Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review of My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

If you haven’t been consumed by one particular ethnicity, you may have lost the opportunity to understand how a patriarchic system works. It has its benefits and its faults.

In the My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the Greek culture shows its good and bad side. That patriarchic system gets melted into the American culture of love who you want, ethnicity is damned.

WASP boy meets Greek girl spinster. She wasn’t noticed when they first met in her father’s Greek restaurant, but after her Americanization, her beauty is seen through a clearer window.

He finds the strength to walk into the Travel Agency she works in after she had freed herself from the Greek culture that was controlling her life. Both have the inner strength to love each other, damn their background.

He gives in and is christened in a Greek Orthodox church, showing his love for her and her culture which stimulates him. His family goes with the flow.

Sounds boring but the flow was upbeat with a few slow parts, because of the Greek patriarch’s interference in the romance. They live happily ever after in the house next door.

The acting of Nia Vardalos and John Corbett was above par - not Oscar-worthy, but they made the file work. The supporting case

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Movie Review of Devil's Advocate

The Devil’s Advocate
Starring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, and Charlize Theron

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

This intriguing movie about the devil being a lawyer brought all the sins of the world into play. I don’t have to name them. Do I?

Reeves, a Southern lawyer, and his wife Theron have a hectic but loving family living in a small Florida town. He is a winner; never losing a defense case in his 32 case career. She, the typical caring wife, wants a child and what is best for her husband.

After winning the 32nd case of a guilty person is over, they get an invitation one does not refuse – a chance to move to Sin City, New York, New York, USA.  He wants the advocate's position because of his vanity and pride, while she is motivated by greed, having things she would never attain in Florida.

Pacino is the owner of a wealthy law firm who dangles the carrots. His background had crossed paths with Reeves mother before his birth, and that is the reason for his wanting Reeves in his employ to take over the firm.  

The story builds in suspense from the day the couple arrives where they cross paths with all the seven sins, as Reeves mother had experiences when she met Pacino. She became a 'Born Again' Christian because of it.

I don’t have to tell you who the devil is. His interface with all the movies characters will give it away from the second act.

The twist in the ending of this not so complicated, but visually compelling movie will keep your eyes looking at the screen. So make certain, there are no distractions when you watch The Devil’s Advocate.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Review of In Six Hours

In Six Hours
By Raymond McCullough

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

If you believe in the prophecies of the Bible, this book is for you. In a very detailed way, Mr. McCullough shows you why and how the Israelite tribes return to their roots, according to his interpretation.

He uses verses from the Bible and a war in the Middle East to bring you to that end. At times along the way, prophecies are completed in unusual ways.

The story is a roller coast ride with peaks of tension and troughs of challenging quests for ‘The Truth’ in Bible. This is done by connecting those truths to present day events.

Although slow in pace at times, the overall engaging storyline makes up for the ‘Tell not show’ prose used. Mr. McCullough style does keep you believing that you are reading an accurate account, not fictional events. He does this by using characters who are believers in their understanding of 'The Truth.'

I recommend this read for those with an inquisitive mind.