|Matrix||Lauren Graff||literary fiction/strong female characters/historical fiction||1|
|The Kitchen Front||Jennifer Ryan||women’s fiction/historical fiction/strong female characters/friendship||2|
|One Italian Summer||Rebecca Serle||women’s faction/Mother-Daughter relationship/dealing with death/self discovery||3|
|The Paris Apartment||Lucy Foley||psych thriller/mystery||4|
|The Book of Tea||Kakuzo Okakura||non fiction/Eastern philosophy||5|
|The Ladies Midnight Swimming Club||Faith Hogan||light, friendship, things work out in the end, female power||6|
- Gorgeous language and vivid descriptions and words that you can get lost in. The point of this book isn’t so much in getting from point A to point B, but how the author does it. There is some depth to this, much to make you think about. I would not read this on the beach. Good for book clubs.
- This is a light read. However, I enjoyed it and thought it was an interesting look at how women survived WWII in England. Though the plot holds little surprise, I thought it was written without the usual cliched language.
- I like a good mother/daughter relationship book, and this one had some good moments. While some of it I thought was a bit “too much” on the whole I found this to be a pleasant, if not too exciting journey into a young woman discovering what is important in her life. I don’t think it’s good for book club.
- While this is something that would be considered a page turner, I was not flipping the pages at my usual rate. I did not love the main character, she was very blah to me, and this is the type of book that I think you need to like the protagonist in order to get into the book. Admittedly the last 80 pages was a decent roller coaster ride.
- There are parts of this book about tea and the ceremonies of that I thought were quite interesting and informative- some lovely insights. However, I detected a bias against Western philosophies. I don’t like to think of one as being better than another, or that any way is wrong, so there were parts of this book that I didn’t appreciate.
- This is so light you couldn’t even use it as a paperweight. This book is the equivalent to a very insipid Hallmark movie. I. Could. Guess. Everything. That. Was. About. To. Happen. If you need to shut your mind down and read, this is the ticket. If you want an actual book, keep searching.
|The Batman||DC comic/dark/dystopian||Theater/AMC||1|
|Attica||Documentary/2022 Oscar Nominee||Amazon Prime||2|
|The Outfit||psych drama/thriller||AMC||4|
|After Yang||drama/sci fi/dystopian||Theater/Quad||5|
|Cyrano||drama/musical/period/2022 Oscar Nominee||Theater/AMC||6|
- I like my super hero’s dark, mysterious and on motorcycles…This is a dark, absorbing ride through Gotham. Beautifully filmed with gorgeous camera work. Pattinson was born to play the dark knight. At 3 hours, I felt it could have been a tad shorter, and I would have cut the ending which I felt gilded the lily…otherwise good for the genre.
- Straight up, no bells and whistles doc about the 1971 Attica uprising and aftermath. Well researched and executed. Disturbing however, so be prewarned…
- I love New York history and the automat was a very big part of that. I thought this was a light, fun doc that gave me some history of Horn & Hardart and the Automat. Fun clips from Mel Brooks and conversations with Carl Reiner, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Colin Powell
- A very understated psych drama with some twists and turns. The whole story takes place in a tailor shop and I like movies that are able to contain the drama within a few rooms- very play like. Not for those who prefer lots of action.
- This movie straddles the line between dystopian and sci fi, yet with a very subtle feel. Probably too subtle because the point is kind of buried in dreamy imagery and an understated Colin Farrell.
- First thing I thought of was that Shakespearean monologues are very similar to rap. I know Cyrano was written by Rostand, but a monologue is a monologue. I fear Joe Wright may have watched Hamilton before directing this movie. One earworm of a song and a few pretty speeches by Dinklage does not a movie make. Second thing I thought was there’s a reason why Keira Knightly used to do period pieces- I find many actors are not cut out to play characters from any time but the present.
|Documentary Short Title||Rating|
|When We Were Bullies||1|
|The Queen of Basketball||2|
|Lead me Home||4|
|Three Songs for Benazir||5|
|Live Action Short Title||Rating|
|Ala Kachuu- Take and Run||2|
|The Long Goodbye||3|
|On My Mind||4|