Monday, September 28, 2015
The cast is brilliant, the writing great and the scene-stealer a pint-sized version of Anne Hathaway's character. But enough chit-chat. I had the chance to review this one on Silver Petticoat and that review went live today. It you'd like to read more about the movie or specific thoughts I walked away with, you can read it via the links down below.
The Intern – Workplace Comedy with Class and Charm
It has been a while since I saw Anne Hathaway in anything, but when I saw the trailer for this, the latest effort from director and writer Nancy Meyers, I instantly knew seeing The Intern was a must. Its promotional material promised a kind of return to one of my favorite roles for Anne, only this time the situation was reversed (she plays the boss hiring interns). With a talented cast (among them there is an alarming amount of nominations and prestigious wins), a popular screenwriter and the bubblegum “feel-good” quality of good comedy, this one had the promise to be a terrific comedy. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat Review →
(Content: the film is rated PG13 for some profanity [including one use of the F-word] and sexual related humor.)
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Ever since her days as Catherine Marshall’s plucky heroine, Christy Huddlston (in CBS’ short-lived Christy – a show that was not only a period drama, it was also one of the rare things on television my parents were okay with me watching), I’ve liked Kellie Martin as an actress. She’s since gone on to star in a hit medical drama and other TV projects, but her latest “home” seems to be Hallmark. Tonight’s premiere marks her latest role on the family-orientated network and is hopefully is a preview of more to come.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Grace's past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.
The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row. - Goodreads, January 2016
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
FILM REVIEW: Pitch Perfect
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Appropriate gushing for this series could likely go on for another page or better, but then that’s not the most professional use of space. The banter, the characters and actors who portray them, the setting and interesting mysteries (including one that involves a hotel) are always classy. If you like costume dramas, the costuming is pretty and everything Essie dons drips with elegance. Those who like independent, strong female characters will also like this simply for the fact that Phryne doesn’t do anything she doesn’t wish to do. Those of us who having invested time and patience into the will-they-or-won’t-they potential between the leads get a reward (you’ll know what I mean when you see the squeal-inducing-fangirl moment) in the final moments of episode eight, which forays nicely into the rumored film that’s either in or about to go into production. A film that will take Phryne, and presumably her gang of crime-fighter friends to England. Changing the scenery just may be what is needed to push these lovebirds to finally admitting the truth. Plus, seeing them cavort in the prim and proper streets of 20s-era England sounds like a smashing good time.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
If the characters fail you anywhere along the way, the cinematography won’t. This is one of the most beautiful period dramas I’ve seen lately. Every shot and emotion is captured (particularly the scenes of longing between one pairing) to elegant perfection. The costuming is also stunning! The woman behind them was also the costume designer for 2003’s live-action Peter Pan and the Nicole Kidman period drama, Portrait of a Lady. Looking at the “bigger” picture, this film is nothing if not gorgeous. There are lessons to be learned and taken to heart. Some are harsh and unpleasant to experience, but important nonetheless. Writer, David Nicholls (One Day, 2012’s Great Expectations) brings everything together very neatly. I loved the ending, ambiguous though it could have been, it feels especially complete and manages to infuse the moment with some playful flirting (likely I was grinning big by this time) that doubles as genuine feelings, and realizing a longing one character never confessed.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Today's Top Ten Tuesday officered a canvas for imaginations to flourish. Why, you ask? Well, it was a "your choice" kind of option. I briefly looked through past topics and couldn't come up with anything, then thought perhaps I'd do another recent additions to my bookshelf since I had such fun with that, but it wasn't all that long ago Top Ten Tuesday called for that subject. This left me with another option. In the Booktube community, I'd seen several videos done that used random numbers and then featured the books from a person's bookshelf that the numbers corresponded with. That tag looked like fun.
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top (Twelve) Books Recently Added to my Bookshelf
Armed with the random numbers from the trusty Random.org folks, I took my bright orange sticky note pad upstairs and counted out the numbers to match up the proper books. It's kind of like a mini version of a treasure hunt. The following list of books - which subsequently features a crazy array of genres and styles, is the result of that.
About the Book:
Independent (relatively so) of her renowned Ballytyne Legacy novels, opening these pages will introduce readers to Sophie and Seamus. Sophie is the unmarried daughter of a “traitor” in the revolutionary war, a war that is only just over. With her father back in Scotland, Sophie is left behind, trying to make a go of their home as she awaits her brother’s return. As his former commander, Seamus hears the rumors of Sophie’s brother and his return to Scotland before his neighbor hears news of her brother’s whereabouts. But for now, life moves on following the turmoil of a war. Seamus is back at Tall Acre with a small daughter who barely knows him. As relatives attempt to take her away and Sophie nearly loses her home, the most logical solution seems for the two to marry and present a united front… but at what cost will this marriage of convenience come?
Anyone who picks up this novel will find it impossible to put down. The story that begins to take shape is like a master painting as Laura brushes each layer over top of another in a masterful artist rendering of these characters and their lives that come alive in the most vivid of ways. To begin with, the story is a poignant one. Having two people fall in love post-marriage allows some liberties that, if rendered well is sure to produce some of the most genuine love stories there are in fiction. Laura’s novel achieves this and then some. Sophie and Seamus’ relationship is absolutely beautiful. Even that lone word seems inadequate. Every moment, progressive act or conversation is full of every emotion it needs to be in order to fulfill the reader. Adding a young child to the mix enhances rather than detracts from any of the story cues.
This review first appeared on Life is Story.
Sincere thanks to Revell Books for a complimentary copy of this novel.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Since then, my mom and I have watched this twice (or so) and now, I've recently re-watched it. Where my mom didn't care for it, I have now really come to quite like the soapy period drama. It begins happily, takes darker turns somewhere along the way and finally (quite literally) finds its happy again by giving us a riding-off-into-the-sunset kind of ending.
The Buccaneers – Four American Girls Taking in a London Season
The first time I saw this, I’d been given an idea of what this miniseries was like and it may have affected my original opinion. Since then, I’ve seen it a time or two more, and only just now re-watched it for the first time in a handful of years. With each viewing, the story charms me as much as its four protagonists were by their European season, which is what the story essentially boils down to – four American women embarking on a London season. However, the film first opens on American shores in the 1800s.
The beautiful and unconventional Conchita (Mira Sorvino) is the first of their foursome to marry, and she does so in style. She marries into one of England’s most prominent families to a man named Richard. In America, however, families believe it is the husband’s duty to provide for his wife and much to Richard’s parents dismay, Conchita’s stepfather settles no dowry on her. This isn’t the case for the St. George family. Among the new wealth, the St. George sisters have no proper society welcoming them, but their father has made a bundle and is ranked as Wall Street’s third richest. Eldest Virginia (Alison Elliott) – or Ginny as she is called, is beautiful, but cold and noticeably proper. Youngest Annabelle, who is called Nan (Carla Gugino) is still quite the child and in need of guidance, which her mother remedies by hiring an English governess, Miss Testvalley (Cheri Lunghi). Finally, there is Lizzy Elmsworth (Rya Kihlstedt). Quiet and stylish, Lizzie has no grand ambitions for her London adventure beyond reuniting with her friends. Continue Reading →
(Content: The majority of this series would be TVPG, but there are two-three scenes that warrant the actual TV14 rating. One is a scene of marital rape [we see quite a bit of side nudity, waist down] and one character is seen lying in bed with his male lover [both are sleeping]. Extra marital affairs are hinted at both on and off screen; there is some suggestive conversation.)
Thursday, September 10, 2015
When the Christmas season finds Eden in Summer Harbor, Maine, she's on the run from trouble. Romance is the last thing on her mind.
Riding in a bus in the thickly falling snow, Eden Davis wonders how it ever came to this--fleeing under cover of night with young Micah sleeping fitfully in the seat beside her. When a winter storm strands them in Summer Harbor, Maine, Eden wonders if what might have been the end could be a new beginning.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem-solver. He's recently left his job with the sheriff's department to take over the family Christmas tree farm to save it from insolvency. But he's flummoxed. During the busiest season of the year, he's shorthanded. Then Eden shows up looking for work, and Beau believes he's been rescued. Competent, smart, and beautiful, Eden's also guarded and quiet. He soon figures out she comes with a boatload of secrets. But Beau can't seem to help himself from falling for her.
As Christmas Eve approaches, Beau discovers he'll do anything to keep Eden safe. But who's going to protect his heart from a woman who can't seem to trust again? - Goodreads
It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again. - Goodreads, Add It ǀ Preorder (Amazon)
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
FILM REVIEW | The Lady Vanishes (2013)
Monday, September 7, 2015
Hello, happy readers! It's (nearly) eight days into September. Can we believe this!? Time is racing past at an alarming rate, and already we are ushering in another week and another Top Ten Tuesday topic. Oh my. This week's is a great one considering we all are in a perpetual state of not reading that TBR (which is pretty towering) and that crosses over into NOT finishing series. I'm breaking this into a couple of parts because there are series I haven't yet finished and really want to, and series I'm primed to adore considering all of the hype surrounding them or the recommendations. Plus, I'm including the latter category because I have one or more of the books on my shelves and why not?
Friday, September 4, 2015
Today's blog post was meant to be a second "ship" post continuation feature TV couples. That didn't happen because, um, prep work has to happen. Then, I was going to go the professional route and post a review I had written and though I still would have done just that, I was pursuing Twitter and guess what I saw: the season four Arrow trailer! I mean, there has to be room for that on a Friday, right? This brings us to today's random blog post.
(And this photo is just a "preview" of ONE of my all-time favorite TV ships.)
I am so ridiculously excited for this fourth season. (First I will naturally have to watch the darkness of season three. And I will.) The new twists, changes and of course, a certain "ship" is sure to make me smile... a lot during this season. If first impressions are anything to go by, I'm going to adore this season. Aside from Thea's new story, I'm not "worried" about much of anything this year as I was with the former season.
Enough talk. Here's the trailer.