Posts Tagged With: The Vow

Movie Review: According to Me

That last part of that title was kind of redundant. Who else would the movie reviews be by? It is my blog after all…

But I digress.

You guys know that I was super pumped about seeing “The Vow,” especially after reading the book. <If you haven’t seen it yet, then no worries…no true spoiler alerts here!> After seeing it, here’s my official review:

Basically the only correlation between the book and the movie is the fact that there was a car accident (even the details of that are incredibly different) and that she lost all memory of her husband. A few threads running throughout the movie point back to the book, but even those take such a different twist that it’s really just a hint. I guess that’s what they meant by “inspired by true events.”

I’m going to go ahead and put it out there that I think the book is better. But you should also know that I almost always think the book is better. Even so, the plus side to them being basically two totally different stories is that you can enjoy both of them on their own!

So if you are looking for a faith-based, inspiring story of a couple who truly honored the “for better or worse” part of their vows…then go with the book. You’ll be challenged for sure.

If you are looking for a sweet love story with a little heartbreak & tears <both the happy and the sad kind!> with a beautiful actress and a fine lookin’ hunk of an actor…then go with the movie. You may be a little frustrated with the ending though, so be warned! 😉

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Got another one for ya. Any fans of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich? I got into the books this past fall when a couple of friends recommended them, and in the time since I’ve read all 18. <They are pretty quick, brainless reads…everything I’m looking for in a during the school year read.>

I must admit that I’m kind of a little embarrassed to say that I’ve read all of these books. Once you figure out the plot, they are pretty much all the same antics. And they can get kinda scandelous. <But not supa’ scandelous. There are far more raunchy reads in the back of a Cosmo magazine. Not that I would know about that either…bahaha!>

Anyway, I found out that my father-in-law reads the series also, so when they were down a few weeks ago I invited him to go to see “One for the Money” with me. It’s based on the first book, and I needed a fellow Stephanie Plum fan to go with me. <Of course we also tagged along the mother-in-law and husband. They were real troopers, especially afterwards when he and I were breaking everything down.>

Here’s our review: Not a bad representation of the book…although I definitely had my doubts in the beginning about the characters. No one was quite as “big” as I thought they should be…some in size, some in personality. The movie ended up combining books one and two, so I’m not sure where they’ll go from here as far as movies go. It was fun to see it all play out on the silver screen. Would you be surprised if I said I liked the books better though? 😉

All that to say, it’s definitely worth redboxing, even if you aren’t familiar with the series.

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And finally, a book recommendation for you…because the first movie is coming out sometime this summer I think. From the previews I think it actually looks pretty right on, but I imagine it will be hard to compete with the descriptive writing of the series.

Maybe you’ve heard of it…the “Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins. If you’ve heard about it but haven’t been sure about whether or not you want to read it, then at least give it a try. If you haven’t heard about it…then google it now! I’ll even help you out…www.google.com. I would give you the link to the website, but you might want to check out some of the other reviews and such. 😉

So, so, so good…I didn’t expect to like it nearly as much as I did!

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Agh…why are you still here reading my blog?! Go go go…you’ve gotta read this series!

KEEP CALM & READ IT NOW!

P.S. – No pressure or anything. *wink*

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One Wild Weekend…Part 1

What happens when you take 3 girls from small town America <okay, semi small town America. I’ve lived in smaller.> and drop them into downtown Dallas?

In short…they get lost, forget that they have to pay for parking, get lost again, miss their concert, get lost again, end up in a part of town way out of their league, get lost again…and basically, have a *fantastic* time together! 😉

I’m going to break this little 24 hour adventure down into two posts, because a lot when down in a short amount of time. I wish I had pictures to back some of this stuff up…but I don’t. 😦 Sad day.

<And, just so that I don’t build this up into something too big and you start getting female images of “The Hangover” in your brain, let me assure you…it’s nothing like that.>

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2:ish – L, R, and I meet up at my house, suitcases in tow. There was a brief conversation about whether or not to bring my GPS, but we decided we should be fine with just our iPhones. Famous last words.

4:ish – We arrived at our hotel in Dallas with no problemos, and ended up being a pretty swank La Quinta. Oh yeah. That’s how we roll…

Turns out while the hotel was swank, the area it was in qualified as skank.  As in an establishment called “Beamers” right next to us with no windows & a “VIP” entrance. Think that one through…yuck!

5:ish – After sitting around talking for an hour or so <and watching a bird fly / crash right into our hotel window> we decided we probably should head towards the AA Center to get our tickets for the concert. In hind sight, we probably should have left before rush hour…oops.

I think on this leg of the trip we got turned around 1…2…3…potentially 4 times. But we made it there, and that’s what mattered!

6:ish – Our plan when we got to the AAC was to buy our tickets then find a nearby restaurant within walking distance to grab a bite to eat. Sounds great right? Well, it would have been…but a thousand people or so decided to thwart our plans by lining up hours before the concert started and preventing us from just “grabbing our tickets.” So rude…*wink*.

Then there was the little matter of parking…us country folk forget that in the big city you have to pay to park. 😛 Luckily we found a small lot that didn’t look to scary and only cost $10.

And then my iPhone died. That will be important to remember when we start trying to drive again.

At this point we’ve decided against standing in that long line. Did I mention that it was windy and cold? No thank you…and besides that, there’s no way the AA center could sell out right?

Eating sounded like a much better plan, so we decided to go north…or should it be south? No, North. For sure. Actually, I think it should have been South. Here we go again! It took crossing one intersection 3 or 4 times & asking for directions in a different restaurant to finally get us going in the right direction. We finally found a gourmet TexMex restaurant called “Luna de Noche”…the reviews according to the iPhone said “$$$,” but we were hungry and it sounded good…so we gave it a chance.

After taking a look at the menu we decided to go with drinks & appetizers, so we ordered guacamole (the kind they make at your table), queso, and a sampler platter. All of it was supa’ delicious…we just laughed & talked & ate the evening away.

In the meantime we were getting texts from the friends we were supposed to meet at the concert…”almost here”…”long line”…”do you want us to get your tickets” <we said no; thought we’d be heading that way soon>…”we can’t find 6 seats together”…should’ve been our clue that maybe the AA center could indeed sell out. 😛

As we wrapped up our meal I went to the ladies room & found a delightful hand scrub available for a mini-hand massage. It really felt pretty wonderful, so of course I had to tell the girls & make another trip so that they could try it too. You know how girls are!

If only we could have left on that happy note…instead we left with our wallets quite a bit lighter & a $90 ticket that made our jaws drop! $30 a piece…that’s not bad for appetizers right? 😉

8:ish – Bundled back up & walked a few blocks back to the AA Center. Started saying “Hum…wonder why all those people are walking away?” Oh, well that would be because it turns out that the AA Center not only can sell out, but it did. Boo. Looks like no concert for us. 😛

Unlike some of the other locked-out concert goers, we decided against standing there with our faces pressed against the glass & decided to try and find a nearby movie theater instead. “The Vow” was just released & we couldn’t think of a better girl movie for a girls night out!

We sucessfully found the car, used the handy iPhone to find a nearby theater, R manuevered like a pro to get us out of the tiny parking space, and we’re off! Well, not quite. More like…and, we’re locked in! Oh yes, the gate to our parking lot was shut & chained…but luckily not locked. Never imagined I’d be having to get out and open a gate in downtown Dallas, but I guess being a country girl ended up paying off…

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So that’s where I’ll leave this story. Me shutting the gate, the 3 of us about to head off unto the wild yonder with full bellies, one iPhone, and a plan. <If that’s what you could call it… ;)>

What about your weekend? Did you go on any wild adventures?

KEEP CALM & REMEMBER…IT’S A MONDAY – DON’T GO WITHOUT YOUR GPS!

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