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UPDATE: You can win signed Chris Colfer book

Beehive reader Rebekah has been randomly selected to win the Chris Colfer autographed book. Keep watching for more giveaways.

ORIGINAL POST:  “Struck By Lightning,” the movie written by and starring Clovis East graduate Chris Colfer, opens here on Friday. The film’s only opening in a few cities and Fresno will get the movie because Colfer asked the film company to show it here.

My review publishes Friday and I want to know what you think.

Send me your short review of the movie and I will put you into a drawing to win a copy of the book, “Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal,” that’s based on the original screenplay. The book has been autographed by Colfer.

The movie may not be here for long but I will still give you some time. All review comments must be posted by Jan. 21. The winner will be notified and will be able to pick up the book at the Fresno Bee during normal working hours.

Here are the official rules:

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "UPDATE: You can win signed Chris Colfer book"

Peter Robertson says:

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING had its Fresno and San Joaquin Valley premieres on Sept. 19, 2012 at the Tower Theatre — at Fresno Reel Pride’s 23rd annual film festival.


Patty says:

I would love to read this book. Local boy done good!

Carlos Perez says:

I’m not a professional movie critic but I’m a self-proclaimed “avid movie-goer.” There are movies that I watch that leave me laughing for months after, movies that leave me wanting my money back and then movies that leave me wanting more.

I saw “Struck By Lightning” last night (Friday, Jan. 11) at its Clovis premiere. This seemingly simple plotline (a boy with big dreams is stuck in a small town which stifles his ambitions), set in a city that is ever-so-coincedentally close in name to the town in which the star/screenwriter/executive producer grew up in (c’mon, Clover = Clovis), surprisingly showed more depth than I anticipated.

My initial thoughts included “damn this is a depressing movie,” “why does everyone look so pale and washed out on screen,” and “why isn’t Rebel Wilson as funny as she was in Bridesmaids or Pitch Perfect?” As the movie developed, I began to realize there were more layers to the film than the stereotypical high school character types. I began to really feel for the divorced mother who selfishly couldn’t let go of her only son, for fear that she will then lose everything in life that she’s loved. I began to feel for the grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s and as much as her grandson wanted her to remember him, she couldn’t.

Overall, the movie surprised me, in a good way. I think the casting was done right and the acting truly shined where appropriate. This was slightly more than a movie of high school teen angst, and more of a message to always push toward your dreams and ambitions… for you mever when you might be struck by lightning and lose out on the chance to follow any of your dreams at all.

Selina says:

I watched “Struck by Lightning” before it came out in theaters whilst it was available for rent on iTunes. I was kind of hesitant to rent it, because it was 6.99 when any normal rental on iTunes is 4.99 in HD, but then I thought… Why not?
What caught my eye about this film was the fact that Chris Colfer had written the entire thing, was starring in it, and said that the town in the film was loosely based on his hometown (Clover = Clovis. That definitely made me laugh and is a nice little joke locals will get).
So I sat to watch, and by the end of it, I had fallen in love. With the actors, the story, the message. Everything.
It’s not the normal high school teen movie. It’s different. It’s witty. It’s deep. And most importantly, it pushes you to go out and attempt to make your dreams a reality.
Personally, I love to write. I used to hate it, but as I got older, I found a strong love for it. I’m not entirely sure if I’m a good writer or not, but it is something I enjoy, and I’m looking into pursuing it as a career after high school.
Before seeing this movie, I didn’t have any drive to pursue it. I thought I had all the time in the world. I thought it didn’t take really any effort.
Then I watched it. It’s sort of corny to say a movie changed my life, but it’s the truth. As soon as the end credits started, and I wiped my tears, I pulled out my notebook and started writing.
I didn’t know it before, but this is what I look for in a movie. After watching it, I physically got up and did something because it was actually real and relatable. It moved me… Literally.
“Struck by Lightning” changed my life. It is my inspiration.
Thank you, Chris Colfer.

Rebekah Olson says:

I went to see Struck By Lightning at the Sierra Vista theater on January 11th, the first day that it premiered to the public, and instantly fell in love. Perhaps I am a tad biased, since my obsession with everything Chris Colfer has led me to tracking the progress of this movie since post production, but I believe this is a movie that many will enjoy whether they know the story beforehand or not. We are given a character in Carson Phillips that is rarely highlighted in film, a kid that is not just another outcast who isn’t afraid to be “different” and speak his mind, but has a solid realistic goal that he is actively working towards and refuses to let anyone get in his way. The ambitious, hard-working, leader that we all wish we could be, who says all the things (although in my case much more censored) that we wish we had the guts to say about our peers. Though I, and probably many others, were left misty eyed by the end after rooting for this kid for the past 90 minutes and then seeing his dreams struck down in a flash of lightning, literally, I was also left feeling very inspired to go forth with a renewed vigor, to achieve my own goals and live each day with the right balance of present AND future. Colfer brought the boy I read about in his book to life so masterfully, both in his witty and emotional scenes, that there was no way you could possibly not see the good in someone that no one else has ever liked. As a leading character, it makes since that he would be the shining star of this production, but it doesn’t hurt that he had his supporting actors working to illuminate his talent just that much more. As stand alone characters, they had their moments and played the story out much as I expected them to, but I felt that their main contribution was in highlighting Colfer’s performance that much more through his snarky and heartfelt interactions. Alison Janney, who plays the part of Carson’s drugged up, alcoholic mother, was a particular standout in the way that she brought out both the best and the worst of Carson and showed just how different they really were. As much as I would like to think that anyone could see the brilliant writing and heart behind this film, I also think that it takes a slightly more specific brand of humor and intellect to really understand the message and appreciate it for what it is – a story of living life to the fullest and finding something to hold onto despite seemingly endless reasons to let go.

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