Posts Categorized: Films / TV Series

Feb 26
Channel Surfing: Frozen

Channel Surfing: Frozen

Over Christmas I finally watched Disney’s Frozen and admit, I had more questions than answers. Since then, I’ve watched it twice more and still my questions aren’t even close to being answered! • Where does Elsa get her powers from? We aren’t ever told the whole who, what, and why. I have a suspicion her father might know more? • Why keep the sisters apart? Why couldn’t they tell Anna exactly what happened and why it was necessary to protect her? • Why do most Disney movies involve the death of a parent (or both)? Seriously, why? I still cry for Bambi! • So who was regent in Arendelle while the country waits for Elsa’s coming of age? • Where did Anna get the money to buy the goods for… Read more »

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Jan 20
Channel Surfing: Dinosaur 13

Channel Surfing: Dinosaur 13

Last year, CNN aired a special called Dinosaur 13. It’s about the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found and the US government seized her because they claim she was stolen from federal land. It was an engrossing documentary to watch and I wanted to highlight it in case you or someone you know is interested in dinosaurs. The T-Rex in question was named Sue after Susan Hendrickson’s discovery. She was helping the Black Hills Institute of Geological research look for fossils and stumbled upon what she thought could be a great discovery. The Black Hills Institute indeed found a precious fossil and began excavating. You might be wondering on who’s land they were on, the rancher, Maurice Williams, gave them permission to dig anywhere on his land. So… Read more »

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Dec 15
Channel Surfing: I’m a Marshmallow!

Channel Surfing: I’m a Marshmallow!

I just finished binge watching all three seasons of Veronica Mars and I can’t believe I went this long NOT being a fan of the show! One of the reasons I decided to finally watch was because I made the mistake of watching the film first. I had a ton of questions and to be truthful found the film to be a bit ah boring. It was boring to me in the sense that I had NO idea what I was getting and who was who. While the film introduces people to the world of Veronica Mars, it follows the format that the show does; that being old cases tend to pop up in a future episode. I was totally lost and I had no one to turn to because… Read more »

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May 05
Channel Surfing: My Problem with Love Triangles

Channel Surfing: My Problem with Love Triangles

I’ve made no secret of my love for telenovelas (Spanish soap operas) and once a year there’s always one novela that captures my heart. This year it’s Lo Que La Vida Me Robó (What Life Stole from Me). It stars the love of my life Sebastian Rulli and Angelique Boyer. It’s a remake of Bodas de Odio (Weddings of Hate) and Amor Real (Real Love) and unlike these two, Lo Que La Vida Me Robó is set in the present. A quick summary: In order to pay the family debts, a daughter is married to very rich man and gives up the love of her life. Later, she finds out about the arrangement and when the love of her life comes for her, she has to make the painful decision:… Read more »

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Nov 12
Channel Surfing: National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy

Channel Surfing: National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy

November 22nd will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Several television channels have started to air their own documentaries about that day. On Sunday, the National Geographic channel aired, Killing Kennedy based on the Bill O’Reilly book. I haven’t read the book, but did manage to catch Killing Kennedy and I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, what held my interest was the fact this was a Lee Harvey Oswald centered production. Past films don’t focus on him and he’s always an afterthought. Here we see his actions and can make assumptions as to what drove him to plan Kennedy’s assassination. I really enjoyed the scenes with Oswald featuring his marriage. We see their marriage crumble and Oswald’s frustration at the government. I… Read more »

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Apr 12
Channel Surfing: Before Sunset

Channel Surfing: Before Sunset

I’m happy to welcome Arlinda to Literary, etc! She’s guest blogging today and she’s here to review her favorite film, Before Sunset. It all started with a random conversation with a complete stranger on a train. Nine years later they are reunited by the book Jesse wrote about his night with Celine. Upon the success of his novel, Jesse embarks on a promotional tour in Europe with the last stop in Paris. It is at the infamous Shakespeare and Company bookstore where he at long last runs into Celine. She walks in. She’s listening to him ramble on about a book he wants to write and then he sees her. For a moment you can feel the tension and the connection and the realization that this is the person they’ve… Read more »

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Mar 22
Film Friday: The Bridges of Madison County

Film Friday: The Bridges of Madison County

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. I haven’t read the book, but I adore the film!  The scene in the rain where Robert is waiting for Francesca gets me all worked up with tears and I keep saying, “go, go, go,” and when the scene is over I’m just an emotional mess. Francesca: I had thoughts about him I hardly knew what to do with, and he read every one. Whatever I wanted, he gave himself up to, and in that moment everything I knew to be true about myself was gone. I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before. The Bridges… Read more »

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Mar 15
Film Friday: Her Majesty Mrs. Brown

Film Friday: Her Majesty Mrs. Brown

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. We’re back with Film Friday and this time, it’s Her Majesty Mrs. Brown. It stars Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Billy Connolly as her Scottish servant, John Brown. PBS has a wonderful article about the making of the film. Her Majesty Mrs. Brown (1997) Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis.

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Feb 15
Film Friday: A League of Their Own

Film Friday: A League of Their Own

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. One of my favorite films growing up was A League of Their Own. It stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty. The film is a fictionalized account of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The league operated from 1943 to 1954. Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis played 10 seasons with the league and was the inspiration for the character portrayed by Geena Davis in the 1992 film. Ms. Paire-Davis died earlier this month at the age of 88. Davis, who was known as Pepper Paire in her playing days, entered the league in 1944, the year after it… Read more »

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Jan 23
Channel Surfing: Thoughts on Fox’s The Following

Channel Surfing: Thoughts on Fox’s The Following

When I first heard James Purefoy passed on Game of Thrones to star in Fox’s The Following, I thought he was crazy. I absolutely adore Purefoy as an actor and I never pass up an opportunity to see anything he’s in. I was unsure about The Following because of the premise, but the fact that Kevin Williamson is involved as the creator and a producer, I was willing to put away doubts and give it a chance. Premise: A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command. If you’ve seen any of the Scream films, well the first two since they were written by Williamson, then you know his work and there’s no doubt The… Read more »

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Jan 04
Channel Surfing: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Channel Surfing: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I’ve been wanting to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower for quite sometime and even though I live in a fairly large metro city, we aren’t that large or important; hence any film that has a limited release means we won’t get it. So a friend of mine was lucky enough to get ahold of a DVD screener of it and I watched it last night. I loved it! I haven’t had the chance to read the book, but have heard great things about it. I’ve added it to my to be read list. I don’t like to reveal parts of myself online, well I do, but only to really close online friends and there was something about Perks that just hit home. I suppose in many ways, I… Read more »

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Dec 21
Film Friday: BBC’s North & South

Film Friday: BBC’s North & South

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. I’m a pretty big costume drama fan. There’s something about sitting down and being whisked away to the past. While the past isn’t always peaceful and beautiful as they are portrayed in these productions, it’s nice to step way from reality for a little bit. For today’s piece I have picked the 2004 BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South; a love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. Richard Armitage is John Thornton and Daniela Denby-Ashe is Margaret Hale.

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