In the wake of the board game turned SF action/comedy/drama Battleship, we may wonder if Hollywood is done mining our childhood nostalgia as a method for generating big-budget, CGI-heavy movies. Given that The Lego Movie is in theaters right now, I don’t think so.
We were out of town when the call came. Our Alaskan cruise would become a reality. There was one caveat. We would be booked on an "on your own" tour. Cruise-sponsored land excursions would cost extra. We placed a deposit and buyer's remorse hit immediately. Red flags waved in my mind. Would we wander aimlessly through Ketchikan? Could we find interesting, yet affordable, areas of interest in Skagway? What about the other two ports of call?
Several times over the last year, my husband causally mentioned it would be nice to have an MP3 player. He is a farmer, and out in the country, there are many places where radio signal isn’t great. When you are out in the tractor in the middle of nowhere, talk radio can get rather old rather quickly.
The recently released movie, Lone Survivor, is based on the New York Best Sellers, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. It is the true story of four Navy SEAL soldiers on a covert mission who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. They are cut off from any support, and they confront unthinkable odds.
My book group has a tradition. Every December, we read and discuss a classic novel. I have to admit that without the inspiration of my fellow librophiles, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to dust one off.
I’m not a Jane Austen fan. Don’t tell anyone, but I don’t even watch Downton Abbey. My attitude used to be, why take the time to read something written fifty or two hundred years ago? New, exciting titles come out every day. Read something that’s "good for me"? Voluntarily? Who has time for that?
There are few film directors out there that make movies so well it compels me to watch everything they have ever made, but Stanley Kubrick is one of those directors that I would take the time to watch everything he’s done (or at least everything I can get my grubby, little hands on). I took on a “Kubrick Movie Marathon” near the beginning of the month of December, and made my way through almost the entirety of Kubrick’s repertoire of movies.
Have you ever gotten strange looks as you flip through a book? Has anyone ever asked you “are you really reading that or just skimming pages?” Have you ever been accused of owning your own library? If so, you may be a speed reader or simply have a book “problem.” Don’t worry, this isn't a bad diagnoses. But it does mean that you may find yourself with nothing to read and way to many books in your room.
Farewell, Edith … and Tony Soprano, Mrs. Krabappel and the Quintessential Mouseketeer
We followed the life of sweetly, naïve Edith Bunker for nine years and 200-some episodes of television’s All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, coming to love her and, by extension, the actress who portrayed her, Jean Stapleton.
When Cold Weather Strikes, Wrap Up with an Audiobook!
These past few days, I have been wondering where all the warmth has gone. It seems like just earlier this week, I was enjoying a leisurely bicycle ride and picnic in the park, now my hands become icicles within seconds of being outside. As a funny happenstance, I unknowingly began to listen to an audiobook earlier this week that is now turning out to be quite timely in its subject matter. I had heard about Between Shades of Gray; it's a historical fiction book based around the time of the holocaust.