Sunday, August 30, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
I'm loving this song at the moment. She has a beautiful voice old Ellie Goulding and lovely phrasing. My little ipod is just full of great tunes at the moment - it keeps me happy to listen as I walk around at the weekend or to and from work.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Personally I think the ability and type of sleeping is genetic. Most of my family are lucky, and have an ability to just lie down and sleep whenever we want, in fact I think we have a sleepy gene when many of my friends have the opposite. It can take them hours to drop off to sleep and stay asleep.
So I learnt a bit, and but I was left wanting more. So go scientists go - hope you find out more soon. 3/5
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Back in Black is one of my favorite albums - I listen to it all the time, but seeing this movie you see the raw talent and enormous strength of her voice and her amazing songwriting skills. There was certainly something about this girl, her charisma was amazing, and her ability to light up a room as she sung was a beautiful thing to see.
It was however so hard to watch the second half of the movie, as you could see how bulimia, drugs, alcohol and depression caused her to withdraw and shut down. Even though I know how it all went, it made me teary watching it. She just seemed a vulnerable little thing, who needed somebody to take care of her, instead it seemed she was thrown to the wolves, and no one was there to step in and protect her. Definitely an adult watch 5/5
Friday, August 21, 2015
I am always touched in some way by this type of book, for they all hold some small wise wisdom and are reminders of our own mortality. 4/5
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The main message is about accepting yourself whatever size you are skinny or fat. That for a lot of us we don't giver ourselves permission to be happy as we are, we sit around waiting to be happy once we have lost 50 pounds or lost four dress sizes. We need to hear these voices, especially our young girls who are presented with one cookie cutter look that they have to be skinny to be cute or loved. 4/5
Monday, August 17, 2015
I did enjoy the characters, and although slow it was a bit of a journey discovering about their lives as not all was given away at the beginning of this novel. To me though after a long meandering beginning there was a rush to the end, and I was left wanting a bit. I wanted to find out what happened to all the characters, who got back together, who hooked up, who drifted apart. 3/5
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Normally I am not a fan of this type of movie, by Amy Shumer, who also wrote the movie I think has done a fab job. Bridesmaids was ok - but it just seemed to me to be a series of skits that started off funny but lapsed at the end. Whereas I think this one is more steady throughout. Although I hate the line on the poster where it has to say it is from the guy who bought you Bridesmaids - why does it need to say that?
So it was a bit crude and full of sexual jokes and a few sex scenes so definitely one for the adults. 3/5
Saturday, August 15, 2015
The book left me with some important impressions - the importance of discussing with your loved ones about what their wishes are as they age, what would be acceptable for them, what they would want if they were unable to make choices for themselves, that discussing a dnr (do not resusitate) order with next of kin is not about doctors wanting to save money or be lazy - but is about letting nature take its course and allowing a patient (especially a frail elderly patient with a limited quality of life) a natural death rather than violently doing cpr and other interventions that may just prolong the process.
I would certainly recommend that if you read this book, make sure you read Atul Gawandes fabulous book Being Mortal. 4/5
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Without giving it all away, I did enjoy the beginning of the book more than the second part, but somehow it felt a bit forced to me, all a bit contrived. 3/5
Friday, August 07, 2015
The most reaction the audience had with the movie was a scene with a dog. There just seemed to be no joy in this movie, it flittered from scene to scene, one more depressing than the next, with a few gay sex scenes thrown in which I guess were meant to be shocking, but just seemed a bit dull, and lots and lots of drug taking and lots of bad music that didn't seem to add to the movie, but made it more annoying. A big old 1/5 from me.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
The mostly grey haired lady audience enjoyed this little movie. Especially in our society where people don't have maids or housekeepers, well some may have housekeepers but generally they only come in for an hour or two a week. We were all a bit shocked when we heard on the movie, that the last time Val had seen her daughter was ten years ago. It does seem to be the way many people in the world live, people whose domestic situation force them to work overseas to fund their families.
It was an extremely likable movie, especially Val, we all loved her and the devotion to the son she looked after, although one scene made me think she had taken it a bit too far. So a 4/5.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Patricia Clarkson is a middle aged book reviewer, who is undergoing a bit of a crisis (I don't want to give it all away), but basically you get the idea, she decides that she needs to get driving lessons so that she can go and visit her daughter. Ben Kingsley is an Indian driving instructor, and they both form a bit of a friendship after all of their time spent together in the car.
Anyway this quiet movie made this middle aged ladies heart smile - jut the thing I needed this afternoon after a few dreary film festival movie choices. 4/5
Monday, August 03, 2015
Here he gets up to mischief with his best mate Percy. The chaps next to me at the cinema chuckled a fair bit throughout, and shamefully I must admit to nodding off a bit mid way through. Damn those warm cinemas. Although I enjoyed the story, I felt it more suited to a Sunday night TV special than a movie theatre, it seemed more suited to a more intimate viewing experience to appreciate its romance and comedic moments. 3/5
Saturday, August 01, 2015
We walked away thinking it had been a great little programme, and wishing we had been the kiwi girl to pick up two original paintings for $60 each actually worth $250,000. 4/5