Archive for November, 2009

YAY, movies!

November 30, 2009

I must say, the movie-watching is my favorite part of this list so far. 🙂

I’ve now also watched On the Waterfront, as well as The Bridge on the River Kwai. I highly recommend both (especially if you like old movies). Though I will warn you – both times I’ve seen The Bridge on the River Kwai – the first time was a few years ago – there were points in the story when I was literally jumping up and down with anger and frustration. Good thing I wasn’t around when it came out in theatres, I would’ve put on quite a show!

Baby Steps

November 29, 2009

Working my way through my 101 List…

I’ve been able to check off the Top 3 from the AFI top 100 movies of all time list. (And actually, instead of just watching the 100 from the original list, I’ve decided to watch the ones that appear on the 10th anniversary list as well… didn’t want to discriminate.)

So now Citizen Kane, The Godfather, and Casablanca can be checked off the list. I can’t wait to read up on Citizen Kane and find out all the ground-breaking filmmaking techniques that were apparently used in its production! And, despite its violence (because really, has violence ever put me off to a movie? I love war films and mob movies!), I really enjoyed The Godfather. Who knew Al Pacino was so damn attractive when he was young?! I’d seen Casablanca once before, with my friend Trish. She was astonished that I hadn’t seen it, so she brought it over and we watched it back when I was still living on Roosevelt Island. Ahh, memories…

A Few More Things

November 17, 2009

It’s great how some of these goals go hand in hand… for instance, going to Australia provided me with LOTS of flight time and airport time to read… and so I’ve added a few more books to my list of those read so far. They include:

“Tallgrass,” by Sandra Dallas – A story about a town in Colorado where a Japanese internment camp is put up nearby during WWII; told from the perspective of a 13-year old girl.

“Sarah’s Key,” by Tatiana de Rosnay – Another WWII historical novel, more or less, but this one is set in France and the WWII-era story is interwoven with the present day. I sobbed uncontrollably for several pages at a stretch near the end – absolutely heart-wrenching.

“The Poisonwood Bible,” by Barbara Kingsolver – It seemed as though half the world read this in high school, so I decided to see what the fuss was all about. Surprisingly compelling, and I loved how each of the women/girls had a distinctly different narrative voice.

“Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley – Another one I felt like I probably should have already read by now (there are a lot of them…) Fascinating. I’m generally not into things that are basically sci-fi, but I enjoyed it, and Huxley was definitely ahead of his time as far as I’m concerned. Surprisingly relevant all these decades later.

“The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls – And you thought your family was quirky/screwed up/special… It’s amazing how inspiring this memoir is, considering all the crap the family went through, and how much of it was their own doing. I couldn’t help but simultaneously cringe and cheer.

That brings me up to 7 books out of the goal of 100. Well on my way! And one country… I’m finding it a little funny that I’ve managed to go to Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, and a handful of countries in Europe… but I’ve never properly visited Canada or Mexico (I’ve decided that Niagara Falls does not count, even if I went over to the Canadian side). So those may have to be added to my travel agenda in the next year or two.