>for Alice, but Greenwillow reports news of casting choices for the movie version of The Last Apprentice, one of my favorite scary books. Jeff Bridges as the Spook, huh. Saw him last night in True Grit, a movie that seemed to me compelling but not involving.
The December issue of Notes from the Horn Book is out with the complete annotated Fanfare, our choices for the best books of 2010, and an interview with the Fanfared Megan Whalen Turner. Also, Anita Burkam reviews (the movie) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Sounds good!
>In her review of the new super-indie film Tiny Furniture, Manohla Dargis wrote of the writer-director-star Lena Dunham that she’s “not afraid of boring you,” a phrase I am convinced is going to come in very handy when I have to say something at least nominally nice. I’ve already used it while watching In Treatment. […]
>and Claire Gross reviews the new Harry Potter movie. I’m thinking of watching the whole megillacuddy (shut up, I’m in a mixed marriage) of HP movies this weekend, having seen none of them before, and Comcast is offering a deal. Would this be fun?
>Don’t forgot, tonight marks the premiere of Library of the Early Mind, a documentary about children’s books in contemporary culture (at least, that is what I think it is about, but I haven’t seen it). The film starts at 5:30 in Askwith Hall at Harvard, and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion […]
> Richard and I saw Salt the other night. It was great–Angelina Jolie as the central player (or so we think) of a vast conspiracy. Is she good, is she evil, predator, prey? It’s baroquely over the top yet obeys the laws of our known contemporary physical and secular universe (if you accept that, say, […]
>We finally saw The Kids Are All Right this weekend. I quite liked it, and it has the plot of a YA novel: two teenaged kids of lesbian parents curious about their sperm donor dad seek him out, wreaking entertaining havoc and ultimately begetting a bit of growing up for all concerned. While the story […]
>Rocco Staino reviews Ramona and Beezus and likes what he sees. (Next up: Toad and Frog? Martha and George? Tib?)