Friday, June 23, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Amusing to watch even if there was an element of cultural cringe, as Kiwis we all know characters like the ones on the screen. 4/5
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
I always like a good second world War story, and this one was enjoyable although the flow between the historical story and the current storyline was a little bit stilted for me. Still it was filled with lots of strong female characters and windswept Cornwall. 3/5
Monday, June 19, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
So I tackled this one - Centurion, a take of an unlucky Roman in early Britain. After being captured by the Picts and then meeting up with the famous ninth legion, our hero a tough looking Michael Fassbender spends much of the movie running, looking dirty and cold.
It didn't really hold my attention too much, and I had the middle aged lady feeling that I may have seen all or parts of it in the past. 3/5.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Since a young age Carla had an obsession with burials and pet funerals and it is interesting to read about her career working in various departments. I would worry that doing the same job, that the bodies would haunt my dreams too much. That it would be too much sadness day in and day out. 4/5
Monday, June 12, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friday, June 09, 2017
I did like this read, and with the grey skies of winter here I loved reading about the warm temperatures and sunshine. 4/5
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Tonight was a double episode with 48 hours in Budapest and also St Petersburg.
Monday, June 05, 2017
I was just a simple 18 year old when Dirty Dancing came out and went along with a bestie to see it. She may have noticed a tear in my eye as the credits rolled. Since then I have seen it several times, although I think it may have been ten years since I have watched it again.
What was this though - not the original 1987 version, but a 2017 remake - oh no!!! I did watch a bit if it and it was quite the disappointment. It was like a high school reinterpretation of the original. The words and actions there but no magic. Abigail Breslin was not the right choice to play Baby. Although she may have been the right age and have had curls in her hair, she seemed too young and awkward for the role . The guy who played Johnny also seemed outo of place. Although he put on the tight pants and got himself a six pack he had none of the swagger, dance skills or natural bad boyness that Patrick Swayze bought to the role.
Awww I am a bit sad as I'do been looking forward to this one. Still lucky I've got a good book to read. 1/5
Saturday, June 03, 2017
With rumblings of war, a disgruntled uncle and parents who are determined to marry her off Elizabeth senses that change is coming then she meets Aiden a young architects assistant, who has dreams of heading to Canada.
With echoes if Downton Abbey, I still quite enjoyed the book as the character Elizabeth is likable and seems to want more for herself, a future as an artist and to be free to vote and to marry whoever she wants. It is hard to imagine how our own lives may have been so different living a century ago and how much for dom we take for granted. 4/5
Monday, May 29, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Although there is an eccentric group of characters and a smattering is witty jokes, this movie was a bit of a let down. Both myself and the friend I went with managed to nod off in the warm cinema, so that may have contributed to our difficulty in following the story. Sadly only a 2/5.
Friday, May 26, 2017
You all know the drill - a bunch of misfits have to save the universe. There is lots of running around, fights and flying before a big fight scenes at the end. Chris Platt makes a likeable muscly good guy with some good dance steps. Of course at its heart it is a tale of friendship.
I do know that the next movie is out at the cinema right now. I couldn't bear to sit in the midst of 500 teenagers so am quite happy to wait until it comes out on my apple TV. 3/5
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Meanwhile French detective Julien Baptiste is still on the trail of missing French girl Sophie Giroux, who disappeared at the same time. Unwell and retired from the police he is convinced there is a connection, and travels to Iraq and Germany to find clues to what happened to her.
So a bunch of great actors - I like David Morrissey and Keely Hawes who play the parents and a good story. There were a lot of characters though and the shifting timeliness did get me a bit muddled at times. I also felt a bit flat after the series, it's all a bit grim with little joy. I like my UK dramas with a little bit of humor or fun to balance it out. 3/5
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Always being a bit of a rebel, she sets herself up selling vintage clothes on ebay making it into a multi million dollar business before she is thirty. With no college education or business background she was motivated and worked really hard to look after her customers and increase sales.
You have to admire someone who can build this big a business without any debt. She does also offer some good advice about how to do a good interview, how to succeed as an employee.
I wasn't so hot on the chapters when she talked about how she ripped people off and shoplifter to get money. And somehow I was left with the impression like I was getting shouted at while I was reading. 3/5
Monday, May 22, 2017
His life is changed when Bethany Davis arrives. A young American, she has arrived with a mission to digitize the library manuscripts. With a pent for computers and modernization will she be able to bring Arthur into the 21st century?
I really enjoyed this book, Charlie Lovett can tell a good story and the combination of history, antique books, Arthurian lore and Grail hunting is particularly compelling. 4/5
Friday, May 19, 2017
There was a fair amount about shelters and the amount of cats killed each year, staggering numbers and hugely sad to think about. I think that I wanted a little more from this book, somehow there was very little about the benefits of having cats as pets and the reasons why so many people world wide love their furry companions. 3/5
Sunday, May 14, 2017
A perfume blogger who also teaches yoga, Polly is forced into deciding what she wants her future wants to look like when her husband David leaves her for a research trip.
Although the book was a bit filled with cliches - the model mother, the nosy best friend and the horsey double barreled named handsome ex from college, there was enough of a story to keep me entertained throughout. 3/5
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Without giving the plot away there is lots of baddies, an earnest but flawed cop (are there any other kinds of police?), a tough heroic private eye, tough street guys, scared woman, guns, knives, chasing and gangs.
This book reminded me of early Lee Childs and Peter James and look forward to the next one, especially as this ended on a cliffhanger. 4/5
Sunday, May 07, 2017
It is relaxing watching and makes me feel zen and with a deep yearning for a little scruffy dog and a worn khaki jacket. 5/5
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Monday, May 01, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
In a series of essays she talks about the times and people in her life. Her parents who died while she was young, her relationships with various men, her singing career, acting and then writing and her deep deep love with her children and husband.
For me there was a real poetic quality to her writing and the stories about her kids and partner were just a joy to read. 4/5
Friday, April 28, 2017
When her partner David Levy goes missing she wonders if he has been involved in foul play, there have been whispers round the station and she is suspicious about several of her colleagues motives.
I enjoyed this light read which transported me to the streets of London. 4/5
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This book reinforced for me what a nice sweet boy he is, and how he uses his skills to help people heal and grow. He does spend a fair part of this small book explaining what he believes which is interesting, discussing what he thinks happens when we die and how our love continues, even when our loved ones have passed. 4/5
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
I didn't know anything about his early life except that he was born in Scotland, and when I was in a bookstore I thumbed through his autobiography and was instantly hooked.
In this book he writes about growing up poor in Glasgow with an alcoholic father. Things didn't improve once the family moved to Adelaide Australia, it is real Angela's Ashes hunger, violence and poverty that surprised me. Such a shock to think about how rough it was for him when he was younger and I felt for him as a young child. I didn't like the teenage Jimmy much though, break ins , drugs, drinking and horrible amounts of violence. 4/5
Saturday, April 22, 2017
It was nice to get home in time to pull the curtains to keep the warmth in. The movie I chose tonight was Ron Howard's Documentry Eight Days A Week. Set around the touring years of the Beatles mainly from 1962-1965. I have always loved the Beatles, but haven't listened to them in a while, but this wonderful movie makes me want to listen to them all over again.
Such a delight to see these four talented chaps as handsome and cheeky young men as the play in front of crowds of screaming teenagers. Watching the movie it made me realize how short their time together was, maybe that is a reflection of my age, but when I was younger it felt like they had been round forever. I wonder if teenagers today even know who they are?
Much as I love the pop songs if their youth, it is the songs like Blackbird, Norwegian Wood, Eleanor Rigby and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds that give me the most joy.
So I am going to load up all their tunes tonight so that I may listen to them tomorrow. 5/5
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
I did enjoy the story although I could not help but feel a bit annoyed with Alice, as she seemed to have her own social issues. It helped to read the authors explanation of why she wrote the story after thinking about what would happen to children in her own family if something happened to the parents. She also wanted to explore what would happen to those people who are alone without any support. 4/5
Sunday, April 16, 2017
She is able to talk about some of the hard choices that people face when they become critically unwell. Do we do everything we can at any cost? What does that really mean and do patients and their families understand the consequences of that decision? What would doctors choose to do when they attempt end of their lives?
Such an interesting book - one that I think everyone should read and talk about with their family and friends. 5/5
Saturday, April 15, 2017
At it's heart though is the story of young Welsh woman Catharine who is finding it hard to survive and doesn't expect to find love.
At first I didn't think much of the story but was impressed by the lovely scenery and perfect rumpled costuming. As the story developed it became more endearing and charming. 4/5
Saturday, April 08, 2017
I really enjoyed this book, she's a good story teller and I felt like I was just listening to a good friend chatting. She doesn't have to throw in lots of absurd cheesy jokes to enhance the humor, her telling of the stories us entertaining enough. 4/5
Friday, April 07, 2017
Basically this Aussie documentry maker Damon Gameau , who lives the good life without a lot of sugar decides to take on the average persons diet of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day. At first he thinks it will be hard to do, but as he discovers sugars are in 80% of products at the supermarket.
Without eating junk food, sodas or sweets he consumes sugar through juices, yogurt, cereals, bread and ready made meals. The effects of weight gain, fatty liver and foggy brain happen rapidly but are also reversed once he returns to his normal eating.
A movie that we should all watch, not too long and presented in an easy way to consume the information. 4/5
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
There she meets Ryle a handsome Neurosurgery registrar who falls in love with her. Somehow it all felt a bit too TV movie for me. I didn't feel like the characters were real. 3/5
Sunday, April 02, 2017
This movie is based on a real story. It tells of a young French red Cross worker who is asked to assist with a difficult labor of a young woman at a Polish Convent. While there she uncovers a secret that the nuns have been trying to keep quiet from the locals.
I did enjoy most of the story, although we had been warned it was somewhat grim. It was a bit bleak and I did nod off a bit half way through. 3/5 nods from me.
In this her latest book she has made it a memoir telling us about her early life growing up in Auckland, and leading onto her latest venture of rebuilding a house in rural France. It just all felt a little flat for me. I think I needed more amusing stories, instead it was a little dry. 3/5
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The author was just a young girl who was with her family on board and she tells the amazing stories of many of the passengers. It still shocks me to hear what these poor people endured in concentration camps, in gulags, hidden in convents, holes in the ground or hidden in attics.
Interesting to hear too, about their lives in Australia and New Zealand and how hard they worked. This us one of those books that I will think about for a long time. 5/5
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
I enjoyed the first half of this story but it seemed to take me a long time to get through the last part. 3/5
Friday, March 17, 2017
I found this one a nice piece of light watching. Emilia Clark was a delight to watch and provided the perfect mix of airiness and drama that the character needed. 4/5
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Soon Bob and James are inseparable and become famous with clips of them together watched by millions on YouTube.
I really enjoyed this one, showing that love can come in many forms and from different creatures. It was also awesome that the real Bob got to play himself in the movie as well as a cameo from the author. 5/5
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
At the core of this book is a love story, of the couple that spent all their time together, of love notes left any time they spent apart. 4/5
Saturday, March 04, 2017
This one for me was a bit of a dud. It seemed to be lacking in any cohesive story, just a series of car chases and shoot out scenes. A bit of a worried looking daughter and two obviously bad guy cops. All I could think throughout though, was that Liam looked bone tired like he just needed a good lie down on the couch and a good burger and fries. Thank goodness it is the final of the three part franchise - you have a rest now Liam. 2/5
Thursday, March 02, 2017
However she is not the only one seeking handsome Haralds heart, will he marry the Nordic Tora or never return home, continuing to plunder riches from wealthy cities across Europe.
I felt sacked into this historical novel, althou5it did take me a long time to read it. 4/5
Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
An entertaining 4/5 watch for me.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Jo Malone, the famous London Perfumer ticks all the boxes in her autobiography. A simple childhood with money struggles, hard work, opportunities, health struggles etc. I always like to hear about some one from humble beginnings becoming so successful, it gives all of us hope that we just need that one great idea and lots of hard work. 4/5