Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fantastic Movie Scenes

Some movie scenes I find particularly amazing:

1. The Watchmen - The stylistic opening credits, of course, and a number of scenes throughout the movie. The soundtrack is remarkable and the violence - not to mention the plot- is crafted beautifully around it. The entire movie (including to a large extent, the credit sequence itself) contains a number of half-hidden social commentaries that are really intriguing. 
2. Atonement - The rhythm of this film is phenomenal. The entire first half of the movie is really lovely.
3. Gangs of New York - The major fight scene is extremely well done, set to wonderful music, and is quite moving.
4. Original Sin - I love the tone of the movie as a whole, especially the interplay between the beautiful locations, the rich music, and the story itself.
5. Great Expectations - The scene of them kissing outside in the rain, the Besame Mucho segment, the water fountain scene and a number of others. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quotes from Poems

"The fog comes on little cat feet" - 'Fog', Carl Sandburg
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less travelled by
And that has made all the difference" - 'The Road Not Taken,' Robert Frost
"I am a leaf on the wind - watch me soar" - Wash, 'Firefly'
"Not all those who wander are lost" - Lord of the Rings, Tolkien

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fantastic Quotes

The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
"Nurses too became shell-shocked from the dying around them. Or from something as small as a letter. They would carry a severed arm down a hall, or swab at blood that never stopped, as if the wound were a well, and they began to believe in nothing, trusted nothing. They broke the way a man dismantling a mine broke the second his geography exploded" (41).
"his fingers slipped into her white hand, and when she bent forward to him he put his dark fingers into her hair and felt it cool within the valley of his fingers" (42).
"... lay his bandaged hand on her shoulder. She did not stop shaking. The deepest sorrow, he thought. Where the only way to survive is to excavate everything" (44). 

"'He is a saint. I think. A despairing saint. Are there such things? Our desire is to protect them'
...
'A twenty-year-old who throws herself out of the world to love a ghost!'
Caravaggio paused. 'You have to protect yourself from sadness. Sadness is very close to hate. Let me tell you this. This is the thing I learned. If you take in someone else's poison--thinking you can cure them by sharing it--you will instead store it within you. Those men in the desert were smarter than you. They assumed he could be useful. So they saved him, but when he was no longer useful they left him'" (45).
"I am a man who fasts until I see what I want" (235,258).

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Favorite Films

My Favorite Films
**Great Expectations - Anne Bancroft, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke.
The New Waterford Girl - Liane Balaban, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Andrew McCarthy
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Jack Nicholson
Sense and Sensibility - Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet
Magnolia - William H. Macy
The Virgin Suicides - Kirsten Dunst
Atonement - James McAvoy, Keira Knightley
Equilibrium - Christian Bale
Trainspotting - Ewan McGregegor, Robert Carlyle

Children's Movies
The Secret of NIMH
The Last Unicorn
An American Tail
The Land Before Time
Babe
Finding Nemo
Dumbo
Robin Hood
Pete's Dragon
Puff the Magic Dragon
Charlotte's Web
Ol' Yeller
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
Sleeping Beauty 
Cinderella
The Sword in the Stone
The Fox and the Hound
Beethoven

My Favorite Short Stories/Poetry

Only Child - PK Page

The Naming of Cats - T.S. Eliot

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening - Robert Frost
The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell
*Warren Pryor - Alden Nowlan

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - Dylan Thomas
The Soldier (Some Corner of a Foreign Field) - Rupert Brooke
An Irish Airman Forsees His Death - William Butler Yeats

My Favorite Books

*An Outpost of Progress - Joseph Conrad (Novella/Short Story)
*Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
**For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Fire-Dwellers - Margaret Laurence
Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
*The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
1984 - George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
**East of Eden - John Steinbeck
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf 
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Amphagorey - Edward Gorey

Travel Books
Thailand
-Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind - Carol Hollinger***
Vietnam
- When Heaven and Earth Changed Places - Le Ly Hayslip***
- The Girl in the Picture - Denise Chong
SEAsia (General)
- Bound Tightly with Banana Leaves - Nicholas Greenwood
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Young Reading (~8-12)
The Blue Heron - Avi
The Root Cellar - Janet Lunn

Children's Books (~5-9)
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien

Young Children's Books (~0-5)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Diggingest Dog - Al Perkins
Pickle-Chiffon Pie - Jolly Roger Bradfield
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett