Tag Archive: A Book Full of Movies


If you’re like me, you have people in your life for whom it is not easy to shop. But if they read and/or like movies, I have an idea for you.

Just in time for the holidays and that last-minute gift-buying scramble, the fabulous repository of some wonderful movie reviews and recommendations known as A BOOK FULL OF MOVIES is marked down!  That’s right, we’re having a sale!

Well, darn it, I don’t think it is relevant that everyone and his brother is having a sale after Thanksgiving.  It’s the thought that counts.  So there.

The paperback version that you can hold, bookmark, dog-ear, and fill with margin notes, checking off the movies you’ve seen, is now (drum roll, please)

just $16.95

Hurry!  It’ll go back up to $19.95 after the holidays.

You can buy it at my estore (CLICK HERE for estore) or at Amazon.com (CLICK HERE for Amazon).

 

There is also a Kindle version, which I don’t think is as cool, even though I just got a Kindle and can’t put it down (yes, I’m a big geek and have to play with all the buttons).  The digital formatting just doesn’t work as well for this book; go figure).  But if you want the electronic version, it is now

just $6.99

Like the paperback, it’ll go back up after the holidays.  CLICK HERE for the Kindle edition.

 

If you would rather have a simple PDF version for your PC or your Kindle (where the formatting stays as it was meant to be in this book), let me know, and we’ll make it happen!

Give a gift that keeps on giving!

(Yes, I promise volume is still “coming soon” … I am simply working with the extended sense of “soon.”)

Happy Holidays!

 

Books and movies, movies and books … and then there’s writing , of course, and painting, and traveling, and …

Oh, there are so many things one wants to do, but from day to day what one actually does is work,  take out the trash, do laundry, buy groceries, take the car in for service, and once in a while enjoy a fun evening with friends.  Yikes, is my life really that tedious?

Having published my first movie review book (get ready for another plug — TA DA!  A Book Full of Movies You May Not Have Seen), I am becoming more active in the online literary community Goodreads.  It’s an awesome social networking site for readers and authors alike.  Anyway, as I fill my virtual bookshelves with the books I’ve read (dutifully voting one to five stars for how much I enjoyed reading each) and the books I want to read, I’ve started to realize just how many books are out there that I still need to sink my teeth into. For crying out loud, I haven’t even read all the books by just my short list of favorite authors, and there are so many more that get recommended every day, and books stare like mouthwatering candy from the shelves at bookstores and the pages of e-newsletters bearing the missive “This year’s best books!”  And then there are the great books I’d love to re-read.  I can’t bear it!  There’s just not enough time.

On top of this angst, I started having the nagging feeling that I was overlooking some favorite books.  So I perused the many bookshelves in the house (not the living room bookshelves, mind you; those were taken hostage several years ago by the burgeoning movie collection and, thus, are off limits to all but the most venerable display-quality volumes, or books having to do with movies, naturally), and I found books that I had actually forgotten I had *gasp*.  In fact, I had listed some of these in Goodreads on my “to-read” shelf and even added them to my wish list and actually looked to see if anyone had them to swap (Ooh!  The Goodreads book swap program is amazing!  People list the books they no longer want, and if you want one, you just pay for shipping — the shipper prints a postage-paid label courtesy of Goodreads — and, in a few days, its yours … incredible and wonderful!  I’ve shipped a couple of books already, and its super-duper-easy!), and when I discovered them on my bookshelves … well, I was mortified.  And then *swoon* I found two books on my shelves twice, meaning that I had not only forgotten I had them but had purchased another copy and abandoned the first for lost … forever.

My shame was deep and complete.  I felt like a mother who had abandoned her children to run off with a rodeo cowboy.

Shaking off my remorse and vowing to be a better mother and dust more often, I realized that this and many other regrets of modern life are simply due to the fact that there is just not enough time, darn it!  Since this insight came due to my current immersion in books and the lack of time to read them, I was reminded of my favorite Twilight Zone episode of all time (and I am a big TZ fan who, yes, owns the entire original series), “Time Enough at Last.”  Burgess Meredith plays a bank employee who adores reading and prefers books to people.  When he hides in the vault one day to finish his lunchtime reading, a catastrophe happens, and he finds himself alone — and surrounded by books from the nearby demolished library.  He’s in heaven!  Well, until the ironic twist at the end for which the TZ series is famous.

And it’s in this “Be careful what you wish for” irony that I find solace at present from my predicament of not having the time I want to read, watch movies, write, paint, travel, and hang out with friends.  After all, the reasons for having that time on one’s hands might be less than pleasant.  So, I’ll just keep eking out my morsels of precious hourglass sand, more grateful to have them becasue they are so rare.

Mood:  grateful and inspired

At the 2010 People’s Choice Awards, Johnny Depp was up for Favorite Actor of the Year. After receiving more votes than anyone in the history of People’s Choice, he ended up being named Favorite Actor of the Decade. Depp, who often has been absent from awards shows where honors are bestowed upon him, actually showed up and gratefully acknowledged that the only reason any entertainer is up on that stage (or any stage) is because of the people — the fans.  Click here to see Depp’s cool yet humble acceptable speech.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s introduction of Depp was both funny and accurate, especially in this respect: Depp hasn’t followed trends; he has set them. Over the past three decades, Depp’s shrewd choice of material, in all but a couple of unfortunate instances, has been impeccable and his performance always on the money. Speaking of money, the films he’s been in have grossed more than $2 billion (that billion with a B).

One thing that’s fascinating about Depp is that he’s taken his own road and engendered nothing but respect. Even when people are not huge fans, like yours truly, no one seems to despise him; that’s a tough claim for actors of his generation to make (the only other I can think of who doesn’t seem to have any real haters is John Cusack).

I’ve been a Depp fan from the get-go. Yup, I giggled over his bare midriff  under a cut-off football jersey in Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and religiously watched 21 Jump Street (1987-1990). His films are among the few that I always go see first-run in the theater. My Depp collection contains everything he’s ever done, including films that aren’t distributed in the States (exceptions are a couple of voice-overs and early one-off appearances on series like Arthur Hailey’s Hotel and Lady Blue … bet you don’t even remember those).

On the heels of Depp’s latest award, I thought I’d take a stab at creating my own ranking of “The Johnny Depp Library.”  Here goes! Continue reading

The Xmas Vaca Movie-Watching Post

Over the holidays, I did some movie watching (gee, what a surprise) with the other movie freak in my family, my mom, and went to see a flick at the theater with her and also one with my brother.  It was a banner movie-watching holiday!  Here are some observations about these movies, old and new.

It’s Complicated Is Simply Funny

This is a silly film that could have been a throw-away in lesser hands. But the loads of talent involved in It’s Complicated makes it hilarious and very worth watching. Who would have thought that an older-set romance could be so much fun?  My favorite moment was probably when Meryl Streep, all giggly from realizing she’s having an affair with her ex-husband and even lying to her grown kids about it, catches herself and suddenly realizes how goofy she’s being — priceless facial expressions.  John Krasinski is adorable as the secret-keeping Harley.  B+

The Blind Side Is an After-School Special

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad film. But after all the hype I had heard, frankly I expected more. The Blind Side follows in the tradition of movies based on sports-connected true stories like Rudy and We Are Marshall but fails to inspire in the way that these films did. Why is that? One reason may be the lack of loquacity of its main character. Big Mike doesn’t talk much. It’s part of his character and makes sense, but it also makes it difficult for an audience to connect with him. The lack of connection is aggravated by other characters talking about and to him in simple terms. The after-school special feel of the film comes from its simplistic treatment of complex issues. It surely could not have been quite so easy for Leigh Anne Tuohy to get her family on board and to keep her household in order. Were there really no fights, no ill effects, no resistance? One small glitch is hinted at when Leigh Anne tells Michael he’s ruining the expensive couch he’s sleeping on, so she’ll clean out the guest bedroom for him. Perhaps it would have helped to see this damage and other understandable domestic complications, making the story more realistic at a visceral level. She’s also able to quiet friends and relatives with a “Shame on you” when they worry about “a large black boy” in the house with her young daughter. I don’t know many good friends or real family who wouldn’t storm over to see just how this situation was shaping up. Despite Oscar buzz, I see this as a rental.  C-  Continue reading

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