, and exploring the World Wide Web was def viewing. Seeing them join forces while putting their differences aside was sweet. Their mission to save the day yet again, tugs at the strings of our own quest for fulfillment.



We could learn a lot from Vanellope. Simple things like saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ (as she did to Knowsmore) could go a long way to endearing you to others. Being the rare polite user makes you stand out from the crowd. Vanellope also teaches us to maximise our strengths. Sure, she is a killer race car driver, but she likewise uses this to get out of a tough spot, turning foes to friends. Her erstwhile combatants are in awe of her prowess. On this note, Gal Gadot is riveting as Shank, Vanellope’s newest chum. Meanwhile, Ralph may be stereotyped as the big strong dude who annihilates every brick along the way. But, as shown in these films, he has a soft spot for Penellope and regards her as his best friend. He moves heaven and earth just to help his BFF, even posting silly videos on BuzzTube and Instagram in their race against time to save their arcade game. He may have gone to extremes and opened the Pandora’s Box, but surely you can count on Ralph to be everyone’s hero, right?




The film has rated quite highly on review sites, even scoring over 90% in some cases. It has likewise become a big holiday hit at the box office. I’ve seen many Disney films over this year, including 4 Marvel films and The Incredibles 2. My pal commented that the production was such a massive one that our ticket sales would probably only cover the marketing costs. My verdict is that this is one of the top Disney pictures of the year, if not one of the best films altogether. Mind you, I’ve seen my fair share at the movies this year.





P.S. I would like to wish all my readers an eventful and fun-filled New Year ahead. Let’s turn the page on 2018, try new things, and welcome 2019 with open arms.


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The Hailstorm before Christmas

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© Christopher Ong 2018. All Rights Reserved.


T’was the week before Christmas, when all through the town

Not a raindrop was letting, not even past sundown;

The houses were pelted and the cars on the ground

My! Were they bloody glad to have insurance on hand.

The surfers were swimming at Bondi, unable to touch base,

This was a bigger headache than they could ever erase;

From north shore to east hills, the damage was done,

Such unreal hailstones no wonder everyone wanted to run;

They were like apple guavas raining down from the heavens,

So unexpected since it had just been as humid as ovens.


The bad weather had been rumbling for days on end,

When Mother Nature erupts, you’re left to mend;

It’s been like this for all of the week,

Streets were drenched and suburbs flooded, no rest for the meek;

I was sitting in the lounge unable to move

I turned off the TV as the thunder was in a groove;

I feared for my laptop so didn’t charge

The last hailstorm was so long ago seeming like a mirage;

My cousin was concerned she called me while it was pouring

Told her not to worry. It’s not ‘The Conjuring’.


This must be what it feels like to have the world to stop,

When you shouldn’t brave the tide and make everything drop;

A hundred million’s worth of damage that’s what I heard,

Those insurance companies could not help every bird!



In the spirit of Christmas, let’s not get stuck,

There’s more to Christmastime than nature running amuck;

You should hear about the 36-hour Yuletide shopping frenzy,

Or the Boxing day sales, where there’s bargains for all and sundry;

The traditions of celebrating Christmas are alive here as anywhere else,

From hanging stockings to Secret Santa, Christmas trees to miniature elves.

There is more sunshine here during December,

Longer days and shorter nights, we all want a piece of the Yuletide fever;

Christmas in summer, isn’t that what it’s all about?


Feasting, roasting, watching, clinking without doubt;

Turkey, ham, and lamb roast: take your pick,

Tis the season to indulge, so we can’t feel thick;

From pavlovas to pies, ice cream to eggnog,

The table is filled, ready to rock so no-one needs to leapfrog;

We gather as one and forget our troubles

The phones and tablets overstepped by nibbles;

The houses are filled with Christmas carols, the lights bringing neighbourhoods alive,

Windows are open, doors are welcoming, such is the holiday vibe.


In our joy, we remember the Holy Family,

They shaped us, and help us, we are grateful for their unending generosity;

Doesn’t matter if you’re Christian or not, neither your skin colour

Now that it’s Christmas it’s time to savour;

The season is one for all we are all equals

Whether it’s raining specks or rocks, we face our trials;

Santa may come or might be late,

But in the spirit of Christmas let us all stop and ruminate!


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Boston Garden


I was thinking of writing another movie review, but my last two posts concerned a pair of films that we saw at the cinemas. The Shape of Water, in spite of stunning visuals and distinctive storytelling, could wait. This week is all about one of my favourites, the NBA (National Basketball Association). I’ve been watching basketball, on and off, since primary school. Even though I have no access to the PBA or UAAP hoops, I’ve remained a loyal NBA fan. Basketball is big in the Philippines, dare I say the national past time. Indeed, I’ve thought of posting this in Filipino, but decided to go with English to be more inclusive. A third of the NBA season is history; here are a few observations.


  1. The offence never rests. Slight rule changes have seen the league (L) become faster and have teams piling up the points. Squads have averaged four more points to 110 per game. Pace is up from 97.3 to 99.8. There is less grabbing and holding, as the refs have had a quick whistle. This has resulted in more fouls called and free throws awarded, resulting in more free-flowing action. The other major rule change is the shot clock reset from 24 to 14 after corralling an offensive board. Teams are forced to think on their feet as they no longer have the luxury of milking the clock.
  2. The Rockets have disappointed. Houston, we have a problem. They have been outplayed, outhustled, and outworked for most of their season. While they bring two of the deadliest dudes, James Harden and Chris Paul, their defence has been a mess and their offence not much better. Last year, they were a Chris Paul injury away from a date in the NBA Finals. In fairness, they’ve beaten some pretty good opponents but have suffered from a lack of consistency. Personally, I’ve always found them hard to watch – even while they were winning. Harden gets all the foul calls: whether it’s shotting threes, driving to the basket…it slows the game down. Even when no one is near him, they get whistled for a foul. Bummer, I guess the MVP is entitled to some calls.
  3. The Clippers are playing out of their mind. Who would’ve thought that the Clippers would be number one? They currently sit at fourth spot out West, but they are better than the LeBron-led Lakers. While they do not have an All-star, they have an ensemble of very capable stars. Lou Williams is clearly their best player, but others have stepped up too. Tobias Harris, Gallo, Patrick Beverley, even Harrell have all contributed. Though they do not have the best starting unit, they have one of the deepest benches in the L. They likewise boast one of the best minds in coach Doc Rivers, if not the best. Rivers has consistently proven how he can get the most of a mediocre side.
  4. Game-winners galore. It’s the NBA so expect a slugfest, but it seems every night matches go down to the wire. Jimmy Butler hit two game winners in a span of 8 days. Bron has hit some clutch buckets down the stretch. Luca Doncic of the Mavs burned the Rockets for 11 points in the final 3 minutes. Damien Lillard has been his usual sniper at crunch time. Durant is always money. The thing about the L is that there are so many good players that you can expect fireworks each game day.
  5. Early season start. It seems like every year the L gets an earlier start. The action always began at the end of October but recently we’ve been seeing matchups as early as mid-October. While the regular season remains at 82 games, this allows for an earlier finish as well. Whereas before, the Finals would end on 20 June, the NBA Draft could be held on that day.bos garden painting
  6. International flavour. There are 108 foreign players from 42 countries. For the fifth successive season, every team has an international player on their opening night line-up. Even though the Raptors are the only non-American team right now, the international touch in the L continues to grow. From old warriors like Dirk to young phenoms like the Greek Freak (Giannis), these players are a reminder to us all that basketball offers an opportunity ‘beyond borders’.


The NBA might be a business, a juggernaut worth billions. The NFL (National Football League) might have more fans, and the MLB (Major League Baseball), more exposure. But make no mistake: basketball has arrived. With more Aussie players in the L than ever before, we are now a part of this renaissance. For most, the quick charge of rugby league might be tempting. Compared though to painstaking football and equally robotic tennis, basketball certainly offers at worst an equal option – if you could ignore the timeouts, fouls, dead balls, and extra periods.



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Creed II reviewed



Yesterday was another scorcher, reaching 36 degrees in parts of Sydney. When I left the house, the air was already humid but would only get worse through the day. Thankfully, I was dressed in the right outfit. It pays to check the daily and weekly forecasts. I was heading to Rhodes to meet up with a pal. We have agreed to see Creed II and I expected  an above-average movie.


Triple threat


Prior to our viewing, I had checked out the reviews and box office performance and Creed performed well on all counts. This is rare for any movie to hold: A Certified Fresh rating, an 80 percent audience score while also being a box office hit. Most would be lucky to bat two out of three. Given, it was a sequel and I’ve outlined how I’m growing tired of them. In this case though, the sequel turned out better than the original.



King Creed


Creed II is a sports drama that stars Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous Adonis Creed. In this instalment, he is crowned as heavyweight king but has to face the biggest challenge of his life. The weary Silvester Stallone returns as his trainer, Rocky Balboa. For most of the film, Stallone looks spent. He slurs his words, and looks every bit the  retired, worn-out pugilist.


The Avenger


In facing his nemesis, Viktor Drago, Creed has to battle his own demons. The Russian behemoth is the son of Ivan, the guy who killed his father. During the weigh in, Ivan taunts Doni for being slighter than his father. When Rocky asks him, ‘What are you fighting for?’ Adonis gets a fit of rage but doesn’t give an answer. Going in as a gung-ho champion with ‘everthing to lose’, he realises that his physical attributes are inadequate. He must likewise be mentally tough to overcome the Drago monster. Later on, Rocky chastises him for treating the brawler like all his other opponents. Creed has to fine tune his technique and adapt a different style against Viktor.



Unflappable as Viktor is, he has never gone past four rounds in any of his fights. He is also predictable, like the classic Russian man-robot. He grew up without a mother, as she left them after Ivan’s loss to Balboa. Ivan tells Rocky, ‘I lost everything’. With nothing more to lose, father and son trains hard and turns Russian heads in the process. Viktor is a bully who not only steamrolls the opposition but consistently lands low blows. He reminds me of another Viktor (from the Mitch Rapp series). Before the moment of truth, Adonis Creed was a 25 to 1 underdog despite being the reigning champ. With Rocky again in his corner, will Creed finally silence his worst nightmare? The set is stage for a monumental encounter.


The Cold War


While mainly being a love story/boxing drama, the Russian v. American trope has a long history. Indeed, the Rocky franchise (of which Creed is a part) started during the heat of the Cold War. Just like Halloween, Rocky has managed to forge on after four decades. Tensions between the two states have been red-hot again. Even in this era, the image of the Russian robot and the Yankee dynamo, finds a home. As always, the tough Russian isn’t impregnable while the upstart American is the people’s choice.



Worth fighting for


More than mere prize fighting, this picture is about family and fighting for something. You cannot pummel without a cause. Adonis’s dad perished before he knew him enough, but he had other family to nurture him. Moreover, he has a family of his own, and he will not let the same thing happen to his child. He doesn’t need his mum’s blessing to fight as he is a grown man, but this match isn’t just about him. His love and his country inspires his heroics.


My friend said he enjoyed the session. After all, this is his type of movie.


Rating: 4/5.




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Widows reviewed



After a three-week hiatus, I was back at the movies. I was planning on seeing Crimes of Grindelwald, but the subpar reviews put me off. Given it was a sequel, I was also concerned of a drop-off in quality from the original. So, without Newt Scamander, what’s there to watch? Well, there’s Widows of course. Let’s go through the shopping list. Good reviews? Check. Award-winning director? Check. Formidable cast? Check. Standalone film? Check. Highly original story? Check. As you can see, it ticks a lot of boxes.



My buddy, Nick, saw the trailer of Widows during our last outing (Bad Times at the El Royale). He said it ‘looks good’. I must admit that I was intrigued myself. As mentioned, the plot was quite different: four widows left with nothing but the debt of their late husbands. They must work together, against all odds, to undertake a heist that would make or break their future. Author Gillian Flynn and British director Steve McQueen co-wrote the script. You may remember Flynn from her work in Gone Girl, which was adapted from her novel.




McQueen, helmer of Twelve years a slave, assembles a top-notch cast. From Oscar-winner Viola Davis to Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson to Michelle Rodriguez, the ensemble troupe is very capable. Not only do they look fearsome on paper, but they give really inspired on-screen performances. Viola Davis is a standout as a mean widow, a very strong-willed one at that. She has to rally from personal tragedies and dodges depraved politicians along the way. She has her back against the wall, her husband dead, her debt having a thirty-day window. Colin Farrell likewise gives a spirited portrayal of a third-generation politico battling his own demons. Racial tensions abound. A hired gunman, which Daniel Kaluuya plays, is out for blood. The mercilessness of the system shocks the widows. Soon they place all their bets on the solitary heist, and the body count rises.



There are some idiosyncrasies in the film, stylistic peculiarities that we noticed. First was the scene where Colin heads to the car with his wife after a confrontation with a reporter. Throughout the car ride, the angle is not within the vehicle, but outside. Nick reckoned it was a departure from the norm, making the viewer feel as outsiders. Another interesting bit was the accents. I didn’t realise that the Brits were so well represented, until Nicky told me that the director was British. Let’s see: Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, and Cynthia Orivo, were all Poms. What’s more: they sported American accents. Jeff, my chiropractor, said that the British could do pretty good Yankee accents, but not vice-versa. Colin Farrell, in particular, did a flawless Chicago accent according to Nick. There was no hint of the Irish twang. Belle (Cynthia Orivo) was my favourite character in this picture. She is tough without being overbearing like Viola, and can be counted on despite her many priorities. I learned that she was also in Bad Times.



Gone Girl

The film per se was quite stylish. While viewing, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Gone Girl, which I saw at the cinemas two years ago. Here the roles are reversed. While the latter involved a husband looking for his wife, this one featured a wife seeking her lost hubby. Meanwhile, some scenes were more shocking than Gone Girl, which was relatively tame. The visuals, as mentioned, were very stylish, no doubt contributing to its ‘Certified Fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Definitely worth a look. All in all, I am happy with my choice. Specifically, I’m glad I picked this over Grindelwald.


Rating: 3.5/5



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