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SPOILER ALERT

I was excited to watch Intermezzo (1939) because of Leslie Howard. He is a favorite of mine. Well, I ended up being skeptical of the plot. The basic premise is a violinist falls in love with his daughter’s piano teacher, played by Ingrid Bergman. Did I mention he was married? Eww, we’re off on the wrong foot already, especially when you discover his wife is not a treacherous villian deserving of being kicked to the curb.

Well, I was fully prepared to chalk this one up to the “dislike” pile. Then, reality returns to her throne. (Wodehouse) Real life demonstrates what they undoubtedly should have pondered from the start. I love this revelation…”I wonder if anyone has ever built happiness on the UNhappiness of others.” Indeed not. I like this movie after all.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Very Good, Sir

The Page Turners selection this month was “Thank You, Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse. It was an enjoyable read for me, a fun romp with the “gentleman’s personal gentleman”, Jeeves and the endearing but clueless, Bertie Wooster. Wodehouse is best known for his “Jeeves” novels. I look forward to taking a look at more in this particular series. I have already acquired a copy of Very Good, Jeeves.

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 The list of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories:

The Man With Two Left Feet (1917) — One story in a book of thirteen

My Man Jeeves (1919) — Four stories in a book of eight, all four reprinted in Carry on, Jeeves. The non-Jeeves stories feature Reggie Pepper

The Inimitable Jeeves (1923) — Originally a semi-novel with eighteen chapters, it is normally published as eleven short stories (U.S. title: Jeeves)

Carry On, Jeeves (1925) — Ten stories

Very Good, Jeeves (1930) — Eleven stories

Thank You, Jeeves (1934) — The first full-length Jeeves novel

Right Ho, Jeeves (1934) (US title: Brinkley Manor)

The Code of the Woosters (1938)

Joy in the Morning (1946) (US title: Jeeves in the Morning)

The Mating Season (1949)

Ring for Jeeves (1953) — Only novel without Bertie (US title: The Return of Jeeves), adapting the play Come On, Jeeves

Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (1954) (US title: Bertie Wooster Sees It Through)

 A Few Quick Ones (1959) — One short story in a book of ten

Jeeves in the Offing (1960) (US title: How Right You Are, Jeeves)

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (1963)

Plum Pie (1966) — One short story in a book of nine

Much Obliged, Jeeves (1971) (US title: Jeeves and the Tie That Binds)

Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (1974) (US title: The Cat-nappers)

The Jeeves stories were adapted into a British TV series that ran from 1990-1993. The series was “Jeeves and Wooster” starring Stephen Fry as Reginald Jeeves and Hugh Laurie (aka Dr. House) as Bertram Wooster. I think it was perfect casting for the character of Bertie. What ho!

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Posted by on June 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

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My family had been looking forward to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Honestly, it was a bit of a let down. No, it wasn’t as funny as the first one. It was just okay. But, it seems to be one of those movies that you find yourself laughing at more after the fact. My son and I have been quoting the movie and giggling, especially over the scenes with Napoleon Bonaparte. Alain Chabat was exceptionally funny as the puffy, height-sensitive emperor. “I am a big cat and you’re a little mouse.” We also enjoyed when Jedediah and Octavius charged into battle…slow motion attack on feet and ankles. We will probably buy this DVD and laugh even more.

Travel Trip Night at the Smithsonian

 

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Beam Me Up!

Star Trek SPOILER ALERT

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I have never watched any of the “Star Trek” television series. I have also missed all the movies or any type of newer TV series. I am almost completely without any “Star Trek” knowledge. I know the basics…Kirk; Spock; “Beam me up, Scottie”; USS Enterprise; “Space…the final frontier”. I haven’t intentionally avoided the series or the movies. It just happened that I missed it all. I can’t really explain it.

Well, all that has changed. I went to see the movie Star Trek. Oh…my…gosh. Incredible action flick! When Leonard Nimoy popped up in the middle of the movie, he might as well have walked right into the movie theater & sat down beside me. It was such a trip! You definitely need to see this flick. I will be checking out some of the old stuff for sure.

Live long and prosper…

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Beginner’s Book Club

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My son and I joined a book club, Page Turners, at a local library in November. The group discussed Fannie Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. They enjoyed it, especially the humor. Now, the best thing that I came away from Page Turners with…these people are like minded. They enjoy books enough to seek out others to discuss them.

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The group’s next selection was Richard Paul Evan’s Timepiece. My son and I both read it. It was hard for me to stay hooked. Neither of us cared for it much. It was predictable. Now predictability is not always a killer. You can still enjoy the ride, even if you know precisely where you’re going. The problem here was the ride wasn’t very entertaining either. A little too sentimental & emotional for my tastes.

I read the selection, but had to miss the meeting in December! Oh well, I didn’t have much to contribute anyway, except for some negativity. I’ll try again.

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The next month’s selection was Per Peterson’s Out Stealing Horses. I was never really sure where this one meant to go. I tried to follow, but there were many side roads & I wasn’t sure which one to take. I was confused. There was a little seemingly, unnecessary explicitness (of course, for all I know, it could have been of great significance to the plot). It was enough that I told my son to skip this one. The story definitely wasn’t worth it.

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Now, guess what. I had to skip this meeting too! Strike two. Come on, now, really. The next month’s selection was Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

I read this one, but knew ahead of time that it probably wasn’t my cup of tea. Sparks’ novels are wildly popular. I don’t care for this type of romance story. The romantic tendencies lean more towards lusty.

I did like Sparks’ narrative description of the place that Noah renovated. He made me want to live there. This, however, wasn’t enough to save it. I vetoed this one for my son too. He wasn’t really looking forward to it anway!

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I found out a few days before meeting time that they had added Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. It took a bit to scramble up a copy of this, but worth it. This is the first selection I enjoyed. It is well written. Although it was a fable, I enjoyed the biblical references.

Finally, here’s one my son can read. Too late, time’s up. He is a speed reader of Olympic proportion, but I’m not. I couldn’t give the go ahead quick enough. We also found out later, this book was added especially for him. We are disappointed.

I finally make it to book club to discuss 2 books. So, I guess it makes up for the last one. I enjoyed the discussion. There were even a couple of the other ladies that didn’t enjoy The Notebook. I was sure that I’d be the only one. I’m going to have to work on conveying my negative reviews in an appropriate manner. I feel like I’m being argumentative to disagree with other’s opinions.

Now, I’m working on Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish. I’ve gotten as far as the front cover. I’ll let ya know how it turns out.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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High Treason…a Grand Confession

I will go ahead & plead guilty. I know charges of treachery will be filed by the movie buff hierarchy if they read what I am about to reveal. There are movies that I know I should love. I have been told all my life of these larger than life flicks. Movies that establish a genre, define a generation, withstand the test of time, are perhaps even life changing (smirk). They inspire, were cutting edge, & have the esteem & respect of movier goers far & wide. Some are simple stories that people love. I anticipate watching these movies with eager & unabashed awe. But…when the credits roll, I’m left babbling “Do what?” I’m ashamed because I know these films should be highly appreciated. Admittedly, I have watched lesser films and enjoyed them. So, what gives? I don’t know. I can only tell you, (deep inhale) I do not like these movies. (Both hands over my head) I surrender peacefully.

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Sleepless in Seattle  Let’s start with the no-brainer. This is a simple movie that romantics love. I watched it for the first time last month. Yawn. I did like Tom Hank’s Cary Grant impersonation.

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Oklahoma!  Considering I am from Oklahoma, I may hear a knock at my door shortly. Come on, this movie makes me very ill at ease. Jud Fry…eebie jeebies. This is a creepy story lurking behind the surrey with the fringe on top, but not exciting creepy…just creepy creepy.

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Casablanca  I can hear the gasps. I can’t help it. This is one I really wanted to love. I need to watch it again. Maybe I was having a bad day.

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North by Northwest I can normally recommend a movie simply because of Cary Grant’s presence. Not so in this case.

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West Side Story   I usually enjoy musicals. This is another one that I may need to watch again.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s   Holly Golightly…Holly Getagrip.

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Doctor Zhivago   Gak, I’m gonna cough up a hairball.

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Citizen Kane   No, I didn’t get it. I do like Joseph Cotten though.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls   (Shrug) I liked the title.

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My Fair Lady   Awesome costumes! I even liked Pygmalion. I’m not sure exactly why this version didn’t appeal to me…maybe it was all that screechy talking coming from Audrey Hepburn. And she’s a favorite of mine, go figure.

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Gone with the Wind I still get a bad taste in my mouth when I think about this movie. Yuck. Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most despicable characters of all time. She is the most self-centered, uncaring person ever written into existence. Someone told me that her independence is what made her so endearing. Gak, she is a stubborn, morally immature person unwilling to yield to anything but her own wants & needs. She maliciously & willfully betrays anyone that gets in her way & is left sticking her chin in the air even at the death of her own child. She would do anything to get what she wants & not a second thought is given to the consequences or harm to others. I think I’m gonna spit. I know, I know…Frankly, my dear…

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Kindle

Why do you own a kindle? After reading this article, I wanted to share my opinion of the Kindle. My son received one for his birthday. I was skeptical of this little piece of technology and fully prepared to hate it. Then, my son purchased the works of Charles Dickens (200+ Works) includes The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities with biography; Jane Austen’s complete novels; the works of Alexandre Dumas, includes The Three Musketeers, Louise de la Valliere The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Man in the Iron Mask, The Count … & more; New American Standard version of the Bible; The Wind in the Willows;  a Beatrix Potter collection; the works of Robert Louis Stevenson. (150+ works) includes Treasure Island, New Arabian Nights, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & more; and the works of Baroness Emmuska Orczy. (26 Works) includes The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Old Man In the Corner, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, The League of the … Nest of the Sparrowhawk, El Dorado & more all for about 30 bucks. Hello? Not only cheap, classic literature, but extensive volumes that fit in one hand. Hello, again. This is sounding better.

Best-sellers cost you $9.99. So, I tried it out. I was desperate to start New Moon & didn’t want to wait until next shopping trip. I easily downloaded it onto my son’s Kindle. This device IS convenient and easy to use. I’m impressed. But…

The Kindle can’t replace the real deal. I love the feel of a book in my hands. The smell of an old book is quite lovely. The illustrations & cover art are a big part of the whole experience.

Now, the start up cost on the Kindle is a big hurdle. $359…yikes. My son was very thankful for his grandmother’s generosity. He knew he would have to wait awhile for Mom to come up with that much geatus. I do think it’s a good investment for literary junkies.

Bottom line, the Kindle does have its place in a book lover’s life. For convenience sake, instead of lugging your library around, grab your (or your son’s) Kindle & go. What a trip!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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