Friday, March 24, 2017

Janet King, Australian TV series

We just "bumped" into this Australian TV series.  
Criminal justice from both sides of the bench.
Very well done series.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A French Village, tv series



A very different view point regarding WWII and what occurred during the occupation of one small French Village.
This series in is French with English subtitles, very easy to keep up with.
We enjoyed the first season - there are some characters that one really doesn't like, however, the cast is excellent in their portrayals.

Hope you will give it a shot.

Quote of the Day-----Goodreads




The future is now. It's time to grow up and be strong. Tomorrow may well be too late.



Neil LaBute



Happy 54th birthday, Neil LaBute! The controversial playwright's first major work, In the Company of Men, premiered at his alma mater, Brigham Young University. 



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shetland, ITV series

This is a really "great" detective series from ITV - one really needs to view the first 2 seasons, which are in one box set.  Also, dialect might be an issue with some viewers. This series - 6 episodes on 2 discs - is a continuing saga, so at the end of each segment, well Cliff Hanger comes to mind, you want to continue.

Archie Panjabi, who starred in CBS's "The Good Wife" series makes her debut in this season, it would appear that her character might be continuing.

The series is based on Ann Cleeves' bestselling books.

Give it a try!

Land Ho, a film



Mitch, a retired surgeon, "ropes" his former brother-in-law, Colin, in taking a trip with him to Iceland.
Mitch can be somewhat of a "dirty old man", his heart would generally be in the "right" place, he just is having a hard time accepting age and retirement....
Colin has a hard time accepting all of Mitch's goofy ideas - like taking a walk in the dark with only glow sticks to guide their way, luckily they didn't fall into any crevices or hot springs.
The scenery of the film is positively STUNNING! 
With all of Mitch's bawdiness, he is a likable character, Colin finally just falls in line when he realizes that life just goes on.......

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Special Day, movie

Many years ago, we watched this interesting film, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni - it has just been re-released.

Hitler has come to meet with Mussolini and review the Italian troops, everyone is excited, and expected to participate in the events of the day, everyone except the two characters portrayed by Marcello and Sophia.  By a twist of fate, although they live directly across the way from each other in the high rise building, they meet for the first time.  Tensions run deep throughout the course of the day, and eventually we discover why Marcello's character did not participate - we already know why Sophia's character remained at home.

The film is set in 1938, and there are many historic film clips of events of the day, along with commentary from the actual radio broadcast of the day.

This is a stirring film about the awfulness of fascism.



Tyranny



Okay all those elected "R's" in the United States House and Senate need to start standing up to the person residing in the White House (gold house!), history can and does repeat itself!  
We just need to look back at what occurred in Europe during the 1930's - even some in our country applauded what Hitler stood for. Charles Lindbergh was one of those who applauded the Nazi party campaign - check out your history books if you think this is not true - although he did eventually realize that it was not a good cause to be a champion for.