WATCH: the film Take Shelter. The movie has received mixed reviews due to its slightly ambiguous, Rod Sterling-esque ending, but I personally loved the ending. It’s one of those films that balances between keeping you on edge and outright frightening you without even approaching the genre of a horror movie. The acting skills of Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon really shine here.
Do not read: The Last Life by Claire Messud. Well, if you are really into African-French culture, particularly that of modern pieds-noirs in Algeria, in the perspective of a young woman, perhaps, yes. I give it a 7/10 for extremely good writing on the part of Ms. Messud, who is clearly gifted, but I wasn’t enthralled by the story. I was never bored by the book, but I was never moved by it. I admit that I have unfair, higher standards for fiction than for non-fiction, and when it comes to newer fiction, I am even more critical.