Red Riding Hood (2011) - A Deceptive, Dark and Dangerous Fairytale

Monday, October 31, 2011

Red Riding Hood

When the first official plot synopsis was released for this big-screen movie, it did little to illustrate just what this adaptation of the classic Grimm fable would be like. It wasn’t until the promotional clips and material, and TV spots premiered that it was made clear to just what lengths Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke would take the fairy-tale.

Femnista: Special Edition

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Guess what!? Today, I am excited to once again invite you all to check out another edition of Femnista. This is a "special edition" (normally, it is out six times a year) covering all things spooky and supernatural.

The writers have covered an interesting, diverse array of topics from the novel Beauty to the recent teen flick Beastly in the "Book vs. Film" column - both pay homage to the classic Beauty and the Beast story. Also included are pros and cons on one of culture's biggest obsessions; thoughts on the "obsession" America has regarding vampires, and in one of the biggest, best surprises for me, one of my favorite TV shows even gets mention in the form of Pushing Daisies (thanks, Hannah!). Plus Lydia is back with her "Ask Lydia" column - as always it puts a smile on the readers face.

In order to page through the issue or print it out, scroll down to find the link on the right sidebar, or click on the link below to download it. Enjoy everything "morbid and magnificent" in this latest edition - and we hope you join us again December first for a look at our most favorite detectives, government agents and the like: it will be a truly entertaining jaunt into all things mysterious!

Femnista: Special Edition - October, 2011 

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PS: I've got a handful of new posts prior to this, so don't forget to check them out, too! 

Pushing Daisies, Season One (2007)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pushing Daisies

To say that I thought this show sounded crazy-insane is giving it the benefit of a doubt. My curiosity was aroused by a pair of trusted reviews and after that a personal recommendation. Following that, I promptly found it at a video store, rented the first disc, popped it into the player and fell “head over heels” in love with the charms of Pushing Daisies

Guest Post

Hey, Bloggers! I was asked by Danielle at The Book is Always Better to guest post, and today, you are all invited to check it out on her blog. I share my thoughts on which Sense & Sensibility adaptation is most faithful to Jane's novel. (For those of you that have not seen this film, be on the look-out for my more detailed reviews on two different versions of this movie.)

On her blog, Danielle shares her thoughts on which method of story-telling is better - book or film. She recently started blogging and has posted an awesome review on the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice (love that adaptation) as well as keeping us all updated on which best-selling novels are about to be made into major motion pictures. As an avid reader, Danielle has often found that  the book is "always better" whereas the movie tends to take too many liberties, still... sometimes the movie does surprise! Thanks so much for inviting me, Danielle!

Sense & Sensibility: Book vs. Film 
Review: Sense & Sensibility (2008)

Pushing Daisies, Season Two (2009)

Introduction to this series came after reliable comments and helpful info on Christian sites. I was surprised to learn that despite a premise that could be "questionable," this didn’t abuse or poke fun at Christianity. Much to my delight this series became an instant favorite, and then was unceremoniously cancelled, which is a shame. What secrets does season two unveil?

The Closer, Season Two (2006)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

After starting this highly recommended show, my family couldn’t wait to get our hands on a second set. Only we had to wait much longer than usual because of a backorder on seller Amazon’s part. When it finally arrived, we were thrilled to be able to jump right into the next series – and discovered it was well worh any wait. 

A year after relocating to a new city and assuming command of a new squad, Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) has finally made herself a new, comfortable life in L.A., much different than that of her former life in Atlanta; after those first few challenging months, she has at last earned the respect of her squad. When one of their own is found shot to death in an abandoned warehouse, Brenda, again takes a lot of criticism for her handling of the case, most especially from her opponent, robbery/homicide division commander, Taylor (Robert Gossett). Overly protective whenever a fellow officer is found in what could be a compromising position, even Brenda’s suddenly  irritable immediate superior, Will Pope (J.K. Simmons) finds fault with her indelicate manner of investigation, one of the few who is usually looking out and supportive of Brenda’s sometimes strange methods.

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

Time fades everything: from material possessions to memories, nothing lasts. This we do know - there is a said time for everything…

For Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) that has become more of a reality than mere thought. Ever since a tragic car accident that took the life of his mother when he was only six, Henry “vanishes” into the past to revisit people who are no longer in his life or form a special bond with the small, precocious girl who grew up to become his wife. Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams) has been in love with Henry ever since he “appeared” in her favorite meadow near her home. When they finally meet as adults in college, she jumps at the chance to know and understand more than just a little girl’s fantasy. After a brief dating relationship, the inseparable lovers are married, much to the dismay of Clare’s friend (Ron Livingston). Even as newlyweds Clare finds she is alone more often than not throughout the early years of their marriage, including their first Christmas. During their tempestuous marriage, Henry and Clare somehow find a middle ground, both learning to cope with the frequent separations. In their rare moments of happiness, they realize life together is to be brief before uncontrollable events lead to tragedy. 

Morning Glory (2010)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Morning Glory

Movies that revolve around the stereotyped workplace seem to be catching a wave of popularity. One of the most “classic” movies in this category is Office Space, and in more recent memory The Devil Wears Prada. Some movies leave a smile on your face, no matter the race to see how many trite things one two-hour (sometimes that is being optimistic) movie can preserve. Others can’t quite mange an entertaining time no matter the happy nature of its story. Luckily, I think this particular title falls into the former category, or at least it catered to my preference of film-making. 

Wake Up. Get Job. Find Love. Busy Morning.

Mornings are when Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is supposed to do her most brilliant thinking. Her job as a morning show assistant producer is hectic… to say the least. The next step in her plan is to get the coveted promotion of senior producer, only her boss is being forced to cut costs and instead, he fires her.  Determined and plucky, Becky is not one to be deterred, so in spite of her instantaneous shock, she heads out to pound the pavement and earn herself a new position. The only opportunity she can find is executive producing the tanking Daybreak morning show. Becky takes on the job, despite warnings from upstairs producer Adam (Patrick Wilson) – a man who becomes another complication.
She fires the veteran but oh-so-annoying co-host, immediately earning the attention of her co-workers who realize she is no novice. In his place she hires the Pulitzer Prize-winning, arrogant, his-way-or-the-highway Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). This pits Becky at odds with co-host Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) who loathes the man – and the feeling is mutual. Now, Becky must not only prove her worth as a producer, one willing to turn around the failing show’s ratings, but also play referee to co-hosts who boil at the very sight of each other – all while trying to balance her life and decide what she really wants out of it.
Initial impressions of this I think, were that I’d be in for a colorful, happy time full of entertainment value. Or that was what I took away from trailers and fellow reviews on the whole of this delightful little story. I didn’t expect the story to change movie-making history or be wholly perfect, but I did enjoy nearly everything about this sunshine of a flick.

Morning Glory

Written by the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses (movies I am excessively fond of), this takes on a likeness to those, or more precisely the former but also delivers a fun vibe it creates all on its own. Its premise takes place in the work place which makes for a funny setting. Going into this, you should be aware that is where the heart of the movie lies – the workplace. There isn’t much excess left to dive into other ideas or story threads, neither are the characters as examined. Rachel McAdams won me over in a limited number of her roles. I've heard that she is choosey about which parts she takes as well, so it is somewhat of a surprise that each role I have seen McAdams in, is a character she has made her own. Here she is just plain darling. I love her rambling hard-to-resist Becky; she gives her all to anything and makes up her mind that a cranky anchor or loss of employment won’t stop her.

The rest of the cast is kind of “blah.” (In all likelihood because I'm their greatest fans.) Rachel and Wilson are cute together, although their scenes are too rare, but it is really the veteran stars that I couldn't "feel" much for (as characters). Admittedly, they are funny together (in fact without them, the script wouldn’t have delivered half the comedy it did), but that doesn’t reverse that two other stars could have played their parts just as well. Ford’s deadpan humor was fabulous; I just wish it didn’t come at the cost of such crude material.
Really, this is a cute treat that offers a heartfelt heroine that you cannot help but love even in her harried state plus the music is fabulous. Unlike most comedies that can leave you empty at the call of “cut!” this does have a tug to it that is... heartwarming. Perhaps it is all accredited to the script or its leading lady, but nevertheless its bright, cheeriness is hard to resist.

CONTENT: foul mouths abound, and not just swearing. Within the first fifteen minutes, Becky lets off a sting of “sh*t” venting frustration, an emotion that could have been aptly expressed through her humiliated body language. That appears the favorite buzzword. Christ is misused along with other abuses of deity including GD. Plus there is one vocal f-word, a near miss of “mother f” and possibly two other inaudible uses. Lesser profanity consists of bullsh*t, a** and the like. Mike has a crude dialogue and references male and/or female body parts a handful of times. Eventually Becky and Adam spend the night together; once they merely get into a state of undress and make-out before she dashes out the door. The film is rated PG13.

Heiress by Susan May Warren

Saturday, October 22, 2011

About the book:
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside Press
Publication Date: 2011
Author: Susan May Warren
Series: Daughters of Fortune - Book 1
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical

Synopsis: two privileged sisters living in the gilded age fight for their way of life… and hearts. One sister, the elder Esme believes in a cause. She feels deeply for the people less fortunate than she and wants to make a difference in their world – to share the wealth she has. Her father comes into society with new money having made it in the publishing world but all he wants is to marry off his daughter to a respectable match that will ensure the family’s place in society. Restless and with no desire to marry – especially a match born out of convenience and not love, Esme determines to become a journalist following in her father’s footsteps, but her plan is forbidden and instead of entering the loveless marriage her father assumes she will abide, Esme flees the glittering New York society for the western frontier.

Younger daughter Jinx would do anything her family asks of her. Often jealous that she wasn’t the daughter with the birthright, she is only too ready to pick up the pieces her sister’s foolish romance and headstrong notions left their family in. Marrying the man her sister spurned – the man Jinx herself loved, Jinx is soon hardened to her idea of duty when cruel circumstances leave her bitter.

Will these two very different sisters learn that prestige and wealth cannot bring true happiness… or are they destined to never again come together as family? 

Marriage: too Soon, too Young - or Both??

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I have known and/or read many young women's musings who become restless following high school. And there is a reason for that. Many of them were raised with the Biblical mindset that they’d become a homemaker (instead of career-minded), and start to feel as if their “training” is done so now their only desire is to be married – that is what they were taught from a Biblical perspective; how to be a godly wife. For some, it almost reaches the point of desperation to just be married, so you fall into infatuation (the idea of marriage) rather than deep abding love. I see a LOT of danger in that mentality. Thankfully that has not been something I’ve struggled with. Seeing all these young girls marry is something I find disconcerting because even by the time we reach high school graduation there is still a lot of growing up (maturing) to be done – both spiritually and as an individual.

Monte Carlo (2011)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Having followed Selena Gomez’s career, she's one of the many young girls to be thrust into the spotlight via a hit Disney channel series. To her credit, she's one of the few young women among her peers to handle the pressure with some grace. Her one statement has advocated a desire that her audience “grow-up” with her which is a wise statement. Anyone who likes entertainment with heart or dreams of overseas travel will find a gem in this armchair adventure chick flick. 

When in Rome (2010)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell in When In Rome

During a work-related trip which took my dad away from home for a few days, my mom and I had a fun outing, and as part of it, we went to see this during its theater run. I came out of the theater thinking it was “okay,” but by no means did I adore When in Rome. Now available to DVD, I think after a second viewing, it has grown on me.

Autumn: Trendsetting Fashion

Friday, October 14, 2011

Since I have nothing “better” to say or post today, I thought I’d share what I’ve seen and read are the “must-haves” for the fall 2011 fashion season. So far, from what I’ve seen of the styles, they are very classic and chic with exception to a rare few that are simply... not attractive. The most recurring theme overall seems to be color – anything that is colorful goes, whether it be a pattern (plaid) or solid. Gone are the duller tones of neutral colors and in with the brilliant shades of autumn. Below is a short list of a handful of trends (that will last all of five minutes) I've compiled and what I think of them. Enjoy!

Going Postal (2010)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Going Postal

Once in a blue moon something so wacky comes around that it’s actually endearing. This ITV miniseries falls into that category. Something about it is completely crazy, making you wonder if it even has one ounce of sanity, but yet on the same side of that, its characters (somehow!) ground the production.

Loving Leah (2009) - Unconventional Love Story

One of the newer romances in the Hallmark Hall of Fame series, Loving Leah is a bit unusual, but it’s so completely enchanting, I wouldn’t think anyone would care...

Loving Leah

Although he’s a successful doctor on the fast track to becoming one of the most recognized doctors in his network, Jake Lever (Adam Kaufman) has never quite forgiven the brother who left their family behind in order to pursue a conviction - to become a Rabbi in the Jewish faith. After a strange dream in which his brother Benjamin appears to him, Jake receives a phone call from his mother (Mercedes Ruehl) that Ben recently passed away.

Attending his brother’s funeral, Jakes meets his brother's widow, Leah (Lauren Ambrose). Even in the constraints her faith places on her, Leah stands out as being different and Jake notices that. Before Jake can leave he learns of an ancient tradition involving your widowed sister-in-law; if your brothers wife was left childless then his brother must marry her to carry on the family name. Both Leah and Jake agree they would rather go through the ceremony to “dissolve” the tradition, but when it comes time to renounce his brothers’ name, Jake cannot go through with it so he proposes a marriage of convenience.

Thor (2011) - Celestial World Introduces Marvel's Hero, Thor of Asgard

Monday, October 10, 2011

Never have super heroes and action figures been larger than life than in recent years at the box office. Some of them I’ve seen, others really don’t interest me and others still I really want to see but have as yet to rent. Don’t ask me how, why or when an interest in this came about, but ever since its media hype, I’ve been intrigued by it. As usual, I feel like I am the “last” person who has yet to see it, but nevertheless, I am still going to insist you all read about my thoughts – just kidding. *grin*

Modern Style: Fashionable or Immodest?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fashion and/or modesty is often a point of contention for many parents and their children – or more specifically teenage daughters. Most mothers simply let their children pick out their own clothing and then, dutifully (while trying their hardest not to cringe) pull out the credit card as the cashier rings up each item. In the small circle of people – primarily home-schooled families that I have rubbed shoulders with during my growing-up years, most of them, if not all have very strict views on modesty. And, I do too. But I also firmly believe that a girl can dress in tune with modern fashion trends and still be modest. 

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

There You'll Find Me Jenny B. Jones
About the book:
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Amazon Purchase
Find the Book Elsewhere:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Find the Review Elsewhere:
Amazon | Goodreads | Wordpress
Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Finley Sinclair has had everything her heart could desire. Someday she’ll be the heiress to the Sinclair hotel branches and the fortune that comes along with it, but for now her focus is on getting through school – and nailing her musical audition after a failed first attempt. Grieving a loved one, and with emotional stability slow to heal, Finley boards a plane to Ireland – the place where her brother grew close to God, and finds herself right smack dab in the middle of a Hollywood star’s  location shoot. Beckett Rush is the latest teen heartthrob – he has found fame and fortune in vampire scene, and he wants Finley as his personal assistant during her stay.

What held promise to be a peaceful year of learning… letting go… and growing closer to God is turning out to be a very hectic time for one already fragile girl. 

Film Icon | From a Plucky FBI Agent with Heart to a Protective Mother, Spotlighting Sandra Bullock

Monday, October 3, 2011

Earlier this year, Charity posted a blog about Colin Firth and his many accomplishments in film. I thought her post was a really fun read and so decided to copy-cat that idea – to some extent. My reason is different than hers, but nevertheless, for this publication, I’ve decided to spotlight Sandra Bullock. 

Film Icon | From a CIA Spy without a Memory to a Teller of Fairy Tales, Spotlighting Matt Damon

She is one of the most recognizable faces in American cinemas. Not only does she have a natural grace and poise, but her easy comedic tendencies make her one of the most respected actress’ in Hollywood today. So without further ado, here is just a handful of her starring roles in a loooong, rambling post "celebrating" this actress' roles… don't say I didn't warn you. *grin*

Femnista: Literary Men

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Today, I am pleased to say that the autumn issue of Femnista has released! I am SO excited about this. Editor Charity Bishop has recently re-designed the entire webzine along with giving it a cool new name - for those of you familiar with Costume Chronicles, you will know it then became Charity's Tude and now is Femnista, a modern and unique name all on its own.

This issue's theme is "Literary Men." You may ask: is the now-iconic Mr. Darcy featured? Why, of course! (Complete with photos of Colin Firth!) He isn't the only swoon-worthy leading man to be written about either (along with a villain or two!).Within these pages are five columns and a great selection of articles (although I am a tad surprised there aren't more Austen heroes...?) There is the brooding Mr. Rochester and Robin Hood, plus a whole host of other worthy gentleman. And, rest assured Mr. Thornton (a.k.a. Richard Armitage) makes an appearance. Oh! And did I mention there is an advice column for the unlucky lads from eras past? (I dare you not to laugh when reading this - especially "Mr. Collins'" letter. *grin*)

Scroll down the page and click on the image displayed on the right sidebar of this blog to print out or page through it, and then, let us all know what you think! Or click on the link below to download.

Femnista, September-October 2011: Literary Men

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