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The Circle by Dave Eggers

Posted by Sherry on 4/25/2017 in Adult Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Movies |

Here are my thoughts from 2014 on the book called The Circle, soon to be released as a motion picture. Perhaps the movie will fill out the characters and retain the thought-provoking ideas. *************** Are you afraid of the continued encroachment of Big Government and Big Business and Big Internet on the privacy of individuals? […]

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The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Posted by Sherry on 3/28/2017 in 1944, History, Movies, Nonfiction, Poland, World War II |

I read The Zookeeper’s Wife back in 2008 and wrote about it on Semicolon. Since the book is set to become a movie at the end of March, here are my thoughts on the book at the time I read it. *********** Jan Zabinski was the Polish director of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when […]

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Posted by Sherry on 3/2/2017 in Adult Fiction, General, Literary fiction, Movies |

I read and reviewed this slim novel back in 2012, and since it’s supposed to be coming out as a movie in March, I thought I’d repost, FYI. I’m wondering how well the movie will be able to capture the “unreliable narrator” point of view. *********** I do believe SFP at pages turned nailed this […]

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FNFC: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man

Posted by Sherry on 1/23/2017 in Movies |

This Hitchcock film from 1956 comes with introductory remarks by Hitchcock himself; he tells us that this film is different from his other movies because it is a true story. The false arrest and imprisonment of Mr. Christopher Emmanuel Ballestrero (aka Manny) actually took place in New York City in 1953. He was accused by […]

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FNFC: Sully and The King’s Speech

Posted by Sherry on 1/16/2017 in 1939, Movies |

We watched two of the movies on my Friday Night Film Club list this past week, one on Thursday night and the other on Friday. And in both cases the person who chose the movie wasn’t there to watch it. Oh, well, the rest of us enjoyed the movies. Engineer Husband and I went to […]

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FNFC: The Three Godfathers

Posted by Sherry on 1/9/2017 in General, Movies |

Friday night we watched the first movie of the year for my family’s 2017 Friday Night Film Club (FNFC). The feature presentation was a 1948 John Ford western, The Three Godfathers, starring John Wayne. A film reviewer for World Magazine named this as one of his favorite Christmas movies, so I thought we’s give it […]

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The Extra by Kathryn Lasky

Posted by Sherry on 8/26/2014 in 1940, 2014, General, Germany, Movies, World War II, Young Adult Fiction |

Leni Riefenstahl, in case you’ve never heard of her was Hitler’s pet film maker. She became famous with her 193 Nazi propaganda film, Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens). Then, Hitler asked her to film the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Riefenstahl became the toast of the film world as she went on a publicity tour […]

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A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck

Posted by Sherry on 8/19/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, General, Movies, Mysteries |

Alfred Hitchcock films are some of our family’s favorites. Engineer Husband says Vertigo is a masterpiece. Brown Bear Daughter likes The Lady Vanishes. Betsy-Bee and my sister say they are both fans of Rear Window. I rather like North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief, only partially due to my crush on Cary Grant. […]

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Unusual Oscar Nomination

Posted by Sherry on 1/22/2014 in Movies, Music and Hymns |

Joni Eareckson Tada performs Alone Yet Not Alone, the theme song for the movie of the same name, nominated for Best Original Song for songwriters Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel.

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The 5th Gift of Christmas in Room 13, Oliver Street School, 1944

From The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes: Dear Miss Mason: How are you and Room 13? Please tell the girls they can keep those hundred dresses because in my new house I have a hundred new ones all lined up in my closet. I’d like that girl Peggy to have the drawing of the green […]

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