Sunday, October 15, 2017
Being an adult she still has some encounters that are scary, her description of a difficult childbirth made me hold my breath as did the final story when she talks about her daughter, fragile and at risk of anaphylaxis to a multitude of allergies.
The book itself did feel a bit disjointed to me, maybe because it was not in chronological order.
Friday, October 13, 2017
A very interesting premise and I loved the idea - who wouldn't feel a bit giddy at the chance to become involved in the world of Jane Austen and meet the author herself? I did feel that the sense of wonderment was a bit lacking in the story, how even with all the training the main characters underwent how the sights and smells would have been quite astonishing even for us. How hard it must have been to not talk or act in a modern way. 4/5
Thursday, October 12, 2017
I enjoyed reading about the relationship and could see how easy it would be to bond with these intelligent animals. I would find it hard to think of killing and eating my own animals, and if I think about it too hard, it makes me want to turn vegetarian straight away. So I understand the author being conflicted about thinking about killing their pigs. 4/5
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Obviously the neighborhood youth do not arise before 10am, so I was able to get up this morning and watch the last of the movie over breakfast. So Chris Pratt, is Jim, an engineer who finds himself awaken aboard his spaceship. The problem is that he is the only one awake, and they are 30 years from earth, and 90 years from their destination. What to do?
This is one of those movies that felt like a little more style over substance. While Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are hugely watchable, and the special effects were pretty amazing, I just wasn't touched by the story and wished that somehow the plot was a bit more developed. 3/5
Thursday, October 05, 2017
I guess these are his dinner party stories, which he probably couldn't tell over dinner as most would upset sensitive diners. Me - well I like such tales and so I enjoyed it. 4/5
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
As an adult she has become a renowned psychologist and in this book she describes how many of the things she learned have been able to help her with her own healing. Remarkable. 5/5
Monday, October 02, 2017
I guess you know the story, Dame Judi Dench plays the elderly Queen Victoria who becomes enamoured with a young handsome servant Abdul, who had been sent from India to present a coin to the Queen.
Depressed and lonely, the friendship develops and he helps to teach her about the Indian culture and language. Family and staff though are suspicious especially as they spend so much time together.
Wonderful performances, sensational interiors, beautiful costumes and lots of actors of all ages without any botox in view all make it my type of favorite watch. 4.5/5
Saturday, September 30, 2017
The second part of the memoir is pretty daunting, as Joyce and Jim try to decide what treatments to pursue and whose advice they should follow. They seek out other sufferers and survivors to find out what worked for them and meet people for advice and support, watching most eventually die of this horrid disease.
I could have carried on reading for so much longer, as Joyce opened up on her life, but the story did eventually have to end. I didn't cry, but just felt in awe of reading this book, which felt like reading one big private love letter. 5/5
Friday, September 29, 2017
Not the happiest if stories to read, Grace has a fairly tough life where she suffers a lot of sorrow and worries, it does give a snapshot of what life must have been like for a lot of women in that era. 4/5
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
When the race ends, Dion realizes that he has a real connection with the wee pup he calls Gobi and sets about to see if he can get her taken back to his home in Scotland. Things are not quite so simple though, and the story reinforces your faith in most people (of course there are a few crazy and dangerous ones too).
So all in all, a good little man and dog story. 5/5
Monday, September 25, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The premise is pretty simple. Amy Schumer plays the usual dizzy version of herself, while Goldie Hawn plays her more serious worry wart mother. After a boyfriend break up, Amy is forced into taking her mother on a holiday to Ecuador. After meeting a handsome young man, the ladies find themselves abducted. Hilarious hijinks are meant to ensue, but we found ourselves bored and chit chatted throughout.
We didn't have nightmares about scary clowns or aging comedians with two much filler. 2/5
Friday, September 22, 2017
I didn't find it too scary, although there were quite a few jump off your seat scares for the folks seated around us. I did enjoy the goonies/stand by me friendship theme running throughout the story. 4/5
Thursday, September 21, 2017
This is a gentle slow novel and although it didn't offer any surprises it did keep me entertained. 3/5.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Mary is in her 20s and just out of prison for a violent attack. She is to be a matron of honor at her best friends wedding, but needs to find a date to be her plus one. On line it is described as an Irish comedy but it is not roll around the floor funny and I would think it should be under the drama genre.
It was OK, and although we knew little about it we were entertained and a little surprised at how it ended. 3/5
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The formula for most of these movies is common for most of these movies:
- Some large landmark will be destroyed with sad music playing
- The main characters generally will survive the disaster, after several close calls of planes crashing, hanging off cliffs, sinking etc
- There will be a love interest, all quiet looks at the beginning and a lusty embrace at the end
- The baddie will get their comeuppance at the end, and usually die in some gruesome way
Now being a middle aged lady, I seldom venture to the cinema to see such movies and are content to stream them for a cheaper price or wait until they are on free tv. After watching the news lately with the two large hurricanes in the US and flooding in Asia, it seems that real life is far more extreme than the fiction we normally watch. With hundreds of thousands of people affected and left hungry and homeless, I can't help but think I am lucky that we have not had such disasters here. So I am thinking that the universal appeal of such movies, is that for all of us, we are just trying to survive and get through, and we all think about what we would do in the same circumstances.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
In 1939 we meet Kristoff who is taken in by an Austrian stamp engraver and his young daughters. With the Nazis approaching the Jewish family do not feel safe.
A unique spin on a second world war novel.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Based on the classic 1874 novel from Thomas Hardy that I had never read it was a glimpse into a genre that appeals to me. The tale of a woman, in a world where it was difficult for her to have independence, status and choices, when being married usually meant losing her money and having to yield to her husband. Bathsheba Everdene helps on her aunties farm, before she inherits her own estate (lucky girl). She gets involved with three different men, who all fall in love with her instantly and who will she choose?
I always enjoy watching Carey Mulligan, and I loved the costumes, scenery and handsome men. The story was a little flat for me - somehow the passion and love seemed a bit muted. Still a 4/5.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
I look forward to see where her next stories go. 4/5
Monday, September 04, 2017
Sunday, September 03, 2017
I won't give the whole plot away, Wikipedia can tell you the whole thing. I really liked the middle portion, but felt beginning and end were a bit flat and boring. Billy Connelly was especially good in his role and it never seemed like he was acting, more like just being a version of himself. 3/5
Saturday, September 02, 2017
A usual case of the old double cross and not knowing if our characters were working for the goodies or the baddies left me a little bored . Like the Sex and the City movies, it felt like it was trying to recreate a period of time and place that had moved on. 2/5
Thursday, August 31, 2017
It was fascinating to read about his journey to both Nasa and then into space. Although it looks cool to float around the space station the realities of flight made me think I would be space sick the whole time and would not tolerate the lack of showers well. Hats off to the men and women who step up to do this job.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
I don't know - I didn't really buy into it, it just all seemed a bit dreary to me. 2/5
Sunday, August 27, 2017
This was a unique spin on a second world war friendship story, and I could see this easily being a movie, but although I could picture the world they lived in and the villages they visited, I somehow didn't get a clear picture of Noa and Astrid, they seemed a bit flat for me. 4/5
Friday, August 25, 2017
Using social media to document their journey, she becomes a celebrity getting invited to dinner and shows around the country. It is though, the quiet moments, the new sights that meant more to me. The chance to bond with her son that she rarely saw, and a chance to look at new sights. I liked that it wasn't a bucket list thing, that they tried to just go with the flow and enjoy the dinners at diners, and sitting and looking at the view were important. 5/5
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
I wasn't quite convinced by this story, maybe the cheesy name put me off, but it seemed all a bit unbelievable, shoot ups in a hotel leaving dead criminals, where she seems to be able to explain to the local police in a couple of minutes. Somehow the trail of dead bodies would not seem that hard to track down to the hired gun. Maybe I am cynical, but it felt a bit like it was an attempt at creating a Jack Reacher type character and didn't quite ring true for me. 3/5
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
After a change in society, infertility has become the norm. Young women who are fertile are forced into families of wealth and connection where they are used as vessels to breed.
I am only on episode one, but this version is dark and ominous. Elizabeth Moss is mesmerizing in the lead role. If I weren't soon tired I would have been tempted to stay up all night and binge watch. Luckily there are a few rainy spring days forecast so I can stay inside and binge.
Friday, August 18, 2017
You have to admire people who are able to step up and reveal themselves, faults and all. I like her bravery in writing this book and and enjoyed learning her story. I left with the feeling that because of her secrets that she hidden, her life has been lonely and largely unhappy. I hope she finds happiness now - life is short and to be treasured. 4/5
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Most of the book though is devoted to the heart patients that he has looked after over the years - the successes and the failures. He started his training when cardiac surgery was a young speciality and there have been many advances is surgery techniques and tools available. I could have listened to his stories endlessly as the were all so inspirational. 5/5
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
He does a good job of switching between stories, and in the process reminding us all of the beauty of Romeo and Juliet and their star crossed love. It even made me want to read it again, which I last read many decades ago in high school. 4/5
Monday, August 14, 2017
Not only does she tell her story, but she talks with other pet owners who understand the loss of a beloved companion. You may need a tissue, it may have made my mascara run a little. 4/5
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Even though my friend and I do not know much about the current high fashion world, it is a compelling watch, from him being fashions darling to being irrelevant in a short time and then having to make a comeback . It is interesting to realize how much an illusion it is, when they haven't made any money in years, and that the money comes from investors and deals made with outside companies. 4/5
Saturday, August 12, 2017
So we get to meet Jeanne frolicking in the sun at her French chateau with her Mama and Papa dreaming of a handsome Beau. Things are good, then they go bad and then they get worse .
I would have liked it more if there were a higher ratio of happy scenes to ones that made you depressed, but maybe I slept through those. Also it looked like my uncle had filmed it in 1982 on his video camera that weighed 20kg - then showed it on our 70s tv, I am sure it was some arty sort of cinematography that the hipsters would know. 2.5/5
Friday, August 11, 2017
The Farthest the story about NASAs Voyager mission. Launched in 1977, these two small space ships were sent into the solar system to send back photos and data from distant planets. It is fascinating stuff, especially when you consider the computer power that was available in the 70s.
They also talk about the golden record, stuck you the outside it is 2hours of music and messages, just in case there is some alien life out there. The musical choices seemed a bit odd, with only one pop hit and lots of odd cultural picks. Can you imagine ET playing a record?
It gives a fascinating perspective on just how small Earth is in a huge, huge universe. The Voyager has made it now to the end of our solar system and is now in Interstellar space - the only thing ever to be out there, and may continue on long after we are gone, and even after the earth is here.
Amazing stuff that may have even made me tear up at timesome and the best space movie I have ever seen 5/5
Thursday, August 10, 2017
It is post apocalyptic world and Paul and his wife and son are locked up in a house in the woods. I won't tell you anymore. 4/5.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Like most historical novels, this book has two story threads. Charlie St Clair, a young American socialite who in 1947 comes to Europe to search for her young cousin Rose, who was last heard of in France several years earlier. When her search begins she meets the rough and tough Eve Gardiner, who has her own story of being in France over the first world war.
Their story begins to weave together as both women begin to rely on each other as they travel between cities searching for clues.
At moments the characters came across a bit cliched and predictable but I did like that they were a little flawed and trying to overcome their demons, that made the story still feel a little fresh and not the usual war story. 5/5
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Using his charms and flirting with all the ladies, he convinces them to not hand him in, and tries to stay on as a gardener. Just as he is about to be forced to leave, there is an accident and things begin to change.
I enjoyed watching Nicole Kidman, Kristen Dunst and Elle Fanning fawn over the handsome Colin Farrell. The costumes were beautiful although I doubted that in wartime , without help they would have had such glamorous outfits so white and pressed. 3/5
Dorothea asks the girls to help educate Jamie as she can sense that he is beginning to struggle with growing up and she is struggling to stay relevant. An interesting peek into growing up at the end of the seventies, with the best boy fight. Not a film for the kids, this more of an adult drama 3.5/5.
Monday, August 07, 2017
It is not all doom and gloom however, and made me secretly smile throughout as it tries to show how everyone blossoms with live in their life, and this can take many forms and come from many people you encounter. 4/5
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Harry Nelson too feels real to me, I get a sense of him and there is a good balance of his police work and private life. Nothing like hating the boss, and having an affair to make detective feel conflicted.
In this book several homeless men are killed and two women are missing and everyone is wondering if there is a link. I guessed who the bad guy was pretty early on, but still 4/5 from me.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Their relationship is new when Emily gets sick, and Kumail has to introduce himself to her parents that he had never met before.
Not a huge laugh it is a sweet movie, and although I did see a poster declaring it the best rom-com ever, I felt that was a bit of an exaggeration. 3.5/5
Friday, August 04, 2017
I did struggle with a long scene of eating a pie, and thought it was maybe all a bit too much hipster for me. 3/5
Not only is it the story of the sweet cats, but it lets us learn about people and how it adds to their lives to feed and pat the cats, something most of us know. 5/5
Thursday, August 03, 2017
A couple of the stories withing a story that made me smile, was the introduction of a large bull into a live stage performance and the young 21 year old Russian Opera Singer who at the beginning of the movie is shown at his audition, where he is barely able to speak French.
It was enjoyable, the music although not my think was still great and worthy of a 4/5.
This movie focuses on New York, that after WWII goes through immense change as urbanization takes hold. Slum tenement buildings are pulled down and large scale housing projects go up in their place, and many historical districts are threatened to be pulled down to make space for motorways. On one hand this modernization is spear headed by power broker and developer Robert Moses, who with his posse of middle aged men seeks to change the face of the city. With little opposition and not much discussion, his vision is not often challenged.
Jane Jacobs, a writer does offer up a different vision. She questions the loss of eyes on the street that comes from having cafes and shops at street level, and with low windows and stoops there were places to talk and gather and spots for children to play safely. She wonders why the people that live in the city aren't being asked what they want in new buildings and does the new developments actually serve the purpose they are made for or are they just hiding the poor people away on the city verges?
As well as being a compelling story that tells a story from the sixties, it still resonates today as our own cities swell and struggle to cope with everyone moving in. I did enjoy looking at the historical images of New York - man that is one busy city. 4/5
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Much of the movie is made up if beautiful natural scenery, scarily high Vistas and steep slopes. I did feel a little like the middle part was a collection of youtube videos which was a bit distracting. 3/5
At times it was immensely moving and relevant to look back at how much has changed and then realize that there is still much to be worked on. As James Baldwin died in the 80s i wonder what he would think of what he would see around him now. I did leave the cinema thinking though that I expected more and it underdelivered. 3/5.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Dries Van Noten is a Belgian designer who is shown looking at his past collections while trying to bring together his men's and women's new shows. It is interesting seeing his processes, developing his own fabrics and what I like about his style is that so many if his beautiful clothes look like you would want to wear them, or at least a cheaper more diffused version that may filter down to the high street.
The shows were beautiful , in amazing sights around Paris. When I see these fashion shows I am always surprised by the young gamine models on the runway, wondering why there is no diversity on stage. When the designers spout off saying they love women, yet only seem to design for the one type of young tall and slim body type.
We get a small glimpse into the designers private life. The lovely country home with beautiful gardens that he shares with his partner, and most touching if all was his lovely dog, who gets little bits of play time in between jobs. 4/5