Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Bookshop

This one looked appealing - Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy,  Post War England, a little town, a bookshop - all add up to what should have been a good little movie.  However, I found it a bit dull and boring, missing that bit of spark or charm that would have made it a classic  Sunday night watch.  Instead I found myself nodding off and glad when it was over which made me sad, as I was so wanting it to be better.  For me it felt a bit muddled at the beginning, a slow middle and a disappointing finish.  2/5

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Counting Backwards - Henry Jay Przybylo

This one was an interesting little read.  Henry Jay Przybylo is an American Anesthetist and in his books he skillfully combines the two sides of good medical literature - the history of the science and the stories of the patients he treats.  He does a good job of also balancing the scary stories with the good outcomes and made me come away with admiration for the job that he does. 4/5

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Well, this was a bit of an odd one.  I like Bryan Cranston as an actor and this movie was his vehicle - as he was the center of the whole film.  He plays Howard Wakefield, a lawyer who has been married for 15 years with two teenage daughters.  One night after a long trip home, he follows a raccoon into his garage, and realizes that he can sit up in the room above his car and have a view of his home without being seen.  After his first night he intends to head home, but then decides to just hang out and take it easy.

I did get slightly annoyed with the whole plot.  How come his family didn't look in the garage?  Why when his wife sees him she doesn't recognize him just because he has a beard?  Where would you take a poop?  I don't know I just didn't buy it.  2/5

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Can You Die Of A Broken Heart? - Dr Nikki Stamp

Dr Nikki Stamp is a cardiothoracic surgeon who has written a book about the heart, how it functions, the myths around it and answers many of the questions we might have about this mysterious organ.  She weaves facts about anatomy and physiology with stories about many of the patients she has looked after over the years.  She is a good writer and although a small book, I enjoyed it and felt like it covered lots of topics without too much waffle - my favorite type of medical book.  4/5

Monday, May 21, 2018

Music Monday - Little of Your Love - Haim

I am really loving Haim.  I like their boho, beach, second  hand clothes vibe.  This is a happy song and don't we need more happy music in our lives?

Friday, May 18, 2018


This was a 99c special on itunes, and was due to expire, so having the afternoon off I sat down to watch it between housework this afternoon.  It was a story about 7 year old Marie, a pretty smart kid who has been living with her uncle.  He has decided that it is time for her to head to school to be with other kids her age, although for her this brings all kind of challenges due to how smart she is.  Then the interfering grandmother arrives, determined that she knows what is best for Marie, a child she has never been involved with.

A nice slow movie reminiscent of the afternoon movies played during the school holidays - many of which I watched in my teenage years.  4/5

Thursday, May 17, 2018

You Can Stop Humming Now - Daniela Lamas

Daniela Lamas has written a book about many of the patients she has looked after in her years in medicine.  As well as talking about the care they receive in the critical units of the hospital, she goes and talks to some of the patients after they have been discharged to see how their lives have been impacted by illness, and how their recovery is going.  For many doctors they often see their patients for a limited amount of time, but the patient may have ongoing problems related to their treatments.

I am a bit of a fan of these types of books, but I felt a little like I missed the point of this one as I came away a little bit like I hadn't learnt a lot or completely understood the point of her book. 4/5

Monday, May 14, 2018

Music Monday - I'll Be There - Jess Glynne

I'd never heard of this singer Jess Glynne before I saw her on Graham Nortons show on Friday night.  I like this song - nice and catchy and poppy.

Saturday, May 12, 2018


This was a documentary that I missed at the film festival, but was glad to find as a 99c special on itunes a couple of weeks ago.  It follows several young girls in Baltimore who attend a special academy which focuses on getting all of its students graduated and accepted into college.  The girls also practice each day for their step routine, and are entered into a state competition. 

It is sometimes hard to watch, when you see the girl who goes home to no food for dinner, and the parents wondering how they will afford to send their children to college.  What amazing teachers and community though, supporting these young ladies to be able to follow their dreams.  3/5

Friday, May 11, 2018

Middle Aged Lady Movie Night - Churchill

This is one of the recent Churchill movies that have graced the cinema in the past few years.  It is Brian Cox playing the British PM with Miranda Richardson playing his loving wife.  This movie looks at the few days before Operation Overlord, the Allied Invasion of Normandy that helped to end the war in Europe.  It portrays the leader as the complex man that I am sure he was.  Weighed down with responsibility, trying to use keep spirits up when the situation is dire, moody and aging I think the movie does a fair job of trying to portray all of these things in the hour and 44 minutes of the movie.

I guess I am getting old, as there is a generation of youngsters growing up who would not be familiar with Churchill and history, and I guess movies like this are more palatable than the documentaries many of us grew up on. Solid performances and lovely scenery, but ever so slightly dull - 3/5