Was laid up and ill over the weekend…but still managed to tweak/edit and eke out a few new chaps on my Viking novel. Plus a revamp started on 1 of my scripts for entry into a screenplay contest. Albeit not as much writer-esque material as I would have liked. Damn, I hate missing good writing time, but my focus was off and the aches made it worse. Soooo…got in a bit of movie time and yes, fell asleep on a few.
Thumbs up! Never have I been a die-hard, let alone mediocre fan of Ryan Gosling’s, although I think he’s a terrific actor with insurmountable staying power. (hmm, run on sentence there? Maybe,lol). I liked the Notebook because of the good story, not him. Some actors you can take to as we know and others, blah. But I think he may have won me over in this dark sleeper hit.
Slow moving, but packs an edge of your seat flow as you watch, waiting for his character to reveal that almost-like sociopath side lurking beneath the surface. His past is never explained, but not necessarily needed to understand him.
A light comes on in him when he meets and falls for his neighbor and her son. The awkwardness of it all makes you fall in love with his character. I love dark stuff. Emotions drawn from his story is tight. You won’t be disappointed and the soundtrack was (kissing fingers here) superb, making the film all that more impressive.
The Eclipse: one reviewer wrote spine-tingling! Hmm, did we watch the same film? Granted we made it through to the end, but by heaven’s it was by far not at all a good haunt. Ghost themed, eh… a little, but more drama and grief in my opinion. I like Aidan Quinn, but even he could not save this one for me. The other actor who played the grieving father, my daughter says plays the devil in Ghost Rider 2. No comment see below.
Adapted from another great writer, movie opened not to great reviews-but I loved it and the novel by Peter Straub. Talk about holding on to deadly secrets, this is a good one to check out.
Movies I have not yet seen and want to:
Safe House~ my daughter saw over the weekend and swears that I will love it. I am a Denzel fan, so most likely will.
The Woman in Black: After mixed reviews from my movie cohorts, the consensus is ‘don’t go see it! Wait for the DVD! Shocking as this came from a Harry Potter fan with high hopes that told me that. So, I think I shall wait on this one 🙂
Ghost Rider 2: ditto as the above. I love you Nicolas Cage, but not feeling it this time around.
The Oscars have come and gone. Not a fan much of Oscar chosen films, but this year, was thrilled to see one go to Octavia Spencer for “The Help”. Not only a great movie, novel, but wow… imagine how the author Kathryn Stockett must be feeling? I’m super excited just dreaming about her success. Yeah, I know she is among several who have received such accolades for their hard work, my idol Steven King included, but it is still awe-inspiring to see new faces emerging as fast as the make-up of publishing continues to change. Perseverance does bring dreams to life.