I saw the Coen brothers latest movie True Grit last night. WOW... what an excellent film. Their adaptation is much closer to the book and follows the protagonist Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) faithfully. I enjoyed Mattie's plucky spirit, and the language style used by the actors. The most striking was the way the film incorporated the natural surroundings to convey the mood of the film. I don't want to spoil it for you, just go see True Grit. For an in-depth critique read David Carr's review for the NYT.
I have recently discovered an excellent website about UL backpacking and "bushcraft" written by a man named Hendrik Morkel. If your into UL backpacking and wilderness your in for a treat. I recommend reading his weekly reports as a good place to start. Recently he reviewed the book "Allen & Mikes Really Cool Backcounty Ski Book" You can read the review on his website Hiking in Finland.
It's winter break and I'm looking for a new book to read. No more textbooks and studying for tests just pure reading bliss. My buddy Mike Johnson, recommend "Columbine" by Dave Cullen (NYT review here). I tried but unfortunately I couldn't get into it. Cullen writes well and the story of how the two boys came to attempt a domestic terrorist attack is compelling but... depressing as all get out. When my attention starts to drift I follow the great Nancy Pearl's advice. She says, "if your not liking what your reading by 50-100 pages, PUT IT DOWN." Her point it that with so many good books to read, don't waste your time on something you not enjoying.
Did you know she has a action figure. How many librarians do you know with their own action figure? Crazy right.. It sits at my desk on a shelf and reminds me to read!
My old friend Brian Vernor is actually doing shit. He works incredibly hard and produces bona fide film art. Below is a shot from his blog, an article of Brian and Rick Hunter using rail bikes for a German magazine NEON magazin. Check him out...
I finished "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell and am enthralled with this author. In June I read a review of his new book in the NYT Magazine and having never heard of him but curious from the postive review purchased and read "Cloud Atlas." Boy am I glad I did! And you should to, here is what my mom (a career librarian) said after taking my advice and reading "Cloud Atlas." "What an amazing tour-de-force! Mitchell is a really talented writer to be able to write so convincingly in different voices and in different genres. I was pretty confused initially, since I couldn't figure out how everything was related (and I don't think I know that yet), but I got swept away by his storytelling. I think the overriding theme is the cruelty and power-hungriness of individuals and the soul-numbing effects of corporations. Even so, the actions of brave individuals can have a positive effect on those around them, even if the world as a whole is still an awful place. I think it's sort of a call to action, even in the face of overwhelming odds."
I follow the motto "when all else fails read the instructions." Trying to pitch a tarp in an efficient way has left me puzzled and frustrated so I gave up and went to Google U. This dude has an easy, fast, way to get a taught pitch every time. Check it out...
As soon as I'm done with final exams my wife and I are going to see this movie. She has been dying to see it. A review at NPR by David Edelstein is not so good... But the director also made The Wrestler so how crappy can it be?
Edit: Movie is total crap. My review, Carrie + Showgirls = Black Swan.