I've decided I should probably operate under the optimistic assumption that I'll still be around by the end of 2013, and so I might as well continue keeping a record of the books I read and movies I watch this year, the same as 2012. Besides which, I know people were sooo interested in hearing about this type of stuff when I did it last year, so that's further incentive to continue. Ha ha, just kidding. But I'm gonna do it anyway.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
by Mark Haddon
Quick read. I literally read this in one sitting. Interesting story told from the point of view of an autistic kid. I read some suggestion that he had Asperger's, which the author denies. I'd agree that the protagonist's problems don't seem to match the symptoms. I only mention it because a couple people have suggested I might have it. I really don't think I do, though it would actually be nice if I could point to some mental disorder and use it as an excuse as to why I'm the way I am. I think what I have is just plain old crippling social anxiety. Shopgirl
by Steve Martin
I'm not doing so great on books because this is the only other book I've read so far this year. It was as quick a read as the previous one, but it took me a few hundred more hours to finish it. My mistake was checking it out of the library, whereas I read the first book entirely in the library where there are fewer distractions. Anyway, I kind of want to see the movie now, which the library has, but I can't find my library card. Maybe it flew out of my pocket it when I slipped on the ice. Or maybe it's on the floor of my apartment somewhere and i can't see it because of all the clutter. I don't want to have to pay for a new card until I'm sure.
Movies: Let Me In
I already saw "Let the Right One In." This was pretty much the same. Maybe slightly sadder somehow.Cloud Atlas
Absolutely loved it. I saw this the first week in January and it may very well end up being the best movie I'll see all year. I went back to watch it an additional two times. And that's saying something because my car was out of commission and it's a forty minute walk to the theater. Plus it's winter. The trailer alone I've watched at least twenty times. I thought it was an amazingly ambitious achievement in film and if you disagree, then fuck you.Top Hat Hotel Transylvania
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Adam Sandler's Dracula made for a way more sympathetic vampire than the ones in those Sookie Stackhouse books my sister gave me last year. I felt pretty jazzed walking out of the theater. It was the same sort of feeling I got after seeing "Aladdin" for the first time, though I didn't think it was quite as good as that movie(and the music definitely wasn't as good). Genndy Tartakovsky's style translates remarkably well to CG. I'm very interested in seeing what he does with Popeye.The Wolf Man
It's weird... I think I've viewed every sequel to this movie, including the one with Abbott and Costello, but I never caught the original until now. I was interested in seeing Larry Talbot before he became all whiny and suicidal, though it turns out he wasn't much more likable prior to being cursed either. I don't know if he was supposed to be charming, but his defining characteristic seemed to be that of a creepy stalker. Skyfall
The James Bond franchise isn't my favorite. Not that I don't like James Bond movies, but I often find them forgettable. Also, I'm not sure Bond is a guy I could stand in real life. Nevertheless, this was a very good installment in that series.