Are you not entertained? A Book and a Movie

Try this pair for satisfying entertainment.  

BOOK 

Helene Wecker‘s debut novel is unique. Her protagonists are mythological creatures existing in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. She weaves the cultural history of Jews (the Golem) and the Arabian Bedouin (the Jinni) and balances the history of the mythology with the vibrancy of the Jewish neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. Part immigrant story and part love story, the Jinni is made from fire and the Golem from earth. They keep their special powers hidden because they want to fit in the human world. That Wecker manages to extend disbelief and you come to care for the Golem and Jinni in their chaotic urban world is a testament to her talent. Gracefully written, it is a fun read, a real page-turner and highly recommended. 4.5/5 

FILM

Wes Anderson‘s stop-animated film is a visual treat with his trademark symmetrical staging and vibrant color schemes. Even the garbage dump island is strangely pretty with perfectly positioned garbage and rats dancing across the stage in unison. Dog and human eyes gloss over and drip throughout the film which became an unexpected detail that created empathy. Close-ups and deadpan expressions are delightful, and the voiceovers by an impressive cast are enjoyable to listen to. Wes Anderson’s production is so mesmerizing, it is easy not to notice that the plot grows tame and the ending all too prettily wrapped up with a bow with an unlikely white savior — a geeky girl from Ohio. Lots of Asian stereotypes in this film. For me, Anderson’s a magician whose sleight of hand seduces. 4/5.

30 thoughts on “Are you not entertained? A Book and a Movie

  1. Anderson’s film has gotten great reviews and is doing very strong business at movie theaters – which is important, because otherwise we have to live with nothing but super hero films and low budget horror of varying success – as for the book, I love a mix of history and fantasy, gives it grounding! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hope you get a chance to experience one or the other soon.

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  2. The book sounds really good. I am less enamoured with Anderson’s films, but you already know that. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. Yes, either you appreciate his humor or you don’t. The book, though, was unusual and entertaining.

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    2. Look Pete I get it with Pixar and comic book movies. They’re popular but you’re hurting your cool older guy street cred with not liking Anderson. You sure you not confusing him with Paul W. Anderson? 😛

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      1. No, sorry. My cool street cred (that never existed) will have to be hurt, Lloyd. 🙂

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        1. Haha. Love your work Pete.

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      2. I don’t think he likes him, either. 😉

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        1. ‘Event Horizon’ is fabulous, and ‘Resident Evil’ was pretty good too. And I actually own ‘Shopping’ on DVD! Leaving it at those three though 🙂 x

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    3. As a non-fan Pete you may appreciate this and Cindy as a fan you may appreciate it too. The ending just made me laugh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trWLY6NrS2Q

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      1. Someone else sent me this before, Lloyd. Too much Wes for me! 🙂

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        1. I love this video trailer. Thanks, lloyd!

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        2. The last line Billy Murray on a small motorcycle in the background of a shot just cracked me up. I enjoy Honest Trailers and regularly check out their panel show Screen Junkies Universe but this was for me one of their better efforts in recent times.

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        3. Tell that person, they have excellent taste.

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  3. The book sounds amazing and the film looks amazing, will be doing both at some point, thanks!

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    1. Oh, good, glad to hear it. I was highly jealous how well written was her debut novel.

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  4. I am ready to go to the dogs.

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    1. Yahoo. It,was a pleasant way to spend 90 minufes.

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  5. Not surprising to see Bill Murray listed in the list of credits. Interesting how we can gain insights out of these kind of fictional presentations.

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    1. Bill’s been in all of Wes Anderson’s films. He’s quirky. Wes is quirky. It’s a perfect marriage. Thank you, Ian, for popping ’round.

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  6. That book sounds very interesting. I am not sure I will get to see Isle of Dogs but I did go to an exhibition of its sets, which was so cool!

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    1. I’m jealous! I bet that was cool. I think you’d like the book, Abbi. It’s straightforward and magical realism is a genre you like.

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      1. I am a big magical realism fan… I’m going to download it.

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        1. Awesome. I hope you like it as much as I did.

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  7. Love all things Wes Anderson! And many hanks for the book recommendation. 🙂

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    1. Sure thing, Eric. I think you’d like both very much.

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  8. Both look interesting. Have you seen The Fantastic Mr Fox?

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    1. Oh yes. Love stop animation as a craft. I liked Dogs more than Mr. Fox…

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      1. Well that bodes well for when I see Isle.

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