Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crazy Heart Moviegoing Experience

Yay! A theater FULL of old people and the average age with us in the theater was 63.6

Only two previes.

The Last Station

Date Night

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book 3 of 52 -- Nick Hornby's Juliet, Naked

I enjoyed this book so much. My recommendation is don't bother with my review just go get the book so your reading pleasure can begin as soon as possible.

Annie, Duncan, and Tucker have reached middle-age and are stuck in lives that have not, in their own opinions, been well lived. Regrets abound and all are seeking a way out of their own misery and confusion. Unbeknownst to them their lives are all about to collide. Their regrets couldn't be more opposite. Tucker has littered his life with ex-wives and children he has not done well by while Annie and Duncan have cohabited lazily for 15 years without committing to either marriage or children. With those conflicts laid out clearly Hornby proceeds to tell their individual stories with a tenderness and poignancy that illuminates the human condition. These three people come so alive and are handled with such a masterful touch that I enjoyed every single word of dialogue, description, and detailed insecurity. This book will make you laugh, it might even make you cry a little, but it cannot help but make you think about life and relationships and how each of our actions affect those around us every day.

Well done, Sir, very well done.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The Young Victoria Moviegoing Experience

Same day as A Single Man... we ate some lunch in between.


Crazy Heart

Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

A Single Man Moviegoing Experience

Two previews in a small theater in Montclair.

The White Ribbon

Youth in Revolt

Book 2 of 52 -- James Patterson's I, Alex Cross

This is a quick, undemanding, unsatisfying read.

It relies on a tired story line that goes something like this: Our hero is the only person on the planet who can go up against the dark powerful forces who are doing horrific things, and bring them to justice. Everyone else has failed. The pressure on him to give up is intense. And incredibly, everyone else who is near this case ends up either dead or dead-ended, but somehow our hero gets a free pass.

Sounds sort of silly, doesn't it? And of course, let's not forget, the dark forces go right to the top, to the top I tell you. (No spoiler here, the White House is mentioned at the start of the book)

I read this book, there was nothing to it. But unlike Chinese food I'm not hungry for more an hour later.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Book 1 of 52 -- Sue Grafton's U is For Undertow

I have been reading Grafton's alphabet series for a very long time now, and I really do enjoy Kinsey and the stuff she gets up to.

I didn't think that this book was stellar, but I thought it was still strong.

I found that there wasn't that much suspense and the plot was fairly predictable.

I like the mix of the times of 1988 and 1967 and the way Ms. Grafton goes back and forth between the two, and the characters are still very good although there isn't that much of Henry in this one.

The book is all Kinsey as she tries to find out what happened in a 20 year kidnapping case where a little girl has been missing since she was abducted.

I still love the series and I really like Kinsey and in this book we get another fascinating look at her as a young child.

Yes, I am waiting for "V".

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Invictus Moviegoing Experience‏

There were only three other people in the theater for a 10:20 am showing.




Crazy Heart

Death At A Funeral

Up In The Air

Green Zone

Book of Eli

Edge of Darkness