Monday, May 26, 2008

Freaky Friday- The Skeleton Key

Welcome to this week's edition of Freaky Friday.

Today we take a look at The Skeleton Key starring Kate Hudson and Gena Rowlands.

After the death of her favorite patient Caroline Ellis leaves her nursing home position for a private nurse gig.

Located an hour outside of New Orleans, the plantation home of Violet and Ben Devereaux is decorated with antiques, eerie hallways, and secrets.

One step through the door lets you know this place isn't meant for strangers.

So grab a blanket, beer, and buddy.

They'll be waiting for you.

Wednesday Woman-Nicole Lyn

Welcome to this week's Wednesday Woman.

Today's spotlight shines on the beautiful, Nicole Lyn.

This actress lends eloquence to whatever role she tackles.

Beginning her career at the age of 9, Nicole Lyn has appeared on the series Ramona, Are You Afraid of the Dark and Student Bodies.

However, she made a big leap when co-starring in the Anne Rice mini-series, Feast of All Saints.

She plays the nearly white daughter of Cecile St. Marie and sister to Marcel.

The life of the tragic mulatto is traditionally laced with lies, self-loathing, and death.

Thankfully, Anne Rice puts a dramatic spin on the situation of being linked to two different society's and not finding peace within either.

Nicole Lyn shines as the emotionally tortured and envied beauty of the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour.

Through the course of the series Marie begins to awaken to the cruelties of life and the trap her multiracial genetics have given her.

Should she follow her heart or give in to the enslavement of being a white man's mistress, like her mother Cecile?

Only seeing this movie will give you the answer, but one thing is certain.

The survival of a vicious attack and betrayal toughens Marie up. It forces her to stand up for her beliefs and move forward in life.

So sit back, grab a snack, and celebrate the Feast of All Saints.

Carnivals Posted

Please go over to the Good News Film Reviews and check out the Carnival of Cinema. This week Scott is spotlighting my Wednesday Woman and Freaky Friday feature in case you missed it.

When you're done at Good News Film Reviews be sure to head over to Observations From Missy's Window to see what gems she has uncovered for her Movie Monday Carnival.

I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Monday Man-Robert Ri'chard

Welcome to this week's edition of Monday Man.

Today I'm spotlighting rising star Robert Ri'chard.

This young man is best known for his role on the show One On One.

However, he has appeared in My Wife and Kids, CSI: Miami, and Veronica Mars.

But it's his role as the privileged and oppressed Marcel St. Marie in Anne Rice's Feast of All Saints that makes him this week's pick.

Continuing with my feature on cinematic gems filmed in and around New Orleans, Feast of All Saints will satisfy your hunger for heat and hostility.

Set in 19th Century New Orleans, the lives of the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour are at the center of this tale.

Marcel's birth father, Magloire Dazincourt, the owner of the biggest sugar plantation of the south dies and leaves Marcel, his mother, and sister in the care of his cousin, Philippe Ferronaire (Peter Gallagher).

Soon after Phillippe takes Cecile St. Marie (Gloria Ruben) as his mistress and tells her he will see to Marcel's proper education in Paris.

Will Marcel get to the place he dreams of living?

Watch to see this mixture of lust, power, and prejudice that only the south could create.

Remember to check back for the Wednesday Woman feature on the beautiful lady who plays Marie St. Marie, Nicole Lyn.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Freaky Friday-Interview With The Vampire

Welcome to this week's edition to Freaky Friday.

The creepy flick of the week happens to be set in 18th century New Orleans.

Amidst a time of slavery, voodoo, and vampires, lurks the chill giving, Interview With the Vampire.

The film adaptation of Anne Rice's classic centers around two vampires named Lestat (Brad Pitt) and Louis (Tom Cruise).

Told through flashbacks, the story begins with Louis meeting and greeting his interviewer in a no-tell hotel.

Soon we find ourselves transported back to the brutal antebellum of New Orleans.

While mourning the loss of his wife and child, Louis searches for death and finds it one night in the form of Lestat.

Not long after their meeting, Lestat plants a masculine hickey on Lestat and the rest is history.

Heaving cleavage, repulsive rats and ruby red blood are awaiting you.

Bring a recorder and a crucifix for your Interview With the Vampire.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wednesday Woman-Jurnee Smollett

Welcome to this week's Wednesday Woman edition.

Today I'm spotlighting Jurnee Smollett.

Most of you are familiar with this rising diva.

She burst into the business with her siblings on the short-lived show On Our Own.

During her childhood she made appearances on Full House and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper.

However, this gifted girl made a name for herself co-starring with Lynn Whitfield and Samuel L. Jackson in Eve's Bayou.

Set in the surrounding Bayou communities of New Orleans, Eve's Bayou takes Father Knows Best and mixes it with the mysterious, sensuality of the deep South.

Samuel L. Jackson plays respected and philandering Dr. Louis Batiste. One night while playing doctor with a patient, his youngest daughter Eve (Smollett) witnesses the tryst. After sharing the news with her sister Cisely (Meagan Good) the shite hits fan.

Smollett's performance as the traumatized Eve tears at your heart, but keeps you wanting more.

Recently Jurnee Smollett could be seen on House M.D. and the Denzel Washington film The Great Debaters.

Little girl lost, hospital patient, and determined collegiate intellect, Jurnee Smollett's got the goods to get the job done.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pajama Party Flick Picks - May 13, 2008

Welcome to the May 13, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

The Whited Sepulchre presents 21 - The Blackjack Movie posted at The Whited Sepulchre, saying, "this is the only, and therefore the best, Blackjack movie I've ever seen."

Michael Law presents The Reason Why Oceans 13 Has an Asian-Themed Casino posted at Online Casino Blog.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday Man-Marlon Brando

Welcome to this week's edition of Monday Man.

Today's spotlight shines on the incredible Marlon Brando.

Marlon Brando was one of the most raw, talented actors to ever grace the stage or screen.

He has appeared in countless classics such as On the Waterfront, The Godfather, and my favorite, A Streetcar Named Desire.

Set against the backdrop of 1950's New Orleans, the passion and electricity of Brando's performance is evident from the time he walks in the room.

The animal attraction between Stanley (Brando) and Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter) ignites a true intimacy found in the mixed up relationships of people in love.

However, the forbidden fruit of Stella's emotionally sensitive sister, Blanche (Vivien Leigh), adds to the lunacy and lust of this Elia Kazan classic.

So hop aboard a Streetcar Named Desire and travel to a place of passion, mystery, and suspense.

New Orleans Features

Beginning today I will paying tribute to movies made in New Orleans. I will be visiting the area soon and would like to show off some cinematic gems to come out of this fabulous city.

First up will be Monday Man, spotlighting Marlon Brando.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Technical Difficulties

Hello to everyone who submitted something for the Pajama Party Flick Picks Carnival. I've been trying all day to get into my account and post the carnival. I've had no luck as of yet. But I'll keep trying. As soon as I can get to it, it'll be posted. I apologize for this inconvenience.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday Man-Javier Bardem

Welcome to this week's edition of Monday Man.

Today I'm spotlighting Javier Bardem.

Over the weekend I viewed the film adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera.

Javier Bardem stars as, Florentino, the tormented admirer of Fermina Dazza, played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno.

The two meet while in their early 20's and parental control quickly follows. Florentino's father, Lorenzo (John Leguizamo), forbids his daughter to marry such a young pauper and moves the family away.

During their time apart Florentino and Fermina become pen-pals. Upon meeting again Fermina rejects Florentino and opts for the rich doctor Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt).

Through the course of fifty years Florentino and Fermina's paths continuously cross. All the while Florentino carries a passionate flame of longing for the copulation of his body, mind, and spirit with Fermina.

Will these two get their elderly grooves on? I won't say.

Just know that with Bardem's natural ability to be his characters, Love in the Time of Cholera, will make you see that out of sight doesn't mean out of mind.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Pajama Party Flick Picks - May 6, 2008

Welcome to the May 6, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

presents Movie Review: The Hottie and the Nottie (2008) posted at The Critical Critics.

presents The Law of Attraction posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, saying, "We learn SO MUCH from these movies and our relationships to the stars."

Missy presents Movie Companions posted at Observations from Missy's Window, saying, "Am I alone if choosing favorite films as companions?"

presents Going To The Movie Theater To Watch A Movie Is Starting To Get Too Expensive posted at Money Blue Book.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Carnival Of Cinema is Posted

Please go check out the Carnival of Cinema posted over at Good News Film Reviews. There's a hilarious photo of Nick Swardson that can't be missed!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Wednesday Woman-Natalie Wood

Welcome to this week's edition of Wednesday Woman.

I'm spotlighting Natalie Wood.

Natalie Wood is one of my favorite actresses of all time. At the age of 12 my mother showed me one her favorite Wood movies, Splendor in the Grass. From that moment I was hooked.

Since viewing that Elia Kazan classic, I have grown to love Rebel Without A Cause, Inside Daisy Clover, and the holiday hit, Miracle on 34th Street.

Whenever viewing a Wood film you can see so much life and strength. Her eyes were one of her best attributes. Her deep gaze conveyed what was going on inside.

Unfortunately, I will never get the chance to meet Natalie, at least in this lifetime, because she tragically drowned on November 29, 1981, less than a month before I was born.

God Bless you Natalie Wood, wherever you are.

Pajama Party Flick Picks - April 29, 2008

Welcome to the April 29, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

There aren't any submissions to post, but check back next week to see the exciting submissions I've already received.

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