Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
All three main characters were lovely to watch, with the right amount of humor and warmth depicted. I did have to wipe back a tear or two and be sure to watch the credits. 5/5
Sunday, January 22, 2017
I had seen the shorts for Lion a few times. Sarno is a small 5 year old boy from a small Indian village, living with his mum, younger sister and big brother. When they become separated how will he find his way back?
Dev Patel does a great job as the grown up Sarno, but it is the young Sunny Pawar who for me is amazing in this movie who steals the show. I didn't need tissues but there were a couple of tears building up. Be sure to stay till the end too, as the last few minutes are important. 5/5
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
He initially posted a note to the terroristsupermarket, addressing the fact that although they killed his wife, they would not win. They would not have his hate, and this then went viral and he sat down to write this book. It is a love letter to his wife and their little boy and bought tears to my eyes. I was especially touched when he was talking about blaming the men who killed his wife " Death awaited his mother that night; they were merely ambassadors ."
Such a sad story but told with such grace and restraint. 5/5
Monday, January 16, 2017
She does however not give a lot away, still being a bit discreet. There are a lot of diary entries regarding her insecurities and a lot of poetry. I did find parts of it a bit confusing as stories sometimes seemed a bit untold. 3/5
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Based on a true story the author spins a fictional start that puts a personal twist on what is truly an evil evil deed and it is pretty confronting thinking about what neighbors can do to each other. I didn't expect to hear about the continued prejudice and animosity that still occurred within the population, with many still blaming the Jews for what occurred to them. 4/5
Saturday, January 14, 2017
I tried to avoid reading reviews about the movie, so it was nice to be surprised and enjoy the movie. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were awesome in the lead roles and although I am not a big fan of musicals I thought they did a great job of making the songs bearable.
I don't want to go over the plot here, you can find it all on Wikipedia. A 4/5 from me.
Friday, January 06, 2017
After going off the rails for a few years she escapes to New York City where she finds a new life for herself. I did like the story and Shelby and her friends, and the dogs but it did seem a bit contrived. Although it was a case of bad girl done good, and I was rooting for Shelby to find a good career and meet a nice man I could not help thinking I was reading the script of a Hallmark movie. 3/5
Thursday, January 05, 2017
It is interesting to see how the people surrounding her tried to manipulate her to their own advantage, but how even at a young age she seemed to make good choices. The show also focused on the romance between her and Prince Albert which I think I often forget about when you think of Queen Victoria. It is hard to forget the image of an older large woman in her mourning outfits, and think of her as a young woman in love.
I think that they are making a second series which I look forward to. 4/5
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Lecretias story became known in NZ after she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. She entered our living rooms through some written articles and TV interviews snippets , as she advocated for physician assisted dying. Sadly she died aged just 42, on the day that the high Court released their decision declining her case.
I devoured this book in a day and felt that I learned a lot more not only about the case and her cause, but about Lecretia herself.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
I think I didn't believe that this street wise girl with a past would then marry some rich guy without finding out about his past. She seemed a bit prepared to roll over and do what he said without questioning anything. For a thriller I Didn't really feel scared at all. 2/5
Monday, January 02, 2017
So back to Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini an Olympic runner, who in the second world War crashes with his air crew into the ocean. Surviving an amazing 47 days in a lift raft, he is rescued by the Japanese only to be tortured and forced into labor in a POW camp.
For me the most moving parts of the movie are in the final 5 minutes of the film, learning about what happened decades after the events depicted. 4/5
Sunday, January 01, 2017
I had meant to see 45 Years at the cinema but managed to miss it, but the Apple store had it at 99 cents, much more affordable than the $19 ticket I would have to have paid. I think this year I will save my pennies and only be going to the cinema for special movies with friends.
This tells a story of an older couple about to celebrate their wedding anniversary when a letter arrives for the husband, forcing them to discuss secrets long hidden. Great performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney. 4/5
Happy New Year and heres to lots of good reads and entertaining movies.