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 Betsie's Literary Page Newsletter . It's the middle of the month already?


 
March 12, 2004 

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Hello Dear Members!


Well yesterday was a terribly hectic day. But a number of phone calls seemed to bring everything back into focus.

One call came from a bookstore in Minnesota saying they couldn't order my book to stock in the store. I thought to myself "hmm that's strange, there was plenty there just yesterday?"

I called Ingram's and found that they had all been requested. Then called back the store and explained that it may be due to the campaign I'm in the midst of launching that's causing the requests. She was excited to hear about the campaign and said she would keep trying until she obtained some books.

By late afternoon I received another call from another person, in Australia! Wanting to know if the book was available in their area. Again I thought myself, "maybe I've created a monster, what do I do if it gets out of hand? Shoot, ride the wave you idiot!" So I politely told the woman, "I'm sure its availble through any online bookstore, and you may even go as far as requesting your local store bring it in." *hint - hint!

So needless to say that a day of opportune marketing did not go to waste ^_^


in this issue
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  • In the News and More
  • Recipes and Jokes
  • Book Reviews
  • For Writers
  • Guerilla Marketing

  • Recipes and Jokes
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    Mexican Casserole

    1 pkt Corn tortillas
    2 can Mexican black beans
    1 pkt Shredded cheddar cheese
    1 lb Ground turkey or lean ground beef
    1 pkt Taco seasonings
    1 med Yellow onion

    * Brown meat and onion. Add taco seasoning and water. Let simmer for 5 minutes. In casserole dish, put one layer of corn tortillas, then spoon meat mixture on top. Spoon layer of beans and put one layer of cheese. Repeat until you run out of ingredients ending with cheese.

    * Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.



    Courtroom Funnies

    Q: Are you sexually active? A: No, I just lie there. ======================================== Q: What is your date of birth? A: July 15th. Q: What year? A: Every year. ======================================== Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. ======================================== Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all? A: Yes.
    Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
    A: I forget.
    Q: You forget? Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten? ========================================= Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?
    A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which. Q: How long has he lived with you?
    A: Forty-five years. ========================================= Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke up that morning?
    A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
    Q: And why did that upset you?
    A: My name is Susan. ========================================= Q: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo or the occult?
    A: We both do.
    Q: Voodoo?
    A: We do.
    Q: You do?
    A: Yes, voodoo. ======================================== Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
    A: Did you actually pass the bar exam? ========================================= Q: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?


    Book Reviews
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    Title: Nightmares Echo
    Author: Katlyn Stewart
    Publisher: Publish America, Inc.; (May 2003)
    Paperback: 116pp
    ISBN: 1592866220
    $16.95

    Rating: Highly Recommended

    March 07, 2004

    From Innocence to Healing Wounds

    Imagine being a young child. Now picture that someone is mistreating you, and you are completely unable to retaliate in any way. Then try to imagine what would be running through your mind? Terror, anxiety, and a hate that you can do nothing with: except hold it all inside.

    Stewart reveals such a child in her novel Nightmares Echo.

    With an emotional and pressing drive, the author unveils a family disintegrated and why people fall into the pits of hell, reaching out, but never quite able to grasp the rope, falling even further into darkness.

    In this well written novel, this child learns to cope with the "Monkey On Your Back," into adulthood. Stewart's novel gives courage for others to be resilient. Although it is obvious she survived because of her own strength.

    Still, it is almost impossible to believe, that in this modern age many children suffer hours, days, weeks, and even months of pain caused by abuse from parents or other authority figures.

    Stewart's novel also shows how children that suffer abuse are scarred both physically and mentally, suffering severe long and short-term effects of their abuse.

    Every year an estimated one million children suffer from some form of child abuse. If you are a past victim of abuse or not, I highly recommend Nightmares Echo, as it can be valuable in helping you recognize the negative feelings and emotional traps that can occur. This novel certainly one of the best I've read, giving healing, validation and inspiration for all.

    Reviewed by Betsie

    To read the interview or purchase a copy go here


    Title: Hate Keeps Me Warm
    Author: Ty Swartz
    Publisher: Publish America, Inc.; (April 2004)
    Genre: Poetry
    ISBN: 1413716296
    Paperback; 111pp
    $16.95

    Rating: Highly Recommended

    March 07, 2004

    To speak with stormy truth

    Hate Keeps Me Warm, is a collection of poems, especially descriptive of the turbulence experienced in the author's relationships. It isn't a typical social writing. Instead, feelings carried as luggage into adulthood! A child left behind, alone and haunted, a life marked by upheaval, abuse, obstacles, and tragedy with one more dream turned to stone.

    Although, Ty Swartz turned his hate into positive manifestation - Poetry - presenting a new dimension of language and reflection, with a contemplative tempo.

    The poems are direct, and play very nicely to the anger stage, a sharp weapon for inflicting the stings of his wrath. Excellent images painted by words and emotions give insight into the people being described.

    Swartz voices a lot of the things people can feel, written with such wicked wit. An intense and noble impulse style immediately makes you stop, catch your breath, and "feel" the thoughts he imparts. We find in Swartz's poetry a strong passion, combined with a bold and active imagination.

    Overall, Swartz's collection of poems, are a little darker, and much more raw than my usual - I liked them! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys poetry, especially to those who still have pent up anger, it may prove to be very therapeutic and realize they aren't alone.

    Reviewed by Betsie

    To read the interview or purchase a copy go here


    Title: Comporting Roadwise
    Author: Rom Tom
    Publisher: Medicine Bow Gallery (February 2004)
    Genre: Autobiography
    ISBN: 0975334107
    CD-ebook
    $15.95

    Rating: Highly Recommended

    March 08, 2004

    An emotional roller coaster!

    The year 1968, an era of napalm pouring from helicopters over jungle villages. Childhood dreams scarred, political upheaval, hippie communes, bikers, drugs and sit-downs.

    By 1969 burning up his draft card, Rom Tom became an anti-war activist, and a homeless vagabond wanted by the FBI. Only after ingesting half belladonna pod and two years later did the FBI catch up to him. Imprisoned, the author reveals his torturous stay in shocking detail. Much of what readers' will find disturbing.

    It was 1975 dues paid, and Rom Tom met his soul mate. A beautiful French- Canadian 16 year-old, named Owl. But their journey of gypsy bliss quickly turned into turmoil, with one incident after another. Ultimately, and tragically leading to the loss of their children.

    Comporting Roadwise is not just about events through time; it's also about one man's love for life, and his family. In a sense, a touching love story. Readers' heart will surely feel for this struggling family, who desperately tries to hang on.

    This reviewer did not experience the 60's, but reading about it was an eye opening experience, as readers' will quickly find out. It's hard to imagine one keeping track of a single year in life, but a lifetime of data? Comporting Roadwise is well written, with amazing detail, and a compelling story of inspiration.

    The only drawback this reviewer could find is sitting at the computer, although the digital web format is an impressive 3D effect, and beautiful full color illustrations add depth to this amazing book. But this reviewer still prefers the old way of curling up with a good book. For a flashback into the past and more, this is one book readers should not miss!

    Reviewed by Betsie


    Title: My Story by Francis the Bird
    Author: Carla C. Cain
    Publisher: F.S. Press; (December 2003)
    ISBN: 0971708800
    Genre: Children's Book
    Paperback: 16pp (Hardcover)
    Price: $19.95

    Rating: Highly Recommend

    March 10, 2004

    A tribute to love and the many rewards that it can bring.

    Francis is a fragile baby sparrow that fell from his nest on a spring morning. Through beautiful color photographs, we watch first hand the passage of time beginning with Francis's arrival into the author's life. We watch the small sparrow grow until he "leaves the human's nest." This book serves as a reminder that every creature, human or nonhuman, can flourish and grow with love.

    It is obvious that the author remained patient and nurturing as the photographs were taken. These color photographs of the small bird against a soft satin-like background highlight this book's simplicity. I read this one to my 6-year-old daughter last night and many children will echo her words. As I closed the book she asked me, "Daddy, can I bring this to show and tell?"

    Excellent job Francis! Tell your assistant Carla C. Cain that we look forward to hearing from you both again! Thank you for reminding me of how one simple, loving action can enhance the lives of the person giving and receiving this wonderful emotion.

    Tyrone Vincent Banks


    For Writers
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    ------------ 1) WildRice Productions ------------

    We are looking for two different types of scripts:

    The first type of script we are looking for is a completed high concept disaster script in the vein of 'Twister' and/or 'Armageddon'. Must have a young adult in their 20s for the central role.

    The second type of script that we are looking for is a high concept family comedy script. Must center on Halloween with a parent, who has a teenage kid, as the main central character who also plays a significant role.

    We do not accept email attachments. All email attachments will be deleted without being opened.

    Please email a logline followed with a synopsis in the body of the email (total length of your email should not exceed one page) to: pitches@wildriceproductions.com


    ----------- 2) Coliseum Pictures Corporation -----------

    I'm looking for a completed script centered on the world of poker in the vein of 'The Hustler' and/or 'Rounders'.

    Budget Range will not be below $20 mil.

    WG and non-WG welcome to submit

    Coliseum Pictures has projects set up with Universal and Disney.

    Please email a one-page logline/synopsis to: Development submissions@coliseumpictures.com


    ------------ 3) Glow Worm Pictures ------------

    I'm looking for a Sci-Fi creature feature. It MUST be a creature movie where the creature is killing humans and, if not stopped, will destroy the human population. It needs to have a central hero character. High body count is a must.

    Budget will not exceed 2.2 million.

    WG and non-WG writers are welcome.

    My credits include: Dead Rail, Sabretooth, Beneath Loch Ness, My Brother the Pig, Tale of the Mummy and Black Dawn. More info is available on IMDB.com

    Please email a logline followed with a synopsis to: Scott Vandiver glowwormpics@yahoo.com


    CONTESTS

    The 2004 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting Competition call for entries! Final deadline set for May 1, 2004. $10,000 in cash and $8,000 in prizes. To receive a reminder email sent to you two weeks before the deadline email competition@scriptpimp.com


    Open Door Contest - Deadline May 31, 2004 scr(i)pt magazine's Open Door Contest sponsored by Underground Management

    Don't miss this great opportunity to work with one of the leading agencies representing writers today. The first-place winner of this contest receives $3,000 CASH, consideration for literary representation by Underground Management, screenwriting software provided by Final Draft, a $200 gift certificate from The Writers Store, promotions from Inktip.com and SoYouWannaSellAScript.com, plus much more! Deadline: May 31, 2004 Entry Fee: $45 For more information visit: http://www.scriptmag.com/contests/index.htm


    Guerilla Marketing
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    Forward this email on to anyone you think may be interested in joining. There is a link in the footer of this email.


    Ok Last week I talked about Hypnotic "persuasive" Marketing and gave a number of methods to use.

    If for some reason you did not recieve last week's newsletter or if you are new please ask for it and I'll send you a copy.

    This week I have listed a number of phrases to help you get started on composing your emails, websites, press releases. These will work with any type of product.


    COMFORT

    Curl up with _______
    Feel the cares of the day fade away
    Just right for after a long day
    For life's relaxing moments
    Snuggle into ______


    CREDIBILITY

    America's favorite
    Editor's Choice
    Experience it!
    Kids love _____
    Here's what others say about _______
    Glowing recommendations
    Highly regarded
    Highly recommended
    Approved by _____


    FAVORITE

    A welcome edition
    An experience that will touch your soul
    At Last!
    Brilliantly concieved
    Experience it for yourself
    Must-have
    Quicken the pulse with _____
    Stimulating and seductive
    The stuff dreams are made of


    FUN

    A touch of whimsy
    Adventure calls
    An unexpected pleasure
    Appeals to the sense of adventure
    It's time to unwind
    Let the good times roll
    Lift your spirits
    Looking for a big thrill?
    Pleasure beyond expectation
    Ready to enjoy
    Remember fun?
    Provides hours of laughter
    Give in to temptation
    The fun starts here
    The ultimate adventure


    IMAGINATION

    Beyond your imagination
    Beyond your wildest dreams
    Captures your imagination
    Imagine yourself _____
    Let your imagination run wild
    Now imagine/picture it with ____
    Puts your imagination into overdrive
    Try for a moment to imagine
    Walk on the wild side


    INNOVATIVE

    A hint of the unexpected
    Anything but traditional
    Brings a whole new dimension to the world of ___
    Captures the spirit of ____
    Everthing and anything except the ordinary
    For a new experience
    Fresh and creative
    It's electrifying!
    One-of-a-kind treasure
    Rare and unusual
    Takes it one step further
    Unlike any other
    With a new twist
    Guaranteed the unexpected


    NATURE

    A fusion of science and nature
    Call it a natural attraction
    Earth-inspired
    Fresh -- naturally
    Inspired by nature
    The essence of nature
    To please your nature-loving sensibilities


    NOSTALGIA

    A blast from the past
    Brings back memories
    Create an aura of Victorian romance
    Echoes a past era
    From a bygone year
    Recapture the thrill of ___
    Re-create the magic of ___
    Reminiscent of times past
    Step back into the past
    Takes you back to simpler times
    The ageless charm of ___
    Vintage-inspired


    OPPORTUNITY

    Be prepared
    Don't be left behind
    Experience firshand
    Like the promise of spring
    The adventure begins here
    Uncover a priceless treasure
    Your gateway
    Will take your breath away


    POWER

    A powerful masterpiece
    Feel the power of ___
    A showstopper


    POPULAR

    For the ___ lover
    For the now generation
    Hits the spot
    Certain to satisfy anyone's taste
    See for yourself
    The legendary ___
    You'll become a fan
    You'll truly cherish this
    Your kids will love
    Will quickly become your favorite
    With universal appeal


    ROMANCE

    A little mystery is good for romance
    A touch of magic
    Brings the romance and warmth of times gone by
    Created just for lovers
    Secluded. Mystical. Enchanting.
    Feel the magic
    Dreamy and enchanting
    A toast to romance with ____
    Rustic yet romantic
    Sure to steal your heart
    Where mysteries, romance, and memories meet
    Wildly romantic
    Will capture your heart


    SENSORY

    Feel the difference
    Bone-tingling
    A fragrant hint of ____
    Light. Pure. Refreshing.
    Like a breath of fresh air
    Sets hearts and minds racing
    Sets the mood
    The rustic allure
    Whimsical images
    Will stir your soul


    SERVICE

    A phone call away
    In stock and ready to go
    Easy to order - guaranteed to please
    We appreciate your business
    Toll-free hotline
    24 hours a day, seven days a week


    SIZE

    A blockbuster event
    Chock-full
    Good things come in small packages
    Lavished with __
    More than just a ___


    SOCIAL

    A generous portion of the proceeds will be donated to ______
    Give something back
    Made from recycled materials
    Preserve our planet
    Promotes conservation of ___


    SOLUTIONS

    Here's the place for ___
    Exactly what you've been looking for
    Look no further
    Your search for the perfect ___ is over
    Try it and you'll see
    The key to ____
    You've come to the right place


    MISCELLANEOUS

    A source of inspiration
    An invitation to ____
    And that's just the tip of the iceberg!
    Discover the mysteries of ___
    Give in to your primal urges
    Heartwarming
    Here's just a sampling
    Just like (magic, mother used to make, at the movies,etc.)
    Just the right blend
    Stop dreaming. Wake up to ____
    Take a peek at ____
    Will cast its spell


    Just reword each phrase or complete the sentence to fit your product. ** Ok that's enough for now, my brain is in overdrive!



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    In the News and More


    Vila Vilified? - Bob Vila, who's made millions hawking home improvement tips to the masses, could be in a heap 'o trouble. Vila's website (BobVila.com) has come under scrutiny for alleged violations of the federal Can-Spam law which went into effect earlier this year. A lawsuit filed today in federal court on behalf of Hypertouch, a Foster City, Calif., Internet Service Provider, alleges that BlueStreamMedia, Sacramento, and BVWebTies, Boston, which owns BobVila.com, violated the Can-Spam law by sending Hypertouch customers unsolicited and unwanted email ads for Vila's "Home Again Newsletter." The suit may well be the first filed alleging violations of the Can-Spam law.

    The suit alleges that BobVila.com sent email with fraudulent headers and that it distributed email to randomly generated and harvested addresses. "The Can-Spam Act provides only the most minimal protections to the public," said Hypertouch President and Founder Joe Wagner in a press release. "But BobVila.com and BlueStream Media failed to observe even those." The suit alleges that the defendants sent spam email ads with fraudulent headers and no legally required physical address. They also sent email to randomly generated and harvested addresses, and to addresses that had been submitted to the "opted-out" links of other spam.

    If the allegations bear out, Vila's empire could become a landmark example of how not to run a web business. Vila has become a fairly popular brand of mainstream America, peddling household how-tos to do-it- yourselfers. He's considered a trusted voice on the domestic fix-it scene even if he is a shil for Sears. If it turns out that his home improvement empire isn't Can- Spam compliant, think of how many other web businesses aren't - or is this just a red herring? It remains to be seen. One thing's for sure, the legal eagles' fangs are out and ready to lay into alleged Can- Spam violators.


    NOTE TO LES MOONVES - Rubber- stamp "Amish in the City." It'll be UPN's biggest hit. How do we know, because the story on the show getting mired in Viacom's development process broke a new record in terms of Web traffic.

    They won't share the precise numbers with us, but they tell us it's about "30 times" the number of hits they normally get for their stories. At first we were wondering whether it was all those Amish people out their going online to read the story, but then we thought better.

    All we can conclude is that there is a lot of pent up interest in the Shaker set. We'll definitely be watching. "Witness" and "Kingpin" are two of our favorite movies.


    NEW YORK (CBS.MW) -- How the mighty have fallen!

    Who would have thought that the once powerful but now pitiful Martha Stewart would be convicted by a jury of her peers and face the prospect of prison? Who would have thought that so many other previously unassailable executives face much the same fate? Or that so many corporate pooh-bahs are having their power stripped away?

    There is, for instance, the arrogant Michael Eisner, Disney's (DIS: news, chart, profile) mouseketeer in chief for the past 20 years, fighting for his corporate life. A stunning 43 percent of the votes cast at the annual meeting this past week called for him to be thrown off the board of directors, the very same pliant body that he previously had played like a flute. Eisner did manage to remain a director and the CEO -- at least for now -- but he was dumped as chairman of the board.

    Their misdeeds were different in style and severity, but Stewart and Eisner had much in common and much that we could learn from. Each of them had begun to think that they were perfect, that they could do no wrong, that they were invincible. Martha and Mike and just about all the high executives who have been humbled and humiliated lately are the poster kids for one trait: hubris. Alas, many organizations and executives suffer from it.

    There are some lessons to be learned here. For example:
    the trees do not grow to the skies.
    the people (or the shareholders) will take only so much, and then they will rebel.
    it is wise to be nice (or at least correct) to everybody when you're on your way up. They are the same people you will pass by when you're on your way down. (They may even become prosecution witnesses.) and an especially important message drawn from the fate of Ms. Stewart: Always, but always, tell the truth. There is nothing that law enforcement officers, or the public at large, hate more than dissembling. If there is bad news to report, be sure that you are the one who reports it, that you report it fast and that you report it fully.

    Martha Stewart's syndicated television show, "Martha Stewart Living," has been pulled from CBS's New York affiliate following the domestic maven's stock conviction.


    Paramount Names New Movie Marketing Czar

    Gerry Rich was named to president-worldwide motion picture marketing for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures from president-worldwide marketing and co-president of United Artists at MGM-UA. He succeeds Arthur Cohen, who left Paramount to become a consultant in September.


    Teachers = Terrorists? Last month, President Bush's Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, called America's largest teachers' union a "terrorist organization." Why? Because the union had the gall to insist that President Bush live up to his own promises to adequately fund education.


    GRAY LADIES WITH RED FACES -- Ordinarily, intrepid reporting is associated with the efforts that go into writing Pulitzer Prize-winning stories, not reporting on the prizes themselves. But that's just what trade mag Editor & Publisher seems to have accomplished. At least that's what it's telling its readers in a story that purports to lead the finalists for this year's Pulitzers. Unfortunately, E&P is a magazine and does not qualify for the prestigious newspaper awards.

    A publication that was eligible, but is noticeably light in this year's nominations is the New York Times. The Gray Lady is in contention for the relatively lightweight categories of "commentary" and "editorial" and secured a nomination for "investigative reporting," but was otherwise absent most of the hard news categories that it normally dominates.

    Could this be backlash to the whole Jayson Blair affair? Unclear. But what is clear is that the Pulitzer judges appear to have shifted their allegiances from the East Coast's Times to the West Coast's. The Los Angeles Times led this year's pack with nine nominations, followed by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, with four each.


    MOVIE REVIEWS


    HIDALGO

    Rating: 5 out of 5

    Based on what is being called a true story, HIDALGO opens with the battle at Wounded Knee where half- breed soldier Hopkins struggles with his conscience as he fights for the Americans and mourns for the Natives.

    Whether or not you like HIDALGO will depend on a couple of factors. Mainly how much you like horses, and just how true you expect your "true stories" to be.

    But HIDALGO is a big screen adventure movie, not a documentary. So, how does it stack up on that count? It's long on adventure and short on logic, but kudos must be given to the filmmakers for making a horse movie that really celebrates the horse.

    HIDALGO is beautifully photographed and the story is well-told, but the music score falls a little flat. Rightly rated PG-13, HIDALGO is a bit too brutal to be wholesome family fare, yet it shies away from being fully geared toward an adult audience.


    Starsky & Hutch

    Rating: 2.5 out of 5

    When the two discover a body that's washed up on the shore, their investigation initially leads them to local wealthy businessman Reese Feldman (VINCE VAUGHN). Little do they know that he and his assistant, Kevin (JASON BATEMAN), have developed a new form of cocaine that's undetectable to drug sniffing dogs or even human taste.

    The movie isn't quite as laugh out loud funny as I was expecting, but it does have a few really funny moments. A scene where Starsky & Hutch interview a prison inmate played by Will Ferrel is absolutely hilarious. I don't want to ruin it, but he makes our heroes do some pretty bizarre things before he'll give them info.

    Who will see it? A= fans of anyone in the cast or spoof- like comedies, they just might.


    Wide Releases - Opening today


    The Girl Next Door (R)


    Secret Window (PG-13)
    Johnny Depp stars


    Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (PG)
    Frankie Muniz


    NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience
    Kiefer Sutherland (narrator), Jeff Gordon


    Spartan
    Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy


    UPCOMING MOVIES- March 19, 2004


    Dawn of the Dead
    Studio: Universal Pictures
    Director: Zack Snyder
    Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth, Ty Burrell, Jayne Eastwood, Michael Kelly, Jake Weber, Kevin Zegers

    Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Webber and Mekhi Phifer head an ensemble cast in a re-envisioning of George Romero's apocalyptic horror classic, "Dawn of the Dead". An unexplained plague has decimated the world's population and yet...the dead aren't dying. They've become zombies, stalking endlessly in a constant quest to feed on the flesh and blood of the few remaining living. A ragtag group of desperate survivors in a Wisconsin town seek refuge in a large indoor mall, where they must learn not only to protect themselves from the ever-increasing zombie horde, but also to co-exist with each other as a last bastion of humanity. Sealed off from the rest of what used to be the world, the group uses every available resource (both within and without) in their against-all-odds fight to remain alive and human.


    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Studio: Focus Features
    Director: Michel Gondry
    Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Victor Rasuk, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood

    Joel (Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Meirzwiak and his crew (Dunst, Ruffalo, Wood) chase him through the maze of his memories, it's clear that Joel just can't get her out of his head.

    Taking Lives
    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
    Director: D.J. Caruso
    Starring: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Olivier Martinez, Tcheky Karyo, Jean Hugues Anglade, Gena Rowlands

    A top FBI profiler, Special Agent Illeana Scott (Jolie) doesn't rely on traditional crime-solving techniques to unravel the mysteries of a murderous mind. Her intuitive, unconventional approach often makes the crucial difference between catching a killer and sending a dead-end case to the cold file. When Montreal detectives handling a local homicide investigation reluctantly ask for an outsider's help to get inside the head of a cunning serial killer, Agent Scott joins the case. With meticulous insight, she theorizes that the chameleon-like killer is "life-jacking" - assuming the lives and identities of his victims. As the pressure mounts to catch the elusive murderer, Agent Scott's unorthodox methods alienate her from a territorial police team that feels threatened by her uncanny abilities. Her seemingly cold demeanor belies an unparalleled passion for her work, and she's at her best when she's working alone. But when an unexpected attraction sparks a complicated romantic entanglement, the consummate specialist begins to doubt her finely-honed instincts. Alone in an unfamiliar city with no one she can trust, Agent Scott suddenly finds herself on a twisted and terrifying journey, surrounded by suspects in a case that has become chillingly personal.


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