Friday, November 30

Movie of the Week: Ironclad




Rated: R
Directed by: Jonathan English
Time: 121 minutes
Release Date: July 26, 2011


Blurb:

It is the year 1215 and England is on the brink of a bloody Civil War. The Magna Carta, a landmark contract between the King and his subjects, upholds the rights of the people of England and promises to bestow peace on the kingdom. Yet, barely four months since putting his seal to the charter, the sly and deceitful King John amasses a powerful mercenary army and plans to destroy all those who signed the legendary charter, in order to once again seize absolute control of the country.

Hearing news of the King's intentions, a Templar Knight hastily assembles a band of noble barons prepared to hole up inside the virtually impenetrable walls of Rochester Castle in order to protect the people's rights. There they must rely on their superior swordsmanship and sheer determination to defend their freedom, defeat the forces of an oppressive King, and bring justice to the people of England.

My opinion:

As most of you know, I adore the era of the evil King John and the heroic Robin Hood. Heck, my first book was set during this time! It should, therefore, be no surprise that I wanted to see this movie. It has everything a history fan like myself would enjoy: a bad guy, a hero, battle scenes, and a little romance on the side ;) Thankfully, this movie did not disappoint. The historical accuracy of things like costumes, weaponry, music, etc... was spot on. The characters were likeable and sympathetic, the plot was interesting, and the overall quality of the film was amazing. Once again, it is a "low budget" movie, meaning it wasn't a Hollywood film. I used to equate that with cheesy, fake movies, but it turns out that some of my favourite historical movies are "low budget." Again, that also means that they get away with a bit more violence, but it is accurately done. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and I think you will too!! =)

Trailer:


Wednesday, November 28

WIP Wednesday



Unfortunately, I haven't been very productive recently. With Thanksgiving and our new puppy, I've been insanely busy. So instead of giving you a sad writing update, I thought I would suggest a blog for you to check out! My good friend B.E. Sanderson started a blog all about The Unpublished Writers' Guide to Survival. She's done several posts about NaNoWriMo so far that are very enlightening and inspiring, so head on over there to check it out! I can't wait to see what else she comes up with next =)

Friday, November 23

Movie of the Week: Persuasion



Rated: PG
Directed by: Adrian Shergold
Time: 120 minutes
Release Date: 2007

Blurb:

Anne Elliot fell deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth at the age of nineteen. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne was persuaded to break off her engagement. Eight years later, Anne has lived to regret her decision. She never stopped loving Wentworth, and when he returns from sea with rank and fortune, she can only watch as every eligible young woman in the district falls at his feet.

Can Frederick forgive Anne for listening to her family instead of her heart?

My opinion:

I don't know about you guys, but the blurb sounds amazing. As you probably already know, I love Regency-set novels. The more romantic, the better. Therefore, it should be no surprise that I ADORE the plot of this movie. Based on Jane Austen's novel, Persuasion, this TV movie is one of my favourites. The heroine is likeable and realistic, and the hero... Ah, be still my heart. Trust me when I say, he's dreamy.

Like most BBC productions, this movie was extremely well done. Gorgeous costumes, beautiful music, and wonderful acting. You won't be disappointed!

Trailer:

I hope you guys have a good Black Friday =)



Thursday, November 22

Happy American Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a wonderful, nummy day!


This picture was taken in October, on Canadian Thanksgiving. 
This was my first attempt at a Thanksgiving dinner! 
We had biscuits, mustard carrots, mashed potatoes, ham, and turkey! It was delicious =)


Monday, November 19

Powell

Well, I can finally share my exciting news with you guys! My husband and I have a new baby puppy! We've been looking for weeks and weeks for a puppy but we had a lot of difficulties finding the right one. We checked the local shelters and even Craigslist. After two misses, we found this little guy:




As you can see from his tag, his name is Powell. He is an eight week old Blue Heeler mix. We drove to North Carolina after the Grandin Holiday parade on Saturday and picked him up. He was from a litter of eleven puppies! Can you imagine? We're having troubles keeping up with this little guy, so we can't imagine having eleven of them running around. So far he's proved to be quite smart and very playful. And he's mummy's little snugglebug! =)

Friday, November 16

Movie of the Week: Kingdom of Heaven



Rated: R
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Time: 144 minutes
Release Date: May 6, 2005

Blurb:

From Ridley Scott, director of GLADIATOR and BLACK HAWK DOWN, comes a thrilling, action-packed epic of honour, passion and courage that "explodes with adventure" (Chicago Tribune). Orlando Bloom heads an all-star cast in this sweeping tale about a young knight during the crusades who must battle overwhelming forces to save his people, and fulfill his true destiny.

My Opinion:

I'm going to start by admitting that KINGDOM OF HEAVEN helped to inspire my first book, Warrior Branded. I've always loved tales of the crusades, so it's no surprise that I love this movie. I know a lot of people don't like Orlando Bloom, but he is wonderful in this film. The acting is top-notch, the music is stunning, and the costumes are beautiful--and most importantly, the film is  pretty accurate. As a history minor, I always get offended when historical movies overlook important details or when they blatantly change something to fit what Hollywood deems "acceptable." KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, however, stays true to the story, which I appreciate. I think any history lover will fall in love with this movie.

As for violence, it is rated R but I don't recall anything too gruesome going on. There are some battle scenes, but nothing out of the ordinary. Of course, it has been a few months since I last watched it, so don't take my word as gospel lol.

Trailer:



Have you seen KINGDOM OF HEAVEN before? What did you think??

Wednesday, November 14

WIP Wednesday



Well, would you look at that! I'm actually posting regularly! Let's hope it continues... *knocks on wood*

Anyway, I haven't gotten much writing done recently. I did, however, manage to plot out all of chapter seven and eight last night. It was like the old days. I loved it. I have pages and pages of notes, and I'm once again excited to tackle my story.

As well, my Alpha read all of AHR the other day and really liked it. She pointed out a few spots that I already knew were trouble, but it was nice to have confirmation. None of the problems are big, and they'll be easy to fix when I do edits. Other than that, everything went smoothly. =)

I also finished all of my articles for the Celtic Hearts newsletter. I'm just waiting to hear back on a few things, then I'll be ready to submit them to Kimmy, who puts the newsletter together for us.

So what have you guys been up to? Any progress on your stories??  Are any of you planning on entering the Golden Heart this year?

Monday, November 12

My Weekend


This weekend my husband and I decided to have an impromptu date night. We went to Abuelos for dinner, and then we went and saw WRECK-IT RALPH. The movie was adorable. A fan of arcade games (like my husband) would love all of the detail they included. For me, I loved the plot and the characters. There were several instances where I almost cried, but overall the movie was upbeat and light-hearted. Once again, Pixar/Disney has made a film where you really cheer on the characters. You want Ralph to be a hero, and you want Vanellope to race. I highly recommend this movie.

The rest of our weekend was spent sitting around doing a whole lot of nothing. We did run a few errands, and the DH had a meeting on Sunday afternoon, but other than that... nothin'.

So what did you guys do this weekend?

Friday, November 9

Movie of the Week: Centurion




Rated: R
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Time: 97 Minutes
Release Date: 2010

Blurb:

CENTURION is a gripping survival set in early AD Britain. Quintus (Michael Fassbender), the sole survivor of a savage raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe out the terrifying tribes known as the Picts. When the Legion is ambushed on unfamiliar ground, and Virilus seized, Quintus faces a desperate struggle to survive behind enemy lines with a small band of soldiers in a race to save their general and evade capture, torture and certain death.

My Opinion:

I have always been fascinated by the legend of the Ninth Legion. For those who aren't familiar with the story, it is rumoured that the Ninth Legion marched north to fight the Picts and were never seen again. Nearly five thousand men--gone. Historians and archaeologists have searched all over northern Britain for evidence, but they've come across nothing. Of course, the lack of evidence has led to other scenarios, but none of them have held up under scrutiny.

For that reason, I was very excited when I found out the plot of CENTURION. Trust me when I tell you, it's a really good movie. The costumes are perfect, the cinematography is stunning, the music is moving, and the plot is fascinating. Since it isn't a big Hollywood film, the director was able to get away with a lot more violence. I know a lot of people don't like this, but it makes the movie feel quite accurate and real. None of the violence was overdone, so don't worry about that. Now, I will admit that I was worried about trying a low budget film, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is one of the best "medieval" movies I've seen in a very long time.

Trailer:


Wednesday, November 7

WIP Wednesday



Well, I haven't done one of these in a long time, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I'm not taking part in NaNoWriMo, but I am trying to push myself to write everyday. Of course, this hasn't worked out exactly as I'd planned, but I'm still trying to get into the swing of things. Over the past week, I've written just under 3000 words. It's not that much, and I wish I'd been more productive, but I'm trying to stay positive and look at the bigger picture.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I've also been working on my articles for the Celtic Hearts December newsletter. So far I've written three of the four I'd planned. I hope to finish that last one sometime this week =)

So how are your stories coming along??



Monday, November 5

My Office

So now that my townhouse is set up, I thought I would post pictures of my office space! My desk was a university graduation present from my husband--I love it! I also posted a picture of our spare room. We couldn't fit all of my books in the same room, so I had to put a bookshelf upstairs!









 I had to stand on a chair to get all of the books in the picture!










Thursday, November 1

November Releases


Reached by Ally Condie-- November 13
Young Adult Dystopian


Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole-- November 27
Paranormal Romance


A Christmas Bride & Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh-- November 27
Regency Romance
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