Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Classic Lesbian Film Review: BOUND

First off, I want to say a big THANK YOU to my buddy Vanessa Clark (VC) for mailing me the DVD of this film, as well as two other films which I'm planning on reviewing here on the blog. Love ya, VC!

And secondly...holy shit, what a movie!




Are you old enough to remember the clout of Siskel and Ebert, and their coveted "Two Thumbs Up"? Well, this 1996 gem garnered two thumbs up, and I am old enough to respect the thumbs, so I was automatically intersted. And I should have known that this would be more than your typical lesbian fantasy thriller due to those thumbs.

And, oh, it was...

Right off the bat, we see Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon play the most delicious "we shouldn't be doing this" lesbian couple. At first, I thought I'd stumbled upon a soft porn with Gina playing the bad-girl plumber, and Jennifer playing the wanton housewife who "lost her earring down the drain." (I had actually heard of this moment that would lead into an infamous lesbian love scene before because it's on a bunch of Top 10 Hottest Lesbian Movie Sex Scene lists... BTW--it delivers!)

But this movie is so much more than hot FF moments!

Now, don't get me wrong, I loved the love scenes. The two leading ladies have great chemistry. I could listen to Gina Gershon dirty talk in her husky, sexy voice all day. But the real story starts when we realize Jennifer's character is hooked up with a member of the mob, played by Joe Pantoliano in one of my favorite performances by him ever. You think you know his character from the get-go, but that son of a bitch is clever... That's all I'll give you on that! I don't want to give away too much of the plot because I want you to watch this movie if you haven't seen it.

But a disclaimer: this film isn't for the squeamish! It is a serious nail-biter! There were a couple of bloody scenes I simply could not watch because I was so anxious! Instead I grabbed my iPhone and played on Instagram to distract me until the scene was over. As the movie went on, the tension just mounted and mounted, and the plot thickened and thickened, and as much as I wanted to hide in my phone, I was glued to the screen. It was a movie so well done that, frankly, I am shocked I hadn't seen it before now.

After a satisfying ending, as the credits rolled, I gave a cheer when I saw that the Wachowski (then brothers - now sisters) directed it! Well, of course they did!

If you haven't seen this classic lesbian film, do yourself a favor and check it out. It made my Wednesday night way more exciting than it normally would have been, in more ways than one!

Have you seen this movie? Are there any other classic FF movies you think I should check out?

Look for more reviews coming soon!


-Scarlett


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Sarah Brightman Announces New Album/Tour

Oh. My. God. Sarah Brightman is coming out with a new album called HYMN on November 9. She just announced a world tour. And...




...yours truly is going to see her live in February!

I even splurged and got special tickets with VIP meet-and-greet because I love her so much. I am so stoked I can barely sit still!

For those of you not familiar with Sarah, let me introduce you! She was the original Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. She was also married to Andrew Lloyd Webber, but the two divorced. She is, in my opinion, the best soprano performer in the world.

She's taken a lot of risks over the course of her career, not only with the songs she's recorded (from traditional opera to pop to rock to electronic) but also for being daring with her looks. She's used her sex appeal, dressing to please the eye, on album covers and onstage, which some critics have knocked, but I say, if you're drop dead gorgeous, why not play that up as much as your voice? She's also starred in films, such as Blind Mag in the edgy musical Repo! The Genetic Opera.




I first discovered Sarah when I was a teenager. I was browsing CDs in the classical section at my local book and music store when I discovered the Harem album.




I was not familiar with her before then, but that gorgeous cover caught my eye. (See, sex appeal can get people's attention...) I bought the album knowing nothing about her, or her voice, or her history on Broadway. Needless to say, I absolutely fell in love with her and have been a life-long fan ever since.

Another favorite album of mine is Symphony, which I highly recommend.




Five years ago, I got to see Sarah live when she went on tour for her Dreamchaser album. It was one of the most amazing concerts I have ever been to. I am not ashamed to admit I was moved to tears a number of times during the show. She was perfect!




Sarah is 58 years old and still has an outstanding voice. If you've never heard her sing, here is one of my favorite live performances of the famous song "Phantom of the Opera" from a concert in 2008 (duet with Chris Thompson):






I urge you to explore her discography. There are plenty of live and pre-recorded songs of hers on YouTube. And if you like what you hear, grab tickets for the HYMN tour and attend the concert nearest to you! I promise you won't be disappointed!

-SK

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

"Sex Tips" Guest Post on Moctezuma Johnson's Blog

Happy Hump Day!

This week I'm over at author Moctezuma Johnson's blog, sharing some personal sex tips to spice things up before you even get to the bedroom.

Curious? --> Click Here! <--

XoXo
Scarlett

Sunday, August 5, 2018

CSCH Spotlight #3: Dallas Museum of Art

Hello, and thank you for checking out the third "behind the scenes" of my contemporary lesbian romance CITY SPIRIT, COUNTRY HEART blog-post series. This one is about the Dallas Museum of Art, which is featured in the novel.


photo from dallasartsdistrict.org 


I've been to this museum twice, and both times I've gone, I've wished I had more time. I know the word "amazing" is overused, but this museum is amazing. So. Much. To See.

It's so much more than just an "art" museum to me because it not only features works from all around the world, but it features pieces from all across the timeline of humanity, from modern times to ancient history. It's like stepping into a time machine and connecting with each artist on an intimate level, giving you special insight into what it might have felt like, living in a specific time, in a specific country. That's something the history books will never be able to provide. It's something truly special.

You may be wondering, why put it in a romance novel? Well, I've always thought that museums were a romantic place to visit. Maybe it's because the art and history contained within museums are just such wonderful expressions of raw humanity, like love is. Human beings are unique in the animal kingdom in that we express ourselves with multiple types of art, and we are also unique in that we can fall in love and experience the thrill of romance. Also, it's fun to examine the pieces and to find those that we especially relate to, whether we can explain it or not, and it gives us something exciting and thought-provoking to talk about with a date.

In my novel, Macy and Sophia take a trip here on one of their first dates. Unlike Lamppost, TX, this museum actually does exist--it isn't just a product of my imagination--and you can visit it anytime in real life. I've actually been waiting for a chance to stick it in one of my stories. I took my memories from my most recent visit and used them to flesh out the details of certain pieces that spoke to me as I came across them and observed them. So when you're reading the novel, you're also getting a chance to focus on what I especially liked during my last trip over there!

Curious to see how this museum played a part in my novel? Check it out!




And as always, thanks for reading!


-Scarlett

P.S. If you missed the earlier CITY SPIRIT, COUNTRY HEART spotlights...

--> click here for #1 <--

and -->here for #2 <--


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Guest Post On Writing

Please join me over at Shelby Kent Stewart's blog to read my guest post on the transformative power of writing: On Being the Storytellers of Our Lives.

-SK

Sunday, July 22, 2018

CSCH Spotlight #2: The Magic of Horses

In my new contemporary lesbian romance, CITY SPIRIT, COUNTRY HEART, love interest and country girl Sophia takes main character and city girl Macy to visit her aunt's horses. I wanted to include horses in this book because of my limited but magical personal experience with these creatures when I lived in Bellevue, TX (For more on Bellevue's role in inspiring the fictional town of Lamppost, TX, --> click here <--).


Image from pexels.com


I was ten years old when I lived in Bellevue, and while there, I had the opportunity to take riding lessons from a young woman who lived in a trailer on some land across the highway. She taught me how to barrel race, which was fun, but I never had any interest in doing it at a rodeo or anything.

She also taught me the difference between a horse's walk, trot, lope, and run. A walk was nice and slow, and a trot felt like riding down a bumpy brick road. The lope was nice and smooth. But the first time the horse took off in a run through the pasture with me on her back, it felt like I was flying. It was truly one of the most exhilarating experiences of my existence.

Horses have intrigued me ever since. I've never owned one, but any chance I get to interact with them, I take. How we could have domesticated such majestic creatures is mind-blowing to me. Happy horses have such a powerful, peaceful aura. Just spending a few minutes in their presence can lift my mood. Feisty, frustrated horses are intimidating to be around; they have the potential to be deadly to humans. I was so happy I had the chance to put these animals in my latest book.


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Thanks for stopping by! 


-SK

Sunday, July 15, 2018

CSCH Spotlight #1: What Inspired Lamppost, Texas?

A large portion of my newest contemporary lesbian romance novel CITY SPIRIT, COUNTRY HEART takes place in the fictional town of Lamppost, Texas. If you were to look for this town on a map, you wouldn't find it. But there are two real-life towns that inspired Lamppost.

After my parents divorced when I was a kid, I found myself moving around a lot with my mother and two younger brothers. One town that we ended up living in for about a year was Bellevue, Texas. I recently had the chance to stop by Bellevue (population 343, as of 2016), and I took some pictures for this post.

One of the town's noticeable features is its powder blue water tower. I parked at the closed post office and snapped this shot:




As a kid, I always wanted to climb up to the top of it, but I never had the guts to do it.

Another memorable feature of Bellevue is the fact that none of its roads are paved. They're all gravel, including the roads that go right by the school:




I have fond memories of walking up and down these gravel roads with my little brothers to kill time during the heat of summer. There wasn't much to walk to; at the time, there was only one gas station in operation, and only one restaurant. We used to amble down to the gas station in the afternoon and buy candy with the coins we'd earned for doing our chores. The gas station is still there, but the original restaurant closed down and is replaced by a newer one. Other than that, there are still a few churches, a post office, and (much to the disgust of most of the town) the out-of-place porn shop just down the highway. Needless to say, my brothers and I were never allowed to visit the sex store!

The second town I based Lamppost on is Jacksboro, Texas, where we also lived for a short time. It's larger than Bellevue (population 4,347 in 2016), and it has an actual town square with a courthouse. There's more to do in Jacksboro, but it's still got that small town vibe going on. I haven't been back to Jacksboro in years, so I don't have any pictures, but if you want to check out the city's web page, --> here's the link <--. 


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