Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Moleskines - February Books/Movies

59/365 - Moleskines
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The red one has been retired. The range was September 15, 2008 - March 1, 2010. I had not written in it for a while. The book is Volume 1 and is entitled "The Bad Sleep Well", 悪い奴ほどよく眠る after the Kurosawa film. This book has a dedication as well. Dedicated to Joshua Andrew Koenig August 17, 1968 - February 2010.

Currently now writing in the black one.

It's been a long time, mainly because I cannot post at work, which gets on my nerves. It is hard to post from flickr, but sometimes it is my only option. I can do it from home, but when I get home after work, I have 100 other things to do, who has time to blog? I was hoping my job would get over itself and allow us access, but it still hasn't. Maybe in another month.

OK, on to the post.

February Books

1. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
2. The Ominvoire's Delima by Michael Pollan
3. Dragonfly in Amber (Book 2) by Diane Gabaldon
4. Nigger: An Autobiography by Dick Gregory
5. Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley

I only finished 5 books in February. Not my 8.3 I need to make it to 100 books by the end of the year. Now that I'm writing more and playing guitar, I think the 100 books will no doubt, drop down to 50. But at least my time away from the books isn't idle. That's only when I'm watching movies. Which was 9 less this month than last month, so I am busier than usual. That's a good thing.

For February/March/April Movies, you will notice a lot of Biblical stuff. I'm in my 'Easter' mode. I love Biblical movies, and there seem to be so many out there. I thought I watched them all last year, but it seems I only grazed the tip.

Also for February my goal was to watch more African-American movies (those with mostly black cast or a famous black actor). I manged 4 of them. And also Classics from the 1960s, I managed 3 of them. All in all a good month for movies that I would not have otherwised watched if I didn't stretch. And I was not disappointed.

February Movies

A Piece of the Action
(Starring B. Cosby/S. Potier) Very good movie, a bit dated, but fun to look back at the 70s.

Nicholas Nickelby
Front of the Class
The Public Enemy (1931)

The Wild Bunch (1969)
This got great reviews on Netflix, and starred a lot of great actors. I just thought it was OK. I'm not into the westerns, although I do try.

Girls Rock!
Not on any list, but I thought my daughter would like this. A documentary about a camp in Portland that is just for girls who want to ROCK. Guitars, bass, drums, singing. It looks like fun. Wish I lived closer, I would send Clarissa.

Twin Dragons
The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Jesus of Nazareth
This is the one from the 70s. Thought it was a great adaptation of the story. A bit long, but I recommend to anyone who likes the story.

American Graffiti

A Patch of Blue (1961)
This covered both my African American and 1960s slots. I loved it. Thought it was an awesome movie. My son watched it last year in school. He said it was pretty good, now if he said that, then I know I would love it.

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
SNL: The Best of Commercial Parodies
The Boys are Back
Bright Star
Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

In The Heat of The Night (1967)
Another dual slot filler. Sidney Potier is such a great actor. I don't know why I haven't seen more of his stuff. This month really helped me dive into his movies.

In The Beginning (2000)
Another from Genisis to Exodus deal. Different from the one in the 70s. It was OK, I think I like the older one better.

Law Abiding Citizen

The Call Me Mr. Tibbs
The sequel to "Heat". But this was filmed in 1970 so I couldn't use it to fill the 1960 slot, but I used it for the African American slot. Not as good as "Heat", it was missing something. Maybe it was missing Rod Steiger. The chemestry between Steiger and Potier was amazing.

Ice Castles (1979)
Hey ladies 40+ Remember Robbie Benson. LOL! I thought he was the coolest!!

A Serious Man

The Bible Collection: David
This was OK. I was not too thrilled by this one. Oh well.

Shutter Island
An American Girl: Chrissa

That's it only 3 Biblical movies this month
4 African American
3 1960 Classics

26 movies in all. I think March will be even less. With guitar class on Saturday and Church on Sunday, I'm just not going to have the time. Oh well.


itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Ha! Your ears must have been ringing, I was just thinking about you yesterday!

I've seen "Jesus of Nazareth" love it, one of my favorites.
Also LOVE "Patch of Blue"!!!!

Yes, I was soooo in love with Robbie Benson! Wow, that brought back memories.

By - Amelia, do you mean the new Amelia Erhart movie? If so, how did you like it? I have this think for Amelia Erhart, she is one of my favorite women in history. But I didn't hear such good things about the movie.

Hey, fun post this time.
Are you going to try to do the Read-a-thon this year (April 10)?

Anne said...

I was also wondering where you went. You might try writing at work and e-mailing to yourself to post at night!

I saw In the Heat of the Night a year or so ago and loved it. You mentioned the sequel is missing something, but is it still worth seeing?