This book was particularly good to read this Fall, as we are still adjusting to a new POTUS, and his rampant nationalism. As much as he yells “Make America Great Again”, it’s imperative to really understand what is in America’s history…and there are >many< blemishes.
Howard Zinn is a writer I’ve often heard about and one I’m glad I finally got to read. This graphic-adaptation of his book was real interesting and made me a lot more informed about my country’s history. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about what kind of country the United States really has been.
Mom pedaling hard,
two kids on the cargo-bike,
one holding flowers
Having heard lots of Twitter-chatter about the upcoming movie adaptation of A WRINKLE IN TIME, and how many women I knew who held great affection for the book, and yet I’d never even heard of it. I had to see what it was all about.
Turns out the thin novel by Madeleine L’Engle is about a young girl, her oddly mature younger brother, and a friend of hers, as they travel the universe trying to find her father who’s been missing for years. It’s a neat bit of whimsy, fantasy, hope and love, and learning to believe in yourself.
I will admit though, that I was a bit disappointed when I came to realize the book was more a “first chapter” in a few-book story, than a completely self-contained story. As I was reading and getting closer to the end, I was wondering, “wow, how is the author going to wrap this up?” and then suddenly the book was done.
I’ll probably go to see the movie when it comes out, just to see how it translates to the screen. Should be pretty neat, I think.
his clothes were dirty,
he talked to himself, fidgeted,
seemed so very lost
that nice morning run
is already a week past;
need to get moving
- 17/early Nov: Thor Ragnarok (2017): Was a fun, colorful, dramatic, surprising fun ride. Marvel is making pretty good popcorn films.
- 17/11/19: Justice League (2017): Man, I went to this to see just how …bad it was going to be. Honest, it wasn’t awful…but it wasn’t that memorable either. Just a big ol’ “meh” from me.
- 17/11/27: X-Men Origins Wolverine (2009): I’d always heard that this was a pretty awful superhero film, and ….yep, it’s pretty bad. There’s some neat character ideas, but there’s plot holes and character choices that are just so THERE. Coulda been great, was as meh as Justice League.
- 17/11/27: Whip It (2009): Now this movie was FUN. Pretty standard “rebellious teenager coming of age (via ROLLER-DERBY)” story, but well-acted, a fun directorial debut from Drew Barrymore, and just nicely put-together.
- 17/12/01: What Happened Miss Simone? (2015): Wow, a real compelling documentary about singer/musician, Nina Simone. So talented, so driven, so tragic…her life was an arc that was filled with such highs and lows. A really interesting exploration of her life.
- 17/12/07: Bad Roomies (2012): A bad movie, don’t see it. It was about two guy roommates who get a new roomie – a strange, hot woman that they both are gaga for. It makes some turns you don’t expect and everyone is basically awful. Bad movie.
- 17/12/11: The Boss Baby (2017): I saw a comicbook writer mention this movie on Twitter and I thought I’d check it out. I did >not< think I would like it. I gotta admit though, I really enjoyed it. 🙂 It particularly got to me though, when a character said, ” And we’ll grow old together. And we will always be brothers.”
- 12/23/17: The Details (2015): Elizabeth Banks, Tobey Maguire, and intriguing premise…well, more like “watch a guy continue to make bad decisions and ruin his marriage.”
- 17/12/24: Cant Buy Me Love (1987): Fun to watch a cute “nerdy guy tries to be popular” flick, and see a young Patrick Dempsey and a VERY young Seth Green on screen. Kinda neat in that it’s a sorta tropey “jocks versus the nerds” movie, but in the end both the jocks AND the nerds learn a lesson.
- 17/12/24: The Whole Nine Yards (2000): A pretty simple dark comedy about a dentist, his wife (who might be trouble), his dental assistant (who might be even more trouble), and his new neighbor (who is definitely trouble). Fun lil comedy featuring TV stars moving to film: Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, and Bruce Willis.
- 17/12/26: Train To Busan (2016): A new zombie movie experience, about a bad dad trying to get his daughter to her mother, while the train gets swarmed with zombies.
- 17/12/27: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): A great entry into the SW mythology, and notable to me, in having a significant number of prominent roles for women. Really enjoyed it.
- 17/12/31: Sunshine Superman (2014): Amazing documentary about the man and wife behind the introduction of BASEjumping. Lots of great pictures and footage, as the man was also a filmmaker himself! Very interesting.
- 17/12/31: The Iron Giant (1999): A totally great animated film that deserves its reputation. Great art, compelling story, and evidences Brad Bird‘s skill as a director.
So, totaling up that my blog-posts, it looks like I watched a total of 92 movies this year! 🙂