Watching, Reading, and Listening Lately...
Foyle's War We've just completed season six (of eight) of this excellent wartime drama--all three of us watch it together, though I wouldn't call it interesting/appropriate for 8 or younger. (Available at our library if you're local!) "Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling mysteries, this award-winning British series offers a unique glimpse into a significant time and place. Michael Kitchen (Out of Africa) stars as Christopher Foyle, a laconic World War I veteran who serves as detective chief superintendent in the English town of Hastings. As World War II rages, Foyle investigates crimes on the home front, exposing the ravages of war on his once quiet coastal community.."
East Side Sushi Chad and I enjoyed this film about perseverance and sushi-- lighter fare than I usually choose, but not fluffy. The acting wasn't A+, but I appreciated the story, and I learned a bit about one of my favorite foods. "Single mom Juana, can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant, which provides security and benefits. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own, fusing it with her own culture. When she attempts to become a sushi chef, she is shut down since she is the ‘wrong’ race and gender. Against all odds, Juana embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream."
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire Have you heard of this series? It's so good! We've read the first three aloud together and are trying so hard to get through the fourth, but I've renewed the giant thing twice and I still don't think we're ever going to finish. We have the audiobook on hold at the library and hope it comes in for us soon-- Jim Dale does a better job than I do at narrating anyway. We waited on this one a bit because puberty starts setting in for our protagonist friends. (somewhat subtle so far-- just fluttery feelings and the bit about the veela). I've never read the books, so I'm glad we're experiencing them together as a family. Chad and I have seen the movies and Oliver gets to watch each one after we read the corresponding book.
The Penderwicks This is the sweetest little series, and we have been listening to the audiobooks (the narration is excellent). It's about four sisters, but I wouldn't say it's a story just for girls. Oliver enjoys it and is listening to the third book now.
Have you been watching, reading, or listening to anything worth recommending lately?