Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cafe Chaos -- Movies and TV

Saturday, September 26, 2009
Welcome to Café Chaos. Grab a cup of coffee or tea (we prefer coffee) and join us for a chat. Every Saturday we’ll offer recommendations for movie and TV lovers. Feel free to comment on our picks or to throw in a few of your own. We’re listening!

SIS Barb says:
I love romantic books but I'm not usually one for romantic films. I rarely watch romantic comedies because I just don't find them funny. However, the other day I was scrolling through my On Demand selections and came across a romantic drama. I liked the actors so I decided to give it a try.

My Pick of the Week: Nights In Rodanthe
Diane Lane and Richard Gere were wonderful together. I also enjoyed them in another film they worked in together a few years ago. I believe it was called Unfaithful (I'll have to look that up to confirm) Diane Lane her characters emotions from beginning to end. And Richard Gere...well, he was his typical great self.

from IMDb: Adrienne Willis, a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her -- a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teen-aged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and a guest named Dr. Paul Flanner arrive. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.
SIS Beth says…
I’ve probably mentioned a time or twenty that I rarely watch TV anymore. In order to maintain my writing schedule other things had to go, and TV was one of them. However every now and then something my husband is watching catches my attention and, once in a great while, I get sucked in. Usually by a sitcom. As we’ve discussed before there are few well written sitcoms these days. When you find one, it’s like finding gold.

My Pick of the Week: Scrubs
The nutshell overall plot as described by IMDB: In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D" Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life.

JD is played by actor/writer Zach Braff, who I think is pretty darn brilliant. Not just in Scrubs, but in all of his endeavors. This particular show is a comedy/drama and stars an ensemble cast of extremely talented actors. In a way, it has the same dynamics as my all-time favorite sitcom M*A*S*H. The writing is clever and quirky. Each episode manages to make me laugh, tear-up, and think. I’ve watched this series on and off since 2001 and it has never faltered. A true gem.


Tori Lennox said...

I'm not a fan of romantic movies. Not sure why since I love romances. and I prefer my murder mysteries to have romance too. But for movies, I want lots of action, adventure, shoot-outs, and car chases. LOL!

Elle J Rossi said...


You sound a lot like me. Isn't that strange that we like it in our books but not in our movies?

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Olga said...

I've read Nights in Rodanthe, and I truly love the actors, but when I started watching the movie, it just didn't do it for me. Maybe because I already knew what was going to happen and I like being surprised...

As for Scrubs, I totally love that sitcom for all the reasons you've mentioned.

Elle J Rossi said...


To be honest, I had no idea Nights in Rodanthe was a book. Chances are if I had read the book first, I wouldn't have liked the movie. It usually works that way for me. This movie/book definitely had a surprise that I was not expecting at all. But I won't give it away just in case others haven't read or seen it yet.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

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