Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

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The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Liza Marklund (♦♦♦)

I liked this book, though I was exhausted after I finished it, probably because it is a very easy read and I wanted to know how it ended. It could have been better though…It had a great premise, but it lacked something, though I don’t know what.

In many of Europe’s most important capitals there have been gruesome murders, resembling famous works of art, preceded by postcards sent to relatively unknown journalists in every one of those cities. The suspects are a handsome young man and a beautiful woman. They are likeable, well-off and easily seduce their victims, always young couples on their honeymoon trips. Jacob Kanon, an American detective travels to Europe in search for the killers. He has a very personal interest in their capture, but when Swedish authorities set the suspects free, Jacob will stop at nothing to find them and bring them to justice.

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