Tuesday, July 28, 2009


latonya and i watched this entire film tonight. i hit stop on the remote one time so that we could shimmy downstairs and scoop a bit more of latonya's come-and-take-it texas style taco salad. then we finished watching the film. watched the whole thing. from minute one to minute 124. from the first blazing nipple to the last big toe . . . . . . . . and that's really all i've got to say about THE READER.

1.2 adult literacy programs out of 5. 


John Barber said...

Should have listened to me. You need more Bruce Campbell in your life! Get on Netflix and rent the entire series of The Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr. as your penance!

mialo - the feeling you get from watching The Reader

Stacey Lawlis said...

Kate's turn on Extras, prophetically explaining holocaust films and Oscars:


Tiffani R said...

This review may lead me to replace "The Reader" on my Netflix queue with "Revolutionary Road"...

the hamster said...

tiff r - then i feel, perhaps for the first time ever, that i have written a successful post here today.

jen said...

This will have to be one of my favorite scenes from the Reader:

Watch it a little ways and you will see it

the hamster said...

jen borden -

you can post a link on this blog ANYTIME!

this was funny.

myleswerntz said...

really? I thought this was a lot more moving than 1.2 out of 5. I mean, Ricky Gervais was right: he told Kate Winslet if she did a Holocaust movie, she'd get an Oscar. See EXTRAS, season 1, episode 1.

In all seriousness, I thought the tragedy of the film and reading was brilliantly played out. Apart from the ridiculous nudity, I would have given this at least 3 out of 5. It wasn't a classic, and I probably won't watch it again, but it wasn't terrible.

the hamster said...

myles - this film was terrible. the acting was great. the nudity was good. the whole deal about the reading aloud was right up my educational alley. but, by the end, i just didn't feel like anything added up to anything worthwhile. the story was intriguing, but it felt very forced, and the connections and overarcs were nearly ridiculous.

sorry, man, you and i will just have to agree that you're wrong this time.

Amber@theRunaMuck said...

"come-and-take-it texas-style"?

You're the funniest person that ever breathed.

the hamster said...

amber -

you really should see this:


i'm just trying to be a good republic-ster, supporting my new texas heritage. so is latonya. and she whips up some mean taco salad to prove it.

Tiffani R said...

One month after my comment on your post, "The Reader" arrived in my little institutional mailbox. I watched it tonight - and I would be in agreement with Myles that apart from random and gratuitous nudity (in particular, boobs, as it were)- I thought it was a decent movie and would give it 3 out of 5 or I daresay even 7 out of 10 (but not 8).
Though I thought the story was told about as slowly as any tale spun by a person raised in the south - and too slowly in my opinion, it did manage to make me feel compassion for Kate's character, and it made me think about morality and justice. And I think Kate Winslet turned in a pretty good performance.