Saturday, January 16, 2016

Weekend Wildcard - We're Talking Movies...

Pink Heart Society columnist Barb Han is talking about how writing doesn't always command the respect it deserves...

It’s award season in America and we’re in that momentary lull between the Golden Globes and Oscars (or what we refer to as ‘the Superbowl for chicks’) and that got me thinking about the movies I’d seen last year. Admittedly, I’m more of a curl-up-with-a-good-book-type but I do enjoy an occasional movie night. 

That being said, I prefer to watch movies while in my PJs curled up in an oversized loveseat in the TV room. Being able to stop a movie to refresh my drink or pop more popcorn is as essential to me as the actors on the screen. 

The Mockingjay – Part 2, is at the top of my list of favorite movies from 2015. It’s one of those rare movies that I highly anticipated and actually saw at the theater. (I read all three books and Mockingjay was my least favorite in the series, however, I loved the movie). 

Also high on my list is Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (speaking of Tom Cruise, I can’t wait to see him in the new Jack Reacher film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back coming out in October!). And, while we’re on the subject of Jack Reacher, I started reading the series last fall and loved the first book. I’ll be onto book two shortly and I can’t wait to see where Lee Childs took the story next.

You’ve might’ve already noticed a trend with my favorites. I love action/thriller stories. And that’s probably not surprising since I write for Harlequin Intrigue. 

So, I’ll talk about the movie that surprised me the most last year (hint: it’s not a thriller!).  

A movie that I didn’t expect to watch or enjoy (I have nothing against it really, it’s just not one of my usual genres) was Fifty Shades of Grey (hey, don’t judge!). I hadn’t really intended to see the movie. It just sort of happened. 

We were given a free trail of HBO, a premium movies-only channel. It was late one Saturday night, I wasn’t interested in the movie my husband was watching, and the kids were tucked away in their rooms. I was flipping through options when I landed on the title. I hadn’t read the books, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, although, I’d seen some of the controversy surrounding the series. The movie was about to begin and so I thought, “What the heck!” I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I thought it was fun escapist fantasy and I enjoyed the story. 

Now, I want to hear from you. Are you a run-to-the-box-office-type-because-I-can’t-wait-type or a happier-in-my-PJs-movie watcher? Was there a movie that you expected to dislike and found it actually rather enjoyable? What was your favorite film of 2015?

Barb's latest book, Texas Takedown, is out now:

He’s facing trouble as big—and unpredictable—as the Texas terrain 

For security expert Dylan Jacobs, his little daughter is a light against the shadows of his past. But when the sexy ex-soldier locates missing Samantha Turner, the shadows return. Samantha is convinced their childhood nemesis—the Mason Ridge Abductor—is back. And that he’s hunting her. 

Amid a hail of gunfire, Dylan commits to keeping Samantha safe—then nearly crumbles when his own child disappears. So when the villain poses a vicious ultimatum—turn over the woman he loves or never see his beloved toddler again—Dylan knows what he has to do. Put plan B into action.

You can find out more about Barb Han's writing on her website and Goodreads. Follow her on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest for regular updates and pretty pics!

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