Sunday, October 24, 2010

Media Consumed: September 2010

Books Read
TV's Greatest Game Shows by Tom DeMichael
Jaws by Peter Benchley
*Discover Your Inner Hermit Crab by Jim Toomey
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Moments With the Savior by Ken Gire
Hot for Words by Marina Orlova
CliffsNotes on To Kill a Mockingbird by Tamara Castleman
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells

TV's Greatest Game Shows was an interesting little book that contained a little bit of nostalgia for me. I had heard of many of the shows discussed in the book and some I have fond memories. I also learned about some shows I never heard of before.

Jaws was a better movie than it was a book. I understand that the movie would never have existed without the book, but this is an instance where the movie is better than the book.

Crazy Love
is a book that every Christian in America should read. It's challenging, uplifting, thought-provoking, and encouraging all at the same time.

Finally, On the Blue Comet is a great young adult novel. It's never really explained exactly how the fantastical things in the story happen, beyond some vague mysteries of time travel. However, the story doesn't need to explain itself. It's a time travel story set during the Great Depression and has some remarkable trains. It also has some beautiful, lavish illustrations that are worth the price of the book alone.

*Denotes a comic strip collection

Movies Viewed for the First Time
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
Wall Street
Forbidden Planet
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Sullivan's Travels
Feast II
Kelly's Heroes

Wall Street was a much better movie than I expected it to be. Forbidden Planet was a sci-fi movie that I should have watched years ago. It's dated a little, but it's worth watching to see a young Leslie Nielsen and it marks the first appearance of Robby the Robot.

Sullivan's Travel
was a hilarious screwball comedy. They really don't make movies like that anymore and Preston Sturges was a genius.

Feast was a decent low-budget sci-fi picture, but Feast II ranks as one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Devil is a thought-provoking story with some heavy spiritual elements to it. The story is by M. Night Shyamalan, but he didn't direct.

Kelly's Heroes was a solid movie that reminded me of a military version of the original Ocean's 11 or The Italian Job.

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