Saturday, July 21, 2018

Battle of the Sexes

Friday night was a windy and wet one here in the city, so once the evenings chores were done it was time to settle in for a movie.  A 99c special was what drew me to seeing this one, the story of the lead up to the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.  I was just a small child at the time, so wasn't aware of much of the era of the story line, but enjoyed that it seemed to portray pretty accurately what was happening in society at the time.

At the time, in womens tennis in the US, men were being offered 8x the prize money, as the girls were told that the men were the real draw, and they weren't filling the seats.  55 year old Bobby Riggs offered a $100,000 prize money if Billie Jean King could beat him in a tennis tournament,  because he shouted out that he could beat any woman currently  playing.

Emma Stone and Steve Carell did an excellent job in playing these characters, and although I felt transported to the time, and invested in the story it just came off a little flat to me, some spark was missing, it felt like there was no real magic moment that would make this a memorable movie.  3/5

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Our House - Louise Candlish

Fiona rounds the corner into street and sees the moving trucks, thinking that the neighbors must have sold  up and be moving on is surprised to find a strange couple moving their belongings into her house, with her and her sons belongings gone.  How did this happen?  This book sets out to explain her predicament with lots of twists and turns. 

I did find, like lots of books of this genre that the changing narrators and shifting times gets a little confusing for me and I often find myself a little muddled, but still it was an original story with surprising elements that I can easily see being made into a movie.  4/5

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Beauty In The Broken Places - Allison Pataki

Allison Pataki is  7 months pregnant, and has gone with her husband Dave on a trip to Hawaii for a baby moon vacation, when he reaches across the seat to tell her that he can't see and shortly becomes unconscious after suffering a severe stroke. After an emergency landing, the family gather to support the young couple and even though his condition seems dire there is a small chance that the 30 year old orthopedic doctor will recover.

This memoir explores not only the events that followed after his life changing stroke, but the love story of Dave and Allison, and even though some of it is grim hospital story, it made me admire how hard this young couple have worked and how lucky they are to have such a supportive family assisting them. 4/5

Monday, July 16, 2018

Music Monday - Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights - Enjoy

The internet is an amazing thing isn't it?  I always remember seeing Kate Bush and this song on the tele as a 10 year old and being both amazed and frightened and now I just have an intense love for the song and for Kate Bush, and I am glad that she is still loved 40 years later. Amazing to think that she was just 19 herself when she released this song.  This video just made me smile.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Greatest Showman

Normally I am not a fan of the musical genre, as I get annoyed with the break into song part of it, but I do have and enduring love of Grease.  I didn't want to really see The Greatest Showman, but was ok with watching it at home on the couch.  This is the very fictionalized version of the story of American Circus owner PT Barnum played by Hugh Jackman.  It all came across a bit forced and corny to me with sparkly costumes, pristine sets and perfect hair and makeup, whereas I am a bit of a fan of grit and dirt and realism.  The movie just seemed to lean on the cheesy side pc side, with probably the best part of the movie being the songs themselves.  2/5

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ocean's 8

It was a surprisingly warm winters afternoon in the city.  Me and a bestie really needed an afternoon out.  There wasn't too much too choose from at the cinema as school holidays are on, and we aren't a fan of the superhero genre, and we all know what is going to happen with the dinosaurs (lots of running), so Oceans 8 it is.  I had heard mostly mediocre reviews of the movie, so wasn't expecting much.  I hadn't intended to spend the money on a movie ticket for this one, expecting that I would see it sometime on the tele. 

Anyway I am sure most of you know the premise.  Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney) from all the other Oceans movies.  She leaves prison with an idea for a new con.  She gathers a girl gang all with their own special talents (and boat loads of botox), and they set about in trying to steal a necklace at the Met Gala. 

It was all a bit predictable and even though there were a lot of cameos there seemed to be something lacking, a loss of charm and cheekiness that George Clooney/Brad Pitt/ Matt Damon had been able to portray in their movies.  Still it was a bit of distraction from a busy week of work.  3/5

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Something In The Water - Catherine Steadman

Erin and Mark seem to have it all.  Attractive and successful with great jobs and a nice home in London - they are busy planning their expensive wedding and a honeymoon in Bora Bora.  But it is not all as it seems as we find out behind the scenes.

Mostly I found this a great read, although at stages I seemed to lose my sense of belief at what was happening with them, and got a bit frustrated at Erin, who at times seemed pretty on to it, and then would seem to do something stupid.  I am not sure that you would be able to keep ringing up a prisoner locked up for advice, and it seemed that she was a bit too trusting of what other people were saying, and not suspicious enough.  Still it was a new twist on what is often a bit of a tired story line.  I am sure it will do well - and make a good movie. 4/5

Monday, July 09, 2018

Music Monday - Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley with Choir! Choir! Choir!

Gosh this made me smile.  Rick Astley with his 1988 hit Never Gonna Give you Up performs with Torontos Choir! Choir! Choir!.  It's still a pretty catch song even thirty years on and was a bit of cheer that I needed tonight. 

Sunday, July 08, 2018

The Trauma Cleaner - Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah writes the rather extra ordinary story of Sandra  Pankhurst who works cleaning up homes of hoarders, murders and sudden deaths in Sydneys suburbs.  Yet it is the stories about her growing up that were the most harrowing to me, the neglect and abuse she suffered living with adoptive parents who sent her to live in an unheated, unlit shed in the garden unloved and unfed were just horrific.

Born male she then transitioned into a female, and the book doesn't shy away from the drugs and alcohol she abused and working in the  sex trade that she was in  years.  An amazing life where she  just wants to be accepted and fit in, and be able to provide for herself, working hard to run her own business and buy a home. 3/5

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Bad Moms Christmas

I know - going in I should have been prepared for this one to be bad, but honestly it was just terrible.  It seemed to be written on such a formula of tired and predictable mum/christmas jokes with some crude jokes and swearing tossed in.  I felt that the 99c I spent on it was too much.  1/5