I had high hopes when I saw this would be on PBS. I love the films of Ken Burns and didn’t know much about Hemingway, so I thought this would be a great introduction to the author. Sadly, I didn’t get past the second episode. I’m all for the first episode because it taught me about the author, but the second one featured too much death and the killing of animals. I understand that’s what made him who he was, but it didn’t have to be so violent or stomach churning. Sorry. I couldn’t stomach it. Maybe someone else can, but not me.
Explore the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most important works of fiction in American letters.
I watched this while waiting on my Dh to have a procedure done at the hospital. I hadn’t seen it before and never read the book, so I was a little lost at first, but I did enjoy the movie. It’s definitely dated, but it’s interesting as a period piece. Gable was good, but slightly odd as Fletcher Christian. I did enjoy Franchot Tone. I wish he’d have been used more. Still, worth at least one watch.
First mate Fletcher Christian leads a revolt against his sadistic commander, Captain Bligh, in this classic seafaring adventure, based on the real-life 1788 mutiny.
I love Mel Brooks’ sense of humor. It’s divisive and naughty, but always smart. This movie, co-written with Gene Wilder, is no exception. There are the obligatory naughty jokes, but there is a sense of heart and intelligence to this story, too. I love the scene where he gets the monster to dance on stage. It always makes me smile. This is one movie guaranteed to make me happy when I’m down.
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
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.
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.
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.
I like movies where comedians show they’re ready for dramatic roles, but I had a hard time with this movie. I couldn’t get into the almost Bob Dylan-esque way Adam Sandler played his character. I get that he was traumatized and he might have had some other issues, but the violence he leapt to so fast was too much. I wanted him to warm to Don Cheadle’s character and reconnect, not hit him. Maybe this movie is for some people, but it wasn’t for me.
A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
I can’t lie. I picked this up because of Ryan Reynolds. I rather like watching him in films and thought this one might be fun. It’s interesting, but sad and funny at times. I understood Nick (Reynolds) being upset, being he’s just been killed. I liked the idea that they come back and help the living by getting rid of the riffraff dead (monsters), but I wasn’t a fan of him having to die in the first place. Not in the way it happened. The special effects are a tad dated (it was made in 2013, so it should be a bit dated), but it’s a good enough view. Check it out.
A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.
I have all kinds of issues with this movie. From the beginning, it threw me off that Aquaman’s mother was such a savage, but okay, so maybe she was dealing with the climate change from water to land. But then there’s the fight where she’s holding the tyke, then starts fighting the forces wanting to take her back. She goes from barefooted to shoes. When did she get the shoes? Yes, this ripped me right out of enjoying the film. And then there’s Mera. How in the heck is she fighting and swimming with high heeled boots on? Wouldn’t it be better for a race that lives in the water to have wetsuit type shoes? Yes, this bothered me. I’m sure this might be a good movie, but these things took me right out of enjoying it.
Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.
I had to think long and hard about this prompt because the idea of the most romantic is so subjective. What one considers to be super romantic, might be what I consider…bleh. Yanno? Romance for me, sometimes, is when DH fills the dishwasher or changes the laundry while I’m in the middle of something else. Or when DH snags me to slow dance to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis. But that might not be super romantic to others.
But this post is about romantic books and movies.
The top book that I can think of right away that makes me thinks romance isn’t a traditional romantic book. My pick (for one that’s not one I wrote) is Lover Awakened by JR Ward. I’m not super into the Black Dagger Brotherhood books still. I went on a jag when I read every one that came out, but I drifted… This is the third book in the series and it really stuck with me. That’s hard to do, for a book to stick with me, because I read so much. But this one did. First, Zsadist is the epitome of tortured man, but the way Bella works with him and is tender in a way that no one else is, that’s what made this romantic to me.
A former blood slave, Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.
Bella is instantly entranced by the Brother’s seething power. Except even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against her abductor drives him to the brink of madness. Now Bella must help her lover not only overcome the wounds of his tortured past, but find a future with her…
As for movies, there are two I consider romantic. I know. Only two? There are so many and with Meg Ryan, to boot. I tend to go old school and older school with the movies I watch.
The most romantic movie, IMHO, is The Goodbye Girl. Not the remake, but the original. I love the chemistry between Elliot and Paula, even when they hate each other. I love that she’s a single mother and he never questions that she and her daughter are a packaged deal. I love that he could quit on her, but he doesn’t.
After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.
Elliot Garfield (Richard Dreyfuss): I am decent. I also happen to be naked.
I guess it’s just my warped sense of humor and romance. Shrugs.
The other movie I pick for the most romantic has be An Affair to Remember – not Love Affair (with Irene Dunn and Charles Boyer – which An Affair to Remember is a remake of), but this one, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It’s not exactly the same, but oh well. I still love it. Then again, I’ve got a thing for Cary Grant.
A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen?
I don’t know. The chemistry is off the charts. They’re so suited for each other and there’s that moment where…you don’t know… You know?
I love this part:
Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant): Why didn’t you tell me? If it had to happen to one of us, why did it have to be you?
Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr): If you can paint, I can walk… Anything can happen, don’t you think?
But I have a confession. I have a favorite that’s a little newer and it’s my honorable mention. Stranger Than Fiction. I’m that rare bird who likes when comedians take that rare turn as a dramatic actor. I loved Jim Carey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer (even though it’s not high drama) and this one, my honorable mention, Will Ferrell as Harold Crick in Stranger Than Fiction. It’s a strange movie anyway, but the moment Harold (Ferrell) gives Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal) flours…not flowers, but bags of different flours because she’s a baker…that melted me. It was so off-beat and sweet…I loved it.
I.R.S. auditor Harold Crick suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
So what about you? What’s your favorite romantic book or movie? I’d love to know. I’ll also let you in on a secret. The book of mine that I think is the most romantic isn’t one that’s super popular, but I love it nonetheless.
Over My Head was written under a tight deadline and it’s a case of opposites being thrown together to attract, and I love it.
Over My Head by Wendi Zwaduk
Contemporary Erotic Romance
From Totally Bound
What happens when two opposites realise they have more in common than expected?
I’m a dancer…and a damn good one. I work at the Silver Steel Gentlemen’s Club. My hard and fast rule? No freebies and no office dating. Except for Slade. Hard, fast, slow, gentle…I don’t care. I’ll take him any way possible. But he’s not that into me.
Or so she thinks. I’m a bouncer at the Silver Steel. Astra doesn’t realise I see her—I can’t help myself. She captivates me every time she’s on the stage. I want her, but I have a…problem. I’m not at the Steel to pick up chicks or even work the room. I’m there to stop the influx of drugs into the community. Yeah, I’m a cop. But if the job means sampling the dancers… Well, as long as I keep my heart out of it, I’ll be fine.
Reader Advisory: This book has a kick ass hero, a dancer with all the right moves, hot sex, a little mutual anal play for good measure and mention of drug use.
Publisher’s Note: Other books in this world include Please Remember Me and When You’re With Me.