Category Archives: About the Arts

Painful to watch Iron Lady movie

I found it painful to watch the Iron Lady movie. I’m always prepared to be mesmerized by Meryl Streep, and truly her brilliant portrayal of Margaret Thatcher did not disappoint. Nevertheless, I found the movie distinctly painful. Another aspect... Read More | Share it now!

Garrison Keillor Came to Town

Garrison Keillor came to town and I blithely paid my money and trotted off to see his one-man live show. If you’re used to his radio show, you’ll have to close your eyes during the stage performance, however.  He has this mannerism of... Read More | Share it now!

Viewing versus reading The Hunger Games

Viewing versus reading The Hunger Games is a distinctly different experience. I’ve experienced strong student engagement each time I’ve used The Hunger Games novel for YA literature classes. But the image that disquieted me the most after... Read More | Share it now!

Comparison of Hugo and The Artist

I’m compelled to make the comparison of Hugo and The Artist, two movies about early film-making. I know I’m supposed to adore the movie The Artist. I know I’m supposed to think of it as an elegant and engaging salute to silent film.... Read More | Share it now!

The Descendants and We Bought a Zoo

My comparison of The Descendants and We Bought a Zoo turns on directorial artistry, specifically its presence in the first and its lack in the second. Each movie tells the story of how a man and his two children cope with the death of his wife/their... Read More | Share it now!

Las Vegas with Donny and Marie

We loved our evening at the Flamingo in Las Vegas with Donny and Marie. Their show, “Forever Fabulous,” has rightly deserved the many awards it has received. The polish, the talent, the energy, yes, all of the necessary parts were there.... Read More | Share it now!