August 2013: movies, books and a monster

Great month! I grew older and became a Beatles song, we enjoyed the annual quilt show, did some fun shopping, mourned my lost geraniums, went to a picnic with friends, attended the Wooden Boat show.

We watched several good movies and thoroughly enjoyed a Harry Potter movie marathon—finishing it on my birthday just as I’d hoped.

~Enigma (see review)
~Red 2 (see review)
~Spitfire Grill (see review)
~A Blueprint for Murder (see review)

~WYATT EARP (1994)
Cast: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman
Good cast. Good cinematography. Fairly true to real life. Slow in spots. Recommend.

Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis
We like the humor, the characters, the story and the cast as a whole. However, Cage is a dork, and some of the dialogue is sooooo bad it made us cringe. Still a fun re-watch. Recommend.

~TREASURE ISLAND (1934) with a very young Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery as Long John Silver.
Pretty bad. Beery didn’t have that great pirate voice that Robert Newton made so famous in the 1950 version. Stilted acting. I wondered to myself why we were watching this, when finally hubby said, “Okay. What else do we have to watch?” LOL Fortunately, I ordered the 1950 version on dvd as a surprise for hubby (who adores that version of this movie, and has fond memories of the book and the movie), so a few nights later we watched …

~TREASURE ISLAND (1950) with Bobby Driscoll as Jim Hawkins, and Robert Newton as Long John Silver.
Now then, matey, if ye haven’t yet seen this here version of the grand story from Robert Louis Stevenson, why then ye can’t be a’callin’ yerself a real pirate!

~Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
The “real” story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott
We last watched this in 2006 and found it a 5-star delight. It held up to our memory and we had a great time munching popcorn and watching.

~The Associate (1996)
A comedy about making it on Wall Street. Prejudices are hard to break and Laurel Ayres quickly learns that in order for people to take her seriously she has to work for an older white man …
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Eli Wallach, Tim Daly and Bebe Neuwirth
One of those goofy movies where nothing makes sense, and yet it rings of reality.

~Book #19: Hidden Order by Brad Thor
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 384
Don’t recommend

(rejected The Last Man by Vince Flynn)

~Book #20: Ruby Holler by Creech, Sharon
Genre: Youth (8-12)
Pages: 310
Recommend with a caution.

~Book #21: The Astronaut Wives Club by Koppel, Lily
Genre: Non-fiction
Pages: 322
Don’t recommend

~Book #22: The Last Patriot by Thor, Brad
Genre: Thriller/Spy
Pages: 342
This was a top read in 2009 and I commented that I found it “exciting and timely”. This time I found it disappointing and unsatisfying. The ending was abrupt, several things were never truly resolved, not enough “action”, and I know that Thor writes better than this book. Don’t recommend unless you desire to read the entire Harvath series from Thor.

August: total pages: 1358; 4 books (with 3 rejected)
2013 Recap to date:
Total pages read: 8900
Number of books read: 22
Chunksters (over 450 pages): 9
Non-fiction: 3
Fiction: 1
Mystery: 3
Historical fiction:
Thriller/Spy: 13
Young Adult/Youth: 2

Finally, on one of our drives we stopped to watch the ocean and were treated to a sea monster. Wonder who created him?


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