Battleship (2012)

Friday, September 28, 2012


Expected to be a hit in the tradition of Marvel’s superheroes or Disney’s crazy band of Pirates, to say this film was a dud is an understatement. When critics decimate a movie, it all but cements (I haven’t decided if that’s my defiance of arrogant critics or just from pure enjoyment *wink*) that I will enjoy it, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out what is wrong with this film (while understanding its not Oscar material). It inspires and excites in a single frame.

Book Giveaway

Monday, September 24, 2012

Good afternoon! Thanks to a pre-order / review request snafu on my part, I have an extra copy of Lynette Eason's latest novel, When a Heart Stops to give away. I only just started reading it - which means, yes, there will be a review - but let me tell you, it is fantastic so far! Its opening captures the reader and makes you want to keep reading and though I am a suspense genre fan, it has been a while since I felt that way about a mystery novel. Here is the synopsis:

Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson

Saturday, September 22, 2012

About the Book:
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Land of the Lone Star - Book 3
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Review: In Peterson’s third and final novel of this Texas saga, we re-visit the once vibrant wisp of a girl, Carissa Lowe. Following her marriage to Malcolm Lowe, Carissa is no longer that girl. Finding out your husband still wanted war following the Civil war is not a knowledge any woman wanted to bear of her husband. Kept hidden from the world, Carissa will never forget the anger and abuse Malcolm heaped on her. If only one good thing came from it all, it’d be her two-year-old daughter, Gloria. Amazed that the child even survived Malcolm’s wrath, her daughter was the only thing keeping Carissa from hiding away from everyone. Now as it is, living with her sister’s family at their Texas ranch, she vows never to allow another man into her life… until she again re-acquaints herself with Tyler Atherton. Despite her promises, Tyler has always stirred something inside her, and Carissa finds herself in danger of letting him into her heart.

Abducted by Janice Cantore

About the Book:
Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Pacific Coast Justice, book 2
Genre: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Review: Where Accused didn’t set well with me, Cantore came back with her follow-up and surprised me – pleasantly so. Structuring in the first book of this debut series struggled to find footing – or that was my impression of it, and it didn’t read well as a result. Centering again on police detective Carly Edwards, the second book of her story involves a kidnapped child and continued attempts at a reconciliation between she and her estranged husband Nick. Now both are Christians, Carly’s assumption is that they will easily work through their problems to eventually re-kindle what once they shared – that is a mistaken assumption. Her fight to rectify the trust they once easily put in each other becomes unimportant in the hunt to find a baby.

October Baby (2011)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Every once in a great while, a film whose expectations are low, and is in fact, perhaps ridiculed assumes a quiet presence in cinematic ways and begins to make its presence known just when you need it. Such a platform is usually not one that is “exciting” in the traditional sense but its heart and beauty make it one of the best to appear in years. October Baby embodies each of these qualities and the result is as near to perfection as cinema may ever see.

Downton Abbey: The Wedding // New Photos

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Double (2011)

My “love affair” with whodunits and thrillers began several years ago and ever sine then, you don’t have to work hard to convince me that most in the genre are worth their salt. This film has an all-star cast but other than picking it up off the video store shelf, I knew nothing about it.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eleven years ago today 9/11 happened. It is an event that is seared in the minds of American’s forever. On that day we lost heroes and working American’s. We lost fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. Some of us weren’t personally affected by it in that we lost a loved one but no proud American was left unscathed. In many ways it was a defining moment in U.S. history, one that unleashed finger-pointing and laid blame everywhere except the only place it should have – the politics surrounding that horrible heartbreak became ugly, leading the double standard desperately seeking someone or something to blame.

The Game Plan (2005)

The Game Plan

Seeing this one came about after spotting an ad for it, which then prompted me to rent it some months ago. Having seen Dwayne Johnson in a number of family-orientated movies, I decided this had potential to live up to those. My family sat down to watch this one lazy Sunday afternoon, which inspired a boatload of giggle from my mother and I (I think we drove my dad crazy with all the laughing!) throughout the entire movie. It's a film that tugs at your heartstrings in equal measures as the laughs.

Detectives, FBI Agents and Sleuths – Oh, My!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day, readers! I hope you've enjoyed a wonderful long weekend. Mine has been uneventful but I manged to finish one of my favorite TV shows - one that made me sad, and would like to share with you, this giveaway. If you've not read The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, Rosie is offering a copy in her first ever giveaway. Check it out! 
Last year when the release of Femnista, celebrating detectives, I wrote up this list of my favorite detectives, three-letter government agents and the likes. Below you will encounter beloved characters from both past and present television. Whether it is a driven deputy chief with a penchant for chocolate, a guy whose car is an antique or a slightly obsessed detective determined to right her mother’s murder, ammeter sleuths to characters that work best alone or a well-oiled team, my library of DVD sets that feature the “good guys” is… well, larger than it probably should be. Nevertheless, here are my brief thoughts and conclusions on those that have stood out. In order to be “fair” without showing favoritism (*wink*), I’ve alphabetized the characters.

Revenge, Season One (2011)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Writing characters that viewers will actually want to invite into their home on a weekly basis is a tricky business. Ideally, they are imperfect, but strive for self improvement. There is an oh-so-fine line between creating characters who are a little bit naughty and characters to root for, to laugh and cry with. Revenge took a stab at perfecting the former though even in its prism of enchanting darkness, I am not sure we should blindly buy into this scenario. 

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Who doesn’t love a good swashbuckler? We’ve all probably seen some version of The Three Musketeers or read all about Horatio Hornblower’s high seas adventure, but have you all been introduced to Edmond Dantes, the wronged penniless sailor from the Alexander Dumas’ novel? (Ironically, Dumas is also the author who penned the Musketeers’ adventures.) This is a deeper, more complicated story than those escapades, although I don’t know that the feature film got it totally right in comparison to the novel, but nevertheless, the movie is one of the best good old-fashioned swashbucklers to this day.
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