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Addicted official movie trailer - Oct 2014

Addicted official movie poster – Oct 2014

BEFORE E.L. JAMES PUT PEN TO PAPER, THERE WAS ZANE!

Kristina Laferne Roberts aka Zane is a gifted writer of erotica. Her first officially published book was “Addicted” and was released October 2001. I happened upon the book one day when visiting Barnes & Noble. I’ve been a fan of her work ever since. When I learned the book was being made into a major motion picture I was excited and a little on edge.  If you’ve ever read any of Zane’s books you can understand my feelings.  Zane put the “E” in erotica.

The critics masequered this movie. Lucky for me, I don’t listen to critics and prefer to draw my own conclusions. This movie was very entertaining.  Before I rant about the movie, let me give you a little background from the book:

For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex.

Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment—and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her “fatal attraction”—as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman’s mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage…and her life.

ADDICTED THE MOVIE

AddictedGalleryKudos to the casting agent for this movie. Sharon Leal, who is best known as the wife to Tyler Perry’s character in the “Why Did I Get Married” films plays the lead, Zoe Reynard. Boris Kodjoe was delicious as ever in his role as Zoe’s husband, Jason Reynard. William Levy (Quinton Canosa) and Tyson Beckford (Corey) serve as two of Zoe’s main sexual addictions.  Note: in the book there were many more but for the movie they focused on these two. Both actors delivered in my opinion. There was lots of rock hard abs and steamy erotic scenes that were believable. William Levy has so much sex appeal and the chemistry between him and Sharon Leal was phenomenal.   As a sidebar, he would have been a strong contender for the lead in the E.L. James movie 50 Shades of Grey.   Actress Tasha Smith did an excellent job as Zoe’s therapist. It was refreshing to see Tasha in a role where she was calm. LOL!

There was nothing preachy about this movie, which has been written by so called critics. Yes, there were a few changes in the screenplay from the book but when you only have 106 minutes to shoot a movie that happens.  I felt the movie did the book justice.

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Emayatzy Corinealdi                                                               Kat Graham

Small but important roles were played by Emayatzy Corinealdi as Zoe’s (Zoe & Company’s) assistant and best friend Brina. Kat Graham, who in the book, Zane also had an affair with plays Quinton’s other lover Diamond.

The bottom line:  We go to the theatre to be entertained. If you’re looking for entertainment value I suggest you go see Addicted. The movie does a good job of exploring Sexual Addiction which in recent years has been widely publicized mainly because of celebrities. If you want a good read, pick up a copy of Addicted. I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down. It’s been 13 years since I read it. I’m planning on a re-read after seeing the movie.

ZANEAuthor – ZANE
Kristina Laferne Roberts, aka ZANE is an author of Erotica fiction novels.She is best known for her novel Addicted. In 1997, Zane began writing erotic stories to pass the time after her children went to bed. She was living in North Carolina and working as a sales representative. The stories developed a following on the Internet and she self-published The Sex Chronicles before landing a deal with Simon & Schuster.  She has since published 17 novels.  She is the Publisher of Strebor Books International, an imprint of ATRIA/Simon and Schuster. Under Strebor, Zane is responsible for acquiring dozens of titles per year and currently has nearly fifty authors under her imprint.

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DJANGO UNCHAINED – A GOOD OPPORTUNITY BLOWN
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Anyone who has ever seen a Quentin Tarantino movie expects lots of blood. That’s a given. With his latest movie, Django Unchained he doesn’t let the audience down. There is a lot of blood and a lot of shooting/killing.

After watching an early morning showing of the movie today, I’d be interested in knowing how much money was spent on marketing. I saw all of the interviews from Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington. I watched the TV-One interview with Quentin and Jamie and was really stoked to see this movie.  Judging by the packed theatre at 9:45 a.m. others were as stoked as I was.

I knew I shouldn’t have too many expectations, but sadly, I did.  After all, they were hailing this movie as an untold portion of slavery history with a spaghetti western theme.  The movie should have been called a comedy.  Quentin, as usual, was all over the place.  The movie is two hours and forty-five minutes long. (2:45)  It could have been 1:30 as there were several unneeded scenes that Quentin could have left out.

I adore Jamie Foxx. I enjoy his acting, comedy and singing but as a slave it didn’t work for me.  I JamieFoxx-marksmantend to be a little critical but the movie is set in 1858 before the civil war which began April 12, 1861.  Django’s dialogue as a slave was much too precise to be believable.  Christoph Waltz, who plays a Bounty Hunter (Dr. King Schultz) purchases Django rather unscrupulously, and turns him into a Bounty Hunter.  The audience is left clueless as to why Django is chosen, other than the fact that he was a slave on the plantation of the three men Dr. Schultz is hunting.  The killing starts almost immediately after the opening credits.

Django, who as a slave has never handled a gun or a shotgun turns into a marksman.  Django who in 1859 doesn’t read or write learns to read and for me, he does it too well.  Again, it wasn’t believable.  Once the three hunted men are taken care of Schultz/Django decide to stay together and become Bounty Hunters in the south.  Django’s goal is to find his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) who he was separated from years earlier in a slave sale.

jamie-horseWe see Django transformed into a cowboy, complete with a horse, a shotgun and John Lennon sunglasses.  Sunglasses in 1858-1859? Really?  Sam Foster of Foster Grant fame produced the first sunglasses in 1929.  I know they did it to make Jamie Foxx look like a cool cowboy but my critical eye caught it.

Django Unchained was heavily marketed as an untold part of slavery when in actuality it isn’t. It’s a comical western set in the mid 1800’s that is so over the top Quentin Tarantino.  For a moment during the middle of the film I almost fell asleep.  Sam Jackson, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio are not seen until the third act.

Don’t take it too seriously folks. It’s definitely not Roots. It could have been a spectacular story but instead, its Quentin Tarantino unplugged.

Laughing at the Klan should have been my first hint I was heading for a let-down.   Upon leaving the theatre a guy in front of me told his friend, “It’s the best movie I’ve seen in five years.”   I can’t wait to see the final numbers.  If you’re a Tarantino fan you’ll enjoy it.  It has its moments but overall I’d give it a 7 out of 10 rating.