Vanishing on 7th Street – Movie Trailer

Don’t get too excited. I’m not really here. I’m off this week spreading holiday cheer and you know…eating. So movies are taking over the blog for the next few days. Specifically movies that I want to see in ’11. We’ll be back to more or less regular programming on January 1st. If any of these interest you too let me know and we will yak it up when I get back. Hope you are having a great time wherever you are and whatever you are doing! Carry on.

Last one, and then the book talk will come back and reclaim the blog!

So you know how there are movies that normally you would think would be not so good, but then you find out a certain actor or actress is in it, so it gives you some slight hope that that film will be good, or better than the average? Well…Hayden Christensen is not that actor for me.  So when I saw him appear on the screen I was all, *meh*.  But then I saw Thandie Newton, whom I enjoy, and John Leguizamo, who is very entertaining and usually a good actor. I have a feeling that this is their “dear god the taxes on my house are due soon, and I need groceries” movie, but I feel a little bit better about this than if they were not in it.  Sorry Hayden.

Starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton & John Leguizamo.

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The Eagle – Movie Trailer

Don’t get too excited. I’m not really here. I’m off this week spreading holiday cheer and you know…eating. So movies are taking over the blog for the next few days. Specifically movies that I want to see in ’11. We’ll be back to more or less regular programming on January 1st. If any of these interest you too let me know and we will yak it up when I get back. Hope you are having a great time wherever you are and whatever you are doing! Carry on.

I have watched this movie over and over again and I can’t wait to see it again.  It was called 300, Gladiator, Troy and Braveheart (back when it was socially acceptable to watch Mel Gibson movies :-p).  I’m not sure what it is in my psyche that pulls me into this type of story every time but here we go again.  Maybe I just love a good underdog!

February 2011.  Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong. Directed by Kevin Macdonald.

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Friends With Benefits – Movie Trailer

Don’t get too excited. I’m not really here. I’m off this week spreading holiday cheer and you know…eating. So movies are taking over the blog for the next few days. Specifically movies that I want to see in ’11. We’ll be back to more or less regular programming on January 1st. If any of these interest you too let me know and we will yak it up when I get back. Hope you are having a great time wherever you are and whatever you are doing! Carry on.

So it looks like there will be a few of these movies where friends try to maintain a purely physical relationship in order to meet their, ahem, needs.  Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher have No Strings Attached, which I believe will proceed the releaseof Friends With Benefits.  It doesn’t look like there will be very many surprises with either of these, but this trailer made me laugh in a few places. The little girl explaining that she doesn’t want to hear life problems because she is nine, the conversation on acceptable curse words, and the strategic placement of the Third Eye Blind song crack me up…as does Woody Harrelson giving advice.  I am very easily amused at times.

Over the years, the debate amongst my friends about whether men and women are capable of true friendship and whether the sexes are capable of having purely physical relationships with neither party developing feelings or getting hurt, has intensified. The most famous literary couple, that I can think of, who faced this dilemma was Jo and Laurie in Little Women, and the outcome there broke my heart.  As I have said before, I will never forgive Louisa for doing what she did!  I am drawing a blank on others.  Who have you got for me?

July 2011.  Starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, and Woody Harrelson.  Directed by Will Gluck.

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The Lincoln Lawyer – Movie Trailer

Don’t get too excited. I’m not really here. I’m off this week spreading holiday cheer and you know…eating. So movies are taking over the blog for the next few days. Specifically movies that I want to see in ’11. We’ll be back to more or less regular programming on January 1st. If any of these interest you too let me know and we will yak it up when I get back. Hope you are having a great time wherever you are and whatever you are doing! Carry on.

My first thought on seeing this trailer is that Matthew McConaughey was doing his thing in yet another John Grisham movie. The slightly shady, wheeler dealer lawyer who all of a sudden gets THE CASE, is a role that he could play in his sleep.  As it turns out the movie is based on a Michael Connelly novel, and if I hadn’t been hiding under a rock somewhere, I might have read The Lincoln Lawyer already.  Connelly was also a writer on the script.  The appearance of Ryan Phillippe, who looks to be finally entering the ranks of the grown and sexy, further piqued my interest and sealed the deal.  I suspect that I have seen this movie before, but hey, one more time won’t kill me.

March 2011.  Starring Marisa Tomei, Matthew McConaughey, Michaela Conlin, William H. Macy. Directed by Brad Furman.

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Source Code – Movie Trailer

Don’t get too excited.  I’m not really here. I’m off this week spreading holiday cheer and you know…eating.   So movies are taking over the blog for the next few days.  Specifically movies that I want to see in ’11.   We’ll be back to more or less regular programming on January 1st.  If any of these interest you too, let me know and we will yak it up when I get back.  Hope you are having a great time wherever you are and whatever you are doing!  Carry on.

In Source Code the government has developed the technology capable of injecting human consciousness into another person for the last eight minutes of their lives.   Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is able to observe his surroundings and to interact with people.  However, nothing that he does can alter the outcome of what has already happened. Stevens is there to discover who blew up the train he is on so that a bombing by the same perpetrators, in the future, can be prevented.  Of course, Jake Captain Stevens, takes a shine to this girl on the train and wants to save her.  So even though he can’t, he has find a way and nobody better try to stop him, ya hear?

I always feel like nascent technology trickles down to the public by way of movies, so I like to check out these things to see what disturbing (or delightful) new trends are developing, and what I can expect to be announced over the course of a lifetime.  As of late it looks like the experience of consciousness and the ways that it can be manipulated is next up on the universal agenda. Inception prepared me for the fact that I am probably just in some room dreaming, and I guess The Matrix before that showed me that I am just a giant battery; again, somewhere…dreaming.  For awhile it had been speculated that the eye recorded and stored the last image that it saw, and now the last eight minutes of life can be hacked and experienced by anyone who needs to mine you for information.  Exciting. I am so curious to see where they go with this one.  The movie, I mean.  I do not want my consciousness hacked, I don’t think.

April 2011. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Duncan Jones.

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The Snow Globe, by Sheila Roberts – Book Review

Kiley is seriously down on her luck as Thanksgiving approaches.  Her boyfriend decides that he is in love and proceeds to dump her at Halloween  to start a relationship with her younger sister, and she is lately unemployed.  On an excursion with friends designed to provide some cheer, she spots a snow globe whose history includes making miracles – and feeling in need of one, Kiley splurges on the antique treat.  Excited by the magical possibilities, Kiley doesn’t keep the globe solely for herself, but also shares it with a few good friends in need.

At just 166 pages, The Snow Globe hints at fun, fast holiday romance and good cheer, but delivers with decidedly mixed results.  Had the novella sought to cover one Christmas miracle, this would have been just what the doctor ordered, and indeed Kiley’s story is the most developed and enjoyable of the trio.  We spend Thanksgiving and the days leading up to Christmas watching her come to terms with issues concerning her ex, and embarking on a new romantic relationship with help from the snow globe.  I was enjoying Kiley and would have loved had her story been explored in more detail, but it seemed rushed to its conclusion so that the globe could be passed on to Kiley’s less sympathetic and less interesting friends.

The snow globe hurriedly casts its spell on them, but these later stories especially suffer from brevity and lack of development. Unfortunately, the potential of the collection is never fully realized, though I did enjoy Roberts writing enough to suspect that I might enjoy one of her novel length books.  I loved the cover on this one – and never fear if you do too!  The Snow Globe was unanimously loved by almost everyone else, so it’s entirely possible that it’s just me who was the grinch! 🙂

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Some Months In Review – September, October, November 2010

We’re getting down to the last few days of the year.  December is always the most erratic month of the year for me.  Anything can happen and it most often does.  So far between illness and holiday business I have only managed to read a couple of books this month, but I did want to do a brief round up of some of the other months  that I have missed this year before it escapes me completely.

Pickier and moody reading has led to there only being a few duds for me out of these lists.  The Prince of Mist was disappointing for me and not the best introduction to Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  I also had misgivings about Something Wicked This Way Comes. Other than these two, I had very few complaints.

September

October

November

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I am not sure how much I will be around between now and the end of the year.  If I don’t see you, enjoy your festivities, the week, and the beginning of the New Year!

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The Hound of The Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle – Book Review

In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes and trustworthy partner, Dr. Watson, investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville on the moors of his estate in Devon.  When the footprints of a giant hound are discovered near the body, locals suspect that it is the work of a family curse that had also ended in tragedy for the family in an earlier generation.  Time is then of the essence because if an ancient curse is indeed at work, then Holmes and Watson have to get to the bottom of things before the latest of the Baskerville heirs falls victim.

I hadn’t read any Sherlock Holmes in a really long time, probably since middle school.  I remember loving the stories at the time, and loving the Holmes and Watson relationship.  So I was in for a bit of a shock about the nature of Holmes and that relationship as I picked up The Hound of the Baskervilles.  This story was a bit darker than the stories that I remember, with Holmes a more cynical character- his relationship with Watson more condescending and more manipulative than I remembered.  Not quite the lovable and focused detective I remembered, but definitely an interesting one.  I was pleased to read other stories to discover the Holmes that matched more carefully what I remembered.  The Hound of the Baskervilles marks a place in the Sherlockian canon where Holmes personality and eccentricities are often exaggerated, and not to his credit.

Holmes bad attitude notwithstanding, The Hound of Baskervilles has all the elements that you would expect from a rousing detective story, and has the key elements that you come to expect from a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson story.  A mysterious guest arrives at Baker Street, Holmes deduces many things about him (out of apparently nothing), Watson is shocked, and Sherlock agrees to take the case – which only his expertise can solve.  This is one of the four novels that Doyle wrote about Sherlock Holmes and as a result you really get to know some of the suspects, most of the action is located in the Baskerville estate in Devon, and an interesting subplot supplements the main story.

It’s rare that I can pick out the murderer in a Holmes story, and this one was no different.  There is a supernatural element in the story and the closest that I came to knowing anything was figuring out whether I believed that element played a role in the murder.  I was happy to play the spectator and see how everything worked out.  The moor was a sinister and standout character in the story and I enjoyed the descriptions of its wild and dangerous beauty.  The suspects that I had to choose from had engaging backgrounds, and to my credit I am not sure that it was indeed possible for me to have known whodunnit until I found out at the very end.

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