Friday, February 5, 2016

Movie Review: The Choice

The Choice is the first Nicholas Sparks movie I've seen in quite a while where the trailer made the movie look awful, but the film itself was actually pretty good. The past few films adapted from Sparks' books, like The Best of Me, were only okay, but The Choice makes up for those with exquisite scenery and a great cast.

Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a medical student from Charleston who moves to Beaufort, NC to study and intern at the hospital there. She has a tumultuous first meeting with her neighbor, Travis Parker (Benjamin Walker), after she asks him to turn down his loud music, and soon they're spending a lot of time together, even though Travis has an on-again/off-again girlfriend, and Gabby is in a serious relationship with a doctor at the hospital. Gabby and Travis's relationship continues to progress, however, and soon Gabby has broken up with her previous boyfriend and Travis asks her to marry him.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Upcoming Film: Rather to Be Chosen, February 11th at Emagine Novi (Detroit area)

I will be attending a premiere of the locally-filmed movie Rather to Be Chosen next week, at the Emagine Novi, and wanted to share with you some details about the film.

Movie Synopsis:
In time for Valentine's Day, a new romantic drama movie, Rather to Be Chosen, will premiere at the Emagine Novi on Thursday February 11th, 2016. This locally produced film follows Alex Shelby, as he encounters romance and intrigue in trying to save the family business that he has just inherited. Corruption in a new building project threatens to shut down the company. While working undercover at a the New York City branch office he falls in love with the employee he came to investigate. Alex must make a difficult decision to save his company from impending collapse or to follow his heart. The film stars Jared Withrow, Jessica Koloian, and Kristina Kaylen, along with Patricia Mauceri from ABC’s hit soap, One Life to Live.

About the filming:
This locally filmed movie was a project of Michigan based studio Crystal Creek Media. Many of the film's stars are local Michigan actors from the Detroit Metro area. The project also included talent from New York, Ohio and California. Several favorite Oakland county locations appear on screen including; Patti Engineering, Doeren Mayhew, Kaiser Studio, Joe Bologna Trattoria, Square Lake Diner, and Ward Presbyterian Church. Crystal Creek Media has also produced or co-produced the family oriented movies Creed of Gold, A Horse Called Bear and Lifestone Velocity.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Why you need a smartphone in 2016 {& a giveaway!} #WhyNotWednesday #BetterMatters

*This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

I actually didn't buy my first smartphone until early 2011. Before that, I actually kind of liked waiting to get home all day to check my email, or waiting until after a movie screening to get home and check it; now, in 2016, I can't imagine doing that! So many things happen all day long that I need to know about, and my smartphone is ideal for checking email, browsing Facebook, and even getting the weather for the week.

I'm also a millennial, and that means I do everything online. Banking? Done. Paying a bill? Done. Buying a phone and activating it? That used to mean I had to head to Verizon but now, you can even do that online too!

My dad got his first smartphone this year, and he loves it - previously, he had a flip phone, and the sound quality was awful; it was hard to understand him. I was very glad when he switched to his "new" phone, as now the sound quality is much better. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Movie Review: The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours movie poster

A friend who saw The Finest Hours before I did described it to me as a poor-man's The Perfect Storm; however, I felt that it was more like Titanic. There are a few different stories going on that all converge near the end, and some of the storm scenes were very intense to watch.

Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) is a member of the Coast Guard, and has started dating Miriam (Holliday Grainger). Miriam is a go-getter and asks Bernie if he would like to marry her; technically, he has to ask his commanding officer, Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana), first. Before he gets to do that, however, the Coast Guard receives word that there's an oil tanker in need of help off the coast of Nantucket, and because another oil tanker was having the same problem, and a team was already sent out, Webber is on deck (no pun intended) to assemble a crew to help rescue the men on this oil tanker.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Movie Night Trivia, by Robb Pearlman {ends 1/31}

Movie Night Trivia will be in stores and on Amazon on February 2nd, but you can win yourself a copy here first!

About the book:
Cider Mill Press is pleased to release Movie Night Trivia in time for the live broadcast of The Oscars awards ceremony. Movie goers and trivia buffs can prepare for the most glamorous event of the year with this fun trivia book, featuring over 400 questions, as well as full-color movie posters and shots of iconic movie moments throughout to make the evening a true cinematic experience.

From the cinematic classics to recent releases, animated and action, there is something for every member of the family or friend group. This will make the perfect addition to an Oscar Night party or binge-watching all the nominated films. Keep score or let the answers fly! Take home the golden statuette for trivia, and thank Movie Night Trivia in your acceptance speech!

Packed with hundreds of questions, fun facts, and bonus lightning rounds, this book is the first of its kind. Featuring an introduction from popular YouTuber Tina Alexander (“How It Should Have Ended”) and compiled by bestselling author Robb Pearlman, Movie Night Trivia is sure to impress film fanatics for years to come.

Head on over to my book blog to enter this giveaway!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Movie Review: Dirty Grandpa

I am a fan of raunchy movies if they are done right; by that, I mean that they're funny and well thought-out. Dirty Grandpa is decently funny for the first half, but its humor slowly starts to wane for the last half of the movie.

Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) works at his dad's law firm, and is getting married to Meredith (Julianne Hough) in only a few weeks. Jason's grandma has recently passed away, and his grandpa, Dick (Robert de Niro), is understandably sad; however, he still wants to make the annual trip to Florida, and Jason has to drive him there because Dick has a suspended license. On the way there, however, Jason and Dick meet a group of college kids, one of whom (Zoey Deutch) Jason recognizes from a photography class he took. Soon, Jason and Dick's trip takes a detour to Daytona Beach, where the college kids are going for spring break.

Movie Review: The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave is the first in a trilogy of books written by Rick Yancey, that have now been adapted for the screen; the third book is actually not being published until May of this year. The movie adaptation of the first book was nothing new or ground-breaking, but will still manage to hold your attention for it's almost 2-hour runtime.

Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) was a normal high school girl when the 1st wave hit: the Others, a group of aliens who want the Earth for themselves (but not its inhabitants), sent an electromagnetic pulse that took away all of the power and electricity on the planet. The 2nd wave was earthquakes and tsunamis; the 3rd, the avian bird flu; and in the 4th, some of the adult survivors were murdered by the Others who were already on the planet. The Others take the form of human beings, so it's impossible to know if someone is human or an Other, too. Cassie, her father, and her little brother leave their house and go to a survivor campsite, but soon, all of the children are taken away on buses, and Cassie and her brother get separated. Cassie must find him, and her journey to get to the army base where he was taken may be more dangerous than she originally thought.