Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pop Culture -- SIS Style

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Welcome to Café Chaos. Grab a cup of coffee or tea (we prefer coffee) and join us for a chat. Every Saturday we celebrate Pop Culture. Movies, TV, books, music, games, trends in style... you get picture. Feel free to comment on our picks or to throw in a few of your own. We’re listening!

SIS Beth says...
I recently watched a movie that charmed and fascinated me. I loved the concept, adored the acting, and appreciated being swept away in a fantasical adventure. I highly recommend this movie for kids as well as the young at heart. Bren would say I'm doing this backward, but I enjoyed the movie so much, I'm now reading the book.

A blurb from IMDB: A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

My Movie Pick of the Week: Inkheart (2008)

SIS BJ says...
I am only a couple pages into this book because I just picked it up today. I have been wanting to read it ever since I saw the preview for it on TV. Like Brenda, I like to read the book before seeing the movie. Even though I am only a few pages into it, I am hooked already.

The book I am talking about is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It is a story about a young girl who is murdered and comes back as a ghost to help her father find her murderer.

I will let you know what I really think about it when I am finished reading. Right now I am sure that I am going to love it.

My Book Pick of the Week: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

SIS Bren says...
As stated above, I do always prefer to read the book before watching the movie. But in this case, I saw the movie first and in fact have seen it numerous times and still have not read the book. The movie is so great that I can hardly imagine the book could be better. I'll have to read it to find out.
Every actor in this movie delivers an exceptional performance. I cry with them, I hate with them, I laugh with them (though there is not much laughter in this movie). Michael Clarke Duncan tears at my heart each and every time.
From IMDb: Paul Edgecomb is a slightly cynical veteran prison guard on Death row in the 1930's. His faith, and sanity, deteriorated by watching men live and die, Edgecomb is about to have a complete turn around in attitude. Enter John Coffey, He's eight feet tall. He has hands the size of waffle irons. He's been accused of the murder of two children... and he's afraid to sleep in a cell without a night-light. And Edgecomb, as well as the other prison guards - Brutus, a sympathetic guard, and Percy, a stuck up, perverse, and violent person, are in for a strange experience that involves intelligent mice, brutal executions, and the revelation about Coffey's innocence and his true identity.
My Movie Pick of the Week: The Green Mile (1999)


Beth Ciotta said...


LOVELY BONES was the feature of our library's book club a few months ago. They all admired the writing. Most everyone I spoke to said it was an excellent read but very disturbing. Not sure I'm up for disturbing. Look forward to your additional thoughts!

Bren... Speaking of disturbing.... I saw THE GREEN MILE when it first came out in theaters. When I went in, I wasn't sure what it was about or who wrote it. When I came out I was dazed. Felt like I just taken an emotional beating. You're right. Steller acting. Incredible story. Then again, that's Stephen King. He's an amazing storyteller!

SIS Beth

SIS BJ said...

Beth, I haven't read or seen Inkheart. Smurfette has done both and she loves it.

As for The Lovely Bones; I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning to finish it. It is both disturbing and beautiful. Not at all want I was expecting.

SIS BJ said...

Bren, The Green Mile is a great movie. I have never read the book. Chris watches the movie every time it is on TV. He loves it.

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi guys,

I set my DVR to record Inkheart. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

That book sounds like it would be right up my alley. Might I borrow it?

You and I discussed The Green Mile yesterday. Awesome movie! Awesome!

SIS Barb

Tori Lennox said...

I loved Inkheart! Both the movie and the book. I've actually read all the books in the series. Good stuff!

Beth Ciotta said...

Tori, I just started the book (Inkheart)... which starts out differently than the movie. No surprise there since the movies always have to be condense the story. But overall is the story the same?

SIS Beth

SIS BJ said...

Barb, Of course you can borrow it. Just be warned that it's hard to put down once you start.

Linda Wisdom said...

I enjoyed both movies in different ways. I haven't read The Lovely Bones yet, although it's somewhere in my TBR pile.

Tori Lennox said...

They did make some changes in the movie but nothing too drastic as I recall.

What I find interesting is that Cornelia Funke wrote the book with Brendan Fraser in mind. :)

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