Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)

I had previously published a Top 5 Romantic Novel list in 2015. This is my list for 2017. The only constant is The Deception of the Emerald Ring; which I clearly like quite a bit.  1. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen I am not sure what all I can say about this novel other than that I think it [...]

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Movie Review: Assassin’s Creed

Director: Justin Kurzel Rating: PG-13 Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons Screenplay: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, & Bill Collage Based On the Video Game by: Patrick Desilets, Corey May, & Jade Raymond Music By: Jed Kurzel Cinematography: Adam Arkapaw Running Time: 115 Minutes Premiered: December 14, 2016 (USA) DVD Release (USA): March 21, 2017 [...]

Top 5 Disney Animated Films

Robin Hood (1973) I have very fond memories of watching this film at a friend’s house as a child. Whenever I visited, we watched this movie. I am fairly confident that I watched Robin Hood about 900 times before my fourteenth birthday. What I enjoy about this adaptation is the excellent dialogue and the dream-like [...]

Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Themes Explored: fantasy, escapism, luck, wits, endurance, slavery, foolishness and folly, patriotism, society and class, injustice, wisdom, knowledge, technology, modernization, the supernatural, magic, wizardry, romance, adultery, betrayal, satire Summary: A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire. (From Goodreads) Review: I love King Arthur stories, the adventure, [...]

Daphne du Maurier-Frenchman’s Creek

Themes Explored: romance, fantasy, lust, escape, rebellion, womanhood, piracy, love, hate, tolerance, husband-wife dynamics, children, fishing, loyalty Summary: Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape. When chance leads her to meet [...]

Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

Director: Denis Villeneuve Rating: PG-13 Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Screenplay: Eric Heisserer Based On the Short Story by: Ted Chiang Music By: Jóhann Jóhannsson Cinematography: Bradford Young Running Time: 116 Minutes Premiered: November 11, 2016 (USA) DVD Release (USA): February 14, 2017 Synopsis: When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics [...]

Children’s Books With Strong Male Characters

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children's books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young men and boys in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order:  The Chronicles of [...]

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Movie Review: Passengers (2016)

Director: Morten Tyldum Rating: PG-13 Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen Screenplay: Jon Spaihts Music By: Thomas Newman Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto Running Time: 116 Minutes Premiered: December 21, 2016 (USA) Synopsis: The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has [...]