Sunday, April 22, 2007

Reading Books and Watching Movies

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.


Keith Sader said...

You also need to read Good Omens, The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Gaiman co-wrote that with Terry Pratchet.

Xavier Onassis said...

I will do that! Thank you!

travelingal said...

IMAX Deep Sea is wonderful. Amazing photography and really interesting.

Mike said...

I've read them all, Stardust id probably the worst of them, which says a lot because it's quite good. Neverwhere is pretty darn good too. You can't miss the Sandman series though. They are comics, but it seems silly to call them that. How about graphic novels instead.

btyfrd said...

Good Omens is a must read, as Keith pointed out.

I scared people on an airplane because I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes, while reading it.

American Hell said...

X, it wouldn't hurt to read Gaiman's blog either - he's been doing it for years with great passion. Shows a ton of insights.

crse said...

Wow you are quite the cultural resource! I have been wanting to start neil gaiman since i had kids. Needless to say, ive not had a chance to open a book since then. Which is also to say ive not been to the bathroom alone since then either!