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Book and Movie list for 2009

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Jan. 2nd, 2009 | 12:24 am

In the comment section, I will comment about the books and movies in the following lists. I will title them in the subject line, so that they will be easy to find and comment on (in their own threads).

Be warned right now, there will most likely be spoilers in the comments for the following books or movies. If you don't want to be spoiled for that particular subject, don't read it.

At the risk of being repetitive, let me tell you know right now that I am neither artsy or analytical in my commentary style. Don't be surprised to read, "I loved it" or "O M G!" Please feel free to comment on any of the titles, whether I have commented or not. If you start a thread on a title please put the title in the subject line, for easy access.
~Thanks!

Movies seen on TV:
(* = Movies I've seen before, worth mentioning)
Murder in the First
Mr. Woodcock
What Dreams May Come
*Waitress
Silk
The Golden Compass
Me Myself I
Jumper
Brokeback Mountain
Dead Again
Junior
Man About Town
Lady in White
Balls of Fury
Cars
Dracula
Lisa Lampanelli: Long Live the Queen
Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House
Desperado
But I'm a Cheerleader
Delta Farce
Moulin Rouge!
Moulin Rouge
Step Brothers
Changeling
P.S. I Love You (Sob!)
Definitely, Maybe
The Number 23
There will be blood
Before the devil knows your dead
Death becomes her
This film is not yet rated
Twilight
Wanted
Love in the time of cholera
Goya's Ghost
The Confessor
The Majestic
Hannibal Rising. (Ew. I usually don't watch scary or gruesome movies. )
Sweet Revenge
*Michael Clayton
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush
*the affair of the necklace
Evening
Be kind rewind
Nim's island.
Sydney white
Monkeybone
Valmont
Over her dead body
*Up close and personal
Out on a limb
Lover's Prayer
Date with an Angel
Baby Mama
Secretary
August Rush
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Shoot 'Em Up
Journey to the Center of the Earth(brendan frasier)
The business of giving birth
Chasing amy
License to wed
Big Nothing
Stardust
What happens in Vegas
Heartbeeps
Star!
Kung Fu Panda
The Perez Family
The Mask
Guess Who
Showgirls
Yentl
Ring of Darkness
Irish Jam
The secret of roan innish
Ratatouille
WALL-E
Enchanted
Flawless
Close Your Eyes
Made of honor
Bride wars
Sunshine cleaning
I love you man
Confessions of a shopaholic
Harry potter 6
A very long engagement
Mrs pettigrew lives for a day
The game plan
Horton hears a who
H2o horse: legend of the sea(deep?)
Step up 2 the streets
Superbad
Chattahoochee
The babysitters
I'll be there
Bogus
Hp6
Julie&julia
The affair of the necklace
The handmaidens tale
Sinner
Queen sized
The pest
The reluctant debutante
Bedposts and broomsticks
There goes my heart
Blazing Saddles
The Dog Problem
Nobody's Baby
Meet Dave
Youth knows no pain
I can do bad all by myself
The informant
Love Field
The Time Traveler's wife
Ghost Town
Charlie Bartlett
Maldeamores
Zerophilia
The Time Machine
Flashbacks of a Fool
Capitalism a love story
This is it
Wanted
Freak City
The tale of desperaux
Superhero movie
The Baby Dance
Held Up
Pretendiendo
Pirate Radio
New Moon
Someone like you
Outrageous fortune
Meet me in St. Louis
Seven brides for seven brothers
Relative Values
He's just not that into you.


Movies seen in the theater:
Last Chance Harvey 01/16/09
Twilight

Books read or audio-books listened to:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Audio-book)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Audio-book)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Audio-book)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Audio-book)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Audio-book)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Audio-book)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Audio-book)
Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans by Jane Green
Sense and Sensibility
Catcher in the Rye
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Comments {17}

veradee

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from: veradee
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
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I see you have. :)

Years ago, I made lists with the plays I'd seen but gave up after a while.

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
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Hopefully I'll keep up the list.

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veradee

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from: veradee
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
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I'm sure you will. I was very lazy back then. :)

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
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I could say the same for myself. Sometimes I lack the motivation. This year, I'll do better. (or at least that's what I tell myself!) Thanks for the vote of confidence. : )

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Monica

Mr. Woodcock

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Luckily, I never had a teacher like this on school. Billy Bob Thornton plays the same freaking person in almost every role. I wasn't expecting much as I sat down to watch this move and let me tell you I wasn't disappointed.

I did laugh out loud a couple of times. I'm just glad that I didn't pay to see this in the theater or on DVD.

Edited at 2009-01-03 08:27 pm (UTC)

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Monica

Waitress

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
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I have seen this a couple of times, but it was worth watching again. I thought Keri Russell did a great job. The guy that plays her husband is an ass. He kind of reminds me a little bit of my brother, Omar, and my dad. They all put themselves first and if someone else or something else comes along to shift the focus off of them, then . . . *ka-pow*. . . everything goes to hell.

Edited at 2009-01-03 08:33 pm (UTC)

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Monica

What Dreams May Come

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
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I have the DVD of this movie somewhere, but I've never gotten around to watching it. Nikki (heatherenchantd) was watching it last week and told me that it was one of her favorite books. Thanks for the recommendation Nikki.

I loved this movie. The colors were brilliant. We went from real life paintings to actual sets. Robin William and Annabella Sciorra were perfect. For a while after Chris, Robins character, died, Annie, his wife, played by Annabella, reminded me a lot of Juliet Stephenson in Truly, Madly, Deeply. I cried so much during this movie. I will rank it at the top of my list of favorites.

If you get the chance, see it. Be sure to take some tissues with you. You'll need them.

Edited at 2009-01-04 12:30 am (UTC)

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amber_dragon_64

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from: amber_dragon_64
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
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I have seen Mr Woodcock and What Dreams May Come. Wasn't very impressed by "Mr Woodcock", it was ok but not one I would watch more than once. Although it didn't get great reviews (from my fuzzy memory) I can truly recommend "What Dreams may Come" I saw it at the cinema and I own the DVD I watch it often. It'll have you sobbing your heart out in places but it will also make you laugh. Robin Williams gives an excellent performance, oh and without giving anything away, the clues are all there watch the film very carefully right from the start and you will figure out identities later on. It really is a beautiful film, one I would really love to see in blu-ray format on a huge screen (if I had the money for the huge screen... LOL).

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 4th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
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I have the DVD for What Dreams May Come. I had just not bothered to watch it until swingthvote recommended it. I loved it. Annie's crying and pining for Chris reminded me of Juliet Stephenson is TMD. Juliet managed to get over the death of her significant other and Annie wasn't.

I had to double check IMDB to see who was directing. I thought it might have been Anthony Minghella but it was Vincent Ward.

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Monica

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from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I look forward to it.

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Monica

Silk

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 4th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
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Taken from IMDB: I think this review says what I thought of the movie, so I'll let this review speak for itself.

Watch till the end...give it a chance..., 10 April 2008
Author: mmp6041 from United States
I also can understand why a person may not like this movie. However, if you can truly appreciate the goal and the direction of the director's vision than you should like it. The scenery and music added depth and meaning to the story. I think there should have been Japanese subtitles so as to not lose the audience's attention and interest. I was left wanting more. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I wanted the plot to be a bit more "spicy". But i can appreciate the director and writer's vision of the movie. This is a good movie to watch when you want to relax and mellow out. The ending was the best part of the movie. There was a bit of a twist which added meaning and understanding. Even though i wanted things to be a bit more spicy the end of the movie justified the lack of it.

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Monica

Murder in the First

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 4th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
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I believe that this movie is based on a real story. It is not 100% true to the original story, but it makes for an excellent movie. I watched this movie because Gary Oldman is in it. He plays a bad-ass reminiscent of his role in The Professional. A man in power who abuses his position, the associate warden of Alcatraz (Milton Glenn), in the 1930's.

I think that this is one of Kevin Bacon's best roles. He played an abused and tortured prisoner by the name of Henri Young. Christian Slater played his young court appointed lawyer, James Stamphill. Henri suffered brutal and inhumane torture at the hands of the prison guards and Glenn. Instead of wanting a lawyer, he wanted a friend and Stamphill provided, after a while.

One of Glenn's "lessons" is a lesson on Action/Reaction. Action: Henri got caught trying to escape with others. Reaction: Glenn sliced what looked like Henri's achilles tendon, crippling him for life and sentenced him to solitary where he was left there for three year (the longest they are supposed to stay is 19 days). When he was finally released, he went a little mad and murdered (with a spoon) the man who escaped with him and turned him in. Stamphill set out to prove that Alcatraz, Glenn and the guards were just as responsible for the other inmate's death and he did.

Henri went back to prison to finish off a previous sentence and although he later dies (in the movie, not in real life) he did have one thing to say to the warden before getting sent to solitary:

"Action I won. Reaction you can't ever take that away from me."

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Monica

Harry Potter Audio-books

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 15th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
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All of them made of win!

Listening to the death of Severus Snape was even worse than reading it. *sob*

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Monica

The Golden Compass

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 16th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
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Nice fantasy movie. It left me wanting at the end of the story. I hate to be left hanging. Now I have to read the books.

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Monica

Me Myself I

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 16th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
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Rachel Griffiths does a wonderful job of playing the same person in kind of two different realities. The theme song from this video is going to be my theme song for the new year: Me Myself I

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Monica

Jumper

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 16th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
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I wasn't excited about this movie. It wasn't a movie that required very much thought. It was a decent way to spend a couple of hours. Jamie Bell didn't look like I expected him to. (I loved his accent, though.) I saw him in Billy Elliot and loved him in that role. I guess I was surprised to see him all grown up!

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Monica

Brokeback Mountain

from: monicarnsg
date: Jan. 16th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
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What can I say about this movie that has not already been said? It was wonderfully acted. Both Heath and Jake portrayed their parts to a T. Their love was long a strong. Most hetero relationships don't last that long. I loved seeing Heath and Jake in their "cowboy clothes". Mmm Mmm Mmm. Jeans and Stetsons, Woowee! (You can tell I'm fron Texas and I love my cowboys!) Anne Hathaway did not look good as a blond, period. She and Michelle Williams did well otherwise.

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