February 23, 2012

Hey all!!  This past Tuesday I went to go see all of the animated short films nominated for an Oscar.  My absolute FAVORITE was The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore.

It is the cutest story ever about how books need to be read to come to life, just like people need to read to come to life themselves.  The animation is fantastic and the story is so cute!!!  I'm probably partial to this short film because I am a book lover myself, I hope it wins this weekend!!
I also liked Morning Stroll.  The animation is AMAZING, but personally I think the Zombie apocalypse  theme is getting a little old.

Weigh in on your favorites!!  Don't forget to watch the Oscars this Sunday!!  I'm so excited!!!

January 18, 2012

Hey everyone!!  So this week I had my first experience at Circle Theatre in Tulsa, it was a very different experience but worth it!!  I went to see Lars von Trier’s Melancholia.  To say the least, it was awesome!!

The film opens with a series of images in slow motion.  They tell a story about the story the movie depicts--it’s beautiful, like art moving on the screen.  From there the film is split into two parts. The first part shows Justine (Kirsten Dunst) on her not-so-perfect wedding night, and second part is from the point of view of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg).  The sisters’ complicated relationship is tested as they are faced with the threat of an unknown planet, Melancholia, colliding with the Earth.

Before you all jump up and go see this fantastic movie just because I recommended it, Melancholia is not your typical entertainment movie (if you’ve seen any other von Trier films you know what I mean).   The film is based on a very dark time in von Trier’s life and depicts it beautifully, but also very accurately.  For that reason it has received just as many horrible reviews as fantastic.  In a nutshell, the movie is a little weird but at the same time, I think, it is amazing.

January 13, 2012

Hello everyone!  So I decided to start of the imCarly books and movie section with my most recent read; No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.

This book first snagged my attention after I watched the movie and absolutely loved it!!  If you’ve read McCarthy before, you know that he has a very distinct, and very intense style.  He controls the pace of the book keeping you on your toes looking behind every page for a new surprise while adding emphasis to the importance of family and offering a glimpse into a violent and secretive culture.


Published in 2005, No Country for Old Men is set in then present day Texas near the Mexican border in a town that is plagued by illegal border crossings and violent, dangerous drug cartels.  One night a young, hardworking husband named Moss discovers a drug deal gone wrong.  Moss makes the dangerous decision to steal the drug money.  The dead drug dealers and suspicious circumstances set the town Sheriff on a hunt for Ross, but Sheriff Bell is not the only man on Ross’s tale.  The psychotic AWAL drug dealer Chigurh is now after Moss as well.  Moss sends his young wife to hide out with her mother as he runs for his life and his money.  Chigurh will stop at nothing to pay Moss back for the inconvenience he has caused him, how do you run from a man with no conscious and only your death on his mind?  The Sheriff is hunting Moss just as much to keep him and his young wife safe as to right Moss’s wrong.  There is no telling how far Moss is willing to run or how far Chigurh is behind, or who he might go after to get what he wants.


Houston Chronicle:
“[McCarthy] is nothing less than our greatest living writer, and this is a novel that must be read and remembered, a jeremiad against the depravity that lurks on the horizon, the anguish that burns the borderland of the Americas." WILLIAM J. COBB

Washington Post:
"This is a profoundly disturbing and gorgeously rendered novel” JEFFERY LENT

Publisher’s Weekly:
“While the action of the novel thrills, it's the sensitivity and wisdom of Sheriff Bell that makes the book a profound meditation on the battle between good and evil and the roles choice and chance play in the shaping of a life.” 


The Road by Cormac McCarthy (one of my favorites!  Same McCarthy style!)

The Black Dahlia by James Elroy (another American crime novel, reading it now it’s awesome!)

No Country for Old Men the movie (duh!)

Taken the movie (violent, suspenseful, and thrilling!)

Have any questions, suggestions, or requests??  Let me know!!  I'm always looking for a good book and a good movie!!!  Want me to review one for you??  Shoot me a comment and I'll get right on it!!

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