Romance Never Dies Away

Movie Review – The Holiday

When you think, at least when I think of Jack Black, I do not think romantic, adorable or cute. I think gross, silly and funny but lovable. But in this movie Jack Black is not only debonaire but charming and wonderful in a most romantic aspect I have ever seen him in since he started doing movies. The man is talented beyond belief, he can sing and he can play the piano and now I know that he can be handsome and romantic. Will wonders never cease.

It does not hurt that the woman who shares the screen with him is none other than the lovely Kate Winslet whose charm and beauty covers all ill. She is love struck and in romance pain when she finds a place to exchange for vacation and comes to LA. The woman she exchanges homes with is the successful advertiser Cameron Diaz who is also having her own romantic meltdown.

Enter Jude Law and there is the complete cast of the wonderful romantic holiday movie to see every year.
This is the movie for women to get a glass of wine, pull up your chairs and eat some sushi while you wallow with some tissues in a few tears and some fun movie watching. Yes, older movie but one to watch every year or more. Adorable and lovely.

Final Destination Love the Concept!

My husband and I decided to watch all four movies of The Final Destination Saga. Popcorn, diet soda and a comfortable couch and here we were watching the first one. A group of students are leaving for France and one of their friends sees the plane they will be on, crash and burn, seven people get off and die one after the other. Very cool and interesting how they crush, mush and break the bodies in this movie.

The second one, the girl who sees the whole highway explode and she stops in the middle of the exit and refuses to allow others to move and they see the whole thing before them. As before they start dying one after the other. I love these movies, they are sick and wonderful. But, this time they go and find the only survivor from the last movie who is in the looney bin.

The third one is on a roller coaster. You go baby! The wheels come off, people are flung off the cars and rails and again the few who refused to get on are alive to watch. They end up dying one after the other too. Even with a mail gun. Ewww!

The last one called The Final Destination is not the best movie in the world. Actually they kind of lost it with that one and got weak. The ending is great where the damage to the bodies is animated making it graphic and interestingly un-gory but descriptive. My least favorite.

Even though, I am not a horror lover per se, I still enjoy these movies very much. They had a new idea and went with it creating a following that seemed to enjoy and bask in the horror of the destruction and the unpredictability of the predictable deaths.

Some of the scenes unfortunately are downright funny which made me doubt my own sanity and balance. But hey, to each their own and I happen to love those four movies. This is an old review but they are out on video as a collection and worth watching.

What Will They Wear Tonight

oscar-dress.jpgThe Academy Awards are tonight.

The night where everyone will be glued to their television sets to find out who will win and who will bomb this year.

It is all fine and good to say that you were nominated but the truth is you lost if you did not win, nominated or not, does not put that statue on your mantel, puts it in the mental.

Moreover it is not who wins that matter to me, it is what will they wear today that matters to me. I want to know who will wear something gorgeous like Kidman always does or something daring like my favorite Helena Bonham Carter and who will dress like The Ugly Freak. [Read more...]

10 “Off the Beaten Path” Movies

10 Movies “Off the Beaten Path”

These movies are not your everyday type of movies, they are special and received acclaim from the few who take the time to discover the beauty of a slow, rhythmic story. Love them.

A Month by the Lake

Vanessa Redgrave, Uma Thurman and Edward Fox in a charming movie of falling in love when not expecting it. A chance to remember that it is never too late. Beautiful scenery.

Being Julia

Set in the London of the 30s, an actress, Annette Benning, finds herself in love, learning new lessons on life and revenge. Endearing movie.

Becoming Jane

The story of how Jane Austin came to be who she was after a lover affair with an Irish young man devoted to his family. Entrancing movie.


Michelle Pfeiffer is beautiful, as she educates the son of a courtesan in the ways of love, then has to lose him. Sexy and charming.

The Four Seasons

Four couples, who have known each other for donkey’s years, have to deal with the divorce of one couple and a new partner in the mix. Lovely and honest. Alan Alda and Carol Burnett.

Ladies in Lavender

An elderly English widow lives with her maiden sister, on the Cornish coast, when they find a mysterious foreigner stranded, on the beach. A wonderful story of love and loss. Judi Dench is her usual Mistress of Act with Maggie Smith. Entrancing with its music and charm.


A dying woman, remembers the defining instances, in her life as she shares them with her daughters. Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes and Toni Collette. Lovely movie. Charming and beautiful.


A woman with a son who has a very obvious deformity of his skull try and live the most normal life possible with mishaps and dilemmas. Good acting, amazing story.

Enchanted April

This is a slow paced movie. Make some tea and enjoy the gentrifying and the civilizing of the people on the screen and yourself, in Italy. Lovely.

The Painted Veil

Heart throb Edward Norton and beautiful Naomi Watts are an estranged, married couple facing colera in rural China. A Somerset Maugham story of betrayal, love and devotion. Enchanting.

11 Movies with Interesting Endings

11 Movies with Interesting Endings

You may think you know, but then…..

I’m never interested in horror movies. I am told a couple of my choices here, were horror; but I did not find them so. I include these for the strange endings, the surprise endings, and the not so wonderful endings. Good movies.

Seven Pounds

A haunted man tries to atone for his sins. Disturbing but interesting. Will Smith.

What Lies Beneath

Distressed wife of a scientist believes that the lake by her home is haunted. Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford.

The Life Before Her Eyes

Uma Thurman is the surviver of a horrible school shooting. The town is erecting a memorial for the students and teachers who lost their lives and were affected by it. Strange and wonderful movie.

The Last Time

Brendan Fraser, Amber Valletta and Michael Keaton in the story of a salesman who takes a midwestern partner under his wing, only to fall for his fiancee. Amazing ending.

Eagle Eye

Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan in an exciting run to save her son and him out of jail. Fast and furious.


Bruce Willis is in an accident that shows him who he really is. He has to use himself for the good of others, or not. Eerie and good.

The Sixth Sense

A psychologist, Bruce Willis, is trying to help a boy who sees dead people who do not realize that they are already dead.

The Others

Nicole Kidman is convinced that her home that she shares with her children is also shared by ghosts. Suspenseful with a wicked twist.


Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play cat and mouse with killer Kevin Spacey, who is following the seven deadly sins. Gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, wrath, pride and lust.

The Reaping

A jaded Christian missionary, Hilary Swank, specializes religious phenomena and she investigates a small town suffering from the 10 Biblical plagues.


Magician Nicholas Cage sees a few minutes into the future which makes him a prize for the government agencies seeking help with terrorists. Interesting ending!

10 Sci Fi and Adventure Movies

10 movies for Sci Fi and Adventure Lovers


Lights descend on the city of Los Angeles which pulls people like moths to a flame. Aliens come to earth to swallow the whole of the entire population. Interesting!


An assassin hired by the universal alliance to capture a telepathic girl, follows the Serenity crew. An amazing romp in the verse.


A universal teleportation circle found in the deserts of Egypt, lead a crew led by Kurt Russell, with James Spader and Alexis Cru to humans, that worship the god Ra.

War of the Worlds

An amazing adaptation of the novel by H.G. Wells, it is truly well done, in this movie, with Dakota Fanning, Tom Cruise and a boring long scene with Tim Robbins. Yep, we could have done with a much shorter scene fellas. When aliens attack earth, earth fights back. Wonderful.


A commando team on a mission in Central America get picked off one by one by an extra terrestrial. I love that movie. Always have. Arnold Schwartznegger at his best, really.


A teenage albino young man is found in the basement of his grandparents’ home after they die. His unique talents are both a joy to some but a source of fear to the small community.


Neo, a computer hacker, finds himself targeted by the police when he contacts the leader of the resistance. An almost Zen approach to the existentialist problem. I watch this movie once a month, at least. Yep, I am a freak, sorry.


Who can replace the creepy sleek alien on the mining ship in space. With Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt. The original.

Riddick – Pitch Black

A group of stranded travelers land on a planet which seems too hot for survival. We are introduced to the teenager of the group Jack and Imam al Walid. Great movie. Vin Diesel.


Machines made to look like humans are attacking the earth. I never tire of this movie.

If you are a science fiction lover and have not seen these movies, you are missing out. Some may be old, some brand new but they are wonderful and keep the imagination churning and the heart pumping. Good clean fun.


10 Feel Good Movies

Here’s my List of 10 Feel Good Movies

The Bucket List

Two terminally ill men meet in the hospital and go together on a trip of a lifetime. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Amazing!

Love Actually

Eight different couples dealing with love in different places. The settings are different and all in the few weeks before Christmas. Wonderful with Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and many other wonderful people.

Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, with Hugh Grant and James Fleet in Jane Austin’s wonderful story of sacrifice and finding love. Lovely!

The Holiday

Two women one in England and one in the States switch homes for Christmas, end up finding out who they really are. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz with Jack Black and Jude Law. Charming!

What Dreams May Come

Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Annabella Sciorra in a story of love that endures forever. Wonderful color and imagination.

Big Fish

A dying man and his son try to come to terms with their relationship. The son trues to see past the lies he thinks his father tells. Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Billy Crudup are a wonderful crew.

Finding Neverland

Johnny Depp weaves a story for a dying woman and her four children. Amazing story and movie.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Diane Lane, one of my favorite actresses, by the way, finds herself after her divorce, when she buys a home on Tuscany and gets what she asked for all along. Wonderful story.


Juliet Binoche, Judi Dench and Alfred Molina with Johnny Depp in a story of a woman and her daughter who move about with the wind and end up in a narrow community. Delightful!

Home for the Holidays

Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft and Robert Downey Jr. in a funny story of coming home for thanksgiving and the mishaps involved. Hilarious! Don’t take it personally.

Delight in these selections made for the people who want some fun with a twist of humor and joy.


Am I Crazy for 10 Movies?

10 Movies, Am I Crazy?

Every time I mention these, 10 old movies, keyword, old here, someone thinks I am crazy! Fun movies! Enjoy!

The Ref

A family gets entangled with a jewel thief on Christmas. Funny, light hearted and full of laughs. Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey.


Sylvester Stallone is a mob boss trying to go on the straight and narrow. Funny and quirky.

Office Space

Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston with David Herman, in a hilarious comedy about hating your job and trying something new.

Big Trouble in Little China

Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall and Dennis Dun, in a mystical battle in Chinatown.

Groundhog Day

Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott where a weatherman finds that the same day keeps repeating over and over again, until he learns life lessons.

Love and Death

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are hilarious in this movie which almost immitates War and Peace. Not really! Funny!

Young Frankenstein

Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman in a wacky make of the monster. Wonderful romp in the past.


Mel Brooks, John Candy and Rick Moranis in a Star Wars spoof. Very funny for space lovers.

Blazing Saddles

Irreverant, rude, Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little and Slim Pickens, go at it in a western adventure that is not so politically correct. Funny as it gets.

There’s Something About Mary

Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon in a crazy funny story of love lost and found. Quirky!

So, just a suggestion, watch these wonderfully quirky flicks and have fun. Get your friends together, make it an evening of wine, beer, with chips and dip.