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What I Don’t Like about Game of Thrones

  A few weeks ago, on the first day of the school May vacation, one of the busiest traveling days of the year, Game of Thrones came to Groningen Central train station.I was there for a more ordinary reason: sending our current “extra kid” off on a train to see her parents in Germany. But…

Why I was reluctant to see “12 Years a Slave”

The film “Sophie’s Choice” was the reason I was reluctant to go see “12 Years a Slave.” I saw “Sophie’s Choice” soon after it came out in 1982, and, though it was a powerful, moving film, I came out of it feeling manipulated. Just the fact that I remember this after all these years shows…

Review: The Lone Ranger

Picture a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but instead of swashbuckling pirates hijacking ships on the high seas, substitute swashbuckling cowboys hijacking trains in the vast open range of the American West. That’s enough to get the gist of the new Johnny Depp vehicle, The Lone Ranger. Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lone Ranger…

The not-so-Great Gatsby

I saw The Great Gatsby a couple of weeks ago, and since then I’ve been pondering why I didn’t like it. I think I’ve got it figured out now. First of all, for those who don’t know me, I should explain my expectations going in. I am an English teacher and, while I haven’t taught…

A reluctant confession

I admit it: I enjoyed it. I liked Iron Man 3. I type this a bit sheepishly. After all, this is not an intellectual film by any measure. It’s not the kind of film you can follow by going to a café to drink a glass of something smartly sophisticated while discussing the deeper significance…

Film Review: The Big Wedding

My husband and I didn’t read any reviews before going to see The Big Wedding. We chose it because of the cast: accomplished actors like Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams. With a cast like that, how could it be bad? Well, it could. Not that it was terrible, because we…

On having watched Avatar

Let me start by saying that I very much enjoyed Avatar. Its combination of action, romance, sci-fi and animation is sure to appeal to just about anyone. The fact that it’s in 3-D only adds to the enjoyment, though, thankfully, this is not one of those 3-D movies, like the ones they show in the…