Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sweet Home Alabama withReese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey & Josh Lucas

This is a story about first love, it doesn’t matter how young one is at the time they give their heart away to someone else; what matters is after all is said and done; it still belongs to the first love of your life.

This is what happened to Melanie Spooner (Reese Witherspoon) who married Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) whom she had loved all her life, but it didn’t work out from the start, they were too young to handle their love.
So Melanie leaves and goes to New York, and began working as a fashion designer. She followed the path that most designers do in New York; she changed her name. So everyone in New York knew her as Melanie Carmichael.
Melanie worked hard for seven years, to make her name known in the Fashion World, and she was finally there, but not without sacrifice.

She had not been home to see her parents in seven years; however, she had tried to get her parents to come to New York, by sending them tickets. Later, her mama would tell her it just didn’t suit.—that has to be a Southern Expression--.
Melanie meets Andrew Henning, and they become engaged. Sweet Home Alabama was made in 2000.
© BEPH  2011

Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Johnson in---Double Jeopardy (1999)

A great movie with Tommy Lee Jones, and Ashley Judd, that is full of action packed scenes that would keep even the critics glued to the screen. It all takes place in the Wealthy neighborhood of Whidbey Island with Ashley as Elizabeth (Libby) Parsons, and Bruce Greenwood as Nick Parson, her husband.

Because of being in debt Nick parson has a plan what will send his wife to prison, and leave him free to do as he wishes. And his wish is to have Annabeth Gish as Ashley Green to look after Libby and Nick’s four year old son Matty, while he wheels and deals making himself rich. All the while Libby is serving time in prison for something she did not do.

Libby made friends while incarcerated, and one of them was an attorney before she was disbarred and sent to prison for killing her husband; however, she told Libby when she got out she could walk up to Nick in Time Square and shoot him; and not be arrested because you cannot be convicted twice for a crime—and it was called Double Jeopardy, a clause in the Fifth Amendment.
Finally, Libby is out on parole after seven years, and she starts looking for Matty; while trying to follow all the rules of Tommy Lee Jones as Parole Office Travis Lehman. But she is strong willed and determined and takes Office Travis Lehman for a ride of his life.
This is a very good movie—I have watched my old video so many times—and I am planning to watch it more.

© BEPH  2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kevin Costner & Susanna Thompson in---Dragonfly



Dragonfly is one of my favorite movies, and my old video still looks great after all this time. And I have played it over and again.

Kevin Costner stars in this as Dr. Joe Darrow, and he is madly in love with his wife, starring Linda Hunt, with Kathy Bates as their neighbor.

This is a Supernatural Shocker, one that hits the abyss of one's spiritual belief, and touches the heart. We all hope that something wonderful can come from a terrible loss of human life, and in this movie it happened to Dr. Joe Darrow.

Dr. Joe Darrow's wife, Dr. Emily worked at the same hospital as her husband, and she was a doctor to terminally ill children. Children who claimed that while the doctors had to resuscitate them; they died and come back with a story to tell of their experience in the after life.

A very pregnant Dr. Emily left the USA for a tropical jungle in a third world country, she felt badly because she had words with her husband about leaving---because he did not want her to go. But she could not turn her back on these people, who needed medical attention.

The day of the bus accident, it started to rain hard, as the bus had to maneuver over muddy slippery roads, which lead around a mountain, when suddenly a rock slide slid down the mountain hitting the bus and throwing it into the river.

Dr. Joe got the word that Emily and her baby had died; he lost his balance in life for a long time. He could not think or feel, and all he would do is stay in their Victorian home with Emily's pet parrot. Joe was on a long leave from the hospital, his friends watched as days melted into weeks as he just sit in their home, still numb, a walking dead man.

His next door neighbor played by Kathy bates, was a good friend to him, and she tried to understand what he was going through. But no one could understand what was to come next---he didn't understand it and it happened to him.

Emily loved dragonflies, and one day he decided to visit Emily's patients, and each child had drawings of dragonflies taped all around their rooms. When he questioned one child he said Emily sent him a message, she said she is waiting for you under the rainbow.

Joe didn't think much about it until he got home and was looking at some pictures Emily had sent him. In one picture Emily was sitting by a waterfall under a rainbow, holding a parrot.

This is a good movie, one that you will remember for a very long time, and will want to watch it over again and again. But I do not want to tell you the best part--so rent or buy the DVD, you will enjoy it.  BEPH  2011

Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. in---Hope Floats


When I feel the need to see something, sad, funny, true to life, and a sweet love that blooms and springs to life; I put on my old video of "Hope Floats."
Starring Sandra Bullock as Berdie Pruitt, Harry Connick, Jr. as Justin the first boy who kissed her in High School, and still loves her; and Gena Rolands as Berdie Pruitt's Mother.

This is a story to touch your heart, and you will feel for the family as Berdie who once had a lifestyle that most people would envy, now has to adjust from a cheating husband who committed adultery with her best friend, to a life without him.

Berdie with her young daughter packs up the two of them and goes back home to her Mama. Her Mama is a very strong and wise woman, who also has a heart condition, which she does not share with Berdie. But that did not stop her Mama from taking in her young grandson, to care for and love.

Life is a struggle as Berdie has to come to terms with her new life, and as her mother tells her--Get out of bed, go outside and get the stink off of you. Finally Berdie takes her advice and looks for a job.

But the person she has to apply for a job with is from her high school days, and her nick name was "Polka Dot" and she first was very rude to Berdie, but it all turns out well.

Her daughter has problems in school with a bully, and at one point it seemed to consume Berdie, but someone comes to her rescue.

And one of my favorite singers --Garth Brooks---sings Hope Floats. A good show for the family to watch together.

© BEPH  2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some of My Favorite Books

One of my favorite authors was Erma Bombeck, who died in 1996. She was so funny and unique in her humor about her life, her husband, and children. One could always read between the lines to know this lady, loved her family. The first book I read of  Erma's was The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. Which was published in 1976 by McGraw-Hill. And it became a Best Seller.

 I did some research on her career, and found she interviewed Shirley Temple Eleanor Roosevelt and Mamie Eisenhower, while working at the Dayton Journal Herald as a reporter.

I was reminded of Erma the other day, when I was shopping at a bookstore-- I saw the book, Family--The Ties That Bind And Gag!--and of course I had to buy it.

So many people miss her, and in my opinion there is absolutely no one like her living today. Sure we have funny women like Joan Rivers who has a potty mouth, and many more whom uses strong language, which shows they are not in the same orbit as Erma Bombeck.

 I am sure all the Angels in Heaven are enjoying Erma Bombeck and her unique humor. Just maybe, that is not always thunder we hear during a storm, it could be laughter from Erma entertaining.

02/29/2012 Erma Bombeck I still miss you, and your wonderful humor.

© BEPH  2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Five Mike Creek---Louise Caire and Jay Kerr

 Five Mile Creek was filmed in 1983, and is a story about Australia in 1860's. It is a story about the time of the Australian Gold Rush, and how it affected the lives of many people.

The movie began with how Maggie Scott and her daughter Hannah traveled on a ship from America to Australia.. The journey was anything but pleasant on the rough seas. Con Madigan, traveled on the same ship--another American from the west. He was a cowboy type, tall, lean and handsome. But most of all he was a decent man.

Con introduced himself to Maggie and Hannah, and they became friends on their journey. Con traveled with a very fine American made stage coach, which he kept a keen eye on. He would join his partner in Australia, Jack Taylor, and together they would start a first stagecoach line in the region. Jack Taylor would be meeting him with some of the finest horses of the region, and then he would pay Con his half of the partnership.

 Maggie was a beautiful woman with a strong will. A strong will was what Maggie would need in the days to come. Upon arriving at Port Nelson, Maggie's husband did not meet his family. But he left word for her and Hannah to join him at Five Mile Creek.      Maggie along with Hannah search all over Port Nelson for anyone who had seen her husband, but no one had heard the name, and had not seen anyone of that description.   

 Finally, Maggie was directed to Paddy, who was getting supplies for Five Mile Creek. She talked Paddy into taking them with him to Five Mile Creek, telling him that was where her husband was meeting her. Paddy had tried to talk her out of going by telling her it was unsafe for her and Hannah, but Maggie prevailed.  

 Maggie and Hannah admired the countryside on their buckboard ride to the Outback. Maggie did not find her husband there, but she did find Kate. Kate was the cute outpost keeper, not by choice, but because her brother ran off to gamble. Kate's brother left her without much to eat, but did leave her with a bunch of chores to do   

 Maggie, Hannah, Kate,and Paddy joined together because of circumstances, and became a family because they cared for each other. Con, and Jack started their stage line and brought passengers to Five Mile Creek. Kate and Maggie cooked for them, therefore earning some money.    

Others, like Sam who was an orphan became part of the family, and Ben came from America who was a friend of Con's.   

 The story was about all of them and their lives on the beautiful, but dangerous Outback. Five Mile Creek will forever be branded in my mind. And when anyone says Australia, I always think of Five Mile Creek.

© BEPH  2011

Christy---Kellie Martin and Tyne Daly

                                                          First Movie

     To anyone, who has been stuck in your home, by the snow, rain, storms, or just not feeling up to par. Maybe, you have been watching movies or reading, and I think it is the best thing to do to avoid---cabin fever. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite movies. Which one can now find on DVD, and watch them over and over again, as I do.This one was made about sixteen years ago, and is still a favorite of many of my friends.Christy Complete Series.jpg
     Is there is anyone out there that has not seen "Christy" starring Kellie Martin and Tyne Daly? Then you have missed a great movie with the best actors. This movie is based on a novel by Catherine Marshall. ( It is cold and raining outside, and I am going to watch Christy, again--I have lost count of how many times I have watched the complete series.)
     If anyone wants a great movie which one can watch anytime to relax your mind, after a hard day at work, this is one to buy, you won't be sorry.
     Christy  was filmed in 1994-1995. It is in color and is  907 minutes long. Which is 15 hours of the best movie ever made on location in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, in my opinion.
     The movie begins in 1912, almost 100 years ago, when times were really hard for these mountain people. They barely had enough food to eat in the winter months, but their pride would not let them complain.
     I will never forget Cutter's Gap, because I was so engrossed in the movie, that I felt all the hurt, pain and the love these people shared. It felt like home to me, and I couldn't wait for the next night,(after work) to watch more---working in the daytime interferes with----my movie watching.
     This is a story of a young girl named Christy Huddleston, who left her loving parents, and the home she grew up in North Carolina to come to Cutter's Gap. She was there to teach children who were too poor to wear shoes, and lived in one of the poorest area of Tennessee.
     Christy was only a few years older than some of the students she came to Cutter's Gap to teach. This movie is so amazing. As I watched it, I struggled with Christy, as she learned the ways of the mountain people and their great Scottish pride
     She was constantly trying to make their lives better---but hitting the brick wall of pride. However, that did not stop her, and she learned how to help the proud Appalachian people keep their pride.
     Her sweet and helpful ways got her into trouble some of the time, but her heart was always in the right place. And she found love in Cutter's Gap. I won't tell if she married the tall handsome preacher; or the good looking doctor who was born in Cutter's Gap, and wore his proud Scottish pride, like a second skin.
     Christy became best friends with one of Cutter'sGap hardworking mothers. This was a very special relationship for them both, from the beginning to the end of the movie; I was the invisible member of Cutter's Gap.

© BEPH  2011