Upcoming! and pie…

It’s that time of year; start watching for countdowns and best-of lists!


But first, a pie photo. A gratuitous pie photo that helps justify the blog name:

taffypie These are taffy pies. Yep, that’s meringue…

Here are the Top 20 Movies to See Before Awards Season Summarized from Elle Magazine article dated Oct 11, 2016:

The Girl on the Train – No, have yet to read! I know, right? What’s up with that? I’ve just not gotten around to it. Actually had a friend loan me her Kindle but had to return it before reading the book. oops.

The Birth of a Nation – as far as I could tell, Nate Parker wrote this about Nat Turner as an original screenplay. You may be interested in The Confessions of Nat Turner, supposedly or ‘sold as’ a primary account but even this is controversial.

Moonlight – coming of age story, original screenplay.

Hacksaw Ridge – WW2. Mel Gibson.

Loving – such a sad story about brave people.

Arrival – “A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.”  Go ahead, tell me what this sort of reminds you of. THE SPARROW! Yea, a little different but still. Linguistics and space aliens! Renner plays a mathematician.

Elle – French revenge. Based on a novel by Philippe Djian.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – based on the book by Ben Fountain I have yet to read.

Manchester by the Sea – Casey Affleck. Looks heart-wrenching. Original screenplay.

Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford wrote and directed Nocturnal Animals, which is based on Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan. Tom Ford makes visually beautiful films. Or the one I’ve seen was gorgeous anyway.

Allied – WW2. Original screenplay.

Lion – Based on A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. I’m hoping it is happy.

Jackie – Natalie Portman as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Miss Sloane – Gun control politics. Jessica Chastain.

La La Land – it’s a MUSICAL PEOPLE! Can’t wait.

Patriot’s Day – I’ll watch it for sure. Boston Strong.

Passengers – love story in space. Actually, when I first saw the photo that accompanied this story, I couldn’t help thinking about that Julia Roberts rom com movie where she plays an actress that goes to space…

Silence – Based on Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name. Might as well add it to my Classics list (1966).

Hidden Figures – YES! And click here to go to goodreads and put the book by Margot Lee Shetterley on your tbr. Mathematicians.  <— MATHS PEOPLE.

Fences – Adapted screenplay based on a play? Great cast.

BLUE titles based on books as far as I could tell.  I hope to see at least one or two before the Oscars and maybe read one, or two.


I’m just going to leave this here… and walk away.






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15 thoughts on “Upcoming! and pie…

  1. Billy’s Long Halftime Walk is kind of unremarkable while reading it but it hits you later how powerful it is. I read it and then listened to the audio because it stayed with me in a way that most books do not. Both experiences were good. The movie should be good too.

  2. I have been told that The Arrival is based on a short story by Ted Chiang, so there may be a literary connection there?

    I want to see Fences. As I understand it, Washington and Davis are reprising their roles from the stage version and I have seen two of the other plays in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh cycle, so I would like to add this one to the list..maybe achieve all 10 some day.

  3. I never see movies in the theater anymore! Not since my kiddo arrived. I’ve seen exactly three in the theater in five years. One of which was The Angry Birds Movie, at kiddo’s request. 🙂 I can’t wait till I have time and babysitting is no longer an issue and I can go see movies again!

    Anyway, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a good book. We read it in my book group and it made for a good discussion.

  4. Haven’t seen a single one of those movies though I did just discuss Girl on the Train with a book group. We’re planning a group viewing at the second run next week.

    I agree, no such thing as a gratuitous pie photo — as long as you share the recipe!

    Finally — is that Julia Roberts movie Notting Hill? Her movie actress character is promoting a movie set in space when she meets the charming Hugh Grant. One of my favorites, and I love the bit when he accidentally wanders into the press junket and pretends he’s a journalist from Horse & Hound magazine. He is so awkward and adorable.

  5. Those pies are beautiful! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who immediately thought of The Sparrow when they saw the trailer for The Arrival. I haven’t seen reviews of The Arrival yet, but I’m hoping people like it — I always want more stories about linguists doing awesome linguist things!

  6. Seriously laughing at your tags!

    I highly doubt I will see any of these movies, but that’s okay. Granted, I highly doubt I will read any of the books on which they are based either. Not so okay. But I am okay with that. 🙂

    1. Goodness, my movie-watching is just SAD and I have every intention to seeing everyone one of these. But I won’t. OR won’t until I retire. Which at that time, I intend on watching movies by actor. Like I want to see all the great hits by Jon Cusack and then Brad Pitt and then …. Josh Hartnett, or NO! Yes Channing Tatum. and then Hugh Jackman. I might read one or two.

  7. Hi! I miss you!! I always think of you at this time of year because of pie 🙂

    I hope I see you on Twitter soon so that we can share musical puns, too! Or pie puns! I don’t discriminate against puns.

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