Monday, November 28, 2016
Although I didn't come away learning anything too profound, I liked the tone of the book that made it like listening to a good friend talk and it didn't get too grim and uncomfortable. Certainly it is a topic we should all be talking about with our families and friends. 4/5
Saturday, November 26, 2016
I didn't know much about Allied other than it stared Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. I have tried to resist reading too many reviews about some movies. It is a nice element of surprise to go in feel like the story is fresh, sometimes the previews give the whole plot away. It is a romantic thriller set in the second world war, and my bestie and I quite enjoyed it. The story itself was quite simplistic and I liked that it just got into it straight away with minimal back story. I felt there was something special in the way the story was directed, keeping the two main characters the focus, without the distraction of too many extra characters.
I am going to give it a 3.5/5.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
In 1940 Solonge is beginning to find out secrets about her family and everything is changing as she begins to feel the rustling of war approaching. As the story swung between both characters I thought the author used this technique well, moving the story on. It did feel a bit rushed at the end, with just a few chapters to move the story to the end. 4/5
Monday, November 21, 2016
In this one Rebecca, and her boyfriend and young brother Martin are trying to deal with mother Sophies deteriorating mental health and are being tormented by an evil woman that only appears when the lights go out. Chasing, screaming and blood ensues.
It was ok as far as that kind of thing goes, just not my kind of deal. Now the things that keep me awake are the thought of having to stay in the same job another 20 years, worrying about the bills and the thought of affording retirement.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I was thinking about alien movies from the 90s and 2000s, when a whole group of studly men or one kickass woman could save the world in the last 10 minutes after vaporizing the meteor/comet or alien with a big cannon/laser/gun while the world first chewed their fingernails then cheered.
In this movie the world sees the arrival of a group of UFOs. Amy Adams plays Louise a linguist who is bought in to help interpret what the message is and how the world will react. I feel like I can't really write any more without giving the story away and it is all on Wikipedia anyway if you feel the need. For me, I am enjoying not reading too many reviews before I see a movie, and even some previews give it all away.
I did like this movie, it was quite cerebral in it's story without being boring and felt like an original story that felt fresh and avoided the usual cliches. 4/5
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
A gentle slow story it made me want to be able to google this imaginary painting or buy a 17th century old master of my own to hang over the bed - neither of which is possible, but a girl can dream. 4/5
Sunday, November 13, 2016
I had wanted to see this one at the cinema some time ago, but for various reasons I did not and was pleased to see that it was showing tonight on TV. I can see why critics loved it, a biopic about the talented artist J W Turner in the later years of his life. It is a most marvelous performance by Timothy Spall, and the supporting cast just all play such wonderful characters. I love that it is peppered with plain middle aged spinsters, pompous toffs, cheap tarts, and a collection of various other artists all competing to sell their art. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of years living in London in my twenties and I loved visiting the art galleries and museums and was lucky enough to see a few of his amazing paintings. Now as I am older I can see that in a time before photographs, just how talented these artists were a preserving a scene, a moment in time and making it still beautiful decades and centuries later.
It was a little long for me, but still a very worthy 4/5.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
A bit of a grim choice for my Saturday night viewing, and pretty intense. It is the story of parents of two little girls who disappear after a family dinner together. When a suspect is found, he is then released after questioning by detectives. However the father of one of the victims finds him, and takes him where they then question him themselves. An interesting premise, for if any of us were in the same position isn't that exactly what we would want to do. I have no tolerance for violence towards children or animals. None.
An awesome cast too populates this movie - Hugh Jackman, Terence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Jake Gyllenhaal. I liked the style of the movie, not over Hollwooded with a modest home, normal clothes and budget vehicles. I am a bit over the shows where the average family being depicted is living in a $3 million dollar home wearing Gucci.
Friday, November 11, 2016
It is a hard book to write about, as several times I thought to put it down unfinished as I found the style of writing a bit flowery and even though the premise was compelling I didn't really feel like I believed it. I couldn't picture the girls in my head and felt unconnected to the characters, even though they suffered many horrors. So not really a successful read for me. 2/5
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
As I finished watching the show last night, it was good to read the online story today about leaked storylines from season 7. Who knows, we will have to see it next year. I do think though that tv is so much better than 20 years ago, the quality of some shows is like watching a movie. I'm enjoying Poldark, Victoria, the Durrells which are all playing on NZ television at the moment. How about you - are there any shows that you are enjoying?
Monday, November 07, 2016
So the movie was perfect middle aged lady viewing, set in the 1920s it tells the story of Tom Sherborne a World War I veteran, who seeks the peaceful life on a remote Australian lighthouse. He falls in love and marries a young local girl Isabel and it is their love that is the core of this story. I won't say anymore, for I don't want to give away the rest of the story, but I did really enjoy all the elements of this story, the scenery, the characters - the looks and glances and touches that were all subtle and so well done. The muted palettes of the decor and costumes and the vistas of waves and cloudy skies made it all sing. I also must admit to have a couple of tears at the end of the movie, which doesn't happen too often. So for me - a solid 5/5.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Myron Bolitar and his friend win are back, tracking down two boys who were abducted two years ago at age six. Now they have been seen in London and Win wants them back now. So it is action packed with twists and turns, computers and knives - yet all done with humor and intelligence. 4/5
Friday, November 04, 2016
I read the book this movie is based on some time ago, it was touching and sad at the same time but ultimately a story about love, and how the love of this ginger cat helped the owner through his addiction and onto living a normal life. The trailer looks great and I saw the pictures of the Duchess dressed up as she went to see the premiere and got to make Bob purr.
I am also looking forward to The Arrival a sci fi thriller that looks like my cup of tea. I like to be a bit scared in the cinema on the big screen. Amy Adams is a favorite too, and I like that it looks like she is the lead character in the movie.
This one looks a bit quirky, but the trailer made me smile. I am sure most of us remember being a socially awkward 15 year old, not a child but not quite an adult.
Any films you are looking forward to?
Thursday, November 03, 2016
For me, many parts of this book were hard to read and at times I was unsure if I could continue. It was an interesting way to be presented with discussions about racism, from the hard out fanatics, to those who think they don't see race - but who really are in a position of privilege in being able to ignore it, to those who deal with it on a daily basis. In many instances each of the characters are forced to challenge what they believe and understand and we get to share their thoughts and see how they evolve and change. 5/5