It Takes a Village to ruin a flick. The hilarious reviews trashing Lady in the Water (which I saw this summer) are frightfully accurate. This is easily one of the most "out there" movies ever marketed to the mainstream. One bright spot: The young people who accompanied me to the theater supplied the much-needed wisecracks.
It Takes a Year to Read. I'm trying to decide if the unusual Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a book to recommend. It was dramatically hailed by Time magazine - in capital letters - as "A MASTERPIECE OF THE GENRE THAT RIVALS TOLKIEN." Well, it is like a Dickens on fairy-tale steroids, and it offers loads of descriptive language, quirky illustrations, very British weather, military figures, dueling magicians, and 1,000 pages. (No, the number isn't a typo.)
Aw, skip the book. You can always go see the movie, and bring along your own peanut gallery (and peanuts) if it deserves a rotten tomato.
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