Friday, April 11, 2008

Anyone down for Spring Break in CanCun?

Last year I ranted and raved about the horror film, “The Descent.” Read about it here. Interestingly, the same individual who recommended that I see that movie, also handed me a book called, “The Ruins” by Scott B. Smith. She said it was tremendously frightening and, in fact, gave me her copy to keep.

I never did get around to reading the book because so many other books kept taking precedence and it got lost in my ever-growing pile of “books for later.” Now, some two years later, it turns out they made a movie out of the story.

Amazingly, it was brought to my attention by one of the attendees at my showing of "The Descent" last year. She mentioned that we ought to go and see the movie since it was supposedly along the same lines of horror. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity and we managed to see it earlier this week.

The verdict?

Well, if you're into grim, relentless drama that acknowledges the grief that comes with unspeakable tragedy (like me) then you are in a bit of luck. However, I will say that this film was, at best, okay. It certainly was no Descent. I held, perhaps, unreasonably high hopes for this movie. Surely, nothing could match the sheer 'terror factor' of “The Descent.” Still, it beat a ho-hum Wednesday night at home.

Moral of the story: Never visit an out-of-the-way Mexican ruin covered by vines and blood-red flowers that make a squeaking sound... (huh?!?)

Tina’s rating: C+

See a preview of "The Ruins"

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Great Strides 2008

Six years ago I had the pleasure of meeting my dear friend's niece, Theresa, who was 4 or 5 years old at the time. I remember instantly remarking to my friend about her beauty and adorable temperament, albeit on the timid side. She was precious, just like a porcelain doll.

I raved on and on about this angelic girl and wanted to know all about her and her parents. It was during this conversation that I learned Theresa was born with 'CF' or Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system for which there is currently no cure. It is one of the most common life-shortening, childhood onset inherited diseases.

Theresa has a younger sister, Caroline, who also has CF. While I hear little bits and pieces about the girls' lengthy hospital stays, infection scares and rigid therapy, I truly have no idea what it is like to have CF nor to care for a child with CF. I do know that it breaks my heart to see my own children come down with a simple cold. So I cannot even begin to imagine how Theresa and Caroline and their parents cope each day. To me, they are all crusaders, heroes, and a source of great inspiration.

Over the years, I've been an annual donor and supporter of my friend's efforts to raise fundraising dollars and I am inviting you, too, to learn more about CF, help spread awareness and donate. I love receiving updates on Theresa and Caroline and like my friend, am thankful the girls have survived another year.

Every little bit counts and gets researchers close to finding a cure for CF. There is no better time than now to donate! Go to:

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A Cowboy and Honky Tonk?!?

Okay, I’ll admit I’ve never really been a fan of country music, not even that Kenny Cheesey guy.

BUT… after watching this season’s Celebrity Apprentice, I became yet another adoring fan of Trace Adkins. What a man. What a smile. And that voice! Whoooo-eeeeeeee! His voice brings out the giggle in my laugh, the swagger in my walk…

And while we're on the subject, here are some other Hollywood hunks that make me go sickly weak in the knees:

~ Viggo Mortensen
~ Kiefer Sutherland
~ Keanu Reeves
~ Matt Damon
~ Mark Wahlberg
~ Matthew Settle (Rufus Humphrey from Gossip Girl)

Watch Trace's new music video: "You're Gonna Miss This"

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

"That's not possible. Tony Almeida is dead."

Those of us fans of 24 had to go an entire season without Kiefer Sutherland to drool and purrrrr over. Waaah. It will be another 10 months before we will get to watch a new and exciting day in the life of our hero, Jack Bauer.

You’ve probably seen the trailer where the bomb is dropped: Whoaaaah… Tony Almeida is not only back from the assumed dead, but he’s gone to the dark side! I had the pleasure of meeting Carlos Bernard while in LA last week. And while he has that evil, bad-ass look about him, I’m convinced he’s no bad guy. He can’t be! He is the only person Jack can trust- his only friend! Ugh. We will all just have to wait and see.

Beep beep beep…