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April 14th, 2010

Movie Review - Bounty Hunter

The Bounty Hunter



Staring: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Gio Perez, Joe Garland, Jason Sudeikis, Dorian Missik, Christine Baranski, and more...



Premise: Bounty Hunter gets his dream assignment when he finds out there's been a warrant put out on his ex-wife. Knowing her like no other, he takes the job, but it ends up being more than he ever bargained for.



Review: What shone the brightest for me in this movie was the utter glee of Aniston and Butler in playing their roles on this film. It was a blast just to watch them go at it. Weirdly enough, the whole revenge angle and some of the things Butler's character does will totally appeal to guys! His romp through her apartment had my husband and his friend howling with evil glee.



The plot ends up throwing together a bunch of different concurrent, yet unrelated complications, adding to the fun: stalker coworker, gambling debt enforcers, the mystery Aniston's character, Nicole, skipped her court date for in the first place. And when some of these items intersect, the fun just sky rockets.



Nicole's Mom, Kitty, played by Christine Baranski, was a total hoot!



Some slapstick, miss communications, car chases, people chases, gun fights, bar brawls, gambling, and battles of will ensue. Two people who went too fast, burned too bright, and didn't communicate, both almost destroyed by the depth of their feelings, finally, get a clue. But will they learn anything? If you're looking for a bit of fast paced fun, this one's for you!


***1/2

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Novels


JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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