Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Randomness

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday! I am going to go over and see my parents new house today. They just moved!

I had a pretty interesting reading week. I have discovered the cure for reading frustration is to pick a few books to read that are super short and read them just because they strike your fancy! I also read Flashforward which I've been curious about since it will be a television show this fall. I hope to have a full review with thoughts about the adaptation to television for you this week. I am now back to the review pile and loving it. Although the book I'm currently reading, Eye of the Whale by Douglas Carlton Abrams, is depressing me. It's an engaging read but very sad about the environment. And whales. :(

Other than that, I totally overindulged in the book acquisition lately. Quit writing such enticing reviews, book bloggers!

In other news, I saw two wonderful movies this week. Yes, I see a lot of movies. Especially in the heat of summer when there isn't much on TV. I saw 500 Days of Summer which I loved ever so much and highly recommend. I knew I was in love with it when the main character fell HARD for Summer because she knew his Smiths music. That and the fact that he was listening to The Smiths on the elevator at work. Yeah, it doesn't take much. In any case, it's sweet, it's true, it's bittersweet. See it.

I also saw Ponyo. There aren't words for my love for Hayao Miyazaki. My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away are among my favorite films ever. Ponyo is just as sweet and enjoyable. And to me, they feel so Japanese. I was coveting the ramen noodles they ate in the movie. :) A lovely film. Incidentally, a trailer was shown for Where the Wild Things Are before Ponyo and it made me feel like weeping, which probably means it will accomplish its goal.

One last thing...Kat Meyer of Follow the Reader was kind enough to do a little interview about BBAW. I would love if you would go read it and maybe leave a comment? :)




Amy

22 comments:

Nymeth said...

Those are both movies I'm dying to see. I'm glad you enjoyed them so much! I saw the Smiths bit in the 500 Days of Summer trailer and I also knew right away I'd love it :D That one won't be released here for a while yet, I don't think, but Ponyo is out next week. I can't wait! I heart Miyazaki too.

Lenore said...

I definitely want to try to see 500 Days of Summer when I am in the states (soon!)

And I am hearing you on the short books thing!!

Stephanie said...

I definitely want to see 500 Days of Summer!! A. Because I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is just adorable. B. Because I think Zooey Deschanel is amazing. And C. because of the preview I saw and he was listening to The Smith's!!

I'm really glad you liked it.

Meghan said...

Short books that I want to read just for fun - not because I have to review them - always cure me of any reading issues I might have. I don't have them often because I cheat on my review pile a lot, but then I don't think I have quite as many review books as you do!

500 Days of Summer looks really good! I'll have to see if it's out here. I've been meaning to drag my fiance to the movies anyway. I don't blame you for going so often, it's great on a hot summer day or evening to sit in a dark, air-conditioned space and forget about life for a while.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Everyone that has seen 500 Days of Summer have just RAVED. EW featured it this week as a must-see. My issue is that if it isn't intriguing for the kids, the movie is destined for my Netflix Q. Speaking of intriguing for kids, we are huge fans of Miyazaki. I think we have every DVD movie he has ever made, and have watched Spirited Away no less than several dozen times. His movies are all visually stunning - eye candy! So needless to say, we will be seeing Ponyo soon. Maybe today.

bermudaonion said...

I'm hoping to see 500 Days of Summer - it looks so good and I love the 2 actors in the lead roles. I read Kat's interview of you yesterday. You totally rock!

Trish said...

I haven't seen any previews for 500 days of Summer but I'm all of a sudden seeing adverts all over the place! I LOVE the preview for Where the Wild Things Are--makes me kind of weepy too. :)

Beth F said...

I haven't gotten to 500 Days yet. But we tend to watch at home (HBO, NetFlix) so I think it'll be a while.

I did see an interesting Swedish movie last night titled Under the Sun. It's an interesting character study and takes place in the 1950s.

Frances said...

Miyazaki is a favorite of mine as well, and I can't wait to see this one. Can't count the number of times I have watched Kiki's Delivery Service and Castle in the Sky with my kids. I also saw the new Where the Wild Things Are preview this weekend. Loved it but worried that movie can never live up to my expectations. We'll see. Happy reading!

Dani in NC said...

I know what you mean about the enticing book reviews. I manage to read about 2 books a week, but then I do the rounds of the book blogs on Sunday and add 20 books to my TBR list!

Memory said...

I really need to settle down with some short books soon myself. I've been reading chunksters all summer and I'm really enjoying them, but I'm starting to feel like I need a few reads I can just whip on through.

jehara said...

i loved (500) days of summer! i adore those two actors. i thought ponyo looked like a miyazaki film but every time i see a preview on tv it mentions disney, which confused me. good to know my original hunch was correct. i'm sure i will be seeing it soon.
i saw a preview for where the wild things are before hp6 started. it looks absolutely breathtaking. can't wait for it to come to a theatre near me.

bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

I REALLY want to see Ponyo too!! Glad you enjoyed it.

ANovelMenagerie said...

I really liked Douglas' other book, The Lost Diary of Don Juan... but, I haven't read this new one. If it's sad... I might not. I'm already upset about whaling right now... as I wrote about on Saturday.

I hope all is well with you.

Sheri

Diane said...

Your cure for a reading slump always works for me as well. Most always it must be something light and not depressing.

I have not seen the movies you mentioned, but we are seeing Julie and Julia hopefully tomorrow.

Amy said...

Ana, I can't wait to hear what you think when you see them!

Lenore, I hope you love it! And yay for short books!

Stephanie, he is adorable! I hope you enjoy it when you see it.

Meghan, drag him and enjoy it! :)

Sandy, thankfully, it seems it only takes about three months for movies to make it to DVD! I hope you enjoy Ponyo!

Kathy, aw, blushing!

Trish, oh good, I'm not alone! :)

Beth F, sounds interesting!

Frances, I hope it's wonderful! :)

Dani, I know!!!!

Memory, I think that's why I like the short reads...I feel like I'm accomplishing something!

jehara, I think it's because Disney distributes Miyazaki here. I hope you enjoy it when you see it.

bethany, I think you'll like it!

Sheri, I know I saw your post. I am also quite sensitive to animal abuse, killing, and death.

Diane, Another one I want to see! I hope you enjoy it!

Michelle said...

Definately want to see both 500 Days of Summer and Ponyo. Will both probably be on DVD though :( Can never get to the cinema as often as I'd like..

Serena said...

I could say the same about you...stop writing enticing reviews! LOL

regularrumination said...

OH man. My Neighbor Totoro was (IS) my favorite movie when I was little. I checked it out from the movie store so many times they finally just gave it to me.... I have since seen every single Miyazaki film, and while none of them are as amazing as Totoro, they are some of my favorite movies of all time. I absolutely cannot wait to see Ponyo!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

I loved both of those movies too. '(500) Days of Summer' was a sweet, romantic movie withough being cheesy, which is why I loved it. And 'Ponyo' just made me smile the entire time, it was adorable.

Grace Lin said...

I love Miyazaki films!! Spirited Away is my favorite movie of all time, can't wait to see Ponyo. Glad to hear it is a good one.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I took my 11 yr old to see HP6 last week ... the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are got to me, too. The perspective (as a parent) got me in that short film clip much more than in the book.

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