Movie Review: Room (2015)

When I was small, I only knew small things. But now I'm five, I know everything.

Novel and movie are two different things. To avoid any disappointment, I stop comparing those two. I make peace upon them and just try to enjoy both. So far I am still amazed with Gone Girl, the book and movie both are excellent. 

When I heard that Room, one of the best-selling novels written by Emma Donoghue, would be adapted into screen, I didn't expect much. 

But the movie turns out to be awesome. The main characters, Ma and Jack are played beautifully by Brie Larson (Ma) and Jacob Tremblay (Jack). I feel the connection between Room the book and the movie perhaps since the writer, Emma Donoghue, was involved in the movie. Yes, Emma wrote the screenplay.

No wonder that the movie has received many awards and nominations. Brie Larson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress while Emma Donoghue's screenplay and Jacob Tremblay's performance have also received awards attention. So far Room the movie has received four nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards.

*Find more on the movie here.

**Credit to Youtube for the trailer.

The Goldfinch

Title: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
965 pages

Here is my experience. Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you. What you want to live and be happy in the world is a woman who has her own life and lets you have yours

--Boris to Theo in The Goldfinch p.740.

Theo Decker is only thirteen when he and his mother visit Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Out of the blue a terrorist bombs the place and kills Theo's mother and other art-loving citizen. Theo's life turns upside down since all this time he only lives together with his mother and avoids his alcoholic-abusive father. 

Theo then lives in one of his best friend house, a wealthy family, before finally his father comes and takes him to live with him in Las Vegas where he meets his 'best friend' Boris. When his father at last dies in a car accident, it's time for Theo to start his life all over again.

This book written by Donna Tartt and won lots of awards. To name a few, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 and Amazon selected the novel as the 2013 Best Book of the Year.  

The quality of the plotting, the characterization and the dialog are consistently excellent. The author explores grief, loss and art in a beautiful way. Let's follow Theo's journey. Started from New York, Las Vegas and ended in Amsterdam. Get ready to feel the ambience of The Catcher in the Rye, Great Expectation and Oliver Twist. Such a rich prose. This almost 1000 pages of book is definitely a page-turner.    

Turning 43

I am not getting old,

 I am becoming a classic.

 --Paulo Coelho 


Top Five Favorite Books in 2015

Last year I just read very limited numbers of books. Even the posting in 2015 was the least comparing to previous years. Yet let's refer to expert's opinion that says 'quality counts not quantity' #excuses.

Let's check the list:
1. Ripper by Isabel Allende

2. Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

3. All the Light We cannot See by Anthony Doerr

4.The Girls in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

5. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

Beside those five, I actually also love The Museum of Extraordinary Things written by Alice Hoffman and one Indonesian book Cantik Itu Luka by Eka Kurniawan. Those two are also specials and highly recommended. 

What's the resolution for 2016? Definitely, a reliable time management.  

Turning 9

Our new year baby, Zea, was turning 9 yesterday. 
Stay happy and healthy, sweety pie.