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I completed the 2016 Summer Program in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. I received a BS Degree in Radio/TV from ASU and a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing from UALR. As a Cancer Survivor and a Widow, I hope I can help others through my Blog http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/ Twitter @leslieinlr and Instagram @leslieinlittlerock accounts.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

My 2013 Oscar Predictions






Because the next new episode of Glee is about songs from movies - the name of the episode is "Girls (and Boys) on Film", will air on March 7, 2013, and features songs from hit movies, including "Footloose" and "Moulin Rouge", I couldn't pass up including a picture of Darren Criss (Blaine) wearing a tuxedo and singing "Come What May".


 My predictions are highlighted in bold. (I've seen 4 of the "Best Picture" nominees, and I've said since October that I think Argo will win!)


Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Q.2
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Q.3
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Q.4
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Q.5
Best Director
Q.6
Best Picture

Friday, February 22, 2013

Movie Review - Safe Haven (2013)






Starring:
  • Josh Duhamel as Alex
  • Julianne Hough asKatie

Release Date:  Thursday, February 14, 2013

Running Time:  115 minutes

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Romance

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writers: Leslie Bohem (screenplay), Dana Stevens (screenplay), and Nicholas Sparks (Novel)

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality

Brief Description: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.



Wow!

I've been a fan of Josh Duhamel since he stumbled onto "All My Children" as Leo du Pres (Vanessa's son) on November 22, 1999. I've continued to watch him in the TV show "Las Vegas" and movies such as "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton" and "Transformers". I also watched Julianne Hough in "Dancing With The Stars" and in the movie "Rock of Ages".  Together they are amazing in this movie based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks.

The film is set in North Carolina and the Cinematography is beautiful, the casting is wonderful, and all the actors, including the two children, do a great job.

I'll warn you that I cried at the end of this movie, but I still loved it!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Movie Review - The Impossible






Starring:
  • Naomi Watts as Maria
  • Ewan McGregor as Henry
  • Tom Holland as Lucas
  • Samuel Joslin as Thomas
  • Oaklee Pendergast as Simon

Release Date:  Friday, January 4, 2013

Running Time:  114 minutes

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Writers: Sergio G. Sanchez (screenplay) and Maria Belon (story)

Rating:  PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity.

Brief Description: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.



"The Impossible" is a very intense and emotional movie and is the true story of a family of five from Spain that were separated in the tsunami that hit Thailand during Christmas 2004. The movie is based on the book written by Maria Belon and is an account of how she and her husband and three young sons found themselves fighting for survival during a natural disaster which killed 240,000 people in 14 countries.

I'm not sure why, but in the movie the family is from England, living in Japan while they are on vacation in Thailand. During several movie reviews I read, there was speculation that the family was changed from Spanish to English because it would be more marketable to English speaking countries.

The special effects in this movie, along with the acting and cinematography is outstanding. It also contains a very good performance by newcomer Tom Holland as Lucas, the oldest son.

It's a hard movie to watch, but is worth it in the end.