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
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
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.