Posts Tagged ‘books as movies’

19th July
2010
written by Steph

Before I had the chance to pick up This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, I had read a good deal of reviews about the book that had stressed how darkly funny the book was. Several readers admitted to laughing out loud while reading this book about a family that comes together to sit shiva when their father (a militant atheist… or so they had believed) passes away. Obviously death and mourning aren’t the typical topics one writes about when aiming to tickle the funny bone, so needless to say, I was intrigued. After all, I would say I probably enjoy inappropriate, mordant humor more than most so if this book is going to appeal to anyone, I figured it would be me. When Judd Foxman’s father dies, it marks the first occasion his entire family has convened and spent time together in a very long time… and for very good reason. As they are sequestered together for a week to remember the late family patriarch, dysfunction is the name of the game and it becomes clear why family time is a commodity best engaged in limited quantities. Suddenly all the old rivalries and obsessions that have lain dormant for so long resurface and demand resolution. Through the brawls, tears, and rekindled romances, the Foxmans ultimately realize that no matter how hard you try to define yourself as something other than how your family has pigeonholed you, returning home always results in some degree of regression. (more…)
23rd February
2009
written by Steph
Doesn't this look like it's a creepy movie rather than cheery?

Doesn't this look like it's a creepy movie rather than cheery?

This weekend Tony & I went to see Coraline in 3D.  We hardly ever go out to see movies, since we have a Netflix account which means that movies come to us instead, but I figured that that extra third dimension might add something pretty cool to the movie-watching experience, so we got off our lazy butts and ventured out to the theater. [As an aside, I will mention that we did head out about 2 weeks ago to go see Slumdog Millionaire, but traffic was a beast near the mall AND then when we got there the theater was a complete zoo for reasons we could not understand.  Literally people were lining up outside of the theater in order to buy tickets.  But to what film?  Surely all those people couldn’t have been that into He’s Just Not That Into You, right?  Anyway, we stood in line for the automated box office for about 15 minutes, eating all of our blueberry yogurt covered raisins meant for the film in the process, after which point we still hadn’t purchased tickets and decided that we would just go home.  So essentially, we went to the movie theater and ate a box of candy but saw no movie.  Awesome.  Also, we have still not seen Slumdog, but I guess given that it just won the Oscar, we probably will now.] (more…)