Jumanji

Jumanji

Those who know me have come to understand and (hopefully) accept my ever growing obsession with Dwayne ‘ The Rock’ Johnson. Having seen pretty much all of his movies, one would assume that I would be super excited to watch his latest one – Jumanji. Normally, I would be at the theatre on opening day, grabbing some snacks and a bathroom break so as not to miss any of the action! But this time, I was a little hesitant. Why? I don’t have to explain it to you really, I’ll just leave you with this: The Robin Williams version.

Finally, however, months after its release, I borrowed a copy from the library and was more than pleasantly surprised. Without giving too much away, the concept is the same, yet different – modified to fit what’s popular today. The setting is on point (filmed primarily in Hawaii), the soundtrack is great (who doesn’t love Guns N’ Roses?) and the dynamic between the characters was super entertaining. Speaking of which, watching Jack Black portray a young teenage girl was hilarious – he stole the show! I laughed until I cried and then I laughed some more (seriously, I have abs now). The Rock was great too, naturally (obsessed, remember?).

So, if you’ve got a free Friday or Saturday night to just curl up with a good movie, I recommend this one for you! And, if you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the original as well.

Happy watching!

Big Library Read: Flat Broke with Two Goats

Jennifer McGahaHave you heard about Big Library Read? It’s a global eBook club that you can join using your library card via Overdrive, complete with a discussion board that remains active for a full week after the end of the book club period (this month it goes from April 2 – 16). You’ll have to sign up on BLR to comment on the discussion board, but it’s a really straightforward process to do so, and it looks like the board is quite active, too! And if you’re meeting up with friends to talk about it as well, BLR also provides a discussion guide and other complementary materials – this month there’s an exclusive interview with the author on Overdrive with the Professional Book Nerds podcast, as well as a letter from the author.

So this month, the title is Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha, which is available both as an eBook as well as an audiobook. All you have to do to join in this club is sign into Overdrive using your library card and 4-digit PIN number and borrow either the eBook or the e-audiobook!

The Shape of Water (2017, Guillermo Del Toro)

“Unable to perceive the shape of You,

I find You all around me.

Your presence fills my eyes with Your love,

It humbles my heart,

For You are everywhere”

The Oscar winner for best picture, Monster storyteller Guillermo del Toro’s latest movie The Shape of Water (see trailer) is an otherworldly tale about the unlikely bond between Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and an Amphibian Man (Doug Jones) who is captured in a high security lab during the Cold War era.

I was not too familiar with del Toro and his work–I did not even know who he was when I caught a glimpse of him in person shooting this movie in Hamilton. But this beautiful, imaginative, and playful story really captured me. The color of this movie is mostly blue-greenish, and there are many elements of water throughout. This visual arrangement echoes with the theme of the movie very well, and I can almost smell the seaweed and feel the damp air. I saw the movie twice in theater and enjoyed it both times. I noticed many pleasant details the second time, which added more depth to the story and the experience. Another highlight, in my opinion, is the amazing performance the actors carried out, especially Sally Hawkins as a mute woman. There are not a lot of characters in this movie but each of them are well developed and has distinct qualities which makes this more even more efficient in storytelling. There were many little moments that made me feel deeply connected with the characters.

See the source imageThe concept of this movie might seem odd in some ways, but ultimately, it is a universal story about loneliness, friendship, heartbreaks and love. There is also a novel by del Toro of the same title, released earlier this month.  In the book, the characters are developed further for those who would like to delve more deeply into the story.

 

More by del Toro:

Pan’s Labyrinth

Crimson Peak

Hellboy

Trollhunters

The Strain