A while back, I went to a screening of The Room, the cult classic film that’s considered by some to be the Citizen Kane of bad movies. One of the stars of the film, Greg Sestero, was there plugging his book, The Disaster Artist. The book chronicles his friendship with director, writer, and producer Tommy Wiseau and the making of the film. It’s kind of sad that Wiseau’s dream of being a star ended up making him a laughingstock. Still, this might be the funniest book I’ve ever read.
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.