Two Reviews

Posted by marshal on September 21, 2010 in Thoughts |

I just finished Russell Brand’s book, “My Booky Wook.” It was a fun read, but after a while, it got to be monotonous. He says on the jacket, that the book is a record of sex, drugs and humor, and he delivers on all counts. But at some point, it all felt like deja vu.

“Oh wow,” I said to myself more that once, “Russell’s getting stoned/laid/flaky.”

We saw the movie “Get Him to the Greek,” and I now realize that was basically a short version of “Booky Wook.” Having said that, I wish I had half the latent this guy has wasted, not to mention some great looks.

I would recommend the “Booky Wook” if “Get Him to the Greek” is not available, and the movie if given a choice between that and the book.

Speaking of movies, we went to see “Get Low” last night. I haven’t heard any buzz about this film, in fact all the buzz right now seems to be about “The Town,” the Boston bank robbery film. “Get Low” could almost have been a Coen Brothers film, complete with a moral message at the end.

Robert Duvall gave an excellent performance as a hermit with a troubled past, and Sissy Spacek was as delightul as ever.  Bill Murray did a great job of playing a funeral director with optional ethics, even though he was not the main character.

It’s too bad that we have such fascination with violence in this country, because there are so many more emotions, not just tear jerking, that can be untilized. For instance, the last “scary” movie I can remember is “The Rosary Murders.” There wasn’t that much violence in that film, but there was a lot of jumping out at people. I think a lot of stuff being sold is just torture porn or snuff-films light. Well, that’s just my opinion. .

“Get Low” is a good film, and it deserves to be watched. If you get a chance catch it.


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