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…

Captive (♦♦♦)

A man named Brian Nichols, accused of rape, escapes from a courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia, after killing two people and leaving one comatose. He steals four cars around the city and kills a federal agent before holding hostage a woman for seven hours. Ashley Smith, Nichols' captive, talks him down using passages of the book The Purpose Driven Life.

I remembered elements of this case, particularly about the woman talking to her captor about The Purpose Driven Life, so I recognized the story in the film.

A movie filmed almost entirely in interiors, may risk feeling claustrophobic, but Captive is dynamic and focuses less on where the story takes place and emphasizes the plot and the performances.

If David Oyelowo's Nichols is at times introspective and at other times rather volatile, Kate Mara's Ashley is the perfect balance, a strange mixture of fear, vulnerability, and poise. Those emotions may be hard to convey, but both Oyelowo and Mara do so brilliantly.

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  1. This sounds so powerful! It is in the queue.

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    1. Not so powerful, but great performances.

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  2. I've not heard of this one. I shall have to go and take a look at it.
    Thanks
    Lynn :D

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    1. More than the movie itself, it was the message that was quite powerful, and so were the performances.

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  3. I remember this case but I haven't seen the movie. The trailer of it looks good. Oyelowo was quite good in Selma.

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    1. I haven't seen Selma yet, but he's been good in other movies like The Butler. He has become quite a revelation as an actor.

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