Thursday, September 03, 2009

Movies & Money

A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey by Kevin Murphy - The author used to be on Mystery Science Theater 3000, a TV show where a man and two robots made wisecracks as they watched the worst movies of all time. For the year 2001, he turned his obsession with film into a daily ritual. This book isn't about movies, though; it's about watching movies. Although Murphy lists every movie he sees, he doesn't necessarily write about them. Instead, A Year at the Movies is a collection of essays/rants about what's good and bad about the celluloid world, particularly the movie-going experience. Each week is a chapter, and each has a theme such as documentaries, in-flight movies, IMAX, and even sneaking in food. I very rarely see movies in theaters (three times since 1997!), but I enjoyed Murphy's humorous and thoughtful observations nonetheless.

What Happens to a Torn Dollar Bill?: Dr. Knowledge Presents Facts, Figures, and Other Fascinating Information About Money by Charles Reichblum - This book cost me one untorn dollar at Half Price Books. Reichblum shares a lot of interesting trivia and quotations about money. Unfortunately, there isn't enough material to fill the book's 320 pages. I read only a few pages per day over the course of two months (reading to my wife while she got ready for work), and I noticed a lot of redundancy.

Current tally: 68 books finished, 62 books acquired

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