Watching World Walk By: Movies & Books

Am grounded at home this holiday weekend.  Could be all sorts of other places, but … no worries, have to be here so here I am.   Catching up on older movies.  Reading pages that have been calling my name.  General milling about.

The films I’ve seen so far – it’s only Saturday – include In America, August Rush, and Taking Woodstock.

In America (2002)  is actually not new to me, but is one of my favorite movies.  Jim Sheridan directed and co-wrote the screenplay. An Irish family moves to NYC; it is a journey of loss and life.  It is semi-autobiographical.  The performances are perfect, the story is so beautiful and agonizing.  Just take a hammer and repeatedly hit the emotional quadrant of my heart. Special, special, special.  Did I say how special this film is?

August Rush (2007) presents a coincidence.  Ran into this while flipping channels.  It is a modern-day fairy tale, sort of, but it got me in the first few seconds and kept me right up to “The End”.  An orphaned musical prodigy, Oliver Twist  twist.  Of course, the music is fine; personal favorites:  “Raise It Up” and “Dueling Guitars“.  Then I found the director. Kirsten Sheridan.  She would be the daughter of Jim Sheridan (see above) and she co-wrote In America with her dad. No wonder I feel in love with this movie.  That family has some great film genes.  And this movie had me praying for the people inside the television from start to finish.  That is a good movie, in my humble opinion.

Taking Woodstock (2009) is a movie I so wanted to like. So didn’t.  Directed by Ang Lee, this groovy movie is based on memoir by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte. Have to agree with New York Post critic Stephen Holden; he said TW was a “….thumb-sucking bore”.  Fail.

In other film news, apparently someone who has access to publishing on the page is wondering if Sex and the City 2 will become one of the top ten best sequel films.  Again, in my uneducated opinion, the first Sex in the City film was the epitome of horrid, lamer than a herd of dead horses. Double dumb beyond belief.  Yet said person is wondering if this slop will overtake sequels to The Godfather, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. to mention a few. REALLY? We are so screwed.  On the other hand, maybe not.  The real Amityville Horror house is for sale. I propose a fundraiser to buy that haunted shack, put anyone who had anything to do with SACT1,2 (director and cast, for sure) inside, and lock the door FOREVER! If you have the same feelings, please join me in this mission.

I am woman, I multitask.  So, while watching movies, of course I read.

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard (2009)  Beautifully written, so much so I have writer envy.  This book, about a Labor Day Weekend in the past, is all about forgiveness, love, and the human spirit.  Have found so many lines of this book quote-worthy.  But you’ll have to read it to find them for yourself.

Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Morag Prunty (2006) is so unsentimental and well-written.  The wisdom on these pages, regarding relationships, takes my breath away.  Am not finished.  When I do, it’s on to Lit by Mary Karr. While watching Amadeus (1984) again.

So much to do, so little time.


22 thoughts on “Watching World Walk By: Movies & Books

  1. Morag Prunty? The book sounds very interesting (I love that sort of thing) but her name sounds like an obscene anagram.

  2. I just adored August Rush.

    I was a fan of the Sex and the City series, so of course I went with the girls to see the first movie. It was good – not great. The sequel, which I saw yesterday, was okay, but not as good as the first one, which I guess doesn’t say much. I’m with you on thinking no way should it become one of the top (pick any number) best sequel movies!

    Enjoy the rest of your long weekend! 🙂

  3. I loved August Rush! I, too ran across it one day while flipping channels, and although I had heard of it, I went in not knowing what it was about and not having any expectations – and I was crying at the end. Wonderful, moving movie.

  4. I loved August Rush and was successfyl in avoiding anything to do with Sex ITC, both on TV and on the big screen.

    • Yay you! Please see In America if you haven’t. Avoided SITC on tv, was forced (don’t ask) to sit through the first movie. Obviously it has gads of fans, just so happy not to be one. 🙂

  5. Enjoyed reading your blog…love movies myself, but if I try to read while watching it normally ends up with book in lap and glued – if it’s a good movie…if not it’s book instead of movie!!!

  6. Watched “The Special Relationship” on HBO last night, it was real good. Will check out the others that you recomended and will avoid the Woodstock flick.

  7. Keen to see In america now – thanks for the reviews.

    I watched Avatar on flat screen dvd on the weekend and was pleasantly surprised. I’d avoided it thinking it would be dicky (i REALLY didn’t like Titanic) and I had a great time.

    Thanks for a great post. When you have a quiet weekend, we all win!


  8. That sure was a multi tasking weekend. I have my own copies of In America and August Rush, simply brilliant. If you liked those, Pieces of April and Station Agent are worth a shot 🙂

  9. I’m in awe…you read and watch movies at the same time? I thought I was the queen of multitasking, but now I bow down at your feet. I’m not worthy….

  10. Man, I got halfway through Daybreakers and all the way through The Last Olympian and I thought I was doing good! I have an overwhelming stack of books to read – I just don’t know where to start. Please let me know how Lit is. I loved The Liar’s Club. I went on a Memoir binge early last year and that one was my favorite. Boys of My Youth and Driving with Dead People were also good.

    • Loved Liar’s Club, too but didn’t want to read Cherry. Am up for Lit. Have Driving on my list, will add others. I think I would feel frantic if my book pile ever diminished. Happy day.

  11. In America – yes, yes, yes! If anyone complain their flat looks boring or that no money = no life…this is the movie.

    S&TC 2 – saw it. Boring. OK, a few jokes that were REALLY good and one man that was REALLY hot (too little screen time) and some outfits that were REALLY nice. Most were, however, horrid. They say I am the new Carrie Bradshaw. If I ever decorate my flat like hers, or lead her life, please come pick me up and gag me till I see sense. Please. I feel a blog post coming up…

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