Thursday, November 29, 2007
It's a strange title, yes, especially considering it was published in 1860 (though written much earlier, I believe). Along the lines of Jane Austen, it's more complex than her novels, and involves a married couple as well as other couples becoming engaged. I was surprised and delighted by it. Almost all of the characters change and learn over the course of the story. I loved it.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I wanted to like this. The acting is superb, sometimes the writing also. Laura Dern is brilliant as an overprotective mother, whispering suspected wrongs committed by the nanny and carefully avoiding the topic of death around the kids. Other characters are interesting and well-developed. And I want to like a movie that shows the main character's journey to veganism and supporting animal rights. But the journey seems shallow and insufficient compared to the progress she should have made with human relationships.
I don't need to see this kind of movie very often, but Blades of Glory definitely has its moments. My favorite line, delivered by Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Farrell): "Hey. They laughed at Louis Armstrong when he said he was gonna go to the moon. Now he's up there, laughing at them."
Monday, November 19, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Entertaining and surprisingly serious young adult fiction about an Irish boy whose family moves to Tunisia. The Irish slang is pretty heavy and sometimes had me reading things twice (I had to look up hurling on wikipedia; it's an Irish sport featuring a ball called a sliotar, pronounced “slither.”) But I liked it. Also, it have some heavy subject matter for young kids (Omar is an orphaned Tunisian whose family history is pretty crazy, among other things).