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Philip Crossman
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“I don’t understand. I try to do my job. I follow the rules and people hate me. Innocent people get hurt and other people – people who are not good get to walk around and do whatever they want . Its not fair.” – Peggy, Mad Men Peggy may be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Innocence REVIEW Innocence (2000) is about a couple separated by circumstance who agree to meet again 40 years later, now in their 70’s. Claire is still married while Andreas is not. The connection they shared in youth is abundantly present from the moment she steps off the train to meet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Say You Will REVIEW This is one of those movies that requires a sequel to know if it ends well. Not everything is wrapped up with a bow by the time the final credits roll. The story line keeps coming back to a central theme about whether or not people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Monsoon REVIEW Imagine that you are young and have your entire life ahead of you. You are about to head off to college and your life-long friend and next-door neighbor have a decision to make: Do you love each other? There you are alone together swimming in the pool in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Things We Cannot Say REVIEW In the spirit of Kate Morton (an author I have reviewed several times lately), the author of The Things We Cannot Say, Kelly Rimmer, has written another story about the search for a parent’s past - a story about Alice, a woman who has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Waking REVIEW Ben has a tough choice to make. He has to decide between the perfect relationship or a literal dream. His girlfriend of six years has just moved back into time and is ready to marry. Her father, a therapist, is ready to retire and hand over all his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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See Girl Run REVIEW Closure. “The act of ending something” See Girl Run opens with a series of interviews with women talking about high school sweethearts. We learn that they are being vetted for a reality TV show that involves being re-introduced to their high school flames 20 years later.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Esteemed Reader, I have been posting book, poem, and movie reviews to this blog for about a decade. There are now almost 1300 book and movie reviews to be found here. Some are short. Some are extensive. There are reviews of documentaries, romance movies, dramas, novels, textbooks, primary source anthologies,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The One I LOVE REVIEW The One I Love is a movie about this couple who are about to divorce. Their marriage counselor recommends that they go to this retreat house in the mountains for a weekend. When they arrive, they find that something bizarre is going on in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Tosca REVIEW Okay, so, for the first time in my life, I figured I would watch some opera (since the MET has graciously decided to let us country bumpkins watch it for free during COVID). https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/ Last night was Puccini’s Tosca. If I could simplify the plot somehow, it goes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Count of Monte Cristo REVIEW The theme of Alexander Dumas’ epic novel seems to be stated in the following quote from the novel. “There’s a providence that watches over the deserving.” -M. Morell (Ch 1) The converse is also true that God does not forget the deeds of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The King REVIEW In Kenneth Brannaugh’s version of Shakespeare’s Henry V, the young king “Hal” comes across as a forceful and calculating personality who shapes the events of the play with intention and purpose. Brannaugh’s Henry knows what he is doing when he declares war on France, when he executes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Adrift REVIEW “Got caught in a storm. Wound up stranded. Went through hard times. Managed to survive and get back home.” Sounds like the plot line to a gazillion movies from Robinson Crusoe to Swiss Family Robinson to Lord of the Flies to Castaway to Perfect Storm. But I should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle REVIEW This film was surprisingly good and definitely worth the expenditure to make I think. It is not simply a different version of the exact same story told in previous versions. One misses listening to the bear Baghira singing “Bare Necessities” and King Louis riffing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
To the Thawing Wind REVIEW An ode is a poem written to an object that leads to some revelation. (See John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale. People have written odes to belt sanders, fish, and spoons. Robert Frost’s “Ode to the Thawing Wind” thus follows a long tradition dating back... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Knives Out REVIEW “It looks impossible, it looks incredible, but it is not. I believe that someday it will be found out that peasants are people. Yes, beings in a great many respects like ourselves. And I believe that someday they will find this out, too—and then! Well, then I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Quarry REVIEW First of all, I love a title with layers to it. The movie begins with a murder in a quarry but the real subject is not a place but a person – for a quarry is also “an animal pursued by a hunter, hound, predatory mammal, or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Philip Crossman is now following Bryon Joyce
Aug 1, 2020
Philip Crossman is now following Bryon Joyce
Aug 1, 2020
Philip Crossman is now following Skyler Crossman
Aug 1, 2020
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The Distant Hours REVIEW Kate Morton seems to like to write about family secrets. Here is how her novel begins: “It started with a letter. A letter that had been lost a long time, waiting out half a century in a forgotten postal bag in the dim attic of a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Too Anxious for Rivers by Robert Frost REVIEW “Too Anxious for Rivers" reminds me of a number of Robert Frost poems. It deals with the mystery of where we all came from (like “The Woodpile”) and where it could all be going (like “After Apple Picking”). In “The Woodpile” Frost... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Secret Keeper REVIEW “. . . and then she made the decision that would prove fateful to them all. “Come on,” she said . . . Let’s go back inside.” “There was a part of her that wanted to scream - “No,” to curl up in a ball and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Second Glance REVIEW Second Glance by Jodi Picoult is a story full of contrivances but gives us characters we can relate to – even if some of them are ghosts. Aimee, Az, Shelby, Ethan, Lucy, Eli, Leah: all of the characters have to deal with disappointment and loss. “Regret hung... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Only Love REVIEW E ’l lampeggiar dell’angelico riso Che solean far in terra un paradiso, Poca polvere son, che nulla sente. Ed io pur vivo; onde mi doglio e sdegno, Rimaso senza ’l lume ch’amai tanto, In gran fortuna e ’n disarmato legno. Or sia qui fine al mio amoroso... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader