2010 Books and Movies

A list of the books I’ve read and the movies I’ve seen this year.

Books

Since I don’t have massage therapy coursework to contend with, I’m going to be able to get a lot more reading done this year. Yay!

Déjà Dead ~Kathy Reichs

I started reading Reichs’ Temperance Brennan series because I watch and love the show Bones and because I really like murder mysteries. It’s hardly Dickensian writing, but the books are gripping and exciting and the forensic science (Reichs is a real-life forensic anthropologist) helps elevate the stories beyond your typical crime fiction. Déjà Dead is a particularly good premiere and a bit chilling if you are a young woman reading it alone in an empty house.

Death Du Jour ~ Kathy Reichs

The second book in the Brennan series. I flew through these first two. I think I liked Déjà a bit more, but Du Jour was a nice follow up with a story that is quite different from the first book but equally exciting.

Movies

I have a feeling I’ll be watching fewer movies though, because my husband and I are caught up working our way through all the seasons of The Wire (amazing!).

Up In The Air

My husband and I saw this movie in the theater at the beginning of the year. It’s the only movie we’ve seen in a theater so far in 2010, but even still, that near about ties last year’s theater-going count.

I really liked this movie. Clooney is impeccably charming and charismatic. Anna Kendrick was a nice surprise. But most of all, I loved the inclusion of people who had actually been laid off in real life. The film was certainly timely and resonated nicely for that reason. My only gripe is about the scene at a company in Detroit. The man who gets laid off has a very strong reaction. Given the fact that the building he worked in was under foreclosure and the office largely empty, not to mention that Detroit is an area that where joblessness hit early and hard, it struck me as odd that this employee would be so surprised at losing his job. It definitely seemed more like a situation where everyone knew layoffs were inevitable, rather than unexpected.

(500) Days of Summer

So hipstery it makes man-cardigans and skinny jeans jealous, but I liked it anyway. Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings so much energy to the screen and you just want to reach through the tv and hug him and rest your head against his still-boyish-despite-being-nearly-30-years-old frame. Also, the soundtrack is fantastic.

You Can Count On Me

This little film stars Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo and one of the many Culkins you can see in movies nowadays (I think this is the youngest of the Culkins). I can’t remember where I first heard about this movie or why I added it to our Netflix queue, but I’m glad I did. It’s a really nice little movie about a sister (Linney) and brother (Ruffalo) whose lives come together after having spent a long time apart. I liked it because the characters and their relationship with one another reminded me a bit of my brother and me. We lead very different lives and aren’t really compatible in a lot of ways, but I like to think that beyond those differences, we really love each other and could be there for each other when needed.

The Hurt Locker

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Jeremy Renner is amazing. Really, it’s incredible. For a fairly slow-paced Iraq War film, The Hurt Locker does a fantastic job of capturing your attention and building suspense. If you see one movie this year, it should be this one.

Bright Star

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2 Comments

  1. Bee said,

    May 6 2009 at 4:11 am

    Such a good idea to have a separate page for this!

  2. September 18 2009 at 2:41 pm

    […] 2009 Books and Movies […]


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