Saturday, January 31, 2009

Someone for Mr. Sussman - Patricia Polacco

For: Older kids
Published: 2008

A young man tells the story of his Bubbie, who is a matchmaker in New York City. One of her clients is Mr. Sussman. But Mr. Sussman has no idea what he wants in a wife. He comes up with idea after idea, and after each one Bubbie complies - herself. But nothing makes him happy - perhaps because Bubbie goes so overboard. At the end, of course, Mrs. S. realizes his perfect wife was right there under his nose the whole time - Bubbie.

There are many Jewish references and information. Polacco's great illustrations and a really fun story work well together to create a great read.

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Langston Hughes

Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
For: Absolutely everyone!
Published: Jan. 2009
Rating 5
Read: Jan, 2009 (Library book)
Endpapers: Bright mustard
"Dedicated to the heroes of the civil rights movement - E.B.L."

My first 2009 copyrighted picture book - and it's a winner. Langston Hughes wrote this poem in 1920, when he was 18, and the watercolor illustrations that E. B. Lewis has created make me want to cry, they're so beautiful. One line per double-page spread - and each one is a breath-taking painting on its own.

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

I've known rivers:
I've know rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of
.....human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.

I looked up the Nile and raised pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans,
.....and I've seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

---Langston Hughes

There's Nothing to Do on Mars - Chris Gall

Published: 2008
Rating: 3 (me), but one of my students brought this in to show me and really loved it - more than a 3
Endpapers: Clay red with chalk-like notes that are at LEAST as interesting as the story

Chris Gall is a Tucson resident.

Davey Martin's parents turn their silver travel trailer into a space ship and move to Mars. They live there, alone, with their heads in glass-like bubbles. Davey feels constantly bored, although he and his robot-dog Polaris zip all over the planet on his scooter. They play with Martians, climb a tree, build a fort, dig for treasure - until they unleash a volcano of water. Now more and more people come from Earth to vacation on Mars, making Davey's parents decide to move to Saturn -- where he KNOWS there'll be nothing to do!

Illustrations are scratched on a clay colored board - they're all very Mars-y looking. Framed in a thick black line with a whie border around the edge of the page. Looks good.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Birthday Tree - Paul Fleischman

Illustrator: Barry Root
Published: Original 1979, newly illustrated 2008
Rating: 4
Endpapers: Glossy rust with newly planted tree in 2" oval on front, Fully grown (and happy!) in the same oval in the back

Barry Root did a lovely job illustratiing this "second coming" of The Birthday Tree. His watercolors are lovely and fit the story beautifully. The cover doesn't seem particularly enticing, but the corresponding illustration inside works just fine. It may be the font of the title that turns me off.

"Once there was a sailor who fled from the sea. He and his wife had lost three sons to the waves, so they gathered up their belongings in a creaky wheelbarrow and left the water behind them." The went three days away from the sea, built a house, had another son, named him Jack, and planted a tree to commemorate his birth. The tree grew. Jack grew. Jack played in the tree and snoozed underneath it. And soon Jack's parents discovered that when Jack was feeling poorly, the tree drooped. When he was happy, the tree was perky.

"The sailor and his wife never spoke of the sea. Yet sometimes a strong, salt wind would blow in from the ocean and the sailor would notice Jack sniffing the air with curiosity." Jack takes off, and they watch for signs on the tree that indicate Jack's happiness and whereabouts. They "see" him traveling the sea, happy for awhile, then shipwrecked, starving, dying, then being rescued. Just when they don't know what's happened to him, they find him curled up and asleep in his bed - home at last.

Someone said this book is a parable. It's certainly mystical. It's a cool story by one of my all-time favorite writers.

8. Blood Work - Michael Connelly

AUDIO Read by Dick Hill
For: Adults
Book Pub: 1998
Audio: 1998 Brilliance
11 discs/13 hours
480 pgs.
Rating: 5 Connelly never disappoints! How does he do it, over and over again?
Finished: Jan. 28, 2009

Different protagonist, same setting. This is Terry McCaleb's first outing, but the story is set in LA, as are all Connelly's Harry Bosch novels. I read this before the next Harry Bosch, since the two protagonists will apparently come
together. Clint Eastwood was Terry McCaleb in a 2002 movie -- the storyline did not seem at all familiar, so I guess I didn't see the movie, which is hard to believe, but I've put it next on my queueueue (I never know how to spell that word) at Netflix.

Terry McCaleb used to be an FBI whiz. Now he's an unemployed transplanted heart recipient living on a broken-down sailboat in a somewhere-near-LA marina. A lovely young women tracks him down after a newspaper article about his transplant, asking him to investigate the murder of her sister - the woman whose heart is now beating in Terry's chest. What follows is a satisfying story that goes a mile-a-minute. He's clever. So is the murderer. And then it gets REALLY personal. Too personal for Terry. Love. Mystery. Fast paced. Really good. Thank goodness there's more to come!

Monday, January 26, 2009


NEWBERY Winner: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Newbery Honors:
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

CALDECOTT Winner: The House in the Night (by Susan Marie Swanson) illustrated by Beth Krommes

Caldecott Honors
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever written & illustrated by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography written & illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams (By Jen Bryant) illustrated by Melisa Sweet

PRINTZ Winner: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Printz Honors:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves, by M. T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Sunday, January 25, 2009

7. Pieces of Georgia - Jen Bryant

For: Young adults, gr. 6-9
Published: 2006
166 pgs.
Rating: 4
FInished: Jan. 25, 2009

Georgia McCoy is a shy, thirteen-year-old seventh grader whose mother died when she was seven. Her father has been withdrawn and won't even talk about her, but keeps her art journal in his pickup with him at all times. Georgia is a gifted artist, like her mom, but it is not until her guidance counselor gives her a journal and she begins "talking" to her mother that things start to come together for her. At the same time, she receives an anonymous membership to the nearby Brandywine River Museum. She can get there by bus, and begins once or twice weekly excursions there, loving the art of the Wyeth family - N. C., Andrew, and Jamie. Her art teacher encourages her to enter a contest to received an art grant, so Georgia begins creating a portfolio.

The story is simple, the theme is simple, the writing is in verse - so it's an easy-to-read and understand story that will give teenagers plenty to mull over. There are 62 journal entries. I'm not quite sure why they were written in verse form, but the diary, first person telling is very effective. It was a very good read.

Here are paintings by the Wyeths - Pumpkinhead by Jamie Wyeth, Helga by Andrew Wyeth and a Pirate by N. C. Wyeth, all mentioned in the book.

Addendum on Monday, January 26, 2009: I finished this book yesterday, and Jen Bryant's book: A River of Words, the Story of William Carlos Williams today won the Caldecott Award for its illustrations by Melissa Sweet. Sweet!

6. The Shadows of Ghadames - Joelle Stolz

Translated from French by Catherine Temerson
Published in French : 1999, Translated in: 2004
2005 Batchelder Award (Best Translation/Children's Book)
118 pgs.
Rating: 5
Finished: Jan. 25, 2009

This book took me to a place that I might have never known a small city in the middle of the Sahara Desert in Libya, Africa, at the end of the 19th century. I went to the computer and looked up Ghadames and Libya to learn a little more. I knew about Ghadhafi, of course. But I didnt' know that Libya is Africa's fourth largest country (about the size of Alaska), that the famous Tripoli (from the Halls of Montezuma.....) is the capital, that it's a conservative Islamic country, and the women still cover themselves completely from head to toe.

The writiing in this short book is really quite lovely, I would have never guessed that it was translated. That means that Catherine Temeson deserves quite a bit of credit for a job well done. There is so much subtle description in the story that I could really, really picture it. The cover is really cool, and the red sketched border is apparently what they used to decorate the interior of their homes - I found some great photographs on websites.
Malika, a twelve-year-old girl, lives with her father, her mother, Meriem, her father's second wife, Bilkisu, and her half brother, Jasim.

"The rooftops of Ghadames are like a city above the city, an open, sunny town for women only, where they walk about, lead their own lives, visit one another, and never talk to men. Twenty feet below, the men walk in the cool shade of the alleyways, conduct business, and never talk to women. These two worlds, my mother often says, are as necessary and different as the sun and the moon. And the sun and the moon never meet, except at the beginning and end of the night."

Malika's father is a businessman who leads caravans across the Sahara to help supply the isolated town with the goods the people need to survive. She really loves her father, and he dotes on her. The story begins with his leaving on a journey, the meat of the story takes place now. A young man is badly injured trying to flee one of the religious clans that don't like his way of thinking. Bilkisu and Milake save him, hide him, protect him, and he, in turn, teaches Malika how to read and write. Somehow the story is not as significant as what is learned about the culture and way of life. I'm guessing it's pretty well researched, I hope it's an accurate portrayal, because it was incredibly interesting, and would be for kids, too. That the women live and cook and party and gossip and go to market completely and totally on the rooftops! ! ! ! Amazing - and I can totally picture it!

Saturday, January 24, 2009


In Time 12-2-11
....."Thrilling to watch and interesting to think about"

Breaking Dawn Part 1 11-24-11
.....PG-13 - 89% "Splendid scenery, sets, and makeup"

The Big Year 11-16-11
.....PG  - 86% "Obsessed birders with heart," fun to watch three really good actors

Three Musketeers 10-31-11
Cowboys and Aliens
Mighty Macs
The Names of Love
Friends with Benefits
Nora's Will
The Debt
Horrible Bosses
.....R - 74% Sheila hated it and left - pretty crass, but funny in places

Super 8 8-26-11
.....PG-13 - 82% - A modern-day Goonies.  Fun.

Mr. Popper's Penguins 8-22-11
.....PG - 90% - A Surprising Delight

The Help 8-17-11
.....PG-13 - 87% - With I'd read the book first - the movie was a very good period piece.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2  8-8-11
.....PG-13 - 79% - All Harry's movie...not quite enough of everyone else....

Crazy, Stupid, Love 8-7-11
.....PG-13 - 86% - Watching what the men will wear next is the best part...really cool outfits!

The Double Hour 7-30-11
.....unrated - 91% - Good movie.  Good mystery.  Great storytelling.

Transformers, Dark of the Moon 7-21-11
.....PG-13 - 36%  Brendan really enjoyed it.  I didn't.

Joueuse/Queen to Play 7-16-11
.....unrated - 79% - Lovely setting, a little too much chess

Larry Crowne 7-11-11
.....PG-13 - 83% - Light and entertaining

.....87%  Just plain fun

The Beaver 6-30-11
.....92% - Oddly endearing

Midnight in Paris 6-18-11
.....PG-13 - 98% Absolutely charming....and fun!

Amreeka 6-9-11
.....PG-13 - 90%  Another good one!

Source Code 6-8-2011
.....PG-13  -  91%  Super!

Incendies 5-29-11
....96%  Powerful - a masterful piece of storytelling

.....92% -  Rip Roarin' Funny! ! !

Jane Eyre 4-28-11
.....90% -  a lovely film for a classic story

The Adjustment Bureau
.....83% - Clever entertainment

Hanna 4-23-11
.....68% - I expected something more, but I'm not sure what....

The Lincoln Lawyer 4-21-11
.....84%  Michael Connelly and Matthew McConaughey- a winning combo

Win Win 4-17-11
.....R - 90% A super movie!

Paul 3-30-11
.....R - 82%  A Riot!

No Strings Attached 3-26-11
.....R - 91%  Delightful!

Cedar Rapids 3-19-11
.....R - 91%  Funnnnneeeee.....and fun

Beastly 3-15-11
.....PG-13 - 80%  Enjoyed the book, enjoyed the movie

The Fighter 3-6-11
.....R - 95%  Great accents...acting....and story!

Gnomeo & Juliet 3-1-11
.....58%  Ho Hum

I Am Number Four 2-22-11
.....80%  SO kept my attention, but the book was better.

Unknown 2-21-11
.....88%  A wonderful mind-tickler

The Social Network 2-14-11
.....97%  Intriguing!

Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 2-13-11
.....69%  Disappointing, left me wanting something more....

True Grit 2-6-11
.....94%  So good!

Tiny Furniture 2-6-11
.....39% pathetic protagonist, did NOTHING for me.

Country Strong 1-26-11
 .....73% Love the music.

The King's Speech 1-5-11
.....R 97%  Amazing acting, my favorite movie of 2011

Black Swan 12-20-10
.....R - 85%  Intriguing psychological story with too much ballet

Fair Game 12-9-10
.....PG-13 - 93%  Entertaining AND educating.

Love and Other Drugs 12-4-10
.....R - 85%  Nothing like what I expected.  Jake!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows Part 1 12-2-10
.....PG-13 - 92%  The book dragged, the movie didn't!

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 10-31-10
.....R - 86% I liked it a lot, despite not-so-great reviews

The Town 10-7-10
.....R - 87%  Great setting (Boston) and great accents!

Secret in Their Eyes 9-23-10
.....R - 97%  Great movie - an Argentinian murder mystery

Easy A 9-22-10
.....PG-13 - 90%  Delightful.  Fun.  Clever

Winter's Bone 9-11-10
.....R - 86%  Bleak, sad, depressing, but wonderfully put together

Eat, Pray, Love 8-25-10
.....PG-13 - 70%  Gorgeous settings - Rome, India, Bali

The Girl Who Played With Fire 8-22-10
.....R - 88%  Mesmerizing - but not as good as the first one

Mother and Child 8-14-10
.....R - 89% A beautifully woven  beautiful story

The Other Guys 8-13-2-10
.....PG-13 - 71%  Very funny - it's meant to be stupid so you don't mind that it is.

I Am Love 8-5-10
.....R - 81%  Some WOW, Some Blech

Cyrus 7-22-10
....R- 66%  Nowhere as good as expected...disappointing, actually

Grown Ups 7-18-10
.....PG-13 - 85%  Hilarious!

Bounty Hunter 7-8-10
.....PG-13 - 55%  Cute but trite

Eclipse 7-4-10
.....PG-13 - 89%  Better than the book!

Just Wright 7-2-10
.....PG - 72%  predictable...but fun

Knight and Day 6-30-10
.....PG-13 - 85%  Funny and action-packed

The Karate Kid 6-24-10
.....PG - 87% Fun movie, yucky bullies...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 6-13-10
.....R - 97%  Wow.  An incredible movie!

Iron Man 2 5-25-10
.....PG-13 - 42%  Can't even compare to Iron Man 1

Letters to Juliet 5-15-10
..... PG - 76% A sweet, feel-ggod, predictable love story

City Island 5-13-10
.....R - 95% A new favorite - quirky with lots of laughs

She's Out of My League 5-5-10 - Haha funny and quite sweet
.....R - 84%

Date Night 4-28-10 - Fun and Funnnnnnny
.....PG-13 - 87%

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 4-27-20 Enjoyed the book AND the movie
.....PG - 77%

The Back-up Plan 4-26-10 - Don't expect any surprises - but gorgeous protagonists
.....PG-13 - 40%

Greenberg 4-13-10
.....R - 45% - Slow-moving, hard to care about the characters

Hot Tub Time Machine 4-2-10
.....R - 38% - This really stunk

From Paris With Love 3-30-10
.....R - 68% - A bit boring at first, but redeemed itself with tongue-in-cheek humor

Invictus 3-24-10
.....PG-13 - 86% don't even need to "get" rugby

The Ghost Writer 3-12-10
.....PG-12 - 81% Kept me engrossed and thinking

The Last Station 2-22-10
.....R - 88% A fascinating story. Three "amazing" actors in a row - let's add James McAvoy!

A Single Man 2-21-10
.....R - 90% This time is was Colin Furth that was amazing!

Crazy Heart 1-30-10
.....R - 96% Jeff Bridges was amazing!

New York, I Love You 1-26-10
.....R - 82% Artsy and different

Leap Year 1-19-10
.....PG - 63% Adorable but SO predictable

Avatar 1-10-10
.....PG-13 - 96%

It's Complicated 1-6-10
.....R - 84%

Precious 1-5-10
.....R - 94% Powerful. Great Acting. Tough to watch.

Sabah, A Love Story 1-2-10
.....NR - 88% My kind of movie

Alvin & the Chipmunks, the Squeakuel 12-26-09
.....PG - 50% The kids loved it.

Up in the Air 12-25-09
.....R - 90% Completely enjoyable.

Secret Life of Words 12-18-09
.....NR - 83% Indie, off-beat, and interesting

New Moon 12-2-09
.....PG-13 - 60% Entertaining...though quite long....

Capitalism, A Love Story 11-28-09
.....NR - 74% Informative, but a little choppy

The Blind Side 11-26-09
.....PG-13 - 90% A based-on-real-life feel-good movie

Julie & Julia 11-25-09
.....PG-13 - 96% Simply wonderful in every way

The Invention of Lying 11-19-09
.....PG-13 - 65% Some good chuckles, entertaining....

Whip It 10-31-09
....PG-13 - 93% Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment

A Serious Man 10-29-09
.....R - 93% Adored this Coen Brothers black comedy

My One and Only 9-24-09
.....PG-13 - 72% A surprise hit for me.

Adam 9-1-09
.....PG-13 90% - Wonderful acting and moving story.

The Time Traveler's Wife 8-19-09
.....PG-13 - 89% Better than expected...a tear jerker, though.

Public Enemies - 8-6-09
.....R - 88% Really good movie

The Ugly Truth - 7-30-09
.....R - 55% Cute but silly

17 Again 7-20-09
.....PG-13 - 78% Cute and light

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 7-15-09
.....PG - 91% A blast!

The Brothers Bloom 7-14-09
.....PG-13 - 91% Great story with really likeable protagonists

The Proposal 7-6-09
.....PG-13 - 90% - Charming and really, really funny

My Life in Ruins 6/10/09
...PG-13 - 25% Al waste of time

Gigantic 6/2/09
...R - 95% - Quirky and clever, a new favorite

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont 5/31/09
.....NR - 91% - Wonderful

Angels & Demons
.....PG-13 - 70% - Nonstop action with never a dull moment

New in Town
.....PG - 75% - Predictable, cute, and charming

Adventureland 5/15/09
.....R - 70% Entertaining, untrivialized comedy-drama

State of Play 5/12/09
.....PG-13 - 75% Very Good with suspense and a twist

Duplicity 5/7/09
.....PG-13 - 70% Very entertaining

Two Lovers 5/5/09
.....R - 80% Like it a lot

Sunshine Cleaning 4/27/09
.....R - 95% Loved it.

Monsters vs. Aliens 4/22/09
.....PG - 75% A fun movie

Doubt 2/25/09
.....PG-13 - 80% Fantastic acting

Slumdog Millionaire 2/4/09
.....R - 94% Outstanding

Last Chance Harvey 1/22/09
.....R - 60% - Super

It's almost Academy Award time! Let's see if I can see any more of the nominated top five before they're announced. Nominated:
.....Milk (loved it, rated it 93%)
.....Slumdog Millionaire (loved it, too, rated it 94%)
.....Curious Case of Benjamin Button
.....Frost/Nixon (saw it on the plane, so-so)
..............The Reader
How can you choose a "BEST" movie when they are so very different??

Nothing Like the Holidays 12/16/08
.....PG13 - 80% - I liked it a lot

Milk 12/13/08
.....R - 93% - Super

Happy-Go-Lucky 12/12/08
.....R - 90% - Charming and fun

Rachel Getting Married 12/2/08
.....R - Story 25%/Acting 85% - Unsettling

Twilight 11/27/08
.....PG13 - 60% - Pretty much what I expected

What Just Happened 11/21/08
.....R - 40% - Mostly boring, much emotional sadness, some funny parts

Secret Life of Bees 11/18/08
.....PG13 - 90% - Wonderful

Ghost Town 11/7/08
.....PG13 - 70% - Imaginative and quite funny

Zack and Miri Make a Porno 10/31/08
.....R - 67% - Fun, Funny, Sweet -- and Tasteless & Raunchy

Pride and Glory 10/28/08
.....R - 90% - A good murder mystery on film

Bottle Shock 10/24/08
.....PG13 - 75% Lots of Fun

Transsiberian 10/16/08
.....R - 80% - Hey, this was good

Hamlet 2 9/28/08
.....R - 40% - Expecting More

The House Bunny 9/14/08
.....PG13 - 25% - Extremely silly

Vicky Cristina Barcelona 8/27/08
.....PG13 - 60% - Still mulling it over

Mamma Mia! 8/14/08
.....PG13 - 70% - Fun and funny

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 8/10/08
.....PG13 - 64% Just plain fun


.....Midnight in Paris

.....The Social Network
.....The King's Speech
.....Secret in Their Eyes
.....The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
.....Crazy Heart
.....Julie & Julia
...... The Fighter
.....City Island
.....Sunshine Cleaning
.....True Grit
.....Slumdog Millionaire
.....Fair Game
.....A Serious Man
.....Whip It
.....The Beaver
.....Harry Potter & the Deathly Harrows Part 1
..... The Brothers Bloom
.....Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
.....Painted Veil
.....The Double Hour
.....Source Code
.....No Strings Attached
.....Cedar Rapids
.....Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
.....Jane Eyre
.....Mr. Popper's Penguins
.....Win Win
.....Easy A
.....A Single Man
.....Up in the Air
.....The Blind Side
.....The Proposal
.....Secret Life of Bees
.....Pride & Glory
.....Breaking Dawn Part 1
.....Mother and Child
.....The Time Traveler's Wife
.....The Girl Who Played With Fire
.....The Last Station
.....Public Enemies
.....Jane Austen Book Club
.....Sabah, A Love Story
.....The Help
.....The Town
.....Date Night
.....The Karate Kid
.....The Big Year
.....Crazy, Stupid, Love
.....You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
.....Winter's Bone
.....Black Swan
.....Love and Other Drugs
.....Grown Ups
.....Knight and Day
.....Ironman (the first one)
.....The Lincoln Lawyer
.....It's Complicated
.....She's Out of My League
.....Larry Crowne
.....The Adjustment Bureau
.....The Secret Life of Words
.....Super 8
.....New York, I Love You
.....I Am Love
.....The Hangover (didn't review this for some reason...)
.....The Ghost Writer
.....I Am Number Four
..... Two Lovers
.....Nothing Like the Holidays
.....Harry Potter & the Deathly Harrows: Part 2
.....Queen to Play
.....17 Again
.....Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
.....Letters to Juliet
.....New in Town
.....State of Play
.....Monsters vs. Aliens
.....Bottle Shock
.....Horrible Bosses
.....Capitalism, A Love Story
.....Country Strong
.....Just Wright
.....My One and Only
.....The Other Guys
.....Eat Pray Love
.....Angels & Demons.
.....Ghost Town
.....Mamma Mia!
.....Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
.....From Paris with Love
.....Zack & Miri Make a Porno
.....The Invention of Lying
.....Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants 2
.....Leap Year
..... New Moon
.....Last Chance Harvey
.....Vicki Cristina Barcelona
.....Gnomeo & Juliet
.....The Bounty Hunter
.....The Ugly Truth
.....Alvin & the Chipmunks, the Squeakuel
.....Iron Man 2
.....Back-up Plan
.....What Just Happened
.....Hamlet 2
.....Tiny Furniture
.....Hot Tub Time Machine
.....Transformers: Dark of the Moon
.....House Bunny
.....My Life in Ruins

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