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Flash back- Deet’s Fave Romantic Movies

( 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.

  1. 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)
  2.  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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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.

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Outlander, Season One Vol. One, Pre-order Available

Calling all of you Time Travel junkies, Jamie Fans, Gabaldon Gals, Claire wannabe’s.  If you were thwarted in your efforts to watch the first part of OUTLANDER on STARZ cable, as I was, then you may want to pick up the DVD.  I’ve got my preorder in, and can’t wait until it arrives on March 3rd for some marathon viewing.

Outlander DVD

Outlander DVD Preorder

B & N= $27.95 and up

Amazon= $24.99 and up

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Deet’s Life- Dreaming of Period Drama Men

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(I swear I spent at least one former life in Regency England.)

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Extra! Extra! Review-sort of- One for the Money

 

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.

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Deet’s Life- New to Me DVDs

My husband gave me an Amazon Gift Certificate for my birthday. Now you know I had to spend it right away but I held off for awhile waiting for some inspiration. It didn’t take long browsing around Amazon to figure out I wanted these DVDs. Yes, I passed up some really good books to wallow in historical romance movies and a Facebook high-jinks movie.

I have seen only one of the movies before this, EMMA, the Masterpiece Theater version that was presented just last year.  It is, in my opinion, the BEST of all the versions. I shout that so you know that Romola Garai and Johnny Lee Miller put all the others playing Emma and Mr. Knightly to shame. (including the Gwyneth Paltrow version) This is so well acted and directed I just can’t say enough!! Here is Johnny Lee, uh-huh:

And here is the DVD with Romola:

I have never seen or even heard of INHERITANCE until I started browsing. It is based on a Louisa May Alcott novel about “forbidden love and dangerous rivalry”.  Reason enough to view it but for $4.99 I thought I’d give it a look-see.  After all, Thomas Gibson alone is worth the price.  Thomas Gibson (you remember him from DHARMA AND GREG):

And here is the DVD:

 

I have heard much praise for the latest JANE EYRE.  I was all set to see it in the theater when it came out but it never played in my town.  Finally, I am getting to see it.  We have another swoon worthy leading man in Michael Fassbender and Judy Dench never gives a bad performance .  What do you think of Michael Fassbender?

Oh , yeah!

The last of my purchases is THE SOCIAL NETWORK, that highly praised film about the college kid who started Facebook.  This is another one that passed me by when it was in the theaters.  I confess I had never heard of Jesse Eisenberg or Andrew Garfield who star in it but I certainly have heard of Justin Timberlake  (I think he will be a ”Sexy Man Tuesday” one of these weeks).  I have seen Justin in several films and I’m just waiting for him to get the right part because he really is a terrific actor.  Here are all three of the stars who epitomise the nerdy college boy look:

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Deet’s Casting of a film of the books RAPHAEL and JABRIL

Okay, I’ll admit Icould be off doing laundry or saving the world but for whatever reason I’m often compelled to make up movie casts for my favorite books.  Last night I finished the book I was reading, there was nothing I wanted to watch on TV and I had no ambition to save the world.  So, I decided how I would cast a movie for the D.B. Reynolds series Vampires In America, my favorite vampire series.   This is not as easy as it sounds.   I’m in awe of the person who cast the  HBO Game of Thrones series, they did a fab job.  Anyway…. I had the help of Google Images and a lazy evening.  I only cast the first two books but I have my ideas for the rest: Book 3-RAJMUND, Book4-SOPHIA and BOOK 5 DUNCAN coming in December 2011.  I may do those at a later date.

Book 1- RAPHAEL-Well, of course Raphael is the star of the series and needs a dangerous, hunky, Vampire look.  I chose and then cast aside a number of photos and the one I chose is of Matt Bomer.  I picked him because of this photo and not because of the character he plays on “White Collar” where he is too pretty.

Or Perhaps Olivier Martinez…..Whadayathink?

 

Also in the RAPHAEL book is the beautiful P.I. Cynthia Laughton or as Raphael calls her “My Cyn”.  I needed a kick-ass, no holds barred kinda woman and Angelina Jolie in the movie “Tomb Raider” came to mind.  Of course she fit the bill because Cyn had to be gorgeous and sexy too.

And how about everyone’s mystery man, Duncan?  The right hand vampire to master Raphael. Blond and gorgeous, Jason Lewis !

 

Book 2 Jabril– Jabril had to be a nasty looking vampire and I found this photo of Charlie Sheen that seemed to fit the character.  Hm-m-m… did I type cast too much?

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Extra! Extra! More on The Night Circus

More Buzz.  Did my review of THE NIGHT CIRCUS last Friday get you interested?  You might want to read today’s Wall Street Journal article about the book and its author, Erin Morganstern.  This is a very interesting article.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903480904576510511544765794.html

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Deet’s Life- Romantic Movies

If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know I am an unabashed romantic.  Yes, I love all things romantic; books, poetry, music, movies, home décor, etc, etc.  If it is romantic, I just love it.  That is why you get so many romance book reviews on here. 

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.

  1. 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)
  2.  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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. UNFAITHFUL- Starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane and yes, yes, yes, Olivier Martinez.  This one is really dark and not so romantic as sexy.  Although when Martinez is in a movie it rockets to my top sexy list….hm-m-m he just might become a Tuesday guy.(drama)

Rent or buy these and then let me know how you liked them.

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