Thursday, January 8, 2009

Revolutionary Road

I don't normally write about movies, and I definitely don't consider myself anything of a critic-- but Jay scored us some free tickets to an advanced screening of Revolutionary Road(which we just returned home from) and let me tell you it was FANTASTIC. The subject matter is fairly dark (it's directed by Sam Mendes, of American Beauty fame, so prepare for something a little like that), and the synopsis may sound dull "couple in the 1950s struggles to come to terms with...blahblahblah"-- but it's WORTH IT.

It was also amusing to see Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates all on screen together again. I don't know if they did it on purpose, but there are at least 2 small "Titanic References" in the film. Keep an eye out for them!

The movie kind of just ripped right through me and left me raw, for the lack of a better explanation. I can't stop thinking about it. I hadn't read the book prior to seeing the movie, but now I plan to.

Sidenote: I read 12 books last year. TWELVE. I mean, I know I was busy and all, but that's just a ridiculously low number. I plan on fixing that this year, so if anyone has any suggestions I'd be glad to hear them!


Danielle* said...

Memoirs Of A Geisha, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Sophie's World, Harry Potter 1-7, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, Invisible Monsters, Haunted, The Grifters, Duma Key, Twilight, Choke, Holidays On Ice.

BSH ADMIN said...

Read the HOUSE book! I also quite enjoyed Jonathan Ames' new illustrated novel: The Alcoholic.

I spend most of my time reading kid's books, so any moment I spend with grown-up literature is a treat.

Eponine said...

I've read most of Choke but didn't finish it yet, and I bought Memoirs of A Geisha but have yet to open it.

I'm currently reading Lovely Bones, which apparently is NOT about anorexia as I had wrongfully assumed.

Eponine said...

I'll try to brave The Gun Seller even though I've been avoiding it since it reminds me of a Hugh Laurie-obsessed ex. :)

~Gaz~ said...

Yeah, anything by Chuck Palahniuk in my opinion. His latest one, Rant, was really bizarre and highly entertaining.
If you like mysteries and wizards then try the Dresden Files (you may remember there was a Sci-Fi network series of the same name)For a series about a magic-weilding private detective who always gets dumped on, it's pretty funny and good.
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I will admit, the first book The Gunslinger is short and slow and lame compared to the rest of the series, but it is a great mix of sci-fi, fantasy, Western, horror, and it tends to suck people in by the 2nd or 3rd books. I will also warn you it gets cheesy and silly by the last 2 books with the time- and demension-travelling and the fact that Stephen King wrote himself into the book but it's still pretty epic. That or The Stand, if you like 1100-page novels (don't get a hardcover copy, you'll get a hernia. I learned the hard way lugging my dad's copy around on the train to school)

Danielle* said...

Ohhh. Lovely Bones was okay. I barely got through Choke, I didn't care for it. I ended up halfway through Invisible Monsters, but put it away to read "Naked" by David Sedaris, which is fantastic. I apparently have no liking for Chuck Palahniuk whatsoever. He's all over the place. I kind of regret spending 30 dollars on two of his books. Memoirs Of A Geisha is really good, but don't expect the movie to be. I was grossly disappointed with the movie.