Sunday, March 18, 2018
I knew the gist of the story. Rick has escaped the Nazis who had invaded Paris by opening an American bar in Casablanca where ex pats, crooks, police and refugees gather, seeking a way out and safe passage to Lisbon, and onto America. When the Germans arrive, the pressure increases as people become more and more desperate to escape.
One evening in walks a renowned fugitive and his beautiful wife Ilse, Ricks lover who he last saw before he fled Paris. Can she use their history to secure herself and her husband a ticket out of Casablanca? Will they be trapped by the Germans? Will she get back together with Rick? So many questions.
I enjoyed the movie very much - it was nice to watch the entire thing and it was a marvel in that I kept thinking it was quite the time capsule. The fashions, the music, everyone smoking, the drinks and cocktails, how they walked was different, the way they spoke seemed so old fashioned too. Yet it is only one lifetime since the movie was made. Still a good story still is able to hold it's own and even though attitudes to affairs may have changed I wonder if it was quite a scandalous story for wartime viewing? It is interesting to google actors from the time period, many of which have been married and divorced several times . We like to think of divorce as a modern thing, but actors seem to have been participating for decades.
The next classic movie being shown is Gone With The Wind - I'm not sure if I want to sit through a few hours of that, unless it is a rainy afternoon and I need a bit of an escape from sitting at home.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
So he ends up being a Olympic ski jumper - a pretty scary sport, especially when he was mostly self trained. You can't help but cheer for him and it made me want to read more of his real life story. 4/5
Friday, March 16, 2018
I did enjoy her insights into living and love, but felt a lot of the book was about her studies looking at different religions, and mainly those who used their religious teaching for monetary gain to live in big houses and drive flash cars. 3/5
Thursday, March 15, 2018
I did wonder how you could afford to live for so long - and how you might get a bit of tired of having to have a job for 300+ years. 4/5
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
I have a fondness for books about medicine, and I liked the personal aspects about the book, the authors own experiences. Maybe the principals and philosophy got a bit over my head and I ended up skipping through the second half of the book. 3/5
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
I felt touched by many of the stories about her patients - it was hard not to feel sorry for them, and how they came to be in prison and you wonder about the level of care that they receive while incarcerated. I do admire her perseverance in staying in the same field for so many decades - it must be at times exhausting and scary to care for so many disturbed individuals. 3/5
Monday, March 12, 2018
An oldie but a goodie for this music Monday. I love Neil Finn, and have been lucky enough to see him play live 6 times. Sometimes you realize that you haven't listened to the songs for years and hear them on the radio or in the supermarket and it reminds you of the love you have for them and how it swings you back into a different time in your life. This one always reminds me of living in London in the mid 90s and a couple of fun years living in Hamilton.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
While he tells the stories about the horrors that he witnesses around him, the essence of this story is a love affair, how he meets his true love Gita as he tattoos her number on her arm. Based on a true story told to the author this is quite the tale - I see a movie in the future. Haunting and unforgettable. 5/5
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Each story is pretty harrowing, it is hard to imagine enduring so much loss, and yet their is hope as they make new families of their own and beat the odds by surviving. 4/5