Friday, June 21, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Hard with a sixteen month old, though. First trip to the movies with him, and I think we both decided to wait another year or so before attempting again. This movie, however, will make our Keeper Shelf one released on BluRay. Loved the effects, the costumes, the music--wow--and especially Cavill's portrayal of Superman. He added just the right amount of compassion and strength to suspend disbelief.
Well done, movie peoples.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
So, I think we're headed to the theater today for the new Superman movie. Here's the thing: I am a die-hard Christopher Reeve fan. Raised on his version of the caped superhero, forsaking all others, nobody better even think about tryin' to measure up, OK? 'Cause it ain't gonna happen.
But I must admit.
I am excited about seeing Henry Cavill in action. And, yes, that's partly because he is a very attractive man. But it's also owing to the fact that I watched him through four seasons of The Tudors, where he masterfully played Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. If you haven't watched The Tudors, queue it up on Netflix. You won't be sorry.
What I'd like to know is... have any of you seen the new movie? And if so, what did you think of it? They've tweaked the storyline a bit, and I know that freaks out comic book gurus, but seriously. For entertainment value... were you entertained? ARE YOU ENTERTAINED?
I know, I know. That was silly. But I love Gladiator, too.
Happy Sunday, peeps. OH! And HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you fathers out there! You deserve a day chockfull of doting and relaxation.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
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Girls, don't you just love this cover??
As most of you know--and moreover, as most of you can personally attest--I receive a lot of book recommendations from friends and, especially, the CP. Who is also a very good friend, only she's one of those who calls me out on bad word choices, sentence structure, out of character moments... oh, you get the idea. See how I can ramble at any given time?
TANGLED by EMMA CHASE came highly recommended by the CP, and with good reason.
It is amazing.
Wows in that way a good book does when you've been reading a string of normal, not even bad ones, but then they're not awesome, either. You know what I mean, right? Of course you do. You read this book that arrests your attention--REALLY arrests your attention--within the first few lines, and you just have to stop for a few moments, because one, you're amazed, two, you're inexplicably happy, and three, you're just a little bit jealous, because why didn't you think of that?
If you're a writer, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Heck, if you're a reader, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
That said, this book is entirely in the first person point of view of Drew, a young, enormously successful businessman who is as gigolo as they come. No, he's not a bad guy, but neither is he a saint. He goes out with his buds, sleeps with a different girl every week, sometimes twice a week, says his goodbyes, and moves on to the next victim... err... chick. The women with whom he exchanges sexual favors? Yeah, they love him. Wanna bear his children. Smitten, the poor things, and rightly so. He's got it all: looks, charm, wealth, a body to boot. I couldn't stop myself from picturing some dark-haired mix between Brad Pitt and Chris Pine, but I believe that's owing to the fact that I just saw Star Trek, and have always been a Brad Pitt fan and, therefore, picture all heroes in this fashion as of late.
But I digress.
Everything's goin' peachy in Drew's life, rollin' along like it ain't no thang, until--of course!--he meets Mrs. Right. Well, she's not a Mrs. yet; she's engaged to another man. Kate's the polar opposite of Drew. She plays for keeps, could care less for Drew's bad-boy personae. Oh, yeah. And she just got hired into Drew's prestigious bank firm.
Enter major competition and sexual frustration, all rolled up into one mean, nasty, yet heart throbbing, edge-of-your-seat-on-the-sofa package.
What impressed me the most about this novel is the fresh, unique writing style. Ms. Chase pens like she's talking to the reader, involving us as though we're standing directly beside Drew through this whole dramatic plot. He's funny, smart, crude to a fault, but we've got no problem understanding why he acts the way he does. The author yanks you in that easily, that quickly, and when it's all over, she leaves you with a smile and a single thought, "This book not only made my keeper shelf, but I wanna read it all over again. Like... right now."
Thank you, Emma Chase, for sharing your amazing gift with us. Can't wait for the next book in the Tangled series. Two thumbs & Two big toes up, yo.
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,
Monday, June 3, 2013
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Ed Sheeran. Lego House.
Haven't had a song on continuous loop like this in I don't know when. Serious Evanescence days, maybe? And that's saying something, because if you didn't know already, I stupid-love Evanescence. Cry every time Amy Lee walks out on stage and hits that first hauntingly-perfect note.
But Ed Sheeran? I adore this guy. Is it because he's a fellow redhead and totally reminds me of my baby brother? Possibly. British? More than likely. Physical qualities aside, this Suffolk native learned to play guitar at a very young age and caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx with a short, independent five-song compilation. He writes music with an old soul; I really don't know any other way to explain his lyrical abilities. It's like you're listening to a master, someone who's been singing since he was a kid and for thirty some-odd years after that, only he is a kid. He's 22.
And he's inspiring Le Muse right now like nobody's business.
If you haven't given him a listen, get movin' already. Here's his live performance from this year's Billboard Music Awards.
Here's to a beautiful week, folks. May all your wishes come true.
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,
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