July 14, 2018 - July 20, 2018
Martial arts icon Bruce Lee
shines in new book
Martial arts icon
Bruce Lee wanted to be known around the world, and he built the perfect
platform to do so as an international film star.
A new biography by
Matthew Polly explores with unusual depth the private life of this
unlikely movie star, whose screen legacy relies on just a handful of
films. Lee is best remembered for the movies “Fist of Fury” (1972) and
“Enter the Dragon” (1973), released the month he died.
recollections from colleagues, friends and family, Polly’s “Bruce Lee: A
Life” is proof that dogged research and sharp insight lie at the
foundation of any successful biography. Its 600-plus pages suggest a
definitive work to satisfy Lee’s fans and spark curiosity in a new
Lee (1940-1973) was
born in the U.S. and appeared in Hong Kong films as a child. A natural
charmer even as a youngster, his antics away from the cameras threatened
his future as he cultivated a reputation as a street fighter and bully
who couldn’t control his temper.
Martial arts became
his passion as well as a tool for self-discipline. Sent to Seattle as a
teenager after his expulsion from private school and trouble with the
law, Lee matured and found a sense of purpose — to revolutionize martial
arts. He did so by mixing traditional kung fu with his own superfast,
freewheeling fighting style.
On the West Coast
he developed a following as a competitor and as a teacher. His Hollywood
connections — actors Steve McQueen and James Coburn and screenwriter
Stirling Silliphant — were among his students — led to the role of Kato
on the short-lived TV series “The Green Hornet” (1966-67).
Few roles followed
in an American entertainment industry that had little use for Asian
actors beyond stereotypes. Stardom in Asia and beyond came via Hong Kong
action films like “The Big Boss” (1971). Lee used that surprising
success to start calling the shots on his films, though he made only a
handful before his death at 32.
death was linked to brain swelling caused, some concluded, by a drug
reaction, but Polly makes a convincing argument for heat stroke. What
could have been a singular presence in world cinema instead became an
endearing cult figure. (AP)
July 7, 2018 - July 13, 2018
‘The Anomaly’ slowly simmers as story groundwork is set up
Rumors have swirled
that early in the 20th century an explorer on the Colorado River
discovered a cavern high up in the rocks of the Grand Canyon. The
stories of what he found are fantastic and hard to believe, which is
perfect for Nolan Moore, an archaeologist who hosts a conspiracy theory
show that explores historical mysteries without actually solving
anything. With his team of cameramen and experts for the region, Nolan
decides to see if they can find this strange cave and prove the wild
claims from that earlier time.
The trip starts off
uneventfully for the team of men and women, but when they spot what
might be the cave they are seeking, they immediately see the possibility
of fame and fortune. For Moore, it’s a chance to finally be successful
in proving one of the conspiracy theories that his show promotes. What
they discover at first seems a bit odd, as the things they see differ
from the historical account. The more they explore, the more mysterious
it gets. From all appearances, someone tried to conceal the cave. While
they discover the truth behind the cave, they will wish they had never
“The Anomaly” slowly simmers as the groundwork is set up. The
exploration is also a bit slow going as well to keep the reader guessing
as to what is honestly going on inside this cave. When the big reveal
happens, it comes with a dose of horror, violence and complex science.
Rutger has crafted an intriguing and, at times, somewhat graphic tale
that’s never predictable and will appeal to fans of exploration and
survival along with “The X-Files” crowd. (AP)
June 30, 2018 - July 6, 2018
Mystery after mystery builds in
‘The Pharaoh Key’
Gideon Crew has nothing
left to lose, so he decides to go out with a bang in “The Pharaoh Key,”
Preston & Child’s latest — and supposedly final — story to feature their
Solutions has closed shop and fired everyone, including Crew. To make things
worse, a checkup on his medical condition proves that it’s still a death
sentence; he will be lucky to survive six months. So when former co-worker
Manuel Garza asks for help to get answers from the elusive CEO of the now
defunct company, Crew agrees. They are both denied an opportunity to talk to
Eli Glinn, but while cleaning out the remainder of their stuff from their
desks, they discover a computer that has completed a job it was assigned
years ago to decipher strange writings on a stone tablet. The data indicates
a possible treasure in the middle of a dangerous section of southwest Egypt,
so they decide to abscond with the information and claim the potential
rewards for themselves.
What they will uncover
is both treacherous and surprising, and one person’s treasure is another
person’s nightmare. The quest might kill them, but since Crew is on borrowed
time anyway, he tries to remain unflappable.
Preston & Child write
compelling stories, and this one invokes classic adventure novels from the
early 20th century. Mystery after mystery builds into a finale that even
savvy readers won’t see coming. If this truly is the last Gideon Crew novel,
the authors have ended his escapades in grand style; fans will rejoice and
newcomers will appreciate the sheer scope of everything. (AP)
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