KING KONG

April 29, 2006 at 5:18 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

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Action/ Adventure – DVD

Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrian BrodyHere’s the problem with remaking classics: You always know the ways the story ends. This, I don’t really understand. Remakes of other fiction tales like King Kong are not true events, in which case, why can’t the ending ever change? They change the endings to books all the time. Why not to movies?

I purposely did not go with my husband and son to see King Kong at the theaters. #1 because I knew the ending, and do not like to cry in public. #2 because I make it a point not to see anything in which an animal has a leading role (CGI created or real). They promise tissue moments, which I do NOT like. Don’t get me wrong. I sniffle at a good romantic moment… the dying scene in Terms of Endearment. But animals are different. I’m much more sensitized to their suffering. (A therapist would have a field day with me!)

Tonight, however, I sat and watched the full movie with the family. The ending hadn’t changed (duh) and I sat sniffling with my daughter. Other than the first 45 minutes, which I could have lived without, the movie was great. Will I watch it again? Maybe. But if I do, you can be sure I’ll have to do laundry during the last ten minutes!!!!!!!!!!

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GODDESS OF SPRING – PC Cast

April 28, 2006 at 5:04 pm (Books I've Enjoyed)

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Aside from having some of my favorite covers in romance, P.C. Cast’s stories are becoming my must-buys. Goddess of Spring, so far, is by far my favorite.

How do you convince your readers to fall in love with Hades? Yeah, Hades. He’s the hero. When I read the back blurb, I was really curious. This isn’t the usual hero fodder. But, as I said, I love P.C. and I knew if anyone could pull it off, it was her.

Goddess of Spring is about an Italian bakery owner -Carolina (Lina) – who, by mystical circumstances, trades places with the Goddess Persephone, who is being sent into the Underworld to “vacation” with the God Hades. Oh, what a hero! I sing for thee Hades. The colorful Underwold was beautifully done. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this story.

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He Blows My Mind…..

April 28, 2006 at 4:26 pm (Gab)

Having just reviewed P.C. Cast’s Goddess of Spring, I had to post this question to all.
Have you ever picked up a book and read about the hero (whether he came across as a jerk, or was described oddly on the back blurb) and wondered how the author was going to make you love him (AND SHE SUCCEEDED!)?? For example, the hero might be a thief or an assassin, or in P.C.’s case, Hades, himself.

What hero did you not expect to love but ended up loving A LOT??

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Adrian Streather… you worry me

April 28, 2006 at 4:25 pm (Gab)

On a blog I visit quite often: WRITER BEWARE (http://accrispin.blogspot.com/), the blogger brought up agent Adrian Streather, and included a link to his site. This guy charged so many fees to new writers and basically told every one of them that their only chance to sell was to PublishAmerica (basically a self pub company). Curious, I clicked over to his site http://www.adrianstreather.com/ and read his “I’m so angry that I got caught being a crook” speech.

He states that “Before you contact any Agent ensure that your work is original, well written and has been professionally edited and proof read. This will cost you money. More and more Publishers require a certificate proving that the manuscript has been professionally edited and proof read by established companies.”

Pardon??? I’ve been submitting to agents and editors for nearly 7 years. Folks, THIS IS A LIE! No editor or agent worth their salt WANTS you to have your work professionally edited, primarily because this could cost you your most valuable asset…your voice. And if they don’t mind it, they certainly won’t require it. What ever publishers this guy is talking about most certainly are not legit.

“The average book sells 120 copies over its lifetime.”

Again, I say, Pardon??? This is further proof that this man has only dealt with self publishing companies. I’ve heard of low sell-throughs, but 120 for the average???

Thank you sweet Jesus for leaving the business Mr. Streather. You have done the world a favor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ELIZABETH

April 24, 2006 at 5:19 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

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(1998 DVD)

Starring Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes

I love Joseph Fiennes. He’s got these chocolate- brown, doe eyes that make my insides melt. I wonder why he’s not in more movies. He was in one called Killing Me Softly with Heather Graham that was hot, hot, hot! Even in the little balloon pants he wears in Elizabeth, he’s sexy as hell.

Anyway, about the movie….
eli.jpgI have a weak spot for epic or historical movies, so of course, I enjoyed Elizabeth. Cate Blanchett played her to perfection and Geoffrey Rush was amazing as well. The movie depicts Elizabeth’s early queendom, from her coronation to her declaration that she would be the virgin queen. In a way, it was done the way Passion of the Christ was — choosing only a short period of time to replay. I left the movie wanting to see the rest of her reign as well.

The sets are beautiful, but I do have one word of warning. If you’re not familiar with Elizabeth’s history, then you might want to brush up on it before watching. They sort of plunge you in, expecting you to already understand what’s going on and who everyone is. I know her history, so this didn’t bother me, but I couldn’t see watching it without at least the bare bones knowledge of her story.

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CALDER’S ROSE – Kate Angell

April 24, 2006 at 5:05 pm (Books I've Enjoyed)

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(Contemporary romance with paranormal elements)

Two authors, two genders. Put them together and the characters come alive….LITERALLY!

Shane McNamara writers western fiction. Devin James writes western romance. Their editors have decided to put them together and have their main characters rendevous. The problem is, the real chemistry is between the authors (all though the characters do get a little heated on the side).

Curious things start to happen. Shane thinks Devin is writing the book without him when pages start appearing in the mornings, and Devin thinks the same of Shane. (Insert Twilight Zone theme here) They’re both wrong. The authors of this story are the fictional hero and heroine these two have created, and they’re not happy to just sit back and let someone else decide their fate!

Kate Angell writes light-hearted fun reads. And sexy. Did I mention sexy? Shane is so yummy, I was starting to hope HE’D come to life!

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Time Stands Still

April 22, 2006 at 4:27 pm (Gab)

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Ok, so my last post was titled growing up, and I understand that’s what we all do. But at the same time, do you ever feel as though time is just standing still, sometimes even flying backward?

My mom came to visit me today. I haven’t had a real conversation with her in weeks, and that was okay. I have a life. So does she. But on this particular visit, I sat with her on my patio and just drank her in. Reverted back to 15 or 16 years old. Admired her never-aging skin (will I be so lucky??), her unconditional admiration of me. I think she’s the only person I’ve ever gotten that kind of admiration from…the kind I don’t have to do anything to earn.

I never feel like a near-30-year old woman in her presence, but rather a child, not quite managing to make out of my life what she’s made out of hers. In short, I was overcome by this person in my life who can go weeks without speaking to me and yet I hear her in everything I do. I’d like to post her picture here, so you can see how her skin glows and how her eyes shine, but I don’t have her permission and would never do such a thing without it. And then there’s the fact that you could never fully appreciate how she makes you feel in her presence — as though you’re the most important person in her life. And yeah, I’m her kid. I’m supposed to feel that way. But you don’t get it (or maybe you do and are as blessed as I am), she makes the checkout boy at Winn Dixie feel the same way.

It was good to see you, Mom. It’s amazing that we can live so close and yet I still manage to miss you so much.

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Growing Up

April 19, 2006 at 4:28 pm (Gab)

When I look in the mirror, I’m often surprised I’m old enough to buy alcohol, let alone have a daughter who’s about to turn 10. She’s beautiful. Thin. Curvy. And omigod! She’s brought me home a permission slip to sign to she can watch “the movie” in school.

What??????????? I have a kid old enough to watch THE movie? The one where THAT happens, and THAT? God save me. I’m going to have to go out and load up on restraints to keep my husband from going to jail for murder, cuz believe me, that’s where he’ll end up when she starts dating.

And my son. 8 years old, in second grade, and has already had offers to sneak behind trees at recess to kiss. So now my daughter knows why she’s “different” from her brother and my son knows why Daddy likes kissing Mommy so much…. Kill me now. It’s only going to get worse, isn’t it?

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CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe

April 17, 2006 at 5:19 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

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DVD

I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was in 5th grade and truly loved it, so when the movie came out, it was one I really wanted to see in the theaters. However, 19 years seems to have changed my tastes. I didn’t get to see it in the theaters (it came out the same time as Goblet of Fire, and I do have priorities!), but we bought it on DVD. It was a good movie full of beautiful sets. But, I’ve been spoiled. Narnia offers talking animals and one or two mythical beasts. With Harry Potter, I receive a new world where everything is fresh and created in JK Rowling’s mind. Narnia didn’t offer much of that. The best way to describe what I mean is with the old cartoon, the Flintstones. The creators of that show made up new ways of playing records, pigs that lived beneath the sink to act as garbage disposals, bees in shells to act as razors. Pure creativity. Other than animals that talk, I found that sorely lacking in Narnia.

The world of Harry Potter is much more imaginative, giving us new ways to eat (Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate frogs), moving photographs, the Knight bus… in other words, a world purely made up. If that’s what you’re looking for, pass on LW&tW.

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BET ME – Jennifer Crusie

April 17, 2006 at 5:05 pm (Books I've Enjoyed)

bm.jpgMinerva Dobbs has self-image issues, which is not shocking considering the grief her mother gives her over every carb she puts in her mouth. Min’s a sensible girl with cheeky taste in shoes, and she’s met her match in Cal Morrisey, who’s hot enough to melt the cherries on her shoes.

After being dumped, Min’s in a man-hating state of mind the night she overhears her ex bet Cal that Cal won’t be able to get “frigid” chubby Min into bed within a month, and is too furious to hang around and listen to the outcome. So when Cal approaches her a few minutes later, she can only assume the worst.

Horrible families, ten-dollar bets, and over-protective friends aren’t enough to fight the fates that seem to want Cal and Min together. Bet Me is a wonderfully light and enjoyable read. If I had a rating system, this one would get top marks!

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