Friday, August 8, 2014

A Bloggers' Film Society: August 2014: Stand By Me

A while back, The Armchair Squid asked if I would be interested in spearheading a bloghop with him.  I try to participate in his monthly Book Club and thought this sounded fun.

Our inaugural movie is Rob Reiner's seminal look at childhood and friendship, "Stand By Me".

Currently #93 on my flickchart list

I missed this movie back in the day. (I'm certain I watched it in college and after when I worked in a couple of video stores). I would've been about to turn 16 when it came out.  I was reading a lot of King's books at the time and had two strong friends but we didn't do a lot of movie watching.  What we did watch was a whole lot lighter than this.

My two best friends from that time popped in my head as I watched it now.  It is a strong movie.  I've never seen anything else by the two men who worked on the screenplay but I have seen lots of Reiner's movies, as well as performances by the majority of the actors, many of whom went on to rather lengthy careers, though maybe not all as leading men.

I've often wondered what the first R rated movie that I watch with me son will be.  This would be a strong contender.  I look at him and the relationship he has with his two best pals and envy him for all that he has with them.  Don't get me wrong....my adult relationships are very strong.  I might even disagree with the narrator's final heartfelt assertion and I doubt any kid is ever as self aware as these characters are portrayed as being, but that carefree time....the conversations you have before you discover girls...when the biggest worries are determining what Goofy is....summer days that spread out with endless possibilities for mischief and adventure...I do hope my boy enjoys it all.






Friday, July 25, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: July 2014: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks

I've seen all of the Bond movies and read a great deal of the "re-boot" books from the 1980s and 1990s.  I've never read a Bond book by Ian Fleming.  Sebastian Faulks claims to have written this book "as" Fleming.



Nan once told me she had read a Fleming Bond book that took place in Lake Placid, NY, where bond was in the story for all of two chapters.

I'm not sure what I expected.  I came close to abandoning this several times.  I actually completed three other books at the same time.

This book picks up from where Fleming left Bond...I'm not sure which book was Fleming's last but the setting for this one is the late 1960s.  There is some interest in reading a "period" Bond book but overall this one left me...unsatisfied.

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The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same.  In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.  Please join us:

1.The Armchair Squid2.mainewords
3.Stephanie Faris, Author4.WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME
5.Cherdo on the Flipside6.Romance Under Fire
7.Trisha @ WORD STUFF8.StrangePegs -- Secrets
9.I Think; Therefore, I Yam10.Life of a Writer
11.Katie @ Read, Write, Repeat12.StrangePegs -- The Shadow Lamp

2014 Tommy Keane Invitational At Dartmouth College's Hanover Country Club

Later today, my July entry for the Cephalopod Coffeehouse will go live.  Right now, I am teeing off at the Tommy Keane Invitational in Hanover, NH.  Past posts about the TKI can be found HERE.


I am a late comer to the sport but thoroughly enjoy playing.  Once again, this year, my brother and I are joined by our cousins Marc and Lars.  We will be matched up on day one!  I am looking forward to this incredible weekend!

Last year we finished 4th in our flight, a single hole behind Marc and Lars.

You can check in on our progress HERE or HERE!

You can also click HERE for a previous post about golf and why I play in the TKI...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Bloggers' Film Society

My dear friend, The Armchair Squid, and I are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society.  Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to a particular movie.  We invite others to watch the same film and post their own reviews.

Our society shall debut on August 8th with Stand by Me, first released to theaters, not coincidentally, on August 8, 1986.  We hope that you, too, will watch this classic movie and join in our discussion. 



Consider heading over to Squid's page by clicking HERE and signing up!

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