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