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Posted on May 16 2013 - 6:27pm by Susie Forbes
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Directed by Baz Luhrman Based on the novel by F Scott Fitzgerald   With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, and Jason Clarke Discard any literary pretensions you may have regarding F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel about the decadence of the 1920’s jazz age in New York.  Baz Lurhman’s film The Great Gatsby is a simply spectacular piece of razzle dazzle sight and sound filmmaking that stands mightily on its own. Most of you have read the novel about Jay Gatsby, enigmatic rags to riches millionaire who...

Starting in an elevator again, Don overhears a clamorous fight between his lady-of-the-moment Sylvia and his best pal Arnie. A big fight. A marriage-ending fight. Don seems genuinely disturbed by it, but it is hard to see what he’s really feeling, especially after his behavior for the rest of this fairly strange episode. Basically, she calls him at work on a really busy day, saying that she needs him. Somehow when he shows up, he’s ready to take their relationship to a whole new kinky level, but he sure doesn’t know how to talk...

While I could not honestly call this episode romantic, it seems that something has turned everyone’s mind to relationships, sex, and love in the land of seven kingdoms. It’s all they talk about, aside from giant man-killing beasts that is. The most exciting plot line of the episode has to be Ser Jaime, Brienne, and the Bear. So Jaime checks in on Brienne before being taken to King’s Landing, thanking her for saving his skin a time or two. His eyes say even more, like, “Thanks for handling my hot tub secret time so well, and for...

This episode radically shifts the pacing of this season of Mad Men. What had been a meditative and at times even ponderous season becomes a series of earth shattering revelations in “For Immediate Release.” Unfortunately for the folks in the show, things aren’t being shaken up for everyone’s mutual benefit. I’ll present the shakeups in order for clarity’s sake. Earthquake #1 SCDP wants to go public! Burt, Roger, Pete, and Joan have a secret plan without Don to become millionaires by taking the company public with a very lucrative...

Focusing on the tiny glimmers of love and affection is the only way I managed to get through this super depressing episode of Game of Thrones. Please forgive me if I wax sentimental. We all knew that some dark and scary stuff was coming. Now it has arrived. So, after last week’s long-anticipated rendezvous between Ygritte and Jon Snow, they clearly have things to talk about. The Wildlings have reached the Wall and soon Snow’s allegiances will be tested. After some sweet banter about their sexy time, Ygritte shows Jon that she really...

“The Flood” centers on what happens to everyone in the Mad Men world when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination takes place in April of 1968. The main folks at Sterling Cooper Draper Price find out when someone shouts it out at the ADDY Awards, interrupting Paul Newman’s speak that members of SCDP and their close competitors can barely see from the back of the room. People are immediately aghast, and, in New York, their second reaction is usually fear about a potential violent aftermath. Beyond my sadness at the general cynicism...

I admit that I approached John J. Healey’s Emily and Herman: a Literary Romance with mixture of anticipation and doubt. On the one hand, I love historical fiction, particular when it is set in the nineteenth century. Romances can also be tremendously pleasing when they are done well. On the other hand, I worried about the author’s choice to use such prominent and beloved figures whose love lives...

Everyday people fall in love in unexpected places and in unexpected ways. No one knows that better than BDSM author Laura Antoniou, best known for her erotic Marketplace series. But this time, her characters are falling in love at a leather contest (think part educational conference part kinky beauty pageant) –plus Detective Rebecca Feldblum has to make sense of...

“Kissed by Fire” has to be the best episode of the season thus far. It offers everything, including some particular moments we’ve been waiting to see a long time. Plus between various big and little plot incidents this has to be the most romantic episode of the season by a considerable margin. Apologies, because this also means that my recap runs a bit long. Several of the Wildlings question Jon Snow about the resources and numbers of crows at various outposts. Poor Jon snow never can hide how he feels, so his regret to be sharing...

Love truly conquers all in two-time award winner Fiona Lowe’s newest romance novel Saved by the Bride. Book one of the series Wedding Fever is a perfect read that encompasses the full dynamic of love and marriage- from the good to the struggle and back again. Readers follow Annika Jacobson and Finn Callahan as they venture through a summer of family, business, and...