Entries by Jay Ruud

Trivia Question for October 29

DON’T START WITH ME: What famous literary text begins with this sentence, and who wrote it? To write the Life of him who excelled all mankind in writing the lives of others, and who, whether we consider his extraordinary endowments, or his various works, has heen equalled by few in any age, is an arduous, […]

Movie Review: Fury by David Ayer

“Ideals are peaceful. History is violent,” the war-hardened Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) tells his tank crew’s young untested new forward gunner Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman, 3:10 to Yuma) early in David Ayer’s new devastatingly brutal World War II combat film Fury. The film, which Ayer wrote as well as directed, goes on to […]

Movie Review: Gone Girl by David Fincher

Gone Girl, David Fincher’s dramatization of the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn (who adapted her book for the film’s screenplay) opened on October 3, so this review is coming late to the party. But as might have been expected of a novel that has sold more than eight million copies since its release two years […]

Contest Question for October 15

Today is the birthday of P.G. Wodehouse, famous for writing nearly 100 volumes of comic fiction. Wodehouse is best known for his novels featuring Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves. But does anyone out there know Wodehouse’s other best-known series of comic novels? Trivia bragging rights for the day if you can name the country […]

Movie Review: The Judge by David Dobkin

As of the writing of this column (Saturday, October 11, after having seen The Judge at our local theater), the Rotten Tomatoes rating of this film was at 47%. In contrast, the percentage of viewers who liked the film was listed as 77%. That kind of discrepancy is remarkable, and my first thought is, why […]

Contest Question for October 8

DON’T START WITH ME: What famous English novel begins with this paragraph? It is a trite but true observation, that examples work more forcibly on the mind than precepts: and if this be just in what is odious and blameable, it is more strongly so in what is amiable and praiseworthy. Here emulation most effectually […]