Thursday, November 21, 2019
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
I am sure that most people are aware of the story. In a not too distant dystopian future in the country of Gilead, furtile women are transformed into handmaids whose job is to produce babies for their infertile ruling classes. The story centers on Offred, a young woman who is separated from her young daughter and husband, and tries to figure out how she can escape from this rigid controlled society. 4/5
Monday, November 18, 2019
Sunday, November 17, 2019
I think my expectation of a memoir is to learn more about the person, and to hopefully come away knowing more about them and liking them even more than when I started. Neither of which I achieved after reading this book, which just left me feeling sad. 2/5
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Gloria played by Julianne Moore, is in her fifties, divorced and still working while dealing with her young adult children who are getting on with their lives without her. She spends her weekends getting dressed up and going out to dance to old tunes. She meets Arnold, but he comes with his own baggage and things aren't too dreamy and smooth.
Look, it was quiet and at times made me a bit sad, but it was saved by the luminous Julianne Moore, and the soundtrack that makes me think it is worth a 4/5.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Sunday, November 10, 2019
When the war ends, she is then charged by the soviets with being a collaborator and given a 15 year sentence to a Siberian gulag. There the horrors continue, with little to eat, hard labor digging coal and being abused by the male prisoners, but she is able to find friendships with the women she is imprisoned with and help work in the hospitals and ambulance.
Sitting in our warm and cozy homes it is hard to imagine what women like this went through during the war, and wonder if we would have had the strength to survive. 5/5
Saturday, November 09, 2019
It felt like a welcome back to Kiera Knightly, as she seems to play this delicate 30s/40s type of women very well. She seemed to be everywhere a few years ago, and then I guess she slipped away to have some babies of her own and have a life. She is perfect in this role as Rachael Morgan, who comes to Hamburg in 1946 to live with her husband, all breathless pouty looks and quiet tears. They are to live in the requistioned house of German Stefan Lubert and his daughter Freda and all characters are dealing with their own grief and worries about how they are to move on post war.
I guess its more Sunday night cinema than blockbuster but it suited this middle aged lady quite well. 4/5
Friday, November 08, 2019
King of Thieves is a British film based on the Hatton St safe deposit burglary that occurred in 2015. Led by Michael Caine, it is a distinguished group of actors all of whom I had to google as I was surprised at their ages and how old they looked in the movie. I liked that it was kept mainly serious, and there was no need to make this heist film a caper, like so many of the ones that have come out recently. A solid 4/5.
The Mule - well I have to say it is pretty amazing to think that Clint Eastwood plays the main character, and directed and produced this film at 89 years old. It too is based on a true life story of a simple flower grower, who after threats to foreclose on his home, takes on a job of delivering drugs. Passing unsuspected across borders, he manages to make several runs, all increasing in value each time, but little does he realize that the DEA are on his tail. It is somewhat of a quiet movie, but I just felt like telling Clint that he looked tired, and in need of a good long rest on a lazyboy with his feet up. I guess that is not really in his nature, and one has to admire his work ethic. 4/5
Thursday, November 07, 2019
It is one of those movies, that seems to wrap up all the cliches from other movies without having much charm or wit of its own. I wanted to like it, I was in the mood for a bit of feel good fun, but it all came over a bit flat for me. 2/5