Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
1. Encore Books & Records, 5670 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
2. Odyssey Bookstore, 1439 Rue Stanley
3. The Word, 468 Rue Milton
4. SW Welch, 225 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest
5. Westcott Books, 4065 St Laurent
Encore is on the other side of town, so I've only been there once. It's huge. Westcott I mostly like for the two store cats. You can't help but like a bookstore with a fat cat sleeping right in front of the Hemingway books in the H section. Okay, you get the books for half the price at amazon, but you can't pet their cats.
Monday, September 24, 2012
I've watched my first Emmy. It was... pretty boring. The scripted banter was mostly unfunny. On the other hand: Kat Dennings. And hey, two Emmys for Louis CK! I've seen the first episode of Homeland and will be binge watching the rest when I get the dvds. One of the channels showed Capote a couple of days ago. It's a great film. It's probably the best film I've seen during my three month stay in Montreal. I watched two films in a multi plex, Batman and Prometheus, both kind of meh, and as a movie experience kind of depressing, actually. The moment you step inside you feel like a consumer target. There must have been at least 15 minutes of commercials before the film. If you're over 25 years old you can't help but feel unwelcome by the constant pop music. Before Prometheus they played Barbiegirl, for pete's sake! I almost left before the film began...
I caught the end of The Majestic on tv the other day, the film by Frank Darabont with Jim Carrey in the lead. It seemed to be an oldfashioned film, Capraesque, but also quite slow. Anyway, the film takes place in the 50s and partly in this really amazing cinema. I don't know how typical that cinema was for the 50s, probably not too much, but still, compared to cinemas today... Come, come, nuclear bomb.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I haven't seen Dark Shadows and don't really want to. I caught about 15-20 minutes of Alice in Wonderland on some channel and turned it off. I still have some faith in Burton. I liked Sweeney Todd and look forward to Frankenweenie. But I think I can pinpoint the exact moment I stopped being a fan: When he chose to do the aliens in Mars Attacks as CGI. That should have been guys in suits! Maybe with some tweaking in CGI. That should never have been a big budget movie. It should have had a low budget, like an Ed Woods film, and then Burton could see if he was able to recreate the poetry of those old horror movies. What I like about the early films - Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands - is that they're not perfect. The special effects are clunky. That's part of the charm! It's strange to think about, that if he had made those movies today, with CGI and possibly in 3D, I'm sure they would be just as ugly as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was and I would hate them.
Friday, September 21, 2012
It was exciting to discover that this story is based upon a novel by Cornell Woolrich. Some googling made me learn that the tv series, Rendez-vous en Noir, was made in 77, with Daniel Auteuil as one of the actors. And the boyfriend doesn't kill the killers, he kills their wives or girlfriends. I remembered that wrong. Anyway, the book is ordered and I look forward to reading it. I might set myself up for a disappointment. Will the book make the same impression on me as an adult as the tv series did on me as a kid?
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
There's about 50 channels on my tv here, a mix of Canadian and American. There are lots of shows I've never seen before, but the only one that actually is pretty funny and has likable characters is Big Bang Theory. One of the channels sends an episode each evening, so I will have seen the two first seasons by the time I go back to France.
And, apropos of nothing, is there something particular about Canadians and tattoos? It just seems a lot more common here than any other place I've been.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill
The Collected Stories by Carson McCullers
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
Goliath by Tom Gauld
Papa: Hemingway in Key West by James McLendon
Hemingway: The Toronto Years by William Burrill
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
I already got the two Chandler books, but I really like the design of the Vintage Crime / Black Lizard editions. I already got five books in this series, and will probably go look for the two last ones as well, even though I already got those in other editions. Just to have all nine books of the series complete on my shelf, and I can see the similar spines each time I walk by! Why is that so important, really? I don't know! Help!
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by David Fincher
Season 8 of Seinfeld
Season 6 of Northern Exposure
Season 2 of Louie
The Girl is well done, but strangely uninvolving and less re-watchable than Seven and Zodiac.