Monthly Archives: May 2010

DVD The Wind Will Carry Us (Iran)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami It is good to step out of our comfort zone once in a while, and this Iranian movie does just that. It defies the expectations of audiences used to Hollywood cinema as well as European and … Continue reading

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DVD Enlightenment Guaranteed (Japan)

Directed by Doris Dörrie Doris Dörrie is Germany’s most popular contemporary movie director. Her movie Enlightenment Guaranteed belongs among my favorite movies. I consider it interesting on three levels: it is a very funny comedy, has beautiful scenery of the … Continue reading

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One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

Have you ever had one of those moments when you needed all of your willpower not to smack someone upside the head? One Good Dog is the story of what happens when one man’s willpower fails and someone does get … Continue reading

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The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin

The king’s mistress is dead. Who killed her? A jealous queen? A scheming noble hoping to foment civil war? Or was it an unfortunate accident? The stakes are high, and so the King sends his foremost medical investigator to unravel … Continue reading

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Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell

Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell In Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet, Stephanie Cowell renders a poignant picture of the artist’s life with his first great love, the alluring Camille Doncieux, who became his … Continue reading

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Rosemary’s Baby directed by Roman Polanski

In Rosemary’s Baby Roman Polanski and cast deliver not just a great “scary movie”, but a great movie. The pervasive feel of the film is paranoia tinged with the eternal presence of darkness. Few films have ever delivered such an … Continue reading

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The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

This is probably the fastest I’ve ever read a book. It only took one day (give or take) to read The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott. I adored it. Sarah and Brianna have been BFFs since kindergarten. They’ve grown up … Continue reading

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Beyond the Grave by Pierre Magnan

The enigmatic Seraphin Monge, the central character of The Murdered  House, reappears in this sequel for only the first third as a living character, but his presence pervades the story and the actions of the two women who were most … Continue reading

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Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

I have seldom been as disappointed in a book as this one. While the original premise is quite intriguing–an American journalist who has lived in France for twenty-five years,  married to a Frenchman, and with an 11-year old daughter, writes a magazine … Continue reading

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The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan/Brian Sanderson

About ten years ago around the holiday season, a paperback on sale in the bookstore, caught my attention. After reading the cover of The Eye of The World, I discovered it was the first book in a science fiction fantasy … Continue reading

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