Monthly Archives: February 2009

TV Meme

Found this on My Friend Amy‘s site today. Sounds like something fun.

1. Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice: Friends, Beverly Hills 90210
2. Name a show you can’t miss: Lost or Grey’s Anatomy
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show: Kyra Sedgwick or Michelle Pfeiffer
4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show: Not a fan of Jack Black, Sacha Baron Cohen or Will Farrell
5. Name a show you can, and do, quote from: Friends
6. Name a show you like that no one else enjoys: well in regards to my friends, I’m the only one who likes The Closer, Saving Grace, and Fringe
7. Name a TV show which you’ve been known to sing the theme song: Friends
8. Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch: The Closer or Saving Grace
9. Name a TV series you own: I have Friends, Will and Grace, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Lois & Clark, NewsRadio, Lost, Saving Grace, The Closer, Joan of Arcadia, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, 21 Jump Street, Beverly Hills 90210, Las Vegas, Nip/Tuck, Saved By the Bell, Sex and the City, and Weeds
10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium, but has surprised you with his/her acting choices in television: Well Holly Hunter and Kyra Sedgwick both started out in movies and have made a very successful return to the spotlight in television
11. What is your favourite episode of your favourite series? That’s too hard, but the series finales of both Friends and Will and Grace, or the two part of ER when Carter and Lucy are stabbed on Valentine’s Day, also the first appearance of Mark Sloan of Grey’s Anatomy
12. Name a show you keep meaning to watch, but you just haven’t gotten around to yet: The Tudors and Mad Men
13. Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad? I haven’t fully given up on anything. Watching Medium died off and same with Desperate Housewives and The Sopranos but I’ve continued catching up when I get a chance and still record them.
14. Name a show that’s made you cry multiple times: Grey’s Anatomy
15. What do you eat when you watch TV? dinner or ice cream … usually I just drink wine
16. How often do you watch TV? I watch some every day
17. What’s the last TV show you watched? The Sopranos
18. What’s your favourite/preferred genre of TV? Drama
19. What was the first TV show you were obsessed with? Beverly Hills, 90210
20. What TV show do you wish you never watched? Hmmm … not a lot of regrets but I wasn’t a huge fan of the Office
21. What’s the weirdest show you enjoyed? Lost or Fringe … same creator and both great but very strange
22. What TV show scared you the most? Medium had a lot of suspense and scary stories … America’s Most Wanted did when I was a kid
23. What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched? Friends or Weeds

My Friend Amy added question 24
24) What show was cancelled too early? Inconceivable, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip … I know there are a couple others but I can’t remember right now

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A Thousand Acres

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Author: Jane Smiley
Finished: February 16, 2009
Pages: 405
Published: 1991

A modernized King Lear, where a farmer, Larry Cook, decides to divide his farm into three pieces for his three daughters. While two go along with the plan, the youngest daughter, Caroline, voices reservations and is left out in the cold.

The book is told from the perspective of the older daughter, Ginny, as she watches her family change over the course of four-five years.

Made into a motion picture staring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Colin Firth the story is all about family struggle, pain, deceit, forgiveness, jealousy, and death.

I’ve seen the movie a few times, but the book is much more than movie could ever be. It helped being able to picture faces to the characters but Smiley’s in depth struggle of this family and their traditions shows greatly through the written word.

Challenges: Book Into Movie, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Book Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB 2009, Winter Reading Challenge, Book vs. Movie Challenge, EW’s New Classics

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Persepolis 2

6a00cdf7f373c7094f00fae8c0b449000b-500piTitle: Persepolis 2
Author: Marjane Satrapi
Finished: February 13, 2009
Pages: 17
Published: 2004, in translation
Challenges: 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, 2nds Challenge

A great finish to the story of Marjane as she is once again on her own and searching for her true self.

While the movie was so-so, in my opinion, mainly due to the subtitles, I thoroughly enjoyed the two books that make up the story of Persepolis. Sometimes I would read and even forget that this is a true story and not just a tale

I would highly suggest the complete Persepolis for anyone searching for a little history lesson along with an adventure because this certainly is a great story to hear.

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Have You Seen…?

6a00d8341bfc7553ef0105358d290b970c-640wiTitle: Have You Seen…?
Author: David Thomson
Finished: February 12, 2009
Pages: 1007
Published: 2008
Challenges: A-Z Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, New Authors Challenge

A personal collection of 1,000 films that have some sort of significance in the life of the author.

What I felt like reading through this long list was that I was just hearing the same old movies over and over. Of course there will all the great ones your would expect that already fall into the Oscar winners and AFI’s Top 100 Films of All Time, but there thrown in were a bunch of movies with a bunch of people I’ve never even heard about, and even more foreign films.

While some of the dialogue and critiques were interesting, most of the time my favorite movies or at least ones I enjoyed were being bashed on an considered terrible or not worth anyone’s time.

I consider myself a serious movie buff. I will usually give everything a chance, but I always start what what is familiar and not some random foreign film from a book. This book didn’t convince me to watch any movie but was more just a reason for the author to ramble on about whatever movies he feels like.

In that case, I might as well make my own book filled with 1,000 of my favorite films … once I’ve seen 1,000.

It was an interesting read, but after about letter L I was tired of not knowing names and titles. If you’re big into movies, it’s worht checking out and wondering why this guy keeps making books about movies with only his opinion in them and nothing else.

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Matilda

ss_matildaTitle: Matilda
Author: Roald Dahl
Finished: February 11, 2009
Pages: 232
Published: 1988
Challenges: Book into Movie, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge

Another great book by Roald Dahl, and I agree completely with everyone that Matilda may be his best book yet, and definitely should have been my first.

Matilda is the story of a 5 year olf genius who can read everything put in front of her, do complicated math equations without a calculator or pen and paper, spell everything and still manages to not be loved by her parents.

I vaguely remember the movie and it being somewhat different and little more exaggerated than the actual story.

This is a great book for all children, teenagers and adults who want to escape and have an adventure with the smartest girl ever.

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Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wrath of Mulgarath

n81188Title: Wrath of Mulgarath
Author: Holly Black
Finished: February 8, 2009
Pages: 145
Challenges: Book to Movie Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Book vs. Movie Challenge

The end of the Spiderwick Chronicles series. After rescuing their sister, the twins return home to find their mother missing and realize that their only way of survival is to face Mulgarath, retrieve the field guide and make nice with the elves.

I thought it was a very good send to the series, so now I can watch the movie and make my comparisons.

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2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge – COMPLETE

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I found a new one. I finally made the jump and got a new library card after probably ten or more years of not having one. Despite having such a huge TBR list, I can’t afford to keep buying new books but don’t own a lot that I want to read. Library is the answer.

The Rules.

I’m going to choose the first option, to read 12 books from my local library in 2009.

  1. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
  2. Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  3. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers by Louise Rennison
  4. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  5. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  6. If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
  7. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  8. Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  9. Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda’s Secret by Holly Black
  10. Spiderwick Chronicles: The Ironwood Tree by Holly Black
  11. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  12. Startled by His Furry Shorts by Louise Rennison

CHALLENGE COMPLETED FEBRUARY 8, 2009!

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