The Jungle Book (2016)

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A man-cub is raised by wolves in the jungle. But a tiger wants the boy dead. To avoid this, a panther escorts the boy out of the jungle.

This is a good remake with excellent special effects in the animals.

Still a bit of a musical, but not like the animated classic, the movie entertains.

IMDB Score 7.6/10
Amazon Score 4.4/5

 

City of God (2002)

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City of God is a gritty foreign film about the lives of youthful gang members in Rio de Janeiro.

It is subtitled and follows a few groups of teens as they try to make it out of the slums. This is a good film.

IMDB Score 8.7/10
Amazon Score 4.4/5

 

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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OK, so this is a Kung Fu movie starringĀ Kurt Russell.

This is an action/fantasy movie where a Chinese woman with green eyes is kidnapped, there is some gang war action, and then our stars need to rescue one, then two women to prevent a god from regaining his human youth.

This is a good movie for what it is.

IMDB Score 7.3/10
Amazon Score 4.6/5

 

Nerilka’s Story (1987)

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This was a well-done, if short, book. It runs at the same time as Moreta but doesn’t suffer from the problem of other books that retell a story. Ender’s Shadow was a retelling of a tale from a different perspective and was 90% the same book as Ender’s Game. This didn’t do that and was 90% new story with just a bit of overlap.

Amazon Score 4.4/5
Thriftbooks Score 5.0/5

 

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (1984)

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This was a very disappointing book, it added little to the myth of Pern and spent most of the book following a pandemic sweeping through the world, it’s diagnosis and cure.

I bought this as part of a trilogy in one book, the other two stories were a good intro to the series, but this one fell short.

Amazon Score 4.6/5
Thriftbooks Score 5.0/5

 

A Prophet (2009)

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A French film following a prisoner that was transferred from a juvenile facility to an adult prison at 19. He falls in with a mobster and does jobs for him in exchange for protection.

I was disappointed with this film, there is little plot. I expected more from a movie rated 7.9.

IMDB Score 7.9/10
Amazon Score 4.4/5