Cymbeline is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to stories about royalty, war, family, and marriage. I felt a lot like I was reading the first draft of several Disney fairy tale scripts, and/or a recycled mish-mash of Shakespeare's own earlier plays regarding fantasy and coincidence. There are some visuals in this … Continue reading “Cymbeline,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I was looking for good film score music to put on my playlist (I downloaded Pollock and Frida) when I bumped into the soundtrack to Loving Vincent by Clint Mansell. I hadn't heard of this film (and it hadn't come out on DVD yet), but I saw the trailer for the film and couldn't believe … Continue reading “Loving Vincent” has to be one of the most beautiful films in years.
My Copy: 9781593083175 (image from bn.com) I heard before that The Paradiso is the great one, just overshadowed by the more famous The Inferno. It's the one that is uplifting and fantastic in its vision and whatnot. There's much more action in this one than in The Purgatorio, in the sense of description and all. … Continue reading The Paradiso (The Divine Comedy #3), by Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My Copy: 9781593082192 (image from amazon.com) Well, after The Inferno, I was curious how the rest of Dante the Pilgrim's journey was to play out. Maybe it's because The Inferno is so well known in comparison, but I was a bit disappointed with this one. The Purgatorio is the continuation of Dante and his guide, … Continue reading The Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy #2), by Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My Copy: 9780374524524 (image from amazon.com) I bought this version for one good, simple reason: I wanted to learn Italian that summer and figured once I'd learned a bit, I'd be able to read this one and get the gist of the language. Well, that was the plan. But I still had the book, the … Continue reading The Inferno of Dante: a New Verse Translation by Robert Pinsky (Bilingual Edition)
My Copy: 9781593083793 (image from bn.com) My stepdad actually recommended this one to me. Safe to say, he probably last read it long before he married my mother, because of the Hindu and Buddhist elements in the story. Siddhartha is a story that is kind of a re-telling of the story of the Buddha. The … Continue reading Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
A lovely sequel to "The Holy Man," whereby the Holy Man, Joe, must help his replacement, Anna, learn what she must because he is growing older. However, Joe's original teacher, Chen, is sick
My copy: 9780345303066 Now, I already reviewed the book "2001: A Space Odyssey" last month, so if you've read the book yourself, I'll make sure to let you know some of the oddities and confusion that might stem from reading this book...especially if you haven't seen the film. I saw the film "2010" probably a dozen … Continue reading 2010: Odyssey Two, by Arthur C. Clarke
I do my damnedest never to include spoilers, though I will reference some bits of the film to make my point regarding the book. So if you've seen it like half the world has, then you've already spoiled some of it for yourself (ha ha). Seriously, I will minimize the spoiler exposure for the rest of you, but that's the curse of reviewing a pop culture staple--it can't be helped.