Marilyn Monroe Matters

It was just a year ago that I wrote a post about Marilyn Monroe's weight, "Why Marilyn Monroe ('s size) Still Matters" — it was in response to an article written about her in Slate that I found to be generally clueless about Marilyn, women's weight, and the perception of women in our society....more

Movie Or Stage? A 'Les Miserables' Review by its NUMBER ONE FAN

Number one fan! Number one fan! Okay, maybe tied for Number One along with blogger friend Erika (who posted her review here), or my sister (who at one time talked about getting a 24601 tattoo), or hundreds of other nut-job mega-fans like myself....more
The book is one of my favorites of all time, I can't wait to see it!more

To Serve Animals: Disney’s “The Lion King”

Disney’s Thirty-Second Animated Feature - 1994 (original release) 2011 (3D release) ...more

Sunday: My Own Mess...

Between the extended trailer for Les Mis (Christmas Day) and the extended trailer for Cloud Atlas (Oct 26), I am a mess. I don't know how I will make it through either of these movies. I would love to read Cloud Atlas before seeing the movie, but I don't think I have time for that....more

Rape Culture (or, Roman Polanski, I can't even)

There are few things in life that make as incredibly, blindly, need-to-punch-a-wall-right-now angry as Roman Polanski. Any mention of him makes my blood boil; even just having someone tell me about one of his movies leads to me shouting obscenities for a significant length of time. So imagine how I felt when I saw the following headline on Yahoo News:“Former teen who had sex with Polanski writing book“The article then goes on to say that,...more
Great post!  I feel strongly the same way about Polanski.  I bought a copy of Rosemary's Baby ...more

When Do You Give Up on a Story?

It happens to everyone. You’ve been watching a TV series for years, but the plot has gone south, the producers killed off your favorite character, and you can’t figure out why you’re still wasting your time on it. You’ve gone out to a movie or rented one only to realize that the acting is about as fresh as the gym socks at the bottom of your laundry basket. You’ve been struggling to read the same chapter of a book for the past month, and it has become your favorite cure for insomnia....more
I have actually closed a few books in my time, and even though I was already about 1/2 way. I ...more

Sensational Saturday - Lessons from Movies - No Way Out

Sensational Saturday - it is sensational to learn life lessons from the movies, here is what I learned from "No Way Out."Each Sensational Saturday throughout the month of September I will be sharing lessons I learned from my favorite movies. By sharing my favorite movies, I will be sharing with you a little about me and the way I think. Perhaps you can spend this time exploring yourself and how you think and maybe even learn something new....more

Movie Review: Hysteria (2012)

Directed by: Tanya WexlerWritten by: Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa DyerRated: RRunning Time: 99 minutes...more

Movie Review: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

Director: John MaddenRated: PG-13Running Time: 123 minutes Cast:Judi Dench as Evelyn GreensladeTom Wilkinson as Graham DashwoodMaggie Smith as Muriel DonnellyBill Nighy as Douglas AinsliePenelope Wilton as Jean AinslieCelia Imrie as Madge HardcastleRonald Pickup as Norman CousinsDev Patel as Sonny Kapoor...more

Movie Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The director of  Chocolat, Lasse Hollstrom, and the writer of Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy have teamed up in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2012), a moving tale of hope and faith.  The film stars Ewan McGregor as Dr. Fred Jones, a fisheries expert with the British government. He is recruited by Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (played by Emily Blunt) to develop a salmon fishing program in Yemen. She is doing so on behalf of a wealthy Yemeni sheikh (played by Amr Waked)....more