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July 9, 2008


Arts and Entertainment

REVIEWS

Buffett's Pig Novel was 'Not' Worth It

BY JIM PATTERSON
STAFF WRITER

Jimmy Buffett has a new novel on the bestseller lists. Unfortunately it is a real stinker. This is sad news for me, because I enjoy Buffett’s music and I enjoyed his earlier bestsellers. This time he fails his fans.

Swine Not? A Novel Pig Tale is Buffett’s latest creative writing exercise with a very slim plot. A Tennessee mother takes her son and daughter to live in a ritzy New York hotel when she lands a job in the hotel’s restaurant. Oh, and they bring their pet pig, Rumpy, along with them.

The new job is just right for both family and pig. Rumpy is looking for her long lost brother Lukie and she believes he is in New York. What a coincidence!

Since the hotel bars “exotic animals,” the family has to keep Rumpy hidden. They live in a glass house on top of the hotel, trying to hide the pig from the hotel chef who is out for fresh pork in the form of Rumpy.

You’re saying: “What were you thinking when you agreed to review this book, Jim?” Good question. I thought it’d be non-stop pig jokes. I was wrong. Buffett uses the plot to advance his story to an outrageous ending. But the plot is unbelievable, as a result adult readers won’t give a damn whether Rumpy ever finds Lukie.

Young adult readers may find the book a bit more appealing. However, there are far better books for them to enjoy.

Swine Not? should have never been written. Buffett should have thrown the idea for this book to the pigs.

Swine Not? A Novel Pig Tale (Little, Brown) by Jimmy Buffett, $21.99, 234 pages.


 

"The Rocker" has Heart

BY DESMOND MILLER
EDITOR

Oh, Rainn Wilson, you are the average guy who had a dream of rocking out and you, my friend, turned that dream into a reality.

Rainn plays a down and out drummer who, 20 years ago, got booted out of a band that was on its way to stardom.

By playing in his nephew’s band he gets a second shot at fame and through a chance encounter with Youtube they become stars.

Yes, it is by the number, yes it will play on ABC Family. I don’t care because it was a great movie and I love watching Rainn perform his style of awkward comedy.

This is a great family film with a lot of heart. So take the whole family to the movies and rock out!

The Rocker opens everywhere on August 1.


Will Smith Tries to Balance Humor and Drama in "Hancock"

BY DESMOND MILLER
EDITOR

OK, Will Smith wants to be a superhero now…I’ll buy that. It's pretty much the way everyone will feel after seeing his new movie “Hancock”.

The movie stars Will Smith as John Hancock, an amnesiac superman who can do anything he wants to - it’s just that he doesn’t get along with people. This presents a problem not only when you are trying to save them, but also at the cost of millions of dollars worth of property damage.

So that’s the plot of the movie; an unlikable superman who has to find his place in a world where he is alone…or isn't he?

I won’t go into any spoilers because I liked the movie and I feel that most movie goers will enjoy it too.

The one problem I do have is that Will Smith needs to learn how to walk the fine line between funny and dramatic. When he is funny he is golden, but when he has to switch to drama it seems awkward, like he doesn’t know what's expected of him. If he can overcome this, he honestly could become the next Tom Hanks.

Good luck Mr. Smith.