Saturday, December 17, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Mao's Last Dancer
A Film by Bruce Beresford, based on the true story of Li Cunxin.
We recently watched this movie, if you love ballet, this movie will really be a joy to watch. Even if you don't love ballet, this movie will be wonderful to watch.
As a child Li is chosen to try out for ballet school, and taken from his family, as one of the few chosen Li is brought up by the state ballet school, not to see his family again for many years.
At first Li is clumsy and not liked by at least one of his teachers, however, the "master" of ballet sees in Li something really rare - however, major changes are coming to the school due to the power of Mao's wife, she wants Chinese ballet to show China's strength, not beauty. Eventually the "master" is taken away by the powers that be, and the school's new "leaders" change the way dance is viewed and taught. Li works with a force that brings him to the fore front of the school and the ballet world in general. The Houston Ballet Company wants Li to perform with them, he is allowed to come to the USA for 3 months, however, during those 3 months he comes to enjoy the freedoms associated with living in the USA, he wants to stay. An international incident occured due to what the consulate in Texas did with not only Li Cunxin, but members of the Houston Ballet company.
I have not read the book yet, however, I plan to.
According to the end credits of the film, Li and his family now live in Australia.
Hope you will consider one or the other.
I don't know if this is actually Li Cunxin in this photo, however, whoever did the ballet in this film was really incredible.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Quote of the Day Goodreads
Richard Llewellyn born 12-8-1906
"O, there is lovely to feel a book, a good book, firm in the hand, for its fatness holds rich promise, and you are hot inside to think of the good hours to come."
Oh, I love this quote!
Read a GOOD book soon. Forget e-books, kindles and such, hold a REAL book in your hand and your heart!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
The Commitments is a musical "comedy" set in Dublin. Warning up front, due to the locale and the folks involved the "F word" is in constant use, we finally were able to get around that......
This film was suggested to my husband by his business partner. Little did we know that about 4 hours later we would finally be finished with the movie (twice) and all the special features. Rarely do we watch all the special features, however, this one was worth every minute. One of the more unusual features was that the director's commentary is spoken over the entire film, Alan describes every little detail about the making of the movie, it was an extraordinary look at the film through his eyes, we appreciated things even more...... So, if you watch it make sure you go back and watch the director's comment.........
Set in Dublin's "gritty North Side" a group of musicians is brought together to become "the working man's soul band".
The music in this film is some of the best ever Take Me To The River, In the Midnight Hour, Mustang Sally, Too Many Fish in the Sea, Try a Little Tenderness, are the standouts.
Of the 12 in the film, only 2 are actors. The REAL stand-out in this film - besides the "F" word - is Andrew Strong. When Alan was casting for musicians, Robert Strong brought his son, Andrew (at the time Andrew was only 16), and when Alan heard him, well the rest is history!!!!!!!!!
He is a musician, however, he acts the part of the young man who has put the group together and then the manager. He "gives interviews" and they are in unusal places.
He got his part when he stuck a microphone in his mouth and started belting out a song, Alan was impressed.
Fellow on right, holding the trumpet, is not a real musician, however he is a talented actor, and has some incredible lines.
Plays a "wicked piano and organ". Two of the best scenes, are when he is playing the organ in his Catholic Church, and when he goes to confession!!!!!!!
This Is Andrew Strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When Andrew started singing the first song, I nearly fell on the floor, it was hard to believe he was only 16 when they made this film. He was perfect. I kept recalling Joe Cocker in Woodstock, when Andrew was singing. Except Andrew sings clearly - it was his facial and body motion.
On left side, she is an actor, not a musician, but she gave a really good performance, as did the other two, who are singers!!!!!!!!!!
I hope my husband can find this somewhere, as I would really like it as a Christmas stocking stuffer.
Hope you will give it a shot. By the way, it was filmed in 1991! Still stands the test of time.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I guess that is whether or not you believe that a higher education campus is above moral laws.
The reaction of some of the students last night is unacceptable - all it would seem they care about is "men of clay feet", not the victims of the crimes. And JoPa had a moral obligation to report the incident to the police - wonder how he will answer to his Maker when he meets Him.
Just can't imagine how they face themselves in the mirror every morning! According to the timeline shown on CBS last night, the very first case was reported in 1998, and nothing was done about the complaint made by a MOTHER!!!!!!!!!
Shame on them all.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
"Get Low, A True Tall Tale" a movie.
Robert Duvall, Lucas Black
This movie kept coming across the circ desk at the library. I had never heard of it, seen any advertisements in print or on the airwaves, however it had MANY holds on it. The cast intrigued me greatly - I mean Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek together????? - so naturally, I placed a hold on it, waited about 4 months for it.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
"The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin"
Recently, James and I re-watched this great program.....
I have seen that in its "wisdom" the BBC has decided to do a re-make of it, my thought "Why fix something if it ain't broke?" I really don't think the actor who will portry Reggie will be able to fit in the late Leonard's shoes! Reggie will always be Leonard Rossiter or maybe Leonard was really Reggie to begin with. If you are able to view the original series, make sure you watch the very last segment with several actors paying tribute to Leonard.
It opened each week with a naked Reggie walking out into the sea to end it all before rapidly rethinking the whole idea, and told the story of a man desperate to escape his loving but dull marriage, disappointing offspring and the daily grind of his job.
The first series - while hilariously funny - was incredibly dark, focusing on a man in nervous breakdown.
Each week Reggie's behaviour becomes more erratic, his excuses to his secretary for lateness weirder and weirder ("22 minutes late, Joan: a badger ate a junction box at New Malden") and his fantasies of seducing her more vivid.
The mere mention of his mother-in-law is enough to send an image of a hippo lumbering through his head and each episode ends with Reggie screaming in frustration.
Ultimately he fakes his own death but is reunited with wife Elizabeth when he attends his funeral in disguise and can't resist wooing her all over again.
Reggie returned a year later bent on setting up a new business, "Grot", selling useless goods. It was, of course, a massive success, leaving Reggie trapped back in the rat race.
For the third, less successful series, he abandoned wage-slavery again, this time setting up a commune for his former co-workers.
A brilliant satire, the programme will also be remembered for its catchphrases including Reggie’s boss CJ's "I didn't get where I am today by..." and Reggie's brother-in-law Jimmy constantly cadging food on the basis of "a bit of a cock-up on the catering front".
Above all there was Leonard Rossiter's brilliant performance as Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. RIP to both.
Reginald Perrin/Martin Wellbourne
Pauline Yates /
John Horsley /
Theresa Watson /
Geoffrey Palmer /
John Howard Davies
Hope you will give this one a try........
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Quote comes from Isaac Asimov.
"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
I often consider how fast everything has to be these days, that folks are not happy if they have to wait in line for something, that they need to be connected 24/7/365.
What society needs to gather more of is also "understanding", which so many don't want to consider either.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Several weeks ago, I had checked this film (DVD) out from the library, however, we never got around to watching it.
On the advice of a friend, we watched this last night, a welcome relief from the BBC series "Desperate Romantics" that we had been watching, don't get me started on that one!
Set in Northhampton, Prices' Shoe company has just lost its leader, his son, Charlie, inherits, however, Charlie is not much of a business person. On a evening out, he encounters a group of men accosting a "woman", Charlie is knocked out, when he comes to, he is in a room surrounded by "red" items, and Lola who is getting ready for "her" nightclub act. Lola is a drag queen, with one major problem, shoes that don't support "her". Charlie designs a hideous pair of boots for Lola, which are in incredibly poor taste! However, Lola wows Charlie with spectacular designs, and so a working friendship begins. The last major scene in this film is SPECTACULAR, at shoe fashion week in Milan, Italy, Charlie attempts to walk the "runway" only to fall on his bum - when Lola and her girls come to save the day with a great song and "dance" performance.
Really glad that we did watch this fun film. Music was great. There were some heart wrenching moments in the film, when some of the workers treat Lola badly, however, as they say "it all comes out in the wash", everyone learns the importance of respect for those we don't always understand or like.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
If you haven't seen the movie "The Help", well what are you waiting for???????
This is one "helluva" of movie, the last movie that made me feel quite this way was "Fried Green Tomatoes" .
The only fault I could find with the movie, was the Coca Cola bottles that were used - they seemed to have something written on them under the lip of the bottle. Having grown up in the South in the 60's, I don't recall ever seeing anything on the Coke bottles in that position.
The cast was outstanding, Hollywood should give an ensemble Oscar just for acting - each one of these ladies deserves an Oscar, yet we know they can't all get one.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
At the summit of Pu'o 'O'o cone, Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Is this incredible or what?
I check out the website daily to see what's going on on the Big Island.
If you are interested in viewing how the volcano is changing the face of the Big Island, you can go to http://volcanoes.usgs.gov you can watch the flows and see maps of the flows.