Category Archives: Movies

let’s have an argument about movies (a review of cinematic states by gareth higgins). 1

A guy from Ireland with a love of movies moved to the United States (specifically to Durham, NC) and decided to document his project to learn about America by watching at least one movie for every state. This is the premise of Cinematic States by Gareth Higgins: he works his way through the states (and […]

100 books that defined the noughties 16

The Telegraph has posted a list of 100 books that defined the last decade. I have read 19 of them. I am ashamed to say that one of those is The Da Vinci Code. A few others are on my short list (which is different than the large list that is in huge piles next […]

Mischief of one kind and another. 2

Two blogs I read linked to this interesting article about children’s movies. Here’s an excellent passage from it: The impulse to protect children from these kinds of stories is understandable. Like adults, they experience plenty of hard feelings in their daily lives — at home, on the playground, in the classroom, in their dreams — […]

A movie recommendation. 0

You should know that I am a sucker for a good movie about a teenage girl finding herself. Especially if that girl is a little bit different and wants a little bit more out of her life than the small town she’s living in. Especially if that movie is based on a young adult novel. […]

“Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.” -Edith Wharton 0

A couple of weeks ago, Mike and I watched Man on Wire, the documentary about Philippe Petit and his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in the summer of 1974. I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it. It was great. And then, the next day, I got a notice that a book had […]

The most famous split infinitive. 5

I vividly remember the day that “The Best of Both Worlds, Part II” aired. That was the fourth season premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wikipedia tells me that it aired in September of 1990. I don’t know when it was, exactly. I just know that we had been anticipating it all. summer. long. […]

As if my opinions matter to anyone but me. 4

I kind of love the Oscars. Over the summer, I think I saw two movies: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and The Dark Knight. They were both okay. This time of year, though, I get to see many fantastic movies that I enjoy. I love Oscar bait – the lush cinematography, the sad […]

The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas (and a few other random notes) 0

Saturday afternoon, I worked on a paper that is due on Tuesday. In the middle of the night, I woke up and realized what the one thing is that the paper needs, that one paragraph that ties it all together. It was so obvious. Of course, on Sunday morning when I woke up, I couldn’t […]

Mike and I saw Synecdoche, New York this afternoon. 5

When it was over: GUY BEHIND US TO HIS FRIEND, SOMEWHAT PRETENTIOUSLY: You have to be really smart to understand this film. MIKE, TO ME: That . . . was weird. There were things I liked about it, and I appreciated what (I think) it was saying about life and art, but it was pretty […]

Q&A by Vikas Swarup and Slumdog Millionaire 0

I remember when Q&A came out. It was one of the books I leased for our library. (Libraries can purchase a plan to lease books. It’s often used to get extra copies of bestsellers, and we also tried to get copies of books such as Q&A: interesting books that we might not want in the […]

This will be awesome. 2

Back to the Future, BOLLYWOOD STYLE. Yay, Bollywood! (Also, if Aishwarya Rai is really going to be in it, that’s even more awesome. She’s so pretty.) While I am kind of on the topic, I should mention that when I have finished reading Q&A, I am going to write up my thoughts about it and […]

Two movie recommendations. 4

On Sunday night, Mike and I watched Little Manhattan with his second mom and another one of her “sons” she’s taken in. (She is a very loving person. As I am sure you can tell.) Mike had very specific requirements about watching a movie with his second mom: he wanted it to be clean/family-friendly, he […]

Mike’s Top Ten Movies. 2

Gentle readers, this is a post from Mike. Enjoy. — Here’s a first. Greetings to all of Kari’s dedicated readers. As you may know, Kari tagged me yesterday on the movie post. I remember talking to her on the way home from Ben and Jerry’s Friday night trying to come up with what our favorite […]

I don’t know how many times I can talk about ten of my favorite movies on this blog. 4

But Geof has asked me to do it once again. The rules are as follows: 1. List your top ten favorite films in no particular order. 2. If you’re tagged, post your list and tag 3-5 other people. 3. Link back to the person who tagged you. 4. Give a hat tip (HT) to Dan. […]

On clean mugs, house hunting, and Indiana Jones. 3

Almost every morning, I come downstairs and find my travel mug cleaned out and draining beside our sink. It is especially difficult to open, and Mike knows that, so he opens it almost every morning and cleans out yesterday’s coffee. It’s one of my favorite morning things, to turn the kitchen corner and see my […]

Of what is past, or passing, or to come. 0

When Mike was still getting up a whole lot later than I was, we put a little travel clock in the bathroom so that I wouldn’t have to open the door and disturb him with bright blinding bathroom light to know what time it was in the mornings. Now that he and I get up […]

Disjointed thoughts. 0

I didn’t say very much about it at the time, but Once was my favorite movie of last year, hands down. We went and saw it one Saturday in August, and Mike went and saw it again the next day. And we spent the rest of the fall and winter listening to the soundtrack (actually, […]

In Character. 10

Cookie Monster interviewed on NPR. It’s as delightful as you would hope. The “In Character” feature on NPR got me thinking . . . who is my favorite fictional character? Though it can be from literature, film, television, or song, they specifically want it to be American, so my first thought, Anne Shirley, isn’t an […]

Let’s hope Entertainment Weekly is right! 0

(Best Documentary Short is the pertinent category. My cousin edited that movie.)

This is as close to the Oscars as I will ever be. 2

Unless you live under a rock, you know that the Oscar nominations came out today. I was excited to see the nominations for Juno (which I loved), Once (the scene with “Falling Slowly” was my favorite scene of the whole year; heck, that was my favorite movie of the year), and Atonement (my favorite book […]