Saturday, December 1, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 12.1.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Personal challenge: Holiday Movies (see list here)

2. Godiva masterpieces chocolate

3. Taylor Mac Holiday Sauce show at the Curran theatre - fabulous way to kick-off the xmas season



Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories
by May-lee Chai
-Short Stories, China | Goodreads

AND watched: on Netflix

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Director: Clay Kaytis
Writer: Matt Lieberman
Story by: David Guggenheim
Stars: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis
-Adventure , Comedy , Family, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

FUN one with Santa in the lead. Serious topics are thrown in and dealt with as well.

AND watched: on DVD

Christmas Cookies (2016)
Director: James Head
Writer: Robert Tate Miller
Stars: Jill Wagner, Wes Brown, P. Lynn Johnson
-Drama, Romance, Hallmark, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

A corporate agent is sent to a small town to buy a cookie company and shut down its factory. When she starts falling in love with the factory's owner, the town's Christmas spirit over takes her.

SMALL town cozy in this one.

Snow Bride (2013)
Director: Bert Kish
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Stars: Katrina Law, Jordan Belfi, Patricia Richardson
-Comedy , Family , Romance, Hallmark, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

Greta Kaine (Katrina Law) is always in search of juicy gossip. As a tabloid reporter of gossip in Los Angeles, it's her job to expose the rich and famous. So when word gets out that the late Senator Tannehill's sons might be proposing marriage at the families Big Bear compound during Christmas, Greta and her chief rival Wes (Tom Lenk) are challenged by their old-school editor to get the scoop. There's incentive to be the first, too -- the editorship of the magazine's new online incarnation. Greta's assistant tells her that Wes has a head start to snowy Big Bear, so she dashes to the mountain resort. When she mistakenly ends up as a guest of the family, she's in the middle of what could be her best story yet! However, she soon discovers that the family, including matriarch Maggie Tannenhill (Patricia Richardson) and caretaker Peters (Robert Curtis Brown) are more down-to-earth than she ever gave them credit for. Increasingly guilt-ridden about her game of subterfuge, Greta must make a decision: how far will she go for the sake of a story?

LOVED the chemistry and interaction with this couple.

AND watched: for Fall Film Challenge - six degrees from Kevin Bacon (here)

The Way (2010)
Director/screenplay: Emilio Estevez
Based on book: Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain by Jack Hitt
Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger
imdb | my rating: 4

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

Watched 11/27. Connection: Martin Sheen starred with Bacon in JFK.
Loved learning about the whole pilgrimage thing.


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