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Leah

I ask because I really didn't like it, and I'd like to know why so many people did. I'm honestly baffled.

as an aside, I think the best movie of last year was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind . . . but that is just me.

Jimmy

I'll offer up more thoughts about the movie soon. The response I have is a little long for the comment section. A challenge like this is good for me. Usually no one asks why I even like a movie.

Leah

favorite movie you've seen? care to share the reasons why?

I found it a mediocre film at best. I suppose personal things could have contributed to that (I saw it in Spain after I'd been in Europe for over a month and not made any friends to speak of), but mostly I found it to be depressing and, well, really depressing. Bill Murray's (that's the actor, right?) character really ticked me off because he has all this stuff and is just so damn . . . unhappy. I didn't really find his affair quite believable, and I felt awfully sorry for his poor wife.

I think my biggest thing about the movie, tho, is that it didn't live up to what everyone was telling me. All the people I talked to raved about how great the film was and how I had to see it, and they said I'd absolutely love it, since I like traveling. I just found I didn't agree. He didn't make any effort to understand his hosts, or really even leave the hotel. It just didn't mesh at all with the way I travel or my mannerisms.

Anyway, now that I've completely bashed it, I'd like to know why you liked it. Hopefully, each of us will lend some insight to the other :-)

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Page Turners 2006 (7)

  • Lindsay Moran: Blowing My Cover: My Life As A CIA Spy

    Lindsay Moran: Blowing My Cover: My Life As A CIA Spy
    A really enjoyable read, filled with insight on a deceitful, and mostly unilluminated job. (****)

  • Rich Smith: You Can Get Arrested For That

    Rich Smith: You Can Get Arrested For That
    Amusing in parts, but thin in substance overall. (*)

  • : Fish, A Remarkable Way To Boost Morale And Improve Results

    Fish, A Remarkable Way To Boost Morale And Improve Results
    Nice small compact inspirational way to live a productive and happier work life. (****)

  • Christopher J. Walsh: No Timeouts: What It's Really Like To Be A Sportswriter Today
    I thought I was getting more practical insight into the world of a sportswriter than I actually got. Though examples of stories and the author's progression was nice, I thought it padded the book to make it longer than it needed to be. (**)
  • Dan Brown: The Da Vinci Code

    Dan Brown: The Da Vinci Code
    Much better than the movie; the plot moves well. (****)

  • Dan Wetzel: Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds

    Dan Wetzel: Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds
    Much better than the movie, as it provides more insight behind the story of Don Haskins and Texas Western; would have liked more about the players and their perspective on playing for him. Probably falls somewhere between 3 & 4 on the star rating. I guess I'd just like a more comprehensive telling of the story. Actually, though people may come out of the book/movie with the idea that this was the first time 5 black players took the basketball court at the same time and won a championship, that actually happened in 1957 (9 years earlier) when Tennessee State won the NAIA championship. (***)

  • Leif Enger: Peace Like a River

    Leif Enger: Peace Like a River
    Enjoyed this book, my first of 2006. The characters stay with you, left me wanting more. Had some trouble with the old west references, but nonetheless the prose painted plush pictures. (****)

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  • J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

    J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
    It was an enjoyable read, and even more fun to listen to. Jim Dale does a great job with the various voices, giving the characters even more life. (*****)

  • Pat Conroy: My Losing Season

    Pat Conroy: My Losing Season
    Really liked this one, a detailed look at a basketball season, and a past, that shaped the author's future. (*****)

  • Nick  Hornby: A Long Way Down

    Nick Hornby: A Long Way Down
    I loved this book and could easily identify with traits of all the characters in it. By far my favorite of the audiobooks (quite well-read, I thought, by the people doing the reading) I've listened too, and among my favorite books, period. Had me laughing out loud (some dark and profane humor, but in step with the characters) and alternatively left me melancholic and feeling for the characters and what they were going through. An interesting look at a serious subject. (*****)

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    Noah Adams: The Flyers : In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright
    Enjoyable listen, particularly when discussing the relationship the Wright brothers had with their sister Katherine and their father. Delves more on the location of their rise to prominence in aviation, rather than on the technical accomplishments themselves. Still getting used to audiobooks, so my attention waned in spots, but I liked the story, and the places and their descriptions are intriguing. (****)

  • Jon Stewart: America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction

    Jon Stewart: America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction
    My first audiobook. Very funny (and quite profane) in parts, quite satirical, and an easy listen. This version is an abridged version of his print book. (***)

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