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Family Movie Night


by Karyn Bowman


The other night I knew what movie I wanted to watch once the kids were in bed.


It was a movie meant for adults that was bad but funny. And it was not available.


That almost ruined the night for me until I realized I could watch something else I had wanted to see.


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sitting on the shelf. I wanted to see this movie ever since it came out in the theaters but there was always a reason why we could not get out.


Poster Image from IMDb.com

There were family activities or I knew I was tired or… Plenty of excuses. This time there would be no excuses. I knew going in that we would have to get the littler kids up to bed because there was no way I was letting them watch an ‘R’ rated movie. I did allow my 15-year-old to stay but he grew tired and went to bed about ½ hour in.


The story is about an investigative journalist (Daniel Craig) who has been disgraced and forced to use up his life savings because of a story he wrote about a rich man who may or may not have had ‘connections.’ That is when he is offered a job with a rich industrialist family to write a memoir.  


But in reality he is looking for the lost niece of his employer. She disappeared 40 years prior and has never been found. No one knows what ever happened to her and the uncle wants that mystery solved.


At the same time we are following a young woman (Rooney Mara) with a large tattoo, lots of piercings and a strange haircut. We see her meet with an official who makes her give him favors she does not want to give. We see that she is a gifted researcher who has a broken soul.


Eventually, the two come together when the reporter realizes he needs an assistant and the one he wants is the one who did a background search on himself. These are two people who are intense researchers, intense thinkers who connect on this case as neither expected.


This movie is based on the novel and Swedish film of the same name. There is a constant darkness and feeling of doom. The sets are stark but not overly so. The pace of the movie is slow as we learn the story and get to know the key players. There are stark moments of violence as well as passion. I loved the dialogue, the way the characters were different from what I expected.


For those who love foreign movies or those with a European flair, this is an excellent choice. Be aware before you rent it that there is some heavy duty swearing as well as some intense sex scenes. Our heroine is not a perfect soul but she is brave.


The more I think about the movie the more I admire The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.



Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.


It is that time of the month again to talk about books that one would classify as chick lit.

I have been doing this reading challenge set up by Chick Lit Plus and it has been a blast to make myself read some new books. Thanks to Samantha for hosting this challenge.

This month, I chose It Takes a Witch By Heather Blake. Heather is a part of the Deadly Divas, a group of mystery writers who know how to put on their boas and have fun. I get regular postcards with book covers on them. I think they make great art for my refrigerator so I will remember to go buy the books.

While this book is not by a new author, it is the first in her new Wishcraft mystery series. Heather normally write under the name of Heather Webber.

Book cover image from Barnes&Noble.com

The story takes place in Salem, Mass, home of all things wonderfully witchy. What visitors to Enchanted Village do not know is that this is one of the few places where crafters live together, knowingly.

Merriweather sisters, Darcy and Harper, have recently moved in with their Aunt Ve after learning that their mother was a crafter. It was a fact their father never wanted the girls to know. But since his recent death, Aunt Ve told the girls the truth about their mother –  and themselves. They decide to leave Ohio to live with Aunt Ve and figure out the next part of their lives.

We meet Darcy as she is to play the tooth fairy, complete with a pink tutu and glitter. But soon Darcy is on the heels of a mystery when a prickly young woman is found dead in the back alley and the mayor of the town is holding the gun. That he is also Aunt Ve’s boyfriend makes things more personal.

Darcy is slowly learning the ways of a wish crafter, making new friends, and working out clues in order to save her aunt’s beau. A complication in all of this is Nick Sawyer, a former police officer Darcy wishes she was not attracted to because she is still recovering from her divorce of two years back.

I read this book in a day and loved every moment. Ok, most moments but I wanted to read more. The characters were fun, and the witchiness was not played too cutely, although when the whole town is set up for it, how can it not?

Most mysteries give away the clues and you are left catching up to the character. But this time, I was nowhere near to close. And there is a surprise at the end that you may not have guessed at all.

Since this is the first in a series, I know I am going to pick up more of these books as I can. When the next book comes out in September of this year, I will be ready and waiting.

Have you read anything new recently?