Reviews by cherylo
Fantastic exploration
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For those who despair of ever having the time to savor the Great Novels, worry no longer! This volume offers a tasting menu of selections to tantalize while enlightening the would-be connoisseur on the properties of both haute cuisine and literature. I most enjoyed the directions in Chaucerian verse on how to caramelize onions and description of the virtues of tarragon in the style of Jane Austen.
Zucchini Potato Pancakes and Refrigerator Pickles
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Those are two of the recipes I am most excited to try with my kids. These recipes are simple, described completely and accessibly. The photographs and simple iconography are reminiscent of other books for children, like kids' editions of world record books or how-tos. There are recipes even the pickiest eater could love, like mashed potatoes, but also more challenging and diverse items like kale chips. Even my picky eater is a little intrigued.
Left Field
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If you are a fan of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, why are you even reading this? Go watch this film.

If you not familiar with Simon Pegg's work with his longtime writing partner, then this may not be the place to start, depending on how much absurdity and embarrassment you are prepared to swallow at once. Other, potentially more accessible, places to dip in to their body of joint work include Shaun of the Dead (their homage to zombie movies), Hot Fuzz (a cop adventure send-up), and Paul (possibly one of the best films around with grey aliens in it).

With a plan for epic alcohol consumption to relive and fondly remember their possibly fictitiously golden youth, what starts out as a reluctant gathering of old pals takes a turn for the decidedly odd somewhere in the middle. Scenery-chewing performances from much of the cast make this a fun movie to watch, and Pierce Brosnan's appearance is particularly memorable. Don't expect a neat, happy wrap-up kind of ending, but enjoy the mind bending ride while it lasts.
Talented kids for a generation have grown identifying with Ender Wiggin or one of his fellow launchies from the novel. This adaptation had many obstacles to overcome, from attempting to meet fans' high expectations to dealing with a boycott movement due to novel author Orson Scott Card's controversial if not incendiary public political viewpoint.

For those who say celebrate the work but not the author, the movie is a resounding success. Although no movie has the time to render every part of this beloved coming of age story, this one certainly hits the main features quite serviceably. Asa Butterfield renders an entirely believable Ender tortured by the decisions he is compelled to make. The mind game is given short shrift, but so is everything else in the story. The number of battle room games actually shown is small, but the essential lessons are well distilled. Harrison Ford as Graff does well, and the diverse supporting cast from Anderson to Bean to Rackham help to make it all come alive.

I still recommend reading the novel first, but this is a wonderful treat for the fan.
Screwball-ish, not everyone's cuppa
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I am a big fan of Emily Blunt and Jason Segel both, but this was just not overall my kind of movie. The Michigan stereotyping was laid on thick and not necessarily accurate. Some jokes went beyond bad taste in my opinion. On the other hand there were some lovely scenes, and the overall theme of how people change was at times deftly handled. Overall, I'd call it uneven at best. It was lovely to see the Ann Arbor area locations.