Monday, June 21, 2010

Blow Drawing....and Some Killers, A Kid, and a Toy.

The winner of the very last Love Inspired novel in my blog drawing is Rashelle

It’s been fun watching that pile of wonderful little novels disappear over the last couple of months.

Now for a peek into my life…

Wow, last weekend was movie time for me. I haven’t gone for a while and then boomed I went to three movies over the weekend. As a writer I love watching stories come to life on the big screen. And in my defense I live a block away from the theaters, plus it was Father’s Day weekend, and okay I just plain love movies.

So this is a blog about some killers, a kid and a toy.

Friday after my writers meeting my friend, Roseann, and I went to see Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. A bonus was Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara were in the film as well. You would think with a cast like that it would be a good movie…you would think.

AND there were some funny scenes. This is the story of a young woman who is recovering from being dumped by going to Nice with her parents. She meets a very handsome young man, falls in love, and they get married. But what she doesn’t know is handsome young man is a spy who has killed many people in his life. However, upon meeting her he falls in love and leaves his spy life behind. Three years later his past catches up with him. Killers pop out from everywhere. It just didn’t work for me. I loved the opening scene with Tom Selleck, Catherine O'Hara and Katherine Heigl on the plane. And watching Ashton Kutcher play at being a James Bond-type spy was entertaining, but after that the movie struggled to stay afloat.

The next movie was The Karate Kid. I went to this movie not expecting a lot. My son, Ben, grew up with the first Karate Kid. That movie inspired Ben at a time when he was having a great deal of trouble with other kids in school. He really identified with the boy in the movie. AND, in fact, Ben wanted to take karate because of The Karate Kid. He is now a second degree black belt, and he continues in the sport to this day. So I was really interested in what Ben would think of this new movie. What a wonderful surprise. The Karate Kid was great. The backdrop of China really added a new elements: meaner kids, wiser teacher, and an ending match…well, let me just say that while the “crane” kick of the first movie was awesome in the new karate kid the move he makes to win the match is a knockout! I highly recommend this movie.

Now for the toy. Can you guess? Yep, Toy Story 3. Again I didn’t think there could be a movie as good as the first two, but was I surprised. This was a fitting end to the trilogy with Andy growing up and the toys in need of someone to play with them. The detours along the way were very entertaining and just plain fun. I laughed and cried in this movie. What a wonderful surprise! This will definitely be on my Christmas DVD list as a must have.

And looking at movies through the lens of a writer it's interesting to see what makes a story really awesome. That's what I want for my awesome story.

What is your favorite storyline in a movie?

Does it inspire you to write? 


  1. Congratulations to Rashelle.

    I have read a lot of good comments on the last two movies. Everyone so far seems to like both of them. As for the first movie, I must say I hadn't even heard of it but then I don't go to the movies that much anymore. Gotta get out more.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. The only one I didn't see was Toy Story 3. I was disappointed in the other two. I'll have to go check out TS3. =) Thanks for the recommend!

  3. Oh yes, movies inspire me to write all the time!

    Thanks for the reviews! I didn't think The Killers looked very good; it seems like it's trying too hard to be like Mr. & Mrs. Smith (which I loved!) but with a twist, except the twist isn't fresh enough. That's definitely something to consider in our writing! Stories are always retold, but it must be a super fresh and unexpected retelling.

    I LOVE the first Karate Kid and wasn't too thrilled about a remake. So I'm pleasantly surprised that I've heard a bunch of positive reviews! I didn't think it looked very good, but now I'll give it a chance!

    And the Toy Story movies are my favorite Disney/Pixar films! I expected this 3rd one to be great and I'm relieved most people are thinking so. I can't wait to see it!

    Thanks so much for your reviews!!! I'm glad you had a terrific weekend! :)

  4. I'm glad you gave those last two movies good reviews! We saw the preview to Karate Kid a few weeks ago and laughed through the whole thing. defintiely going to see it. And who could miss another Toy Story?

  5. Mason,
    I'm not surprised that you haven't heard about Killers. Save your money and watch it on TV. BUT the other two are great movies and a good reason to get out more. :)

  6. Carolyn,
    I'm surprised that you didn't like The Karate Kid. I went into it not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. I really think you'll like TS3. You'll have to let me know if you like it. :)

  7. Carolyn,
    I'm surprised that you didn't like The Karate Kid. I went into it not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. I really think you'll like TS3. You'll have to let me know if you like it. :)

  8. Laura,
    I'm glad someone else feels like I do that stories in movies help writers visualize their books!

    I think you'll like The Karate Kid. You'll have to let me know what you think of it. :)

  9. Tamara,
    We laughed and became teary-eyed in both Karate Kid and TS3. More so in Toy Story...I know, what's with that? But wait until you see it. :)

  10. Thanks for the reviews, Kathi! Like your son, I grew up loving the Karate Kid. I can guess I was more in love with Ralph Macchio than your son, or at least for different reasons! (Ha, ha.)

    Good to know that last two didn't disappoint. I'll be looking forward to seeing them!

    And as a writer, I take movies apart and see them way different than my friends and family. I usually love books made into movies the best because their plots are (generally) tighter.

  11. I'm a movie girl too. One of my favorites is Waking Ned Divine. Have you seen that one? Anyway, it's got a funny storyline and loveable characters.
    Movies haven't inspired me to write, but when I write I can see my story in my head - like I'm watching a movie. It's fun!

  12. Hmm . . . I was looking forward to Killers. Not so much now. But Knight & Day is coming up. Maybe it will be better???

  13. I have never understood how anyone, male or female could think Ashton Kutcher was, is or ever will be attractive. His very appearance nauseates me! Add to that, he can't act.
    I don't go to movies much any more so I'll wait for the DVDs on the last two.
    Enjoyed your reviews.

  14. Jackee,
    Ralph Macchio was a kind of hero for my son. I can understand a girl having crush on the guy.

    I'm like you, I see movies differently than many of my friends because I'm looking at structure and content the same as I do for a book.

    That's why I liked The Karate Kid and Toy Store 3 both plots worked towards a story arch and in both these cases they were very fulfilling.

  15. MT,
    I have a friend who is always telling me I need to see Waking Ned Divine. I'll have to check it out.

    Isn't it fun to see your book like a movie? And who knows it might actually become one. :)

  16. Carol,

    You might like Killers. And it was okay, just not up to the same standard as the other my opinion.

    I'm really looking forward to Knight and Day. I haven't seen Tom Cruise in a movie for a while. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  17. Matthew,

    To be honest I haven't seen Ashton Kutcher in a film before. I really haven't developed an opinion about the man. He was okay in this film, but he's no James Bond. ;)

  18. I've heard bad things about the first movie. Definitely not on my list of movies to go see.

    Fortunately my kids want to see Toy Story 3. Glad to hear you loved it.

    I have something on my blog for you today. :D

  19. Stina,
    I wish I would have done my homework on Killers. Live and learn. I think you'll really enjoy Toy Story 3.

    I'll hop over to your blog and see what's going on. Thanks!

    I tried to post this reply once, but was booted out of the program. I'm hoping this won't post twice.

  20. Kathi, I feel so lucky. Yeah! Thank you so much!!

  21. Karate Kid 3 is on my list of movies to watch next month. Or to put it otherwise- I watch one movie a month, and that is next month's.

  22. Rayna,
    There are months there's really nothing worth going to, but this summer there's been a bunch of really good flicks. I hope you enjoy The Karate Kid. :)



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