Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Review Day! Silver Linings Play Book Film Review + Abundance Book Review
And I'm happy to say it was fabulous! I laughed a lot! Jennifer Lawrence does her usual awesomesauce job with the character she's given. But the real treat is Bradley Cooper. I'm not always his biggest fan, but this case, he's fantastic!
**Warning. There's a lot of cussing in this film. Check out the high rating. When I'm referencing it, I'll just go with 'bleep.'
So at the beginning of the film, Cooper is released from a mental institution on the conditions of taking his meds and moving back in with his parents so they can supervise him. His parents--especially the great Robert De Niro--are quirky, and the kind of people that have a lot of trouble with the fact that their kid has problems. Not that they're mean or unsupportive, but you can tell they just aren't sure exactly what to do with him.
It's such a great story! Off-kilter, quirky romance films of the Nora Ephron variety have never resonated with me. I always got bored. But this one just grabs your attention and tugs at your heart. These two misfits deal with their own and one another's problems, sometimes by helping one another, other times by lashing out. Sometimes they succeed and you smile. Sometimes they fail and your heart just breaks for them. Other times they fail with such hilarity that you fall of the couch laughing.
Hysterical, oneupsmanship fights culminate in a hysterical dance sequence--and I just couldn't get enough.
Anyway, overall a very enjoyable film. One that deserves all the hype it's gotten. I would recommend it to anyone, but especially bookish people who enjoy light-hearted stories, eccentric-but-lovable characters, and...we'll call them discussions of classic novels. :D
Diamandis is basically a friggin' genius. He's a millionaire who funds all kinds of cool technology and inventions. In fact, he put together the X PRIZE--a five million dollar pot for the team that invented a personal space ship that could take private citizens into space. Now there's a standing prize of the same amount for whoever invents the medical tricorder from Star Trek.
This book is about all the awesome star trekkian technology that's being invented right now. Most of it doesn't get much press until it's packaged cheaply and available to the masses, but it's so cool to know what's being done. Everything from 3-D printing (which will eventually develop into Star Trek's food replicators), lab-on-a-chip medical devices, and vertical gardens that will eventually eradicate global hunger.
|Stark Trek's medical tricorder|
This book is exciting and Diamandis speaks with an excitement about all this work that's contagious. It's fun to find out what projects are under way that the masses don't know about and get excited about what the future holds.
"For the first time in forever, we don't need to figure out how to divide our pie into more slices, because we now know how to bake more pies. Everyone can win."--Peter Diamandis, AbundanceThis book is for anyone interested in invention, science, technology, and the state of our world outside of the negativity of the media and the masses. I would highly recommend it. :D
Have you seen Silver Linings Playbook? Anyone think they can invent the tricorder for $5 Mil?