12 Years a Slave Book to Accompany the Movie

Every so often, a movie comes along that makes you stop and consider life, love, and humanity. The movie 12 Years a Slave is one of those. It was released to limited markets on October 18th. And then was released to several more major cities October 26th. It will open to theaters everywhere on November 1st.

From the start, Fox Searchlight was confident that “12 Years a Slave” would win critical acclaim and be an awards contender.

But building an audience despite the graphic depictions in the movie? The film’s distributor feared that would be a different story.

The new movie shows the evils of slavery in painful and unflinching ways. Not for the faint of heart, but yet important for nearly everyone to experience. Many people go to the movies for a couple of hours of escapism; “12 Years a Slave” is anything but.

British director Steve McQueen has stated that he “has no intention of making audiences the slightest bit comfortable with this terrible story” of a free black man kidnapped and enslaved in Louisiana.

Recognizing the challenges of the material, the studio marketing team has taken a series of steps aimed at getting mainstream audiences to give the film a chance.

Hoping to position the film as uplifting, Fox Searchlight has crafted advertisements emphasizing the slave’s determination and humanity, and is touting endorsements from influential African American entertainers Kanye West and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Interested in reading the original 12 Years a Slave Book? Click here to learn more about the movie and getting the book that the movie is based on.

“We’re aware of it,” Steve Gilula, Fox Searchlight’s other co-president, said of concerns that the film could be perceived as far too challenging for moviegoers to get in the theaters. “Our focus is making it successful and getting people into movie theaters.”


Who Buys Pink Christmas Trees?

Pink-Christmas-TreeDreaming of a Pink Christmas?

Whenever Christmas comes around and the old dusty cardboard boxes arise from their hidden depths for the holidays, remembering memories from the past and looking forward to memories of the future, we pull out each and every decoration with fun and excitement.

We also burrow through the decor to discover what we might like to add to the array of holiday visual goodness. Perhaps that front room needs it’s own tree, or you want that garland over the door that you decided not to buy last year. Or maybe you or your daughter decide to do something different and fun with your Christmas tree this year! Something like a pink Christmas tree!

A pink tree?! Sounds crazy, right?

But it’s just crazy enough to be just right to add to the Christmas festivities. Who could look at a pink Christmas tree without smiling?

Check some pink trees out here.

So decorating with pink isn’t for everyone, but if it is, have fun!

Just thought it was interesting enough to pass along in case you were as curious as we were.


Laminate Flooring Options with Quick Step Laminate

Looking for the wood flooring or laminate flooring that’s right for you and your home? Quick Step Laminate may be a great option for you.

There just might not be any other flooring that has the high quality of Quick Step, the great look of a real hardwood floor, AND is extremely easy to install compared to real hardwood and even many other laminate flooring options.

Quick Step Laminate comes in small, easy-to-manage sections that essentially piece together into one big puzzle on your floor. But it’s a puzzle that can be customized to fit the space that you need.

While some floors basically require you to hire a professional craftsmen just to get the flooring installed, Quick Step is actually built in a way that you can do it yourself. Not only is that a bonus, but it’s also easy to maintain. The high density fibre board (HDF) gives it a solid build. It is also overlayed with a watertight sealant to protect it from spills.

One of the most fascinating features to us about this flooring is that it can actually be reused! Alright, most people may not want to reuse flooring, but you have the option with Quick Step. Just like you piece it in place, you can take it apart and put it somewhere else. Cool, eh?! :)

If you’re interested in learning more, you can find the basics on Quick Step Laminate here.

And you can check this page out if you’re specifically looking for good kitchen flooring options. It’s specifically about that.

Once you have your new flooring in place, you’ll want to put furniture in, right?

Check out a recent post on the Inada Massage Chair. You’ll want to check that chair out. :)

Housewares, Hardware, and Great Household Products

This website is devoted to bringing you only the best in Housewares, Hardware, and Great Household Products for you, your family, and the joy and comfort of everyone in that home of yours!

You like to take charge of your own house. You know… Do-It-Yourself, right?

Then you’ve come to the right place. This site will bring you the best of what we’ve found in terms of great household products, furniture, home remodeling, or anything else you might want in and around your home… or anything else you’d want to do to your house!

Keep coming back for more Great House and Home Product Reviews for the Things You Love!

Household goods? Stuff like this here.

Oh, and be sure to read more about us (if you feel so inclined…).