You-review-it Monday, 1-21-08

January 21, 2008
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I had a busy A&E weekend, with the "Three Girls and Their Buddy" concert at Clowes Hall on Friday night (more on that later), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s hot ticket "Rite of Spring" performance on Saturday (see previous blog entry here), plus side trips to the Central Library, the Children’s Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (anyone else unimpressed by the new Maya Lin sculpture?).

In between, I knocked back "An Uncommon Reader," the new novella by Alan Bennett (who wrote the play and movie "The History Boys"). Technically, you might put it in the category of alternative histories—those books that postulate what might have happened if the South won the Civil War or if Charles Lindbergh were elected president. In this case, though, the big change is subtler—Queen Elizabeth becomes an avid reader. If you have a passion for books—and liked the movie "The Queen"—it’s a guaranteed smile.

So did you get to any of the above? Or did you catch the first weekend of "Doubt" at the IRT or the return of "Menopause: the Musical" to Mass Ave.  (see reviews of both here)?

What was on your A&E plate and what did you think of it?

I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts here.
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  • I went to see End Days at the Phoenix two more times (can you tell I love this new play?) and I read an Advanced Reader Copy of THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer. It is due to be out in bookstores in May.

    This human-alien parasite love story is at first laughably derivative of Star Trek, I think, and although published for adults, it stays firmly rooted in the author's YA roots. That aspect didn't bother me, though, because I love reading young adult books. I also was in the mood for a doorstopper read that moves quickly, which this is. In any case, ultimately it offers a fresh a fresh take on love, humanity, and inter-galactic relations.
  • I finished reading Bette Davis: The Girl Who Walked Home Alone. It was a really fast read and enjoyable read. The book really gave you a sense of her personality and I liked that aspect of it. Since I was reading about Bette, I searched the TCM schedule for any of her movies and recorded a few. I've seen Jezebel (several times) and Now, Voyager and really loved them both. I watched Marked Woman which also starred Humphrey Bogart. I liked it. Bette played a nightclub hostess The polite and proper movie term (at that time) for prostitute. She testifies against her boss who is also head of a crime ring in New York. I thought Bogart was quite good in it as well.
  • PS - How could I have forgotten! I went with a new friend to see Juno at the movie theatre at Keystone at the Crossing on Saturday afternoon. I love this movie!
  • Having a 3-year-old son and a husband in law school precludes me from getting out much, so I must find my A & E at home. I rented 3:10 to Yuma and once again, Russell Crowe blew me away. His villain was so likeable, but not in an oily, charming way. He was so geniune, so sweet and sentimental, it made the shocking ending completely believable.

    To humor my husband, I also rented Live Free or Die Hard since all men love Die Hard movies, right? Ok, I finally get the Die Hard series. The purpose is, with some laughs along the way, to beat up on John McClain as much as possible. Plus Justin Long is too much of a cutie to pass up.

    It's funny, this seems to be a case of product endorsement in reverse. Ideally, if we like an actor, singer or otherwise public persona, if they endorse a product we'll trust their judgement and try it. In this case, I love the product (Apple computers) and will see films I otherwise wouldn't because Justin Long is in them.

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