Book People Talk Movies: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Book People Talk Movies: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

This week of Books on Film doesn’t have a bookish prompt, but is rather just a Book People Talking Movies recommending week. (If you’d like more info about Books on Film, please click here.) This week I’m recommending a hilarious comedy starring Steve Martin called Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. How did I find this film? Again, my boyfriend. He’s really been pretty amazing at opening my eyes to film and music, I’m telling you! The best way to sum up how wonderful, inventive, and amazing this movie is by reading this: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid  is a 1982 comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Steve Martin and Rachel Ward, the film is both aparody of, and an homage to, film noir and the pulp detective movies of the 1940s. Edited by Bud Molin, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is a collage film incorporating clips from 18 different vintage films. They are combined with more recent footage of Martin and other actors similarly shot in black-and-white, with the result that the original dialogue and acting of the classic films have now become part of a completely different story. Here’s an example, Steve Martin talking to Cary Grant (*sigh** Cary Grant … <3). [I’m 99% sure this particular scene is from Suspicion.] This is just an example of how they work the new […]

Review: Memory of Lost Senses | J. Kinghorn

Review: Memory of Lost Senses | J. Kinghorn

What it’s about: Cecily Chadwick is idling away the long, hot summer of 1911 when a mysterious countess moves into the large, deserted country house on the edge of her sleepy English village. Rumors abound about the countess’s many husbands and lovers, her opulent wealth, and the tragedies that have marked her life. As Cecily gets to know her, she becomes fascinated by the remarkable woman—riveted by her tales of life on the Continent, and of the famous people she once knew. But the countess is clearly troubled by her memories, and by ruinous secrets that haunt her…. Staying with the countess is a successful novelist and dear friend who has been summoned to write the countess’s memoirs. For aspiring writer Cecily, the novelist’s presence only adds to the intrigue of the house. But it is the countess’s grandson, Jack, who draws Cecily further into the tangled web of the countess’s past, and sweeps her into an uncertain future…. Me While Reading: This was such a perfect book for a rainy day read, which worked out well, as it was rainy & gloomy for days while I was reading this book. What I thought: I was introduced to Judith Kinghorn […]

Review: Bitterblue | K. Cashore

Review: Bitterblue | K. Cashore

What it’s about: When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kingdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father, Leck, w ho ruled through his Grace-a special talent for mind-altering-and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city streets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves who hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart. Me While Reading: Oh yes. So very much so. What I thought: This book absolutely blew me away. It is the completion to the Graceling Trilogy (See my reviews for Graceling & Fire here), and OH MY GOODNESS did Kristin Cashore outdo herself or what? I really enjoyed Graceling, and while it took me longer to warm up to it, I enjoyed Fire immensely as well. Bitterblue though? This was a whole other thing. I was so emotionally invested in this book, these characters, […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Swoon

Today’s prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is as follows: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon  Who doesn’t love a good swoon inducing book? There is little better than finishing a book and being left with nothing other than the desire to sigh and melt into a happy puddle. That is actually one of my favorite types of books, and it’s even better when I can get that from a more serious adult book. Either way, I’m happy to read them and happy to share some of my favorites with you! I’ve split this week’s TTT into 2 categories; Swoon Worthy Books & Swoon Worthy Authors. Click on any of the links below to go to either the Goodreads book page or the Goodreads author listing. Swoon Worthy Books  The above books were full of swoons. I loved the relationships in each and every one, and upon closing the book I was left so happy and content! I’ve re-read the endings of each at least once just to revisit some of those gushy wonderful feels. Sorcery & Cecelia and Anna and the French Kiss are both YA selections, and Mariana, What Alice Forgot, and The Last Summer are all […]

Book People Talk Movies: The 10th Kingdom

Book People Talk Movies: The 10th Kingdom

This week of Books on Film doesn’t have a bookish prompt, but is rather just a Book People Talking Movies recommending week. (If you’d like more info about Books on Film, please click here.) This week, I’m going to think a little out of the box, and recommend a mini-series. There are a bunch of reasons to see this, but the main one is because it’s just too amazing not to know about! The 10th Kingdom chronicles the journeys of a NYC janitor & his daughter after they travel through a magical mirror and find themselves in a world where fairies, trolls, elves, dwarves, dragons, gypsies, giants, and all of our fairy tales are reality. Their attempts to find their way back home are funny, heartwarming, thrilling, and sooooo worth the watch! How I found this movie: This was a mini-series on NBC in 2000. (OH MY, 2000… I can’t believe it’s been that long!) My mother and grandmother saw the previews for this and thought my younger brothers and I would get a kick out of it, so they made sure we watched it. (My grandma also had the amazing foresight to record it on VHS for us, which was wonderful of her […]

Review: Fire | K. Cashore

Review: Fire | K. Cashore

What it’s about: It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men. This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own. Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom. If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was. Me While Reading: Oh, ok. I get it now. Ohhhh that makes sense. Ok, I’ll keep reading. OH MY GOSH he did what? Oh jeez now it all makes more sense! Ohhhhh whhhaaattt foreshadowing? Gotcha, on the same page. […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, as always hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the Top Books That Will Make You Cry. I realized something while getting this list together … I am a huge crybaby. Putting this list together took a lot of edits and revisions; I ended up with about 20 to start and had to pare down. { The Outsiders } This was one of the first books that I remember actually enjoying in school. I was so enamored with all of the characters so quickly, and I was so profoundly affected during every climactic scene. It’s one that I’ve re-read a few times over the years, and every time I get a little teary eyed (but nothing like the blubbering I did in Middle School!) { Bridge to Terabithia } I think my mother introduced me to this book when I was very young. Unlike The Outsiders, it was completely relatable to read about a couple of 10 year olds that become best friends through competition and jokes and create their own magical world together. This was probably the reason the ending hit me so hard; it being so relatable opened me up to the […]