Side Effects: A Preemptive Review

Side Effects: A Preemptive Review

So I’ve been keeping an eye on this ‘Side Effects’ movie, a film starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum, and I have to say, it looks pretty good. Steven Soderbergh directs it, and the screenplay is written by Scott Z. Burns.

From IMDB:

A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband’s upcoming release from prison.

In the film’s trailer, you see a woman, the aforementioned woman from the IMDB summary as portrayed by Rooney Mara, prescribed what’s assumed to be an anti-anxiety medication. The movie, in my opinion, takes a good, hard look at the reality of prescription medication abuse in the United States, which is becoming an epidemic.

Chances are, if you survey all of the people you know, most of them will possibly admit (but then again, maybe not) to have taken a prescription anti-anxiety medication for medical purposes, or even foraying into what some consider to be “recreational drug use,” which, to me, is … well, I can’t even wrap my head around it. I’m afraid to take my mother’s prescription Motrins, let alone something that has the possibility of severely altering something about my natural, lucid state.

In the film, it would appear that there’s a murder, and while we aren’t really shown the action or the outcome, one can only surmise that Rooney Mara’s character is at the root of it. The trailer makes it seem as if Rooney exhibited behavior (while medicated?) that was ultimately unlike that of her natural state – it depicts Rooney in various states of undress being photographed, flashes of the “murder scene,” and possible suicidal tendencies on Rooney’s character’s behalf.

In short, the film has a stellar director, writer, and cast, and when you throw a controversial topic such as anxiety disorders and medications on the table, I’d go ahead and say that we could be looking at a box-office hit.

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The Willpower Instinct: A Review

Can I tell you guys how excited I was to be able to review this book? Primarily because it was the perfect time of year, and partly because I’m embarking on my own special diet and exercise regimen, but it was like fate (and not “fat”, which is what originally came out when I typed “fate”—Freudian slip if there ever was one) that this book landed on my doorstep.

The book is called The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. and it’s a must-read for anyone interested in the science behind telling ourselves NO.

In the book, the author, McGonigal, takes the reader on a self-help journey into making iron-clad willpower his or her own. Before I read the book, I thought, “Hey, some people are born with willpower, and others either have to learn it, or will just never have it.” The author explain, however, they “why” in why we do things and then provides insight to help overcome unnecessary urges.

The book is chock-full of helpful terms and ideas and plans, and it reinforces exercise as the be-all, end-all of personal health. In the book, the author discussed a study that was taken from participants located in Sydney, Australia, wherein twenty-four participants were given free gym memberships. After an eight week period, the participants’ lives had changed for the better – they were eating better, sleeping better, spending better, and had an all-around better outlook on life. No-brainer, if you ask me.

You can find out more about Kelly McGonigal’s The Willpower Instinct in BlogHer Book Club. Read Kelly McGonigal’s bio, read and excerpt of The Willpower Instinct or join the discussion here.

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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What to Get for the Hard-to-Get-For Person in Your Life

Yay for Christmas! Get all your shopping done? No? Well, with Fekkai’s line of high-end hair products, used by Fekkai lovers worldwide, this is probably the gift you should be going for that male or female in your life that’s just ridiculous to shop for.

The best part about it, too, is that I’ve got a coupon for you. If you shop at, you can use the coupon code HEADBAND during checkout to get 10% off your order. You’ll also receive an exclusive holiday headband with a Fekkai purchase of $50 or more, while supplies last. Fekkai is also running a promotion where they’re doing all of their holiday shipping for free, and including some free samples.

Here’s the perfect item for that hard-to-shop for person in your life who also happens to be the person always on the go:

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Some of the items on the site are kind of pricey, but when it really comes down to it, it’s often worth the splurge when it comes to something you *know* is going to work. Case in point? Fekkai’s Brilliant Glossing Cream. I have notoriously frizzy, bristly hair and too much oily product weighs it down, making me look greasy, and too light of a product doesn’t do a thing unless I use an entire jar, which is a total waste. Fekkai’s Brilliant Glossing Cream is the perfect combination of lightweight hold and frizz-reducing pank that only a person with hair as coarse as mine could appreciate (well, that and the folks who just like soft, smooth, silky hair). On the site it retails for anywhere between nine bucks and thirty-four bucks, but keep in mind—your coupon code is going to save you ten percent, so you’re looking at great-quality product for eight and change or just over thirty. It’s a win-win opportunity, here, guys.

Get going! Go! Shop!

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Want erotic fiction but don’t have time to sift through bad writing and anger at women who enjoy being completely submissive? Then this book (and the series, to be honest) is for you. Reflected in You, as per Sylvia Day, its author:

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.


My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.


We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…

I read the books out of order – I read this installment prior to the first, because I wasn’t sure that I’d care for it all that much – but after reading Reflected in You, I moved on to the first book, Bared to You.

Truth be told, I’m really looking forward to the third book (which is said to be coming soon), because this is a series that you’re going to be hearing a whole lot more about, if you haven’t already.

*This is a paid review by BlogHer Book Club, but all opinions expressed are my own. Of course.

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