Reviews by wendylv
Wonderful community reads book
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i enjoyed this book so much and am so glad it was chosen for Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor Reads. This is a beautiful and complex tale readers will find rewarding.
Entertaining and likable
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I thought this was a fun movie. My family had doubts about picking this one but they were quickly won over as the story got rolling. The beginning really grabs you with great dialogue and interesting characters. Kristin Scott Thomas is hilarious, it's a shame she's not in more scenes. The development of the characters' relationships seems a little rushed and some of the drama gets a little schmaltzy. This would be a fabulous family movie if your kids are OK with f-bombs.
Fabulous!
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Who are the musical geniuses making these episodes? Catchy songs, top-notch animation and choreography--this is one of the best kids' shows ever. "For the Love of Socks" knocks it out of the park.
Portrait of Alan Turing
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This is an extremely well-done movie. The cast is fabulous and the story is intriguing. As with almost all historical movies, I was wondering how true the story was and which facts had been hollywood-ized. Why do producers have to do that?! Just stay true to the facts. Did Winston Churchill really write to Alan Turing? I think that was an embellishment of the filmakers. I also wanted to know more details about the enigma machine. But this movie is not really about WWII code-breakers. It's about the persecution of a war hero for being homosexual, a sad story the world should know more about.
Great but not entirely successful effort
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My book club picked this book and as a "Pride and Prejudice" fan I was intrigued by the concept of continuing Jane Austen's story as a murder mystery. P.D. James acknowledges in the forward she has a tough task before her. She makes a great attempt, but doesn't entirely deliver. The mystery was a little too easy to figure out and the great elements of "Pride and Prejudice", the lively dialog and witty characters, were missing from this book. Sadly, Elizabeth is not a big presence in this book because, of course, women had little to do with courts and investigations in 1805. I'm going to check out the mini-series adaptation of the book and see how that compares.