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Friday’s Game of Questions. Tag. I’m It.

Tiffany A White tagged me in this fun game of Eleven Random Questions.                        Here are the Rules                                                                                                                  1.Answer the questions set by the tagger.  In my case, this would be Tiffany.
2.Create eleven new questions to ask eleven new participants (I’m asking 12 people just because I feel like it :)).
3.Share links to those eleven (12 for me) people in your blog and let them know you’ve tagged them

Do you prefer coffee or tea in the mornings?                                                          Barry’s tea, a delicious Irish brand every morning and throughout the day.  I’m not a coffee drinker. Closest I ever come to the stuff is the odd Bailey’s coffee for dessert if I’m going out for dinner.

What book have you read over and over again?                                                           L.J. Smith’s The Forbidden Game trilogy.  It’s a mix of fantasy, paranormal and romance and it’s both scary and fun, my favourite combination.

What’s your favourite outdoor activity?                                                                      Does people-watching while sitting on a patio outside a pub count?

I’m second to the left

Do you cook and/or bake straight from the recipe, or do you get creative and throw things together in the kitchen?                                                                                  I just throw random ingredients into the pot and if in doubt add a lot of spices.

Where is your favourite place to visit in the United States?                                      I haven’t visited New Orleans but it’s the one city in the entire US I am dying to get to, hopefully within the next 12 months. I’m going to Las Vegas next year for a friend’s 30th so I’m going to do my best to fly to Anne Rice land while I’m over.

Which animals must you see when visiting a zoo?                                                     The monkeys.  They make me laugh.

What’s your favourite television show airing today?                                                The Vampire Diaries. Vampires, witches, magic and mayhem, and pretty men. Enough said.

pic impawards.com

What’s your favourite television show of all time?                                                       Buffy.  In case it’s not already clear, I love anything to do with vampires.

What’s your favourite movie of all time?                                                                     Can’t pick just one. The Goonies, Stand by Me, Reality Bites, Dirty Dancing, Hocus Pocus and The Last of the Mohicans would be high up on the list.

What do you like to snack on when at the movie theater?                                       Hot nuts. See picture just to be clear 🙂

From harringtonvending.com

Who is your current Hollywood or otherwise famous crush?                                  Daniel Gillies who plays Elijah in The Vampire Diaries and Mark Foster from the band Foster the People of “Pumped Up Kicks” fame.

The lovely Daniel Gillies
Pic from http://newspaper.li/daniel-gillies/
Rock/popstar Mark Foster

                                                                                                  Now for my victims (I’ve picked 12, not 11).  Some of you have probably been tagged already so feel free to ignore.

Becky from Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic                                                                                          Grace Mernagh                                                                                                                                   Kim from Kim the Fan Girl                                                                                                               Laura Cotter                                                                                                                            Michelle Cornwell-Jordan                                                                                                            Lori Oster                                                                                                                                    Lauralynn Elliott                                                                                                                            Cambria Hebert                                                                                                                           Shannon Yvonne Moreau                                                                                                           Silvia Paoletta                                                                                                                                Melissa Craig                                                                                                                               Dalya Moon

My Questions

Where is your Favourite Place in the Entire World?

What Country Do You Most Want to Visit?

Who is Your Favourite Author?

What Song Describes Your Mood Today?

Do You Judge A Book By Its Cover?

What is the Last Movie You Saw?

What Is Your Favourite Food?

What is Your Favourite TV Show Of All Time?

What is the First Record You Bought?

What is the Best Concert You Have Ever Attended?

Do You Prefer Blondes or Brunettes?

For anyone not tagged or those who are tagged and too lazy to create a blog post 🙂 leave your answers in a comment below.  Thanks!

Film Review: The Skeleton Key (Set in New Orleans? Say No More)

I love reading and watching anything to do with New Orleans, so it’s no surprise I enjoyed The Skeleton Key when I first saw it years ago.  As far as I can remember the critics generally panned it.  And of course when a film is ripped to shreds, I’m always keen to give it a go.  I found the dvd buried in a cupboard recently and had to give this another watch.  I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint.

Queen of comedy, Kate Hudson, broke from the norm back in 2005 to take the role of Caroline, a young nurse who goes to live and work in a large and imposing plantation house for Violet Devereaux (played brilliantly by Gena Rowlands).  She’s hired to take care of Violet’s elderly husband Ben (John Hurt) who recently suffered a stroke. Kudos to Hurt who has to act almost solely with his eyes.

Violet’s yarn about ghosts in the house and the power of hoodoo (a blend of vodoo, magic and religion) and the laying down of brick dust outside doors (to prevent those who mean you harm from entering), do not impress non-believer Caroline.  She is given a skeleton key for the house and ventures into the dark and dingy attic, where she finds a locked room filled with creepy objects for dark spells, a room anyone in their right mind would leave alone.  She comes to realise that Ben believes his sickness is down to a hoodoo curse.  In an effort to help him, Caroline performs a counterspell, hoping for a placebo effect.  Apparently magic can’t harm you unless you believe in it, which means Caroline is fine as long as she remains skeptical.  She doesn’t!

Spooky and haunting, and set in the backwaters of Louisiana, you can’t beat the eerie atmosphere of this movie.  The Skeleton Key is an old fashioned chiller, a genre I love.  Some may find it slow-moving, but I enjoyed the gentle pace which seemed to underline the easy pace of Southern life.  The murky swamps, bluesy soundtrack, voodoo and local superstitions evoke the sultry and magical atmosphere of the Mississippi, so redolent of other films like Interview with the Vampire.  Moody rain scenes add to the foreboding atmosphere. It’s easy to imagine that the supernatural exists in this part of America.

Recognise this line of trees?  It’s from the Oak Alley Plantation on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  It was featured in a number of films, including Interview with the Vampire and looks similar to what we see in The Skeleton Key but I’m not 100% sure if it’s the same. Google is giving me conflicting answers.

I probably loved the setting and haunting tone of this film above anything else. If you’re looking for constant jumps and something to make you scream out in fear, this film isn’t for you. On the other hand, if you want an interesting story and an eerie setting, go rent this, and settle in for a delicious piece of spooky storytelling. ****

Check it out on Amazon HERE