James E. Carroll

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (4 of 4)
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States
Birthday: July 9
In My Own Words:
I like to write. I favor shorter reviews whether favorable or not. A good review to me summarizes content without giving away the plot and expresses an opinion. I tend to trust opinions in reviews of books, music and films that are well written. If done right, a good review should make you curious, it should touch something inside you but most importantly, it should be the gatekeeper to your prefe… Read more


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The Browning Version (Bilingual) <b>DVD</b> ~ Albert Finney
The Browning Version (Bilingual) DVD ~ Albert Finney
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Film, Jan. 14 2004
Albert Finney's portrayal of retiring classics teacher, Andrew Crocker Harris, in "The Browning Version" is a marvelous and understated performance that you will not forget. While I rarely review movies on this site and I cannot fathom why I missed this film when it was released in 1994, I recommend that everyone see it. The title refers to a translation of Aeschylus' Agamemnon; a play that many students will recall from high school. A play that resounds within this story too.
Crocker Harris is mocked and ridiculed by the students as a classics teacher of Latin and Greek. His popularity pales when compared to a physical education teacher who is also departing the school. His… Read more
Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape&hellip by Maria Flook
Forget Chappaquiddick and the Kennedys, this is a tale of money, sex, politics, privilege and murder that will hold your attention no matter where you spend your summer vacation. Maria Flook's "Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod" grabs the reader out of the gate, leads them up and over the sand dune to the Truro cottage where fashion writer and heiress Christa Worthington was murdered and illuminates for those unfamiliar with Cape Cod's secrets the puzzle surrounding this unsolved crime.
The book is chock full of facts about Cape Cod and its inhabitants that make Gatsby's Newport seem like a department store knock-off. While Newport had its time with… Read more
The King of Torts by John Grisham
The King of Torts by John Grisham
"The King of Torts" is a fast paced, enjoyable read of the meteoric career rise of Jarrett Clay Carter II, Attorney-at Law. Trained in criminal defense law at Washington DC's Office of the Public Defender, Carter stumbles into the world of high priced mass tort lawyers when a defendant's random street crime is attributed to a wonder drug's hidden side effects. Having had enough of low pay and indigent clients, Clay signs on for the ride with the "big boys", deposits the contingent fees and never looks back.
Grisham paints a good picture of the excesses associated with successful plaintiffs lawyers, but he does a disservice to the system whereby contingent fee… Read more