Sunday, January 31, 2016
I loved this movie so much. It was subtle and gentle and Saoirse Ronan is fantastic as Ellis, a young Irish girl who is given the opportunity to travel to Brooklyn New York to have a new life. She is terribly homesick after leaving her beloved sister and mother, and is stuck in a boring job at a department store and living in a boarding house with other single girls. However things begin to change and she embraces her new life. I won't say much more, for that would give away the whole story.
Everything was so well done, from actually filming in Ireland and some sites in New York to the costumes that looked like real people wore them. Most of all I loved the delightful love story and the touch of humor that Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters added to the story. Worth a visit to the cinema. 5/5
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Identifying as Lily Elbe, she becomes the first transexual to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the 1930s and it is a story that you wonder if it could have been told so well twenty or even ten years ago. Both Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander are stunning in their roles and the costumes and hair are stunning, as are the simple chipped painted rooms with gorgeous grey bed linens. 4/5
Friday, January 29, 2016
Edie,12 has been missing for a year, and all that has been found was her battered bicycle, tossed aside yet DCI Marvel is still looking for wondering if she is still alive or dead. However his boss has sent him off to find Mitzi - a missing dog.
Not your everyday police thriller, there are lots of interesting twists to this novel that keep it interesting and fresh in a crowded and often tired market. 4/5
I do have a soft spot for donkeys, and all pets who give unconditional love, and that made this book extremely likable. For me I am not such a big fan of the religious aspect, although I am sure this appeals to many others. 3/5
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
She doesn't call this book a memoir, instead it is a series of stories about various times in her life and the people and pets that were important to her. It skips back and forth in time, but I enjoyed it and it made her even more likable to me . From growing up with an unstable family life - I love that she embraces and shines at being a mother and wife. 4/5
A young family find their dream house. A little run down and in need of a few renovations it is large and within commuter distance of work in Brighton and area that the author writes about in his crime novels. A nice departure from the usual detectives and murders that Peter James writes about I still love Roy Grace and his team.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
So the author tells us a collection of stories, about his work, his private life and relationships, his patients and his parents that entertain, although somehow it came across a bit disjointed to me. 4/5
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
Only 9 years old she is not sure who to trust - who will protect her when everybody is getting killed around her, and no escape from the danger. 3/5
Monday, January 04, 2016
I didn't expect to like this memoir for some reason, maybe I have been tainted by so many that are just going for the punchline lately, but I did enjoy Sues stories of growing up, the right balance of funny and family tales. There were quite a few pages of conversational dialogue that was a bit off putting, but the book did leave me smiling. 3/5
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Although it does seem like it would be a way to escape the world and find yourself, I could see how horrible I would find it before I had finished the first couple of chapters. Sleeping in tents without a sleeping pad, no shower or washing most days, drinking water from ponds/streams or containers with a dead mouse in it - not for me thanks. I do like to read these books though and the author did well in bringing the hike alive for me. 4/5
Saturday, January 02, 2016
It needs a few hours set aside for this one - it is close to 3 hours long. It was ok - Matthew McConaughey is not my favorite actor, he always mumbles his way through a job and looks a bit sweaty and in need of a sandwich. Anways, he plays an ex NASA pilot, who is trying to help his family farm, but the earth is slowly dying, drying out and sending huge dust storms which are destroying crops. So old Matthew and Anne Hathaway are sent off to save the planet, via a few wormholes and twists and turns.
Normally I would like to see such a movie in the cinema, as space films are usually best on the biggest screen you can get, but my roster didn't manage to fit this one in last year. The space scenes were majestic and I did appreciate their restraint in limiting the amount of cgi images. It made it a bit more real. This middle aged lady prefers real over blue aliens, 50 minute fight scenes or flying spiders - yes I am looking at you Mr Jackson.
I did get to the end of the movie, and my recording stopped short, not allowing me to watch the last 15 minutes of the film, but thank goodness for Youtube, where I found the last part, so was able to sleep knowing how it ended. 3/5
Friday, January 01, 2016
A good easy to read holiday book, that I enjoyed sitting on my deck in the summer sun with a cool drink over the Christmas break. 3/5