2. Kath and I watched Tideland the other night, and, as with Brothers Grimm, we were unable to get through it, although for vastly different reasons. Whereas Brothers Grimm was just a flat-out dumb film, Tideland felt like more like vintage Gilliam - except for being brutally, uncomfortably dark and bleak, and also somewhat narratively confusing. It's a very complicated role for the young lead actress, and there were points where it seemed a little actor-y. We ultimately reached our breaking point about halfway through, just as another strange, mentally disabled character was being introduced. I love Gilliam's work, I really do, but as much as I wanted to adore this film, I kept feeling both repulsed and disinterested - which is indeed a strange set of feelings to have simultaneously.
3. I'm about 110 pages into The Yiddish Policeman's Union, and it's about as fantastic as a murder mystery set in a fictional Jewish sect in the middle of Alaska could possibly be. I have a feeling I'm going to be needing to read more Chabon when this is over. I've already read Kavalier & Clay, and I also read Summerland (which is his attempt at getting into young adult fiction)... and I've been meaning to pick up his Sherlock Holmes story. Those of you who know - anything else I should pick up?