Friday, February 27, 2015

RIP Mr Nimoy

When I heard that Leonard Nimoy had passed away, the first thing that came to mind is "Oh no". Obviously, I'm a huge fan of all things Star Trek, and I also enjoyed the TV series Fringe, which Nimoy guest starred in from time to time. I was hoping to see him make more appearances in other Abrams shows, but I guess that's not to be. RIP, Mr Nimoy, you'll be missed.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Reading: Me Before You, The Paper Magician, One Plus One, The Raven

I've been doing lots of waiting lately, so that means some reading...

Me Before You came highly recommended, but I never got around to it until now. From the description of the book, I wasn't sure. Now that I've read the book, I'm glad that I did. Some call this a romance, and some don't; as for me, I really don't know how exactly to quantify it to do this book justice. The story flowed easily. It made me cried a little and made me think about issues that are controversial and unpleasant. I was still thinking about it several days after I've read the book.  

I enjoyed Me Before You so much that I decided to get another of Moyes' books. This one isn't as intense as Me Before You, but it was still an enjoyable read. I enjoyed it immensely because the female protagonist reminded me of my mom and her frugal ways.

This is another one of those that I've been putting off for some time. It was interesting and not very long. Part 2 of this is called The Glass Magician, and part 3 is supposed to come out this summer. I just didn't care about the characters in the book enough to read the second part.

I got started on this book because I enjoyed the author's initial books, Gabriel's Inferno trilogy. It touches a little bit about the Emersons from those initial books, but that's about it. It took a supernatural turn, nothing wrong with that, just not what I was expecting, very different from the initial books. It was still an enjoyable read, and the best part is the characters' love for the city of Florence, Italy, which is what drew me to the initial books in the first place. Florence is one of my favorite cities, up there with Paris and Tokyo, so if there's anything about Florence and/or Dante, I'm bound to read it eventually.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Watching: The Theory of Everything

I'm a little bit behind this year when it comes to movies and the Oscars. I find that the award show is more fun to watch when I've seen some of the movies that they're talking about, especially those nominated for best picture. So far, I've only seen The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything. Both are very good.

The Theory of Everything is about the life of physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane. When it comes to physicists, Stephen Hawking is one of those controversial characters, whom I'm not quite sure what to think. There's no doubt he's a genius, but he comes across a bit blunt and rude sometimes. I suspect that might be just a persona he portrays because it seems like he gets some entertainment value out of arguing for argument's sake. I admire him academically in that he's not entrenched in his theories; he seems to admit mistakes when it happens (Remember the bet he made with Higgs regarding the Higgs-Boson particle). This movie puts him in a different light, so I'm starting to like him more now that I've seen this movie. The movies depicts the life he shared with Jane, their love, their struggles, ALS, and their family.

Hawking is a smart man and very popular (You know you're popular when you make an appearance on The Simpsons), but some of that credit goes to Jane for keeping everything together behind the scenes. You see that in this movie. You see the human side behind the man with all those spectacular theories. The acerbic wit is present and conveyed throughout the movie, so you know it's still Hawking, except now you get a glimpse of more than just the wit, banter, and that computer generated voice, which always reminded me of the Daleks from Dr Who. It turned out that he thought so too because it was alluded to in the movie. That part still has me laughing.

In short, this is really an enjoyable movie. It's not about physics. It talks about it, but it's more about love and life. Both actor and actress portraying Stephen and Jane did an excellent job of capturing the essence of their life together. I can't wait to see them during the Oscars even if I haven't watched that many movies this Oscar season.

Are you excited about the Oscars?


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