Writing Prompt #211: Romantic Movies (Day 11)

Romantic Movies

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Ghost (1990)

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I still remember my mom’s shock when I told her I hadn’t see Ghost. This was when I was in high school. We either rented it, or got it from the library, and watched it together. It quickly became one of my favorite movies!

It’s a great story, set in New York City. I’m on a roll! Not to mention Demi Moore is adorable with her “boy cut.” I pined for their loft apartment! And Patrick Swayze, once again, lights up the screen in more ways than one. They are a great couple. Despite the early tragedy / drama, it’s truly a good movie, with chills, thrills, romance, and plenty of laughs. Whoopi Goldberg absolutely earned her Best Supporting Actress Oscar!

I won’t give away the movie if you haven’t seen it. If you haven’t seen it, though, I highly recommend you watch it. It was released in 1990, but it’s one of those movies that feels “vintage” now, but also relevant today.

Mom and I went to see it at the local movie theater for either the 20th or 25th Anniversary. It was my first time seeing it on the big screen, and it was such a cool experience. It kind of brought everything full circle, in a way. For Mom, it brought back so many memories of her going to see it in theaters in 1990, when we lived in Governors Island in the middle of New York Harbor.

And, yes, we totally sang along to “Unchained Melody.”

Come back tomorrow for a new movie!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #210: Romantic Movies (Day 10)

Romantic Movies

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When Harry Met Sally… (1989)


Another movie set in New York!

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are one of my favorite movie couples of all time!

I love how the movie explores the question, “Can men and women ever just be friends?”

The famous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene was filmed in Katz’s Delicatessen, one of my favorite places in Manhattan.

This sign still hangs in Katz’s. 

I want to watch this again soon! It’s one of those feel-good movies that still hold up, nearly 30 years later!

Come back tomorrow for a new movie!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Book Review #67: “Small Town”

I found this book at a thrift store in Florida in May of this year, for $1.50. Why it took me so long to read it, and finish it, I don’t know. But, overall, I enjoyed this book. Lawrence Block was a new name to me, but what captured my attention was the setting – New York City. I’m a sucker for books set in the Big Apple!

Originally, it took me a while to read more than two chapters per night. Block’s writing is so incredibly detailed, and the cast of characters is extensive. His chapters are meaty, but mighty. I told a group on Facebook that this is a good thriller, but if you’re not a fan of sex, violence, and profanity, I would avoid this book. Those three things are very prevalent in this one!

I liked this book, for the most part. It’s not my favorite thriller in the whole world, but I liked the structure of the story, and how the title is so fitting. Despite several heavy subject matters – It’s set in 2002, so that gives you an idea of the circumstances in New York City – the characters were constantly engaging. Each character was unique. Also, one of the main focuses is on a published author, and seeing the process of a book deal in a fictional story was really cool to see. I enjoyed following the author’s story, and the saga he’s involved with.

I could have seen less graphic sex, and the violence was definitely unsettling. But, it’s a thriller. And Block accomplished that with his writing.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂