Category Archives: Books – 2000

Norwegian Wood

Movie Release Date: 2010 (Japan) / July 15, 2011 (Canada)
Directed By: Tran Anh Hung
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Kenichi Matsuyama
Movie plot:

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki’s girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. –

Book Release Date: 1987 (Japanese) /  2000 (English)
Originally Published as: ノルウェイの森 / Noruwei no mori / Norwegian Wood
Written By: Haruki Murakami
Book Description:

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

A poignant story of one college student”s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man”s first, hopeless, and heroic love. – From ‘Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group’ book jacket

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The Vow

Movie Release Date: 2012
Directed By: Michael Sucsy
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum and Sam Neill
Movie plot:

A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again. –

Book Release Date: January 1st, 2000
Originally Published as: The Vow: The Kim & Krickitt Carpenter Story
Written By: Kim Carpenter, Krickett Carpenter (with John Perry)
Book Description:

The life that Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew was shattered on November 24, 1993, two months after their marriage, when their car was hit from behind by a fast-moving truck. A massive head injury left Krickitt in a coma for weeks. When she finally emerged from the coma, she recognized everyone but Kim. The Vow is the true tale of the reconstruction of two lives and a marriage after a life-changing event. – From ‘B&H Publishing Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Books - 2000, Movies - 2012


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My Week With Marilyn

Movie Release Date: November 23rd, 2011
Directed By: Simon Curtis
Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh
Movie plot:

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. –

Based on: “The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” (1995) and “My Week with Marilyn” (2000)
Written By: Colin Clark
“The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” Book Description:

When Colin Clark left college in the 1950s, he got a job as a gofer on the set of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. The film should have been a box office smash, but even before cameras rolled, things began going wrong–and Clark recorded it all in this beguiling, fly-on-the-wall diary. – From ‘Vhps Hardcover’ book jacket

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Books - 1995, Books - 2000, Movies - 2011


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Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Movie Release Date: June 10th, 2011
Directed By: John Schultz
Starring: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham and Parris Mosteller
Movie plot:

Third-grader Judy Moody sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life. –

Written By: Megan McDonald

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Books - 2000, Movies - 2011


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The Bang Bang Club

Movie Release Date: June 23rd, 2011
Directed By: Steven Silver
Starring: Malin Akerman, Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch
Movie plot:

A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa. –

Book Release Date: September 20th, 2000
Originally Published as: The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots From A Hidden War
Written By: Greg Marinovich
Book Description:

The Bang-Bang Club is the story of four young photographers who covered the last years of apartheid, taking many of the most memorable photographs of the period. In this stunning new book, the group”s two surviving members recount their political, emotional, and personal journeys through these violent years as South Africa moved toward democracy. Along the way we accompany them on free-lance assignments to other war-torn regions, including the former Yugoslavia and the Sudan, where one member of the group shoots what has become a world-famous photograph of a starving child stalked by a vulture.The boldness that earned the group its nickname, that prompted them to rush headlong into dangerous situations in pursuit of an image, forces them to consider difficult questions that lie at the heart of their work: When does their sense of humanity overwhelm their ambition and professional duties? When do they put aside their cameras and their impartiality and get involved? These are the moral dilemmas that the Bang-Bang Club grappled with on a daily basis. – From ‘Basic Books’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Books - 2000, Movies - 2011


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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Movie Release Date: February 13th 2009
Directed By: P.J. Hogan
Isla Fisher, Hugh Darcy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow and Leslie Bibb
Movie plot:

A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur. –

Book Release Date: 2000
Originally Published as: The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
Written By: Sophie Kinsella
Book Description:

Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she”s never looked better….
Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London”s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season”s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can”t actually afford it — not any of it.
Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn”t pay much at all. And lately Becky”s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can”t bear to read — and they”re getting ever harder to ignore.
She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky”s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….
Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.
Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times — and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood”s hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance. – From ‘Random House’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Books, Books - 2000, Movies, Movies - 2009


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