( I posted this list back in 2011 but they are still favorites of mine and you may have missed them. Try to find them on Amazon. You won’t be sorry)
This week, due to the lack of anything remotely interesting on TV, I have been watching my DVD’s of Jane Austen movies and BBC offerings when I’m not reading. I can’t get enough of these and I don’t even consider myself one of those obsessive Austen fans. I love them!!! I’m still not sure Mr Darcy is good enough for Lizzy, he is so morose. And if Mr. Knightly had only confessed his love earlier it might have saved Emma from a bit of trouble.
There are other movies that are very romantic that perhaps you have not noticed. All of these have been out a few years but are still available.
- LOST IN AUSTEN– A 21st century British bank teller, Amanda Price (played by Jemima Rooper), literally becomes lost in her favorite Austen book after finding a portal in her bathroom and swaps places with Lizzy Bennet. (witty, light drama)
- THE OUTSIDER– This is more than a western. Johnny Gault (Tim Daly) is a gunslinger who gets wounded and is cared for by beautiful settler (Played by Naomi Watts). Who knew Daly was such a hunky guy? In this he is drool worthy.(drama) Based on the book by Penelope Williamson.
- THE LAKE HOUSE- Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock fall in love through letters but they are in two different years. She is in 2006 and he is in 2004. Can they ever meet? What would happen if they tried?(drama)
- CONTINENTAL DIVIDE- John Belushi plays a reporter sent to the Rocky Mountains to interview a renowned nature scientist played by Blair Brown. It’s a case of loathe at first sight which adds to the comedy and romance. Who knew Belushi could play such a romantic character??(comedy)
- BLOOD & ChOCOLATE- This one feeds my paranormal craving. It is a warewolf movie and very, very romantic. Starring Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy and my all time heartthrob Olivier Martinez. This is not a comedy, it is a bit dark, but trust me it is a real goody.(drama)Based on the book by Annette Curtis Klause.
Title: Love, Rosie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Hyperion, 2005
Sexy Rating: 0
Description from Amazon.com:
The basis for the forthcoming motion picture starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin! What happens when two people who are meant to be together can’t seem to get it right? Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, they are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston. Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel of several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.
Ms. Ahern can write so that you are compelled to keep reading even if the plot often seems to repeat over and over. I did find this book enjoyable but slow and overly long (512 pages). The book is written in the epistolary style (yes, I did look that up in the dictionary. It means in the form of letters, in case you also didn’t know.). I thought I might not like that style but I found it rather entertaining. Through the e-mails, instant messaging and letters we are drawn into the missed chances of these two friends. We want them to be together and we don’t want their life mistakes to keep them apart. For the emotional nuances this book gets more than three stars. As I read I couldn’t help thinking of this Adele song. It is perfect for this book. I’d like to see the movie since the movie trailer prompted me to read the book.
by Choderlos de Laclos
“Now, I’m not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realize that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn’t matter to me. And it’s not that I want to have you. All I want is to deserve you. Tell me what to do. Show me how to behave. I’ll do anything you say.”
Robert DuVall and Tommy Lee Jones in the 1989 TV film, “Lonesome Dove”
“If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.”
Larry McMurtry, from the 1985 Pulitzer Prize winning novel,
Filed under Books, Movie, Quote
Yeah, yeah, okay so I never said there would never be a another Sexy Man Tuesday. Sometimes life just throws a whole passel of sexy men at you and what’s a blogger to do?? Get ready! Don’t hyperventilate! I won’t be responsible for your medical bills.
So much more than a warewolf….
Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer….is this what they mean by “double team”
Ah, yes….Mr. Mc Conaughey
Last but surely not least Matt Bomer:
Okay, this is not exactly a review and the fact that I went to a matinee and came home and had a double Manhatten cocktail has nothing what so ever to do with my conclusions.
I liked it! a lot! I thought Katherine Hagle did a fine job of bringing Stephanie Plum to life. She was not my first choice for the role; for the past 17 odd years my choice was Sandra Bullock but probably Sandra got too old to play the young Stephanie. Anyhow, Morelli was spot-on, Lula was absolutely true to the book. I don’t see Ranger in this guy or Grandma Mazur in Debbie Reynolds. The piece was well acted and Evanovich fans have to be happy that finally Hollywood listened and brought these fab books to the screen. I’m sincerely hoping for more of the books in movie format. I’d love to see “Seventeen” on the big screen. BTW, REX was supurb in his role.
I was looking through the Christmas DVD bin at Big Lots and saw this movie I had never heard of before that moment, “Noel”.
Well it figures that if I NEVER heard of it, it must be pretty bad. But it does have Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon, so how bad can it be? So for the grand sum of five bucks I risked being bored. It turns out to be a good movie. And when Paul Walker gets on the screen it turns out to be a VERY good movie. I had never heard of him but then I don’t get out much. Do yourself a favor and see this movie, it’s heartwarming and chock full of Paul Walker. I think the director liked him too, he has loads of gorgeous close-ups. Anyway for your Sexy Tuesday here he is:
For years now I’ve read Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series and all those years I’ve been casting the movie in my head along with my internet friends Shelly and Loretta and my daughter, Kris. We have been on the floor laughing and holding our sides when we read the antics of Stephanie, Grandma Mazur and Lula. We have been frustrated because Stephanie and Ranger never seem to get beyond first base. ( I gotta tell ya, I think he might be gay….uh huh.) But Morelli and Stephanie can’t seem to commit. But finally we are going to get a movie of our favorite bounty hunter. “One For the Money” is coming on January 27, 2011! Yay!
Here is the trailer to get you psyched:
Some of the cast:
Morelli- Jason O’Mara
Ranger- Daniel Sunjuta
Lula- Sherri Shepherd
Grandma Mazur- Debbie Reynolds