Music Pick

Bitter Pill,” by Mt. Desolation:  I love the lyrics!  I hope to see more from this band.

Movie Picks

I Capture the Castle:  A bittersweet movie that takes place between the World Wars. We can’t control who we love and who loves us. Recommended for the romantic at heart. 

Jar City:  Based on the novel by Arnaldur Indrioason, this movie involves the murder of an old man as set against the stark beauty of Iceland. If you haven’t read this well-paced and intriguing book, the movie maybe difficult to follow. 

Movie Pan

Happy-Go-Lucky:  Another over rated film by Mike Leigh. The lead character, Poppy Cross, played by the talented Sally Hawkins is so annoying that you want to kill her five minutes into the film. Mike Leigh just can’t control his actors. However, I did like the hilarious scenes involving the Flamenco teacher.

Book Pick

“Just Kids,” by Patti Smith:  On Tuesday, Ms. Smith won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The book chronicles her friendship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe.  I loved this book!!