Showing posts from May, 2014

Monuments Men

On paper, every single thing about this film should work.  I mean, first of all THAT CAST, right?  I mean who saw that lineup and thought, well they'll probably manage to misfire?  The answer is no one.  However, there were warning signs that this one might not be the home run that most in the audience were hoping it would be.  As soon as it was delayed, due to "tone issues", and put out of the awards running, granted a February release, I was worried.  I mean the last time a February release saw anything promising, it was, what 1991, with Silence of the Lambs?  
They were right to be concerned about the tone issues.  This is a movie of contradictions.  This is a war movie populated by comedy veterans.  It's a human interest story that doesn't really take the time to invest in humanity, and it's a big-budget film that's difficult to pinpoint where that budget went...although, it probably comes back to, well, that cast.  My main problem with Monuments Me…

2014 Books: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Blameless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this third installment of the series.  I feel like I should say that as prologue to my opinion, because things might get a bit nit-picky fairly quickly and I don't want anyone mistaking my statements for dislike.  If you enjoyed the first two in the series, I would absolutely recommend continuing your reading with Blameless. However, there is something that feels slightly different with this book as opposed to the first two.  I'm going to attribute that discrepancy to two factors.

Factor #1-Both of the first installments Soulless and Changeless were, for all intents and purposes,stand-alone mysteries, with a sense of accomplishment and finality lent to their conclusions.  Blameless goes far more in-depth about laying the groundwork for an over-arching mystery (presumably one that will continue through the next two installments) and therefore, feels more open-ended, and leaves readers in a more ambiguous pl…