The comedy of the movie, Bean (1997) works brilliantly due to several factors: firstly, Rowan Atkinson’s portrayal of a man with child-like innocence and curiosity about life propels him to snoop and “be” where he doesn’t belong. This causes an “Oh, no! He shouldn’t do that,” reaction in viewers—particularly teenagers. Secondly, the supporting cast for Bean is ideal. Dallas-born Peter MacNicol (Sophie’s choice, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope) is perfect as the up-tight American Art Gallery manager, David Langley, who elects to host the eccentric doctor for a week, against his wife’s (Pamela Reed) wishes. David Langley is a likable family guy with his job on the line as the higher-ups at the gallery have made David responsible for the installation and presentation of the precious artwork arriving from England with Dr. Bean.
Atkinson doesn’t waste an opportunity to create a laugh. He is awkward and uncomfortable to watch at times; like when the bathroom faucet over sprays and douses the front of his pants. (Oh, no!) This little accident becomes the catalyst for a series of hilarious moves. It’s as though Atkinson has adopted the mind of a sixteen-year-old boy, but kudos to him because it works. The slapstick violence and gross accidents, the lewdness and finally, the desire to make things right for his new friend, David, make the movie, Bean (1997), a worth while experience.
There is some use of profanity; hell, damn, and the b-word as well as instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain. Nudity is partial and although there are several brief comments about sex, there is no sex. All violence is moderate and of the slapstick nature, instrumental in the comedy of the situation. Bean (1997) is rated PG-13. I was glad I watched this movie with my sixteen-year-old son and not anyone younger. We enjoyed it and still laugh when we talk about it. With its clever premise and excellent acting, I give Bean (1997), 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks to Amazon Prime, I was able to assuage my curiosity for free because under no circumstance was I going to pay 3.95 to buy a 50 page book.
It poses like a novel, but reads like a cheaply written, poor television episode. Broker that Promises is Mr. Tyree’s 4th booklet in the American Disease series and it is in desperate need of professional editing. It didn’t matter which multi-national character was speaking, the errors dominated the disjointed plot. Each chapter featured a different set of characters. More than once, I had to flip back to try and find a connection of some sort between them. Could this have been avoided if I had read this series beginning with episode 1? I don’t know.
As far as a connection between the title and content of the booklet – loathing seemed to be the operative word and possibly Tyree’s impetus to write this ‘episode’. I got the distinct impression this author just flat doesn’t like America therefore has concluded its diseased; rather like hating broccoli and telling people its because of the broccoli. Makes no sense.
Various ethnicities are portrayed as though profiled. What value does this work add? None that I could find. If you want to wade through the F-bombs to learn how a rapper cuts a tune, or put up with dim-witted black females or rich white guys who may or may not have murdered a black ex-athlete and his whiteman-phobic mother, then maybe you should read this. Or, maybe don’t waste your time.
The rancid profanity and profiling deserves a star deduction, and lack of editing removes another star. The politics of the episode cover and the sub-title, Broker than Promises miss the mark in my estimation because the only actual ‘broke’ person in the story is a white homeless man and the story is not about him. Disconnect between the cover and the content – minus another star. I give this short story 2 stars.
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One by one the Chapter children are sent off in different directions and we wonder if and when they will reunite. The setting is the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries when trains carried orphans from New York to Texas. Leona is forced to board that train, all the while scheming for a way back to her family in New York. When Leona is selected from the group of homeless children and she finds herself riding over flat land in a Model T, the possibility of a return seems bleaker by the second, but Leona is tenacious and hopeful about returning.
A Family for Leona is a story of hope and restoration geared to children and young teens and at 260 pages, it's sure to keep them busy. The adventures and trials Leona and her best friend Noah endure pull us in to their plight and we cheer and ache with them. Their experiences from tenement dwelling in Brooklyn to farm life in Texas are quirky, enchanting and ultimately satisfying. Beverly Stowe McClure’s emotional fictional narrative is beautifully written through the eyes of a stubborn adolescent girl with a penchant for increasing her vocabulary. With themes like new beginnings, friendship, love and family, I recommend A Family for Leona and rate this book 5 stars.
The very beginning of the story was interesting and drew me in. Shortly, it became a fairly slow read because the plot became confusing and the killing excessive. At 355 pages, I wondered if everyone in the story would be killed.
Violina is the protagonist and the best character as she seemed to know what she wanted out of life. She and her girlfriend, Lux, suffer everything together and decide to search out and destroy the militants raging against their people and trying to take over the world.
This story would be about good versus evil if there was any goodness to be found. A lesson to be learned in this tale is that everyone is mean and a few people survive. The sheer number of fatalities was enough to shock the average reader. Lovers of sci-fi, crime fiction may find it a not such a gruesome doomsday read. I thought it was excessive and pardon the pun ... overkill.
Generally speaking, this book was depressing and had a cliff-hanger ending. On the upside, there was not much if any bad language and no sex and seemed professionally edited. Oh, and Violina and her gal pal lived—which is good because they tell the story. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.
Review: Sherlock Holmes Never Dies: Collection Six: New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries Boxed Sets by Craig Stephen Copland
The first story, The Cuckhold Man, is about a jerk military man who seeks Holmes’ services to locate his missing wife. The pace is fairly slow as Holmes interrogates a variety of suspects. Holmes wraps up his investigation with a bow and gives us a very satisfying ending which includes the jerk being put in his place.
The second novella entitled, The Impatient Dissidents is different from the first story as a terrorist throws a bomb into czar Alexander II’s horse drawn carriage—killing him. It’s up to Holmes and his sidekick, Watson, to find the murderer. This plot dragged a bit more in this story than the first, though excitement is high as the authorities chase their man, wielding guns.
Holmes attends a medical lecture about the hearts and minds of soldiers, in the third story. Afterwards, upon visiting a veteran’s hospital, Holmes’ curiosity propels him to assist an exceptional soldier whose memory has failed him. Soon enough there are too many murders to keep track of and Holmes is in deep and digging for the truth. The Grecian Earned is a confusing story.
In The Naval Knaves, Holmes arranges an interview with a carpenter from Budapest to do some woodwork for a restaurant he is starting up. The carpenter didn’t make it, he was killed in his carriage. Holmes sets out to find the murderer in a long drawn out investigation. He uncovers a surprising twist and we learn the man did not die for nothing.
These bite-sized stories are great and this book is good bathroom reading material for mystery lovers. With no sex or profanity these stories employ plenty of violence to keep your attention. I didn’t love Sherlock Homes Never Dies. I found it confusing. Not only the myriad killings, but the titles and subtitles ran together in my mind making remembering the stories rather difficult. It’s even confusing to look this book up on Amazon as the full title is: Sherlock Holmes Never Dies: Collection Six: New Sherlock Homes Mysteries Boxed Sets. Not to be confused with: Sherlock Homes Never Dies: Six New Adventures of the World’s Greatest Detective. This not my favorite genre, but I did like it. I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
REVIEW: The Ugly Truth About Self-Publishing Not another cookie-cutter contemporary romance By Oliver Markus Malloy
—adept fun-ruiner—self-published author of the book: The Ugly Truth About Self-Publishing, Not another cookie-cutter romance.
Yeah, I know there’s no such word as ruiner, but who cares? I’m going to self-publish and odds are the uneducated editor I hire will miss it. Are you laughing yet?
Mr. Malloy understands the plight of the Indie author quite well which makes this thirty-five-page rant significant and his complaints valid. His frustration with the industry is as clear as his call to action: Be interesting. You read that right; be interesting—stop all the cookie-cutter tales and be unique. Write something original.
Self-publishing has created a deluge of “crap” books consequently sullying the esteemed title of author. The brutal truths imparted in this book merits it an additional classification under self-help. Should you read this book? Yes. What a reader will do with the information revealed in this book is the big question. I give Mr. Malloy’s bitch session 5 out of 5 starts.