Well, not everything I did, but I’m going to list the books and movies I watched/read and give a brief review of each. One or two sentences, that’s it.
So, here goes:
1. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.l. James — great summer read. Wonderful inspiration for the bedroom. Total fantasy, but addictive as hell.
2. Blue Shoes and Happiness, the latest book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith — these books always make me smile. They’re sweet and gentle and full of lessons on how we should live our lives. Finally, Mma Makutsi finds happiness, although not through her new blue shoes.
3. Fallen, by Karen Slaughter — a crime drama. My mother gave me this book. It’s a good read. Fast-paced, action driven. Surprising ending. Strong, capable, believable female protagonist(s). I’d read more of Slaughter’s books.
4. The Friday Night Knitting Club — can’t recall the author, sent this one home with my mother because she’s a knitter. Not a great read. Dull, plodding and sappy. Sure it was written hoping to be made into a movie.
5. The Fall of the Templars, Robyn Young — this is the third book in a trilogy. It’s slow and plodding, reads like a history lesson. But, it is interesting for the historical facts it imparts. Glad I didn’t read the first two. Characters are wooden and uninteresting.
1. Batman, The Dark Knight Rises — loved it? No. It’s too dark and very disturbing. Is it a good movie? Definitely. Christian Bale is excellent as Batman, and the story was strong and well-paced. I’m convinced Jeremy Renner has a cameo as the evil Bane character during one of the prison scenes.
2. Brave — absolutely fabulous. I don’t care if it is an animated movie! Loved everything about this movie — the story, the perfection of the images and the flawless recreation of animal and human movement. Not just a ‘girls’ movie. An ‘everybodys’ movie.
3. The Bourne Legacy — latest of the Bourne movies. You can’t compare Jeremy Renner to Matt Damon. And neither can you their characters. This was a complete departure from what we got with Matt as Jason Bourne. If they keep making these movies they’re not going to be able to keep trading on the Bourne name. Was a great summer hit — story driven but with just enough action to satisfy our needs. Only complaints — didn’t explain the connection between Aaron Cross and the doctor well enough and the motorcycle chase scene was too long.
4. Dark Shadows — dreadful. First time I’ve ever been disappointed by a Johnny Depp flick. (He was good, though.)
5. Singing in the Rain — what is there to say? This is a one of my all-time fave’s. Have seen it on television numerous times, but WOW seeing it on the big screen is an experience and a half. Woke up singing “Good Morning, Good Morning” this morning. And Gene Kelly — sigh.
And that, folks, is my entertainment diary for the summer of 2012. What books did you read? What movies thrilled you?