The Good Wife

I got hooked on The Good Wife last summer and now am catching up with the beginning of this season. It’s second season is strong. Last week they had showed the prescient episode in which a hotel masseuse accuses a high ranking Democrat who helps Third World women. Sounds like DSK, doesn’t it?

Tonight they’re showing the episode in which a the firm tries to beat the clock to find the missing information they need to put into their appeal to get a death row inmate spared the death penalty. I’ve watched 100s of hours of courtroom dramas and this seems so fresh.

To Be and To Have

Talk about boring. I really can’t remember doing anything this boring. The movie is two hours and x minutes long and I could only watch 15 minutes at a time. To Be and To Have, the English title for the French documentary Etre et Avoir, looks at a one room elementary class in a rural school. It follows the handful of students from age 4 to 12 more or less and their teacher.

We see them go to school, have their lessons, do their homework and get advice from their teacher. The teacher seemed nice and average, very at home in his little kingdom where he had no principal or colleagues who asked much of him. The kids seemed to learn and everything proceeds smoothly. A few of the children like Jo Jo, who’s pictured here, were engaging. The teacher wasn’t particularly.

An example of why conflict is needed in any movie. I kept hoping something interesting would happen but after an hour, nothing had. I guess if you’ve never spent time with children, you might find this interesting. I didn’t. Ho hum.