what are some favorite books/ movies (and why?)
I KNOW this is an impossibly large question, i have about a million of each...just mention a few. i am always looking to expand my repetoire!
here are a few of mine:
- A Bridge Across Forever, by Richard Bach...this book changed the way i think about love, and laid the groundworks for my belief;
- the Sun Sword series, by Michelle West...a fantasy series that is surprisingly complex, every time i read it i understand a little more;
- The God of Small Things, can't remember the author...i love the way she writes..lots of beautiful imagery
- The Life of Pi...just great story all around.
- Strandia, can't remember author...this is possibly my all-time fav book. it's a children's book, and i always felt like it was written about me in another dimension!
- Love, Actually...a new addition for me, so beautiful!
- Breakfast at Tiffany's...doesn't everybody love this movie?
- Donnie DArko...very intriguing and dark. i love it.
- Don Juan DeMArco...oh Johnny Depp, how i love thee...
- Tank Girl...of course!!! i cannot forget her!!! this is the best girl power movie ever ever ever!!!!
- The Bone Collector....Angelina and Denzel what a hit combination!
i have lots of favorites, as i said....how about you guys?
i forgot one movie...Under the Tuscan Sun...is that really what Tuscany is like? because if so, i want to live there.
good old hollywood.
I'm afraid I don't really read enough these days. One that I really enjoyed reading a couple of years ago though was One Hundred years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - of the magical realism genre; I'd recommend it.
For movies, La Haine has always been a favourite. Earlier last year I saw Whalerider, a NZ film, which would have to be my pick for 2004. In the documentary genre, Travelling Birds is a must see for anyone interested in wildlife films (or just plain beautiful scenery). It follows bird's migration patterns with a lot of aerial photography right alongside the birds flying!
I also finally got to see Donnie Darko (director's cut) a few months ago; bad print and projection, but still a great film. And agreed, Love Actually, though in the romantic genre, was one of the highlights of last year for me as well.
I loved Whale Rider - I cried all the way through, for some reason. It must have touched a sensitive spot. I'm now reading The Alchemist, which is proving to be very quick and inspirational read. All that common sense stuff about life that we know, but tend to forget.
And to reiterate from another post, I saw The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou just after Christmas. One of the best films I've seen in a long time. Strange, but in an intruiging way. Big Fish-y.
Books... there are so many. Some of my favorites are "Kitchen" by Banana Yoshimoto, "Daughter of Fortune" by Isabel Allende, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte, and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. I just realized that my list is a pretty girly one. Oh well!
I'm currently reading "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I'm about a third through the book, and I will say that the style of writing (sort of like Isabel Allende's) is different than what I'm used to. But it has grabbed me and I want to get to the end quickly.
As for movies, "Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain", "Sliding Doors", "Austin Powers" (the first one ONLY), "L'auberge espagnole", "Eternal Sunshine..", "The Motorcycle Diaries" and most recently "Napoleon Dynamite" are my favorites. Yes I do have a lot!
My favorite novel is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. He's a young writer from the UK, but I think he really has a great future ahead of him. I enjoyed Great Expectations mainly because I find so much of my younger self in the main character, Pip. A fool for a woman who wants to have a better station in life than the one fate has dealt him. He finds himself let down by both the woman he loves and his higher class life, and finds himself saved by the people whom he turned his back on to pursue both. The book ends bittersweet, with Pip alone, but wiser and happy.
For non-fiction, I am a big fan of the books Alive and Into Thin Air, both great books of survival in mountain settings.
As for favorite movies, Blade Runner is my favorite, but I also have a soft spot for Chasing Amy and Office Space.
It'll be hard to narrow down, but....
- "1984" by George Orwell: It's the type of book that makes you question reality and how things may not be as they really appear to be (maybe not to the extent of the scewed reality in the book, but still...).
- "Dude, Where's My Country?" by Michael Moore: Along the same lines as reality is never really "real," I enjoyed this book because I enjoy all things political. It's basically the written version of F 9/11, which I enjoyed very much for the same reasons.
- "Walk This Way: the autobiography of Aerosmith" : Yes, this is cheesy, but they're my favourite band and it was interesting to see how things came together, fell apart, and then came together again.
- "Rock This!" by Chris Rock: The first book to make me laugh out loud while reading it. Brilliant humour.
- "Shopaholic" series by Sophie Kinsella: This is the beach trash selection. It's just fun to read, and I see a huge part of myself in this book!
- Goodfellas: I've always loved mob and mob inspired movies.
- Austin Powers: A good laugh.
- Singin in the Rain: The best old musical out there.
- Farenheit 9/11: See above.
- Anchorman: The most recent edition to the fave movie list. A good laugh.
- Garden State: Ok, another recent edition. A good coming of age movie. Zach Braff should win the oscar for best writing/screenplay.
Ok, I'll end this list here, because I could go on forever!
K, I wrote "books" and "movies," but that didn't seem to register...so the first five are books, the next six are movies.
Love Actually was without doubt the worst film I have seen in the last 18 months (though Paycheck comes close) but each to their own I suppose. Even with this glaring lack of judgement you seem nice.
My favourite book is A Catcher in the Rye, if you haven't read it do soon, you'll love it.
Fav Movie is harder but would be one of the following
The Royal Tenenbaums
Best movies of last year Eternal Sunshine..... and Motorcyle Diaries
LOL!!! glaring lack of judgement hey? thanks brother! lol!
i would return the double-edged compliment, but since i'm nice anyway, and don't have anything to criticize about your selections, i won't all i do in return is shrug my shoulders and say maybe all the cold up here in the great white north has frozen my brain a little!!!