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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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, August 4, 2013

Movie Review - The Way Way Back (2013)





Liam James as Duncan

Toni Collette as Pam

Steve Carell as Trent 

Sam Rockwell as Owen

Allison Janney as Betty

AnnaSophia Robb as Susanna

Release Date July 26, 2013

Running Time:  103 minutes

Genre:  Comedy/ Drama

Directors & Writers:  Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material.

Brief Description:  Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Leslie's Trivia Notes

  • Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who both Wrote and Directed this movie, won an Academy Award, along with Alexander Payne, for Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants.  They also play employees at the Water Wizz water park in this film.
  • Liam James, who plays the teenage boy, Duncan, in this movie was also Young Shawn from 2006-2010 in one of our favorite TV shows - Psych.
  •  I compare this movie to Little Miss Sunshine (2006) as a drama with some comedy scenes.  I just realized that Toni Collette and Steve Carell are also in that movie too.
  • Who is Sam Rockwell and why haven't I seen any of his movies?  I remember when he played Chuck Barris in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in 2002 but I didn't see the movie.  He is amazing in The Way Way Back!

 I think that The Way Way Back and Mud are two of the best movies I've seen this year!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sharing My Story!

11 days ago I received an email from a lady named Eva who found me on twitter and loves my blog! She works for CancerTreatment.net, an online resource offering information and support to people suffering or recovering from cancer

She asked me if I would be willing to tell readers about my journey in a "Share Your Story" article on their website that currently attracts 18,000 visitors per month.

I said sure and started writing a series of article about my diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in November 2000, completing both Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment, declared in remission on May 17, 2001 and then life after cancer treatment.

Both articles are now on their website:

Surviving Lymphoma and Life's Challenges: Leslie's Story (Part 1) 


Surviving Lymphoma and Life's Challenges: Leslie's Story (Part 2) 

I hope sharing my story will inspire others.