The Shape of Water is a film by acclaimed director Gillermo Del Toro. And it’s a dazzling, odd, unique, spell-binding fairytale.
It tells the story of a mute woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her encounter with a mysterious creature. From wikipedia: Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured amphibian creature.
The filmmaking is certainly some of the best of the year. Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg all give outstanding performances.
It really is an incredible, lovely, violent, romantic, and wonderous film.
Brene Brown is an auther and scholar who’s latest book is called, Rising Strong. She has previously completed notable work on vulnerability in Daring Greatly. This book was originally published in 2015, and I’m just getting around to reading it now.
Her work really challenges the reader to examing ones life, learn from her knowledge, and move forward in the world a little bit stronger, more self-aware.
She is also skilled at embracing the challenges of living a whole hearted life. Never says it is easy, but encourages everyone none-the less.
If you are interested in self-help books, this is certainly one to read.
Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.
What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Call me by your name is a novel by Andre Aciman. It is set in the Italian Riviera and is about a romance that forms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest. It is set in 1983.
It first got my attention when I saw the trailer for the upcoming film, based on the novel. It stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet and is directed by Luca Guadagino. Currently, the film sits at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and is not released until November 24th, 2017. So there is just enough time to get and read the book before the film is released.
Was curious about the novel because of the storyline of gay characters meeting each other unexpectedly, and via a romance. Plus, the film looks lush, well-made, and well produced. That it is starring Armie Hammer, was also intruiging as he is a fairly well known actor.
As it turns out, the novel is so well written in exploring and exposing so many emotions which come from love, lust, and romance. It unabashedly goes to the heart and body. It’s fascinating to me when gay stories are becoming more mainstream. Bigger directors, actors, and producers are geting behind different projects like never before. Perhaps the Oscar Best Picture winner, Moonlight, signaled a new future of more inclusive and diverse stories.
The novel evokes such longing, such desire, such passion. These are universal human experiences, and through the story of Elio and Oliver, we get a chance to swoon with the warmth of a summer romance in a little Italian town.
Originals is a book by Adam Grant, and Organizational psychologist. First became aware of him through his TedTalk, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers”. His approach to the suject matter is compelling and relatable. And he has the research to back it all up.
The book really digs into the concepts brought up in the talk, exploring a variety of aspects in discovering “originals” and they way they move about the world.
Often surprising, certainly unique. Word a listen and a read.