Margot
02 October 2030 @ 07:34 am

(Made by soulofblood ).

This is the post where we meet.

I rate and catalogue all the books I read throughout the year HERE.
~I catalogue all my favourite quotes from all the books I read HERE.

I rate and catalogue all the movies I watch throughout the year HERE.

(I update these regularly as I read/watch new things.)
 
 
Margot
03 January 2014 @ 10:26 pm
♥♥♥ --> Books I loved. (Sometimes, I will give a book a very high rating, but the fact that I can recognize the book is good doesn't mean I loved it/would recommend it.) As well, if it has the first book of the series, the whole series is technically implied, but sometimes sequels suck, so judge by the rating.
--> A break from the body of the list means it is a series.
(-/10) --> My rating.
--> I re-read some stuff on a semi-regular basis, so there will be repeats once in a while from year to year and, interestingly but obviously, my opinion of those books may change from read to read.
--> Links go to Amazon.com (unless, as is the case with most short stories, they go directly to the story.) Links for Russian books go to the Russian equivalent of Amazon, Ozon.
--> When I read things in Russian, I provide a link to the Russian and the English translation versions. However, I never read Russian translations, so while I try to link to what is considered the most definitive translation, I cannot myself comment on its quality or accuracy in comparison to the Russian text.

Fiction:

~~~Novels:

Psycho by Robert Bloch. (7.5/10)
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. (9/10)
Alice Dugdale by Anthony Trollope. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. (10/10)
Hungarian Folk-tales (retold) by Val Biro. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. (8/10)
♥♥♥ God Bless You, Dr.Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Villette by Charlotte Brontë. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Казаки, Л. Н. Толстой. (The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy) (8/10)
Anthem by Ayn Rand. (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Анна Каренина, Л. Н. Толстой. (Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy) (9.5/10)

♥♥♥ Детство, Л. Н. Толстой. (Childhood by Leo Tolstoy) (9/10)
Отрочество, Л. Н. Толстой. (Boyhood by Leo Tolstoy) (8.5/10)
Юность, Л. Н. Толстой. (Youth by Leo Tolstoy) (9/10)

♥♥♥ A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (8.5/10)
The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (8/10)

♥♥♥ The Rescuers by Margery Sharp. (8.5/10)
Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp. (8/10)
The Turret by Margery Sharp. (8/10)
Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines by Margery Sharp. (8.5/10)

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. (7.5/10)
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris. (7/10)
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris. (7.5/10)
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris. (7.5/10)
Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris. (6/10)
Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris. (7/10)
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris. (7/10)
One Word Answer by Charlaine Harris. (7.5/10)
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris. (7.5/10)

♥♥♥ Mary Poppins by P. L. Travis. (8/10)
Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travis. (8.5/10)
Mary Poppins Opens the Door by P. L. Travis. (9/10)
Mary Poppins in the Park by P. L. Travis. (7.5/10)
Mary Poppins From A to Z by P. L. Travis. (7/10)

♥♥♥ The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend. (7.5/10)
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend. (8/10)


~~~Short Stories:

** - only links with the stars after them lead to Amazon, usually to short story compendiums (as short stories are rarely published individually, and I don't link to Kindle editions). I try to link directly to the story, if it can be at all found on-line (which most can be), otherwise.
- some links, particularly ones by Guy de Maupassant, lead to stories that have different titles. That is because those stories are in translation, and have several titles. I use the ones I read out of the book, but you can't always find the same version on-line. The text itself is the same, thouhg.

The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Horla by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
Herbert West - Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Screaming Skull by F. Marion Crawford. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Thing on the Doorstep by H. P. Lovecraft. (9/10)
The Nameless City by H. P. Lovecraft. (7.5/10)
The Doom That Came to Sarnath by H. P. Lovecraft. (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Cats of Ulthar by H. P. Lovecraft. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Hound by H. P. Lovecraft. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Dreams in the Witch House by H. P. Lovecraft. (8/10)
Dagon by H. P. Lovecraft. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Rats in the Walls by H. P. Lovecraft. (8/10)
The Haunter of the Dark by H. P. Lovecraft. (7.5/10)
A Mother of Monsters by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Diary of a Madman by Guy de Maupassant. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Willows by Algernon Blackwood. (9/10)
The Hand by Guy de Maupassant. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Was It a Dream? by Guy de Maupassant. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Grave by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
Casting the Runes by M. R. James. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer Lytton. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Wake Not the Dead by Johann Ludwig Tieck. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Horror: A True Tale by Anonymous. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Children of the Corn by Stephen King. (8.5/10)
1408 by Stephen King. (7/10)**
♥♥♥ The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Fear by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Canon Alberic's Scrapbook by M. R. James. (8/10)
The Death of Halpin Frayser by Ambrose Bierce. (7/10)
The Mezzotint by M. R. James. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ He? by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
Moxon's Master by Ambrose Bierce. (7/10)
♥♥♥ On the River by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson. (7.5/10)
Number 13 by M.R. James. (6/10)
Beyond The Wall by Ambrose Bierce. (6/10)
The Apparition by Guy de Maupassant. (6.5/10)
Count Magnus by M.R. James. (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Spastic Mannerism by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad by M. R. James. (7/10)
Terror by Guy de Maupassant. (7/10)**
♥♥♥ The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H.G. Wells. (8/10)
The Treasure of Abbot Thomas by M. R. James. (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Inn by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
A School Story by M. R. James. (6/10)
Schopenhauer's Smile by Guy de Maupassant. (6.5/10)
The Rose Garden by M. R. James. (7/10)
Was He Mad? by Guy de Maupassant (6.5/10)**
The Tractate Middoth by M. R. James. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Wolf by Guy de Maupassant. (7.5/10)
The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral by M. R. James. (7.5/10)
The Drowned Man by Guy de Maupassant. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Mr. Humphries and His Inheritance by M. R. James. (8/10)
♥♥♥ A Night in Paris (A Nightmare) by Guy de Maupassant. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Diary of Mr. Poynter by M. R. James. (7/10)
Who Knows? by Guy de Maupassant. (7/10)
♥♥♥ An Episode of Cathedral History by M. R. James. (7.5/10)
The Uncommon Prayer-Book by M. R. James. (6/10)
A Neighbour's Landmark by M. R. James. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ A Warning to the Curious by M. R. James. (8/10)
Rats by M. R. James. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Experiment: A New Year’s Eve Ghost Story by M. R. James. (7.5/10)
The Malice of Inanimate Objects by M. R. James. (7/10)
A Vignette by M. R. James. (7.5/10)

~~~Plays:

♥♥♥ The Medea by Euripides (translated by Rex Warner). (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. (9/10)
♥♥♥ R.U.R. (Rossum's Univeral Robots) by Karel Čapek. (8.5/10)

~~~Poetry:

♥♥♥ The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Homeric Hymns by Various Anonymous (translated by Thelma Sargent). (9.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde. (10/10)
When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne. (7/10)


Graphic Novels:

♥♥♥ God Save the Queen by Mike Carey and John Bolton. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Son of Celluloid by Clive Barker and Les Edwards (adapted by Steve Niles). (8/10)
Arkham Woods by Christopher Rowley and Jhomar Soriano. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Batman: Through the Looking Glass by Bruce Jones and Sam Kieth. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Howl: A Graphic Novel by Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker. (9/10)


Non-Fiction:

♥♥♥ Blow Him Away: How To Give Him Mind-Blowing Oral Sex by Marcy Michaels with Marie DeSalle. (8/10)
Grigory Rasputin: Holy Man or Mad Monk? by Enid A. Goldberg and Norman Itzkowitz. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoro Tsunetomo. (9/10)
Mindfucking: A Critique of Mental Manipulation by Colin McGinn. (6/10)
♥♥♥ The Book of Jones: A Tribute to the Mercurial, Manic, and Utterly Seductive Cat by Ralph Steadman. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Common Sense by Thomas Paine. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Tree: A Life Story by David Suzuki and Wayne Grady. (8/10)
♥♥♥ How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton. (8.5/10)
Classical Art Tours: Westminster Abbey by Claudio Gorlier. (6/10)
♥♥♥ An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting by Jane Collier. (8/10)
The Secret Sex Lives of Animals by David Lambert and the Diagram Group. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women by Harriet Rubin. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Oration on the Dignity of Man (De hominis dignitate) by Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola. (8/10)
The Philosopher Cat by Kwong Kuen Shan. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ East & West: The Nobel Lecture on Literature, A World Split Apart, Letter to the Soviet Leaders and a BBC Interview by Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn. (8.5/10)


PREVIOUS YEARS:



2009-2010/2010/2011/2012
 
 
Margot
03 January 2014 @ 10:23 pm
Movies


♥♥♥ --> I enjoyed a lot/would highly recommend watching (although not always both).
(x/10) --> My rating.
--> Links go to IMDB.

♥♥♥ Woetoli (Loner) (8/10)
♥♥♥ Hwa-i-teu: Jeo-woo-eui Mel-lo-di (White: The Melody of the Curse) (8.5/10)
Catfish (6.5/10)
Jiao Zi (Dumplings) (7/10)
♥♥♥ V/H/S (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Paranormal Activity (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Royal Tenenbaums (9/10)
Ted (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Hook (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (7.5/10)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (6/10)
The Purge (6/10)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (5.5/10)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Pact (7/10)
World War Z (7/10)
♥♥♥ Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Prestige (8/10)
♥♥♥ Stranger Than Fiction (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) (9/10)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (7/10)
♥♥♥ Total Recall (1990) (8/10)
Playback (5.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Caller (7.5/10)
Gravity (8/10)
Mansfield Park (1999) (6/10)
Mansfield Park (2007) (7/10)
Katt Williams: Kattpacalypse (6/10)
♥♥♥ George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (8.5/10)
V/H/S/2 (6/10)
♥♥♥ George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The ABCs of Death (7/10)
♥♥♥ George Carlin... It's Bad for Ya! (7.5/10)
Insidious (6/10)
A Room with a View (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Under the Greenwood Tree (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Holy Mountain (8/10)
♥♥♥ George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing (7/10)
Anna Karenina (1948) (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances (9/10)
♥♥♥ Who Cares? (7.5/10)
Life 2.0 (7/10)
When Strangers Click (7/10)
♥♥♥ Little Women (1933) (8.5/10)
The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (7/10)
2 Guns (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Valkyrie (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Blair Witch Project (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Snatch (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Ночной Дозор (Night Watch) (8.5/10)


Mini-Series:

♥♥♥ The Diary of Anne Frank (2009) (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Jane Eyre (1983) (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Mansfield Park (1983) (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Buccaneers (8/10)
♥♥♥ North & South (9/10)
 
 
Margot
08 January 2013 @ 05:04 pm
♥♥♥ --> Highly recommended by me. (If it has the first book of the series, the whole series is technically implied, simply because I view all official sequels the author chooses to make a part of the same whole. But if you're not like me and you don't have to read all the official sequels to the body of work, if I give the sequels very low rating, I wouldn't recommend them.)
--> A break from the body of the list means it is a series.
(-/10) --> My rating.
--> I re-read some stuff on a semi-regular basis, so there will be repeats once in a while from year to year.
--> Links go to Amazon.com
* --> link leads directly to the story; ** --> link goes to an anthology in which the story has been collected, not having been published by itself.
--> When I read things in Russian, I provide a link to the Russian and the English translation versions. However, I never read Russian translations, so while I try to link to what is considered the most definitive translation, I cannot myself comment on its quality or accuracy in comparison to the Russian text.

Fiction:

The Unicorn Sonata by Peter S. Beagle. (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. (7.5/10)
Gigi by Colette. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ White Rabbit: A Psychedelic Reader, edited by John Miller and Randall Koral. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Sounder by William H. Armstrong. (8/10)
Goosebumps: Stay Out of the Basement by R.L. Stine. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Pearl by John Steinbeck. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Guardians of Ga'hoole: The Hatchling by Kathryn Lasky. (7.5/10)
Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo. (7/10)
♥♥♥ And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. (7.5/10)
Son of Rosemary by Ira Levin. (5.5/10)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling. (9/10)
The Lost Continent (Beyond Thirty) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. (9/10)
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. (6.5/10)
Emma by Jane Austen. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Thirst for Love by Yukio Mishima. (9/10)
Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Unstrung Harp, Or, Mr Earbrass Writes a Novel by Edward Gorey. (8.5/10)
The Object-Lesson by Edward Gorey. (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Bug Book by Edward Gorey. (7.5/10)
The Hapless Child by Edward Gorey. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary . (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Willowdale Handcar: or the Return of the Black Doll by Edward Gorey. (8/10)
The West Wing by Edward Gorey. (7/10)
The Remembered Visit: A Story Taken from Life by Edward Gorey. (7.5/10)

♥♥♥ Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. (7.5/10)
Pigeon by Patrick Süskind. (8/10)

♥♥♥ Island: Shipwreck by Gordon Korman. (7.5/10)
Island: Survival by Gordon Korman. (7.5/10)
Island: Escape by Gordon Korman. (8/10)

~~~Plays:

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Hamlet by William Shakespeare. (8.5/10)
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Lysistrata by Aristophanes (translation by A.H. Sommerstein). (9/10)
♥♥♥ Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. (8/10)

~~~Short Stories:

♥♥♥ The Achieve of, the Mastery of the Thing by Laurie Colwin. (8/10)**
The Electric Cough Syrup Acid Test by Jim Hogshire. (7/10)*
♥♥♥ Detox Diary by Jean Cocteau. (8/10)*
♥♥♥ The Double Chamber by Charles Baudelaire. (9/10)*
♥♥♥ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Lurking Fear by H. P. Lovecraft. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (8/10)
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe. (9/10)
The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Horror in the Museum by H.P. Lovecraft. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Killings by Andre Dubus. (8/10)**
The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Second Variety by Philip K. Dick. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Paycheck by Philip K. Dick. (8.5/10)
The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Пиковая Дама, Александр Пушкин (The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin**). (8/10)
♥♥♥ Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe. (10/10)
The Thing in the Cellar by David H. Keller. (7/10)*

♥♥♥ The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe. (7.5/10)
The Mystery of Marie Rogê by Edgar Allan Poe. (6.5/10)
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe. (8/10)

~~~Poetry:

♥♥♥ The Listing Attic by Edward Gorey. (9/10)
♥♥♥ The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Fatal Lozenge by Edward Gorey. (9.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. (9.5/10)
The Insect God by Edward Gorey. (8/10)
The Sinking Spell by Edward Gorey. (7/10)
♥♥♥ All That Desire by Betsy Struthers. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge. (10/10)
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. (7/10)


Non-Fiction:

Soviet Psychoprisons by Harvey Fireside. (7.5/10)
The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx with Ian Gittins. (7.5/10)
The Little Book of Pot by Dr. V.S. Ganjabhang. (6/10)
Bugs, edited by Noel Tait. (7/10)
Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell by Amy Sohn. (6/10)
The Good Citizen's Handbook: A Guide to Proper Behavior by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz. (4/10)
♥♥♥ Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg M.D.. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Jeremy Narby. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth and Spot the Lie on Everything from Tequila-Made Diamonds to Tetris's Soviet Roots - Plus Tons of Other Totally Random Facts from Science, History, and Beyond! by Neil Patrick Stewart. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die by Michael Largo. (8/10)

♥♥♥ 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. (8/10)
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff. (8.5/10)


Graphic Novels:

♥♥♥ Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar. (8/10)
Blankets by Craig Thompson. (7/10)
Husk: The Hollow Planet by Scott Thompson, Stephan Nilson and Kyle Morton. (6/10)
♥♥♥ Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki. (8.5/10)
Petrograd by Philip Gelatt and Tyler Crook. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Futari H - Mangasutra: Flirtation by Katsu Aki. (8/10)
Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds (and Homer) (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Chobits Omnibus 2 by CLAMP (8/10)
♥♥♥ Batman: Hush (Unwrapped) by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens (8/10)
In the Flesh: Stories by Koren Shadmi. (7/10)
Terminator: 2029 to 1984 by Zack Whedon, Andy MacDonald, Dan Jackson, and Nate Piekos (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Batman R.I.P. by Grant Morrison, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Lee Garbett, and Trevor Scott. (8/10)
Batman & The Monster Men by Matt Wagner. (7.5/10)
Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. (8/10)
Batman: Knight and Squire by Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton. (7/10)
Batman: Cult by Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrighton, and Bill Wray. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Dororo by Osamu Tezuka. (8.5/10)
Batman: Prey by Doug Moench, Paul Gulacy, Terry Austin, and Jimmy Palmiotti. (7.5/10)
Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson by Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Adolf: An Exile in Japan by Osamu Tezuka. (8/10)

The Misadventures of Mal & Lot 1 by Gogz and Marv. (6.5/10)
The Misadventures of Mal & Lot 2 by Gogz and Marv. (7/10)

Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens by Paul Dini, Tony Bedard and Guilem March. (6.5/10)
Gotham City Sirens: Division by Peter Calloway, Andres Guinado, and Lorenzo Ruggiero. (7/10)

♥♥♥ Sardine in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar. (7/10)
Sardine in Outer Space 2 by Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar. (7.5/10)


VERDICT:

I kept my last year's verdict's resolution to read more literature. For the first time, really got into short stories, mainly because I was in the process of writing some, and acquainting myself with some of the best of the genre seemed like a progressive and self-helpful thing to do. Most recommended by my writing mentor, which is why almost none failed to impress. For the first time in a ridiculous number of years read poetry (for reasons similar to the short stories). Should definitely read more of that. Need to read more educational non-fiction. Would like to read more literature in the coming year, specifically classic literature, some of which I've been meaning to get to for YEARS. All said and done, pretty content with my reading year.
 
 
Margot
08 January 2013 @ 04:55 pm
Movies


♥♥♥ --> I loved most.
(x/10) --> My rating.
--> Links go to IMDB.

Jane Eyre (2011) (7/10)
♥♥♥ Hachi: A Dog's Tale (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ A Mighty Heart (8/10)
Bloody Mary (3/10)
King Kong (2005) (7.5/10)
Atrocious (6/10)
♥♥♥ Kim Bok-nam Salinsageonui Jeonmal (Bedevilled) (7.5/10)*
Along Came Polly (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Gardens of the Night (7/10)
♥♥♥ Fiddler on the Roof (8/10)
♥♥♥ American Pie (7.5/10)
Tower Heist (7/10)
Jack and Jill (2/10)
♥♥♥ The Help (8/10)
♥♥♥ American Beauty (8.5/10)
Sex and the City (6.5/10)
American Pie 2 (6.5/10)
American Wedding (7/10)
♥♥♥ Titanic (9/10)
♥♥♥ Halloween (2007) (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Secuestrados (Kidnapped) (8/10)*
United 93 (7/10)
The Unloved (6/10)
Halloween II (2009) (5.5/10)
Shutter Island (7/10)
The Uninvited (2008) (4/10)
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (5.5/10)
♥♥♥ Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (7.5/10)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (7/10)
The Gray Man (6/10)
♥♥♥ Joseon Namnyeo Sangyeoljisa (The Untold Scandal) (9/10)
♥♥♥ The Blue Lagoon (8/10)
♥♥♥ Be with Me (2005) (9/10)
♥♥♥ Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies) (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Zui Hao De Shi Guang (Three Times) (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Avengers (8/10)
Captain America: The First Avenger (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Fat Boy Chronicles (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (8/10)
The Fourth Kind (7/10)
♥♥♥ X-Men: First Class (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Fight Club (9/10)
♥♥♥ Remember Me (8/10)
2-Headed Shark Attack (1/10)
♥♥♥ Macabre (7.5/10)*
♥♥♥ Waiting (7.5/10)**
♥♥♥ Across the Universe (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Candyman (7/10)
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (6/10)
The Nutty Professor (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Kalevet (Rabies) (7.5/10)*
Lesbian Vampire Killers (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Harry Brown (8/10)
♥♥♥ Alpha Dog (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Louis C.K.: Chewed Up (9/10)
♥♥♥ Pleasantville (8.5/10)
Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Karate Kid (2010) (8/10)
Daybreakers (7/10)
Jane Eyre (1996) (7/10)
♥♥♥ Jane Eyre (1943) (9/10)
♥♥♥ Mansfield Park (1999) (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Vanity Fair (8.5/10)
Persuasion (1995) (7/10)
Emma (1996) (7/10)
♥♥♥ Ju-on: Shiroi Rôjo (The Grudge: White Ghost) (7.5/10)*
Ju-on: Kuroi Shôjo (The Grudge: Black Ghost) (7/10)*
♥♥♥ Coming to America (8/10)
♥♥♥ Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale) (9/10)*
♥♥♥ Ôdishon (Audition) (7.5/10)*
Cruel Intentions (7.5/10)
Women in Trouble (7/10)
Little Women (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Noruwei No Mori (Norwegian Wood) (8/10)
The Devil Inside (5.5/10)
11/11/11 (4/10)
♥♥♥ Cloud Atlas (9/10)
Rain (6/10)
♥♥♥ The Thing (1982) (8/10)
♥♥♥ Kuronezumi (Black Rat) (8.5/10)*
Hell House (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (8/10)


Mini-Series:

♥♥♥ Pride and Prejudice (1980) (8/10)


*Personally, I adore foreign cult hits and underground favourites, especially Asian ones. But they usually tend to be very gory and, either way, incredibly disturbing. I'm recommending these for fellow horror/cult lovers, but all of these come with heavy warnings. These are not movies I would generally recommend to anyone unless they really loved the genre, unless I wanted to scar them heavily.
**This was made as a stoner flick. I watched it first before I ever even knew of weed and I hated the fuck out of this movie. High, or if you've ever been high, and know the culture, this movie is great for its type. Take my recommendation with this in mind.
 
 
Current Mood: sicksick
 
 
Margot
03 January 2012 @ 05:04 am
Movies


♥♥♥ --> Highly recommended by me.
(x/5) --> My rating.
--> Links go to IMDB (you have to press 'enter' in the address bar and then 'refresh' the page to redirect properly).
--> I reviewed all of these.
--> I only started cataloguing a couple of years ago, which is why I sometimes will list movies I've already seen, but only once.

♥♥♥ Home Room (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Quiet (7/10)
♥♥♥ Gwoemul - The Host (7.5/10)
Smile (6.5/10)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (6/10)
Faces of Death (3/10)
The Last Song (4/10)
It Had to Be You (3/10)
Persepolis (7/10)
Black Swan (5.5/10)
♥♥♥ True Grit (2010) (8/10)
Follow the Prophet (7/10)
The Princess Diaries (7/10)
♥♥♥ New York, I Love You (9/10)
Thor (7/10)
Green Lantern (6/10)
♥♥♥ Taken (8/10)
♥♥♥ Away From Her (8/10)
New Moon (4/10)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (8.5/10)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (7/10)
♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (8/10)
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (6.5/10)
Horrible Bosses (5.5/10)
♥♥♥ My Girl (9/10)
♥♥♥ Martyrs (7/10)***
500 Days of Summer (6.5/10)
Black Heaven (6.5/10)
Planet of the Apes (1968) (7/10)
♥♥♥ Rise of the Planet of the Apes (8/10)
The Virgin Suicides (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Death Bell (8/10)***
Flowers in the Attic (5.5/10)
Contagion (7/10)
The Roommate (6/10)
♥♥♥ Moon (8.5/10)
Vanishing on 7th Street (5.5/10)
♥♥♥ Cold Souls (9.5/10)
The Boy She Met Online (2/10)
Monsters (8/10)
Knight and Day (6/10)
Shelter (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ One Hour Photo (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Terms of Endearment (7.5/10)
Skyline (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Hanyo (2010) (The Housemaid) (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Never Let Me Go (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ American Psycho (9/10)
The Shrine (6/10)
Case 39 (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Midnight Meat Train (8/10)***
♥♥♥ The Rite (7.5/10)
Ted Bundy (6.5/10)
Dread (7/10)
♥♥♥ Rohtenburg (Grimm Love) ^^ (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Child's Play (7.5/10)


Mini-Series


♥♥♥ Jane Eyre (2006) (9.5/10)
♥♥♥ Pride and Prejudice (1996) (10/10)
♥♥♥ Sense and Sensibility (2008) (10/10)
♥♥♥ Planet Earth (10/10)

*** - Warning. Unlike most movies I've recommended, these two should be noted because they're both explicitly and gratuitously violent and disturbing. As well, I would bet money that many people wouldn't like them and may be disturbed by them (not in a good way), so while I "recommend" them, to friends I recommend them with heavy warnings and hesitation.
^^ - WARNING. I recommend this movie to the other maybe two people who'll be able to appreciate it the way I did, but honestly, PLEASE don't watch this. It's one of the most disturbing difficult traumatizing movies I've ever seen and if you watch it you'll NEVER erase it from the inside of your eyelids. Trust me. It's based on a true story. Don't watch it because if you watch it on my recommendation you will hate me FOREVER.


VERDICT:

I like how many chances I took on movies that I wasn't even remotely familiar with or aware of. More of that. I came through with my promise to myself from last year to indulge my love in horror and bad horror movies even though I don't have one friend who enjoys it or is willing to watch them with me. This year, I watched most above-listed horrors alone and YEEHAW. Not enough independent/festival films.
 
 
Margot
02 January 2012 @ 03:41 am
♥♥♥ --> Books I loved most (if it has the first book of the series, the whole series is implicit.)
(-/10) --> My rating.
--> Links go to Amazon.com

Fiction:

Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles. (8/10)
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and Russell Munson. (9/10)
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (9/10)
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (9.5/10)
Away From Her by Alice Munro. (7/10)
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. (9.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Last of Her Kind by Sigrid Nunez. (9/10)
♥♥♥ The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry (translation by Katherine Woods). (10/10)
♥♥♥ Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. (9.5/10)
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Bloom. (7.5/10)
Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom. (7/10)
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris. (7/10)
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Vampire Diaries: The Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith. (9/10)

Project Princess by Meg Cabot. (5/10)
Princess Lessons by Meg Cabot. (5/10)
Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot. (7/10)
Perfect Princess by Meg Cabot. (7/10)
Princess in Training by Meg Cabot. (7/10)
Holiday Princess by Meg Cabot. (3/10)
The Princess Present by Meg Cabot. (2/10)
Party Princess by Meg Cabot. (7.5/10)
Sweet Sixteen Princess by Meg Cabot. (7/10)
Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot. (7/10)
Princess Mia by Meg Cabot. (7.5/10)
Forever Princess by Meg Cabot. (8/10)

Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued by Emma Tennant. (5.5/10)
An Unequal Marriage: Or Pride and Prejudice Twenty Years Later by Emma Tennant. (4/10)

Beck Beyond the Sea by Kimberly Morris. (7/10)
Tink, North of Never Land by Kiki Thorpe. (7/10)
Dulcie's Taste of Magic by Gail Herman. (7/10)
Lily in Full Bloom by Laura Driscoll. (7/10)
The Disappearing Sun: A Fairy's Tale by Tennant Redbank. (7/10)
Tink in a Fix by Kiki Thorpe. (8/10)

♥♥♥ A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket. (9/10)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket. (9.5/10)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket. (9.5/10)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End by Lemony Snicket. (9/10)

♥♥♥ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling. (10/10)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. (9.5/10)

Gossip Girl: Only In Your Dreams by Cecily von Ziegesar. (6/10)
Gossip Girl: Would I Lie to You by Cecily von Ziegesar. (6/10)
Gossip Girl: Don't You Forget About Me by Cecily von Ziegesar. (6/10)
Gossip Girl: It Had to be You by Cecily von Ziegesar. (6/10)

♥♥♥ Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Siege by Kathryn Lasky. (8/10)
Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Shattering by Kathryn Lasky. (7/10)
Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Burning by Kathryn Lasky. (8/10)

♥♥♥ The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton. (8/10)
The Borrowers Aloft by Mary Norton. (8/10)
The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton. (7.5/10)

~~~Plays:

♥♥♥ Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. (9/10)

~~~Short Stories:

♥♥♥ William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe. (9/10)
♥♥♥ The Mask of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. (10/10)
The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe. (8/10)
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe. (7.5/10)
♥♥♥ The Remarkable Rocket by Oscar Wilde.. (10/10)

~~~Poetry:

♥♥♥♥♥♥ The War Prayer by Mark Twain and John Groth. (100/10)


Non-Fiction:

Sometimes God has a Kid's Face by Bruce Ritter. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Is Christianity Good for the World?: A Debate by Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson. (9/10)
♥♥♥ The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. (9.5/10)
♥♥♥ Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. (10/10)
♥♥♥ I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna. (8/10)
♥♥♥ The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker. (9.5/10)


Graphic Novels:

Fringe: Tales from the Fringe by Various. (7/10)
Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson. (7/10)
The Big Skinny: How I Changed My Fattitude by Carol Lay. (7/10)
Phoenix Without Ashes by Harlan Ellison, Alan Robinson, and John K. Snyder III. (8/10)
Cuba: My Revolution by Inverna Lockpez, Dean Haspiel, and Jose Villarrubia. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Omega: The Unknown Classic by Jim Mooney, Herb Trimpe, Steve Gerber, Mary Skrenes, Scott Edelman, Roger Stern, and Allen Milgrom. (9/10)
Omega: The Unknown by Jonathan Lethem and Aarel Dalrymple. (5.5/10)
♥♥♥ Chosen by Mark Millar and Peter Gross. (8/10)
Spider-Man Fairy Tales by C. B. Cebulski, Niko Henrichon, Kei Kobyasahi, David Sexton, Ricardo Tercio, and Sean Galloway. (6/10)
♥♥♥ Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost by Ian Edginton and Patrick Reilly and Tjepan Sejic. (8/10)
Pathfinder by Laeta Kalogridis and Christopher Shy. (7.5/10)
Deadline by Bill Rosemann and Guy Davis. (7/10)
Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez. (7.5/10)
Dragonslippers: This is What an Abusive Relationship Looks Like by Rosalind B. Penfold. (6.5/10)
Harvey by Herve Bouchard and Janice Nadeau. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. (9/10)
Human Target: Final Cut by Peter Milligan and Javier Pulido. (8/10)
Green Hornet: Sins of the Father by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau. (5/10)
♥♥♥ HellSpawn: The Complete Collection (16 in all) by Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Niles, Ashley Wood and Ben Templesmith. (8.5/10)
♥♥♥ 100% by Paul Pope. (10/10)
♥♥♥ Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! by Joann Sfar. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka.(8/10)
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small. (6.5/10)
Devoid of Life by Raffaele Ienco. (6/10)
It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth. (7/10)
Cowboys by Gary Philips and Brian Hurtt. (6.5/10)
♥♥♥ Mid-Life by Joe Ollmann. (8/10)
The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel. (7/10)
♥♥♥ The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess with Neil Gaiman, Charles De Lint, Jane Yolen, Jeff Smith, Emma Bull, Sharyn McCrumb and others. (7.5/10)
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. (7/10)
Eternals by Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr.. (7.5/10)
Ythaq - The Forsaken World by Christophe Arleston and Adrien Floch. (8/10)
♥♥♥ Chobits Omnibus 1 by CLAMP. (9/10)
Salem's Daughter 1 by Ralph Tedesco. (7/10)
♥♥♥ Elephantmen: Wounded Animals by Richard Starkings, Joe Kelly, and Various Artists. (9/10)
♥♥♥ Greek Street: Blood Calls for Blood by Peter Milligan and Davide Gianfelice. (8/10)

♥♥♥ Bone: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith. (7.5/10)
Bone Handbook by Jeff Smith. (4/10)
Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith. (8/10)
Bone: Tall Tales by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith. (8.5/10)

♥♥♥ The Unwritten: Inside Man by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. (9/10)
The Unwritten: Dead Man's Knock by by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. (9/10)
The Unwritten: Leviathan by by Mike Carey, Peter Gross, Vince Locke, and Al Davison.. (9.5/10)

♥♥♥ iZombie: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. (8.5/10)
iZombie: uVampire by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. (9/10)

♥♥♥ Sky Doll: The Yellow City by Barbara Canepa and Alessandro Barbucci. (8.5/10)
Sky Doll: Aqua by Barbara Canepa and Alessandro Barbucci. (8/10)

♥♥♥ Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham and Lan Medina. (9.5/10)
Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham. (8.5/10)

♥♥♥ Buffy Omnibus 1 by Joss Whedon, Eric Powell, Joe Bennett and others. (9/10)
Buffy Omnibus 2 by Various. (8/10)
Buffy Omnibus 3 by Various. (8/10)

Grimm Fairy Tales 1 by Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha. (7.5/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales 2 by Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha. (7/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales 3 by Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha. (7.5/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales 4 by Ralph Tedesco. (7/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales 5 by Ralph Tedesco. (7/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales 6 by Ralph Tedesco. (7/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales 7 by Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha, Michael Dolce, Ron Adrian, Ryan Stegman, and David Nakayama. (7.5/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales 8 by Joe Brusha), Ralph Tedesco, and Raven Gregory. (7/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales 9 by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco. (5/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales - Different Seasons by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Raven Gregory. (7/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales Piper by Mike Kalvoda, Axel Machain, Nei Ruffino, and Rich Bonk. (7/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales Inferno by Ralph Tedesco and Gabriel Rearte. (6.5/10)
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Neverland by Joe Brusha. (6/19)


VERDICT:

Not enough literature. Not enough non-fiction. Way too much honest-to-doG trash. Way more than usual graphic novels and ratio of graphic novels to books is too high. NOT ENOUGH LITERATURE.
 
 
Margot
10 March 2011 @ 01:08 am
Movies 2010


♥♥♥ --> Loved most by me.
(x/5) --> My rating.
--> Links go to IMDB.

♥♥♥ Avatar (5/5)
Lake Placid (4/5)
Exorcist - The Beginning (2/5)
♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (5/5)
♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (5/5)
♥♥♥ Paranormal Activity (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Sherlock Holmes (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Changeling (4.5/5)
Tropic Thunder (4/5)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) (2/5)
♥♥♥ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (5/5)
The Unborn (2009) (3/5)
Sixteen Candles (4/5)
Dark Water (2005) (3/5)
♥♥♥ Coraline (4/5)
♥♥♥ The Ring (4.5/5)
The Ring Two (1.5/5)
♥♥♥ Alice in Wonderland (2010) (4.5/5)
American Pie (4/5)
♥♥♥ The NeverEnding Story (5/5)
The Wizard of Oz (4/5)
♥♥♥ Død Snø (Dead Snow) (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Elizabeth (5/5)
Is Anybody There? (4/5)
Orphan (4/5)
The Proposal (3/5)
♥♥♥ The Addams Family (4.5/5)
Pineapple Express (3.5/5)
The Terminator (3.5/5)
The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker (3/5)
♥♥♥ Rushmore (4/5)
♥♥♥ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (4/5)
Robin Hoode (2010) (2/5)
Sex and the City 2 (3/5)
♥♥♥ Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (4.5/5)
Sabrina Goes to Rome (3/5)
Sabrina, Down Under (3/5)
♥♥♥ Inception (5/5)
♥♥♥ Elephant (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Ghost Busters (4/5)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2.5/5)
Going the Distance (3/5)
♥♥♥ Baraka (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Stranger Than Fiction (4/5)
About a Boy (3/5)
♥♥♥ Conan the Barbarian (4.5/5) Recommended because it's so awful it's awesome
Just My Luck (2/5)
♥♥♥ Pride and Prejudice (2005) (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Snatch (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (4/5)
Kick-Ass (3.5/5)
The Crazies (3/5)
Devil (3.5/5)
Conan the Destroyer (4/5)
♥♥♥ Paris Je T'aime (4.5/5)
Polytechnique (4.5/5)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Ballet Shoes (2007) (4/5)
♥♥♥ Let Me In (2010) (4/5)
The Darjeeling Limited (3/5)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (3.5/5)
Team America - World Police (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ In Her Shoes (3.5/5)
The Lovely Bones (4/5)
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2/5)
Paranormal Activity 2 (2.5/5)
From Within (3.5/5)
 
 
Margot
11 January 2011 @ 12:56 am
Books, 2010:


♥♥♥ --> Loved most by me. (If it has the first book of the series, the whole series is implicit.)
(-/5) --> My rating.
--> Links go to Amazon.com.


Fiction:

♥♥♥ The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy. (4/5)
The Freak by Carol Matas. (1.5/5)
♥♥♥ The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima. (4/5)
I Was a Rat! by Philip Pullman. (3/5)
♥♥♥ Songs of a Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult. (3.5/5)
All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland. (3.5/5)
My Best Friend is a Princess: A Princess Friendship Treasury by RH Disney.(4/5)
♥♥♥ Bird by Rita Murphy.(4/5)
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman. (4/5)
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Theodor Seuss. (4/5)
The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith. (3/5)
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. (4/5)
Ransom by Lois Duncan. (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Handle with Care: by Jodi Picoult. (4/5)
♥♥♥ Petropolis by Anya Ulinich. (4.5/5)
4 Blondes by by Candace Bushnell. (3/5)
♥♥♥ Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. (4.5/5)
Grinch Meets His Max by Antonia D. Bryan. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year by Jay Parini. (4.5/5)
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. (4/5)
October by Richard B. Wright. (4/5)
♥♥♥ Rudolph Shines Again by Robert L. May, Lisa Papp and Robert Lewis May. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Audition by Ryū Murakami. (4/5)
Louder, Lili by Gennifer Choldenko. (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Fat by Rob Grant. (4/5)
♥♥♥ Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak. (4.5/5)
United We Stand by Eric Walters. (3.5/5)

♥♥♥ Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. (4/5)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney. (3.5/5)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney. (3/5)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney. (3/5)

♥♥♥ The Borrowers by Mary Norton. (4/5)
The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton. (4/5)

Secrets in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. (3/5)
Secrets in the Shadows by V.C. Andrews. (2.5/5)

♥♥♥ Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. (4/5)
Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren. (4/5)
♥& Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren. (4.5/5)

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. (3/5)
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris. (4/5)
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris. (3.5/5)
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris. (4/5)

♥♥♥ The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith. (4.5/5)
The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L. J. Smith. (3.5/5)
The Vampire Diaries: The Fury by L. J. Smith. (4/5)

The White Mountains by John Christopher. (4/5)
The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher. (4/5)
The Pool of Fire by John Christopher. (4/5)

The Trouble With Tink by Kiki Thorpe and Judith H. Clarke. (4/5)
Vidia and the Fairy Crown by Laura Driscoll. (4/5)
Beck and the Great Berry Battle by Laura Driscoll. (4/5)
Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon by Lisa Papademetriou. (4/5)
Fira and the Full Moon by Gail Herman. (4/5)
A Masterpiece for Bess by Lara Bergen. (2.5/5)
Prilla And the Butterfly Lie by Kitty Richards. (2.5/5)
Silvermist and the Ladybug Curse by Gail Herman. (3/5)
Fawn and the Mysterious Trickster by Laura Driscoll. (2.5/5)
Rosetta's Daring Day by Lisa Papademetriou. (3.5/5)
Iridessa, Lost at Sea by Lisa Papademetriou. (4/5)
Queen Clarion's Secret by Lisa Papademetriou. (3.5/5)

♥♥♥ A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. (4.5/5)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket. (4.5/5)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket. (3.5/5)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket. (4.5/5)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket. (4.5/5)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket. (4/5)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket. (4.5/5)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket. (4.5/5)
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket. (4.5/5)

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. (3/5)
Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot. (3/5)
Princess in Love by Meg Cabot. (3/5)
Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot. (3/5)
Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot. (3/5)

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. (3/5)
Gossip Girl: You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegesar. (3/5)
Gossip Girl: All I Want Is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar. (3/5)
Gossip Girl: Because I'm Worth It by Cecily von Ziegesar. (3/5)
Gossip Girl: I Like It Like That by Cecily von Ziegesar. (3.5/5)
Gossip Girl: You're the One That I Want by Cecily von Ziegesar. (3.5/5)
Gossip Girl: Nobody Does it Better by Cecily von Ziegesar. (3.5/5)
Gossip Girl: Nothing Can Keep Us Together by Cecily von Ziegesar. (3/5)

♥♥♥ Guardians of Ga'hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky. (4.5/5)
Guardians of Ga'hoole: The Journey by Kathryn Lasky. (4.5/5)
Guardians of Ga'hoole: The Rescue by Kathryn Lasky. (4.5/5)

~~Plays:

Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose. (2.5/5)
Crucible by Arthur Miller. (3.5/5)

~~Short Stories:

♥♥♥ Nabokov's Quartet by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. (4.5/5)


Non-Fiction:

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht, and Brenda Brown. (3/5)
♥♥♥ Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You by Ray Bradbury. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Concertina: The Life and Loves of a Dominatrix by Susan Winemaker. (4.5/5)
Vampire Seduction Handbook: Have the Most Thrilling Love of Your Life by Luc Richard Ballion and Scott Bowen. (3/5)
♥♥♥ A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends and a Lion by by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language by Richard Lederer. (4/5)
The Darwin Awards: Next Evolution by Wendy Northcutt. (3.5/5)
The Villain's Guide to Better Living by Neil Zawacki and Bill Brown. (4/5)
The Stoning of Soraya M by Freidoune Sahebjam. (4/5)
♥♥♥ The Spy's Guide: Office Espionage by Duane Swierczynski and H Keith Melton, and Craig Piligian. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran Xinran. (5/5)
♥♥♥ 9-11 by Noam Chomsky. (4/5)
The Best-Case Scenario Handbook: A Parody by John Tierney and Christopher Buckley. (3/5)
♥♥♥ Everything Is Going to Kill Everybody: The Terrifyingly Real Ways the World Wants You Dead by Robert Brockway. (4/5)
♥♥♥ The Psychology of Mans Possible Evolution by P. D. Ouspensky. (4/5)
♥♥♥ On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt. (4/5)
On Truth by Harry G. Frankfurt. (4/5)
i am neurotic: (and so are you) by Lianna Kong. (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Underdogs: Beauty is More Than Fur Deep by Jim Dratfield. (5/5)


Graphic Novels:

Trailers by Mark Kneece and Julie Collins-Rousseau. (3/5)
♥♥♥ The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks. (4.5/5)
Burnout by Rebecca Donner. (3/5)
♥♥♥ Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. (4.5/5)
Marvel Zombies Return by Fred Van Lente, David Wellington, Jonathan Maberry, Seth Grahame-Smith, Nick Dragotta, Andrea Mutti, Jason Shawn Alexander, and Richard Elison. (2/5)
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan. (3/5)
X-Men: Magneto Testament by Greg Pak and Carmine Di Giandomenico. (4/5)
Dracula by Bram Stoker, Michael Mucci, and Bill Halliar. (2.5/5)
Superboy: The Boy of Steel by Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul. (3/5)
♥♥♥ Lex Luthor: Man of Steel by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ It's a Bird by Steven T. Seagle. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Bayou by Jeremy Love. (4/5)
♥♥♥ Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller. (4/5)
Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.. (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. (5/5)
♥♥♥ American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquereque. (4.5/5)
MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 1 by Joss Whedon, Gerard Way, Mike Mignola, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Guy Davis, and others. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ House of Mystery: Room and Boredom by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges and Luca Rossi. (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Human Target: Chance Meetings by Peter Milligan, Edvin Biukovic and Javier Pulido. (4.5/5)

♥♥♥ Uzumaki: Volume 1 by Zyunzi Itou. (4.5/5)
Uzumaki: Volume 2 by Zyunzi Itou. (4/5)
Uzumaki: Volume 3 by Zyunzi Itou. (4.5/5)

♥♥♥ Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith. (4.5/5)
Bone: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith. (4.5/5)
Bone: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith. (4.5/5)
Bone: The Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith. (4/5)
Bone: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border by Jeff Smith. (4/5)
Bone: Old Man's Cave by Jeff Smith. (4/5)
Bone: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith. (3.5/5)
Bone: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith. (3.5/5)

♥♥♥ Jellaby by Kean Soo. (4.5/5)
Jellaby: Monster in the City by Kean Soo. (4.5/5)

♥♥♥ Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. (4/5)
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi. (4.5/5)
 
 
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Margot
21 March 2010 @ 01:55 pm
I don't know why I've suddenly decided to do a "Year Recap" in the midst of March, but I guess from now on, my year starts in March. Or 2010 is going to be shorter. :P

You know, unfortunately, my OCD allows me to be able to list every movie I've watched in the last 12 11 months. Don't even ask. Some of them were not watched for the first time (although most were), and a few ahem, Lord of the Rings were watched more than once. It's not a well-known fact, but I'm a movie fanatic. I watch quite a lot (well, at least for me and the time I have to do this is a lot), more even now than I used to. So all the movies that came out in the interim from last April to today (I've only been cataloging them that long) were watched in the movie theater because there is just some kind of satisfaction I get from movie-theaters. ;)

Movies:

The Haunting in Connecticut (3.5/5)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (4/5)
Marley & Me (4.5/5)
Angels and Demons (3/5)
The Uninvited (3.5)
♥♥♥ The Soloist (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ The Godfather (5/5)
My Sister's Keeper (4/5)
1408 (3/5)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (4.5/5)
Ghost Town (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Låt Den Rätte Komma In (Let the Right One In) (4.5/5)
The Chair (2/5)
♥♥♥ Airplane! (4.5/5)
Quarantine (3.5/5)
Idiocracy (2.5/5)
The Ugly Truth (4/5)
Bridget Jones's Diary (4/5)
♥♥♥ District 9 (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (4.5/5)
Iron Man (3/5)
The Strangers (3.5/5)
Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 (1.5/5)
♥♥♥ The Breakfast Club (5/5)
Jeepers Creepers (3/5)
Eagle Eye (3/5)
Fired Up (4/5)
Doubt (4/5)
My Bloody Valentine (2009) (5/5) (Please note: I gave this movie such a high rating because this was by far the worst movie I've seen ever. I rated it thus because I laughed a lung out, and I'm convinced one must possess a moderate amount of talent to make something this thoroughly bad but in the way that it was).
♥♥♥ Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (4.5/5) (Recommended to watch under the influence at least once.)
The Tale of Despereaux (4/5)
Get Smart (4/5)
Inkheart (4/5)
Ocean's 11 (1960) (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Avatar (5/5)
Lake Placid (4/5)
Exorcist - The Beginning (2/5)
♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (5/5)
♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (5/5)
♥♥♥ Paranormal Activity (3.5/5)
♥♥♥ Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Sherlock Holmes (4.5/5)
♥♥♥ Changeling (4.5/5)
Tropic Thunder (4/5)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) (2/5)
♥♥♥ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (5/5)
The Unborn (2009) (3/5)
Sixteen Candles (4/5)
Dark Water (2005) (3/5)
♥♥♥ Coraline (4/5)
♥♥♥ The Ring (4.5/5)
The Ring Two (1.5/5)
♥♥♥ Alice in Wonderland (2010) (4.5/5)
American Pie (4/5)
♥♥♥ The NeverEnding Story (5/5)

My rating in the brackets. ♥♥♥ means I really recommend it. I really wouldn't recommend anything I marked under 3, and whatever I did mark 3, I thought was just mediocre (I usually give a 3 to "meh" movies that I didn't dislike, but didn't particularly like, either). My tastes, of course. ;)
 
 
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