book reading & film appreciation

‘A Most Wanted Man’ a film by Anton Corbijn


A Most Wanted Man is a amazing film but a bit confusing for a 13 year old girl like me. The film is about a man named Issa Karpov (played by Grigori Eduardowitsch Dobrygin) who leaves Russia to come to Hamburg, Germany because he was being tortured in Russia and wants to get the money his father (a terrorist who has passed away)  has given to him.Annabelle Richter (played by Rachel McAdams) a lawyer for refugees who have been traumatized and want to start a new life helps him and becomes his lawyer. Annabelle Richter goes to a banker named Tommy Brue (played by Willem Dafoe) to get the testament of Issa Karpov’s father so that Issa Karpov can live in Hamburg. Thats where Günther Bachman comes in (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and Erna Frey (played by Nina Hoss)two german espionage agents, that lead a team which seeks to develop intelligence from the local Muslim community the team has as well german actors. Günther Bachman is trying to catch a terrorist meanwhile named Dr. Faisal Abdullah (played by Homoayoun Ershadi) and has the son of him help him spy on him. Günther also gets involved with an american diplomatic (played by Robin Wright) to find out that she tricks him.

This film is a must see! While I was watching it it didn’t seem like a typical hollywood star film… it seemed real. I felt like I was in the cafe with them watching them speak. The film was reality and the acting couldn’t have been better. Once i watched the film I was really depressed about Hoffman’s death because before I didn’t appreciate his acting.


‘Rebecca’ a film by Alfred Hitschcock

Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in Rebecca

‘Rebecca’ is a drama-thriller film by Alfred Hitschcock made in 1940.

When a rich aristocratic man named Maxim de Winter meets a young naive women who’s name isn’t mentioned in the film  in Monte Carlo and gets married to her. The film is really about Maxim de Winter’s first wife Rebecca who dies and drowns in the sea. When the new wife of Maxim de Winter moves into the huge house, more like a castle, she meets the strange housekeeper Mrs.Danvers who had an obsession with Rebecca. The film is full of mystery and secrets which ends up leading the viewer to an unexpected surprise.

I only found out now reading wikipedia that Maxim de Winters (new) wife’s name was never mentioned. The actors are Joan Fontain playing the naive new wife, Laurence Olivier playing Maxim de Winter and Judith Anderson playing Mrs.Danvers.

I really enjoyed watching Rebecca and it has become one of my favorite films.

Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple


Where’d you go Bernadette is about a 15 year old girl named Bee who gets straight A’s in her report card. As a reward her parents book a trip to Antartica. But the day before the trip Bee’s mother Bernadette disappears.

Where’d you Bernadette is a epistolary novel which I found was very interesting and full of surprises. I enjoyed reading Where’d you go Bernadette because I love reading books on mother daughter relationships.