1. “I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream; that’s my nightmare.”
2. “Later, in the Men’s Department, after discovering his long lost brothers, the jungle king was pleased to find he looked pretty good in Armani.”
3. “Now, look, it’s like this, little britches. All you gotta do is…look for the bare necessities…”
4. “Lipo Lipo–so nice, they named it twice.”
1. “I’ll tell you in another life, when we are both cats.” – Sofia, Vanilla Sky
2. “I get something out of them. When I feel down, I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good, and food just makes me fatter, but shoes always fit.” - Rose, In Her Shoes
3. “What you’re needing more than a horse is a good dog.” — “Yes sir, but what I’m wanting most is a horse.” - Jim and Travis, Old Yeller
4. “I tend to think that there’s an element of music that cannot be captured. Life cannot be captured. Human heart cannot be captured. The moment of creation itself is fleeting.” - Parker, Hachi
1. “Trust? Gentlemen, you seem to have forgotten that our chosen career is politics.” - Thaddeus Stevens, Lincoln
2. “It’s no joke, pal. People die in fairy tales all the time.” - Max Baer, Cinderella Man
3. “With just one more brain what a half-wit he’d be…” - Roxie Hart, Chicago
4. “Ten thousand dollars, Will. You don’t have to die for it.” - Maggie Stoneman, Iron Will
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been rather lax about updating my blog recently. The past couple of months have been rather busy. Last weekend I was in two orchestra concerts, so there were a number of rehearsals for that.
I’ve also been working on setting up events to promote my new book, which was released this month. It’s been exciting, but also time-consuming. I hope to get back to more regular updates soon.
However, if you’re interested to see what all the fuss is about, you can come to the Jamestown College campus at 7:30pm this evening. My Dad, Larry Woiwode, and I will be introducing and signing our new books. It should be an interesting event!
Here is a little piece Erin Klein at JC wrote for the event:
I enjoy baseball movies–sometimes even bad ones–so I was certainly willing to watch 42, which is about Jackie Robinson integrating professional baseball.
The movie could have easily become a sappy bio-pic, but it was well done. The acting and writing were good. It is a story about determination and courage, and illustrates quite well how trying it was for Jackie Robinson to remain professional in the face of vile discrimination and contempt.
Robinson could easily have sunk into despair and responded to the actions of some of the people he came up against. His ability to overcome such situations without publicly reacting is part of what made him a great person. And he was an exceptional baseball player, too. In fact, his base-stealing ability seemed to be a pretty good combination of speed and ability to mess with the other players.
42 is an excellent movie, and it’s about more than just baseball. It’s also about history and courage, and the power of faith and the durability of the human spirit. It would recommend this movie to anybody, even those who don’t like baseball.
1. “ I was hoping not to get kidnapped. Or drugged. I was hoping you’d have hair. So it looks like none of our dreams are coming true at the moment!” - Sarah, Red
2. “Well, it may be Jenny’s house, but everything from the doorknobs down is mine!” - Georgette, Oliver & Company
3. “Far to the east, over ranges and rivers, lies a single solitary peak.” - Gandalf, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
4. “Oh, the usual. Nebulae, quasars, pulsars, stuff like that. What are you writing?” – ”The usual. Nouns, adverbs, adjective here and there.” - Eleanor and Palmer, Contact
5. “My mother once told me that bad news is just good news in disguise.” - Sid, Ice Age: Continental Drift
1. “I’m not afraid of heights. I’m just not wildly keen about them.” - Jack, Jack the Giant Slayer
2. “I’ve heard people talk about air like wine; now I know what they mean!” - Andrew, All Creatures Great and Small
3. “There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.” - Tucker, Tucker and Dale vs Evil
4. “It doesn’t matter. If my heart stopped beating, I’d still go riding today.” - Tolstoy, The Last Station
I’m not sure I will be able to properly update my blog with any reviews this week. Between the internet issues and a road-trip, my blog will be neglected, I’m sad to say.
But never fear, I will be back!
1. “So that’s the plan? You think your techie schoolboy friend can hack into my mainframe?” - Jack Stanfield, Firewall
2. “Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself, in a game being played against your will?” - Victoria, The Young Victoria
3. “You barbaric piece of pulp fiction!” - Elinor, Inkheart
4. “Jack, I fear you have burdened me with a debt I can never fully repay.” — “Nonsense! Name a shrub after me. Something prickly and hard to eradicate.” - Dr. Maturin and Captain Aubrey, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Hollywood often seems to suffer from a lack of originality. However, I have enjoyed the trend recently of taking myths and fairy tales and making movies out of them. Usually there is a twist to the story, something that makes it different from the original.
In the new movie, Jack the Giant Slayer, Jack the farm boy is the hero who saves a whole kingdom from giants. He is helped by the princess Isabelle and some of her guardians. The story is helped, as many today are, by special effects. The story is also helped by the acting, especially Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor.
Jack the Giant Slayer is an entertaining twist on the old story, and it appropriate for most audiences, although there may be a bit of unnecessary gore.