Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Marion Cotillard!

38 has NEVER looked this stunning!
Happy 38th to not only the most beautiful actress alive, but the greatest one working today!  Yup, I went there.

September Oscar Predictions

Another one bites the dust!
Well, a lot has changed since I started this earlier in the month.  I had initially planned on redoing these gradually throughout the month, once I posted my predictions on Best Picture and Director, but films kept getting pushed off till next year, contenders kept falling to the wayside and new trailers were being released.  It became overwhelming!  Now, here we are at the final day of the month and I'm struggling to throw this list together.  Certain categories are beginning to shape up (Supporting Actor) while others are so up in the air (Best Picture).  Now, 'Wolf of Wall Street' is not officially a 2014 film, but speculation is mounting since it is still not finished and many believe it is being shelved for next year, which is baffling to me considering the hype mounting for the film.

This year is thinning out fast!

Well, without further ado; here are my September predictions:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Trailer Break: Foxcatcher

Sadly, I can't embed the trailer here, but I suggest to march on over to YouTube now and watch this!  This looks incredible!  I've been high on this throughout the year, especially in the beginning of the year when I stated that Channing Tatum and Steve Carell were LOCKS for Oscar consideration, but the lack of word and buzz for this and the rumors that this was being shelved for next year had my confidence wane, until earlier this month when I placed it back in the Picture and Director races.  Carell looks fierce here, but even more than that, Channing Tatum looks remarkable, and the atmosphere created in just 1 minute here is incredible.  If they push Tatum in Supporting (category fraud, I'm sure) he's in it to win in, especially in the wide open category.  This is going to be HUGE with Oscar; mark my words.

Trailer Break: or, a year in the life of Naomi Watts...

There you have it, the latest trailer from a movie being released this year starring the luminous Naomi Watts.  I love this woman.  She is one of the more gifted actresses working today, and I anticipate nearly every project she releases.  This year has been weird though, since she's releasing three films and none of them look to be all that promising.  This looks to be the best film of the three, and it is the better reviewed film, but even this rings of desperation to me.

But, at least this isn't 'Diana':

I posted the teaser trailer a while back, but this trailer contains the real goods.  This movie is getting SCATHING reviews, and is poised to be one of the worst reviewed films of all time, and this trailer is proof that those reviews are legitimate.  This looks like an epic disservice to the late Princess.  I really have no words for this mess.

And then there is 'Adore', a film that looks horrible (and has been reviewed dismally) and yet is probably the most intriguing to me because it looks so hilariously trashy (unintentionally, obviously)...

I mean, seriously!

So, 2013 was not a good year for Watts, which is a shame.  Coming off of a surprisingly great year in 2012, and finally snatching up her second Oscar nomination, you'd think that this year would capitalize on that.  I know she was trying for that Oscar with Diana, but apparently she really should have read the script first, or fired the director!  Next year she plays a prostitute in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, and then stars in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's next film, Birdman.  She's worked with Inarritu before, and nabbed her first Oscar nom alongside him, so I'm anxious to see how that pairing works for her.  I'm most interested in her work with Noah Baumbach, which is due out in 2015.  While We're Young sounds VERY interesting, and Baumbach has a very unique style that I'm interested to see Watts tackle.

She can only go up from here!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Kidman 'gracefully' bows out of the Lead Actress race, and 2014 earns another Russell Crowe title...

So long Oscar, see you next Spring...

I haven't once predicted Kidman this year, and I don't want to scream 'I told you so', but I never had much faith in this film past it's costumes and now that isn't even happening.  Yes, you heard right.  Harvey 'Oscar Hungry' Weinstein has pushed 'Grace of Monaco' to Spring of 2014, and I can only assume this is because the Lead Actress category is so tightly packed Nicole Kidman would have a really hard time snagging a nomination at this point, even if she was outstanding in the film.  There is just no buzz for this film, and with a race this tight you really need to build buzz in order to maintain buzz, and dropping a film in December with only moments to dethrone the likes of Blanchett, Streep, Dench and Bullock just isn't happening; not this year.

But like I ever gave a fuck about 'Grace of Monaco'.

Really, what has me the most bummed is that one of my most anticipated of the year, 'Winter's Tale', has been pawned off on next year as well; and a February release at that (which totally makes me question it's quality).  This is somewhat old news, but I just found out the other day and I'm devastated.  The ONLY good thing about a Valentine's Day release is that I get to see the film soon, but even that is of little consolation.

I'm begging you, please be amazing!

5 Obstructions Blogathon: Obstruction #4

So, I’ve finally gotten around to completing the next Obstruction.  For this month, we were presented with a challenge that seemed rather easy to me.  Write a review which consists of at least 1250 words.  I write long reviews; have for a long time.  This appeared on the outset to be a piece of cake.  It wasn’t.  In fact, I realized about halfway through that the length of my reviews usually cap off at about 900 words.  The fact that I was going for a Golden Checkmark (which required 2,000 words) didn’t help.

By the way, I’m still waiting for my Golden Checkmark on Obstruction #1 ;-)

Anyways, the biggest hurdle was finding the right film to review.  You can’t just write 2,000 words about any film.  I’m sure that the real challenge would have been trying to write a 2,000 word review about an Adam Sandler movie and not have it repeat the same sentiments over and over again.  Still, if I was going to write a lengthy review, I needed to write one about a film that I personally connected to so that I could really invest my heart into it.  I initially thought of re-writing my review of ‘Jules et Jim’, but I already posted that here and wasn’t about to post another review of the same film.  Then I thought I’d review ‘Scenes From a Marriage’, which had an enormous impact on me upon viewing it a few years back, while I was going through a brief separation.  Sadly (but not really, since his review is exceptional), I saw that that film was already being covered. 

Then it hit me.  I had just seen a certain film that was so much deeper and so much more profound than I had initially anticipated, and so, without further ado, here is my 2,128 word review of 1969’s ‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bernard Pivot's 10 Questions (From 'Inside the Actor's Studio')

Give me your mind, for just a moment...
For pure shits and giggles, lets have fun with this.  I've answered his questions below.  I'd love to hear your answers.  Leave them in the comment section!

1. What is your favourite word? 

2. What is your least favourite word? 
Totally (and I should add that I really mean 'totally, when spoken by a teenage girl or by my daughter, who happens to think that she is a teenage girl)

3. What turns you on? 
It kind of depends on if you mean 'sexually' or 'emotionally', because they are two different things. Naked people turn me on sexually (attractive naked people) but emotionally is a different ballgame. Kindness turns me on, like selfless kindness. If someone is good with kids, that turns me on emotionally; and I also am really attracted to people who are creative.

4. What turns you off? 
Well, ugly people and bad smells are a definite sexual turnoff, and jealousy and selfishness will make me want to punch you in the face.

5. What sound do you love? 
Lots of things that relate to being a parent. My son's cooing is the cutest sound ever. I still remember when my eldest daughter would growl instead of coo; that was adorable. My youngest daughter has the cutest laugh I've ever heard. Of course, when either of my girl's say "I love you" I melt. 

If we're talking sounds not related to my kids, I'd say the rain, which sounds so generic and yet I'm being honest; I love it.

6. What sound do you hate? 
Dogs barking at 1AM...and while my son is amazing, when he's screaming his head off in the middle of the night I want to do the same.

7. What is your favourite curse word? 

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? 
I hate my fucking job. I've wanted to be an author since I was about five and a chef since I was about nineteen. I also want an Oscar, and performing a love scene with Scarlett Johansson or sleeping with David Fincher to get a part sounds like fun so...I want to be an actor.

9. What profession would you not like to do? 
The one I'm doing now.

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? 
You didn't do as bad as you think you did.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Fucking celebrate, bitches!

Well, it's about damn time!  It's almost October and I finally posted my Fisti Awards for 2012!  You can find them here, just scroll to the bottom.  It was a great year for film last year, and quite honestly I was ready to post these a few months ago, but I had to wait to see 'Amour' first, which turns out wasn't the greatest movie of the year and so it only factored into one race.  If you are on the AW forums then these ballots are probably anticlimactic for you, since I updated them on the forums as I saw more movies, but whatever.  I have images!  I didn't quite reach my quota.  I require 100 films to be seen in order to publish the Fistis, and I only saw 98, which you can see semi-graded here.  I know, I know.  I didn't see 'Cloud Atlas' or 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' or 'Kon-Tiki' or 'Barbara' but I just couldn't hold out any longer.  98 is good enough, and I'm really fucking happy with these ballots, so dig in and tell me what you think!

A little statistical note, the biggest award winner was not even in my top twelve of the year.  'Anna Karenina' walked away with four Fistis, proving once again that Joe Wright creates some BEAUTIFUL films that really shouldn't be ignored in the technical categories.

Overall, this was tough for me.  Four of my top five I consider masterpieces, and the fifth film is a favorite of mine based on pure bias and emotional attachment, and it still wound up being the second biggest earner, with three wins.  Those top four though struggled to outdo each other and I wound up trying to spread the wealth in order to award them all in different ways.  Hardest for me was trying to reward the four directors, and trying to find ways to do it without having a four-way tie.  This is one of the first years where I struggled here because I honestly feel that all four of those films are masterpieces BECAUSE of their directors.

Alas, decisions had to be made. 

Next up is 1994 or 1967, whichever I finish up first.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Let's Review Something: Upside Down

Some stories are not meant to be told on the big screen.  They are too convoluted, detailed and heavy handed.  You can usually tell right off the bat which films these are.  About ten seconds into ‘Upside Down’ I told my wife that Juan Solanas was trying too hard and that this story would be better suited for a video game.  When you have to introduce your movie through voiceover by explaining rules to understanding your story then you know you’re off to a bad start.

‘Upside Down’, conceptually, is pretty interesting, but the first half is somewhat of a chore to get through and the simplistic afterthought of a love story becomes somewhat sketchy as Solanas starts breaking his own ‘rules’ and pretty much throws his entire introduction out the window.

Why do you have to make things so complicated only to lazily uncomplicated them?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TIFF results, and what they could mean for Oscar...

So, TIFF is over and the word has leaked with regards to their overall rankings in some pretty high profile categories.  Scanning over their lists of films and performances and the ranking so each (thank you very much Indiewire) a few questions have surfaced with regards to Oscar potential for these films and performances.  

First, is 12 Years a Slave really the one to beat?  Yes, I mentioned this the other day when I restructured my Best Picture predictions, but looking at the overwhelming lead it had on all other films, I'm really surprised and taken aback by how far ahead it seems to be in this race.  I honestly don't think it is going to sweep the Oscars, and I even struggle with it winning more than a consolation prize because of the brutal honesty of it all.  It feels like that critic's darling that winds up getting snubbed in favor of something safe, but at the end of the day it feels like the nominations will be the reward.  Still, could this completely take over the critic's awards at year's end?  

It looks like it.

Monday, September 16, 2013

What a Race: My thoughts on the Best Picture and Director Oscar races...

Is this really happening!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Well, with the Audience Award at TIFF going to 12 Years a Slave, it looks like I’m going to have to eat some crow and finally face the facts that my prognosticating radar was defective at the beginning of the year.  To be fair, it’s not like I didn’t have reason to doubt that the Academy would embrace a film by Steve McQueen, but it looks like the subject matter (which is complete AMPAS catnip) won over his auteur direction and has led to unanimous raves that all but guaranty this film a Best Picture nomination. 

The real question remains; can it win?

This is something that will be wildly debated over the next few months, especially with equally auteurish offering Gravity earning raves and frontrunner mentions by many.  Still, as locked and loaded these two films are for nominations, I’m questioning EITHER of them winning Best Picture at this point.  Judging from Oscar’s track record, something more mainstream and ‘safe’ is bound to come along and knock out the ‘special’ and more deserving film.

I’m still banking on American Hustle.

Still, this is looking to be a really interesting race this year, with two clearly loved and significant films gaining traction this early, which is a blessing and a malediction, but the fact that they’ll get nominated should prove to be the biggest blessing of all.  I mean, Steve McQueen and Alfonso Cuaron getting their films in Best Picture and snagging Directing nominations is, without any question, the coolest thing to happen to Oscar in quite a while.

Let’s hope that it sticks.

So, without further ado; here are my current Best Picture predictions (the rest of the categories to come before the month’s end, hopefully).

Thursday, September 12, 2013

First still from 'Maps to the Stars' has me readily intrigued...

Have ya'll seen this?  I don't know why, but everything about this photo has me really, really excited for what this film is going to bring to the table.  A Julianne Moore Oscar victory?  Probably not (this is Cronenberg we're talking about here) but if she can at least pull off a stellar performance in a non-shitty movie then I'll be happy.  The film sounds bizarre (don't all of his movies though?) but I'm 100% in here.  I only wish that 2013 would hurry up and end so I can get get my ass in the theater for this...and Noah!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

An odd combination of awesome?

So, 'The Hunger Games' really started a 'thing' with Hollywood and these adaptations of YA books and series and whatnot.  It certainly draws in the crowds and snatches up legions of fans, but it is kind of becoming tired and not very intriguing anymore.  Yes, I'm reading those 'Hunger Games' books after being pressured by all of my teenage friends (yes, I have them) and I enjoy them to a degree, but one cannot ignore the juvenile aspect of the whole thing.  Word has come out now that two drastically different cinematic minds have paired up to take on, what other than another YA adaptation.  Yes, Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a Charlie Kaufman penned adaptation of the 'Chaos Walking' trilogy from YA author Patrick Ness.  Now, I do not hide my dislike for a lot of Zemeckis's work, including his ridiculous Oscar winner 'Forrest Gump', but he's recently racked up two Fisti nominations for directing 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' and 'Death Becomes Her', and I personally adore the first half of his career (pretty much everything that came before he won the Oscar).  Charlie Kaufman is one of the greatest screenwriters working today, so the pairing, while initially bizarre, seems like a really awesome fit.  The premise of this story is kind of dull sounding, but then again it could work with the right direction.  I'm interested, excited almost.  Let's see what happens.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Let's Review Something: Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Some films come in like a hurricane, devouring us with frame after frame of intended poignancy.  Other films take their time to develop something that feels soft and languid and subtly envelopes the audience into a story they cannot shake because it feels so authentic, so lived in and so honest.

The opening frames to ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ shows two sun-kissed lovers, Ruth and Bob, as they have an unidentified argument and Ruth threatens leaving.  Bob offers to walk her to her mothers, since it is too far for her to walk on her own.  In his playful, pleading, loving manner he wins her back without much of a fight and she falls into his arms,  pretending to struggle yet you know that she is more than willing to take him back and forget this ever happened.

Besides, she’s pregnant.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Let's Review Something: Despicable Me 2

I’m not ashamed to say that ‘Despicable Me’ was one of my favorite movies of 2010.  Granted, the year itself was not a very great one, with only a handful of truly amazing films being made (‘The Social Network’, ‘Blue Valentine’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ being the best of them), but even still, ‘Despicable Me’ is a respectable and entertaining film that made something unique, charming and completely original out of a genre that has had its fair share of redundancies.  While it seemed to be all over the place at times, it was truly a breath of fresh air.

I was excited for ‘Despicable Me 2’; really excited.  Like I said, I really liked the first one and so the idea of Gru and his newfound family coming back for another adventure had me anticipating something special.

Cringing over Zeitlin's taste level...

I just can't with this right now.  This sounds AWFUL!  Please, please Benh...think of anything else.  I get the whole 'quirky, environmental, elemental' vibe thing, but this just sounds like an ill-advised amalgam of 'Avatar' and 'Fern Gully'.  This sounds so...dumb.

I have faith in you Benh, but this just sounds like a messy attempt to be interesting, and it sounds forced.  I LOVED 'Beasts of the Southern Wild', but this has me questioning his longevity as a director and his taste level.  I just hope this winds up better than it sounds.

Or he's joking.  I honestly hope that he is joking.

Five Nights With...Elle Fanning: Super 8

Well, we are at the end of the week and at the final entry in our 'Five Nights With...Elle Fanning' marathon.  Last night I settled in with a recent sci-fi film, 'Super 8'.  I hope that some of you were able to do the same, and I look forward to hearing your comments and thoughts on the film and, of course, Fanning's tremendous performance.  Speaking of Fanning, she receives a Fisti nomination for this performance, and I stand by that nomination 100%, especially after watching this again last night.  Her scene, out by the train, when she's 'acting' is one of the best moments in film from 2011.  The reaction that her friends have to her 'performance' is the same reaction heard around the world by every moviegoer.  


But, she isn't the only element to this movie.  Honestly, she's the best element, but I'll get to that in a moment.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

And the (honorary) Oscar goes to...

So, the Academy has announced the recipients of this years honorary and humanitarian awards, and the list includes Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury, Piero Tosi and Angelina Jolie.  I can actually get behind all of these choices.  Steve Martin is probably the greatest comedian of modern cinema to NOT have an Oscar nomination, and Angela Lansbury is a fucking legend on cinema and television.  The work that Piero Tosi has done over the years is incredible, and wholly deserving of this prestigious award.  But, to be honest, the award that I am most excited to hear of is the Humanitarian Award going to Angelina Jolie.  Now, I am not the biggest fan of her acting career in general, despite thinking she's been brilliant on a few occasions (I'll never forgive HBO for keeping 'Gia' all to themselves) but it is her heart that shines the brightest of all, and this is an honor that she deserves 100%.  

I can feel the pull...

While it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream, what the world will be hearing come October is Steven Price's marvelous score to the highly anticipated 'Gravity'.  The film itself is already garnering raves and is being labeled a masterpiece by many critics who have had the pleasure of seeing it already (lucky bastards) and some are even high on the film's Oscar chances in some big races.  I personally have been high on the film's chances and even predicted it as the BP and Director winner a while back.  I'm not so sure I am still in that corner (that trailer for 'American Hustle' swayed me), but for the time being it definitely seems like a serious contender.  What I am pretty confident in, and what I've been predicting for a while, is that this film is going to SLAY the techs, including score, which I knew would be essential to the tone of the film and these clips from Soundcloud only prove that.  Expect Steven Price to walk away with an Oscar this year!


I was so determined to stay on with this series once I participated in the 'Hud' post, but then I let a few slip and before I knew it I was completely out of the loop.  SHAME!  This series is such an infectious one because it really forces the blogger to find those moments, those scenes, those shots that express for us the very essence of the film, for it is those moments that really pull us in and make us remember.  For me, this was the hardest time I had trying to settle on a favorite because 'Spring Breakers' is one of those films that is littered with fantastic shots.

I should throw some attention to Josh over at The Cinematic Spectacle for FYCing the cinematography for this film a few months back.  He is so right.  Not a single film I've seen this year has been lensed to perfection the way that this one has (and such range as well).

Five Nights With...Elle Fanning: Somewhere

So, last night I had the pleasure of watching 'Somewhere' again, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.  I remember being quite letdown with the film back in 2010, and I've pretty much forgotten about it ever since, but getting to sit down with it once again was a nice treat.  It also helped me to appreciate Coppola's latest film even more, because 'The Bling Ring' shows so much growth and maturity of themes when compared with 'Somewhere'.  Coppola has a knack for regurgitating the same theme (lost youth, misunderstanding of fame) with wildly different textures, and I think that is why 'Somewhere' is the one film of hers that I find the hardest time connecting to.

It just feels too familiar.

But I'm getting ahead of myself already!  I should probably start at the beginning.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

It's a sad day in Hollywood...

At least he's not dead!
I mean, it's almost as bad, since he is now leaving my life, but there is one consolation to be found in today's news that the legend himself is retiring from acting.  I swear to god, if I read a headline that said he had died I probably would have went into a coma from all the sorrow.  I've long professed that Jack Nicholson is one of my favorite actors, and I stand by that despite his recent descent into regurgitated caricatures.  His filmography is insanely good and he has managed to stay relevant despite his age.  I had heard that he had been offered the role that Bruce Dern recently won the Cannes award for, but I wasn't aware as to the real reason for his turning it down.  His memory loss is sad.  It's truly heartbreaking when an actor, especially one this influential, loses his ability to act.  My heart goes out to him, and his presence will be truly missed.  I'm all the more saddened that his swan song from acting is 'How Do You Know', which was an abomination.  It reminds me of when Gene Hackman (another one of the greats) retired right after 'Welcome to Mooseport'.  I just wish that they could have left us with a better taste in our mouths.  Like, why couldn't this have happened right after 'The Departed'?

Five Nights With...Elle Fanning: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

It is day three of our 'Five Nights With Elle Fanning' marathon, and last night I revisited that 2008 Fincher film, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.  David Fincher.  I love the man.  I'm a huge fan of the majority of his work, and rewatching this divided classic has me realizing how much of a fan I am.  Even when his film's don't completely work for me, there are elements of grandeur and excitement and style that keep me intrigued.  

Sadly, with as dripping with style as this film was, there is a detachment that cannot be ignored and a feeling of 'incomplete' that permeates the picture for me.

And I remember wanting to love this movie so much.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Trailer Break: Under the Skin

I think I've watched this teaser about twenty times today already and I must say, it is buried deep beneath my skin and it's not leaving anytime soon.  Couple this chilling imagery with the reviews out of Venice (some are calling it a masterpiece, all are hailing Johansson's performance as iconic) and I am really excited for this one.  I loved 'Sexy Beast' and found many elements of 'Birth' to be intoxicating, and the reviews likening this to Tarkovsky and Lynch have me more than wet with anticipation.  This has been at the top of my list all year, and this only confirms that we are all in for something special.  Here's to hoping that Johansson wins the Volpi Cup!  Thank Jesus her star is finally rising once again.

Five Nights With...Elle Fanning: Ginger & Rosa

Continuing on from yesterday, today's review comes from 'Ginger & Rosa', a film that allows Fanning to show the maturity she possesses as an actress.  It's a phenomenal turn, possibly her finest, and serves as a truly tiered and progressive performance.  Watching her cycle emotions and capture not only the wide-eyed innocence and wonderment of a young teen but also the sexual confusion, curiosity and abandonment was astonishing to witness.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Five Nights With...Elle Fanning: My Neighbor Totoro

The month as begun and it is time to push forward with this series.  This month we are spending the week with Elle Fanning.  Younger sister to the mega-famous 00's child star Dakota, Elle burst onto the scene in the mid-00's as a sweet face usually joined at the hip of a mega-famous playing the daughter who doesn't say a whole lot.  Then she started to talk, and act, and before you knew it she was a preteen with tremendous talent and the ability to choose quality work, which is going to take her very far.  Working with directors like David Fincher and Sophia Coppola and actors like Jeff Bridges and Joaquin Phoenix, it is apparent that Elle is on the right track to take her career to the top.  

For this mini-marathon, we started with 'My Neighbor Totoro'.  No, she was not around when the film was released, but she lends her vocal talents (ok, so that is a stretch when all she really does in the film is cry and scream and leave the real communication to her big sister) to the English version of the film.  I think it still counts as 'her work' though, and so it gave me the excuse to watch it again last night and review it today.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Five Nights with Fanning starts tonight!

I just want to remind everyone that tonight will be the first 'Night with Fanning' for those interested in participating in the series I started last month (I honestly can't believe it's been a month already).  Last month we spent five nights with the year 1956, and this month we are spending the week with my personal favorite child actor Elle Fanning.  Now I'll be watching a movie of hers every night this week, starting tonight, and will be reviewing that film the following morning.  So, tonight I'll be watching 'My Neighbor Totoro' yet again and then will post my review tomorrow.  Now, these reviews are NOT going to be on Fanning herself (although she will factor into some of the reviews) but she is mainly the connective tissue to each of the features of the week.  You may ask, how the hell is she connecting 'My Neighbor Totoro' to anything, since it was made in 1988 before she was even born.  Well, she actually voices the youngest child in the English version of the film (which is the one I have) so it counts!  Besides, I really, really want to review that movie for you guys (such a masterpiece).

Anyways, here is the breakdown of the week (review wise):

My Neighbor Totoro (9/2)
Ginger and Rosa (9/3)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (9/4)
Somewhere (9/5)
Super 8 (9/6)

I hope that you all can comment and if you want to post your own reviews for these films on those dates on your blogs, send me a link and I will post a link on my page.  I hope to make this a regular thing, so keep it in mind and try to play along!

A Fistful of Reads: August Edition

Another month is over and I've got two more books to add to my list.  It was actually a slow month, reading wise for me, and I know that that may seem like a silly statement since the last two months only brought me one new read a month, but I was juggling a newborn and the monstrosity (size wise) that was 'Winter's Tale'.  This month both of my reads were shorter (one was just over 400pg and one was about 250pg) but good lord is my life busy at the moment.

Anyways, one of these reads was for myself and the other was for my daughter, and as it turns out the one for me was a total wash while the one for my daughter was the most unexpected surprise.

I'll start with the bad: