Saturday, December 22, 2012

Favorites: 2012

Film: Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features)
Television: Louie (FX)
Album: Sun, Cat Power (Matador Records)
Book: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (Dutton)
Game: Sounders 1:0 Real Salt Lake, November 8 (Western Conference Semifinal)
Video: Carly Rae Jepson, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, "Call Me Maybe"

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" showing at Capitol Theater

What does Stephen Chbosky have in common with Harper Lee?  They have both written exactly one novel.  Obviously "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is not as famous as "To Kill a Mockingbird," but in the field of Young Adult Literature, "Perks" is already considered a classic.  However, Harper Lee never got to direct the film adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird."  Stephen Chbosky wrote the screenplay and directed the film version of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."  As an independent film, "Perks" has not had a wide release; it played 745 theaters at its widest point (a Hollywood blockbuster will play over 4,000 screens).  Therefore, the film's two week run at the Capitol Theater is significant.  This is your chance to see the film on the big screen.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is rated PG-13.  It is intended for teen audiences.

The film stars Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson.

The Olympia Film Society website is here.

You can read Roger Ebert's review of the film here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Introducing Seattle Reign FC

The name of the Seattle team in the newly-formed National Women's Soccer League was announced today: Seattle Reign FC.  I'm actually not a big fan of the name.  I tend to dislike singular nouns as team nicknames: Storm, Thunder, Galaxy, etc.  Yuck.  However, the team crest is fantastic.  And I'm definitely excited that Seattle will have a women's professional team.  Remember, the Sounders Women are a semi-professional team.  Seattle Reign FC's chief rival will be Portalnd Thorns FC.  Hopefully, the top U.S. Women players will be joining the league.  I assume the Reign will be playing home matches at Starfire, but nothing has been announced yet.  It would definitely be cool if Seattle could play Portland in a match at CenturyLink.  So while I'll probably never love the name Seattle Reign FC, I will still be a proud supporter.  Let's Go, Reign FC!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Northern & Western Europe Quiz

Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands.

You can print a blank map of Europe here.

Reading Log #8

Over break you need to read at minimum one entire book and read for a minimum of 3 hours.  The book must be a book you have not read previously.  If you are currently in the middle of a book you need to finish that book and then in addition read the amount of an additional book equivalent to the number of pages you had already read in the original book.


Did you meet the minimum reading requirement?

Where was the most enjoyable location at which you read?  Describe the location.

What was your favorite book that you read?  What did you most like about this particular book?

What are you planning on reading next?  Where did you hear about this particular book?