Friday, January 15, 2010

movies and books

John and I signed up for Netflix a few months so I have been furiously catching up on all of the movies I wanted to see but never got the chance.  Below are my reviews of a few- in case you are interested.

Julie and Julia:  I inexplicably LOVED this movie!  I laughed my head off at the entire pretext and Julie's freak-outs in the kitchen.  I loved the characters and the pretext and pretty much everything about it. 
John's comment:  The very few funny places were not worth the time it took to watch the entire movie.  I think, secretly, he liked it, too!  Ok, not really.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas:  Although I wasn't majorly impressed with the character development (aside from maybe the mother and the main little boy), the movie was a thought provoking glimpse of how regular German families/families of soldiers reacted to the atrocities of WWII.  Actually, the indoctrination process of antisemitism reminded me a little of "The Book Thief" (a good read!).  However, the ending made me physically ill.  I would not recommend this movie to anyone with kids or a tender heart or feelings in general. 
John's comment:  It was not as good as some of the other WWII movies we have seen (ie:  A Beautiful Life), but not bad.

Terminator Salvation:  This is probably my favorite of the Terminator movies.  The only reason I say that is that we really enjoyed the Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles tv series and since this movie was all John Conner all the time (plus, Christian Bale to boot!) I felt some sort of connection to the characters.  I was also not nearly as terrified as I thought I would be.  Can we say desensitized? 
John:  It was okay.

(FYI:  John's comment "It was okay" could mean anything from so so to loved it, just so you know.)

As for some good books:

Our book club just read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  Anyone with boys should read this book and then read it to their boys.  It is so much fun!  (appropriate for kids maybe 8+)

I also just reread Catching Fire which is book two of The Hunger Games series.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Read this!  I have a copy if anyone wants to borrow it.  (YA Lit)

I also just finished The Mislaid Magician which is book three of the Sorcery and Cecilia series.  These are fun books written as letters of correspondence.  There are two authors for these books and they don't discuss the plot ahead of time so they never quite know where the story is headed.  (YA Lit)

Speaking of books written as letters of correspondence, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a great read!  (adult historical fiction)

And my last recommendation is a book I have not yet read but it is sitting on my to-read shelf.  It is Heir to Sevenwaters, book four (I think) continuing on the Daughter of the Forest series by Juliet Marillier.  She is an incredible writer.  Her stories are beautifully told and the characters are riviting and thoroughly enjoyable.  (adult fiction/fantasy)


Tai said...

I love your blog. I am also loving The Lightening Thief. I had my 4th grader read it along with Greek Mythology published by Usborne. It really does make Greek Mythology come alive. I have other book suggestions for our best book club meetings at my blog

I have a feeling book will be better than the movie for The Lightening Thief!

pragmatic mom

Jewels said...

Ooo! Catching Fire! Pleeeeaaase??