Haiku and Review: Eleven Movies

It’s that time of the year…when I see a lot of movies.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thank you, Harrison
You owned this remake/retread
A new hope indeed.


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Why is Matt Damon
always needing to be saved?
Grow those potatoes.



Keaton at the helm
of a newspaper story.
Second chance justice.


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Walking and talking
can only take you so far.
“Sorry, a system…”


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Heroic Tom Hanks
can do no wrong in Berlin.
Nicely made, but yawn.



Sly Stallone can act.
Story is complicated.
You’ll stand up and cheer.


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It’s not quite Taken.
It’s actually a horror
movie in disguise.



Yes, it is precious.
Artsy-fartsy to a fault.
But oh, such beauty.


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This movie is bad.
Please, do not see it, ever.
Not worth the hate-watch.


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A woman in grief.
Two men who bring her love, life.
Leading Blythe, at last.



Saoirse surely shines
as the heartfelt immigrant
in this gorgeous film.

Love Love in Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2015

Huge thanks to the lovely folks at Booklist who chose Love Love as one of the titles for this year.  It’s not every day that I get to share a list with Jonathan Franzen, Lauren Groff, and Anne Tyler!  Here’s what they had to say about their picks:



The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.

And here’s the blurb for mine.

Love Love. By Sung J. Woo. Soft Skull, $15.95 (9781593766177).

Their father’s medical crisis reveals shocking lies and fractures in the lives of siblings Judy Lee, a 38-year-old temp who once dreamed of being an artist, and former tennis pro Kevin in Woo’s sharp, astute, and stunning novel of aging, loss, and disillusion.

Booklist, you made my year.


10/8/15 5pm: Buffalo Street Books @ Ithaca, NY

Cue the Daughtry song!

Well I’m going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.

Ithaca was my home for three wonderful years.  Not four, because the first year was really, really terrible (freshman fifteen, freshman blues, etc.).  The second was a big improvement (thank you, Phi Kappa Tau), and the third and the fourth were bliss.  So how lucky am I that I get to go home again.  Please join me at Buffalo Street Books (DeWitt Mall [Next to Greenstar Oasis], Ithaca NY, 14850) this Thursday at 5pm.  I love you, Ithaca!