Friday, September 28, 2012
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
About The DVD:
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
(Snyopsis courtesty of Fox Searchlight)
I adore English actors, and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is chalk-full of some of the best, mature English actors and actresses in the business. Combine the stellar cast with a fascinating story, and you have a winner of a movie, in my book!
Judi Dench leads this cast that includes Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkerson, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Ronald Pickup. The seven play retirees who travel to India, seeking various things from a cheaper place to live, a cheaper hip-transplant, a new adventure, an old love, a love of any kind.
The environment they find themselves in at slightly run-down The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, run by a hilarious, but senstive Sonny (Dev Patel of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Last Airbender"), is not quite what they expected, but as they adapt to the new surroundings, the older folk soon find themselves enjoying the new culture they have discovered.
|Judi Dench, Tom Wilkerson and Bill Nighy|
As in any ensemble movie, there are several stories within the story, and with some movies it can be confusing to keep up with who, what, when and where - but with this film, director John Madden keeps the action rolling smoothly and the intersections of the stories on track so that the viewer can enjoy each story as it comes along. And I, for one, appreciate that!
The location of the movie, Jaipur, India, was interesting, the various stories were touching and mesmerizing, and the acting was superb. It's just simply a great movie!
|Judi Dench with Indian girls|
I highly recommend "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" as a lovely way to spend an evening enjoying a quality film.
Here is the trailer for the film -
My views of this film are my own. I was not compensated for my opinions.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
This product review will be a little different - This time around I will be comparing the new "Bic For Her" ballpoint pens with the Impressions ball point pens from The Write Dudes.
When the "Bic For Her" pens were first introduced to the market, there was a bit of a hubbub about the fact that these pens were being marketed to women. The reviews on Amazon.com alone were over-the-top - most were kind of funny and some were snarky - but when it comes right down to it, why shouldn't the company go for the women's market when it comes to writing instruments. I dare say that women are among the top percentage of buyers of pens, so why shouldn't there be a line of attractive merchandise available that would appeal to women.
That being said, I decided to try out these "girly" pens to see how they performed.
I picked up a package of the "Bic For Her" pens, as well as a package of The Write Dudes' Impressions ball point pens that are similarly packaged towards a feminine market.
Here is what I found:
"Bic For Her" ball point pens:
Description: (From the www.bicworld.com website)
BIC® for Her: A ball pen essentially for women!
- Retractable ballpoint pen
- Medium point: 1.00mm
- Fun comfort grip
- Modern design
Price: $2.50 for two pens
The "Bic For Her" pens are attractive with the pink and purple color selection with nice floral detailing.
The slightly padded grip was comfortable. The ink flow was just ok - the black ink was a little light for my taste. The writing tip was a little sharp for my taste.
My personal opinion - while nice looking writing instruments, the overall price of the "Bic For Her" pens is prohibitive considering the performance of the pen.
The Write Dudes' Impressions ball point pens:
Description: (from the www.boarddudes.com website)
These 3 Gripz Petite pens are stylish retractable ballpoint pens that are excellent writing utensils that are always handy to have around. With comfort grips and stylish designs along the barrel, you can write well and in style too! Each pen has a 1.0mm point for detailed work and handy clips on the sides to attach them to your notepad, shirt pocket or more.
- 3-Pack of Gripz Petite retractable ballpoint pens
- Black ink
- Barrels come in different colors and a stylish design
- Large clip for easy attachment to notepads, shirts, or more
- Great for home, work or school
These pens are marketed as being "mini" in size, but they were actually only about an inch smaller than the "Bic" pens. I liked the way the pens felt in my hand - I felt like I had better control of the instrument while writing.
The ink flow of these pens is excellent - smooth and even. And I liked the dark impression the tips left in the writing samples.
The padded grip was soft and relaxing to the hand. The floral designs on the clips were attractive as well. The pens can also be hooked to a lanyard through the loop opening at the top of the clip.
My personal opinion - I enjoyed writing with these pens very much, and would recommend them highly. They are very worthy of the inexpensive price, plus the fact that you get three pens instead of two makes a difference as well.
I give the "Impressions" pens from The Write Dudes my highest recommendation.
I purchased these items for my personal use. I was not compensated for my opinion.
ABOUT THE MOVIE:
This heartwarming movie tells the story of a local war hero whose son goes off to war. His new wife brings Christian, his first son, in to the world while the young hero is away at war earning medals for valor. However, the tragedy that ensues on a cruel battlefield will change everyone's life forever as Tom Revere is laid to rest giving his ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
Fourteen years pass and the young baby grows to be a teenager (Christian Revere) who, with his mother (Carrie Revere), comes back to the small town of Mount Columbus nestled in the Rocky Mountains during the holiday season to be with his family. Christian disconnects with his grandfather (Bob Revere) as they both are going through the pain of losing a Dad and the loss of a son by Bob. In this beautiful story of love and forgiveness, they discover a way to unite and to make a difference in their community by claiming their freedom of expression. (courtesy of IMDB.com)
Overall, the message of the movie is one that will resonant with many during this heated political time. Bob Revere’s belief is that our country’s freedoms were won by sacrifice, hard work and persistence, and should be held dear.
This movie does have its flaws – the acting is sometimes stilted and the dialogue between teens and adults is at times stiff and contrived. It’s not believable. And there are a few disturbing war scenes that will be hard to watch for some.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone needing an extra jolt of what it means to be an American! Yes, it's emotional, but maybe that's what is needed now more than ever!
Here is the movie trailer promoting the film :
I was not compensated for my opinions featured here in regards to this film.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
This is the first Skynyrd Album that does not include the late/great Billy Powell on keyboards and his honky-tonk styling is sorely missed. However, his replacement, Peter Keys does a good job of playing keyboards. It’s just not Billy though.
I highly recommend this album!
My thanks to Roadrunner Records for supplying the review copy of this album. I was not compensated for my opinion.
Friday, September 14, 2012
I love to keep my house smelling good, and I love trying out new scents - so when I saw that Renuzit Air Freshners had a new line of chocolate dessert inspired air freshners - well, I just had to check them out!
About The Product:
Creme Brulee, Chocolate Covered Cherries, and Red Velvet Cake will fill your home with a delicious scent of fresh baked cake. Part of the new Tempting Indulgences™ Collection.
Renuzit® Adjustables are easy to use. Simply adjust the cone height to release the right amount of fragrance to banish odors and leave behind a clean, refreshing scent. Renuzit® Adjustables come in many exceptional fragrances that will transform any room - Freshness For Pennies a Day®. It's an affordable way to give any room a refreshing new scent.
These are absolutely YUMMY smelling! I purchased all three scents and have scattered throughout the house and it smells like a delicious chocolate factory in here!
They smell GREAT!
The design is interesting - black cone covers with lovely pictures of the scent they represent. The black makes them a little more inconspicuous.
The price is reasonable - I paid $1.18 for them at Wal-mart.
They don't last quite as long as I would like them to - they average about 2 weeks before they are dried up. The scent lingers for a bit longer though.
I wouldn't recommend them for use in the bathroom area - if you know what I mean - wink, wink!
I will use them and I recommend them!
Renuzit is offering a coupon on their website for these air freshners! Go grab ya one!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"Starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoë Saldana, the layered romantic drama "The Words" follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it.
As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words."
Clear as mud, right? Ok, here are the good points and the bad points, as I see them ...
Ben Barnes was excellent in his role as the "Young man" to Irons' "Old man" character.
The ending left me wondering "what the heck did I just see here?" It was almost like they broke for a commercial, and I sat there waiting for the show to come back with the real ending.
I was not compensated for my opinion featured here regarding this movie.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
I love nail polish - always have since I was old enough to be allowed to use it!
But I am not the most patient woman in the world, and I hate sitting around waiting for my nails to dry! So I was thrilled to find that Sally Hansen has a new line of Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color.
About the Product:
Nail color covers in just one coat, brilliantly. The Perfectionist Brush™ contours to any nail, so color always glides on precisely, quickly, flawlessly. And, the exclusive Flexiglass Complex combines beautiful, brilliant shine and super-strong wear. So simple, so Sally.
Dries in 60 seconds
|Insta-Dri brush in pink - OPI brush in purple|
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
As I was wandering the aisles of Walmart recently, a huge display of DVDs in the electronics department caught my eye. It featured Mill Creek Entertainment's latest releases, "The Decade You Were Born." They were $5 each, so I picked up the one dedicated to my decade, the 60s.
About The DVD:
Ever wonder what life was really like the decade you were born? What were the most popular movies? How much did a gallon of gas cost? What technological innovations were developed? Who were the most notable public figures? Which political events occurred that shaped the nation? What news headlines forever changed history?
These questions and more are revealed in this delightful chronicle of fun and fascinating pop-culture highlights of the era. Prepare to go “back in the day…” with this nostalgic and entertaining series that captures the life and times in America during “The Decade You Were Born.”
If you were born in the '60s, your decade opened with John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States … Over 850,000 “war baby” students entered college as freshman … the cartoon The Flintstones appeared on Television for the first time … Chubby Checker started a new dance craze with the sensational Twist … the U.S. men’s ice hockey team won gold in the winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, California … and Alan Shepard made the first U.S. space fight.
A Complete Feature Film – The Over-the-Hill Gang - Starring Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Chill Wills, Andy Devine and Jack Elam
A Complete TV Episode – Bonanza: Day of Reckoning – Guest Star: Ricardo Montalban
Five Classic 1960's TV Commericals
Five genre-spanding Movie Trailers that were released in the 1960's
I would have loved to have seen more about the pop culture at the time - the music, television in it's early days, and fashions. And while the front of the DVD states that there is nearly 4 hours of nostalgic entertainment, the documentary itself was only about an hour long. The other 3 hours came from the feature-length film, "The Over-The-Hill Gang," which was a hoot to see again, and an episode of Bonanza. There were also some movie trailers from back in the day, as well as examples of commercials that ran then.
It was a great way to spend a quiet night at home, and for the $5 price, it was well-worth the trip down memory lane. There are also DVDS for the 40s, 50s, 70s, and 80s.
I give it a good recommendation.
Here is a short example of what was included on the DVD.
For more information on this video series, and other interesting DVD available, check out Mill Creek Entertainment's website at www.millcreekent.com
I purchased this DVD for my personal library. I was not compensated for my opinion.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Product Review - Savannah Bee Company Tea Honey Plus for Weekend Cooking - a delicious recipe for Honey Peach Pie!
I love tea, and I love honey - so when I learned of a honey that is great for tea, well, I was intrigued!
The Savannah Bee Company has developed a honey that is perfect for that warm cup of tea, or even a big ol' chilled glass!
About The Product:
Savannah Bee Company Tea Honey is 100% pure varietal honey carefully chosen to be the perfect sweetener in fine tea without overwhelming its delicate flavors and fragrance. Versatile enough for spicy Chai, aromatic Green Earl Grey, or a bold mug of Irish Breakfast, it's also a surprising twist in lemonade or minty mojitos.
The first thing that caught my eye about this honey is how beautifully light-gold it is, like liquid sunshine. And then I opened this delectable little treat, and dipped my finger in for that first taste (yes, I used my finger!) and I realized - this is what sunshine would taste like if you could taste it!
The honey is light, but flavorful and fragrant with sweetness without being too strong. I tried this honey in my favorite Twinings Black Currant tea, and was impressed with how fast it dissolved - just a few swishes of the spoon and you're ready to drink! And the sweetening was just about perfect - 1 generous spoonful for a cup was just right!
I highly recommend this product!
Be sure to check out the Savannah Bee Company website (www.savannahbee.com) for more information on their wide range of honeys and other products!
While you're at their website, be sure to stop by the recipe section - I found this delicious recipe that I tried out with great success with the family! I used my Tea Honey in place of the Orange Blossom Honey, and regular peaches instead of white ones and it was just lovely!
Honey Peach Pie
7-8 fresh white peaches, peeled and sliced in small wedges
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 cup orange blossom honey
1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 prepared pie crusts (store-bought or home made)
Place peaches in a bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice. In another bowl, combine sugar, nutmeg, honey, cinnamon, and flour. Mix with fruit and add small pieces of butter. Place in one pie crust, place the other pie crust on a plate, cut into 1-inch wide strips. Make lattice crust, placing horizontal strips first, then vertical. Flute edges. Bake pie in 350 degree F oven for about 50 minutes, till peaches are tender and bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool. Serves 8.
Recipe courtesy of Savannah Bee Company website.
I received a sample bottle of Tea Honey from the company for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Today, I'm thrilled to announce the beginning of a new blog venture!
Movies, Music and More by Sharon will be a place where I can review the many things that I enjoy, and I hope that you will enjoy learning about as well!
From movie reviews to cd reviews, from dvd reviews to product reviews, I plan to share some of the new and fun things that I find fascinating. And you can be assured that if it appears here, I've seen it, heard it, or tried it first hand! My motto is "Real reviews from a Real reviewer!"
I've got some big plans for the upcoming weeks, and I hope that you'll check back often, and tell your friends about this new little piece of my blog world.
Thanks for stopping by!