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one of those accidents that’s not really really an accident, the casting of “good” Audrey in the part of “not-so-good” call girl Holly Golightly rerouted the course of women in the movies, giving voice to what was then a still-unspoken shift in the 1950s gender plan.”

One Sentence Review: Although I liked the part of the book about how the movie impacted culture more than the part about the making of the movie, on the whole Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. is a fun look at the making of an icon and how that icon changed culture.

On Friday afternoon I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, NPR MonkeySee’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, which was discussing upcoming summer movies the various participants were excited about. One person mentioned The Help, which will be coming out this August.

I knew the movie was coming out, but hadn’t seen a trailer yet, so popped over to YouTube to find one.

Since I did a couple of musings on reading posts already this week — asking about a perfect reading month and thinking about reading and remembering and forgetting — I think this post is going to be just a little bit random.

I haven’t done much reading this weekend because Boyfriend and I did a Lord of the Rings movie marathon. This was a big deal because I’ve been pretty adamant with him about how much I dislike those movies (don’t shun me!). The first time I watched them I thought they were too long and too confusing — I’ve never read the books, so I just got lost. But this time I actually focused, asked questions, and ended up enjoying them, even if we did stay up until 1:30 in the morning finishing the last one.

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The summer I turned 19 years old, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince came out. The evening before the midnight release, I was back at home from my first year of college and stuck working at Target… again. I’d been working there part time since I was 16, and really, really didn’t want to be there again.

I spent most of my shift telling anyone who cared how excited I was for the sixth Harry Potter book to come out that night. After our evening “huddle,” my manager pulled me aside and asked if I wanted to see something cool. You always say “Yes,” to that, so I followed him to the electronics store room where he showed me the Holy Grail – the unopened box of Harry Potter books set to be put out on shelves after the store closed.

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Book Versus Movie: The Blind Side

by Kim on April 1, 2010 · 32 comments

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I’m secretly a huge football fan. I think it comes from all the years I spent talking with my dad while strategized his picks for his Fantasy football leagues. It was a way for us to be close, and through watching games and listening to his commentary I managed to pick up quite a bit about the sport. I’m no expert, but I can hold my own when football chat comes up.

I’m also a major fan of the inspirational sports movie, so of course I went and saw The Blind Side in theaters, then grabbed a copy of the book to read when I was done.

SNL’s “Firelight”

by Kim on November 12, 2009 · 12 comments

I’m behind with this, but it was too funny not to post. Last week SNL did a digital short mocking something I dislike, Twilight, using something I do like, Frankenstein. Hilarious! My only quibble is that the big green guy isn’t actually Frankenstein; Frankenstein is the scientist, the green guy is The Monster. Can we […]

The “In Real Life” book club I’m a part of meet on Tuesday to talk about The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt. The book is a collection a short fairy stories that we generally enjoyed, although we didn’t have a lot to say about it. I’ll have a review of the book […]

It’s been a quiet week here at the blog, but that’ s because I just needed a break from blogging.  I just couldn’t think of much to write about, so I figured I’d just not write anything. In place of blogging, I got a lot of other things done.  I finished reading Dangerous Laughter by […]

Review: High Fidelity

by Kim on February 25, 2009 · 10 comments

It’s hard for me to imagine imagine Rob, the main character of High Fidelity as anyone other than John Cusack because of his awesome performance in the movie version. When I picked up the book version of High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, I know I was going to want to see the movie again to […]