(photo from Sgt. Bilko, the 90s movie which I haven't seen yet) When talking "service", that means military or war story, not customer service as we generally know it today. I've started to notice how the service comedy has gone by the wayside for the most part (the only recent example I can remember in … Continue reading List: My top 5 funniest “service comedy” films…
My Copy: 9780684837871 (image from goodreads.com. My copy has the old Scribner cover art I can't find for an image) I'm batting 0 for 2 so far with Ernest Hemingway. I stopped at page 134, and was so frustrated I went straight to bed afterward, determined to put it in my catch-and-release pile. Islands in … Continue reading Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway
My Copy: 9780446574723 (image from bn.com) I wondered if I'd find a James Patterson book that I didn't like...and I finally have. To be fair and truthful, I couldn't finish the book. I stopped at about page 105. Private is about a former marine named Jack Morgan who's had some bad crap go on in … Continue reading Private (Private #1), by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
I think this is the third time I've watched this flick this week, after not seeing it for at least a decade. I'm not sure what it is about this flick, but it's on again, starting over in the living room. And no, before you ask, I haven't seen the FX series that's come out. … Continue reading #085–What Makes Fargo Such a Good Movie?
I gotta admit, maybe this was the perfect breaking-point (by accident) in the anthology. I got to resume my reading plans with Shakespeare with this interesting work, Trolius and Cressida. I like how when I took another look online at what the story was about, to see if I got the gist of it or … Continue reading “Trolius and Cressida,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare
I can't really say much about this particular play because I saw the Branagh film from 1993 before I read it, so I've got scenes from that one stuck in my head. I watched it in Lit class in high school and have to admit I enjoyed the hell out of it. Who woulda thought? … Continue reading “Much Ado About Nothing,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
This one's probably the easiest play to read, other than Romeo and Juliet, so far. I have to say I really got into it and it wasn't overly complex as far as the action goes. That could be because Shakespeare intended it to be a contemporary story for his contemporary audience, and didn't have to … Continue reading “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9780679722649 (Image from bookcoverarchive.com) Okay, if you've seen the classic film with Humphrey Bogart, then you've basically got the story down. I love this book. I've read it twice now and will be keeping this one on the shelves in my writer's hall-of-fame. I can't help it. Much like the film itself, the … Continue reading The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
I bet some of you were wondering if I miscounted again, but nope--apparently this is Arthur Conan Doyle's last collection of Sherlock Holmes. The very last--complete with the "I mean it this time" from the author. Hell, I'll let him tell it in his own words:
The Night Manager is a surprising story in the post-Cold War world, where the power-vacuum of major war players is being filled by arms dealers while the big powers play like all is well. However, stuck in the middle is Jonathan Pine...