Saturday, February 28, 2009

February in movies and books

As it's the end of February, so time to share with you the movies I've watched this month and the books I've read.

February in movies:

Down and out in Beverly Hills
Gran Torino
In Bruges
Music within
Sangre de Mi Sangre
A good woman

My favorite movie of them all was Gran Torino. I hadn't really wanted to go and see it - didn't even know what it was about but my husband wanted to go and then I spoke to my uncle on the phone and he said he loved it - so I went. It was good. Not all about cars!!!! And it made me cry just a little bit at the end. Great ending. I recommend it.

I didn't get to see the Oscars this year as I was listening to Cecilia Bartoli instead at Berkeley. Just amazing - she was incredible - but sorry not see all the winners.

February in books:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie society - Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows
The Collector - David Balducci

Both of these I listened to, rather than read. Hasn't been any time this month for sitting and reading. The GL&PPPS book was a sweet delight. Sooooooooooooooooo British! The audio book version was amazing with a different person for each character in the book. The whole book is letters back and forth between people. What surprised me the most is that this has two authors. The first author became ill and so asked her neice to finish the book for her. Unfortunately, Mary Ann died just before the book was published so never got to see it. The writing is just seemless - you'd never think there were two writers....

The Collector took absolutely ages to get into. Couldn't figure how anything was connected..... I think I would have given up with it had it not been a book for our book club. Actually quite a page turner in the latter part - if you can have an audio page turner! - but then an awful ending. What a waste of time. Totally neglected ending what most of the first half was about. :-(

So what was the best movie you saw this month and what was the best book you read? Let's share some recommendations......


florcita said...

I keep writing them down in an neverending list!

Ruth said...

You'll have to take a month off and do nothing but read and watch movies!