Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Review - Bossypants

Title: Bossypants.
Author: Tina Fey.
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company.
Year of Publication: 2011.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 304.
Genre: Non fiction, Humor, Memoir.
Blurb: Here.

My Thoughts:
I have always found Tina Fey as a very entertaining person and when her book was released, I had to read it. From Weekend Update in Saturday Night Live to Liz Lemon in 30 rock and various comedy roles in movies, this woman has always been a 'Wow'.
Fey reveals some hilarious stories of the days when she had worked for NBC, about her struggle as a woman in the male dominated comedy show business side by side to her being the awkward teenage Greek girl with bushy eyebrows! Some of the chapters have photographs or illustrations, related to the subject matter. 
I wouldn't say this was a reveal it all autobiography even though she has been very candid in some areas, for instance about how she could't fit into a dress for a photoshoot and how she was fitted into one! Few of the wonderful stories that struck me was when spoke about her father, about how Oprah Winfrey made an appearance in 30 rock, her honeymoon, her daughter, her relationship with Amy Poehlar (even though I wish she had elaborated on Amy)

I recently started watching 30 rock and I swear, the show is hilarious. She was downplaying about the show throughout the book. Clever woman.. by making me have low expectations about the show, I was genuinely surprised at how funny the show was and how talented she is.

L:Tina Fey  R:Sarah Palin
In a nutshell, Bossypants is a memoir of a woman; growing up in a working class family, her awkward teenage years, her path to improv leading to Saturday Night Live, the Sarah Palin skit success, creation of 30 rock, her husband and her daughter.
After watching 30rock and now the book, I should say Fey is one of the most inspirational, funny and talented women of today.

 Some of the passages from her book is pure gold..

On growing up:
"I was wearing my best Gap turtleneck and my dates were two adult lesbians, so yea, I was pretty cool." 

 On beauty:
"If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, 'who Cares'."

On Feminists:
“Feminists do the best Photoshop because they leave the meat on your bones. They don’t change your size or your skin color. They leave in your disgusting knuckles, but they may take out some armpit stubble. Not because they’re denying its existence, but because they understand that it’s okay to make a photo look as if you were caught on your best day in the best light.” 

On leadership:
"It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn't exist."

I did well up when I read her 'Mother's prayer to its daughter.' It was a realistic one without being all patronizing. For more quotes click here or better yet, read the book and watch 30rock!
They said the book is laugh out loud, absurdly funny. No its not. The book is hands down funny; more in the lines of sarcasm than out in the open laughter. After I was done with the book, I felt respect towards her.

My rating:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review - End of Summer

Title: End of Summer.
Author: Michael Potts.
Publisher: WordCrafts Press.
Year of Publication: 2011.
Format: E-book.
Pages: 264.
Genre: Literary Fiction.
Blurb: Here.

I had received the book from the publicist of Wordcrafts Press in exchange for a honest opinion.

My Thoughts:
Jeffrey Conley is back in his childhood home to attend his grandmother's funeral. As he roams aimlessly through the property, he recollects a particular summer when he was 9 years old living with his grandparents. He was brought up by his grandparents, since his parents had died in a car crash when he was just a baby. He has no memories of his parents. He only knows what his grandparents has told him.
The story is told from his point of view. The plot shuttles between his 9 year old self and his present self. Jeffrey has been obsessed with death ever since he saw a rabbit's life give out as a result of his grandpa shooting it. He spends lavish amount of time researching about death and the functioning of hearts, so much to the extend that he has a fetish towards a woman's beating heart!

Worried over his growing obsession towards these topics, his wife requests him to consult a psychologist. It is revealed that Jefrrey suffers from Asperger's syndrome. After around 30 years, he visits his childhood home and his childhood memories are relived where he finds out the root of his obsession and hopefully will find his peace of mind.
The plot was refreshing. The innocence of a 9 year old boy was heartwarming and disarmingly touching. The plot did get a little bland after a while. I felt it was way too detailed for it to be convincing. For a middle aged man to remember every single detail: ranging from what he ate to the color of the shirt he wore to church in the summer when he was 9 years old is practically next to impossible. 
The plot did pick its pace at the last part, when substantial events occur which would change young Jeffery's life. All in all an intriguing book with a realistic ending.

My rating:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A few details..

... about our trip to New Orleans, Louisiana aka NOLA.

A few notches warmer.
A few shades tanned.
A few miles trudged.
A few gusts of salty breeze rustling my hair.
A few hours of gazing at the mighty Mississippi river.
A few extra hours lazed around.
A few fancy restaurants.
A few date nights.
A few extra drinks round the bar.
A few alcohol doused entrées!
A few 'I just died  and reached heaven' desserts.
A few pounds gained.
A few beautiful architectures.
A few photographs snapped.
A few hours of peace and quiet in the midst of the crowded downtown.
A few notes of music in the air, every so often.
A few days later, they are all memories.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Weird Diaries - 6


Almost everybody hates Mondays. It's understandable, since you were chilling out for 2 days and the thought of going back to school or work may dampen your high spirits. I'm one of those few who never had a problem with Mondays. No, I am not some goody two shoes. It's just that, I accepted the fact that Mondays are an inevitable entity. The thing which irks me is the incessant whining and b*tching that Monday has arrived or is about to arrive, especially on social networks!

So not cool, dude.

For this reason, I have come to despise Garfield. I used to love the lazy, always hungry, grumpy cat. It looks like he is the ambassador for Monday Haters.

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Just get over it already.
Mondays are not going anywhere!
Sundays are always going to be followed by Mondays.
So get your act together and get on with it. :|

Monday, April 1, 2013

Movie Picks - March

The movies watched in the month of March.

1. Barfi

Movie: Barfi. (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Romance.
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz.
Suggested by: Me
The sunshine: The music. Ranbir Kapoor. He did a great job, loved him in it. The beautiful Ileana. The comedy strips.
The downpour: Everybody loved the movie. I felt it was just an okay movie. The plot was mediocre, so many scenes were lifted from other movies. Did not like Priyanka Chopra in it. She could have done so  much better. The Charlie Chaplin bits were done a little too often. :|

2. Case 39

Movie: Case 39. (2009)
Genre: Horror
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane.
Suggested by: We were bored. This movie keeps popping up on Netflix.
The sunshine: Timepass horror. Like Joey from F.R.I.E.N.D.S says creepy kids are scary. The kid did a commendable job. Don't believe the posters :|
The downpour: Surprisingly, I enjoyed this movie.

Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup.
Suggested by: TheBetterHalf.
The sunshine: Based on a book. The movie turned out so much better than I had expected. Absolutely loved Dev Patel in it. The movie brought laughter, heartache and tears. All the characters did a top notch job.
The downpour: The movie got over.

4. Hall Pass

Movie: Hall Pass. (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate.
Suggested by: TheBetterHalf
The sunshine: This movie was hilarious, walking a thin  line between offensive and humorous.  I have a huge soft spot for Owen Wilson and after a considerable number of episodes of Saturday Night Live, I have grown quite fond of Mr Sudeikis. He has both looks and the sense of humor. 
The downpour: Um, this movie more of a one time thing, just like the story line.

5. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Movie: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. (2013)
Genre: Comedy.
Starring: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde.
Suggested by: Me.
The sunshine: I have always been a fan of Jim Carrey, the guy still has it in him. I should say he looked pretty hot. This movie was yet another light comedy. Some of the scenes were so embarrassing to watch. I could feel my skin curl and Steve Carell is one of those actors who can act out those roles with such candor. He is one gifted actor. Almost every other line was laugh out loud funny. Olivia Wilde looked ravishing. Trivia: She is engaged to Jason Sudeikis. 
The downpour: I enjoyed the movie. So no downpour.

6. Happythankyoumoreplease

Movie:  Happythankyoumoreplease. (2010)
Genre: Indie, Romance, Comedy, Drama.
Starring: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber, Tony Hale, Michael Algieri.
Suggested by: Google.
The sunshine: What a gem of a movie. I was watching HIMYM and I was wondering how come I haven't seen the main guy, Ted (Josh Radnor) in any other shows/ movies. So Google informed me that the screenplay of this movie, was written by him. Not only did he write, he directed and acted. I am impressed. The characters all very realistic, endearing. I couldn't pick a favorite. Malin as the optimistic cancer survivor, Kate Mara as the bohemian kinda singer. Josh Radnor as the struggling writer, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber as the oh-so-cute couple and then there is the kid. I cried, I laughed.
The downpour: Zilch, Nada. A beautiful movie.

7. Date Night

Movie: Date Night. (2010)
Genre: Comedy.
Starring: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, James Franco,
Suggested by: TheBetterHalf
The sunshine: A fun movie. Not all that great. Steve Carell and Tina Fey- 2 really really funny people. Mark Wahlberg was naice for obvious reasons ;)
The downpour: Forgettable plot.

That's all for today. See you all next month.

Check out the others:

Movie Picks - January
Movie Picks - February