Book Review: The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne

The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne by M.L Longworth

The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne: A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery by M. L. Longworth (New York: Penguin Books, 2015. 320 pp) M. L. Longworth is the author of the Verlaque and Bonnet mystery series set in Southern France. She has lived in France for over seventeen years and splits her time between Aix-en-Provence, where she writes, and Paris, where she teaches writing at New York University’s Paris campus. Starting from the Middle Now We’re Here My favorite television critic, Todd VanDerWerff, often bangs the drum of starting a television series at any point. If you hear a show gets going in the third season, don’t waste time with the preliminary seasons just to get to the good stuff. You’ll… Read More →

Film Review: A Good Year

A Good Year directed by Ridley Scott , written by Marc Klein (screenplay) and Peter Mayle (novel) (Fox 2000 Pictures and Scott Free Productions, PG-13, 117 minutes) Starring Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish and Albert Finney. Gastro-Romanticism One would normally think a reunion between director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe would result in another action film, like Gladiator. However, the duo paired up not for an action flick, but for a French-country inspired gastro-romantic film A Good Year. Being purely honest, while I enjoyed it, it was predictable. Adapted from Peter Mayle’s book of the same name, the movie opens with a young Max Skinner (Freddie Highmore) sitting at his Uncle Henry (Albert Finney)’s French wine estate. In a moment of naked foreshadowing, Uncle Henry remarks that wine is “incapable of lying.” We then get… Read More →