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January 15th, 2007

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Never rains but pours - movies

I don't remember when we last went to the cinema, the only thing I have to anchor it for me is that it was probably late Octobber or early November because the leaves were in full flame around the cinema that we went to. I honestly don't remember what movie we went to see.

But within the first two weeks of the new year, we managed to score TWO movies. I'm going to talk about both below, behind cuts because of possible spoilers - but let me just say, right now, that both are worth going to see even if you DO trip over spoilers because nothing I say can beat the visual experience of these movies.

So, then.

Children of MenCollapse )


Pan's LabyrinthCollapse )
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Ah, but money IS apparently the root of all evil...

...at least when it comes to book buying.

First there was an essay by mistborn on the subject of the hardcover vs. paperback book buying decision. Then this guy weighed in, and then mistborn came back with THIS post (linking back to this...

Clear on all that? Oh, good...

Anyhow, here's me sitting here watching this with both an author and a reader hat on, and yes, there's the "on one hand" attitude and the "on the other hand" attitude, and then the "on the gripping hand" attitude. I freely admit that my hardcover book buying is... limited by budgetary concerns. My hardcovers tend, by and large, to be by (a) authors I already read, love, and trust to provide me with a good reading experience; (b) books I want to read RIGHT NOW and don't want to wait for the paperback edition of which may be a year away; or (c) books by people I know personally, friends and fellow writers and colleagues, whose books I might buy as a collectible item knowing I have a good chance of getting them signed and stuff, and perhaps talk about them with their authors when time allows and we cross paths at a convention or something. Buying a new hardcover by a writer I have never heard of - well - I WILL hesitate. It's quite an investment, after all. Guilty, guilty, guilty. But I utterly understand, stand behind, and support mistborn's points at the same time, by way of paradox.

Let's put this under the microscope one more time...Collapse )