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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cold Snap

Book #3 on my reading list this year was Thom Jones' short story collection Cold Snap.

Why I Read This One
Picked this one up because The Pugilist at Rest was one of the best books I read in 2007. Don't remember off hand when I first heard of Jones but he's one of the great NW writers so if you keep your ear out up here his name comes up a lot. If you like Harry Crews, Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, or Larry Brown you'll dig Thom Jones.

Time Magazine review

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Film #11 for me in '09 was Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: Was worried this would be a bad chick flick but turns out to be one of Apatow's best
RIYL: Superbad, Knocked Up


Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Zack & Miri Make a Porno

Film #10 for me in '09 was Zack & Miri Make a Porno.

My NetFlix rating: 3 stars
Jamie says: We've seen this same movie about 10 times in the last couple years. Meh.
RIYL: 40-Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Clerks II, Etc.


Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia

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The Wrestler

Film #9 for me in '09 was The Wrestler.

My NetFlix rating: 4.5 stars
Jamie says: Early front runner for film of the year
RIYL: Macho Man Randy Savage, damn fine acting


Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews (98!)
Wikipedia

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Film #8 for me in '09 was Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: Best Woody Allen film of the decade
RIYL: Match Point, ScarJo, beautiful footage of Spain


Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Bright Lights, Big City (pt. 2)

Film #7 for me in '09 was Bright Lights, Big City.

My NetFlix rating: 3.5 stars
Jamie says: Pretty staight adaptation of the book.
RIYL: Re-living the 80's


Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

Film #6 for me in '09 was Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.

My NetFlix rating: 3 stars
Jamie says: A classic case of skip the movie and read the book
RIYL: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Gonzo, Naked Lunch


Fan Site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia

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