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Dec 14, 2018

The Friday 56: Mind Games


Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
 Add your (url) post below in the Linky at:
Add the post url, not your blog url.

Warm afternoon rain mixed with frosty November air, causing an eerie mist to cover the area.

page 56, Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

  My Thoughts

Book Blogger Hop: December 14th - 20th

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This week's question is submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

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Dec 13, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide: 365-Day Devotional Journals

Trying to come up with the perfect idea for a Christmas present isn't the easiest task in the world, especially if that particular family member or friend already has just about anything imaginable.

Today, I am recommending three 365-Day Devotional Journals from Ellie Claire. A devotional journal includes a daily Bible verse or quote from a famous person and a few paragraphs inspired by the verse or quote on each daily page. Additionally, there are blank lines which you can write down your thoughts or prayers.

The three journals are:

Peace Begins with Me
 (Retail: $18.99)

Barnes & Noble; Amazon

The Earth Is the Lord's, and Everything In It
 (Retail: $16.99)

Barnes & Noble; Amazon

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
(Retail: $16.99)

Barnes & Noble; Amazon

Final Thoughts

Dec 10, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme 
hosted by The Book Date.

What Am I Currently Reading?

I didn't get any reading done last week. My grandmother had fell and broke her right hip. She was admitted to a hospital in the city and had hip replacement surgery. She's doing really good. Today, she was transferred to the local hospital to begin 3 weeks of physical therapy. We haven't made the decision whether or not she should be allowed to live by herself again. She has showed signs of dementia in recent months. We're going to wait and see how her therapy goes.  

Books on my agenda this week are The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller and Mind Games by Nancy Mehl. Also, I would like to read more of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.

DVD Review: Stan Lee and Kevin Smith Save the World!

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon

Just like many other comic books fans, I was heartbroken when the legendary Stan Lee passed away last month. Shortly after learning about his death it dawned on me that I own a copy of the DVD "Stan Lee & Kevin Smith Save the World!" which was released by Mill Creek Entertainment in 2017.

The DVD includes:

An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002; Not Rated; 234 minutes) - Director/Actor Kevin Smith appeared at several American universities in 2001 and 2002 to answer questions from college students about film making. He also shares stories with them.

An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006; Not Rated; 239 minutes) - Split into parts by cities, Kevin Smith heads to Toronto and London for a Q&A with his fans, where he talks about his films.

Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and Marvels (2002; Not Rated; 95 minutes) - Filmed in February 2002, Kevin Smith talks in-depth to comic book legend Stan Lee at a comic book store in Santa Monica, California, where Stan Lee discusses creating Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Fantasy Four, and other superheroes. The documentary is presented in two parts and features rare photos and iconic images.

Final Thoughts

Dec 9, 2018

Sunday Post: December 9, 2018

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @  Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Morning, Everyone!

My Current Reads!

It's been a really stressful week for me. My 77-year-old grandmother fell and fractured her hip; resulting with her being sent to a hospital in the city, where she had surgery. She's supposed to be transferred to the local hospital sometime tomorrow, where she will start rehabilitation therapy for three weeks. I'm doubtful if she'll ever be allowed to go home, she's showing signs of dementia.

I haven't had any free time to read. Books on my agenda this week are: The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miler and Mind Games by Nancy Mehl. And, yes, I'm still reading American Mirror: The Life and Art of Normal Rockwell.


Last Week's Reviews

(Blu-ray Review)

(Blu-ray Review)

(DVD Review)

(Midnight Horror Review)

The Lucille Ball Collection
(Holiday Gift Guide)

The Fastest Guns of the West
(Holiday Gift Guide)

Kit Kat & Lucy
(Holiday Gift Guide)


In The Mail

Blu-ray Review: The Awesomes: The Complete Series

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon

If you're getting tired of the kid friendly superhero movies and television series, then look no further as The Awesomes: The Complete Series ($29.98; TV-14; 11 hours 8 minutes) is on available on to own Blu-ray, courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment. A digital code is included which an only be redeemed at:

Created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, The Awesomes was animated superhero show for adults that aired on Hulu for three seasons (30 episodes). It featured the voice talents of current and past Saturday Night Live stars, including Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Lee, Taran Killam, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Kate McKinnon, and Andy Samberg.

The Aweseomes is set in a world where Mr. Awesome had lead a group of superheroes to protect the planet against all evils. However, things changed quickly when Mr. Awesome announces his retirement and leaves his son Prock in charge. The public, media, and the government have absolutely no faith in Prock. To make things worse, the other superheroes have all left the Awesomes.

With his best friend Muscleman and their only paid employee, Concierge, at his side, Prock recruits a new team of superheros - Frantic, Gadget Gal, Impresario, Sumo, and Hotwire. Despite the team's amateurish style, these not-so superheroes are determined to save the world against Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio and other supervillains.

Final Thoughts

Blu-ray Review: Gridiron Gang: Special Edition

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon
Since it is "football Sunday," I thought it would be the perfect time for me to review the Gridiron Gang: Special Edition Blu-ray (PG-13; 125 minutes; $14.98), which was released a few months ago by Mill Creek Entertainment.

Directed by Phil Joanou, the 2006 drama told the true story of the Kilpatrick Mustangs 1990 football season. Dwayne Johnson plays juvenile probation officer Sean Porter who works at the Kilpatrick Detention Center in Los Angeles. He created a football team called the Kilpatrick Mustangs to help the troubled kids at the center learn about responsibility, discipline, and team work.

Getting the kids to work together isn't an easy thing to accomplish as there's a mixture of former gang members on the team who don't trust each other. Thanks to Porter's leadership, he leads the team to the playoffs.

Special Features include:
  • The Original 1992 Emmy Award Winning Documentary Gridiron Gang
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary with the Writer and Director
  • Gridiron Gang Football Training
  • Phil Joanou Profile
  • The Rock Takes the Field

Final Thoughts

Dec 8, 2018

Blu-ray Review: Charles Bronson: 4 Movie Collection

Mill Creek Entertainment; AMAZON

Long before Liam Neeson became known as the old-guy action-guy, Charles Bronson owned that role, many thanks to the Death Wish films and many other revenge flicks from the 1970s and 1980s. 

Recently, Mill Creek Entertainment released the Charles Bronson: 4 Movie Collection on a two-disc Blu-ray set. Those four movies are:

The Valachi Papers (1972; PG; 126 minutes) - Directed by Terence Young and based on the book of the same name by by Peter Maas, the film tells the true story of Joe Valachi (played by Charles Bronson), a former "button man" who becomes an informant after a Mafia crime boss gives him the kiss of death.

The Stone Killer (1973; R; 95 minutes) - Directed by Michael Winner and based on the book A Complete State of Death by John Gardner, the film centers on Mafia don (played by Martin Balsam) hiring Vietnam vets (aka - Stone Killers) to kill the leaders of the Italian and Jewish syndicates. Charles Bronson plays Detective Lou Torrey who gets tangled up in the plot.

Breakout (1975; PG; 97 minutes) - Directed by Tom Gries, the film centers on Jay Wagner (played by Robert Duvall) being framed for murder by his grandfather (played by John Huston). Jay's wife Ann (played by Jill Ireland) hires Texas Bush pilot Nick Colton (played by Charles Bronson) and his partner Hawk (played by Randy Quaid) to break her husband out of prison.

Hard Times (1975; PG; 94 minutes) - Directed by Walter Hill and set during the Great Depression, the film centers around a a drifter freighthopping named Chaney (played by Charles Bronson) who becomes a bare-knuckle fighter after meeting promoter Speed (played by James Coburn). 

Final Thoughts

Blu-ray Review: John Travolta: 4 in 1 Collection

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon

What every happened to John Travolta?

The last movie I saw the actor star in a movie was the comedy Wild Hogs and it wasn't very good. Nevertheless, most of his films are now available on Blu-ray, including Perfect, Basic, A Love Song For Bobby Long, and Lonely Hearts which were recently released on a two-disc 4 in 1 Collection set ($14.98) from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Perfect (1985; R; 120 minutes) - Directed by James Bridges, the romantic drama centered on Rolling Stone magazine reporter Adam Lawrence (played by John Travolta) traveling to Los Angeles to write an article about "single bars of the '80s," which leads him to investigate a popular health club. This is where he meets workout instructor Jessie Wilson (played by Jamie Lee Curtis). There's an instant connection between them and they quickly fall in love, but their relationship is put to the test when he must stretch the truth for his article.

Basic (2003; R; 99 minutes) - Directed by John McTiernan, John Travolta plays DEA agent Tom Hardy, a former Ranger who teams up with Military Police investigator Captain Julia Osborne (played by Connie Nielsen) to investigate the disappearance of Master Sergeant Nathan West (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and a small group of Army Rangers.

A Love Song For Bobby Long (2004; R; 121 minutes) - Directed by Shainee Gabel and based on the novel Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps, the drama centers around Purslane Will (played by Scarlett Johansson, a teenager who travels to New Orleans to find two strangers, Bobby Long Played by John Travolta) and Lawson Pines (played by Gabriela Macht), living in her deceased mother's home.

Lonely Hearts (2006; R; 108 minutes) - Directed by Todd Robinson, the film tells the true story of the serial couple Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez (played by Salma Hayek and Jared Leto). After meeting through a personal ad in a magazine, the couple go on a killing spree; preying on lonely, rich women. Hot in pursuit are homicide detectives Elmer C. Robinson and Charles Hildebrandt (played by James Gandolfini), who are determined to capture them.

Final Thoughts