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July 4th, 2010

Movie Review - Knight and Day

Knight and Day

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgard, Jordi Molla, Viola Davis, Paul Dano

Premise: Trying to catch a flight back to Boston, June Davis literally crashes into a man. Thinking it pure happenstance and totally innocent, after some conversation and sharing of dreams, she decides to make a move. Only, once she's made it, she begins to realize nothing is what she thought as Roy Miller hands her a drink then sets to explain why their plane is no longer being flown by the pilots. And so begins a madcap adventure the likes of which she'd never dreamed.

Review: This movie looked like a lot of fun in the previews, and despite what some critics have been saying about it, it definitely was! IMHO anyway.

Some amazing stunts with integrated CGI. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz make their moves so smooth and flawless, it made it hard to believe all of it was NOT real. I can almost bet money they worked these two and worked them hard. Ah, but is it worth it.

The film has a dichotomy which was a blast and just made it that much funnier when the tables are turned. Yes, the story is about June, but it also becomes a story about Roy, and the man behind the agent.

There are scenes that are passed by when June is drugged unconscious, as the first part is all from her POV, but it just made some of the scenes funnier because of it, rather than leaving you feeling cheated. There's a bigger payoff to this too because of how they did it and what they do later. (Can't get too specific or I will give some treats away.)

Old gags, new gags, action action action. Just a total tasty treat. Some totally gorgeous places and vistas too. If you want some fun, a sprinkle of romance, conspiracies, greed, and the peeling onions that show who people really are, this movie is for you!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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