If you want a tension driven movie, watch 127 Hours, based on Aaron Ralston’s book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Director Danny Boyle, of Slumdog Millionaire fame, puts you right there in the narrow canyon with your arm stuck by a huge bolder.
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I highly recommend this compelling story of an American journalist, Julia Jamond, who is asked to write an article about the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d’Hiv section of Paris. Julia becomes completely engaged in the story because her in-laws move into the apartment that ten-year-old Sarah lived in on the fateful night in 1942 when Sarah and family were forcefully taken from their home to be put in French camps and then to Auschwitz. You become absorbed in the story of young Sarah and her treasured key in 1942 and Julia and her family in 2002. Sarah’s Key is a book you cannot stop reading.
Start the New Year off with a great, easy to read book, This Year I Will. This is the motivational book to read to help make those resolutions become permanent, rather than on and off. M.J. Ryan helps you lock onto your unique formula for renovating your life!
In Daphne du Maurier‘s My Cousin Rachel, Philip Ashley falls for his mysterious cousin. Philip is in love with Rachel, but is she good or evil? Does Rachel really love Philip, or is she out to destroy him to get her hands on Philip’s fortune and the great Cornwall estate?
Chris Rock’s Good Hair is a fantastic documentary focusing on African-American hair. It’s funny, witty and interesting. There are compelling facts about real hair, fake hair and the hair industry as a whole. Chris Rock does a great job of educating and entertaining us at the same time.
Edward the King is a superbly acted, thirteen-part historical miniseries based on the life of Edward the 7th. ”Bertie” waited six decades before becoming king and then reigned for only nine years. Annette Crosbie as Queen Victoria is outstanding, as well as Timothy West as King Edward the 7th.
Michael Jackson’s This Is It is an homage to what a really superb entertainer Michael was. The music and dancing are fantastic, and the scope of what this concert production was going to be is exciting to see. I recommend you watch it in surround sound if you can!
Check out the movie Beulah Land, an epic dramatizing the lives of two passionate families during the early to mid 1800s in Georgia. Follow the Kendricks of Beulah Land and the Davises of Oaks Plantations as both families love, prosper and live during and after the Civil War.
Checkout this fantastic, soulful CD called Rockferry by Welsh singer Duffy. She has a retro-blues, 60′s sound. Duffy reminds me of Dusty Springfield or Lulu. All the tracks are simultaneously soothing and rhythmic. This unique, expressive singer will definitely beguile you.
Appaloosa, a western directed by Ed Harris, takes place in a dusty town suffering under rancher Randall Bragg, played by Jeremy Irons. Appaloosa officials hire two friends, renegade lawmen Virgil Cole and Everette Hitch, to arrest Bragg. The arrival of a young widow complicates relationships between all the menfolk.