Monday, September 21, 2020

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby


Blacktop Wasteland
by S.A. Cosby
narrated by Adam Lazarre-White

Published: 2020
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Hardback: 304
Rating: 5
Mystery, Thriller, Noir | Goodreads
Travel destination: Virginia

Zombie sighting:
A few patients tethered to IV's were moving past the staff like forlorn zombies.
-chapter 33

First sentence(s):
Beauregard through the night sky looked like a painting.

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he'd left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can't-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver's seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland... or die trying.


My two-bits:

Cars, heists, bad guys, good guys...

Great wild ride with this gritty contemporary story with a noir vibe and thrilling car chase scenes.

~*~

* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Armchair Autumn Travel (here)

* part of part of Summertime time (here)

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 9.20.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update


Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Back to long daily walks in fresh air! - yay! smoke-free again in San Francisco
2. Jane Austen's Persuasion adapted by Kerry Skam by Iowa Stage Theatre on YouTube - watch it free (here)
3. Snail mail

~*~


Library:audiobook
Death on the Nile
by Agatha Christie
Mystery, Crime, Egypt | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library

The Last Book Party
by Karen Dukess
Contemporary, Coming of Age, Cape Cod | Goodreads


We Went to the Woods
by Caite Dolan-Leach
Contemporary, Thriller, New York | Goodreads


The Christmas Boutique
by Jennifer Chiaverini
Christmas, Quilts | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by New York Times Books
Listen to archive of this (here)
A conversation between:

Homeland Elegies
by Ayad Akhtar
Literary | Goodreads


The Mars Room
by Rachel Kushner
Literary | Goodreads


Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James
Literary | Goodreads


~*~

AND watched: on Netflix

Frances Ha (2012)
Director/Writer: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Greta Gerwig
Stars: Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner
Comedy, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

A New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles.

Beautifully done coming of age story filmed in black and white.

~*~

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Shelter In Place - Day 188, Week 28


Stay healthy! Be safe!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Mexican Gothic
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
narrated by Frankie Corzo

Published: 2020
Publisher: Del Rey
Hardback: 301
Rating: 4
Historical, Horror, Mexico | Goodreads | Website
Travel destination: Mexico

First sentence(s):
The parties at the Tuñóns' house always ended unquestionably late, and since the hosts enjoyed costume parties in particular, it was not unusual to see Chinas Poblanos with their folkloric skirts and ribbons in their hair arrive in the company of a harlequin or a cowboy.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find - her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.


My two-bits:

Slow burn surreal horror with that gothic vibe as the title suggests. Perfectly haunting for the season.

~*~


* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Armchair Autumn Travel (here)

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd


The Book of Longings
by Sue Monk Kidd
narrated by Mozhan Marnò

Published: 2020
Publisher: Viking
Hardback: 416
Rating: 4
Historical | Goodreads | Website
Travel destination: Israel, Egypt

First sentence(s):
I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus ben Joseph of Nazareth. I called him Beloved and he, laughing, called me Little Thunder.

Raised in a wealthy family in Sepphoris with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, a relentless seeker with a brilliant, curious mind and a daring spirit. She yearns for a pursuit worthy of her life, but finds no outlet for her considerable talents. Defying the expectations placed on women, she engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes secret narratives about neglected and silenced women. When she meets the eighteen-year-old Jesus, each is drawn to and enriched by the other’s spiritual and philosophical ideas. He becomes a floodgate for her intellect, but also the awakener of her heart.

Their marriage unfolds with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, James and Simon, and their mother, Mary. Here, Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to the Roman occupation of Israel, partially led by her charismatic adopted brother, Judas. She is sustained by her indomitable aunt Yaltha, who is searching for her long-lost daughter, as well as by other women, including her friend Tabitha, who is sold into slavery after she was raped, and Phasaelis, the shrewd wife of Herod Antipas. Ana’s impetuous streak occasionally invites danger. When one such foray forces her to flee Nazareth for her safety shortly before Jesus’s public ministry begins, she makes her way with Yaltha to Alexandria, where she eventually finds refuge and purpose in unexpected surroundings.


My two-bits:

Got a sense of the state of an independent forward thinking woman's perspective in this classic story of the past.

Because of the time period one could feel the strong theme of "waiting for men" for most of this story.

~*~


* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of ibc book club (here)

* part of Armchair Autumn Travel (here)

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

The Snow Leopard
by Peter Matthiessen

Published: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Books
Paperback: 336
Rating: 5
Memoir, Travel, Nepal | Goodreads
Travel destination: Nepal

First sentence(s):
In late September of 1973, I set out with GS on a journey to the Crystal Mountain, walking west under Annapurna and north along the Kali Gandaki River, then west and north again, around the Dhaulagiri peaks and accross the Kanjiroba two hundred and fifty miles or more to the Land of Dolpo, on the Tibetan Plateau.

When Matthiessen went to Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and, possibly, to glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard, he undertook his five-week trek as winter snows were sweeping into the high passes.

My two-bits:

With all the trials and tribulations undergone including some life and death situations in this travel adventure, a lot of growth and introspection were the benefits.

Weekly feels posted on Sunday posts:
co-read with Naida at the the bookworm

Aug 17-23: Prologue & chapter 1
I got halfway through the introduction and decided to stop as it was getting too spoilery for me. I will get back to it later along with the acknowledgments which was also part of the front matter of the book.

Enjoying the details of the trek and learning about the various members of the party and how they function.

Aug 24-30: chapter 2
Importance of a good comfortable pair of hiking boots made an impression. Similar to what I found when I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Love his writing style. Felt the cold, danger and beauty of the Himalayas as the search for the Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard continue.

"I am here to be here, like these rocks and sky and snow, like this hail that is falling down out of the sun." -page 108

Liked the reference and thoughts about the Yeti.

Aug 31-Sep 6: chapter 3
Meditation and expectations.

Sep 7-13: chapter 4 & wrap-up
Final thoughts and observations by the author of the place and people left me ready for a new outlook on future travel adventures.
~*~

* part of Armchair Autumn Travel (here)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Tenant by Katrine Engberg


The Tenant
by Katrine Engberg
narrated by Graeme Malcolm

Published: 2020
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Hardback: 368
Rating: 4
Mystery, Thriller, Denmark | Goodreads

Travel destination: Denmark

Kørner/Werner series:
The Tenant
The Butterfly - release date: January 2021

First sentence(s):
The morning light swirled up dust from the heavy drapes.

When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who’s a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist—and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she’s writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.

But Esther’s role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she the culprit—or just another victim, trapped in a twisted game of vengeance? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women’s pasts to discover the identity of the brutal puppet-master pulling the strings in this electrifying literary thriller.


My two-bits:

The theme of parallels pasts that intertwine struck me with this mystery.

~*~



* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Scandinavian Reading Challenge 2020 (here)

* part of Armchair Autumn Travel (here)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Armchair Autumn Travel

Armchair Autumn Travel
September to October 2020


Starting out my trip with this while sitting in a virtual airport...

The Jetsetter
by Amanda Eyre Ward
Contemporary, Chick-lit | Goodreads
Countries in this story include:
Greece
Malta
Italy
France
Spain

ASIA
NEPAL: The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen - my review

EUROPE
DENMARK: The Tenant by Katrine Engberg - my review

MIDDLE EAST
ISRAEL: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd - my review

SOUTH AMERICA
MEXICO: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - my review

AFRICA

OCEANIA

NORTH AMERICA: road trips

And when all is said and done with this travel interlude, I will catch a ride on...
The Last Flight
by Julia Clark
Thriller, Mystery | Goodreads


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* header image source: Compartment C Car 293 by Edward Hopper

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 9.13.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update


Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Discount coupon for fresh bagels at House of Bagels - oh yeah, going for garlic bagels!
2. Listening to KPop - back to my gateway band, MBLAQ :-)
3. Before the smoke alert days this past week on a daily walk I found this stencil in front of 4-Star theatre (miss movie outings). Dorothy and her famous last words...There's no place like home.

~*~


Library: audiobook
Mexican Gothic
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Historical, Horror, Mexican | Goodreads


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Virtual Author event: hosted by Vromans
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

Nevertheless, She Wore It: 50 Iconic Fashion Moments
by Ann Shen
History, Fashion, Feminism | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
A conversation between: Sophie Yanow and Suzy Exposito
The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow
Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Feminism, Travel, Paris | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
A conversation between: Mary Ladd and Don Asmussen
The Wig Diaries
by Mary Ladd
illustrated by Don Asmussen
Memoir, Cancer, Humor | Goodreads


A conversation between: Rhy Bowen and Cara Black
The Last Mrs. Summers
by Rhys Bowen
Mystery, Historical, British | Goodreads


~*~
AND watched: on Netflix

Desperados (2020)
Director: LP
Writer: Ellen Rapoport
Stars: Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp
Comedy, Romance | imdb | my rating: 3

A panicked young woman, with her reluctant friends in tow, rushes to Mexico to try and delete a ranting email she sent to her new boyfriend.

CRAZY feels, fun and friendship.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Director: Craig Brewer
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps
Biography, Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

LOVED Rudy's spirit, passion and drive.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)
Director: David Dobkin
Writers: Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele
Stars: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens
Comedy, Music | imdb | my rating: 5

When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world's biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.

DREAMERS doing it, gotta love it!

Readalong update:

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen | Goodreads
co-read with Naida at the the bookworm

Aug 17-23: Prologue & chapter 1
I got halfway through the introduction and decided to stop as it was getting too spoilery for me. I will get back to it later along with the acknowledgments which was also part of the front matter of the book.

Enjoying the details of the trek and learning about the various members of the party and how they function.

Aug 24-30: chapter 2
Importance of a good comfortable pair of hiking boots made an impression. Similar to what I found when I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Love his writing style. Felt the cold, danger and beauty of the Himalayas as the search for the Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard continue.

"I am here to be here, like these rocks and sky and snow, like this hail that is falling down out of the sun." -page 108

Liked the reference and thoughts about the Yeti.

Aug 31-Sep 6: chapter 3
Meditation and expectations.

Sep 7-13: chapter 4 & wrap-up
Final thoughts and observations by the author of the place and people left me ready for a new outlook on future travel adventures.

~*~

* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

*** THANKS to those on the front line during these times ***
Shelter In Place - Day 181, Week 27

Stay healthy! Be safe!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society
by Natalie Jenner
narrated by Richard Armitage :-)

Published: 2020
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Historical, Romance, Jane Austen theme
Hardback: 309
Rating: 5
Goodreads | Website | Book Playlist (Spotify)

First sentence(s):
He lay back on the low stone wall, knees pulled up, and stretched out his spine against the rock.

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.


My two-bits:

Wonderfully weaves in Jane Austen novels themes, observations and fan geeking.

So cool to read about dudes reading Austen and adoring characters.

Loved the fun facts about things Jane and her books.

~*~

* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of ibc book club (here)

* part of the Goodreads Austenesque Lovers TBR Challenge 2020 (here)

Monday, September 7, 2020

The Summer We Found the Baby by Amy Hest

The Summer We Found the Baby
by Amy Hest

Just released: August 4, 2020
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Historical, WWII, Middle Grade
Hardback: 192
Rating: 4
Goodreads
Website

First sentence(s):
I'm the one who found her.

On the morning of the dedication of the new children's library in Belle Beach, Long Island, eleven-year-old Julie Sweet and her six-year-old sister, Martha, find a baby in a basket on the library steps. At the same time, twelve-year-old Bruno Ben-Eli is on his way to the train station to catch the 9:15 train into New York City. He is on an important errand for his brother, who is a soldier overseas in World War II. But when Bruno spies Julie, the same Julie who hasn't spoken to him for sixteen days, heading away from the library with a baby in her arms, he has to follow her. Holy everything, he thinks. Julie Sweet is a kidnapper.

Of course, the truth is much more complicated than the children know in this heartwarming and beautifully textured family story by award-winning author Amy Hest. Told in three distinct voices, each with a different take on events, the novel captures the moments and emotions of a life-changing summer -- a summer in which a baby gives a family hope and brings a community together.


My two-bits:

Captures a WWII experience in a summer snippet with children's perspective with love and loss presented in a gentle way.

~*~

* review copy courtesy of publisher

* part of Summertime time (schedule)

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 9.6.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Warm and sunny days final break through the fog in San Francisco - proper Autumn weather ;-)
2. Tickled by the Lizzie Bennett Diaries on YouTube (here) - cute short snippets of a modern day Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice story
3. Working with wonky shaped puzzle pieces - makes things fun and interesting


~*~


Library: audiobook

The Last Story of Mina Lee
by Nancy Jooyun Kim
narrated by Greta Jung
Contemporary, Mystery, Korean | Goodreads


Freebies: from Free Little Library

The Girl with the Leica
by Helena Janeczek
translated by Ann Goldstein
Historical, Photography, Italy | Goodreads


For Review:
The Summer We Found The Baby
by Amy Hest
Historical, WWII, Middle Grade | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


~*~


Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

All The Devils Are Here
by Louise Penny
Mystery, Canada, France | Goodreads


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AND watched: Netflix

Baby Mama (2008)
Director/Writer: Michael McCullers
Stars: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey
Comedy, Romance | imdb | my rating: 3


A successful, single businesswoman who dreams of having a baby discovers she is infertile and hires a working class woman to be her unlikely surrogate.

Fun to see the interaction and chemistry between the two characters.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
Director: David Wain
Writers: Michael Colton, John Aboud
Based on book by: Josh Karp
Stars: Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull
Biography, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 4

In the 1970s and '80s, National Lampoon's success and influence creates a new media empire overseen in part by the brilliant and troubled Douglas Kenney.

Sad that troubled life brought about such humor.

Readalong update:

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen | Goodreads
co-read with Naida at the the bookworm

Aug 17-23: Prologue & chapter 1
I got halfway through the introduction and decided to stop as it was getting too spoilery for me. I will get back to it later along with the acknowledgments which was also part of the front matter of the book.

Enjoying the details of the trek and learning about the various members of the party and how they function.

Aug 24-30: chapter 2
Importance of a good comfortable pair of hiking boots made an impression. Similar to what I found when I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Love his writing style. Felt the cold, danger and beauty of the Himalayas as the search for the Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard continue.

"I am here to be here, like these rocks and sky and snow, like this hail that is falling down out of the sun." -page 108

Liked the reference and thoughts about the Yeti.

Aug 31-Sep 6: chapter 3
Meditation and expectations.

Sep 7-13: chapter 4 & wrap-up

~*~

* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

*** THANKS to those on the front line during these times ***
Shelter In Place - Day 174, Week 26

Stay healthy! Be safe!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Engaging The Heiress by Juli D. Revezzo

Engaging The Heiress
by Juli D. Revezzo

Published: 2020
Publisher: self
Genre: Romance, Historical, England
Paperback: 305
Rating: 3
Goodreads
Website

Camden Girls series:
Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter
Engaging The Heiress

First sentence(s):
"What are your plans for the Season, Miss Camden?"

Edwin Hetherington needs a fiancée, not a wife.

Years ago, his Irish family lost everything to an unscrupulous landowner--including the family title. Now, the elderly scalawag offers to make amends if Edwin weds Miss Jera Camden. As far as Jera is concerned, so long as she manages to avoid marriage to a certain Scotsman, the bluestocking is delighted to pose as Edwin's blushing bride-to-be.

Can Edwin and Jera dupe the old codger into honoring his promise before the wedding date arrives... or will their clever scheme result in wedded disaster?


My two-bits:

Interesting to see how the rumor mill nudges and propels this couple's relationship forward.

~*~

* review copy courtesy of author


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Big Summer
by Jennifer Weiner
narrated by Danielle Macdonald

Published: 2020
Publisher: Atria Books
Hardback: 368
Rating: 5
Chick-lit, Mystery | Goodreads
Website

First sentence(s):
By the second week of September, the outer Cape was practically deserted.

Zombie sighting:
All of these people taking bites out of what was left of her after she couldn't defend herself like a bunch of zombies eating her corpse. -chapter 20

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.


My two-bits:

Interesting how this took a turn from what I was expecting. Pulls in the modern day social media influences and its effects in our lives.

~*~

* Listened to audiobook version.

* Filipino fried chicken mentioned -chapter 8

* part of Summertime time (schedule)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fall Film Challenge 2020

The Fall Film Challenge
the seventh
September 1 to November 30, 2020
hosted by Quirky Pickings | details | facebook group

GOT TIME. I'm in this year!

the challenge:
Choose twenty-five films featuring actors who have appeared on Saturday Night Live as regular cast members or those who have hosted the show three or more times. I give you free rein with regard to whom you choose — you do NOT have to use the actors pictured above. Selected films do NOT have to be comedies, but… given the state of things, I thought we could use some humor.

my list:

1. Will Forte - A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018) | my review
2. Amy Poehler - Baby Mama (2008) | my review
3. Nasim Pedrad - Desperados (2020) | my review
4. Eddie Murphy - Dolemite Is My Name (2019) | my review
5. Will Ferrell - Eurovision (2020) | my review

6. Joan Cusack - End of Tour (2015)
7. Adam Driver - Frances Ha (2012) | my review
8. Alec Baldwin - Fun With Dick & Jane (2005)
9. Woody Harrelson - The Highwaymen (2019)

10. Paul Rudd - How Do You Know (2010)
11. Vanessa Bayer - Ibiza Love Drunk (2018)
12. Christopher Walken - Irreplaceable You (2018)

13. Chris Parnell - The Last Laugh (2019)
14. Fred Armisen - The Little Hours (2017)
15. Christopher Guest - Mascots (2016)

16. Ben Stiller - The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
17. Maya Rudolph - Mr. Pig (2016)
18. Molly Shannon - Other People (2016)

19. Heidi Gardner - Otherhood (2019)
20. Adam Sandler - The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
21. Alex Moffat - Someone Great (2019)

22. Adam Sandler - Uncut Gems (2019)
23. Jake Gyllenhaal - Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
24. Tina Fey - Wine Country (2019)
25. Robert Downey Jr. - Zodiac (2007)

the results: tba
~*~


* UPDATE: just found that this event is cancelled, however I may work on this list on my own as a self-challenge with no deadline

* if film is no longer available on Netflix, I will keep actor and change film pick
 
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