Thursday Flicks with @meganslayer ~ Love Potion, No. 9 #movie #review #moviereview

The swan aspect of this story is cute. Sandra Bullock’s character is the ultimate swan. Once she gets the right clothes and a little help with makeup, she’s a knockout. But she’s fallible. She gets a little too high on the attention. Then she ends up being romanced by the ex who is a total sleeze. I’ll admit it. The best part of this movie was Tate Donovan and his clueless, hapless, but means well character. I wasn’t a fan of Sandra Bullock’s character in that she started out being relatable (who hasn’t wanted to look better or wanted a little help when it comes to being savvy in public?), but she lets it go to her head a bit fast. I liked the romance aspect the best when she and Donovan are together. It’s a cute movie and should be watched at least once.

Two scientists who are hopeless with the opposite sex experiment with a substance that makes them irresistible to anyone who hears them speak.

Thursday Flicks with @meganslayer ~ Someone Like You #Movie #Review #meganslayer

I have to start with this movie is cute, but it’s not super memorable. Thankfully, Hugh Jackman saves the film. Honestly, I didn’t like Ashley Judd’s character very much. She got so into her own head about men and what was wrong with her that it got annoying, BUT it’s relatable. She wants to find love and thinks she does, then realizes she’s been used. It happens. It’s so normal. But some of the ways she handles things is aggravating. There is a very 2000s feel to the movie. Her hairstyle is the obligatory cute girl cut of the era. But it worked. I liked the movie. It is cute. Greg Kinnear is good as the jerk and I liked the reformed jerk in Hugh Jackman. Check it out.

After being jilted by her boyfriend, a talk show talent scout writes a column on the relationship habits of men which gains her national fame.

Thursday Flicks with @meganslayer ~ The Legend of Tarzan #movies #moviereview

I wanted to like this movie. I did. I wanted to say this was the best action-filled movie I’ve seen in a long time. It’s got action, but it’s sort of labored. It’s long and slow moving in parts. The CGI is pretty cool, but it didn’t keep my interest. Maybe this will be a great movie to others, but for me, it was meh.

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Jazz, a film by Ken Burns #movies #jazz

I’ve watched this movie, mini-series, or however you call it, more than a dozen times. I love to listen to the music and learn the stories behind the situations. The interviews are interesting and the music is fantastic. If you want to learn a lot about Jazz, then this is a place to start.

A survey of the musical form’s history and major talents.

This series explores the history of the major American musical form. We track its development in African American culture, its rise to prominence with its golden age of popularity spanning from the 1920’s to the mid 1940’s both in its original form and in Swing through its popular decline and the rise of vital new sub-genres into the present day. Along the way, we learn of the lives and work of major contributors to the form such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie “Bird” Parker and many others who helped form Jazz into the vibrant musical form it is. Moreover, we see how the music reflected the political and social issues of the African American community over the course of the form’s history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

What’s Popular and What’s Not – What We’re Told to Like with @wendizwaduk #Iamwatchingmovies #movies #popular

I love to watch movies. Love to. If there’s a movie that’s a little off beat, then I’m there. I want to see it. One that comes to mind right away is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It takes some doing to watch the movie. It’s strange. It’s different and you either like it or you don’t. Another movie like that is Stranger Than Fiction. Will Ferrell’s life is taken over by a writer. The moment he gives his lady love the ‘flours’ because she bakes… it just gets me. It’s a different movie. Will Ferrell isn’t playing for laughs. The same thing goes for Eternal Sunshine. Jim Carey isn’t going for the silly laughs.

I just watched Eternal Sunshine yesterday and it got me thinking about movies. It’s marketing. The studios want us to see the movies. Obviously. They make money when we go to the movies. But they know which ones to push hardcore. Tying into fast food kid meals, freebies given away if you attend the movie, free tickets, product marketing – buy this gum and you can earn points for tickets – things like that. They want us to see certain movies.

When The Conspirator came out, I had no idea the movie was out. I only heard about it because it was up for awards and Robert Redford directed it. Otherwise…it might have disappeared, at least for me. The Beguiled comes to mind, too. It’s a dark, Gothic movie that I wouldn’t have watched, had it not been for Colin Farrell. Okay, I admit it. He was the draw. Him in period clothes…yeah, I’m there. But the movie was good. There were commercials for it, but they were…odd. I didn’t get the main idea of the movie from them. Odd, right?

I guess that’s why I’m odd, too. I like what no one else tends to like. I write for me and hope the readers like what I’ve written. I don’t like to write to trend. Careless Whisper, below, doesn’t really belong to a trend or category. It’s a ghost story, but it’s a love story, too. It’s odd and strange and I love it. Maybe that’s because I’m a little odd, a little strange and I’m happy that way. I don’t know. What do you think?

Here’s a little bit about Careless Whisper:

Careless Whisper by Wendi Zwaduk carelesswhisper_800

Paranormal, Contemporary

From Totally Bound

Novella

M/F, Anal Sex

 

He’s her kinkiest desire, if she’s willing to open her heart and believe in him.
The dead don’t always rest in peace. Some stick around to make the lives of the living hell on Earth. Ryan Black knows the frustration of dealing with the dead. He’s a Ghost Explorer. He’s conquered houses filled with apparitions, abandoned school buildings that house angry vermin, and managed to woo the female population of Snake Falls, Ohio. But he’s about to face his toughest challenge—convincing skeptical Samara Jacobs she not only shares his gift, but holds his heart.
Women fall at Ryan Black’s feet and Samara’s determined not to be one of the many—that is until she’s forced to work with him. He’s certain ghosts exist and willing to prove it. As she gets to know the man behind the television persona, she decides the handsome klutz who chases things that go bump in the night isn’t so silly after all. But is he worthy of her love?

Reader Advisory: This book contains anal sex and a little harmless domination.

Publisher’s Note: The other books in this world is Miss Me Baby.

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Saturday Seven ~ Old Hollywood Royalty with @meganslayer #hollywood #filmstars #movies #list #oldhollywood

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Look for the other Saturday Seven posts here!

For the last weekend in February, I thought I’d do an honorable mentions list for my Saturday Seven list. There are those actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood that shimmered, but they didn’t make the other lists. I probably thought of them AFTER I made the earlier lists. Hey, it happens. So here is my list of Honorable Mentions. Check them out.

7. John Payne

6. Maureen O’Hara

5. Natalie Wood

4. Cesar Romero

3. Claudette Colbert

2. Myrna Loy

1. Ava Gardner

As I’ve said before, I’m sure I missed a few. I’ll do lists of more current actors and actresses, but these are my Old Hollywood favorites. Did I miss some? Let me know. And don’t forget to check out the other Saturday Seven posts!

Saturday Seven ~ Screen Legends Ladies List with @meganslayer #movies #silverscreen #actresses #oldhollywood

This week, I’m a little late. I’ve been busy writing, so forgive me. For the Saturday Seven, I’m continuing my list of seven fabulous Old Hollywood actresses. I love the old black and white movies and these ladies really made my day.  Here they are, but in no particular order.

7. Mae West

6. Barbara Stanwyck

5. Olivia De Havilland

4. Joan Fontain

3. Alice Faye

2. Betty Grable

1. Ginger Rogers

I’m sure you’ve got input. Do add yours to the list. They might be some I’ve forgotten. Grin.

And don’t forget to check out the other Saturday Seven posts!

Valentines and Hunky Guys ~ Modern Actors List with @meganslayer #hunks #hotties #list #valentines #sexy

BigPinkHeart 12Today I’m featuring my favorite modern day actors. Yes, hunks for today. I know beauty fades and tomorrow they might be haggard, but oh well. I’ll be wrinkly one day, too! Haha!

I’m expecting you to disagree or to have others to add to the list. Absolutely. Who knows. There might be a few I forgot or ones I hadn’t considered. Bring it on!!

Here’s my list. Grin. Oh, and in no particular order.

Colin O’Donoghue – I mean, he’s Captain Hook. I’d rather him stay the grouchy Hook, but you can’t have everything.

Matt Bomer – I’m not a fan of Magic Mike, but he had the moves. Yeah. And I loved the way he played the reporter in A Normal Heart. Tugged at my heart.

Matt Barr – I never watched the teen shows he was on, but I noticed him on the Hatfields and McCoys show. He wasn’t the brightest character, but there was a sweetness to him. Oh, and he looks great without his shirt.

Don Cheadle – he’s War Machine. Enough said. But also, he’s a good equal for Tony Stark. Plus, he looks great in that suit. I loved him in Reign Over Me.

Chris Pratt – he’s a dinosaur whisperer, likes gross things, laughs at himself, was just as handsome thick as thin, he’s genuine and funny as heck. Oh and he talks to raccoons.

Anthony Mackie – I saw him in person at a comic con and he’s genuine, too. He’s funny, blunt and plus he looks great in that Falcon suit. I love his voice and that smile. Yeah, he makes me melt.

James McAvoy – he first came onto my radar as Professor X. I’d seen him on promos for movies, but hadn’t really paid much attention. I mean, he was there, but I hadn’t really paid attention. Sad, really. Then I saw the X-Men First Class movie. Holy cow. What had I been missing? I had to watch the rest of the movies he’d been in. I loved The Conspirator, even though he doesn’t have his accent and it’s a depressing movie. I love when he’s super serious, when he’s funny and especially when he talks. I said he could read the phone book and I’d be there. I would.

Chris Evans – He’s Captain America. He’s a riot. He’s got his own thoughts. He speaks his mind. He’s got a great butt. I liked him as a jerk in Puncture and The Iceman, but just as much in What’s Your Number? and as Captain America. He commands the screen and can laugh at himself. How can I ask for more? He’s drool-worthy.

So who would be on your list? I’ve featured the Old Hollywood stars on other lists, but this is Valentine’s Day (Leading up to it) and I want to swoon. Who would you add?

 

 

Saturday Seven ~ Legends of the Silver Screen, Ladies Edition with @meganslayer #movies #ladies #actresses #list #silverscreen

This week I thought I’d focus on the gals of the silver screen. I love the clothes, the cattiness and the fun of these ladies. I’m sure my list will have some that aren’t on yours and yours will have some I forgot. Here they are in no particular order:

7. Jean Harlow – she is the platinum blond and one heck of a funny lady

6. Carole Lombard – My Man Godfrey wouldn’t have been the same without her.

5. Jean Arthur – that voice, that way of telling people off while still sounding sweet…love her

4. Katharine Hepburn – I loved her in Bringing Home Baby and haven’t looked back. 🙂

3. Deborah Kerr – She could romance Cary Grant, make Robert Taylor nearly give up his life in a fire and still look elegant, even when ruffled.

2. Lauren Bacall – that voice and the whistle. I see why Bogie fell.

1. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford- these two only worked together once, but they’ve been linked forever. Not by that show, but by the competitiveness and the way they wanted to be better than each other. They both were forces on the screen and women to reckon with. I kind of think a picture where they were pitted against each other at a younger age would’ve been dynamite and would’ve been great for their acting chops. I admire them for their pluck, determination and grit.

Okay, I’m sure I left a few people out. I can think of about five honorable mentions. Guess I’ll have to write a second one of these lists, too. Grin. Who would you add? Let me know!

Saturday Seven ~ Legends of the Silver Screen, part 2 by @Megan Slayer #movies #actors #list #legends

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This isn’t technically a Saturday Seven since it’s going up on Friday, but I’ve been asked for the second part of my film legends list. I guess not many people had ever heard of Franchot Tone. He married Joan Crawford for a while. Sweet, blond and soft-spoken. Kind of like a Tom Hiddleston of his time.

Anyway, you asked for the other half of my list. Or at least the second part. Here they are in no particular order:

7. Clark Gable – he’s the man and the legend.

6 Burt Lancaster – From Here to Eternity wouldn’t have been the same without him

5 Claude Rains – he should’ve been a leading man in a lot more. Charm, grace and that grin. 🙂

4. Gary Cooper – Tanglefoot!!

3. Kirk Douglas – Spartacus!!

2. William Holden – always makes me think of that episode of I Love Lucy where she gets to kiss him. Hehehe.

1 Humphrey Bogart – Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

I’m sure I missed a few you might have mentioned. Let me know in the comments! 🙂 And stay tuned for my Women of the Silver Screen list tomorrow. 🙂