Posts Tagged ‘schadenfreude’

16th June
2010
written by Steph

Tom Wolfe is one of those authors whom I’ve heard tons about, but up until recently, I’d never read. You know the type: John Irving, Stephen King, and others of that ilk. A couple of years ago, I picked up a copy of Bonfire but then was immediately put off by its 600+ page count, because I am scared of books that weigh more than I do. Other than its impressive size, I knew pretty much nothing about this book when I picked it up. I recall that I read somewhere that it’s one of those books that often goes overlooked and that this was a shame, but that’s about it. I didn’t even know why it was purportedly so egregious for the book to be the perpetual wallflower. For those of you who need a little bit more to go on in order to take a book out on a first date, the gist of the book is as follows: Sherman McCoy is a highflying Wall Street bond trader who has it all: the designer apartment in Manhattan, the perfect family, not to mention the mistress on the side. One night when he picks up his lady on the side, the two wind up taking an unforeseen detour through the Bronx… a side trip that has disastrous consequences. As Sherman struggles to do the right thing, he soon finds the life he’s built and the power he’s earned is more fragile than he ever imagined. (more…)
21st January
2009
written by Steph
If you're like me, you know about this little underground series called Twilight, written by Stephenie Meyer.  But maybe you haven't actually bitten the bullet and actually read the books.  Or maybe you have read the books and loved them!  Or hated them (I sure did)!  And the thing is, it's not just the books that have been hyped to all hell lately, but also the movie.  Because Robert Pattinson is totally dreamy (if you're 14), and his hair is the perfect length for tangling your fingers in it (at least it was until he was all scampish and went and had it all buzzed off).  Sigh. But maybe you're a diehard fan of the books who doesn't want someone else's vision tainting your own mind pictures where Edward is all yours.  Or perhaps you just didn't feel like shelling out money for all the pain and embarrassment the movie might bring you (heaps, on both counts), because wasn't all of that present in spades in the books? What I'm trying to say here is that no matter what kind of fan - or non-fan! - of Twilight you are, I have a treat for you.  Click on the image below to watch a 30-second synopsis of the film as enacted by cartoon bunnies!  You get all the story in considerably less time than it would take you to read the book or watch the movie... and in the case of the latter, I'd wager the acting is better in this version anyway! (There's no hard link for this video, so hopefully clicking the pretty picture will get you what you want, but if not, it should get you to a flash player whose sidebar you can scroll through in order to find the correct video!  Link opens up in a new window.)

Click me and allow hilarity to ensue!

Click me and allow hilarity to ensue!

16th January
2009
written by Steph
Na na na na na na na na na na na BATBEAR! (see below)

Na na na na na na na na na na na BATBEAR! (see below)

Steph's Take

No this isn’t one of those Sci-Fi channel made-for-tv movies in which a hybrid man-bear (pig?) monster terrorizes people.  I don’t know about you, but personally my favorite types of documentaries are slightly kooky and a little quirky.  Which is why I could hardly resist when I stumbled across Grizzly Man in the documentaries section on Netflix.  A movie about a guy who yearly goes to the northern wilderness in order to “protect” the local population of grizzly bears?  Sign me up! The movie is directed and narrated by Werner Herzog, who edited over 100 hours of footage shot by one Timothy Treadwell, the founder of the nature preservationist group Grizzly People.  The movie showcases a good deal of Treadwell’s footage of the bears that he captured over the summer months that he had spent out in the wild over the course of the past 13 years.  Of course, Treadwell often features prominently in a lot of the footage, so rather than an eye-opening exploration of the ursine community, this is more the examination of the man himself.  Within the first half hour of the doc, you learn that Treadwell and his girlfriend wound up perishing in Alaska, ironically mauled and devoured by an ornery grizzly. (more…)