Reviews by DBJC
I'm learning French. That's the main reason why I picked up this movie other than I love Marion Cotillard and I also enjoy Edith Piaf's music. With that said, I watched this movie to get some French practice in while learning about Edith Piaf. I can't really critique what parts of the movie were accurate and which weren't since I don't know all the details about Edith Piaf's life, but I can say that I learned a little bit more about her. The way that the movie is structured can be a bit confusing, but at least they have dates in the corner. What I liked best about the movie is Marion Cotillard's performance. WOW! I've seen her in so many other movies, but seeing her in this film completely gave me an understanding of why she won this Oscar. Her performance was exceptional. Absolutely exceptional. I wished things were pieced together a bit differently, but I can't deny Marion Cotillard's performance. If not for the actual movie, watch this for Marion! I should probably mention that this movie is rated R for brief nudity and substance abuse so this isn't a school friendly movie.
First, I want to say that I'm extremely interested in Rome and the might that they carried through their highest time in history. With that said, i enjoyed this book just for the fact that it took place in Ancient Rome. Most of the story is from the point of view of Thea, a Jewish slave girl who works for Lepida her evil mistress, but it also tells the point of view from Lepida as well. This story has gladiators, slave girls falling in love with gladiators and having children, murder, betrayal, step sons falling in love with their step mothers, and of course, emperors and his enemies. This book would probably be more enjoyable for those who know a little bit about Rome.
I read the first book last summer. While I don't read much YA fiction anymore, I was surprised to find this book different from other YA books that I've read. But, I ended up liking the second book better than the first. It's an easy and fast read, but satisfying nonetheless. Elisa has really grown since the first books; The Crown of Embers shows her growth from the first book pretty well.
I've been looking for another series about dragons for a while, and I'm glad that I found Seraphina. Usually I don't like reading books that are in first person, but here it didn't matter. The prose was beautifully written and it was definitely interesting straight from the beginning. Seraphina is an interesting character (I don' t read about too many musicians) as well as the other characters in the book. I really enjoyed it and I'm anxiously waiting for the next one. It's a very promising series with very, very, interesting dragons. Read if you like dragons or you just want a good fantasy to read.
As a lover of electronic music, I wasn't new to Bonobo. But, this happened to be the first CD that I completely listened to and I don't regret getting it. I love the fuses of the woodwind and brass instruments and electronic elements, especially the smooth clarinet in the track "Black Sands." There are three tracks that aren't instrumental but they are just as good as the other tracks on the CD. My personal favorites are "El Toro," "All in forms," and "Black Sands," but the entire album is great to listen to as a whole. Did I mention that this is also good driving music? It's chill, smooth and perfect for driving with the top down. If you have a convertable, that is. If not, you can just drive with sunglasses and driving gloves. I don't know why this is in pop, but okay.