Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Read You Like a Book|
Actors: Tony Amendola, Karen Black, Barbara Crampton, Catalina Larranaga, Lorenzo Pisoni
Director: Robert N. Zagone
A magical book transforms all who come into contact with it. Studio: Vanguard Cinema Release Date: 06/24/2008 Starring: Tomy Amendola Karen Black Run time: 101 minutes Rating: Nr
Of books, booklovers and 'magic'!
z hayes | TX | 07/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're a bibliophile, you will appreciate this movie for the sheer fact that it is centred in a bookstore and revolves around a host of characters, most of whom are booklovers. That being said, the plot does unravel very slowly, and gets a tad tedious at times, yet the cast of characters succeed in working their magic on the viewer, drawing one into the story and engaging one's interest.
The story centers around Black Oaks Bookstore [filmed in the real bookstore of the same name based in Berkeley] manager Dante [Tony Amendola] who seems happy being amongst books, and finds himself inadvertently coming into the possession of a book titled The Illustrated Book of Failure [the seller, a mysterious character played by Danny Glover disappears soon after giving the book to Dante]. Dante finds himself strangely affected by the book and promptly files it under Esoteric books. He tries to get his co-worker Kate [Karen Black] interested in it, but with so many other things happening, Kate only gets to see the book much later.
There are other characters in the story - Norman [Ricardo Gil] and Marcia [Shaun Landry] who work in the store, regular customers Gina [Catalina Larranaga] who is 'unlucky in love' and an older man named Benny. There are also some fine performances by other minor characters such as Zoe [Barbara Crampton] who chooses the bookstore as the venue for her tryst with a lover, not knowing that her ex-lover Dante is working there.
The story truly takes off when a doctor and his young daughter come into the bookstore. The doctor is a whistleblower and is being hunted by a pair of goons working for a pharmaceutical company - he chooses to hide some incriminating evidence in a particular book and the rest of the story deals with what happens to him and the other characters as they find the mysterious Book of Failures exercising some strange magic on them and their actions - giving some a chance to redeem past failures.
Though it does take some time for the story to gain momentum, it is an engaging watch. The whole movie is set in the bookstore where the main action takes place, and though that may seem a bit claustrophobic, it actually works here - and this is a huge bookstore with many nooks and crannies. Being a booklover myself, I truly enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to those who not only love books, but who enjoy movies that unfold slowly, focusing on character development and not so much on action. The rating here is Unrated, and there are some sexual scenes and minimal profanity. Final verdict: an interesting and engaging indie flick!"
A gem of a fable
Barbara Lucky | Walnut Creek, CA United States | 08/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Read You Like a Book" is a highly original gem of a fable with many surprising facets. Come to it without expectations, then relax and let it happen to you, remembering only that, in a bookstore, anything can occur between the covers of books and behind the book shelves as well. I was charmed by this amusing, mysterious, thought-provoking tale and by its delightful characters who are, each in their own way, captivated by the power of books."