Sunday, March 22, 2009

Movie: "The Class"

This is a French version of To Sir With Love, with a bit less of an all the ends tied up happy ending. It follows a teacher of French during a year in a school that serves mostly immigrant children.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Movie: Revolutionary Road

This movie explores the pain of failing to realize your dream and being forced to compromise. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DeCaprio play a suburban couple who feel stifled by the sterility of their lives. Their plan to give it up and move to Paris is abandoned when she has an unexpected pregnancy and he gets a lucrative promotion.

My rating: **** (out of 5)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Book: " Maps and Legends"

This is a book of essays supporting genre literature, such as science fiction, detective novels, and fantasy. I enjoy the occasional detective novel, and am a huge fan of Kurt Vonnegut. However, I prefer what is called, perhaps pretentiously, "literary fiction." I do agree with the author that fiction should be entertaining.

My rating: *** (out of 5)