Saturday, September 8, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 9.8.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Listening to KDFC classical radio station while crocheting a comfy throw blanket

2. Made my first pot roast - mmmm, more comfort food

3. Shakespeare in the Park in the Presidio (pictured below) - this year's performance is Midsummer Night's Dream


Freebie: belated birthday gift

by Ryū Murakami
-Horror, Japan | Goodreads

Almost Transparent Blue
by Ryū Murakami
-Horror, Japan | Goodreads

by Ryū Murakami
-Horro, Japan | Goodreads

THESE are perfect for my next Japanese binge mode.

AND watched: in theatre

The Children Act (2017)
Director: Richard Eyre
Screenplay and based on book by: Ian McEwan
Stars: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

THOUGHTS on meaning of life as well as parent and child relationships come to mind.

AND watched: on DVD for Fall Film Challenge - six degrees from Kevin Bacon (here)

Black Mass (2015)
Director: Scott Cooper
Screenplay: Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth
Based on the book by: Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill
Stars: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson
-Biography, Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: 4

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Connection: Johnny Depp - Bacon is a co-star.
Interesting historical bit about violent criminal, White Bulger. Johnny sure made him and himself unlikable.

Interstellar (2014)
Director/Writer: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
-Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 5

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Connection: John Lithgow who starred with Bacon in Footloose.
Some slow parts in this but loved how they handled time and aliens and black holes. Interesting to see Matt Damon suited up in astro gear, but totally not Martian-like.

Jurassic World (2015)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Screenplay: Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly
Screenplay and story by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Based on the characters by: Michael Crichton
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins |
-Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 5

A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Connection: Chris Pratt starred in Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence who starred with Bacon in X-Men: First Class.
I can understand the hype and love for this one. It was entertaining for a dinosaur flick.

Maudie (2016)
Director: Aisling Walsh
Writer: Sherry White
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett
-Biography, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Connection: Sallie Hawkins was in An Education with Peter Sarsgaard who starred with Bacon in Black Mass.
Lovely introduction to this folk art painter and Nova Scotia.


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  1. You got your Japanese horror on, for sure. :)

    Neat that there was some Shakespeare in the park.

    Oh, I spy a few movies on your list that I've not seen and want to. :)

    Enjoy your week!

  2. Ooh Midsummer Night's Dream! Fun. And Interstellar was kind of interesting although I thought it was too long. I still need to see the latest Jurassic World movie.

  3. I haven't heard about any of these books but they look amazing. I hope you enjoy them.
    Interstellar is an amazing movie. I am glad you enjoyed it too.

    My wrap-up:

  4. I loved the book The Children Act, so I would enjoy that show.

    Pot roast is always a favorite!

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. I like a good spy movie. Yum, I enjoy pot roast in the fall or dead of winter. I like to make beef stew too, over a bowl of rice. Hope you have a fantastic week!

  6. YUM on the pot did you make it? I am always bad about making them. :)

    ENJOY your books week.

  7. Looks like you are getting ready for Halloween and horror. You watched some good movies. I agree, yum to the pot roast. Happy Reading!

  8. I found Depp's portrayal of Bulger spot on. I'm from Mass. originally and the hunt for him was a long saga in the news periodically with every cold trail and lead. Such a good movie. Have a great week


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