{film} her

The discordant pulse of an alert opens the Spike Jonze’s Her (2013), a film bout a lonely middle-aged man who falls in love with his new operating system. If this sounds rather pathetic, it is, at first blush, meant to. Jonze plays on cultural expectations as we are first introduced to Theodore Thwomble (Joaquin Phoenix), whoContinue reading “{film} her”

{book} love

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Simon & Schuster, 2013. Hardcover, 295 pages. for the older crowd. I told Sean that I’ve seen nothing but “Must Read” attached to Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project  as I held up the bright red book. It appeared on a crazy number of “Best of” lists as 2013 wasContinue reading “{book} love”

{comic} jack and jane

The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means, MK Reed, & Joe Flood (illus) First Second, 2013. tradepaper, 180 pages. Jane thinks Jack is the bee’s knees…but the cute girl network disagrees. (back copy) Jane is brand new to Brookport (think author hometowns Brooklyn and Portland), living with an old friend and documentary filmmaker Wendy, andContinue reading “{comic} jack and jane”

{film} Before

note: When I use Before I want to indicate this is true of all 3 films. When I use Sunrise, Sunset, or Midnight, I am addressing that particular film. too, I think this is a fairly spoiler-free post, considering the 3rd film gives us some outcome from the first and second, but there are plentyContinue reading “{film} Before”

{film} mr. nobody

“We cannot go back; that’s why it’s hard to choose.” (Nemo) Nemo Nobody is 118 years old and the only remaining mortal human in the year 2092. Who is this man called Mr. Nobody? No one knows, including himself. There are no records of his 118 years of existence and the stories he tells aContinue reading “{film} mr. nobody”

{film} a hitchcock & a comédie romantique

Film studies like my Literature courses taught me a very important truth: just because I need to view/read a classic or iconic piece does not mean I will enjoy it—or even get it (without certain contexts, and even then). The most liberating assertion was that I didn’t even have to like it, I just hadContinue reading “{film} a hitchcock & a comédie romantique”

the good neighbors (trilogy)

“Long ago, mortals called us The Fair Folk, The People of Peace, The Good Neighbors. They called us these things not because we were fair or peaceful or good, but because they feared us. As they will again.” ~Aubrey (The Good Neighbors: Kin, 77) The Good Neighbors by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh book one: Kin Graphix,Continue reading “the good neighbors (trilogy)”

the adjustment bureau

What if you were being guided down a path you no longer wanted to go, because you met someone and that someone wasn’t part of the plan? David Norris’ life seems to have been mapped out for him, everything was falling into place. Then an adjustment had failed to be made and Chance was givenContinue reading “the adjustment bureau”