Month: November 2008

Books, Again

Books, Again

After coming down from the great high of Barack Obama being elected the 44th president of the United States of America, I finished the book from Pulitzer Prize writer of 2008, Junot Diaz, for his work The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

This book was not a typical read for me. I had no expectations nor did I know what the book was about before I started. I enjoyed the colloquial voice of the narrator and it made me feel more attached to the characters involved in the story. The story is about a Dominican boy named Oscar and his somewhat unusual life. It was sad and a bit uncomfortable to read at times but I felt very sympathetic towards the characters. I’m not even quite sure how to describe the book without giving it away. It talks about life in the U.S. and in the Dominican Republic. There are interesting footnotes throughout the book. Some of them I skipped (I must confess). Can’t say it was my favourite book but the writing was very good and effective. Still a recommended read. Judge for yourself.

The book previous to Oscar was a great little, quick read called Sway: The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior, by Ori and Rom Brafman. A fascinating book about how irrational humans can be in different situations. There are lots of crazy examples of people doing irrational things and making silly irrational decisions and how we are affected by our culture and state of mind. I know that there are a lot of books similar to this out there. It seems to be the new trendy thing to read and write about. Still with that being said, I found it to be very enjoyable and it certainly has made me realize just how crazy the most rational people can become. A very fast read (finished in a couple of hours). Check it out.

Twilight Movie – Disappointing

Twilight Movie – Disappointing

So it’s almost 3:00am and I have just returned from opening night of the movie, Twilight. I am one of the million readers who fell in love with the Twilight Saga.
I didn’t have very high expectations with the movie but I was deeply disappointed with what was put out.

Overall I felt that the script was weak, the direction cheesy and Kristen Stewart’s acting pretty sucky. I might be able to find a better word but sucky feels appropriate. The movie was choppy and had no flow or any character development whatsoever. This is suppose to be an amazing romance and I couldn’t find any romance, anywhere. No real sense of relationship was built between the main characters. There was no chemistry and it was just uninteresting. Each scene was broken up into little undeveloped chapters and everything was laid out in a way that was boring, stupidly obvious and the whole Bella narration was quite irritating.

Getting into more trivial details, the make-up used for the vampire’s pale skin was very amateur. You could see the make-up lines on the faces of most of the characters. It was laughable and kind of embarrassing. Even Edward Cullen’s fashions were sad. Here you have this very attractive young man and all you can do is dress him up in some boring, dull, gray peacoat and jeans?! Where was the amazing leather jacket he was suppose to lend to Bella after bringing her home from the restaurant, not to mention the the turtleneck he was suppose to be wearing in the restaurant scene? Where was the dashing rain coat he wears when he first picks Bella up for school? Edward Cullen is constantly described as a beautiful model-like young man with impeccable fashion sense and there was nothing outstanding with his fashion. Considering all the bad things about the movie, I felt that Robert Pattinson did the best he could with what he was given. He fared best in regards to the acting (it was a tough job) and he was definitely stunning and that was entertaining but it couldn’t hold up the entire movie.

Only one moment in the movie I found satisfying and that was the first kiss scene. Pattinson did a good job with the struggle and feelings of desire and I was somewhat impressed with that. But unfortunately a two minute scene is not going to satisfy me or make me pleased with the $12.50 I just gave up for this movie.

If you haven’t read the books try them. They are really fun and I couldn’t put them down. I always knew the movie version could not live up to the book but the movie made the Twilight story sound BLAH and it isn’t.

Congratulations On Your New President, USA

Congratulations On Your New President, USA

I am in awe and so excited for the US right now. African-American, Illinois senator, Barack Obama is now the 44th president of the United States of America. I can’t believe that I witnessed this incredible event. Right now at 12:30am I hear fireworks, cheering, music and lots of celebrating going on outside my Brooklyn apartment and it’s wonderful.
I have been living in New York for over eight years and having Obama as president just gives me so much hope and brings back the faith that I lost when Bush was elected TWICE!!!
When I was in Canada almost a year ago, I was listening to the radio and the question was “Is America ready for a female or black president?” Most of the Canadian callers said “NO!” I confess that I agreed with them. I wanted to believe that it could really happen but I felt like the American people weren’t ready for it. But I am happily mistaken.
I am elated by this news and I hope that president Obama will bring hope and inspiration back into the American people.

Congratulations America on your new president!!!

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