Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I picked this up and was instantly hooked. I love non-fiction travel accounts, and this was top notch. Not only is it filled with so much information that I feel confident I could brave the AT now, but the witty banter between Bryson and his cohort, Stephen Katz, is so freaking funny. The hilarity that ensues the whole time they are together, the mixture of friends they make along the way, the facts, the stories Bryson tells within the story, his cleverly pitched campaigns to the reader about better treatment of America's natural and historic legends are just a few more reasons why this book is so entertaining. Bryson's writing is so genuine and heartfelt. Very pleasant to read!
I think I will get the audio book for fun. I really loved this book, and I think I'll appreciate it even more hearing it told by the author himself. I'll probably laugh till I burst while I'm listening. I can't wait!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I thought it was very sweet. It was different (in a good way) from the rest of the chick flicks out there, and, believe it or not, I actually didn't cry my eyes out for once. Amazing, I know, considering what happens at the end.
I haven't read the book it's based on, but I've heard good things from Heather, and judging from some reviews I've read of the book, the movie is not as complex and leaves out a good bit of the lead character's stories. I have it on my "To read" list for now.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Morgan Freeman plays an out-of-work actor who loves being a student of life. Paz Vega plays a worn-down grocery store clerk stuck behind the counter of the 10 Items or Less lane .
I love the whole part when they are in the Target store, and I think it is so cute when they pretend to be British. Spot on!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Lovely story about a group of Danish people all taking Italian lessons in a small town. Each has their own little sad story (some more sad than others), and everyone eventually finds a happy or at least decent ending on their class trip to Venice.
I was disappointed that the film only took place in Venice for about ten minutes at the end. I was expecting a lot more Italia for my dolla. Too bad, but it was still a good romantic comedy - yep, another one. I love 'em!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Bread & Tulips is an Italian film about one woman's accidental holiday that completely changes her life for the better.
I really enjoyed this movie; it was interesting to see the character's journeys to a foreign place and within herself. Light-hearted and funny, a good romantic comedy. I'd watch it again.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
If I hadn't seen him in anything before this movie, it would have turned me into a new fan of John Cusack. He is so good at really becoming the characters he portrays, but the problem I find with him lately is that all his romantic characters are the same guy. I really should branch out and try to see him in something truly dramatic and different.
This was a decent movie. These two very different people find love but go through trials to be together, and what pissed me off is the stupid petty things that kept them apart. It's the whole he's-not-good-enough-for-you-because-he's-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks storyline. We're all familiar with it, but, in this story, a tax-evading-law-breaking dad doesn't approve. It all works out in the end, but when Diane gave Lloyd that pen, I wanted to slap her and her dad! I felt so bad for Lloyd. John Cusack really makes you feel what he's feeling at that point.
I didn't mind Ione Skye as Diane, but she was annoying at times. Maybe it was just the bad 80s wardrobe that was hard to take. John Mahoney is the dad. I liked seeing him in his younger years and without a cane, as I am use to seeing him walk with one on "Frasier." Sarah Jessica Parker played a small role in this, too. I always like her in everything she does. Jeremy Piven and Joan Cusack both briefly make appearances as well.
Pretty much a good teenage love story. I thought the ending made it worth my $3 to rent; seeing whether or not the 'no smoking' sign would ding and signal that everything would be OK was a good way to go.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
I had to look these up to get the names right. I enjoyed the following featurettes:
-Sylvain Chomet's "Tour Eiffel," which is the story of two mimes who find love.
-Richard LaGravanese's "Pigalle," starring Bob Hoskins as a man who tries to spice things up in his marriage with the help of a prostitute.
-"Tuileries," from Joel and Ethan Coen which shows Steve Buscemi as a tourist trying to tour by the guidebook.
-"Quartier de la Madeleine," a vampire tale from Vincenzo Natali starring Elijah Wood as a tourist who meets an "other-worldly" fate.
-Wes Craven's "Pere-Lachaise," with Rufus Sewell (love him) as an engaged man who takes advice on love from the spirit of Oscar Wilde played by Alex Payne.
-Alexander Payne's "14th Arrondissement," the story of a postal worker, Margo Martindale, as she narrates her visit to Paris.
All of them are really good, and the depressing ones don't get you down for too long because they are mixed in with all the upbeat ones. Of all those, the last one is my absolute favorite. I cried happy tears (surprise-I know!) along with the postal worker. Her story made the whole thing just come together in such a beautiful way! I think it brought the point across perfectly and makes me want to fall in love with Paris, too. Maybe one day I'll make it there and have the chance to tell Paris, je t'aime!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
This was different than my usual type of book I like to read since it was more of a journal than a story. I like how he was open to just about anything, and I'm glad that the experience changed his life even if it was just a little bit. So many times I was like oooo he's got it!
I love the way this guy thinks. He'd be in the middle of something really serious and then come up with these hilarious comments about the situation. Fun to read!
Here are a few fun parts of the book that I marked as I went along:
Page 95 - Talking about prayers and our place. "They make me feel more connected, more grateful, more grounded, more aware of my place in this complicated hummus cycle. They remind me to taste the hummus instead of shoveling it into my maw like it's a nutrition pill. And they remind me that I'm lucky to have food at all. Basically, they help me get outside of my self-obsessed cranium."
Page 124 - The whole page is good on his realization of sabbath. I wish everyone would experience that, even if it is by accidentally getting locked in a bathroom. "This is what the Sabbath should feel like. A pause. Not just a minor pause, but a major pause. Not just a lowering of the volume, but a muting. As the famous rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel put it, the Sabbath is a sanctuary in time."
Page 213 - On being with others in the journey. "My quest is a paradoxical one. I'm trying to fly solo on a route that was specifically designed for a crowd."