Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

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Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

Derailed (♦♦♦♦)

When Charles Schine (Clive Owen, Closer) misses his train one morning and is forced to take the next one, he can’t believe his luck when Lucinda Jones (Jennifer Aniston, The Switch), a striking woman riding in the same train car, comes to his rescue by paying his fare. Every morning since, they meet in the train on their way to work until they go out for drinks and end up deciding to have a casual affair. They go to a motel room only to be attacked by a thug (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan), and that’s when the nightmare starts for both of them.

This is a very gritty psychological thriller with solid direction and even better screenplay. Jennifer Aniston impresses as the striking woman torn with guilt and regret. She manages to stay likeable despite the turns in the film. It is, in my opinion, her most accomplished role to date, too bad she seems to prefer mediocre comedies that have given her relative success yet not provided acting challenges. Clive Owen remains credible all along playing the good, the bad, and “the almost ugly”. Vincent Cassel is amazing as the baddie who turns on the heat when least expected.

The first time I watched this movie I rated it five stars. This time around I didn’t have such emotional reaction, but I still think this film is just something else. Great movie, gives me the creeps every time!

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