Romantic Movie: A Slipping-Down Life

February 24, 2008 at 7:01 pm (Movies, romance, Sexy Men) (, , , , , )

Based on Anne Taylor’s novel of the same name, this little movie spent the whole weekend in my DVD player.  Well, see my husband was out of town…ah, did I mention Guy Pearce stars as a long-haired guitar player?

Here’s the blurb from the Netflix site:

Drumstrings Casey’s (Guy Pearce) progressive rock sound is music to the ears of one small-town woman. Evie (Lili Taylor) is an amusement park employee who can’t seem to get enough of the musician, even going so far as to carve his name into her forehead during one of his concerts. As the media gets word of Evie’s bizarre stunt, star and fan are propelled toward one another.

Notice Evie’s intensity in this clip.  Can’t you relate? 

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Also notice that fine chest peeking out of Drum’s unbuttoned shirt. Grrrrr!  You get to see lots of Guy’s fine chest in this one 🙂

Some critics said it moved too slow, but I found the pace perfect for the characters.  They were interesting, flawed people who found something in each other.  Plus, the way Drum stared at Evie whenever he talked to her sent goosebumps up my spine.  He looked like he just wanted to eat her up and then some!

This is for sure a “chick flick”, but if your guy is into nineties mellow rock he might like the soundtrack.  Guy did all the singing for the soundtrack which has a cool groove.

Drum’s character as hero material: Yes, he’s the quiet hero.  The outsider.  The misunderstood.  A Beta on the surface, yet he gets the respect of an Alpha because he does exactly as he pleases without caring what is acceptable behavior.  Is he perfect? No.  He grows in this movie…and that’s what makes it good.  Both main characters change for the better.  I’m smiling just thinking about it. 🙂

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Unusual Vampire Movie: Perfect Creature

September 13, 2007 at 10:15 am (Movies)

Silus (Dougray Scott)Over at Vampire Wire (a great blog to check out if you are into Vampire/Paranormal based entertainment in any media form), I found a link to a review of the New Zealand film, Perfect Creature at the site Digitally Obsessed.

 I bopped over to Netflix and put it at the top of our list (gotta share with the hubby).  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the reviews I found there, but the DO review made it seem like something new and interesting.

Perfect Creature is NOT a glossy, rock-n-roll vampire flick.  It had a dark, gritty realism meshed with sci-fi that was very nicely designed and produced.  One of its producers compared it to Blade Runner at one level and I agree that it had that same feel.

It is more of a sci-fi film than horror, and it reminded me of the new “historical” urban fantasy novels that we are seeing in the paranormal romance genre.  Emma Holly’s new “Demon World” books popped into my head as I watched the world of Perfect Creature.

It is not a romance film, but there is an element of romance there (There’s a scene where the heroine, Lily (Saffron Burrows), runs her fingers through Silus’ hair–yum).  In a longer film, I think they could have explored this more, but the arc of the hero’s growth was still satisfying.

Dougray Scott as the hero, Silus, did an excellent job making the sexy vamp appear “other”.  He also protrayed the fact that his vampire, Silus, was different than the others.  If you like Dougray Scott–check him out in this film.  Great eyes, ladies.

The villan, Edgar, played by Leo Gregory, had believable motiviations and was both sexy and creepy.  Even though there was gore, I could watch it because Edgar was a compelling character.

The ending was a bit abrupt and it introduced a character we had never met–and as fiction writers we know that is a big “no no”.  Still Silus did grow and you ended with a good feeling (though a bit confused on the details).  Perfect Creature was worth watching.  I do think paranormal romance readers may enjoy it more than hard-core horror fans.

I’d vote for a sequel, but one in which Silus gets to discover what a little hot human loving can do for a vampire! 

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300! Wow, What a Movie

March 24, 2007 at 4:20 pm (Movies, Sexy Men)

King Leonidas 

It took me 3 weeks to see it, but there wasn’t one thing I didn’t like about this move. 

Lena Headey made a great Queen Gorgo. I won’t say what she does in the movie that made me clap and cheer, but this woman is not a typical TSTL movie eye-candy.  Do not mess with the Queen.

Gerard Butler as King Leonidas: Awesome. Inspiring. Tragic. Utterly Male!!!!!

Michael Fassbender as Stelios (The one who says “Than we shall fight in the shade.) is one to watch.  I’m sure he is fueling a few fantasies out there.  Here’s a still shot on the Yahoo movie page.

As I told my sister, “Yep, there is gore, but with all the beautiful male flesh, you won’t have a problem forgiving a few severed limbs!”

Plus, the relationship between Queen Gorgo and King Leonidas was a great portrayal of mature married people and how deep that love can be.  Hottest married sex I’ve seen (on the screen) for a long time.  Frank Miller knows the score.

When does the DVD release??? 🙂

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007: Bond is Sexy, but He’s no Romance Hero.

October 5, 2006 at 9:03 pm (Movies, Sexy Men)

Did anyone read the article on Daniel Craig as the new James Bond in this weekend’s Sunday paper Parade magazine?  I think he is going to make an interesting Bond, and I can’t wait till Nov. 17th for “Casino Royale” to be released.  Sure, he’s not Sean Connery…but who could be?

He is sexy, though.  Remember the shower scene in the first Tomb Raider? 

But what about the character of James Bond?  To be honest, James Bond just doesn’t “do it” for me.   Doesn’t matter which actor is playing him…I like him, I want him to get the bad guys and save the day…but he doesn’t move my heart. 

He isn’t meant to do that either.  He’s an action hero, not a romance hero.

Now wait a minute, you might be saying to yourself.  What about all those “Bond girls”?  He has a romantic interest in every movie.

And there’s the rub for me.  It’s “girls”,  not “girl”.  There is sex and lust, but no love…no happy ever after for him and the girl.   So while I like the fact he looks wonderful in a tux…he’s just eye candy.

But eye candy isn’t all bad 🙂  My favorite Bond so far was Sean Connery.  Do you have a favorite Bond actor?

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Sexy Men on Youtube.com

October 1, 2006 at 5:03 pm (About Margo, Cool Web Stuff, Movies, Sexy Men)

Okay, I haven’t been spending all of my time on Youtube.com watching sexy Gerry/Gerard Butler fan videos….

I also got my website up and going. Check it out at http://www.margolukas.com/.  (the link is over on the right, too).  I hope you like the guy in the background picture. I thought he was yummy.

But that YouTube.com  ….man, can that suck up a few hours!  I finally had to allow myself one peek per day.  And while I did enjoy the video of The Phantom of the Opera set to the song, Dirty Little Secret, by the All American Rejects…I did eventually realize there are videos on there about subjects other than Gerard Butler.

 They have videos about Johnny Depp, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortenson, and other Sexy Men.

What can I say?  There is a reason I write romance stories!

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The Phantom of the Opera: I’m past the Point of No Return

September 14, 2006 at 2:48 pm (Movies, Sexy Men)

Do you ever go on a movie binge? You know, where you watch the same movie over and over?

I did that this weekend…and it had a lot to do with how damn sexy a man can look furling a cape.  I watched “The Phantom of the Opera” four times in three days!  Once I even bothered to outline the story arc, so I could tell myself it was “research”.

Um, yeah, right.Spanish Phantom

Now, I will admit that I am a Gerard Butler fan.  I decided he was a man to watch as soon as I saw his first scene in “Lara Croft: Cradle of Life”.  It was the scene where he is doing pull-ups in a prison cell.  Yummy…

But back to The Phantom.

If this character isn’t one of the best anti-hero’s ever presented on the big screen, I don’t know who is.  He’s sexy, dangerous, haunted by his past and his own actions, and his love for Christine is tainted by all sorts of hinted perversions.  He is always touching Christine in a way that implies he has much more on his mind than a few chaste kisses. (He made me think of a lot more than kisses!!)

Now I’m not saying Raoul, or Mr. Perfect, wasn’t hero material.  He was portrayed as a believable Alpha lead.  Any other story…I would have been pulling for Raoul to win the girl.  I believed that Christine did love him and I also believed that they went on to have a wonderful life together….a must with any romance story. 

It’s just that the Phantom was so much more Sexy!!!!  Oh well, she was young and didn’t know any better 🙂

But then if this was a Romance Novel, instead of a movie…the Phantom would at least get a sequel.  I doubt there is a romance writer alive today who could let a character like the Phantom wither away alone in the sewers of Paris.

 I know I sure couldn’t!

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