I recently "discovered" Neil Gaiman. I read "Anansi Boys" and liked it. A lot.
When Nightmare over at "Smells Like Bullshit" found out he pretty much ordered me to read Gaiman's "American Gods" immediately. Which I did. Because Nightmare is kind of a big guy and he looks like he could fuck me up pretty good if I don't do what he say.
I liked that book even better. Anybody else read it? I often engage in vicarious movie casting when reading books. I had a strong impression of Mr. Wednesday looking a lot like this:
except with a $400 haircut and a $3000 custom tailored Italian suit.
So now I'm on a Gaiman binge. Right now I'm reading "Stardust" (which is being adapted for the big screen) and I have "Neverwhere" in the batting circle waiting to step up to the plate.
Unfortunately, about the only time I get to really read these days is while I'm sitting on the crapper. So it can take me months to finish a book. Unless I get a hold of some bad fish tacos. Then I can go through the entire Fyodor Dostoevsky library in 48 hours.
My daughter, young Galdriel Tanqueray Onassis and I saw "Disturbia" just over a week ago. She is 13 now and has discovered "scary" movies. In fact, she says the ONLY movies she likes are funny movies that "crack me up", or scary movies.
I guess it's no more "Land Before Time LXXIII" for her. sniff They grow up so fast.
Anyway, Disturbia was better than I expected for a remake of Hitchcock's "Rear Window" for the younger crowd. Disturbia actually had some pretty funny parts. I don't remember many good chuckles in the Hitchcock original.
On the rented DVD and waiting to be viewed list are "IMAX Deep Sea" (just high-definition, big screen eye-candy), "Notes On a Scandal" with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett (the "other" Galadriel). The previews looked good, it got great reviews, but it wasn't one that I was willing to pay $20+ bucks to see with overpriced refreshments on a big screen with kick-ass sound. You know what I mean?
Same was true for "The Last King of Scotland" which is on my list to watch tonight. I don't go in for all that supernatural shit. But from just what I saw in the previews, Forest Whitaker was not just acting in this movie...he was flat out CHANNELING Idi fucking Amin's soul from the depth's of Hell. I can't wait to see this.