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…

The English Teacher (♦♦♦♦)

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a dreamy English teacher who at forty-five years of age hasn't found the ideal man to settle with. She is virtuous and proper, and believes the world to be like it's in literature. A casual encounter with a former high school student turns into a less than ideal partnership when she believes him to be bullied by his father and after consoling him, ends up having a tryst with him.

I expected this movie to unfold along the lines of Notes on a Scandal, but I was utterly surprised when I realized it was a comedy, or rather a dramedy. It is wonderfully acted by all characters, but Julianne Moore is spot on as the prim teacher whose life unravels due to this entanglement. Moore looks more the part of a repressed librarian than an English teacher, and as I said, she is superb in this role.

Moore received early acclaim for her performance and I wouldn't be surprised if she is nominated to this year's Oscars for this role.

Also notable are the performances of Michael Angarano as Jason, Greg Kinnear as Jason's father, Nathan Lane as the school's drama teacher, and Lily Collins as Halle.

In summary, The English Teacher has a smart screenplay and great performances to boast of. This is one of the most entertaining movies I've seen this year.

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  1. Thanks for the great movie reviews. I just added this and a couple others to my queue!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I'm delighted that you stopped by. I hope you enjoy this movie as I did.
      Regards.

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  2. I'll look out for this one, Carmen. Cheers

    PS I've got my very first giveaway running!

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    1. This is a very good movie, Carole. Well acted too.
      Regards.

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