Thursday, May 22, 2008

A movie review and a book review

Not long ago, I read The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien.  It totally absorbed me.  It was poignant, funny, mesmerizing, compelling, educational, and more.  It's fiction, but it's plain that there is a lot of autobiographical information in there.  You should definitely check it out.

This week, I watched Juno.  Honestly, after about twenty minutes, I wasn't that interested.  It was trying desperately hard to be cool.  Some of the characters (particularly a cameo by one of the guys from The Office) just didn't seem to fit in.  But it rebounded nicely and became a great film.  The important characters behaved in ways that surprised me, and there were a couple of twists worthy of applause.  The shot of a particular item, framed and mounted on a wall, was genius.  As a bonus, the soundtrack was outstanding.

PS: My final signing for Holy Moly is this Saturday in Marble Falls.  If you get a chance, come on out.  Details are on my website.

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