MAD MAX – FURY ROAD (2015): For The Portrayals Of Madness

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Mad Max - Fury Road (2015), Charlize Theron Mad Max – Fury Road (2015), Charlize Theron

I remember absolutely nothing about the original Mad Max films. I’m not even sure that I’ve ever properly watched one. However, after seeing the teaser trailer for the 2015 version (Mad Max, Fury Road), it looks to be a fantastic spectacle.

Teaser Trailer >

All that’s left for me to do is get in the mood for another apocalyptic tale. Somehow I think Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult will manage to convince me. After all, what’s more intriguing than portrayals of ‘mad’ by talented Actors? Yes. Nothing.

After the tease… The Official Main Trailer >

How amazing was that? Talk About Relentless!

The Final Trailer >

And so the final stretch of the wait begins.

Happy Mad Max – Fury Road 🙂

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THE REVENANT: Trailer Of The Week From Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hardy

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The Revenant (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy… There are very few other names that get me as excited about the release of a brand new trailer than these two, and what a beauty we have here…

The Revenant, is from Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Director of the 2015 Best Picture Oscar winning film, Birdman (2014)

Based on this stomper of a  teaser, the film’s tale of vengeance might just be the one. You know, the film that finally gets that Best Actor golden trophy in the hands of… 

Happy Revenant 🙂

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EX MACHINA (2015): Vikander’s Portrayal Will Leave You Wanting More

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Ex Machina (2015), Alicia Vikander Ex Machina (2015), Alicia Vikander

Ex Machina comes from Writer / Director, Alex Garland and stars Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.

I almost don’t want to say too much about the film, except that you should watch it because you’ll have no regrets afterwords. This is a sci-fi drama about artificial intelligence that has three key characters, one of whom is a beautiful and very smart female A.I. Can one say ‘whom’ in reference to A.I…? I digress.

Ex Machina is well written and delivers many tension filled moments to keep you locked in; moments that are brilliantly partnered with just the right musical score.

You will get to the end and want to know immediately when the sequel is coming. Sadly I don’t have the answer to that question. Nor do I have any knowledge of whether a sequel is even planned. But live in hope we…

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THE MARTIAN (2015): Another Space Sci-Fi Hit Is Coming

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The Martian (2015), Matt Damon The Martian (2015), Matt Damon

The new film from Ridley Scott, Director of many hit films including Gladiator (2000) stars Matt Damon and looks amazing.

As excited as I undoubtedly am, something tells me I’m probably going to get my heart broken, and by that I don’t mean I’ll be disappointed but that something similar to the end of 1998’s Armageddon might happen. I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than have that particular theory come to fruition.

Then again, on the other hand, whatever it takes for the film to be great.

Bring on November.

Happy The Martian 🙂

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THE LAST INNOCENT MAN

The Last Innocent Man By Phillip Margolin

Defense attorney David Nash has made a career out of setting monsters free  and no one does it better. Now a case has come to “The Ice Man” that could help cleanse Nash of the guilt and doubts that torment him: that rarest of all defendants, an innocent man. A fellow lawyer has been accused of a heinous crime the brutal murder of an undercover vice cop. But the case that is supposed to be Nash’s redemption could prove to be his downfall, dragging him into a dark and sinister world where lies and the truth are interchangeable; where the manipulator becomes the manipulated; and where every answer spawns more complex and terrifying questions. And as the shadows close in around him, the final question that remains for David Nash concerns his own fate: life or death?

AUTHOR: PHILLIP MARGOLIN

TITLE: THE LAST INNOCENT MAN

GENRE: Crime, Suspense

Recommendation: http://www.amazon.com

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SOUVENIRS OF A SERIAL KILLER

Collecting Cooper By Paul Cleave

People are disappearing in Christchurch. Cooper Riley, a psychology professor, doesn’t make it to work one day. Emma Green, one of his students, doesn’t make it home. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison stint, he’s asked by Green’s father to help find Emma. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a DUI accident the year before, so he owes him big time. What neither of them knows is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Now he has acquired the ultimate collector’s item an actual killer. Meanwhile, clues keep pulling Tate back to Grover Hills, the mental institution that closed down three years ago. Very bad things happened there. Those who managed to survive would prefer keeping their memories buried. Tate has no choice but to unearth Grover Hills’ dark past if there is any chance of finding Emma Green and Cooper Riley alive.

AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE

TITLE: COLLECTING COOPER

GENRE: Thriller, Mystery

A POSTER BOY FOR DEATH PENALTY

Joe Victim By Paul Cleave

Joe doesn’t remember killing anyone, so there’ s no way a jury can convict him of serial murder. He calls himself Joe Victim, trying, as he awaits trial, to convince the psychiatrists that he wasn’t in control of his actions, trusting that the system will save him in the end.

But others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver and they want to see him dead. There’s Melissa, Joe’s accomplice in one of the murders, who plans on shooting him on his way to the courthouse before he gets a chance to start talking. Then there’s Raphael, whose daughter was one of the Carver’s victims. Though he’s tried to move on with life as the leader of a counseling group for grieving family members, he’d like nothing more than to watch Joe pay. Finally there’s Carl Schroder, the ex-detective who locked Joe up and is determined to put things right for the case of his career. To extract himself from this epic mess, Joe has come up with a desperate plan involving a television psychic who’s looking to get rich by making people believe just about anything. It’s a long shot, but it had better work before he becomes the poster boy for a death penalty that may be reinstated in New Zealand, which isn’t quite the dramatic ending he is hoping for.

AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE

TITLE: JOE VICTIM

GENRE: Thriller

Recommendation: http://www.barnesandnoble.com

http://www.paulcleave.co.nz

http://www.amazon.co.uk

MY OPINION: A Must Read

THE CHRISTCHURCH CARVER

The Cleaner By Paul Cleave
Joe is in control of everything in his simple life, including both his day job at the police department and his ‘night work’. He remembers to feed his fish twice a day and visit his mother at least once a week, although he occasionally peppers her coffee with rat poison. He is not bothered by the reports of The Christchurch Carver, who, they say, murdered seven women.
Joe knows the carver has only killed six women. He knows that for a fact. And Joe is going to find that copy-cat killer, punish him for the one and then frame him for the other six. It’s a perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he has to do now is take care of all the women who keep getting in his way his domineering mother for one. Then there is Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother, and the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture no longer have any place in Joe’s investigation.

AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE

TITLE: THE CLEANER

GENRE: Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Recommendation: http://www.abebooks.com

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MYSTERY

The Fold By Peter Clines

The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.  

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step. The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe. Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret. As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys everything.  

AUTHOR: PETER CLINES

TITLE: THE FOLD

GENRE: Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Mystery

DANGEROUS HUNT FOR ANSWERS

The Devil In Her Way By Bill Loehfelm

Kicking off her final week of field training, Maureen takes a punch from a panicked suspect bursting out of an apartment. Her training officer laughs it off, and the incident even yields a small victory: the cops recover a stash of pot and guns. But out on the street, on the fringes of the action, Maureen sees something sinister transpire between two neighborhood boys that leaves her shaken, and she knows there’s more to the story than she’s seen. 

AUTHOR: BILL LOEHFELM

TITLE: THE DEVIL IN HER WAY

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

A STONE COLD KILLER

The Dead Will Tell By Linda Castillo

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. Ghost stories abound, but no one knows what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago when an Amish father and his four children perished and his young wife disappeared without a trace. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide,a man found hanging from the rafters in his barn, evidence quickly points to murder. She finds herself following an elusive trail that points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident.

Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with estate agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in a long time, she’s happy. Their newfound bliss is shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti family four years ago is found not guilty and walks away a free man. When a second man turns up dead, Kate discovers a link that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and uncovers a horrifying truth that reaches deep into the past and strikes at the very heart of Painters Mill. As Kate draws a bead on a stone cold killer, a murderer vows to right old wrongs and kill anyone who stands in the way.

AUTHOR: LINDA CASTILLO

TITLE: THE DEAD WILL TELL

GENRE: Mystery

Recommendation: http://www.fictiondb.com

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http://www.alibris.com/The-Dead-Will-Tell-Linda-Castillo/book

MY OPINION: A Must Read

THE RAGE OF A MURDERER

The Dead Man By Joel Goldman

Milo Harper wants former FBI agent Jack Davis’ help. People in Harper’s study of the human brain are starting to die and dying exactly in the very ways they have dreamed. Harper wants Jack to get to the truth and counter lawsuits aimed at the foundation. But when Jack investigates, the truth explodes: a serial killer is lurking inside one of the most advanced research facilities in the world. For Jack, the case will shatter illusions, raise ghosts, and take him onto both sides of the law and into the path of a murderer’s terrifying rage.

AUTHOR: JOEL GOLDMAN

TITLE: THE DEAD MAN

GENRE: Serial Killer, Suspense , Thriller

THE CHESSMEN

 Fin is no longer a police officer, he’s now the  head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill a local poacher, Fin’s teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

AUTHOR: PETER MAY

TITLE: THE CHESSMEN

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

SOMEONE’S NEED FOR REVENGE

At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that. June, 2014. Cat’s life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.

AUTHOR: JANE GREEN

TITLE: SUMMER SECRETS

GENRE: Fiction

Recommendation: http://www.goodreads.com

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LIVE A LIFE THAT CARES

Keep your attitude like a king and Ego like a Slave; and build your dynasty of happiness and success. Don’t place your Mistakes on your Head. It weight may crush you down, instead place them under your feet and use it as a platform to view new horizons. Always choose to heal, not to hurt, to forgive not to despise, to persevere not to quit, to smile not to frown, and to love not to hate! At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought, but what we built, not what we got, but what we shared, not our competence but our character, and not our success but our significance. Live a life, that matters. Live a life that cares…..  God bless!!! 

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