Review: Into the Wild

into_the_wild_xlgAfter ninety minutes of watching Into The Wild, I fell completely for Christopher McCandless, the 22-year-old who gave away all his money and headed out for a life on the road. It took that long because up until that point in the two-and-a-half hour film I wasn’t quite sure where we were going. Now, going nowhere in a book is okay. That’s what books are, emotional explorations of character and identity. In a film, though, that same exploration can be death. A film, no matter how good the acting (and here, the acting is phenomenal – but I’ll get back to that), is about the action, what the characters are doing. Continue reading “Review: Into the Wild”

Review: Father Sky: A Novel

Father Sky: A Novel
Father Sky: A Novel by Devery Freeman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first picked up Father Sky after seeing Taps, the 1981 film starring Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise based on it. The book amazed me even more than the film did.

Where the movie was an action film about loyalty, the book delves deeper into the pychology which created a loyalty for which people were willing to kill or die. In fact, they weren’t even people, really. They were kids. The leader of the revolution (sparked when they tried to close the military school where the action takes place) is a mere 15 years old. Continue reading “Review: Father Sky: A Novel”