Love And Other Drugs – Movie Review

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Love and Other Drugs is one of the more surprising Rom/Coms I’ve seen in a while. For once the characters have depth and the storyline is actually romantic. We have also been spared the terrible one liners that seem to have taken over the genre of late, and for a very pleasant change …..The plot is believable..Yes Im serious it is actually believable.

 

Love And Other Drugs stars Jake Gyllenhaal as very charming and oh so devilishly handsome pharmaceutical rep Jamie. He is on the fast track with his career and uses his charm to get as far ahead as he can. But all of that changes when he meets the beautiful Maggie played by Anne Hathaway. Maggie is a free-spirited artist and almost the complete opposite to Jamie. Cue sweetness and gag worthy romance …but no not this time.This really is a great romantic film with very little of the token romance and a lot of beautiful acting.

This is of course a love story and yes it does have a lot of romantic moments but there are also a lot of heartfelt moments too. The story is that Maggie is a 26-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with stage 1 Parkinson’s disease, a tragic condition in an elderly patient, but made all the more tragic because of her age. Jamie falls in love with her knowing how sick she is and has to adjust to how life is going to be for them both if they continue their relationship.

The plot is simple, no surprises or great twists but it is the sheer simplicity of it that makes it so utterly beguiling. Anne Hathaway is at her absolute best in this role and it is easy to see why she has so many fans. She is stunningly beautiful, elegant and talented. And Jake Gyllenhaal proves his acting abilities know no limits in yet another surprising role.

The relationship sizzles on the screen and it is clear to see they enjoyed working together as their chemistry is astounding. The story line is sad and definitely one that will make even the hardest hearts melt. I cried and I laughed and my heart broke for the characters. I finished the film and I felt sad that it was over. I really enjoyed this movie so much more than I thought I would.

I like a good romantic film and im partial to a good laugh but this really is so much more than that. It is touching and sweet and just beautiful. If you havent seen Love And Other Drugs do yourself a favour and go and watch it immediately you wont be disappointed.

 

BlondiieC

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Live To Tell – Review

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I am a huge fan of crime fiction. You could even go so far as to say that it is my favourite genre. Lisa Gardner is far and away one of my most favourite crime writers. She is edgy and gritty and oh so scary,her books will leave you chilled to the bone and looking over your shoulder long after you finish them. Live To Tell was no exception. Live To Tell is an intricate story of three women and how their lives intertwine through a terrifying series of events.

 

 

He knows everything about you—including the first place you’ll hide.

On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

Danielle Burton is a survivor, a dedicated nurse whose passion is to help children at a locked-down pediatric psych ward. But she remains haunted by a family tragedy that shattered her life nearly twenty-five years ago. The dark anniversary is approaching, and when D. D. Warren and her partner show up at the facility, Danielle immediately realizes: It has started again.

A devoted mother, Victoria Oliver has a hard time remembering what normalcy is like. But she will do anything to ensure that her troubled son has some semblance of a childhood. She will love him no matter what. Nurture him. Keep him safe. Protect him. Even when the threat comes from within her own house.

Live to Tell starts with a shocking and brutal crime and I am happy to say for all you gore lovers that it doesn’t let up in its pace or its horror fest. Lisa Gardner is known for her violent crime writing and Live To Tell certainly doesn’t disappoint. This really isn’t a book for people who aren’t fans of crime though. If you don’t like dark and disturbing this really isn’t the book for you. Now all warnings aside it is FANTASTIC. I absolutely loved this book!

Not one to shy away from the more edgy topics and plot lines Lisa tackles all of it here. Family abuse, mentally ill children and brutal murder. This is a really scary look at the darker side of humans and what we are capable of. Filed with lots of twisty turny plot lines and of course the requisite scary bits this is definitely a book that will keep you guessing till the last page !

 

BlondiieC

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