If you haven't seen this movie yet, WAIT AND RENT IT! Just trust me on this one!
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Okay, who else saw this mediocre movie?
They left out most of Claire's childhood, her friend that almost sees Henry at the party, Henry's friend with AIDS, etc. By far the most annoying thing left out was when Claire wakes up because she hears a shot in the woods and Henry witnesses/almost witnesses his own death. The movie didn't have enough detail to be viewed without previous knowledge of the book. Claire's hair is only occasionally red and Henry's crazy ex-girlfriend is completely left out with the exception of the lipsick Claire finds after the first date.
On the flip side, the actors did the best possible job with the script. It still had that magical feel I associate with Autumn. Eric Bana was crazy hottt. (Should I bullet point this paragraph since it sounds like a list?)
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
As of today I am still on track. I'm a little surprised by this, to be honest. I'm started to fall behind however, so I need to step it up. As soon as I clear this week I will have more time. This week has been kind of crazy and I haven't read much. Next week I'll need its calming effects since I have my first three tests of the semester. Reviews to come at a later date. Right now I'm on my way to see The Vagina Monologues.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
This book was given to me and I've been told by many that its great. Honestly? I think I would connect to the storyline better if I had children or had suffered my own Great Sadness. However, this is book isn't bad. I really liked the conversations between Mack and Papa! They were amazing! I could read the conversations over and over because they weren't about the storyline necessarily. They were relevant (unlike Napoleon) but they are the types of conversations you've always wanted to have with God or with a friend about God. They aren't just nourishing and balm-like because of the subject matter but because the author does a superb job at relaying unconditional love in every word spoken by Papa. At the end of the day I give the book as a whole a 4 out 5 stars. The dialogue though? 10 out of 5!
I didn't technically finish this book. To be honest however, I wish I hadn't read as much as I did. It was boring. The entire book was from the perspective of a teenage girl who prefers to avoid human interaction for no real reason. There isn't a whole lot of interesting situations a girl like that can get into. In fact, all she thinks about is how to talk to a boy she likes and how to get out of talking to everyone else. Maybe I'll finish someday when I'm bored but it isn't likely.
I couldn't believe this was a Charlotte Bronte! Any Bronte, really. It was slow, there were no peaks, no valleys, no real emotion. It only took about an hour and half to read which was a blessing because it was a long hour and half. The main characters have no substance. The best part of the book happens to be the most random. There's a small bit of an invented story about Napoleon Bonaparte that is quite interesting but has nothing to do with the book. The ending is dull, the middle is dull, the beginning would be dull without Napoleon. But it's impossible to have a good story without discussing Napoleon.
What can be said? Its Harry Potter so it encompasses the right amount of action with the perfect skill of J.K. Rowling. The ending was a bit gut wrenching, in a good way. Harry is growing up as are Ron and Hermione and Ms. Rowling has a tactful way about the crazy things we do at that age while under the influence of our hormones. To be honest I was a bit concerned when I started reading them that she would glaze over their growing up to keep it a kids' book but the blending of the adult and innocent is perfect. And, hell, who doesn't love a good story about magic every now and then?