July 9th, 2020


Movie Critique – John Wick Movie Series

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: The film has its weak spots obviously, but comes with heavily action packed mob-involved revenge plot that doesn’t disappoint the viewers. If you like bloodshed and guns and revenge, this is the right series to pick up.

John Wick Movie Series is a series of films, three of which have been released so far, with two more in planning. The stories in these movies follow around John Wick, a retired hitman who is brought out of his retirement in each movie for one or the other reason. Wick was an orphan who is raised to be an assassin by the Tarasov Russian Mafia. Keanu Reeves portrays the titular role so far. 

One of the questions in the American TV Game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was about John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Specifically around the word Parabellum used in the title. That prompted an interest in me to watch the movies and see who the heck was John Wick. And hence the review.

The first film, John Wick, was released in 2014 and focuses on Wick taking revenge on the people who had killed his dog , Daisy, a recent gift from his deceased wife, Helen. He comes out of a 5 year retirement to hunt the killers. The plot is loosely based on an incident in Texas involving former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose puppy, DASY, was shot by street bad guys. 

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Book Critique – The Columbo Collection

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: As much as the movies have enchanted, entertained and charmed the viewers, the book did the same to the readers, bringing the rumpled raincoat and cigar holding lieutenant to life. 

The Columbo Collection is indeed a collection of 12 brilliant new stories in which while murders try to get away only to come up against our rumpled raincoat detective, Lieutenant Columbo. Written by William Link it was first published in March of 2010.

I have always been open on how much I love Columbo, the American crime drama television series that aired between 1968 and 2003 on TV. Several reviews of books, movies and tv shows that I wrote about have mentioned Columbo in them. I even wrote a piece dedicated to Columbo and his very first pilot Prescription: Murder too back in 2017.

So it is only natural that I would buy a book with Columbo stories when I happen to come cross at a book sale. Wouldn’t I? ;) And now for my take on these stories.

William Link is the co-creator of both Columbo and Murder, She Wrote TV shows, both of which I happen to love a lot. Columbo was introduced in a 1960 episode of The Chevy Mystery Show titled "Enough Rope", with Bret Freed portraying the role of Columbo, the very first actor to do so. 

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