Stella Carrier Reviews From Wednesday September 16 2015

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Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money, second edition updated Edition

Phenomenon
Phenomenon
DVD ~ John Travolta
Price: $5.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie Take On What Could Be Possible?, September 16, 2015
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Yes, I understand that Phenomenon is fiction, yet it is a film that gently tugs on what could be possible for the expansion of the human mind (wisdom wise, reaching beyond the expectations of what others think is possible for you etc.). Phenomenon stars John Travolta as a friendly auto mechanic named George Malley whose life is turned upside down once he gets hit by an unexplained ball of light after innocently going outside on the night of his 37th birthday. Almost seemingly overnight he gains an increased intelligence and clarity effortlessly which right away manifests in how he does his job as an auto mechanic. His physician Doc Brunder (Robert Duvall) cannot logically make sense out of what happened to Malley but he is still accepting of him. Another person, George Malley’s close friend Nate Pope (Forest Whitaker) also stands by his friend Malley during the both the high points and challenging points of what happens when his newfound abilities spring up for others to witness. In the midst of all this, George Malley tries extremely hard to court single mother Lace Pennamin (Kyra Sedgwick) and to even win over her kids Al Pennamin (David Gallagher) and Glory Pennamin (Ashley Buccile). Lace Pennamin courteously acknowledges George Malley yet she is understandably guarded due to what transpired within her relationship history. George Malley also gains the academic interest of UC Berkley Professor Dr. Ringold (Jeffrey DeMunn) after a shockingly accurate earthquake prediction despite his modest educational background. Eric Clapton’s song Change The World plays towards the end of the film. Bonus material; There is a theatrical trailer for Phenomenon and the recommendation of these additional titles for those who enjoyed this film; Ransom, Scream, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Rock, Tombstone.

Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect
DVD ~ Jennifer Aniston
Price: $3.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitions of An Advertising Professional, September 16, 2015
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Picture Perfect stars Jennifer Aniston as an ambitious advertising employee named Kate who is growing professionally in her career and manages to strengthen her talent due to immense dedication to her job. One of the major problems; On the plus side, she is in little danger of being fired by her boss Mr. Mercer (Kevin Dunn) but getting the projects and/or lucrative assignments seems out of reach for Kate due to her boss’s preference for promoting employees who are in relationships. In Mr. Mercer’s defense, he at least avoids further undermining Kate’s self-confidence and/or professional standing by strategically explaining why he is reluctant to assign her the more lucrative/high-profile projects/assignments with her currently being single. From my modest perspective, the perspective of her being judged due to being single is not that far-fetched because it is common knowledge (even in the year 2015) that many women (even here in the U.S.) are still seen as less than a whole person if they choose to focus more on improving their economic/professional lives while being child-free even for responsible reasons (i.e. they know that it would be too risky and unfair to the potential child(children) due to being self-aware that they are facing at least 15-20 years of repaying their student loans and figuring out legal ways to move up from minimum wage status in the private sector to further build up their savings cushion). Please know that I have nothing against mothers and children, especially because my late adoptive mother legally took me as her own daughter even though she did not give birth to me. It is just that there is proof in what I say because the character of Kate’s mom Rita Moseley (Olympia Dukakis who I’m aware was only doing her job) is shown (in the film) making it clear that one of the reasons why she is eager for Kate to partner up soon is because she dreams of grandchildren from the daughter she loves dearly. Kate demonstrates her talent when she pitches content for Gulden mustard. She experiences the epiphany needed to strengthen the brand of Gulden mustard when she explains how they can make the connection between model Cindy Crawford’s success, her biochemistry major in college, and her original background of coming from outside of Hollywood. Kate’s friend Sela (Anne Twomey) is happy for Kate’s professional contributions and even playfully teases her about her crush on fellow advertising employee Sam Mayfair (Kevin Bacon). However, Sela, well-intentioned as she is, also ends up indirectly leaving Kate to brush up on her skills as a storyteller when she manages to link Nick (Jay Mohr) and Kate as a couple. On the plus side, Sela indirectly helps Kate to get the more lucrative projects that she has been after for some time. However, Kate has to come up with a plan/scheme quick because she only met videographer Nick briefly at a wedding and has not seen him in person since. The song Say What You Want by Texas plays in snippets briefly during the movie and then in entirety after the end of the Picture Perfect movie. The following are the theatrical trailers contained within this dvd;
Picture Perfect, French Kiss, Ever After starring Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, Anjelica Houston directed by Andy Tennant(I’ve seen Ever After before and definitely would again snippets of the following songs are also featured in the Ever After trailer; Mummer’s Dance by Loreena McKennitt and Fable by Robert Miles), Never Been Kissed (snippets of Blister In The Sun by The Violent Femmes), Great Expectations film (snippets of the song Life In Mono by Mono), One Fine Day, Cousin Bette.

Click (2006) / Mr. Deeds - Vol
Click (2006) / Mr. Deeds – Vol
DVD ~ Adam Sandler
Price: $4.75
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dual Comedy Set, September 16, 2015
I got this double one disc dvd set (The Laugh Out Loud Double Feature)of the Mr. Deeds movie and Click film from my job due to the cheap price and my previous familiarity with the Mr. Deeds movie. The dvd option allows you to choose whichever movie you would like to see first. Click is a science fiction type of film that stars Adam Sandler as a successful architect named Michael Newman. Michael Newman loves his wife Donna Newman (Kate Beckinsale) and wants to also provide the best life for his kids Ben (Jospeh Castannon) and Samantha (Danielle Tatum). Newman’s life changes dramatically during a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond, when a mysterious person named Morty (Christopher Walken) gives him a remote control that allows him to skip through certain parts of his life. Donna Newman’s best friend Janine (Jennifer Coolidge) seemingly thinks that her friends has a charmed life and husband while unintentionally overlooking what he has to go through in order to provide for his family. There are countless celebrity appearances in the film as well (David Hasselhoff, Sean Astin, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner, James Earl Jones, Rachel Dratch, Robert Schneider etc). Music featured in this movie are songs such as Show Me The Way by Peter Frampton, Hold The Line by Toto, and Linger by The Cranberries. The lead singer of the Cranberries (Dolores O’Riordan) also makes an appearance in the film. What pleasantly surprised me the most about Click was the spiritual slant to the film Click when Morty eventually reveals to Michael Newman who he really is. The film Good Deeds stars Adam Sandler as Longfellow deeds whose world transforms dramatically once he finds out that he is set to inherit billions from a late uncle named Preston Blake (Harve Presnell)who he never met. Longfellow Deeds finds out that news from Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher) and Cecil Anderson (Erick Avari) both high-level employees of Blake Media. Longfellow actually enjoys working at a pizzeria, delivering to various customers such as Crazy Eyes (Steve Buscemi) and residing in Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire. One of Longfellow’s employees Jan (Conchatta Ferrell)even mentions how Deeds is actually an owner of the pizzeria. He ends up considering a permanent stay in New York after he meets and falls in love with Babe Bennett (Wynona Ryder) a tv reporter. He also enjoys his new residence in New York and gets along with one of the employees linked with Blake Media Emilio Lopez (John Tutturo). Babe Bennett ends up encountering an ethical dilemma of covering up her true job from Longfellow Deeds in order to gather essential information and in hopes that her boss Mac McGrath will give her a promotion and pay rise. Of course, there are more actors/actresses affiliated with this movie and some of the following music is featured in Mr. Deeds; The Sweetest Thing by U2, Where Are You Going by the Dave Matthews Band, You Don’t Know How It Feels by Tom Petty, Sing by Travis etc.

Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories
DVD ~ Adam Sandler
Price: $6.30
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Saw During 2008 Christmas Season, September 16, 2015
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I was living in Norfolk Virginia during this time and fortunately persuaded my husband to see Bedtime Stories with me at the movie theater(inside the MacArthur Center mall). The bonus features attributed to the Bedtime Stories dvd movie are sneaks on; Double Feature dvd of Dadnapped and Hatching Pete, Morning Light, Disney Princess Protection Program, Walt Disney Pictures; Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure, what looks to be a commercial ad for Disney XD, G-Force, Walt Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney Pixar Monsters Inc., Disney Blue Ray Magic in High-Def, and Disney Magic movie rewards. The actual Bedtime Stories movie stars Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson. Skeeter Bronson puts a lot in his hotel job and is surprised one day when he finds out that his boss Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) promotes Kendall Duncan (Guy Pearce)for the job that he was sure was his. It was not from Skeeter Bronson having a sense of entitlement, rather it had to do more with how hard he was working and the original promise that Griffiths had made to this father Marty Bronson (Jonathan Pryce). Duncan is shown to be so crude and calculating to the point that he even dates the boss’s daughter Violet Nottingham (Teresa Palmer), but secretly carries a romantic torch for fellow hotel worker Aspen (Lucy Lawless). Skeeter’s friend Mickey (Russell Brand) tries to patiently explain to Skeeter Bronson why Duncan was chosen but Bronson appears to avoid taking Mickey’s suggestion (for certain reasons). Anyhow, in the meanwhile, Skeeter Bronson is also tasked with watching his niece Bobbi (Laura Kesling) and nephew Patrick (Jonathan Heit). This is because his sister Wendy Bronson (Courtney Cox) is looking to get a job in Arizona after hearing that she is going to be laid off. Fortunately, Wendy Bronson does have a good friend in Jill Hastings (Keri Russell). Anyhow, Skeeter Bronson also takes on the role of father figure as well because his sister also happens to be a single mother and he also cares to be a father figure influence in his niece and nephew’s life. Bronson’s life changes dramatically once he notices the power that his niece and nephew have with just telling their stories with their imaginations. The movie even implies why their storytelling is powerful when the quote in the movie is mentioned ‘Your Fun Is Only Limited by Your Imagination). There are some song snippets that play during the movie such as Fire by The Ohio Players,I’m On Fire by Bruce Springsteen, Disco Inferno by The Trammps, Eternal Flame by The Bangles, Rock Me Amadeus by Falco, and Don’t Stop Believing by Journey (towards the end of the movie).Of course, there are more actors and actresses featured, yet something tells me to save some plot info for those who have yet to see the movie.

Winners: And How They Succeed
Winners: And How They Succeed
by Alastair Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Saw Winners Book Featured In A Free Local Area Newspaper, September 16, 2015
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Winners And How They Succeed by Alastair Campbell is a book written by a former press secretary of Tony Blair and is listed to have been an official spokesman and director of communications from 1994 to 2003 (listed to also be a Cambridge University graduate). There are quotes pertaining to the subject areas in the chapter and are credited to the authors making said statements; Wayne Gretzky, Henry Ford, Arianna Huffington, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Benjamin Franklin,Michael Jordan, Harry Trumanand more quotes from other prominent people. The book also contains the following;
Pages XIV and XV; Alastair Campbell recalls a chance meeting with Kevin Spacey and mentioned how he is happy for him having achieved success with both his House of Cards Netflix show and being made an honorary Sir for his work with the Vic Theatre in London. Campbells also ran into Bill Clinton during a strange visit to Mcdonalds in the Blackpool, England (the author himself that a Party Conference was being held in this English coastal town).
Page 99; The popularity of a company called John Lewis.
Page 173; The author’s data on talent and focus.
Page 289-Sam Trickett discusses top-level poker with the author.
Page 375; Alastair Campbell discusses Australia and the following Francis Adams quote; In England the average man feels that he is inferior, in America that he is a superior, in Australia he feels that he is an equal.
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