Aside from loving action movies, I’m a sucker for historical novels. Add a little science fiction in the form of time travel and I’ll follow you anywhere. When I heard Starz was making Outlander by Diana Gabaldon into a series, I was more than a little excited. Here’s a first look. For those of you who have not read the Outlander series… What are you waiting for? It’s got Scots fighting the English for their freedom, strapping young heroes, devious villains, strong women, and a time travel romance that makes you all squishy inside. So here’s to the yummy Jamie Fraser and his true love in time, Claire Randall. If you haven’t started reading these books, do it before the series starts this summer. I’ll bring the popcorn!
It seems that 2014 has a few movies I’m just itching to see; too many, it seems, for one post to rule… er… talk about them all. So instead of doing a mega gigantic post, I’m going to treat you to a monthly post highlighting the movies that interest me. To start with, I’m an action-movie junkie. You won’t find many chick flicks here, unless the chick blows up something and wields a wicked crossbow or firearm. Maybe there’s a glitch in my X chromosome. I don’t know, but you won’t find my husband complaining about it. We almost always want to see the same movies.
In January, the hubby and I have our birthdays exactly one week apart… well, six years and one week to be exact. LOL And it’s not very often that our birthdays fall on a Friday. But this year the stars aligned so that we have Friday birthdays and movies we want to see opening on those dates. Needless to say, it’s a no-brainer what we’re doing to celebrate. There are three movies this month that made it on the family calendar in the kitchen: The Legend of Hercules, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and I, Frankenstein (in order of release date).
The Legend of Hercules
Immortality is in his bloodline.
Release Date: January 10th Rating: PG-13 Starring: Kellan Lutz, Liam McIntyre, and Scott Adkins
Summary: In the epic origin story the legend of Hercules, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero—the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the king, and exiled and sole into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the king and restore peace to the land. [SOURCE: http://www.hercules3dmovie.com/]
This movie made the list at the request of my sixteen-year-old daughter. She has proudly followed in her mother’s footsteps and eschewed the chick flick, unless there’s a hot guy who ends up shirtless at some point in the movie. But I digress. This film looks like a good way to spend a few hours. Am I expecting Oscar-winning performances or a screen play that will leave me enlightened? Nope – too many shirtless buff men. But I do expect to be entertained, and I’m hoping the story isn’t weak or full of plot holes. Even though I’m not expecting to be amazed or transported to a higher consciousness, I also don’t want my intelligence insulted. This is Kellan Lutz’s second role as a mythical god or demigod, having played Poseidon opposite Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill in Immortals (2011).
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Trust No One
Release Date: January 17th Rating: PG-13 Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, and Keira Knightly
Summary: In a story taking place prior to the original Jack Ryan stories, Ryan is a young stockbroker working for a billionaire in Moscow before joining the CIA. When the billionaire he is advising frames him for a terrorist plot and kidnaps his wife, Ryan must race against time to clear his name, stop the plot, and save his wife.
Chris Pine is the latest actor to star as Jack Ryan, following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. I’ve seen and loved these movies, even the one with Ben. (I’m not much of a fan of his. I’m sure he’s a wonderful human being; I’m just not sold on his earlier work.) I am excited to see Chris Pine in this role. I loved him in the new Star Trek franchise as Captain James T. Kirk and thought he did a great job in Unstoppable opposite Denzel Washington. I’m not sure how I feel about Keira Knightly in the roll of Jack’s wife, so I’ll hold my comments until after I see her in the movie. Kevin Costner as Jack’s mentor and Kenneth Branagh as the villain (and director) round out this film.
Am I expecting more out of this film? Yes. Tom Clancy is the originator of this series, though not the author of this particular story. That belongs to David Koepp (Angels and Demons, War of the Worlds, Spider-Man, Panic Room, Mission Impossible, and Jurassic Park.)
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In the battle between good and evil, an immortal holds the key.Release Date: January 24th Rating: PG-13 Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, and Yvonne Strahovski
Summary: 200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. From the co-writer of the hit supernatural saga, UNDERWORLD, comes the action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie, screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie, based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” created by Kevin Grevioux. The story is brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein. [SOURCE: http://www.ifrankensteinfilm.com/]
This is the movie I’m the most excited for in January. Why? Maybe I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Frankenstein. I mean who can forget that lovable monster in Young Frankenstein, right? LOL Somehow I don’t think Aaron Eckhart’s version of the monster will be warm and cuddly, but Eckhart is a big reason why I’m excited for this film. I’m also a fan of the classic good vs. evil with the tragic outcast, a victim of his circumstances, that must save the day. It’s got sad ending written all over it. But this is Hollywood, so while I don’t expect Adam to go riding off into the sunset on a unicorn with the girl, I do expect that the makers of this fill will end it on a hopeful note or something that either gives Adam the life he wants or releases him from his cursed existence. I’m also hoping that this film wows with the script, plot and acting as much as I expect the special effects to, but because of past expectations of movies of this nature, I half expect that the filmmakers have put more time and effort into the special effects and neglected the story. Here’s hoping against hope that Hollywood gets it right because that would make for a great birthday, right? Haha!
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I’m sure there are other worthy movies coming out in January, but these are the three that I’m the most excited to see. All three are action adventure / thriller type movies. I doubt any of these movies will speak to me like the wonderful The Secret Life of Walter Mitty did (more on that movie later), but I’m not expecting a movie as insightful as Mitty. What these three movies do promise is a good romp and a lot of action and adventure, something I just don’t get a lot of living in suburbia.
Enjoy and pass the popcorn!
Who would have thought that the place my muse speaks to me would be a twenty-year-old Suburban?
I often wonder if that pastime I enjoyed as a child, the Sunday drive that has been all but eliminated because of soaring gas prices, is the reason my muse comes to me when I’m behind the wheel. That’s when she whispers her secrets and gives me occasional pearls of creativeness.
She likes it best when I’m driving with my children, a cacophony of music, song and laughter filling the space. Maybe it’s because it’s a place of happiness and expression. My children feel it though I don’t think they’ve named it as I have because this is when they share their thoughts and ideas with me, too. It matters not how long or short the drive is. My creative muse comes along for the ride, even if she all she has to share with me is her time.
As I look back on the past year, I am reminded that I didn’t write that novel I’d planned to get on paper. I wrote plenty for this site, and while I can count that as practicing my craft in a sense, it did not get me any closer to my goal to write a novel. So why didn’t I write what I’d planned? Well, I’m a bit of a master procrastinator when it comes to my creative muse. If she takes a hold of me, I can’t do anything else but write her genius. When she’s merely in the room tossing out ideas in my general direction, my attention span takes on a SQUIRREL! quality I haven’t had since I was a toddler. It’s as if my psyche is purposely sabotaging me with creative roadblocks. So what ingenious, or not so ingenious, ways have I worked at not reaching my goal?
To read more of my article, visit Write Divas >> Divas on Writing: Creative Roadblocks – Write Divas | Write Divas.
I know it’s been a while. My only excuse is that life and work got super busy. But enough about me.
I came across this cool video about giant bubbles and what they look like when they pop while using slow motion capture. I just might have to do this with the kids… soon… before it gets too cold around here.
I’ve never given Ashton Kutcher much notice. Sure he’s good-looking and has done time on the covers of the tabloids, but he always came across as superficial to me. I freely admit that I figured Kutcher to be a shallow pretty-boy… probably a product of the characters he’s played in the past. But this video has given me a different view of Ashton… or should I start calling him Chris? His acceptance speech was surprisingly insightful and reminds me that you can’t just a book by its cover.
Ashton’s advice is wise and something every generation should listen to. (I’m simplifying here because it’s all in the video.)
- Opportunity looks a lot like hard work,
- The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, thoughtful, and generous.
- Build a life — don’t live one, build one.
Nicely done, Christopher Ashton Kutcher.