Femnista: Edwardian Era

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Guess what!? The issue of Femnista that you've (ooops!) - correction: I've been waiting for, is here. *grin*

I am beyond thrilled to share this Spring 2012 issue with all of you, my readers and friends. Seriously, this may be my favorite issue yet! Centered around "The Edwardian Era," this time around, featured is an awesome array of historical figures, memorable characters (Eliza Dolittle) and... the unforgettable world of Downton Abbey. Plus in correlation with the 100th anniversary of Titanic, many writers have also tackled the magnificence and people of the tragic ship that is now an icon in history; the RMS Titanic.

We hope you enjoy browsing the pages of this issue because it was great fun to write! Scroll down to the right hand sidebar drop-down menu ("read femnista") to find the link to browse its pages, or click the link below to download, print out or read over a cup of tea at your leisure. Stop back by and let us know how we did, and don't forget to watch for the June 2012 release of the next issue in which "Literary Ladies" will be in the spotlight. It should be grand fun.

Also, if you are a "tweeter," and like this publication, go ahead and retweet it here: @scriptsandsuch (you know you want to *grin*)!

Femnista: The Edwardian Era

Book: The Rose of Winslow Street

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

About the book:
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Christian

The Story: after fleeing his native Romania for the safety he hopes American soil will provide, Michael arrives with his two young sons, his sister and two loyal associates in tow. His plan is a simple one – he is determined to reclaim the house in Colden that is his by rights, left to the oldest male relative in an uncle’s will. Closed up for the summer, Michael has the idea that reinventing himself without obtaining a whole new identity is best for gossip-prone neighbors and the different way Americans seem to do things. All he expected was to see the man whose portrait hangs in the hall displaced from the residence. What he did not expect is the opinionated, fiery young woman with the strange name to appear on his doorstep, wanting her father’s prized possessions. Living in the Winslow Street house for most of her life, Liberty is not about to easily give in – her father has legal ownership of the house and she is determined to see the band of people her family sees as interlopers evicted. What she didn’t count on was losing her heart to a man who seems oblivious to proper decorum. 

The Russell Girl (2008)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Russell Girl
Hallmark Hall of Fame has produced well over two hundred films. Among them, there are comedies, dramas and even some period films. Most have been really good and some could even be called superb, but there have been those rare few of distasteful additions. The Russell Girl falls among the better films.

11 Things // Weekend Plans

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hey, readers! What is new in your world? It has been more like summer around here than the cool, potentially snowy days of March. Today, this post is a "mixed bag" of fun, and other things. I am just glad that it's Friday! Yay! I am so "unexciting" though when it comes to weekend plans - the extent of my weekend plans is usually being home on the couch watching a movie, going to a movie or hanging out with my awesome family. Right now I am mad happy that the second season of my latest "TV show on DVD" find has arrived from Amazon. What are your upcoming weekend plans... if they have anything to do with The Hunger Games, I wouldn't be sad if you shared them... even if this is the millionth time you may have bragged about it. After all, who is counting!? *wink*

Beyond the Blackboard (2011)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Beyond the Blackboard Emily VanCamp

Seeing the little iconic golden crown emblem has sort of become an autograph for quality programming. It is the sign of Hallmark branded products and while, most people may think of a meaningful greeting card when it comes to that name, what you are missing out on are some truly moving productions.

Alias, Season One (2001)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


It is not difficult to pick up on the long-standing trend of females being presented as “powerful” in modern culture which inevitably spills over into many female-driven television or film dramas. I myself do not “need” that picture in order to feel good about who I am (or my gender) but that does not mean that I haven’t found a lot of television series geared as such that I am truly fond of. This is one of my newest finds. It stars a popular movie star in what I assume was a kind of “launching” of her career.

Be aware: There will be a few minor spoilers in regards to this season.

The Three Musketeers (2011)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Time and again "classic" literature is re-tooled for the silver screen and re-made into film adaptations. Somehow, no matter what they may look like or the end result turn out as, we still love 'em. Most of the time, the adaptations turn out to be productions on a grand scale even if they do make us fall to the floor laughing at their sometimes absurd nature. Such is the case with this newest (totally awesome) re-imagining of the Dumas classic.

Merlin, Series Three (2011)

Monday, March 19, 2012

What no one realized about Merlin was just how popular it would become. BBC’s take on the legend is different than most while it takes it back further than any of its counterparts – before Arthur is king and Merlin is still a young man learning how to use his magic as a wizard for the good of Camelot. Re-airing in the states on SyFy, the series has really taken off in the U.S., garnering a following the cast and crew did not expect. This is definitely the darkest we’ve ever seen Merlin but snippets of silliness still peek through its dark journeys.

In the Here and Now

Saturday, March 17, 2012


It is the one thing that escapes us. That one word literally has the “power” to freeze us in our tracks; the very thought of it can "scare" a person senseless. Some of us might have simply wasted what is a precious commodity… others might not have been given a choice. Whatever the case, it all comes down to one thing – time is fleeting. Those 24 hours that comprise one single day seem to move faster than we give them credit for.

Pure Country 2, the Gift (2010)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Although I am not a country music fan through and through, this sounded awfully sweet and a piece of inspiration which relied a great deal on one’s spirituality – something that is never an unpleasant reminder in our lives.

Tin Man (2007)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tin Man

From what little I know of the SyFy channel, it's known for its creative – and wacky! – productions. Inspired by one of their more recent miniseries, Alice I decided this was worth a look. Once again, a fantasy lovers dream is nurtured in this crazy six-hour series (or four-and-a-half hours courtesy of the DVD).

Adventure is something Dorothy Gail (Zooey Deschnel) – or DG, as she is commonly known - craves. In fact, she wants something more than the dusty town she has known since childhood. Her life is far from fulfilling her curious personality. Living with her beloved parents’ on their little farm, her days consist of waitressing and getting caught for speeding on her motorbike. Her mother (Gwynyth Walsh) is worried but it's her father (Kevin McNulty) who understands her best. The two are most suited. It is he whom DG confides in about the nightmares; one of bears, apples and a woman warning DG of a storm. During an unexplained tornado, their home is invaded by cloaked men with guns during which the three barely escape with their lives.

Waking up in a forest leaves DG dazed as do the small dwarf men who suddenly surround her shouting accusations. Captured by these funny little men, DG is met with another surprise when she befriends fellow prisoner Glitch (Alan Cumming), a funny man with half a brain, who still keeps his wits about him. Joining their band is Wyatt Cain (Neal McDonough) and the frightened and cowardly Raw (Raoul Trajillo). Along with her band of misfits, DG will have to fight the witch Azkadellia (Kathleen Robertson), who is actively planning her capture…

Part one ends just as when should. Leaving you trying to catch your breath as the heroine is in danger and another protagonist is thought dead. Even more importantly, we want more. Looking back, I cannot say as I was too impressed with the comparisons this miniseries drew from its inspiration. It is, of course based upon the classic children’s story, The Wizard of OZ. Most new translations of classic material have so much tongue-in-cheek humor as to pay homage to whatever it is modernizing. And the ones that have interested me have been the better for it. I didn’t really “connect” with this re-telling like I did with the re-imagining of Alice. Mainly because, and to be fair, I’ve only seen The Wizard of OZ once as a child. All the links seemed meaningless. However, I did notice several comical remarks which no doubt, were in reference to the classic story (for example, Cain’s comrades constantly reminding him to “have a heart”) and did nothing to lessen the originality of this adaptation. 

Though it might not be the most original, the script is more fun than it should be. (It "plays" with a lot of interesting dynamics.) Some of the minor nods to various well-known Hollywood achievements were interesting. “Tin Man” referenced law men in the O.Z, so it was interesting for Cain to have the forename “Wyatt” – who is quite a “cowboy” of a hero. The physical appearance of DG’s three companions weren’t totally obvious although I did think the Cowardly Lion was well-imagined. Cain was given a decent back-story for his “heartless” nature and it was believable to further him while Cumming makes “scarecrow” the fun member to the group. The cast played each of their respective players well. Zooey as the heroine is strong-willed and therefore, a different type than we are used too; she doesn’t panic at the first inkling of trouble and instead finds what has been handed to her something meant to be solved… and perhaps answer some questions. Her restless spirit ties into reasoning why she learns that home is where the heart is. The entire supporting cast from McDonough to Robertson was brilliant, really and the two youngsters who played the princesses in flashbacks were simply marvelous.

Tin Man

As a fantasy feature, I’d say if this genre hasn’t been your thing in the past, skip over this. Because of its genre, it works within those margins to feature some "troubling" themes. This borrows far too much from Alice or rather Alice borrowed too much from Tin Man. (In my case it seems the other way around because I happened to see the former first.) Much of the plot is devised in similar ways and the heroines share similar characteristics. I cannot fault this miniseries to the point of sounding downtrodden because it is boat loads of fun. There is something left wanting about some plot threads, but the creative team was brilliant in many of their assumptions, particularly in the sets and naturally, the costuming. It takes talent to go for a look of old world and modern and pull it off to be attractive. The production staff managed to do just that.

All of the sets convey whatever mood we should be in; trepidation, happiness or sorrow and the costumes blend modernism with hints in the style of BBC. Designers used a lot of leather and armor, but the gowns are generally long with feminine touches somehow incorporated with a lot of long trench coats and old weaponry. DG wears the same jeans and jacket throughout but just a small nod to Judy Garland's iconic Dorothy is her waitress uniform which mirrors the pinafore dress and white blouse. The ending is satisfying, but I also don’t think it realized its full potential. Fantasy leaves so many more doors open to the crew and director because it is pure imagination and I think in combination with its original concept, Tin Man is destined to become a classic in a class all its own.

CONTENT: many creatures appear out of no where, threatening their prey. All sorts of magic is implemented; one woman has a line of tattoos across her upper chest, images that come out of her skin at will, she also can kill a person by "taking" the life out of them , another gives her powers in much the same way to save someone dear to her. A witch inhabits the body of a young girl, twisting her mind. Many men wield swords and use them when their mistress commands it. [None of the results are overly bloody.] There may be a swear word here and there. There are no sex scenes or much else in a sensual way, but women do wear many form-fitting, shear and low-cut gowns. In order to get information, someone enters a type of brothel where it is implied the madam also provides a “phone sex” operation.

Adventure in an Apocalyptic World: The Hunger Games

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Reading this novel was… interesting. I read it not for a multitude of reasons but one: Simply put, I was darn curious about it. To give a bit of background on my exposure to The Hunger Games before news of the big-screen adaptation broke (dare I say this…), I had never heard of this trilogy. Shocking, I know. Anyway, after all of the buzz surrounding the series seemed to capture my attention, I asked Danielle if she would be willing to write a review on the book for my blog, and she graciously accepted. After that, I couldn’t hold out any longer and succumb to my curiosity. The book both entertained me and also annoyed me as a reader.

Since I have a review already posted here, I have decided to write more about what I hope is left intact in the movie. (Only be warned: This is a looong "review.")

My Future Boyfriend (2011)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Before getting into this review, let me just say this: Contrived or not, this movie is adorable. Do I think it lived up to its standards as a supposed “family” film? Ummm... No. With that being said and out of the way, compared to the majority of romantic comedies, this one is not just adorable but refreshingly clean.

NCIS, Season Two (2004)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gibbs and company were back and better than ever in this popular show for a thrill-packed, witty second season.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Dear Followers,

I just wanted to write you all a quick note of thanks to every one of my recent followers who I may not have had the opportunity to thank for following along and reading this blog: Thank you all SO much - I appreciate you choosing Scribbles, Scripts and Such as one of the blogs you added to your "blogroll." Never did I think when I started this little blog that I'd be nearing 70 followers!

To all of my friends/followers who have been with me for longer: Thank you for what you write on your blogs and the encouragement you have given me. It has been lovely to know that there are so many of you who are of much the same convictions as I was raised with. I look forward to continuing to read what you write...

Spring: Trendsetting Fashion

Calling all fashionistas! This past autumn, some of you may remember I posted my thoughts on the "trends of autumn 2011" and had some fun doing so. That made me think that it could be fun to share thoughts on what I am seeing is popular for this season. Plus, spring is just around the corner - is there any better excuse? Some of them I quite detest and others I think have potential but there really isn't one that I thought was all that alluring.

Read on to find out which I did like - and if any are to your tastes.

Bride Wars (2009)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

An inspirational story or biopic nearly always guarantees a dramatic night’s worth of entertainment. But sometimes (o.k., so most of the time) I just want to see something that is funny without making me “think,” which is why when first reading about this comedy, I knew I would have to see it. Plus it stars two of Hollywood’s most popular actresses and incidentally, they are two of my favorite actress’.

(And yes, this does include a few over-the-top wedding shenanigans that may make you cringe – and groan.)

Red (2010)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Something about this film looked like “fun” – even though I don’t think I was among the intended audience. Obviously, that was its objective for its target audience but the maybe it had something to do with the explosive premise or in my case, more likely it had something to do with seeing Helen Mirren in something so out of her normal roles.

GCB - Pilot: 1, 01 (2012)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Last night, I did something unusual. I actually watched the pilot of a new show… on television. (This isn’t a series that has promise of using discretion.) Touted as a copycat of Desperate Housewives (ummm… yeah, like I said, not promising) as well as having the creator of HBO’s former (crass) Sex and the City sitting in an executive producer chair, this is one show that does not have a lot of things going for it. 

Bounce (2000) - Romantic Drama about Healing and Forgiveness

Bounce Gwyneth Paltrow

Of late I have been watching a slew of “old” movies. Some have been good (despite dated filmmaking), others proved me right in having steered clear of them. The reasons for that are varying. Since I was in the mood for something new and had never watched this one, I decided to go the old-fashioned route and pop it into a VHS player. Talk about outdated.
Buddy Amarel (Ben Affleck) lives a life of luxury with no plans for anything to change. He's successful in his advertising business and enjoys the nationwide traveling perks that come with that. While awaiting his flight at O’Hare, he meets Greg, a family man whose only wish is to make it home to his wife and two small children. The only problem are the weather-related cancellations. Happy where he is, Buddy offers to switch tickets when the weather improves, putting Greg on his evening flight and leaving Buddy to take a later flight. Everything is set and seems a benefit to both strangers. Until the following morning when Buddy learns of the terrible accident.

Instead of dealing with his guilt, Buddy loses himself in alcohol before he begins a quest to find Greg’s widow, Abby (Gwyneth Paltrow). When he finds Abby, she's struggling with the burdens of single motherhood, balancing a real estate job, and telling people that her husband divorced her because it's easier than the truth. Two strangers in search of healing are held together by a secret that could shatter them.  

Bounce Ben Affleck
Going into this one, I really wanted to like it but instead I came away with feelings of meritocracy. Logically I know it is because of my uncomplimentary thoughts about filmmaking from the nineties and early millennium era. Now some ten years later, it's painfully outdated. (I know, I'm a film snob.) From the picture quality to the clothes, everything is almost laughable. I expect average productions from the forties and fifties – speaking purely from lack of modern technology, but to watch something from my generation that comes across as wanting is weird. Having said that, Bounce does offer its audience a tender story about loss and healing. With my petty complaints out of the way, let's move on.

Buddy and Abby are likable. They develop a sweet friendship that starts out more awkward than promising (realistic on her part and understandable on his), but the fact that their entire relationship is based off Buddy's dishonesty makes it a little harder to 100% support. The reason being, we're breathlessly awaiting the eventual fallout. Buddy’s guilt and feelings of responsibility were not meant to extend as far as they did but he finds himself drawn to Abby, and she in turn finds she cannot just write off what she sees as a “chance meeting” with this man she barely knows. The movie doesn’t focus enough time on the budding relationship between them to make it come across as possible that what eventually drives them apart would hurt as much as it does; it doesn't seem like their relationship should have progressed to that kind of love.

Bounce isn’t likely to become my favorite romance story by any means but it has a few sweet spots (like a scene at the water park). With time, I suspect it's one I'll come to appreciate more.

(The film is rated PG13 for one sensual scene of two people caressing one another in a state of undress and kissing, and one unfortunate use of the f-word. There is also the implication that one character has engaged in multiple one-night stands [we see him lying in bed with a woman once, sheets appropriately placed]. Milder uses of profanity are also present.) 

Bones, Season Four (2008)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I’ve promised myself that after this review, I won’t post any more seasonal reviews of Bones on my blog. Partly this is because television show reviews are not in the highest demand here (that could have something to do with my seeing them a year late *grin*) and secondly because I don’t want to bore you all with my continuous raving about this show. (Can I help it if this show makes it easy to write about? Plus it is way more fun than it should be.) So without further ado, here are my thoughts on season four of Bones – which finds the duo in jolly old England.

Just as fair warning: anyone who may not have seen season three yet, spoilers will be revealed in this review.

You Again (2010) - Kristen Bell in Disney's Comedy about "Frenemies"

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Odette Yustman and Kristen Bell

No matter your age, it is always fun to find something that reminds of childhood innocence – no matter how trivial. And for those who have ever felt like they just didn’t fit in, here is a story that will resonate. If you are a movie buff than some of the endearment captured in this little Disney darling will have accomplished its purpose – and perhaps more, but if not, then you will find this a poor way to spend the evening.

Life as a Movie

Friday, March 2, 2012

Have you ever wondered what life would look like on an HD movie screen? (Am I the only one who thinks it could be scary to see her face blown up in high-definition?) How it would read in a script and which studio would option it? Who would star in it?

Probably not many of us have had that thought process (my life would be far too boring to make a compelling blockbuster – believe me). Inspiration for writing strikes me sometimes at the oddest moments and when I was humming some random, familiar tunes while going about my day, it struck me again. Grammy-winning songstress Taylor Swift (do I use her material too much… because I am beginning to think I do) wrote a charming little song called “If This was a Movie,” one that I’d not heard until recently. The story is a soapy, teenage romantic ballad about a girl begging the guy who has recently done something to break her heart to “come back.” It is a song filled with longing of two lovers romance being cut short and it climaxes with the idea that if reality were a movie, the two would be running into each other’s arms before the day was out – and preferably just as the sun set along a pristine beach.

It uses fiction as a metaphor for a reality could-have-been.

A Warrior's Heart (2011)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

It is more rare than not that I know nothing about the movie I plan to watch. I like to know what I’ve gotten myself into story-wise and as regards MPAA-rated content, and I admit, I like my spoilers (most the time). This is one I knew zip-o about. I went into the video store for something else, spotted this one on the shelf where the cover art seemed to tell a story not unlike something I’d enjoy, much like that of a Hallmark film. Find out what this one is all about below.

Connor (Kellan Lutz) is a rebel. Passionate about the sport LaCrosse, the high-school senior has been benched more times than his coach cares to think about for repeated offences and a reputation as an uncooperative team player. Connor’s normal, simple world is about to change. His career marine father is moving his family – again. This time the family of four – Connor, his little brother and mother (Gabrielle Anwar) are moving from the sunny beaches of California to the east coast and Arlington Virginia. Fitting in at a new school is not the easiest thing for Connor because of his propensity to pick fights but his father has pulled a few strings to get him into the private school he attended as a teen, and it is one with one of the best LaCrosse programs in the country which will hopefully lead to his playing on the Navy team in college. When the coach proves unwilling to play Connor because of his transfer, Connor learns he must start to demonstrate to everyone that he can play with his teammates instead of against them – then his dad is called up for another six-month tour of duty… only this time, he never returns.

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