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Movie Monday (4) – Adrift

Pop some popcorn, sit back, put your feet up and tell us about the movie(s) you have seen this week!

My movie this week is a new release in the theatre that I checked out Saturday night while I was hanging out in Youngstown, Ohio – also know as military drill weekend. There weren’t a lot of movies showing, but the one that I had seen previewed recently had a show that fit my schedule and so after a great dinner at Appleby’s, I heading off to see it.

Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin is the true life story of Tami Oldhem and Richard Sharp who were sailing from Tahiti to San Diego in 1983 when they crossed paths with Hurricane Raymond. Adrift tells the story of their attempt at survival on a 44-ft yacht that had a broken mast, was flooding and had no food/water in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. For 41 days they were adrift before being rescued (don’t worry, these aren’t truly spoilers).

Both Shailene and Sam are actors who I have enjoyed seeing on screen before – Shailene in Big Little Lies (although I wasn’t a huge fan of the book to TV adaption in general) and Sam in The Hunger Games (mmm, yummy). I thought both of them did a great job of portraying their respective characters – Sam was very charismatic and if he was anything like the real Richard Sharp, I can see why Tami fell for him. There is something about his smile. Shailene had the footloose, fancy free woman down pat – I loved the first scene when she got to Tahiti and the immigration guy was like how long are you going to stay and she just said, “I don’t know” and smiled. She also managed to pull off the haunted, starving, stranded sailor – you could feel the desolation on the big screen. Especially with the scenes where the camera panned out from the sailboat to the vastness of the ocean where you could barely see the boat.

I can’t say that I loved this – mostly because it was tough to watch and I don’t see myself renting it on DVD when it comes out – but it was a decent movie to go and see on a free evening if you had some spare time. In fact, I don’t know if watching it on DVD would give you the feeling of just how big the ocean is.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in Movie Monday

 

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First Line Fridays – 18 May 2018

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books

Honestly, I wasn’t sure if i was going to do a post this week because its been a relatively slow reading week (meaning I’ve only finished 1 audiobook and that’s about it)…which is probably why I’m so far behind on my reading challenge for the year. But my first line Friday is from my current lunch book (aka, the book I carry in my bag because I can’t have my kindle in the office…)

“Regan?” Dr Lee arched an eyebrow and rested the tip of his pen against his pad. The ink slowly seeping into the paper, a small pool of blue against a yellow backdrop.

From: Life Unaware – Cole Gibson

From the Goodreads description:
Regan Flay has been talking about you.

Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother’s “plan” for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she’s ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school.

Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah.

The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend’s hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan’s going through, but what nobody knows is that Regan isn’t really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she’s barely holding it together under her mom’s pressure. But the consequences of Regan’s fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched…

Especially Regan Flay.

Thoughts:
so I’m about halfway through this book so far and its intriguing – because rarely do you see (at least in my experience) the bullying of a popular kid because of something that happened…admittedly the alternate titles Blacklistee or The Social Media Experience caught my eye and I want to see if they maybe fit better than Life Unaware (because from my observations so far, I don’t think Regan is really that unaware…i think she likes her place in the world and feels the pressure to maintain it)…but who knows…

What About You – what is the first line of the book you are reading today?

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2018 in First Line Fridays

 

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