Monday, April 27, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: MOVIES


SPOTLIGHT: 

THE AGE OF ADALINE

Movie people have been lapping at the fountain of youth since cinema’s creation, both on-screen and off. That’s no surprise given that cinema confers a kind of immortality on performers even if, as parades of tragically frozen faces attest, it can get confusing for the real people on camera. In Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard,” Norma Desmond so deeply embodies this confusion that she punctuates a banal observation with a pitiful question: “Stars are ageless — aren’t they?” Norma may be a Hollywood tragedy, but the movie brilliantly proves that she’s got the ageless part right. — Manohla Dargis




TOP 10 MOVIES:


  1. FURIOUS 7
  2. PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2
  3. THE AGE OF ADALINE
  4. HOME
  5. UNFRIENDED
  6. EX MACHINA
  7. WOMAN IN GOLD
  8. THE LONGEST RIDE
  9. GET HARD
  10. MONKEY KINGDOM

Disclaimer: All information was gathered from Nytimes.com.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: GRAPHIC NOVELS


TOP FIVE GRAPHIC NOVELS:

HARDCOVER:

  1. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
  2. AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON, by Rick Remender and Jerome OpeƱa
  3. CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?, by Roz Chast
  4. THE SCULPTOR, by Scott McCloud
  5. SECONDS, by Bryan Lee O'Malley

SPOTLIGHT:

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
For the first time the Joker's origin is revealed in this tale of insanity and human perseverance. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point and go mad, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. 

After shooting and permanently paralyzing his daughter Barbara (a.k.a. Batgirl), the Joker kidnaps the commissioner and attacks his mind in hopes of breaking the man. 

But refusing to give up, Gordon maintains his sanity with the help of Batman in an effort to beset the madman.

WHO'S ON TOP: CHILDREN'S BOOK



TOP FIVE CHILDREN'S BOOK:

PICTURE'S BOOKS:

  1. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
  2. THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES, by B. J. Novak
  3. PETE THE CAT'S GROOVY GUIDE TO LIFE, by James Dean and Kimberly Dean. Illustrated by James Dean
  4. I WISH YOU MORE, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  5. DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

SPOTLIGHT

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT 

Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. 

What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Timesbestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: NONFICTION


TOP FIVE NONFICTION:

HARDCOVER:

  1. BILL O'REILLY'S LEGENDS AND LIES, by David Fisher
  2. DEAD WAKE, by Erik Larson
  3. THE RESIDENCE, by Kate Andersen Brower
  4. BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande
  5. A FINE ROMANCE, by Candice Bergen

SPOTLIGHT:

BILL O'REILLY'S LEGENDS AND LIES

David Fisher
The must-have companion to Bill O’Reilly’s documentary series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know

How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson’s life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman—and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west’s most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O’Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries —from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.

Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation’s rich history.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: FICTION


TOP FIVE FICTION:

HARDCOVER:

  1. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins
  2. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr
  3. THE STRANGER, by Harlan Coben
  4. HOT PURSUIT, by Stuart Woods
  5. FALLING IN LOVE, by Donna Leon

SPOTLIGHT:

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Paula Hawkins

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone GirlThe Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.