DVD Ida

I know I’m going to like this Polish DVD if ever I can stay awake. It’s filmed in black and white (a pleasant change) and the acting is excellent. The story involves a novice nun who discovers she has an aunt. Before taking vows, she spends time with this aunt researching her unknown background. This is as far as I got.

Ida

Lawrence Block

Since seeing the movie A walk among the tombstones I took home Block’s A drop of the hard stuff for Dennis. But I ended up starting it. And liking it. The main character is Matthew Scudder, private investigator without a license. He had a gold shield in the NYPD and it hasn’t yet been revealed why he retired. Or why he isn’t licensed. He has met up with a boyhood friend, Harry,  from the old neighborhood while attending an AA meeting. Part of the step program is to make amends to all one has harmed while still drinking. Harry has been shot and Harry’s sponsor has the amendees names he was working on. Seems someone didn’t want him to talk.

The book reads much like a Lee Child but Scudder is a bit more refined that Reacher. Have not read Child’s newest — several people have been disappointed with Personal.

Tennessee Williams: mad pilgrimage of the flesh, by John Lahr

This book begins with Williams’ first big success, The Glass Menagerie, which I happened to act in in a high school production. So I have learned an enormous amount of background to the play, which I’m sure as teenagers we weren’t interested in. (The mother, Amanda, was modeled on his mother.) The play was hugely popular, with Laurette Taylor coming out of semi-retirement (alcohol) to star as Amanda.  Williams upbringing was total repression of any sexual impulses or thoughts. He was a virgin until 27 and his late twenties and throughout his thirties, his mission in life was to unlearn repression. The book is about 600 pages, so stay tuned.

A walk among the tombstones

This is a movie about two psychopaths and the unlicensed private eye who goes after them. Liam Neeson stars as the PI who was a police officer and is now a recovering alcoholic (surprise, surprise). The duo of kidnappiers are targeting the families of criminal drug dealers. Scudder comes off as unscrupulous and sympathetic, as he picks up a teenage side kick whom he sort of mentors.  Real violence and nasty characters. From a Lawrence Block book. Dennis and I loved it.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (Matthew Scudder Series #10)