I’m supposed to talk about award winning movies. I love the movies, but very, very rarely have the same opinions as the people who decide who wins the Oscars. I enjoyed “Silence of the Lambs” and have devoured “The Return of the King” more often than is probably healthy. But I haven’t seen any of the winning movies for a very long time. I don’t really think “My Fair Lady” (1964) really counts.
So, instead of trying to say something interesting about a film, I’m going to give away some books:).
Tangled Indulgence, book 3 in my Celestial Surrender series, came out yesterday.
Reassigned to the nether-end of the galaxy and facing her last night on the planet, Adira has had better days. She shouldn’t have ruffled so many feathers with her investigation, but the trail of missing people was too important to ignore.
She knows exactly how to spend her evening. At an exclusive sex club, she’s determined to confront the Vampire who’s never far from her mind. She only has a few hours, but surely she can entice the sexy bartender to share them with her.
Malachy is more than he appears. Working undercover has him ready for anything… except Adira. The moment he laid eyes on the Sentinel he knew he’d found his lifemate. Unfortunately, the prickly mortal has a wall as hard as a spaceship’s hull around her heart.
Only hours remain to convince her she belongs in his arms, and his bed. As the heated night turns molten, duty and desire collide. Following their hearts will only complicate matters.
Inside Scoop: Our heroine gets the shock of her life when she discovers her voyeuristic nature, and the fact that it is the male-on-male action, as opposed to a ménage, that really gets her juices flowing.
Adira has a bit of an eye-opening experience, learning something unexpected about herself. If you’d asked me six months ago I would have told you I am a dog person, no question. Now, after a few months with my lovely Emma, I have to say I am a ca-do person. If I’m ever in the position to look after a dog with my job and everything, I will add one to my family. But am seeing a cat in my future for a considerable time;).
Tell me when you’ve realised something about yourself that surprised you. Tell me in the comments here or here. The first winner, chosen by numbers.org, can choose any of my four books in your preferred eformat, and the second winner receives a copy of Tangled Indulgence. Tell me about the moment you discovered you enjoy deep-fried brussel sprouts or the moment you discovered you like being tied up in bed. Your choice;)! The contest is open until Thursday 7th March.
Enjoy your weekend!
The Oscars celebrated its 85th show this year. That’s a lot of movies to choose from for Best Picture. Usually, the Best Picture winners are not the first movies I run out to see. When I go to the movie theater, it’s to see the mind blowing special effect movies, like Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Life of Pi… I save the other movies for home.
Also, Best Picture winners tend to be ‘serious’ and sometimes too self-important. You don’t see comedies elected or winning Best Picture as in the past. I think the last comedy to win was Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” back in 1977. I like to watch a movie which will leave me feeling good, not depressed. I appreciate well-acted movies, but I like to smile and laugh while watching good acting!
So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite Oscar movies is the 1950’s classic “All About Eve”. It’s a comedy and drama rolled into one wild ride of witty dialogue and pitch perfect acting. I didn’t know it was based on a book until I read it this morning! The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr.
The story is described as an “elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd’s wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe, introduced by Addison De Witt as “a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art.”
And who can forget the memorable line spoken by Margo Channing, standing on the staircase holding a martini glass: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Abel Green from Varity said it best: Mankiewicz’s flair for dialog is so perfected that all three actresses shoot fireworks whenever they open their mouths.
All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Thou shall not kill.
For archangel Razi-el, he had no choice. He would break God’s commandment again if it were to save Uri-el from a demon’s talons. Yet even God’s most trusted archangel cannot avoid punishment. No longer Razi-el, he is now Izar, a Protector sworn to kill for the angels.
When a Protector kills an angel, Izar is summoned to work alongside Uri-el to capture the killer. Izar is shocked when his bloodlust spikes hot for the archangel. He knows better than to go after forbidden fruit. Refusing to give in to temptation, he ignores his body’s tempestuous arousal for Uri-el until a heated argument turns his blood into molten lust.
As they rush to find the killer, their passion plays into the demon’s plan. Izar will have to make a choice between life and death if he is to save Uri-el again.
Even though I love movies, I have not seen a single film nominated for the Oscars. Not one. No time. ~Lesigh~ The only movies I manage to sneak in are with my kid as a family activity and half of those, I pay for on demand, months after they’ve been in the movie theater. No complaints really. My life is full. So I’ll talk about my all-time favorite Oscar films with a focus on love.
While there are truly many great Oscar-winning films (list here), if I only had two of them, my film library would be complete. The first is quite simply one of best films about love ever made—Casablanca (3 Oscars including best picture in 1943). No HEA here. In the world of Casablanca, where the world hangs in a balance with World War II in full blaze, we see and feel the sacrifices that people, flawed and beaten up, are willing to make for love. It’s love at its most unselfish and its most painful. Sometimes the price of love is the ability to say good bye, to let go for a greater good. Or because it is what’s best for the one you love.
Because life is not always such a downer, my other favorite must-have Oscar winner is Lord of the Rings: Return of the King which ran away with 11 Oscars including best picture in 2003. Actually I love and own all three of the trilogy, but this one took best picture so I’m going with it.
While LOTR has an HEA—the world is saved, Aragorn and Arwen get their happy ending, Eowyn finds love in Faramir, and Sam discovers the courage to win his Rosie—the real love this story celebrates is friendship. The relationship between Sam and Frodo grounds the movie and enables all the others to get to their happy ending. Sam, who never wanted to be a hero or leave the Shire, stays with Frodo to the bitter end. Even if Frodo cannot himself throw the ring, Sam’s dogged loyalty and reliability got him all the way to that precipice in Mt. Doom and home again. Love should always bring you home.
So how have award winning movies captured love at its best? Which of them are must owns and why?
I’m not much of a movie-goer. I always seem to watch movies when they finally make it to television. In 2012, I think I went to the movies once and that was because there was no way I could miss watching a piece of my childhood brought to life again. When I realized this post was about the Oscars…I had to actually look up the movies I’ve seen recently to see if they were nominated. I figured they weren’t.
The only film I could think of that won anything was The Black Swan which I finally saw over Thanksgiving…and that didn’t win an Oscar, right? *googles it* It won an Academy Award, not the Oscars. *shrug* I don’t watch the Oscarls, the Golden Globes, the Academy Awards, MTV Music Awards or anything like that because none of the people/groups I want to win ever do. *mutters*
But this time, oh this time something I really loved won. This goes back to my childhood coming back to entertain me.
My sister and I wrangled her youngest son (a 21-year-old) into watch The Muppets with us. For us, The Muppets couldn’t have been anything but wonderful. From the opening song to the credits we snorted, giggled and guffawed our way through the movie. Yes, children were turning to stare at us, but we didn’t care. Their parents and grandparents enjoyed the movie. And wasn’t that the way things were? The Muppets were hilarious whether it was on their show or in movies. And for me, for my sister, it was. My nephew, who probably never saw any of the Muppets movies, spent the entire film laughing at me and my sister.
Until this song came on:
This song brought the three of us together in a giggling, snorting mess.
Even now, a year and a half later, I’ll get a random text message from my nephew saying “Am I man or a Muppet? Cause if I’m a Muppet, I’m a very manly Muppet.” Which only makes me giggle (and earns me weird looks from others).
Sooo yeah, this was the only movie I’d seen in 2011 that won an Oscar for anything. But I’m actually okay with that since it was a good movie.
Did you see The Muppets? And I have to ask: “Are you a (wo)Man or a Muppet?”