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Hollywood Needs to Get an Imagination – The Great Gatsby

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 by No Comments

I haven’t seen the Great Gatsby because, as I write this, it isn’t out in theaters yet. I use it only as a representation of all of the movies that Hollywood is remaking.

I loved the book, I tolerated the movie that was made from the book in 1974. Robert Redford did make a pretty believable Gatsby but I felt he lacked the ability to portray the inner struggle Jay Gatsby had in the book. Maybe the new movie will be better, portray the intense pendulum that swings from dark to light in the book, who knows?

What I do know is that Hollywood is getting lazy.

I can’t tell you how many movies have been remade and updated in the past 20 years. It is a lot of them and rarely are the remakes as good as the originals, in my opinion anyway.

Opinions aside,  are we really destined to watch remakes of remakes of remakes far into the future? Isn’t there a talented writer that can come up with something uniquely their own?

It seems like so much of the media from past decades is being adjusted, rewritten, and used to entertain a new audience. Isn’t that plagiarism candy coated into an acceptable form?

I enjoy watching movies. I love many of the old movies as well as the new ones — as long as they are original. Perhaps movie makers should be less concerned with money and more concerned with their originality and craft.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Disneynature’s Bears A New True Life Adventure

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 by No Comments

In an epic tale of breathtaking beauty, Disneynature’s new true life adventure “Bears” follows the year in the life of two mother bears as they raise and impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Read more…

The Muppets Again

Posted on May 21, 2013 by 2 Comments

I grew up on the Muppets and they will always have a special place in my heart. I was giddy when the Muppets came to movie theaters in 2011 because they don’t come on television anymore and I was really excited to share the Muppets with my little girls.

The Muppets are a part of my childhood that I really wanted to share with my own daughters. Next spring, a new Muppets movie is coming to theaters. I’m really looking forward to it, even if it is a year away.

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Zero Dark Thirty DVD Review

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 by 1 Comment

I remember the night when President Obama told the world that we had killed Osama bin Laden. I wept with relief that he was no longer on this earth to terrorize us and I wept with sorrow for those families who lost heir husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters in the September 11th attacks. It was finally over.

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American historical drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. It tells the story of how for a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, worked in secret across the globe, devoted to tracking down and killing our number one enemy, Osama bin Laden. This movie tells the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. Read more…

Les Miserables the Must See DVD

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 by 3 Comments

Les Miserables has always been a long time favorite of mine since the first time I read Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

I’d seen other adaptations on video, but when I saw the movie Les Miserables, my mind was blown. I was very impressed with the singing of the actors.

The motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation, Les Miserables, which has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere it goes in its 27th year, was an amazing portrayal of one of my all time favorite musicals.

It was a big feat to take on such an epically, well-known and beloved story, but director Tom Hooper did a phenomenal job of adapting it to the big screen. Read more…

The Following

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 by No Comments

In the premiere episode of The Following, former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, Kevin Bacon, is called out of retirement to help track down an escaped serial killer, Joe Carroll, whom he originally caught years earlier. Read more…

Royal Obsession

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 by No Comments

I am one of those curmudgeons that cannot for the life of me understand why Americans are so besotted with the Royal Family.

I love a scone now and then, and I am very thankful for tea and all that goes with it. I will admit to having my heart beat just a tad bit faster when listening to Sean Connery or Hugh Grant. I have always wanted to visit Great Britain – so trust me when I say that I am not anti-anglophile (would that be anglophilophobic?). Read more…

Link Love for the Beauty that Is the Blog

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 by 4 Comments

It’s been another great week of wonderful reads in the blogosphere. My only regret is that I wish I had more time in the day to read. There are some truly amazing writers in the blogosphere and they can take you places and make you think thoughts and feel feeling that you may not have ever have been exposed to if it weren’t for the Internet. Hope you will enjoy these posts as much as I did. If you read any great posts this week, please feel free to leave the link in the comments, as I am always looking for more great reads. Read more…

Secrets to Being the Perfect Party Host

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 by 3 Comments

Secret: I love throwing parties. Recently, my parties have been more for the under 4-foot tall set but hosting the perfect party is a skill that translates to all ages. Most importantly, I like to enjoy my own parties. That’s something that I’ve had to learn to do all over again. I know the devil is in the details and we all want to use those great party ideas that we found on Pinterest for our next party. Just don’t get buried in the details. A party is a celebration.

Here are a few secrets to being the perfect party host that will actually allow you to enjoy yourself. Read more…