Staff Review – Vice

 

Personally, I feel I’ve gotten my fill of politics lately by just turning on the TV news.  That said, Christian Bale is superb in his characterization of Dick Cheney, and Amy Adams is remarkable portraying Lynne Cheney.

An award-winning, in-depth characterization of the Vice President and ex-CEO of Haliburton, who, behind the scenes, reveals how much power he acquired over time.

Honestly, I fell asleep during the beginning of the movie. It is quite long.

– Deb

 

Audio Or Print…?

 

Becoming – By Michelle Obama. I’ve been on the wait list for this audiobook for a long time.  However, after listing to the first discs, and trying a random sampling of other discs, I’ve decided to go back on the wait list for the actual book.

I adore Michelle Obama, but her voice is too monotone. I prefer a livelier voice to keep me focused on the story.  – Deb

Staff Review

The Island of Sea Women
By Lisa See
Read by Jennifer Lim

I LOVED this audiobook.  The story is fascinating and the reader is proficient in portraying all the characters.

On the Island of Jeju, south of South Korea, East of China, and West of Japan, lives a unique culture where women dominate – they do dangerous work and the men stay home and take care of the babies and children.

Mi-ja and Young-sook are two friends whose lives are tested by the outside influences from the Japanese colonialism of the 1930’s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War, and the challenges of our modern world.

The women free-dive in bitterly cold waters wearing only thin white cotton wrapped around their bodies and heads. They carry weighted nets to hold their finds of edible sea creatures.  One diver is almost killed by an octopus and another one drowns while hunting for abalone.

I love a good sense of place, and this book does it.  And if you like historical novels, the unforgiving details of the domination and wars that affected this island are beyond imaginable.

I’m intrigued how Young-sook worked so hard to provide for her family. The haenueo are incredible women who look out for one another and forge lifetime friendships. – Deb

DVD Review by Staff

Instant Family (Rated “PG-13)

A “feel good” emotional movie about Foster Parenting, based on director, Sean Anders’ real life story of adopting three children from foster care.

Mark Wahlberg (Pete) and Rose Byrne (Ellie) are DIY home renovation flippers who are missing something in their lives. They decide to foster three siblings, a rebellious teenager, Lizzy, Isabela Moner, her clumsy brother, Juan, Gustavo Escobar, and the younger temper tantrum sister, Lita, Julianna Gamiz.  It’s not as easy as it seems, as case workers, Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro, help the couple through their many trials and tribulations.

Keep a box of tissues nearby; this movie will make you laugh and cry. -Deb