It’s a shame that by doing a short review of the movie, you end spoiling it for any first time viewers. This is the kind of movie where it’s best to go in blind. You really don’t know what kind of movie it is. It appears to be a film about nothing, and then just as you’re about to turn it off and watch something more… Read more
Using “I’m Bad” over the footage of Jordan’s 63-point assault on the Boston Garden was an inspired choice. Likewise closing the first episode with “Sirius.” I’m hoping that the music choices hold up over the course of the show.
I only knew Dubus’ name because of his writings that ended up as screenplays. So for years, because of the films and his name, I assumed he was some old ass French guy who wrote this stuff a million years ago and it was only now coming to light with American filmmakers. Read more
D’oh. That’s what I get for thinking I spotted something (and of course, mixing up the two isn’t difficult) and not spotting that “s.” My bad!
Excellent movie. I have turned a ton of people on to this one over the years. That final scene with Frank is absolutely brutal.
Read “His Dark Materials” and just couldn’t get into it.
Maybe he never planned this but it’s fascinating how this links up with that little “Lyra’s Oxford” apocrypha book he publishe 15 years ago. I went back and re-read that and then also the *other* short story be put out--”Once Upon a Time in the North”--wondering if maybe that will also get incorporated at some point.
You’re right, the GoT comparison is way off. I went into it with the same idea based off of some reviews and had to really re-jigger my brain bits to push through. Was 100% happy I did, because it turned out to be a really, really fantastic read.
Awesome roundup. Commenter honorable mention for Esme Weijun Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias. Was hoping it would make the list! I highly recommend it.
Just chiming in for Nell Zink’s Doxology (and Nell Zink in general).
I totally understand not wanting to wrestle with a novel when there are alternatives waiting to pick up but I would encourage you to push forward to see if it picks up for you. I was bogged down in the first maybe 200 pages or so but once things clicked it really took off. I know that sounds like a lot of leeway but I… Read more
It was a tough read at first, but the rewards for sticking with it did come, and they came in spades.
I’m reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf now and it took me a lil while but I’m completely into it. I feel like it might make a better series than movie, though, but I haven’t even finished it so what do I know.
We Cast a Shadow should be on this list.
This one was also very good:
I’ve loved every other book Miriam Toews has written, but I cannot get into Women Talking. I will try again.