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Monday, November 9, 2009

Despite the glorious weather this weekend, I was able to see two films: one I really liked, the other was entertaining, but both were thought provoking. An Education, set in suburban London in the 1960s, explores a young girl's choice between the world of books and the world of glamous evenings and social affairs. How easily we can be swayed ! The cast is wonderful especially Carey Mulligan as Jenny, Peter Sarsgaart as David, and Alfred Molina as Jenny's father.

The second film The Men Who Stare at Goats is a quirky dark satire starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey and Ewan McGregor. Based on a true story by Ron Ronson about the New Earth Army, a covert operation that turned Army soldiers into Jedi warriors trained to use paranormal and psychic powers to disarm the enemy. First envisioned during the Vietnam War, the story is told through flashbacks as the young newspaper reporter follows one of the resurrected Jedi to Iraq where they discover another New Wave Army. The cast handles the script written by Nick Hornby with easy and great fun.

Let me know what you think. But if you can't get to see them in the theaters, they will be available at the library as soon as they are on DVD.

The library's collection is growing with classics and new releases. Recently, I saw The Visitor and Bottle Shock and can recommend both.

The Visitor, starring Richard Jenkins, is a story about a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor and how his life is transformed when he finds a young couple living in his vacant apartment in New York City.

Bottle Shock chronicles the efforts of a small American winery that bested the exalted French wines of the time and sent the wine industry into a tizzy - putting California wines on the map for the first time in 1976. Told through the lives of father and son who sacrificed everything to realize their dream of creating the perfect hand-crafted chardonnay

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