Monthly Archives: January 2018

Book Review: 2017 Revue

Books. I continue to read way too few of them. 11 in 2017. Pathetic. I really felt like my book count would be higher this year.

This was the year of Persephone. Fully 9 of the books I read in 2017 were her recommendations. She did not let me down. We have similar taste in books, though she is much more of a hopeless romantic than I am, as evinced by the Laini Taylor books. Everyone should right now go read “This Side of Paradise” and “Night” and “The Alchemist”. “Lolita” too, but that’s more daunting than the others. All in all, a very good reading year despite only reading 11 books. Thanks Persephone!

The Best of Spanish Steampunk edited by James and Marian Womack – 2/5 stars

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – 4/5 stars

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl – 3/5 stars

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – 3/5 stars

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor– 3/5 stars

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 5/5 stars

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – 3/5 stars

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho – 4/5 stars

Night by Elie Wiesel – 5/5 stars

Dawn by Elie Wiesel – 4/5 stars

Day by Elie Wiesel – 2/5 stars


Movie Review: 2017 Revue

I see movies! 36 in total for 2017. This is year five of movie reviews for me. Do I get a prize?

This was the year of the true-ish story.  From the wonderful “Hidden Figures” to the also wonderful “Detroit” to the good but overrated “Dunkirk”, just to name a few. Other than that, 2017 was kind of a mixed bag. Marvel continued to kill it and even DC finally gave us a couple non-stinkers. Then there was “The Circle” and “Alien: Covenant”. Ugh, those were bad. Let us never speak of them again.

Hidden Figures – 5/5 stars

A Dog’s Purpose – 3/5 stars

John Wick: Chapter 2 – 3/5 stars

Logan – 5/5 stars

The LEGO Batman Movie – 3/5 stars

Get Out – 4/5 stars

Life – 2/5 stars

Ghost in the Shell – 3/5 stars

The Fate of the Furious – 2/5 stars

The Lost City of Z – 3/5 stars

The Circle – 1/5 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – 5/5 stars

Snatched – 3/5 stars

Alien: Covenant – 1/5 stars

Wonder Woman – 4/5 stars

The Mummy (2017) – 2/5 stars

Spiderman: Homecoming – 4/5 stars

War for the Planet of the Apes – 4/5 stars

Atomic Blonde – 3/5 stars

Dunkirk – 3/5 stars

Detroit – 4/5 stars

Wind River – 5/5 stars

It – 4/5 stars

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 3/5 stars

Battle of the Sexes – 4/5 stars

Blade Runner 2049 – 4/5 stars

Marshall – 3/5 stars

American Made – 3/5 stars

Suburbicon – 2/5 stars

Justice League – 3/5 stars

Thor: Ragnarok – 4/5 stars

Coco – 3/5 stars

Murder on the Orient Express – 3/5 stars

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 3/5 stars

Darkest Hour – 4/5 stars

All the Money in the World – 3/5 stars

Movie Review: All The Money In The World

Jean-Paul’s Rating: 3/5 stars

Bottom Line: An interesting movie only because it’s based on a true story proving once again that reality is indeed often stranger than fiction.

Jean Paul Getty was once the richest man in the world. He amassed this fortune in the usual way, buy being the son of millionaires and using that privilege to take advantage of once in a lifetime opportunities to almost single-handedly cement a destabilized Middle East and by being a generally horrible person to just about everyone that didn’t provide him with something that he needed. So he was basically Donald Trump only with actual business sense and actual taste in art and architecture.

John Paul Getty III, from now on just Paul Getty (Charlie Plummer), was the son of John Paul Getty Jr. (Andrew Buchan) who was J. Paul Getty’s (Christopher Plummer) son because if there’s one thing rich people like more than money, it’s naming their children after themselves. That’s a little unfair. Rich people like nothing more than money. In 1973, Paul Getty was kidnapped and held for ransom by a whole slew of shady individuals in what may be the weirdest real life kidnapping story ever told. “All the Money in the World” retells that story.

This is one of those movies that are good because it’s based on reality. The storytelling itself as a standalone movie is kind of lackluster. It is a bit unevenly paced and at least a half hour too long. There are some wonderful performances, especially Michelle Williams as Gail Harris, Paul Getty’s mother. Christopher Plummer is also good, but I don’t quite understand the accolades that he’s getting for his role besides the fact that he did a pretty good job for completely re-shooting all of Kevin Spacey’s scenes with only a couple of weeks to go before the release of the movie.

There are definitely better movies out there right now than this, but it’s still an interesting look into the strange lives of the uber-wealthy. They definitely do have a lifestyle so far removed from our every day lives as to almost appear alien.