Saturday, March 24, 2018
Stylish it certainly is. The 30s interior style and fashions were beautifully done, and I liked the combinations of actors in the movie. Dame Judi Dench makes everything better, Kenneth Branagh looks aged with his big creepy mustache, Johnny Depp looks old, Penelope Cruz looks constipated, Michelle Pfieffer looks glam and the all the others do a great job of looking worried or like Joey on friends suggested - they look like they are wondering who farted.
Sill my extreme tiredness made me a bit distracted, and I can't say that I was stunned by the story, but that could also be because I have seen a couple of versions over the decades, but still could not remember who the killer was. 3/5
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
I had heard about this movie a couple of weeks ago, when the story popped up on some news site. It is a real life story about Deborah Lipstadt. She is an American Professor of Holocaust studies. In one of her books, she talks about David Irving, a Holocaust denier. He then takes her to court for libel, and it is on her team to prove that the Holocaust happens.
I must say that I was a bit distracted watching the movie, but I found it dull and boring. Although the three main actors are always stellar - I was a bit distracted by Rachel Weiszs hairdo and accent. 2/5
Monday, March 19, 2018
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