Summertime means trips to the beach and the multiplex. We've got a little of both this week!

Writing about coastal architecture

Claire's been creating content for Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Here's her latest on an over-the-top coastal Carolina home:

French Country Rogue

by Claire Parker

Photo by Joshua Curry

Marie Antoinette meets Ernest Hemingway in this stunning retreat where the gentle tides of Bradley Creek meet the Intracoastal Waterway in a perfect marriage of opulent femininity and masculine vigor. It is both a temple of hunt and sanctuary of style that took four years to complete, yet it looks as though it has been gracefully aging as long as the 200-year-old oak that holds court in its garden. "It truly is a magical home," the owners say. (Click here to keep reading)

Writing about summer movies

My latest installment for the International Cinematographers Guild is on the summer blockbuster, GI Joe: Retaliation.

Men of Action

by Margot Carmichael Lester

Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Paramount Pictures

Come on, admit it. When you were a kid you fashioned a mountain range from couch cushions and staged a daring climb for your G.I. Joe figures. Maybe you dreamt up fantastical fight sequences and car chases, earning bonus points for any realistic explosions using caps and small fireworks. Today, of course, most kids do it all in video games. But no matter the medium, it’s still a fact of childhood that if you can dream it, your action hero can be it. Director Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) is no exception. Getting to direct G.I. Joe: Retaliation was a childhood dream come true. (Click here to continue reading)