Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Written by: Justin Zackham
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman
Two old men with terminal cancer decide to leave the hospital and complete their 'bucket list', or list of things they want to do before they die. The beginning, I found, was painful in that it was what you might really go through in the beginning stages of being diagnosed with cancer. The 'funny' parts were more amusing than funny; I didn't laugh much. However, the movie is quite sweet and endearing. The character development is good but sort of cliche. It's sad, though, so be warned about that. It makes you want to do more with your life. As a side note, I love how Morgan Freeman's character is so trivia-obsessed. There's a bunch of Jeopardy in it! Awesome.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Genre: Fantasy, Romance(ish)
I love the Sharing Knife series. It's a star-crossed lovers story, and masterfully written. There's a complex world involved and plenty of sex scenes involving a guy with a hook for a hand. The fourth, Horizon, was better than the third, I thought. I really enjoyed it. It's packed full of character drama as well as action. If it is the last one, as I suspect, I won't be too disappointed with the ending, either (though of course I want to know more).
Directed by: John Hamburg
Written by: John Hamburg and Larry Levin
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones
This movie is hilarious, heartwarming, and painfully awkward. A real estate agent (Rudd) and his fiance (Jones) are planning their wedding when it becomes apparent that he has no male friends. He sets out, with the help of his gay brother (Andy Samberg) and his mother, to find some.
Rudd is so funny and awkward, as is Segel - I love him from HIMYM. There's some great cameos, as well, including one from Lou Farrigno. There's so much Ho Yay it's ridiculous, but it makes it even more awesome. Basically, I really enjoyed this movie. And it has some great quotable lines - even better!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Author: Neil Gaiman
Newbery Medal Winner!
This is a charming book about a little boy who, through rather unfortunate circumstances, grows up in a graveyard, raised by ghosts and other not-quite-living-things. Each chapter is a different but related adventure from the young life of Nobody, or Bod, as he is called. I am already a big fan of Neil Gaiman (he's my favorite author) but I hadn't yet read any of his children's/YA fiction. I was highly impressed. It's easy to forget that it's for young readers. Sure, it doesn't have hugely adult themes, but also, it is as complex and well-written as Gaiman's adult novels.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable book. I would recommend it for fantasy fans of any age.