8 Movie Scenes I’ve Been Trying to Scrub From My Brain (Spoilers!)

You know how something you’ve seen can be so nasty, disturbing, whacked out, or just plain icky that it’s inexorably burned into your brain? And you think, “Oh well, give it some time and the memory will fade.” But of course, it doesn’t.

On any given day, I can’t remember where I left my car keys or who I promised to call. But these images are still unshakably lodged in my cranium.

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Children of Men (2006)

large_pGksHILD8UljwU1J3ZLPPRgyvF8Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Written by: Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, & Hawk Ostby, based on the novel by P.D. James

Theo (Clive Owen) has given up political activism and is simply trying to get by in a bleak dystopian world. As women have become infertile, and the youngest humans are now 18, the end of humanity is — to quote 28 Days Later — very fucking nigh.

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The Long Way Home by Louise Penny



Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #10

Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Published: August 26, 2014 by Minotaur Books

Setting: Québec

Literary Awards: Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel (2015), Agatha Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Mystery & Thriller (2014)


Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are happily retired, with their dog Henri, to the village of Three Pines, Québec. Armand is on a gradual journey toward healing after the violent events he has survived. His longtime friend Clara Morrow is puzzled by his habit of sitting each morning, on the same bench, studying a particular book — he is always on the same page.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Possible Spoilers)




Hardcover, Hardcover, 400 pages

Published: March 25, 2003 by Counterpoint (1st published January 1, 2003)

Literary Awards:  Orange Prize for Fiction (2005)



Eva was a successful businesswoman and author as well as the wife and mother of two children. Now she is estranged from her husband and daughter. Her son Kevin is incarcerated, in the wake of a school shooting, for a series of brutal murders. Eva’s world is cold and narrow. Her only real connection to anyone is through letters she writes to her husband, Franklin.

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Things I Love About Cinema A-Z

This was originally published, on another site, as a submission to a blogathon hosted by Mettel Ray in 2012. Huge kudos and shout outs to anyone who can name all the films/books/TV programs pictured here. 🙂



A ~ Anime — Something that, through the years, my kids and I have enjoyed equally — what a gift!


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What I’ve Been Reading & Blogger Links

Tomorrow is the first day of spring and, as is usual in Western Virginia, the weather is capricious. One day everyone is out in shorts, and the next we’re preparing for a blizzard. Good times.

I haven’t written any new book reviews in a while, but I’d like to talk about the novels I’ve been reading, many of which were recommended by fellow bloggers.

Currently Reading:
CloserCloser Than You Think by S.A. Barton
Published December 24, 2016 by Smashwords Edition

This will probably be my next Indie Spotlight. I happened upon the author in the strange, labyrinthine realm that is Twitter, and his tweets caught my attention. He revealed enough in 140 characters to convince me that I’d enjoy his authorial voice, and I haven’t been disappointed. I liked some of these stories and loved others and — in every one, so far — the writing style and narrative voice have thoroughly grabbed me.

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In the Electric Mist (2009)


Written by: Jerzy Kromolowski & Mary Olson-Kromolowski, based on In the Electric Mist With the Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke

Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier

My mom was a fan of James Lee Burke’s murder mysteries — which are still on my shelves, unread, and I was intrigued by this adaptation of his novel In the Electric Mist With the Confederate Dead. Let’s face it: Tommy Lee Jones, Peter Sarsgaard, John Goodman, Kelly Macdonald, Mary Steenburgen — what a kick-ass cast! Sarsgaard alone is enough to sell me on just about any movie.

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