If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

This is the first time I have read a Baldwin novel, I heard it was going to adapted into a movie and I was inspired to read it, if it’s being made into a movie it can’t be all bad, after all.

And it was fucking great.

At first, I thought it was going to be a Romeo and Juliet kind of love story, but it was much more than that. It was about family and the lengths the people who love you will go to protect you and ensure your happiness. Tish’s family’s dedication to her in the face of what they’re going through is admirable to say the least. And the love between Tish and Fonny is inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. To have to endure separation when all you want to do is be with the person you love the most is frustrating.

Fonny’s family were the antithesis of the Rivers family, his mother and sisters saw him as something less than they were because he had spirit, so they belittled him. His father loved him, but for reasons I didn’t understand, he wouldn’t protect him from his mother and sisters.

My only issue was Fonny, he was overtly masculine and covertly sensitive, but after thinking on it, that is how men behave, even today.

Friday Night Double Feature: The Birds / Antichrist

the_birdsFirst off we have Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. I’ve always been a fan of Hitchcock but I sometimes forget he liked the slow burn movies, always building suspense as the movie progresses. The Birds definitely fits in that category. It starts off kind of cheesy with Rod Taylor meeting Tippi Hedren in an aviary, pretending to need love birds for his little sister. Tippi follows Rod to Bodega Bay to bring his sister the birds, as the story progresses you see the birds becoming more and more aggressive toward the people, ultimately outright attacking a kids birthday party. And killing and pecking out the eyes of some of the citizens of Bodega Bay, California.

Every town needs a group of preteen boys with BB guns just for these types of things.

The Birds

antichristNext up is Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist. I really should just stop trying to watch these art house films, I never get them and just feel frustrated at the end. Antichrist is no different, It feels longer than it is, but the shocking ending I kept reading about truly is shocking and I won’t be able to forget that anytime soon, so I give him that.

I’ve been told that it is his critique on therapy, apparently Von Trier suffered or suffers from depression and the help he was getting wasn’t helping. I can see that, Dafoe plays a therapist who is trying to help his wife, Charlotte Gainsbourg, battle depression but he does not do a very good job.

 

Antichrist

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

Rant is a very strange story, it takes place in a near future where a crash up derby game takes place on public streets and highways. Rant is one of the participants and Rant has a theory that if you crash hard enough you can send yourself to the past.

The book is written in a biographical format where the interviewer talks with friends and family of the person they’re writing about. Which I though was pretty cool.

Rant

Chuck Palahniuk

Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

This is a brilliantly messed up book. Taking place also in Tennessee in the early 1900’s. Rinthy and Culla are brother and sister who have a baby together. You read that correctly. In his shame Culla takes the baby out to the woods to kill it but instead gives the baby away to a tinker, but tells Rinthy that he killed it. Rinthy finds out he didn’t and sets out to find her child and Culla goes after her.

This is, what I believe, McCarthy’s darkest book. The landscape described is always bleak and rainy and people Culla comes across are dark hearted and untrusting of him. Rinthy’s journey is a little more lighthearted, but she carries her darkness with her.

Outer Dark

Cormac McCarthy

An Introduction to Led Zeppelin

Zeppelin really needs no introduction. Any fan of music knows who they are. With the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin I coming in January there’s some new stuff coming out, notably a band biography written by the remaining members of the band.

Like most fan my age I was introduced to Zeppelin really early on by an older cousin. I think, Led Zeppelin IV was the album. He gave me a cassette tape that I just wore out! It was great. Stairway was awesome (though today I’m sort of sick of it). But still love Zeppelin and they’ll be forever one the best bands in history.

An Introduction to Led Zeppelin

Joseph Zito’s The Prowler

A really cheesy and senseless 80’s slasher. The Prowler takes everything generic about 80’s slasher films and does nothing with it. The killer has the lamest excuse ever for killing teenagers. And for some reason lets a few live. The only saving grace for the movie is that it’s relatively short and the killing starts pretty quickly. And that’s it, nothing special about this movie at all.

The Prowler Blu Ray