March 26, 2013
After watching “Argo” take home the Best Picture award at the Oscars in February, I immediately added the “based on a true story” flick about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis to my list of must-sees. “Argo” did not disappoint. With a stellar performance by Ben Affleck as a CIA exfiltration specialist who undergoes an undercover rescue mission in Iran (Alan Arkin also deserves praise for his hilarious portrayal of fictional film producer Lester Siegel), “Argo” kept me at the edge of my seat while delivering laughs along the way.
Music: ‘A Single Man: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’
I first became acquainted with this soundtrack when I heard “Sunset,” by Abel Korzeniowski, an almost hauntingly beautiful track that left me wanting more. Upon listening to the full album, I discovered a collection of exquisitely composed music that includes the original orchestral score by Korzeniowski, as well as some vintage pop tunes and operatic arias that were used in the film. Be sure to give “George’s Waltz,” “Going Somewhere,” “Stormy Weather,” “Green Onions,” and “Swimming” a listen, in addition to the aforementioned “Sunset.”
Book: ‘Death Comes to Pemberley,’ by P.D. James
When we finished reading and discussing “Pride & Prejudice” this year in English class, I decided that the Jane Austen fan in me was still itching for more of the author’s witty writing. My teacher recommended “Death Comes to Pemberley,” a murder mystery novel by P.D. James that follows the lives of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy after the ending of “Pride & Prejudice.” James does a good job of emulating Austen’s style, allowing the main characters from “Pride & Prejudice” to live on and experience the drama of a murder case in Derbyshire.