Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Here's what www.amazon.com says:
Oprah Book Club® Selection, February 1999: Originally published in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway, The Reader is a brief tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns very much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again. But, to his horror, he does. Hanna is a defendant in a trial related to Germany's Nazi past, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime. As Michael follows the trial, he struggles with an overwhelming question: What should his generation do with its knowledge of the Holocaust? "We should not believe we can comprehend the incomprehensible, we may not compare the incomparable.... Should we only fall silent in revulsion, shame, and guilt? To what purpose?"
A great movie that highlights parts of the whole Hitler era, showing that the people who were in charge were more than just cruel torturous monsters. Shows how shameful illiteracy was back then. Sad story, intriguing and great for those who enjoy history.
Breathing Room 4/5
Here's what www.netflix.com says:
It's her worst nightmare come true when Tonya (Ailsa Marshall) finds herself stranded in an unfamiliar room with 13 prisoners, each held hostage by an electronic collar and left to agonize about what horrible fate may await. As it turns out, they're slated to die, and as the clock ticks down, the terrified strangers go toes up one by one. The catch, of course, is that one of them is the killer -- but who is it?
Another good plot, kinda like Saw. Waking up in a room or in a tunnel stumbling your way into an open room. Finding out other people are here with no reason why. The plot was intersting, good ideas. Loved the ending!! Unpredictable!
Knock Knock ~ 4/5
Here's what www.netflix.com says:
When somebody starts picking off youngsters at Tyson High School -- in gruesome ways linked to their parents' vocations -- tosspot detective Mike Soto (Antonio Mastrantonio) and his pretty partner, Billie Vega (Kim Taggart), are on the case. The school's dim-witted, lecherous janitor (Sal Sirchia) soon becomes a suspect, but all is not what it seems this gory spine-chiller also starring Joli Julianna, Lou Savarese and wrestler Stephanie Finochio.
Here's another good movie for horror buffs. Great death scenes, a plot that contained a good storyline. The grandpa was a little demanding and creepy, almost made me think he was the killer!!
This tooth fairy was super creepy and a witch!! Who wouldn't run from that?? Lots of blood and gore, although predictable scenes. I definetly predicted that the naked man in bed would be killed and that the 1st death scene would be a man through the wood chipper. Good for horror fans tho!
Smokin Aces ~ 3/5
Here's what www.netflix.com says:
After a sleazy Las Vegas magician (Jeremy Piven) agrees to testify against the mob, he embarks on one last hurrah in Lake Tahoe before entering protective custody. But can just one FBI agent (Ryan Reynolds) keep him safe from a slew of would-be assassins? Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman and Alicia Keys co-star in this raucous cavalcade of con men, bad guys and bounty hunters.
It was an okay movie. I couldn't get too much into it, was a little confused by the storyline. Seems like way too many people involved for an assassination. Worth watching once tho!
This book is about famous pilot, his son is kidnapped as a baby and murdered. The killer was convicted and died in the electric chair. The wife of the man accused of the murder goes crazy. Fast Forward 20+ years, the pilot's other son is grown and has a wife and child. After his father's funeral, the son's baby is kidnapped by the son of his brother's killer. He hires a private detective to find his child before it's too late.
Pretty good book, good storyline. I enjoyed it! Not too long or too deep, I finished this book in 2 days!
Not long ago, true crime writer Ann Rule recalls lying on an operating table. The anesthesiologist leaned over before putting her to sleep. "Ann," the anesthesiologist said softly, "tell me, what was Ted Bundy really like?" Despite meeting Florida's electric chair in 1989, the subject of Rule's bestselling book continues to haunt her. Rule and Bundy were friends. They met in 1971 at a Seattle crisis clinic, where they shared the late shift answering a suicide hotline. Their subsequent conversations, meetings, and letters spanned the rest of Bundy's life as he evolved into one of the century's most notorious serial killers. It's been 20 years since Rule first penned this chilling account. But the story--and her 2000 update--will still have readers reaching for their Xanax. No gratuitous gore here; just the basic, bone-chilling evidence. In fact, like a protective mother shielding us from horrors too awful to mention, Rule seems to avoid delving too deeply into crime scene descriptions. She devotes one paragraph in her new afterword to her discovery that Bundy engaged in necrophilia and returned to the scenes of his crimes to "line dead lips and eyes with garish makeup and to put blush on pale cheeks." She tells readers that John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan, and David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam Killer, traded prison correspondences with Bundy. And she hints that Bundy's insatiable killer instincts may have started when he was a 14-year-old paperboy. (Ann Marie Burr, an 8-year-old girl on his route, mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night and has never been found.) The skimpy update is over too soon, leaving readers wanting more and offering further proof of the public's never-ending fascination with serial killers. --Jodi Mailander Farrell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book was extremely long. The actual original book starts off as a 400 pager! The edition I read was from the 1990 update. It adds an additional 100 pages. The book was sort of boring at times, reading all the legal mumbo jumbo, but the story itself was intriguing. I never realized so much about such an infamous serial killer. He was truly a split personality or something. I wouldn't read it again because it is so long & took me over 2 weeks to complete, however, anyone who is interested in learning about crime history should read this. Ted Bundy was a mastermind who really truly thought he did nothing wrong and thought he was going to walk away from it all and go on with his life. Very intriguing book!