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Movie Poster, image from IMDb.com

Movie Poster image from IMDb.com


Family Movie Night

 I get really excited when some of the Oscar movies start coming out to the home theater market.

 Because our life is pretty hectic with the kids’ schedule of activities getting out to the movies on a regular basis is pretty difficult. I am happy to be able to watch Dancing With The Stars on a regular basis.

 So imagine my happiness when I looked at the DVD release schedules to find that between this week and last, four movies that were nominated for Oscars are coming out.

 Last week, Country Strong starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a country singer making her comeback after a too short stint in rehab. She is a great singer and her husband, played by Tim McGraw, knows that the stage is the only place she can be happy.

Garret Hedlund stars as the rising singer she goes on tour with along with beauty queen-turned-singer Leighton Meister. I love country music, love Gwyneth and Tim McGraw and plan to watch this movie.

While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1only received nominations for its technical magic, I am looking forward to seeing this movie once more. I have been following the series since the first movie, have re-read the books and feel ready for the final movie.

 Harry, Ron and Hermione have left school to search for the final pieces to destroy Voldemort. Life has never been so tenuous or dangerous. Never have the stakes been higher. Oh, I am so looking forward to watching this flick with a huge bowl of popcorn.

 Yesterday saw the release of the DVD for Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents who are facing the loss of their young son by a sudden accident. It is a movie that will break your heart as these two people work to rebuild everything they knew to be true. I love these two actors and look forward to watching how two people deal with the ultimate grief and how they allow each other to grieve as well.

 On the same day the big winner at the Oscars, The King’s Speech, comes out as well. While my husband has no interest to see this movie, I cannot wait. Colin Firth has been a good actor for such a long time that his performances are rather seamless. It appears that he is not acting at all.

 He finally won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as the King of England who must get over his speech problem in order to be the reassuring voice his subjects need to hear. He is the king, their sovereign and he must appear to be confident. That is when the Queen finds a speech therapist who helps the King find his voice. Because I also love Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, my level of excitement is quite high. This last movie is best for younger family members (grade school and up) despite the momentary swearing that is used to help the king.

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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Family Movie Night

Dear Jane,

I wanted to drop a quick note to wish you a happy birthday. We won’t mention the year (235) or the fact you have been gone for nearly 200 years. If you are free, you are more than welcomed to stop by for some tea and cake. Just let me know what time you can make it. You need to have a discussion with the person who operates your Facebook page because your birth date is not listed.

Picture from Barnes and Noble.com

 I would love to discuss with you the current “Austenmania.” There are writers who are adding sequels to your novels, turning Darcy and Elizabeth or yourself into detectives and mashing your novels with horror genre monsters. My favorite makes you into a vampire. Plus, you get to have an affair with the most dashing man in English literature.

 Then there are the movies. So many handsome and wonderful men have been used to depict your romantic heroes. Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995) may be the most romantic version of this character. There is a scene in which he reads poetry to Marianne (not a scene from the book) that makes many of us modern women swoon.

 The BBC has put out new movie renditions of your books a few years ago and really outdid themselves. David Morrissey stars as Colonel Brandon, making me swoon in a completely different way. He was given the opportunity to duel a young man on-screen and it was wonderful.

 Colin Firth has been called the definitive Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries. He is quite delicious, especially the scene in which he swims in the lake right before meeting Elizabeth again at Pemberly (another scene not in the book). But there is a part of me that really loves Matthew MacFadyen’s version of Darcy from the 2005 movie starring Kiera Knightly as Lizzie.

Picture by Karyn Bowman

When you come for tea, I will show you the cup I found at a sale this summer that looks similar to one I saw in Persuasion (1995). Ciaràn Hinds is the good captain and I have never forgotten his looks at Anne when he thought she wasn’t looking. He uses a very similar cup during a conversation with Charles Musgrove.

 At this point of the column I usually discuss a Christmas movie to watch for the season. One of my old time favorites is A Christmas Carol (1951) starring Alastair Sims. The Sims version has a non-quantitative something about it that brings joy to the heart and thoughtfulness to the brain.

There are many versions of this story in movie form but the 1951 version is my favorite, completely suitable for all family members with just enough scary moments to remind us of the total joy of Christmas.

 It is based on a short story by Charles Dickens, a Victorian-era writer whose work seemed to constantly explore the theme of not having enough money or charitable spirit.

Picture from IMDb.com

 Another British movie set during the holidays in our modern times is Love, Actually and it stars various actors from the movies based on your books – Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Kiera Knightly.  It is a modern tale of several people discovering their way to love or through love. Liam Neeson is also in this movie and I find him quite yummy.

Please let me know if you can make it for tea. After recently re-reading Lady Susan, I suddenly realized that only Kate Winslet could play her at this time in a movie and we must discuss. If not, please let me wish you a happy birthday on the 16th.

Your sincerely devoted reader.

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I do a lot of writing for an online group. I try to work on a variety of story topics to keep my researching skills up to pare. Along the way I may find out information for a story that I cannot use which is a bummer because I find some interesting stuff. So today I thought I would share some of that ‘stuff.’

Parlez-vous français?

Map of Paris from Bois de Boulonge Campground, picture from mobilehome-paris.com.

Did you know you can actually camp out in Paris, France? It is possible for you to go to Bois de Boulogne Campground where there is tent, mobile home and camper sites. How cool is that? Plus, it is near the Champs Elysées so getting to central Paris is not difficult. It is advised to make your reservations ahead of time, especially during the summer month. The mobile homes on site are available year-round.

The website has flags on the left side to switch languages. Click on the British flag to get English or the French flag to practice your language skills. Find the website for Bois de Boulonge Campground at http://www.mobilhome-paris.com. The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau can be visited at http://en.parisinfo.com.

Route 66

Route 66 is the historic highway that goes from Chicago to California. One of

Route 66 Mural, picture courtesy of Pontiac Tourism Bureau

the earlier stops is in Pontiac, Illinois. This town has a pretty cool collection of murals throughout the town. I was sent this picture but was unable to use it with the story.

Pontiac has a variety of festivals throughout the year including the Threshermen’s Reunion over Labor Day weekend. Later in September they have a blue grass festival that sound very interesting. Anyway, here is a picture of one of the murals which I find very cool. I would like to give thanks to the Pontiac Tourism Bureau for allowing me to use it.

Evergreen Trees

Pine Tree, picture by Serious Fun

This one is more wonky than cool. But I became enamored with the idea that pine needles can stay on the tree for up to 30 years. Most do a 2-4 year run. The reason why has everything to do with the cuticle of the needle which protects the inside cells from the cold. Plus the spores of the bottom of the leaf are constantly collecting the energy the tree needs.

So that means the cells inside the pine needle do not freeze up during those cold storms and the leaf spores are still able to take in light to create food. How cool is that.

Wait, I have one more thing to share although it is nothing I learned doing research for an article.

I found out that there is a YouTube video of the scene in which Colin Firth

Colin Firth contemplating a bathe from Pride and Prejudice, 1995. Picture from IMDB.com

goes swimming in the lake at Pemberely in the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hasKmDr1yrA&feature=fvw). I have also learned that it has over 988,000 views. Doesn’t this moment deserve to be over a million?

Ok, now it is your turn to share some fun and or strange thing you know about. Do it in the comment area!

Karyn Bowman lives in Kankakee County with her outdoor writer husband and four children. Become friends with Karyn on Facebook.