The novel is a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl, as Ebershoff stated, does not try to tell a true story. He has not only imagined most of what he wrote about Elbe's inner life, but he has also fabricated all of the other characters in the book, most important among them Wegener's blue-blooded American-born wife, Greta Waud, from Pasadena, California.
Bridget Jones's Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
Bridget is knowing, obviously attractive but never too convinced of the fact, and prone ever to fear the worst. In the case of her boss, Daniel, who sends sexy e-mail messages but really plans to marry someone else, she's a tad blind. And in the case of glamorous lawyer Mark Darcy, whom her parents want her to marry, she turns out to be way off the mark.
Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott and based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, is a Sci-fi slash Noir film about a cop named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) in a decrepit 2019 Los Angeles whose job it is to "retire" four genetically engineered cyborgs, known as "Replicants". The four fugitives, Pris (Daryl Hannah), Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), Leon (Brion James), and their leader, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), have escaped from an off-world colony in order to find their creator and bully him into expanding their pre-determined four year life span. This film originally flopped when it came out in 1982, but since has become a widely acclaimed cult classic with a director's cut to boot. A large part of the success that this movie has received can be attributed to its ability to operate on many different levels.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of a whaleship which was attacked by a large bull sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. After the shipwreck, the crew made a journey of over 4,500 miles across the ocean with limited provisions and in small whaleboats. Included in this narrative are the history of whaling in Nantucket, the experiences of whaling, and the effects of starvation and dehydration.
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. When the two men dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
1.Read the book, if you have time. Each month, prior to the movie showing, copies of the selected title will be available in the library's rotunda.
2.Join us for the movie even if you haven't read the book. Bring your own carry-out dinner to enjoy while you watch the movie.
3.Talk about the book and film. Following the movie, you are invited to participate in a guided discussion.
4.You might win fabulous prizes when you attend Reel Reader events!