_shmoo (_shmoo) wrote,

You callin' me a Taco Bell kind of guy?

It's been another long gap. Here's list of movies watched and books read. Some were so long ago now that I really don't recall much detail of my thoughts.

Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb - The first two books of Hobb's Farseer Trilogy (I'll get to the last soon). The first book was pretty enjoyable fantasy, the second was a bit too much of a repeat of the first.

Paper Moon - 1973 film about a con man during the depression who ends up partnering with a young girl. Pretty good.

Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo - This is apparently an influential novel in Latin America, but I really couldn't decipher it (even translated into English).

Fiddler on the Roof - Film version of the famous musical. Loved it.

Philadelphia - Finally saw this Denzel Washington/Tom Hanks film, which I believe was the beginning of Hanks's transformation from comic star to Serious Actor. It was good, though a bit dated.

Funny Face - Musical starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. The 30 year age gap between them made it awkwardto watch, and the plot was pretty silly. It's also pretty unbelievable to cast Hepburn as someone who could be referred to as "funny face."

A Bridge Too Far - All-star 1977 World War II movie about the failed Operation Market Garden. It was decent, but not the war classic I was expecting.

All The King's Men - 1949 Best Picture-winning adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's novel, which I read a while back. As noted in the link, i wasn't a huge fan of the book and that was true of the film as well.

Coffee & Cigarettes - Jim Jarmusch's 2003 full length made of short vignettes, including three short films that date back to 1986. Entertaining.

Guardians of the Galaxy - You've probably heard of this one. I'm willing to overlook some ropey plotting and issues that have bothered me in other films (notably Batman Begins) because it wasn't taking itself seriously, and also frankly it was so much fun.

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami - The sequel to Murakami's Trilogy of the Rat. Frankly, it's more of the same for Murakami, but it's something I like.

Muppets Most Wanted - The latest Muppet film. I watched this on a flight, for which it was a great venue as such a light, fluffy, and short film. Anyway, it was awesome of course.

The Bourne Identity - This is the Matt Damon version (though I'd like to see the Richard Chamberlain mini-series at some point). Yeah, this is the first time I've seen it. Yeah, it was pretty good.

Mulan - I remember my old roommate was really into this back when it was new-ish, but somehow I never actually watched it. It's quite good! I likes a strong woman.

Frost/Nixon - This was alright. I'm not sure there was really much story to tell.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold - Film version of John Le Carré's novel, which I read a few years ago (can't find the entry). Not a great adaptation.

Amistad - This 1997 Spielburg film had been on my list forever. It hits all the Spielburg message film buttons but was pretty good, though over-long.

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson - I really enjoyed this recent novel that takes place in North Korea. My wife is in the other room reading it as I type this. Recommended.

The Bourne Supremacy - Not as good. Why'd the bad guys try to kill him in the first place again?

The Master - Wha?


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