#MiniReviewMonday | #MovieMonday | DRIVEN mini tv series aired 2018 by Passionflix @PassionFlix | Original story by K Bromberg @KBrombergDriven

Today we have a little something different for you, not a mini book review a tv mini-series review. Enjoy!

Summary:

Colton Donavan lives on that razor-thin edge toward out of control. Whether it’s on the track or off of it, everything he wants is at his fingertips: success, willing women, media attention. Everything that is, but Rylee. She’s the exception this reckless bad boy can’t seem to win over. Her heart is healing. His soul is damaged. They both know the two of them could never work. But he crashes into her life without apology-disrupting her world, testing her boundaries, and uncovering the darkness of her past. Their chemistry is undeniable. Their attraction is magnetic. Their ability to help each other heal obvious. And even though he won’t let her in, there’s something about Colton she can’t walk away from. This is the beginning of their story. Their fight. Their perfectly imperfect love.

Review:

The Driven series by K Bromberg is a must read for any fan of contemporary romance. You want a handsome, bad boy with plenty of charm and a strong female lead with oozes of confidence, then the story of Colton Donovan and Rylee Thomas is just what you need. 

I originally came across the series as an audiobook, because here at The P Turners we love books in any shape or form. It was whilst listening to the audiobook and later reading the novel on my Kindle that the streaming site PassionFlix started to advertise their mini series of the first novel. As mentioned we love books in all formats, so when PassionFlix announced the release of a number of novels to be turned into films or a mini series, this avid reader was beyond excited.

Book adaptations have been around for years, some not always good, others exceeding expectations. But for a book lover, especially one as critical as me, seeing how the story of Colton and Rylee played out on screen was a temptation I could not resist. Once I had finished reading I just had to watch. 

Of course if you love a novel, there is always going to be some elements of the screen adaptation that you’re not 100% happy with, are the characters represented well, is the storyline compelling, is there chemistry between our lead actors? All these things that go on in the back of your mind whilst you devour someone else’s interpretation of a book. Because that is what this is, an interpretation of what someone else has taken from the same book you’ve read. 

As with any form of media, we each take a different experience from what we’re consuming, see different representations and meanings behind a piece of art that the creator, in this case the author, has a totally different view off. In this case we’re seeing play out the tale of two characters that as a reader we’ve taken into our hearts, held them close and gone on this rollercoaster journey with.

I loved PassionFlix’s work on the mini series, bringing to life the steamy, undeniable chemistry between head strong characters and making them seem even more real. Sure we now this isn’t reality, just two actors pretending, but the test is in making the audience feel like it’s real. As much as there were parts of the book missing, as there always will be, here is a show that managed to pull me in, make me want to see this passionate relationship play out and fall slightly in love even more with the characters and actors. 

One thing you can’t deny with any PassionFlix film or series, they take our favourite contemporary romance novels and where other adaptations may skip over the scenes we all love so much, it’s safe to say we get don’t get any rubbish fade to black or cut away here. Now that contemporary romance is the mainstream, we can finally enjoy all our favourite steamy romance novels in more ways than one. 

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You can find more information regarding Driven on the series website Driven Website

To join Passionflix please visit their website Passionflix Website

Alternatively individual episodes can be purchased on Amazon for certain countries Amazon UK Amazon US

Have you seen the Driven series? Or do you recommend any other series for us to watch? Let us know in the comments below!

#MovieMonday | G.I. Jane (1997)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

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This weeks movie is one of my all favourite military action movies….

G.I. Jane (1997)
Directed by; Ridley Scott

I can’t remember the first time I saw G.I. Jane, but it fast became one of my favourite movies! I remember I was younger, as watching a female lead up against the gruelling SEALS program made me enquire as to how I could enrol in the Army to become an infantry soldier. Sadly at the time, I received a response advising that females were not able to become infantry soldiers 😦 but I could still dream.

Demi Moore is one of the few females I have seen that can REALLY pull off a shaved head (Furiosa… I’m also looking at you!). When I mentioned to my other half once about shaving my head, I was met with laughter and a comparison of Puggsley Addams! Not sure my jaw line is sharp enough!

THIS scene is EVERYTHING!! I’m lucky if I can do ONE push up on bended knees! Demi Moore does them ONE handed and on top of chairs?!? WTF?!

With this line alone, Jordan is up there in my top 5 fictional heroines!

-S.

#MovieMonday | ID4: INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

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This weeks movie is one of my all time feel good movies….

INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996)
Directed by; Roland Emmerich

Can anyone remember The Britannia Club? I certainly can! My Nan used to order her VHS collection from them and when I used to visit, there would always be a new one waiting to be watched. Stargate, Waterworld…and this little beauty.

For starters – who can forget the images of the crafts entering the atmosphere and taking their positions across the earth?!

Then we have the attack sequence! At the time of first watching this movie I was only 9 years old and the graphics, the action, I loved and still love everything about this movie! For months, I would try and work out whether my town would get caught up in the attack. FYI – I would have been safe!

We then also have one of the greatest speeches I’ve ever heard in a movie! I still get goosebumps now listening to Bill! “WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT!!”

Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum gave me ALL the feels in this movie. Yes – some may argue that Independence Day (or ID4 to us geeks!) is a cheesy alien invasion movie…and maybe it is, but I love every minute of it! I don’t think there’s one day that goes by where I don’t quote the movie in some form. I’m THAT cool.

We then have this face….. ’nuff said.

-S.

#MovieMonday | FORREST GUMP (1994)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

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This weeks movie is one of my all time feel good movies….

FORREST GUMP (1994)
Directed by; Robert Zemeckis

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This movie makes me cry EVERY single time I watch it. It gives me so many emotions; happy, sad, overwhelmed, love, anger and loads more that I can’t think of right now!

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I am drawn to Forrest from the very get go. People had already decided that he was a simple man, with a low IQ and not many complex emotion. But he is so much more than that to. He is sweet, caring and intelligent in his own way and I always spend the whole movie wanting to hug him!

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Behind all of the stories we hear throughout the movie – the one thing that touches me the most is Forrest’s relationships with the most important people in his life. Jenny, Bubba, Lieutenant Dan and his Mum.

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This movie gives me life!

-S.

#MovieMonday | BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

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This weeks movie is a live action re-telling of one of the most infamous Disney movies ever released; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
Directed by; Bill Condon

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This remake of the Disney classic, for me, really brings the magic to life!

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You can appreciate the real chemistry between Belle and the Beast. It’s so much more than the animated original.

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This movie left me with nothing by warm and fuzzy feelings when I finished watching it!

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#MovieMonday | TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

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This weeks movie is one of my Top Five of ALL time…

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
Directed by; James Cameron

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When I was a nipper, we had a small collection of VHS tapes, mostly all of them ex-rental purchases from Ritz video! (Am I showing my age yet?!) Among such classics like Aladdin, Back to the Future: Part Three (no idea why we didn’t have the first two!) and Total Recall, we had Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

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Now at this point, I had never seen the first Terminator, so I was oblivious to the back story of Sarah Connor and Skynet. Thankfully the narration the sequel gave me enough insight.

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I love literally EVERYTHING about this movie. From the characters, to the plot, the action, the chase sequences. EVERY THING!

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Sarah Connor is and will always be my spirit animal. She is the only female I think I truly look up to. She’s strong, sensitive, puts others before herself. She’s a warrior.

 

#MovieMonday |TRON: LEGACY (2010)

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This weeks movie is a favourite of my other half (Adam) and mine. We saw this when it was first released in IMAX 3D. The visuals. The audio. Story aside…it’s a stunning movie to watch!

TRON: LEGACY (2010)
Directed by; Joseph Kosinski

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Straight off. This is the SEXIEST Disney castle intro I have EVER seen! Just look at this still. Then search on YouTube for the full thing. SWOON!

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Once we get through the introduction and a recap on the previous movie – Sam is accidentally transported into the same world his father still lives in.

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As much as I try and repel technology, there is something to be said about how it can elevate a movie to visual perfection and TRON: LEGACY to me is a perfect example.

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We only cried a little bit when we heard the sequel to LEGACY was not being made anymore 😦

#MovieMonday | THE DUFF (2015)

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This weeks movie is one of my all time favourite guilty pleasures….

THE DUFF (2015)
Directed by; Ari Sandel

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You may be wondering what the chuff a ‘DUFF’ is?

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Which Mae Whitman (yes, the same Mae Whitman who plays the Presidents daughter in Independence Day!) is certainly not by the way! If I was HALF as cool as her, I’d be a happy lady!

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I’m not usually a fan of American high school rom-coms, but this seems to tick a lot of boxes for me. Brilliant characters (Alison Janney plays Bianca’s mother and is HILARIOUS!), a great plot and has NOTHING to do with it starring Robbie Amell. Nothing at all. Nope. It’s ALL about the acting….

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This movie is based on the book of the same name. I read the book AFTER watching the movie and was taken back at how much the story had changed. But I enjoyed both regardless.

I’m also a sucker for a happy ending!

#MovieMonday | DIE HARD (1988)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

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Let me introduce you to another one of my Top 5 all time favourite movies….. not forgetting that this is THE Christmas movie!

DIE HARD (1988)
Directed by; John McTiernan

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I cannot pinpoint the moment I watched DIE HARD for the first time – but I knew the moment I finished it that my life would never be the same again!

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There is drama, action, romance, conflict, Christmas, humour … this film has EVERYTHING you could possibly want/need. This movie is played every Christmas in our house, as well as a few times through the year as well!

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YIPPIE-KAY-YAY MOTHER F**KERS!

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#MovieMonday | MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

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Welcome to a new feature for a Monday. We wanted to share with you some of our other loves…mainly movies! We watch A LOT of movies. We are not ashamed to confess we are slaves to Netflix, Amazon Prime, [Enter other streaming service here] and we all have our favourites.

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies! This tag is open to anyone who wants to join us. Just be sure to comment with your blog link so we can geek out together!

Let me introduce you to one of my Top 5 all time favourite movies…..

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)
Directed by; George Miller

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Thirty years after MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985) George Miller released the fourth film in the MAD MAX franchise; FURY ROAD.

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This movie gave me everything I needed and more! So much so that we went to see it in the cinema twice…something I rarely do. There’s strong kick arse females, car chasing, flames, drama, Tom Hardy and one of THE best movie soundtracks!

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Did I also mention that there is a rocker with a flame throwing guitar in the movie?! What else do you need?

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Now if George Miller can hurry along and get MAD MAX: THE WASTELAND sorted….that would be grand!