Saturday, 19 May 2012

Movies

What have you seen recently, at the cinema or on DVD? Be the David or Margaret of Bookworm and review it here. Recommend your favourite film or tell us which to avoid.

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  1. We go to movies at our Arts cinema (The State) fairly regularly. It's been extended recently to 7 cinemas and a bigger restaurant and a wonderful bookshop so we'll probably be there even more often.

    Last week we saw A Dangerous Method, the film about Freud and Jung, and if if you like intelligent and thoughtful movies then I can recommend it. No fast action and a lot of talk but never boring and beautifully filmed.

    A few weeks ago in Melboune we saw The Well Digger's Daughter, a French film directed and starring Daniel Auteuil who I've always liked. The French scenery is gorgeous and the acting brilliant. I do love French movies - there is something special about them.

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    1. A Dangerous Method sounds interesting. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll look out for it on DVD. I am reminded of a book, The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld. It is based on Freud's actual visit to the US and his case histories and Rubenfeld builds his mystery around these facts. Original and cleverly written, it's Rubenfeld's debut. He has since released a second book, The Death Instinct, which I've yet to read. I hope he hasn't suffered the second novel syndrome, Interpretation was so good.

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  2. I am a great fan of science fiction yet I dont like it in the book form.Plus drama,mystery,biographys etc. Loved the Avengers & Battleship.

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  3. I went to see The best marigold hotel,with my daughters.I was a bit worried that they may not enjoy it being so much younger. we never stopped laughing,very enjoyable movie wobbly

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    1. Wobbly & Rosina. In last Saturday's Melb Age, in the Forum column, Greg Sheridan gave a glowing review to both Marigold and the Avengers. I would have thought that it would be an unlikely link as the similarity is not an obvious one. He drew on the nostalgia angle. Have you seen both? Can anyone comment?

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  4. Glad you enjoyed it, Wobbly, and thanks for the thumbs up. There's been conflicting reviews. I'll now put it on my list. I usually love Judi Dench movies.

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  5. Watched the DVD of "We Need to Talk About Kevin", with Tilda Swinton last night. Shriver's book was brilliant; confronting, but brilliant and I don't think she has written anything to match it. The movie was well done, however, unless you have read the book or know the story, the many flashbacks and flashforwards may make it difficult to follow.
    My only complaint is the soundtrack. It's becoming common in movies to play (and not always appropriately) vocal songs while the characters are driving or walking etc. I find it distracting and annoying and fast-forward. Is it just to fill in the two hours?

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  6. We lost another great from the Golden Days of Hollywood this week.Ernest Borgnine passed at the age of 95 yeras.

    Ernest won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a heartwarming butcher in Marty, belted a skinny Frank Sinatra to death in From Here To Eternity, and had us all in stitches playing Quintin McHale in McHales Navy.

    He was still working at 92 years when he was nominated for an Emmy award for his role in the TV series, ER.

    Married three times,and for a perod of 32 days, to swimming and singing beauty Ethel Merman.

    Ms Merman in her 1978 autobiography included a chapter to her time as Mrs Borgnine.All the pages were blank.

    Thank you for the memories.................

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  7. Always saw him as a man under estimated no matter the Oscar !! He cruised through some films obviously in it for the dosh a la Michael Caine but he was an ACTOR and hilariously in control of the mayhem with McHales Navy. A better than average life.

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    1. I remember reading, oh years ago now, that Borgnine and his wife chose their holidays with a map and a pin. One year, it brought them to Broome, WA!

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  8. Midnight In Paris is an interesting little flick recently made available on DVD. Woody Allen directed so it is quirky rather than being a drama of highs and lows.

    Owen Wilson ( the Jimmy Stewart of these times) plays the main character, a frustrated writer in Paris with the in-laws.

    Each night at midnight he takes a stroll around the streets of Paris and time travels back to a Paris of the 1920's. There is much elegance, beautiful fashion, and he bumps into locals such as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Col Porter, The Fitzgeralds, and Picasso.

    Easy viewing and I do think I would have made a decent flapper

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    1. You would make a wonderful flapper! I can just see you in a cloche hat, long Noel Coward beads and with a fringe on the hem of your short skirt. Wouldn't you love to raise eyebrows by flouting convention? lol

      To my shame, I don't think I've ever seen a Woody Allen film. Can you tell I'm not a movie buff? Years ago, a friend was insisting I see The Purple Rose of Cairo, which isn't now available, so I've ordered Midnight in Paris as my intro to Allen's films. The Hemingway connection fits in nicely with our group read.

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  9. I'm not a Woody Allen fan either but I have a francophile child who recommended the movie.Paris is the star.

    I found the portrayal of Hemingway interesting. Enjoy....

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  10. Two new movies on my 'must see' list.

    David Mitchell's CLOUD ATLAS, which has been mentioned in these pages, starring (an unrecognisable) Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and other big 'names'. Mitchell didn't write the screenplay and it is qualified by 'from the novel' rather than 'based on'. The book itself was epic in scope, from the time of sailing ships to far into the future. The movie would have to be in parts to cover it all. I liked the look of the trailer, and much more information is available on Google.

    http://screenrant.com/cloud-atlas-international-movie-trailer/

    Yann Martel's THE LIFE OF PI was the only book I can remember rereading as soon as I read the last page. The film is directed by Ang Lee and is 'based on' the novel. The trailer is stunning.

    www.imdb.com/title/tt0454876/

    I haven't seen an Australian release date for either film.

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  11. Celeste Holm, another great from the Golden Years of Hollywood,passed this week at the age of 95

    Celeste played Ado Annie on Broadway in the original production of Oklohoma! singing "I Cain't Say No". She played a memorable part in All About Eve and was Frank Sinatra's wise cracking, smart girl partner in High Society.

    Married five times, Ms Holm once stated " I believe that if a man does a job as well as a woman he should be paid as much". Love this !

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  12. I watched INCENDIES on DVD (subtitled) and really enjoyed it. It's different and has many twists. I copied the blurb for you.

    When notary Lebel (Remy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Melissa Desormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal's will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes - one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn't know existed. In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal's retreat into unexplained silence during the final weeks of her life. She immediately decides to go to the Middle East to dig into a family history of which she knows next to nothing. Simon is unmoved by their mother's posthumous mind games. However, the love he has for his sister is strong, and he soon joins her in combing their ancestral homeland in search of a Nawal who is very different from the mother they knew. With Lebel's help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman. An adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad's hit play, Incendies is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today's world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the uncanny power of the will to survive.

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  13. For those participating in the Group Read, Hemingway's "Old Man and The Sea", as well as for those who enjoy a good yarn, may I suggest another movie of interest

    In Love And War, starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O'Donnell as the main characters,tells of a young couple in love caught in the cross-fire of a world at war.She is a Red Cross nurse and he a young ambulance driver during 1918.

    The blurb on the dust jacket states that this movie " reveals the remarkable forces that shaped one of America's greatest literary figures" - our friend Mr Hemingway.

    It continues with " the real life experience that inspired one of the most romantic novels ever written, Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms"

    Worth a look on a lazy afternoon...................

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  14. Just back from the library to return "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain and searched for anything by Hemingway but there was nothing! Also searched for something by Carol Shileds as recommended by Sanmac but again nothing! However I then popped into our Oxfam charity shop and found 2 by Carol Shields, "The Stone Diaries" and "Unless" so watch this space!

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    1. They are my two favourite Shield's books. What a bargain, lucky you! I think (hope) you will enjoy them both. Read "The Stone Diaries" first. Although it is the longer book, it really shows Shields at her best and "Unless" is her later work.

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    2. Yes I was lucky. Fortunately Oxfam is the one of the few charity shops which store their books alphabetically so it didn't take long to find them. Will start with "The Stone Diaries" once I finish "The Help" - I am such a slow reader. :)

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  15. The cruise we went on had a daily movie on the big on deck screen "under the stars" and we managed to see some we'd seen before - The Exotic Marigold Hotel. Alfred Nobbs, Saving Grace (which I really enjoyed seeing again), Mama Mia - and a couple we hadn't seen - I Love New York, The Three Stooged ( which as it was American comedy I thought I would hate but didn't, it was hilarious) and started to watch Crazy Stupid Love but ut was terrible even though I like Julianne Moore. I was guven two tickets to our Arts cinema before we left so have to use them soon.

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    1. Just last week, I watched Albert Nobbs on DVD. Glenn Close was fabulous in the part and the production was good all round. I do like films that are a bit 'different'.

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  16. Sylvia - you just reminded me - we also saw the movie of The Help on the ship and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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  17. At the risk of offending the majority I don't mind stating that personally I am not a big fan of Stephen King novels.Good airport lounge fodder , or sipping a cocktail from a coconut with an umbrella, kind of read.

    A number of Kings novels have been transposed to novels most successfully. These include " Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" ( The Shawshank Redemption) and "Children of The Corn ".

    Earlier this week we lost Oscar nominated actor Michael Clark Duncan who played the part of a massive yet gentle death row inmate in another King book to movie adaptation, The Green Mile.

    Good book, enjoyable movie, and a fine actor to watch at work.

    Rest in Peace

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  18. Hi Moi,

    No I've never read any Stephen King's novels in fact pretty much feeling like the least `well read' person on the Booklive site...but that's OK I still like reading the comments re: stuff read by others....and reading for pleasure, information and self-improvement etc.

    However did see the film adaptation of `The Green Mile'......really good and thought Michael Clark Duncan's performance was certainly Oscar nomination material.....he certainly made the role his own...very powerful! Think I read somewhere this was his first real acting role, or maybe it was his first major acting role.

    Anyway a good film...worth a look.

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    1. Leonie, I'm not sure that any of us would claim to be 'well read'. I'm certainly not. I read mostly fiction, with the occasional non-fiction title and it seems that your preference might be the other way around. That's a big benefit to Booklive, that we can discover a wide range of interesting books.

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  19. I liked King's early novels - great page turners - but couldn't suspend belief enough to enjoy his later ones. Duncan was brilliant in 'The Green Mile' and I was surprised to see in the media obits that he wasn't really the 'mountain of a man' that he portrayed in the film. A tribute to his talent.

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  20. We are in Melbourne for a few days and went to see A Royal Affair at the Lygon St cinema. Has anyone else seen it? Also went to Cape Town Opera Gala which was wonderful in the newly refurbished Hamer Hall. The acoustics are stunning.

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  21. MOVIES

    We seem to be luckier with cinema this year. Usually the school holiday period caters exclusively for the young ones but there are some really good movies on offer at present:

    Quadrant, which Jaywalker and I both liked very much. I have an affection for Maggie Smith's films, even though she always seems to play herself. I wondered how she would sing soprano but it was cleverly handled. Billy Connelly was well cast as the dirty old man and Pauline Collins should win an award for her role. The credits at the end were delightful, with photos of the 'extras'.

    The Life of Pi seems to evoke mixed feelings. I loved it! It was mostly true to the book and the effects were brilliant, even the digitalised tiger! Perhaps knowing the story is a spoiler but for me, it added much more. My OH also enjoyed the film - without having read the book.

    Les Mis, I've not yet seen, though I think that Madeleine and Moi have. What did you think of it?

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    1. Not meaning to put anyone off the movie, Les Mis< but I chuckled at this review in the UK Independent.

      Unfortunately, I am unable to review 40 per cent of Les Misérables le movie because I fell asleep after about an hour of it, much to the chagrin of my date. I woke up again about half an hour before the director decided to put it out of its Les Misery. I calculate that I was asleep for about three hours. My dream, by the way, was beautifully realised and sumptuously costumed and Ryan Phillippe spared nothing.
      Les Misérables, however, is every bit as long and arduous as the French Revolution itself. Had I been given a guillotine I would gladly have stuck my head in it, though only after finishing my bag of Revels which were delicious.I will begin by saying that Anne Hathaway as Fantine was brilliant; all shredded nerves, desperate glances, hopeless tears and a runny nose like a cross between Sinead O'Connor in Nothing Compares and that dead rabbit from Watership Down.
      Her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream was brutal. Her huge eyes were bloodshot, her sumptuous lips, flaked and quivering, her usually-perfect skin blotched, ghostly and caught in an agony of emotional torment. Here was an actress in her prime willingly looking like a right old mess on the big screen. She won my respect in that moment and I think she might just win yours too...as well as an Oscar. Is this the moment everyone stops hating Anne Hathaway? Keira Knightley will be jealous! Unfortunately, the scene came too soon and the remaining eight hours failed to match its power.
      I shan’t say much of Hugh Jackman. His performance as Jean Valjean was well good.
      On to the stuff that sent me into a coma. Firstly the little blonde girl had all the charisma of a balloon and I wanted her to be shot by Javert. She wasn’t, but fortunately she quickly metamorphosed into a handkerchief with eyes played by Amanda Seyfried. Meanwhile the almost identical little blonde boy seemed to have based his character on Fagin’s urchins from Oliver! Artful Dodger he was. Artful performer he was not. In reality, he managed to be about as cockney as Dick van Dyke which is particularly unfortunate as his character is supposed to be French. I have been to Paris and I have never heard anyone say ‘Bon-jew-ar mee owld macka ‘ow are ya?’ Does it bother the French that they are made to sound like Pat Butcher? I suspect the answer is, ‘Oui!’ Thankfully, this smug little character was eventually shot, so some welcome relief there.
      It is, of course, a tragic footnote that Helena Bonham Carter's standing as an actress died during the filming of Les Misérables and the director was forced to copy and paste every other performance she has ever given into each clownish duet with the sock puppet that is Sacha Baron Cohen. Their scenes certainly brought some much-needed brevity to the 17-hour weep-fest and I can’t really criticise Helena for her comic timing or her bloody gorgeous face but I just wish she would stop playing the same character over and over again. Doesn’t she get bored? I do. Are you listening Helena? And Johnny Depp while I’m at it. I’m bored with you both! Do something different or get the HELL off my screen.
      Now then. The fat bloke from Gladiator was the only truly brilliant vocalist of the troupe. I have never seen the musical but his was the greatest challenge of all, it seemed to me, because every one of his songs was written off-key! Nonetheless, he managed to hit every bum note perfectly. My only disappointment was that he took quite such a long time to tip himself off the weir.

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    2. Continued.......

      I ought to say that the film was beautiful to look at. It had the quirky sweeping shots of Chocolat and Moulin Rouge, which sucked you into the shadowy, cartoonish grime of revolutionary Paris. The only bum note came at the very beginning of the very opening scene as the camera swoops in on a chain gang hauling a great warship into the dry docks. If they could make Jurassic Park in 1993, why was this vital first shot rendered so unconvincingly? Did they use wax crayons? I half expected a snowman with a satsuma for a nose to fly past.
      Speaking of the visuals, the best looking bloke in this film is a soldier who gets pick-pocketed by Madame Thenardier about half way through but clearly we are supposed to get sticky over Marius. Well, if you stretched satin over cutlery, you would get Eddie Redmayne: an angular actor who reminded me of Lip from Shameless. If his voice had been a woodwind instrument I would have put it over my knee and snapped it but there is something strangely beguiling about his acid features and his final scene in the pouring rain with Éponine is heartfelt and intense. He certainly improves with hydration.
      And that is when I fell asleep again. By then, the Les Tres Misérables had coughed up around fifty endless, sobbing farewells, all of them sung to one quavering dirge or another, and most of them thoroughly tiresome. I finally awoke just in time to catch the spectacular final scene as it erupted in a crescendo of cupboards. I don’t honestly know what happened while I was asleep but I can only assume Debenhams have a sale on.
      This film is certain to be a huge success and plump, single women in offices around the country will, no doubt, be imploring their colleagues to go and see it. My advice would be this: watch it until Anne Hathaway slips from the musical coil and then get the hell out of there. If Les Misérables taught me anything, it is that life is too short and too miserable to waste it…watching Les Misérables.

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    3. I'm wary of overly smart, and sardonic reviews like this but I do have reservations about going. We were going on Wednesday, then couldn't. Now planning to go on Monday. I must say I did wonder about it after seeing the "Behind the Scenes" clip on TV the other day and also hearing some of the soundtrack played on ClassicFM which definitely struck me as not nearly as good as the production I saw in Sydney or the DVD I have of the London production. I can't imagine it putting me to sleep - soundtrack too loud for that but I am a bit dubious about anything that is so hyped up and turned into a super show when it would stand very well on its own two feet.

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    4. Sanmac, thankyou for sharing the Les Mis review with us. I did chuckle ALOT;:)) just what I needed today!
      I've seen the DVD of the Les Mis In Concert 25th anniversary with Alfie Boe as lead and thoroughly enjoyed it but I'm not at all tempted to go and watch the new film.

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    5. That's good, Sylvia. I'm generally not big on musicals so I was giving it a miss but I'm intrigued by "the handkerchief with eyes". :-))

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    6. Les Mis - well, having said I wasn't at all tempted to go and see the film I accepted an invitation from a friend and went along to the lunchtime showing at our local cinema today. The audience did consist of mainly female senior citizens with wads of tissues on hand! I took a sandwich to stop my stomach from rumbling but must admit some of the scenes (there was no attempt to cover up such filth and poverty that existed in Paris then) really did spoil any appetite! :) I found the film told the story better than the stage musical but had to agree with the Guardian critic (as above) in some aspects; the first hour did drag a little but I stayed awake! The opening scene of thousands of extras trying to haul a ship upright lacked reality as did the shots of Russell Crow teetering up high on edges of buildings/wier in his highly polished shoes! Where had he hidden his shoe polish and duster after walking through such filthy and rain sodden streets? And there was no way anyone could keep their balance in real life. Gave me vertigo and I had to cover my eyes when he did decide to jump!
      On the whole though I am glad I went to see it and I do admit to shedding a little tear at the end.

      Jaywalker - did you manage after all to go and see the film too?

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    7. No, we actually made an attempt a couple of weeks ago and couldn't find a 3 hour parking spot anywhere within walking distance of the cinema where it was showing and had to come home again. Maybe I'll wait till it's on DVD. We bought a new 3D 55" UHD TV and surround sound last week (in the sale) so it will look reasonably good on that.

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    8. Good idea Jaywalker; it will save on parking charges too. We had to pay £4 as it was just over a 3 hr slot! Dreadful! And you can pause a DVD if necessary and you might find it so! There are many close-ups of faces as well as the booming of gunpowder so be warned!

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  22. I can recommend 'Hitchcock'. Chameleon Anthony Hopkins is brilliant in the title role, as is Helen Mirren as his wife - another strong role for her. It was interesting to learn the background of the movie Psycho. With both shocks and laughter, it was thoroughly enjoyable and believable. Anyone seen it?

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    1. Yes, I think we'll go to that. Saw the preview when we saw Quartet and it looked good.

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    2. Be sure to let us know what you think of it. Still on my list to see is 'Lincoln' and 'Cloud Atlas' (fabulous book!)

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  23. Haven't been to the movies since Christmas and am saving myself for the coming production of War Horse at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane.

    I saw the movie in 2011, a war drama directed by Steven Spielberg.It was adapted from a children's book of the same name, written in 1982 by British author, Michael Morpurgo, and set before and during World War 1.

    It was one of those movies where I had to pull my skirt up in front of my eyes to avoid the brutality..... and you will understand what I mean if you one of those folk, like myself, who have never watched the end of Black Beauty, Flicka, Lassie or any other another movie where there is animal in distress. But I digress.

    In turn , the book has been adapted to the stage using life size puppets, and received much praise from overseas audiences.

    Has anyone seen any of the reviews about this production at all ?

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  24. As I rarely get to the cinema these days I made a mental note to buy The Impossible DVD on its release and I watched it in 2 parts this week. The subject of the tsunami touched us indirectly as at the time it struck, one of our sons (who lives in Bangkok) was on an unknown island for the Christmas break. Fortunately we later found out he was on Koh Samui in the Gulf and safe! The Impossible tells of the miraculous true story of a family with three little boys on their Christmas holiday there. I don't think any of us could imagine the devastation and injuries caused. I needed a cushion to shield my eyes from some of the injuries sustained and a few tissues as well for both the heartache and happy moments. A must see film and very believable.

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  25. I decided not to go to the film of War Horse after reading about it. Like you, I'm pretty weak kneed about cruelty and especially to animals. When we were in Melbourne last month there was an exhibition of the puppets and some of the props at the Arts Centre - that's as near as I will get to it.

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  26. What about "The Great Gatsby" ? Any thoughts about this movie thus far? The reviews from the Cannes Film Festival have not been at all kind.

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  27. I saw the preview last time we went to the cinema here to see' Haute Cuisine' (which was very good) and I didn't like the look of it. it seemed too garishly bright and too much noise and movement - things which Baz Luhrmann seems to be particularly fond of. I hated Moulin Rouge.

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  28. Review here about The Great Gatsby from another blog I follow and the author is very impressed with it.

    http://bookssnob.wordpress.com/

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  29. My youngest daughter organizes functions for her works social club. This Friday they are off to see 'The Great Gatsby" on its opening night in a theatre in Canberra. This kid is a bit of an eccentric - like her mother - and loves her literature and her trivia.

    The following is a part of what she used to fill all the theatre seats :

    The movie has definitely had some mixed reviews (and let’s face it – Baz Luhrmann’s Australia is possibly the worst movie of all time), BUT that is all the more reason to try it out for yourselves.



    The book sold only 30,000 copies in Scott Fitzgerald’s lifetime. He died not knowing that it would later be described as a masterpiece of American literature, and certainly not knowing that it would be turned into three movies, the latest set to a soundtrack produced by Jay-Z.



    For those of you who don’t know, I am partial to the odd bit of trivia. Literature is my favourite subject. Did you know:



    · Director Baz Luhrmann’s real name is Mark Anthony. At one stage during shooting of this movie, he was knocked out by a moving camera crane. The accident saw him receive three stitches in the head (and may explain his choice of outfits sometimes).

    · The majority of dialogue spoken by female characters in Fitzgerald’s books are direct quotes from his wide Zelda.

    · Zelda Fitzgerald’s father, Anthony Dickinson Sayre, was a justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. Prior to that, he was a member of the Alabama legislature. In 1893, the legislature passed the ‘Sayre election law’ which deprived African Americans and illiterate whites the right to vote (it restricted rules around registration of voters and required voters to produce identification). This was part of a broader movement across the South to wind back some of the reforms imposed during the Reconstruction era.

    · Speaking of the Civil War, Scott Fitzgerald actually worked on the screenplay of Gone with the Wind. He was fired after two weeks.



    And if this hasn’t grabbed your interest, you could always just come along to check out Leo…


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    1. They say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and your youngest daughter certainly hasn't. I'm sure her social club members lined up for tickets. Love the trivia. Ask her for a full report for us.

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    2. Our paper had a small article about it today titles: 'Very good but not Great'

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    3. More Gatsby trivia.............

      http://www.randomhouse.com.au/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-great-gatsby-1765.aspx?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=thegreatgatsby&utm_content=blog

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    4. Film Review By Fruit of My Loins

      The Great Gatsby

      You’ve all seen the hype. I had too, and I can report that Baz Lurhmann’s Great Gatsby is exactly as you’d expect. It is one hell of a spectacle: the wide, spanning shots of Gatsby’s Long Island home are breathtaking; his Saturday night parties, complete with orchestra, are spectacular; the costumes (guys and girls) are amazing. Leonardo di Caprio plays the mysterious Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire the timid Nick Carroway.

      I’ve got to admit, it’s been a few years since I read the book. And when I did, it was immediately following Tender is the Night. I may have been Fitzgeralded-out and may not have given Gatsby the thought it deserved. Seeing the movie prompted me to go back and read the book again (I’ll be honest, I still don’t see what the fuss is about…). The movie does follow the book quite closely (some scenes are practically word for word) except for a few deviations. For me, the biggest change is that we never meet Gatsby’s father. This makes the cover-up over Gatsby’s death even more tragic. To be fair though, Lurhmann has stated that the movie is based on an early derivation of the book, and more closely follows the plot of Trimalchio than Gatsby.

      The movie is almost two-and-a-half hours long but it really doesn’t feel like it. It is a credit to all the actors who manage to keep the story moving, despite Mr Lurhmann’s best attempts to have the actors linger in their stares. Two other things make the time go fast. Firstly, the soundtrack, produced by Jay-Z, is truly awesome. Emily Sande’s version of Crazy in Love is fantastic, and all of us were rapping Jay-Z’s Izzo as we left the cinema. That’s not to suggest that it actually worked with the film. I’m still not sure if the use of contemporary music in a film set in the height of the jazz age really added anything to the story but it definitely had me bopping along and waiting for what song would come next. The second trick to pass the time was spotting all the familiar faces amongst the huge cast of extras: Steve Bisley, Vince Colosimo, Barry Otto and Jack Thompson all make appearances.

      The movie is not deep and it’s not clever. I’m not a fan of the book, and I found it hard to really start rooting for any of the characters, particularly Gatsby. Am I glad that I saw it though? Absolutely. The actors did everything they were asked to do, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I would encourage all of you to go, even if just to see for yourself how it stacks up against the hype.

      Oh and by the way, go and buy the soundtrack.

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  30. With all this talk about the Gatsby book and movie makeover, I recently picked up at a book sale a copy Of "Dances With Wolves" by Michael Blake.

    This book was made into a movie 10 -15 years ago starring Kevin Costner as Lieutenant Dunbar who becomes a changed man after living in the frontier.

    The book is full of beautiful imagery of the western frontier and presents as a simple story about a simple man. In fact, it is none of that, and from what I remember , the movie is very true to the book, except for the ending. Go Hollywood.

    As I read this book ( in a single sitting because the beauty swept me away), I did find that I kept seeing Mr Costner in my mind.

    From memory, there was a movie soundtrack that was popular back then also. Anyone remember anything about it ?

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    1. I remember the movie and have the soundtrack. It's called 'The John Dunbar Theme' by Barry. Haunting. I'd love to read the book as the movie didn't do a lot for me. Thanks for the recommendation and the author's name.

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  31. We lost an another author last month.

    Vincent "Vince" Flynn (April 6, 1966 – June 19, 2013) was an American author of political thriller novels. He also served as a story consultant for the fifth season of the 24 television series. He died in June after a three-year battle with prostate cancer

    Flynn's books were always big sellers at airports, and I could count the number of train carriages to and from the city each morning in which there were no Flynn novels being read.

    Interestingly, Flynn was dyslexic.

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    1. Flynn is new to me, is he worth reading? I'm mourning Iain Banks who wrote mainstream novels and science fiction as Iain M Banks. Nobody who read The Wasp Factory could forget it.

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  32. Penguin books has issued a list of 10 soon to be released film adaptations.

    The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
    Critically acclaimed: check. Exciting debut novelist: check. Historical setting with guaranteed costume heaven: check.
    Sunday Times UK raved about this book, calling it ‘darkly, addictively entertaining’ and now Hollywood is recognising the potential with Fox Searchlight acquiring the rights and talks of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley producing and taking the lead role.
    Why Read it Before the Big Screen: So you can avoid spoilers for that TWIST!

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    For some the Bard’s doomed love story was perfectly adapted by Franco Zeffirelli in 1968; for others it was Baz Luhrmann’s rock’n’roll epic in 1996. Another retelling joins the fray, with Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth stepping into the lead roles. With a supporting cast stacked full of British thespians, and a screenplay credit to Downton Abbey's Julian Fellows, this may become the ultimate adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.
    Why Read it Before the Big Screen: Refresh your memory on those beautiful sonnets.

    The LEGO® Book by Dorling Kindersley
    It’s the biggest movie. EVER. ASSEMBLED! Featuring everyone from Superman, Wonder-Woman, to 2002 NBA All-Stars. Featuring the voice cast of Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell – this movie should you have laughing to pieces (pun!).
    Why Read it Before the Big Screen: So you can be a LEGO® nerd before release date.

    Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
    Following on from the successful Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, this sequel follows Percy’s continued quest to understand his heritage – and of course, battle to save his friends before his world is torn apart. With Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion on board for the second film and some amazing effects, Sea of Monsters should fill a void for those Potter fans looking for the next big thing.
    Why Read it Before the Big Screen: So you can call yourself a true Half Blood fan.

    The Turning by Tim Winton
    With 17 chapters shared by 17 directors and unique casting throughout, this promises to be one of the most significant Australian films of the year. Adapting Winton’s elegant and raw prose into moving image is the best of Australia cinema including Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Susie Porter and Rose Byrne among others.
    Why Read it Before the Big Screen: To remind yourself of each individual story in this Aussie classic.

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      The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
      Racing into production, the John Green instant bestseller will begin shooting later this year, with IT girl Shailene Woodley and up and comer Ansel Elgort, taking the two lead roles as Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. An intimate, hilarious and heartbreaking story of love, life and cancer with expect cinemas chains to be stocking up on tissues in preparation.
      Why Read it Before the Big Screen: So you can weep in private and not a packed cinema.

      On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
      Melina’s coming-of-age novel that continues to draw acclaim and worldwide fan passion. The troubled and haunted Taylor Markham must understand her absent mother, the voices from her past and Jonah Griggs, a boy who knows too much of her world. Melina and her team are in early development on this project but with Looking for Alibrandi an AFI award winning film, the early signs are good.
      Why Read it Before the Big Screen: To enjoy the dual narrative that challenges readers and then epically rewards them.

      Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
      Vampires that don’t sparkle, heroines that take charge and a school setting that makes Mean Girls look positively friendly. Richelle Mead’s global bestseller is finally making the leap the big screen, and early shooting pics have fans salivating in excitement. Full of dynamic characters and epic page turning moments, this is set to have vampires back in trend… again.
      Why Read it Before the Big Screen: To avoid VA fans ruining the truly shocking moments of the series by excitedly sharing their passion for the series.

      And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs
      Inspired by the events of one summer and murder investigation involving a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr, Kill Your Darlings, is the literary Beat era bought life. With rising stars including Dane DeHaan and Ben Foster and cross over actor Daniel Radcliffe, this indie pic has already been drawing rave reviews during its recent festival screenings.
      Why Read it Before the Big Screen: To make up your own mind about why it remained unpublished for years.

      Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
      While finishing up the production of the biggest film in 2012 Joss Whedon decided not to take a well-earned holiday, but film, direct and produce a full scale adaptation – his own backyard! Modernised only in setting, Whedon’s regular favourites quip and banter with Shakespeare rolling of their tongues as easily as weapons off Iron Man’s latest suit.
      Why Read it Before the Big Screen: So you can follow the banter with the greatest of ease.

      Some to look forward to?

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  33. Very excited that I have tickets to see an old John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara movie on the big screen in a few weeks. 'The Quiet Man " is a lovely Irish tale that I first watched on the old black and white TV as a child. And have watched repeatedly since. And have collected the movie posters, the soundtracks, lobby cards....and you get the picture.

    At a recent book sale I picked up a little number for 50 cents. 1 1952 copy of Blacklock's Feather by Maurice Walsh. It is the book from which "The Quiet Man" was born.

    What a joy, what a find, and what a bargain!

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  34. Just finished reading " Careful, He Might Hear You " , by Sumner Locke Elliott , which was first published in the early 60's.

    It is the story of a bitter struggle between two women for the possession of a six year old boy, which admittedly, I found initially hard to get into. Put it down, picked it up, put it down , picked it up.

    I was finally drawn in by the description of the Sydney landscape and the cast of (eccentric ) characters whom reminded me of my own aunts and uncles from a more gentle period.

    The book was translated to movie format back in the late 70's/early 80's starring Wendy Hughes and Robyn Nevin. I am scouring local markets in search of same .

    Did anyone see this movie back in its heyday ?

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  35. Cold nights lend themselves to an evening curled up with a good book or good movie, or sometimes both.

    Last weekend I found myself watching for a second time the Australian movie, "Red Dog". What a great little movie: terrific story, plenty of laughs and tears, fcharacterizations and a bouncy soundtrack of Aussie rock tunes to boot.

    I know there are some whom don't like books translated to movies, but this one really works. I have read Louis de Bernieres ( who also authored "Captain Corelli's Manadarin" which also went to a film starring Nicholas Cage. Book 1 Film 0).

    I would particularly recommend this film to overseas readers for an insight into Australian humour, and would suggest that the scoreboard is now Book 1 Film 1

    Wikipedia states :

    Red Dog is believed to have been born in the town of Paraburdoo in 1971 and had a variety of names to those who knew him, including: Bluey, Tally Ho, and Dog of the Northwest. Tally Ho was his first name, given to him by a man called Col Cummings, who is believed to have been his first owner and the one who brought him to Dampier. The nickname "Red Dog" has been attributed to the red dirt of the Pilbara Region (although 'red dog' is a common nickname for red kelpies and heelers much in the same way as 'blue dog' or 'Bluey' is a common nickname for Australian Blue Cattle Dogs). His second owner was John Stazzonelli, a bus/truck driver with Hamersley Iron, whose work allowed Red to travel as far as Perth, Broome, Roebourne, Point Samson and Port Hedland.

    Following Stazzonelli's death in 1975, Red spent a lot of time travelling on his own. He was also taken in by many members of the community and a veterinarian who treated him . Each time he came in to the vet, it was with a new owner. Red was made a member of the Dampier Salts Sport and Social Club and the Transport Workers' Union. He was also given a bank account with the Bank of New South Wales, which is said to have used him as a mascot and sales tool with the slogan "If Red banks at the Wales, then you can too." Although he had many friends, it is believed that his death in 1979 was caused by deliberate strychnine poisoning. Red is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere between Dampier and Karratha.

    Soon after Red's death, Australian author Nancy Gillespie wrote and compiled anecdotes and poetry written by several people of the Pilbara region for her 1983 book Red Dog as did Beverly Duckett in her 1993 book Red Dog: the Pilbara Wanderer.

    Red Dog's story and statue have caught the attention of a number of people passing through Dampier including British author Louis de Bernières, who was inspired to write a book loosely based on Red's legend called Red Dog.

    The movie "Red Dog " is a critically acclaimed feature film about Red, based on de Bernières' novel and was released in cinemas in August 2011.

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  36. So, back to the bodice ripper to which I referred recently in another post......

    When both my daughters were living at home ,18 months- two years ago, Friday nights were dedicated to a dvd and a bottle of wine following frantic weeks of work and study, before we took off in separate directions to enjoy our weekends.

    The girls introduced me to the moden Rom Com which to this day is not a genre which I find particularly entertaining. I did however become a massive fan of a little mentioned movie called "PS I Love You". Funny,good story,great sound track , pretty scenery, and starring three very pretty young men :Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Junior and, and, and his name escapes me but he has a magic smile.(ok, so every girl has a weakness).

    Found the book at the markets the other weekend by Irish author, Cecila Ahern.

    Not really much bodice ripping and not at all like the movie.So disappointing in fact that I am sorry I read the blessed thing as it has tarnished the movie for me.

    DON'T YOU JUST HATE THAT !!!!Have you been bitterly disappointed in this way at all ?

    Anyway, I will rewatch the movie with a vino soon, just to see ensure that I have not been scarred by such a disappointing experience...LOL

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  37. I recently bought the DVD of a remake of the Ford Maddox Ford novel Parade's End. It was only made last year and hasn't been on TV yet but if it comes here don't miss it. it's marvellous. Beautifully filmed and acted. Stars the up and coming Benedict Cumberbatch and Rupert Everett and lots of other good English actors.

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  38. Seemed to be a lot of media attention over the weekend regarding the coming release of several sequel books .These are :Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, which is a sequel to The Shining which was released in 1977, and the third instalment of Bridget Jones's Diary, Mad About The Boy, by Helen Fielding.

    I remember being terrified of The Shining in the movie theatre, having taken an afternoon off work to see same and it is now a part of pop culture and is referenced in many a pub trivia night. Not so much a Bridget fan......my apologies.

    Are sequels a good thing, or merely an (apparently successful) attempt to make a few extra $$$$ by the author ?

    Am afraid I am still shuddering from the sequel to Gone With The Wind : Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley. Not sure I like the whole revisit thing only to be disappointed

    Any thoughts ?

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  39. Sequels by the original author are fine - eg Little Women, Little Men, - but I don't usually like sequels by different authors although, surprisingly, I quite enjoyed P D James's sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Murder at Pemberley. Apparently there is a major project going on at the moment to have well-considered authors re-work Austen's novels.

    Quote: Joanna Trollope is to write a contemporary version of Jane Austen's classic novel Sense and Sensibility, which will be published in autumn 2013. It will form part of a series of six HarperFiction novels that will rework Austen's books, although other authors have yet to be announced.

    I read recently that Val McDermid is to do the second one.

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  40. The Muppet is into technology and is currently converting several cartons of vinyl recorsds into user friendly CDs. Some CDs will be included in Christmas parcels for the Little People, recordings such as Peter and the Wolf, The Sorcers Apprentice, and other children's classic nursery rhymes lifted from the Readers Digest

    My favourite records that I had not heard for many yeas are the soundtracks from old movies, These include the music from Gone With The Wind, The Student Prince, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I.. As a collector of Errol Flynn memorabilia I also have the soundtracks for Captain Blood and Robin Hood . Great stuff!

    I recently purchased the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack to Braveheart with its scottish influence. $5 on a throwout table - bargain !

    A good music soundtrack can add a great deal to the most mediocre of movies .

    What are your favourite movie soundtracks ?




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  41. Summer is a great time to go the movies, especially if like me, you do not have air conditioning.

    The daughters and I went to see Philomena last week. Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, which focuses on a young catholic mothers search for her son born out of wedlock.

    Judi Dench plays Philomena and its not a bad little movie. Makes you re-examine your moral compass. Do not need to read the book however. Enough is enough.

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  42. I’m a Mary Poppins tragic. If I wasn’t when I was a little girl I certainly am now. So you can imagine how excited I was to find the P.L. Travers biography, Mary Poppins She Wrote, under my tree this Christmas.

    Firstly, due credit to the author. Valerie Lawson first wrote the book 15 years ago when everybody else had all but lost interest in Mary. She also does a good job of explaining each of the original Mary Poppins books (ones to add to my list), and since finishing her book, I have since enjoyed re-watching the movie and pointing out what was Travers’ and what got the Disney treatment.

    But the rest of the book is woeful. It’s poorly written and appears to lack any trace of order. It describes numerous characters in copious amounts of detail, many of whom are of little to no relevance to Travers or her life. Lawson also attempts to psychoanalyse Travers’ behaviour in a way that it obviously well outside of her, and certainly the reader’s, comprehension. This, combined with the apparent rude and even bizarre behaviour of Travers herself, makes the book unnecessarily long and not at all engaging.

    In contrast, Saving Mr Banks, recently opened in Australia, is absolutely delightful. It’s honestly so much better than Lawson’s book (I know, I feel dirty saying it). Emma Thompson starts as a prickly but soft-in-the-inside Travers, Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Sure, it’s a Disney film about Disney, but it had the whole crowd singing, laughing and crying along. Both Lawson’s book and the movie suggest that the Mr Banks’ character is based upon Travers’ own father, who tragically drank himself to death when Travers was just a girl. I’m not really convinced that this is case (the book certainly doesn’t sell that theory to me) but to be honest, it makes for a great movie.

    But if you think you’ll learn what really made P.L. Travers tick from this book, and indeed the movie, I’m afraid you’ll be sorely disappointed. Travers was one massive contradiction. She adopted P.L as her pen name to retain anonymity yet spruiked herself all over the world as a perennial writer-in-residence. She was strong-willed and independent (she travelled solo to Soviet-era Russia against all advice) yet appeared to have spent much of her life in a state of sickly despondency. She had hundreds upon hundreds of acquaintances (some of them distinguished writers in their own right) yet nobody seems to have really known (or even liked) her. And I won’t even try to explain that cult business she got herself caught up in…

    But I suspect this underlying sense of confusion is exactly how Travers would have wanted it.

    And does this diminish my love for Mary Poppins?

    Not one bit. She’s practically perfect.

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  43. We're going to see it later this week. We saw a very good British documentary last week (courtesy of having BBC catch up through our Apple TV) about her which was only made just after the film came out and it did a good job of explaining all the things you mention above. All very interesting.

    I also remember seeing an Australian doco some years ago about her when her adopted son and his twin were interviewed.

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  44. I am reminded that I recently went to a Kareoke version of the Sound of Music, having just read that Maria Von Trapp, the last surviving member of the seven Trapp Family Singers, passed away this week at the age of 99 years

    Sing-Along-Sound-Of -Music is currently doing the rounds of the eastern states of Australia, and it is really good fun. Both my daughter and I were stone cold sober as we sang along with the crowd, the words coming up up on the big screen. The entire audience booed the Baroness, cheered at Maria's wedding, and hissed at the Nazis. Half the audience was dressed up in movie theme and I could not get over some participants who dressed up as "favourite things". A really great night of entertainment

    I originally saw the movie when I was very young. My first venture to "the pictures". The old aunt who took me was a dear but she'd slap me every time I started to sing along with Julie Andrews. After that, I always found the movie a drag on TV - far too long, too many ad breaks. I didn't find the book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" much fun either.

    Anyway, if you get a chance .................................................................

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  45. Saw a movie the other day called "Tracks" based on a true story and adapted from the book of the same name by Robyn Davidson .The movie showed what people can do when they put their mind to it .It was about a lady, her dog and 3.5 camels who walked from Ayres Rock, west to the Indian Ocean. A lot of beautiful scenery along the way, scenery you could not see on a bus ,train or in a car. The sun rises and sun sets were just magic and the people the heroine met along the way were so helpful toward her venture. A few sad spots, but these things do happen in the Australian outback.

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  46. Not being a good catholic girl, and never having read the bible from cover to cover, I can honestly say I enjoyed the recently released movie "Noah". Not so much an ark - more like a crate boat -but it floated. I found the way the watchers were portrayed as interesting.

    Went with the son of a preacher man and he thought it was good, so be interesting what others think.......

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    1. Haven't been to the flicks since Xmas so great to see some feedback about newly released movies, B2 and Lizzy Bod. Thankyou !

      My local library has a queue of 51 requests for Robyn Davidson's book "Treks". Might be one to watch for at the next Bookfest or on throw out tables.

      Apparently, my next venture to the movies will be to see Divergent, to be released in April. It is based on Veronica Roth's best selling novel and is set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. You've probably guessed that this is not one of my choosing. It's all about the compromise, so I'm told ....

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  47. Finally got round to watching Philomena and did enjoy it. Whenever was anything starring Judy Dench bad??

    Also saw Le Weekend with Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, both wonderful as the 30yr married couple going back to the setting of their honeymoon - Paris - and finding things, including themselves, had changed.

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  48. Plenty of books being adapted to movie format are due for release in 2015. This is by no means a definitive list , and doesn't even mean that the films will get a world wide viewing. You can go to www.earlyword.com for more information.

    January 2015 .
    Frankenstein
    Based on the novel by Mary Shelley

    February 2015.
    Mortdecai
    Based on The Charlie Mortdecai series by Kyril Bonfiglioli

    The Seventh Son
    Based on The Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

    Fifty Shades of Grey
    Based on first book in erotic trilogy by E.L.James

    March 2015.
    The Secret Service
    Based on comic by Mark Miller

    Cinderella
    Based on the Fairytale

    Heart of the Sea
    Based on Nathaniel Philbrick's In The Heart of The Sea

    Insurgent
    Based on second in Veronica Roth's Divergent series

    Home
    Based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

    April 2015.
    The Longest Ride
    Based on novel by Nicholas Sparks

    May 2015.
    The Avengers : Age of Ultron
    Based on Marvel comics

    Far From the Madding Crowd
    Based on novel by Thomas Hardy

    Pitch Perfect ,2
    Based on novel of same name by Mickey Rapkin

    July 2015
    Ant Man
    Based on comic

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    Based on novel by Ransom Riggs

    August 15.
    Goosebumps
    Based on series by R L Stine

    October 2015
    The Jungle Book
    based on the novel of same name by Rudyard Kipling

    November 2015
    The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 2
    based on the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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    1. Thankyou Moi;
      I wonder if the film based on Adriana Trigiani's "Big Stone Gap" is another that will be released next year? Is there anyone from America on here? I do know the film is being made as I get occasional updates on Facebook. Has anyone else read any of Trigiani's novels? I'm just hoping the film lives up to the book which I enjoyed so much.

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    2. Well, I wont be rushing out to 95% of them!

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    3. I hear what you're saying, Jaywalker.......

      Having said that, sometimes a book and their movie adaptation can be amazingly surprising. If you scroll upwards to a similar list in July 2013 for movies released this year you'll see The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

      You and I have touched on this one briefly before as it is big in the YA fiction area. I thought it would be definitely on the no - go list. Not my type of book at all. Nevertheless, I got conned into by a couple of young things around the office....... as you do.

      Interesting book. Did I like it ? Not sure. Seemed to me to be an updated version of the 70's "Love Story" by Erich Segal .Remember Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neil and "love means never having to say you're sorry ?" Sounds ridiculous now but wasn't that all the rage when we wearing flares and had that big hair going on. Read it in one sitting as it is an easy read, and although I knew what the outcome was going to be ( duhhhhh, a bit like watching the movie Titanic - just sink will you !) I needed to get to the end regardless. So I guess the author successfully got me in.

      What I do like about this book is that it has polarised the younger readers. It is creating a lot of discussion, and from what I am hearing, the conversation is a lot deeper that 40 years ago when we were saying things like " aren't Ali McGraws eyebrows awful " and "isn't Ryan a spunk ".

      So I think I will say yes when one of the young things asks me to join them at the movies to see this film. Though The Ant Man in 2015 ? Umm, your turn to take one for the team. LOL

      For the mixed reviews of this book/film go to https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars for a laugh!

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    4. My youngest daughter rang me last night with her weekly news update. Told me she had been to see the movie " The Fault in our Stars". When I asked her for film review , adding please, she responded with "not until the world cup is over ". Where did I go wrong with this child ?

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  49. I came across the movie, The Hunger Games, on TV by accident only recently. I had not heard of the book at all. Because the adds drove me up the wall I bought the second instalment, Catching Fire, on DVD. The Hunger Games are a yearly sporting event and it is expected that the men would take over the games by killing all the women participating. That didn't happen and that is the reason I got sucked in by this movie.Men were not dominate over women.
    In Catching Fire the winner of the games in the first movie has supposed to have won freedom and not have to participate in any further games. The Chieftans do not like this though as she has a following. She is a leader, and so she is set up to participate once again.Once again she does not die.
    I am really looking forward to part three in the series, Mockingjay

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  50. Moi - I wonder if there is any way of blocking Anonymous? The hacking is becoming a bit annoying. Are there two Anonymouses? There was a message from one that seemed genuine while all the others are obviously hacking.When you click on the post in the side menu it doesn't seem to go anywhere.

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    1. I was wondering that myself Jean; it is annoying.
      I am off on holiday on Monday 16th for 2 weeks so shan't be around till beginning of July. Looking forward to some relaxation and sea air in Menorca!

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    2. Enjoy your holiday Sylvia. Hope you can squeeze in some time with a good book

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    3. Thankyou Moi; I shall certainly be doing some reading and will be taking "The Cleaner of Chartres" by Sally Vickers and "The Snack Thief" by Andrea Camarelli, both new authors for me. I I manage to finish those there will be a selection of books at the villa and I'm sure I will find one to try. Hasta leugo!

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  51. Lucy! Yes I know..top of the ..not pops, but has bumped Hercules from the top of the list here in..Brisbane, if not Australia, and thats if Hercules was ever on top of the list..I gather thats the most popular, or the no1 rated film for viewers pleasure.
    Yaaas.
    Loved it! Full of violence and shootings and..miraculous escapes by our Heroine..along with a hefty dose of myriads of Dead Baddies. Way to go.. Thought I was seeing 2001 space oddessy style there for a minute or so..then it was oh, any of the current crop of..what I call Femmecrat movies..thats where The Girl TOTally dominates. SciFi was always my forte..you hang your brain up at the door, suspend current beliefs, that sort of thing, and go In To Enjoy all the unrealities that hollywood can throw in your direction.
    Nuff said.
    Oh in the Margaret and David tradition, an eleven and a half out of ten
    The Muppet

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  52. I'm keen to hear from the USA the release date of the film "Big Stone Gap" based on the novel by Adriani Trigiani. Thinking it might be a while before it gets to the UK in DVD form I might need to re-read the book first!

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    1. Sylvia, not sure about "Big Stone Gap" but here are some more books being adapted to movies ( from the Random House website).

      IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
      A story that will hold on to you and keep you thinking late into the night, IF I STAY is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss. During an out-of-body experience, Mia must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. Starring teen powerhouse, Chloë Grace Moretz, as seventeen-year-old Mia, this is a story for adults, young and old.
      INHERENT VICE by Thomas Pynchon
      Thomas Pynchon's 1970-set stoner-noir thriller is getting the movie treatment. If the cast list is anything to go by, this is going to be a stellar film with the who’s who of Hollywood – Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro – signed up. Part noir, part psychedelic romp, Pynchon provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there . . . or . . . if you were there, then you . . . or, wait, is it . . .
      NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child
      Okay, first things first – we know what you think about Tom Cruise being Jack Reacher. And let’s just put all of our cards on the table and tell you that for this next Reacher instalment, Cruise will still be playing our favourite investigator. But that doesn’t deter us because deep down we are Reacher Creatures and are excited for anything that’s Jack-related. This second movie, based on Lee Child’s 18th Jack Reacher book, NEVER GO BACK, sees Jack head back to the closest thing he had to a home, the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP, in Virginia. There’s no release date in sight for the movie, so in the meantime, we’re going back and starting from the beginning with KILLING FLOOR – Lee’s first Jack Reacher book.
      THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
      This book is the dazzling debut that begins what is destined to be a bestselling trilogy. By reading this book now, you can claim that you read it before the series became the ‘next big thing’ AND that you read it before the movie. We’ll let you into a secret, everyone will be seeing this movie. Not only is Emma Watson reuniting with her Harry Potter producer, David Heyman, she’s also starring in the lead role. This is the book that made Emma go back on a bold career decision. ‘I had kind of said I would never do a franchise again, so I was desperate to hate it,’ Watson said to Wonderland Magazine. ‘Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep for about a week because I couldn’t put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the role and the book.’ The movie is still in development, so run out and grab your copy now of the next big thing.
      THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M. L. Stedman
      We’re so excited to see this mesmerising novel come to the big screen for a few different reasons. Firstly, we loved this book. It is one of those always being mentioned around the Random House office because it’s one we all love to recommend. Secondly, it’s set in Australia. And finally, Derek Cianfrance, who has worked on films like Beyond The Pines and Blue Valentine, is directing the film – so we feel confident he will suitably and subtly explore the fragility of Tom and Isabel Sherbourne coming from different ends of the morality scale. So far, Michael Fassbender is rumoured to play Tom and it’s a possibility that Rachel Weisz may have a role in the film as the baby’s mother. This isn’t a book you need to go and read because it’s becoming a movie, this is just a book you need go and read.

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    2. Thankyou for the list Moi. I think I had better get down to reading "The Light between Oceans" as it's been recommended to me. Must check it out on the Amazon website "peek inside" as that way I can usually tell whether or not a book is going to appeal to me.
      Also Inherent Vice sounds interesting since I was a teenager in the 60s.

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    3. I Googled Big Stone Gap movie and a link did come up but just saying it was due out 2014 but no date as yet.

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  53. You might be interested to know that our locally famous author, who lives in Hobart, as do I, and whose daughters I taught English, has been short listed for the Booker – Richard Flanagan.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-10/richard-flanagan-short-listed-for-2014-man-booker-prize/5733428

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  54. I see a Film has been released based on the Book "Gone Girl" and wonder if anyone is going to see it? I couldn't get into the book; to much swearing going on in the first few pages and that is a real turn-off for me!

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  55. Don't think I'll be seeing it. I felt exactly like you about the book and gave it back to its owner unread.

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  56. I recently saw "Fury" at the movies. It's about a tank crew during WW2. The tank was a five man crew Sherman, which were a much smaller tank than the German versions, the Tiger and the Panzer tanks. The movie showed what tank crews had to deal with in war zones. I would not wish this on anyone. A good movie to see. 71/2 out of ten

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  57. I saw on the web that in the UK they have just released a movie of the life of the painter Turner, with Timothy Spall, which has had very good reviews so will be watching out for it.

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  58. I will be looking out for the Turner film too but will probably have to wait until it comes out on DVD.
    Jaywalker , I recently watched the DVD "Le Weekend" which I remember you commenting on. I did enjoy seeing the shots of Paris and could relate to the climb up the steps of Sacre Coeur but thought it a strange relationship with her running hot and cold towards him; almost murderous at times in fact!

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  59. I also recently watched "Philomena" starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and was very pleasantly surprised at his acting as I had only known of him as a comedian. I very much enjoyed the film as it never got boring and I thought Judi Dench played the part very well. Have NOT read the book on which it's based though I believe that is written from the son's angle is that right?

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    1. Not sure about the book angle but I also enjoyed the film - more than I expected but then Judy Dench is always brilliant.

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  60. Have to agree about both the movie and Judi Dench. She gives it her all each and every time she plays a role. And may I add that she retains her beauty, wrinkles and age spots all.

    Off to the local U3A dramatisation of C J Dennis' " The Sentimental Bloke" this weekend. What this group lack in sound and production equipment, they more than make up with enthusiasm!

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    1. Where is your local U3A? I'm the president of ours here in Glenorchy but will step down at the beginning of next year as I've just become the national president of U3AOnline - mainly because they couldn't talk anyone else into doing it!

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  61. Just for fun hoping to visit the new Exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane, City Hall , this week - Costumes From The Golden Age of Hollywood. As I understand it, this is a Brisbane lads private collection of costumes, props and ephemera connected to cinemas most iconic stars, studios and designers of 1930s - 1960s Hollywood.

    With the current heat wave I will also be seeking the comfort of airconditioning and will heading to the movies to see the newly released Unbroken. This is a war drama based on the non fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand,Unbroken, A Story of Survival,Resilience and Redemption. The film revolves around the life of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini .I will report back on this.....

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  62. This ....'Pensioner Concessioner' sat yesterday and watched ....'.UNBROKEN.'......A NEW MOVIE....that began awkardly but WOW..It finished with a Double Whammy and although only cooly accepted in many quarters it was a TRUE STORY and an Enjoyable one....

    Being billed as a TRUE. Story.......One usually hears of the Hero and his 'Doings thru Life'..but I don't think any person except his Immediate family 'KNEW' the actual story of LOUIS ZAMPERINI..A young and troublesome lad who became an Olympian and who after enlisting and enduring Experiences no-one should have suffered.. Triumphed thru persistance and a small sentence, just a few words..... his brother passed to him whilst he was causing concern to his Family and his Town as a lad....

    A sentence you WILL repeat to youself masny times...How TRUE it is..make your OWN decision.......

    The Film seems slow to begin with and personally, I thought some scenes could have been shorter..BUT, they are relevant in the end as the VIEWER will realise....SO...

    Although at times you will move about in your seat...Squirm at many scenes..YOU will admire this young man and his LOYALTY to others.......

    LOUIS ZAMPERINI continued through his Life with many problems..and overcame his adversities.... ...

    THE ENDING .........WELL........Have the Kleenex ready.....Not THAT many..But enough to ..'Catch one if it drops...!!!!'

    Yep..I'd say 3.5..with a smile........

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    1. Hillsy, I am really interested in seeing this movie, just not at this time. This girl still needs light and fluffy only so maybe when it comes out on DVD.........Thanks heaps for the review though. We welcome your input.
      One of the pretty,young things at work was yawning this week. Happens she'd had a late night at the flicks seeing 20 Once Again with friends. Loved it apparently though said there were some teary moments. Never heard of it ? A Chinese movie starring Luhan who is a very popular Korean popstar. My colleagues friend, a uni student currently on holidays, is quite obsessed with the movie and/or Luhan, and has seen the movie once a day since it's release at her local cinema, ensuring she sits in the same seat on each occassion. You have to admire the girl's passion, don't you?
      Refer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK9gJLWz4Ys

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    2. Well, being a bit more conservative in my tastes, we've recently seen My Old Lady (Maggie Sith and Kevin Kline) and Mr Turner, and loved both of them. I read a review of Mr Turner saying it was as interesting as watching paint dry while we both thought it was one of the best films we've seen for a long time. Sometimes you wonder if people are watching the same movie.

      We can get BBC direct now and got up at 8.00am to watch the first episode of Wolf Hall which was brilliantly done - Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII. The filming was beautiful and the acting wonderful but again I read a review which said "nothing happened" - Why do people need things to "happen" all the time? Probably for the younger generation the result of action packed TV and video games.

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    3. I am a big fan of Damian Lewis, Jay. I do hope the rest of us eventually get the opportunity to see Wolf Hall.

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  63. Your Movie Critique for.......STILL ALICE........

    Julieanne Moore has been accoladed by many for this film and she is indeed worthy........Ms Moore has........A FACE that acts........ AND you will see as the subject of the film..Alice Howland, a well educated woman and a Lecturer of Linguistics gradually comes to realise her Mental Ability is beginning to fail. The sadness..and terror...shows on Ms Moores' face.. ..............A Great Performance..

    Alice tries to hide her fears and seeks the help required and it is some time before she finally reveals her worries to her husband (Alec Baldwin) and Family...A poignant moment of Blame and Sadness..

    The gradual deterioration of Alice is a lesson in ..'Living each Day..'......Every moment is precious....and we move slowly along with her family as she fights to be as she once was.....trying to remember things by repeatedly asking herself questions..and realizing those days when..Another memory has vanished...

    We become 'Anxious' with her.....We become 'Brave and Courageous'.....We cry with her family...But she wants no fuss except for her Family to accept her as she was..and now is ..An early sufferer of a rare form of Alzeimhers'...

    Understanding that as we age ..We all have Mental Lapses and WE DO FORGET...It is NOT a Film to fear as some may.......Well worth the visit...

    AND the story written by Lisa Genova in 2007 has been admirably adapted to film and you won't move in your seat......It WILL capture you..










    Your Movie Critique for.......STILL ALICE........

    Julieanne Moore has been accoladed by many for this film and she is indeed worthy........Ms Moore has........A FACE that acts........ AND you will see as the subject of the film..Alice Howland, a well educated woman and a Lecturer of Linguistics gradually comes to realise her Mental Ability is beginning to fail. The sadness..and terror...shows on Ms Moores' face.. ..............A Great Performance..

    Alice tries to hide her fears and seeks the help required and it is some time before she finally reveals her worries to her husband (Alec Baldwin) and Family...A poignant moment of Blame and Sadness..

    The gradual deterioration of Alice is a lesson in ..'Living each Day..'......Every moment is precious....and we move slowly along with her family as she fights to be as she once was.....trying to remember things by repeatedly asking herself questions..and realizing those days when..Another memory has vanished...

    We become 'Anxious' with her.....We become 'Brave and Courageous'.....We cry with her family...But she wants no fuss except for her Family to accept her as she was..and now is ..An early sufferer of a rare form of Alzeimhers'...

    Understanding that as we age ..We all have Mental Lapses and WE DO FORGET...It is NOT a Film to fear as some may.......Well worth the visit...

    AND the story written by Lisa Genova in 2007 has been admirably adapted to film and you won't move in your seat......It WILL capture you..

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  64. Well now...........

    We ALL love OUR Country...The place we were born in..The place we call home and indeed we hold it patriocally close to our hearts..None so more as the American Citizen.

    AMERICAN SNIPER is a film that depicts the True Patriot..........The way an American Lad is told to be.......We must fight for our Friends..We must stand for those we love and believe in...I have personally seen this enacted at Graduation Events..There is nothing to surpass any event as to see how The Americasn holds his Country close to his heart..

    This film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper is a TRUE STORY of Chris Kyle ..A hero to some...and A TRUE LEGEND..and to others...Just another soldier fighting and killing ..with no thought of the families of ..'THE OTHER SIDE......' In this case Families in Iraq....the pursuit of the opposition snipers leads to Bloody massacres and scenes of utter despair for viewers......He gets the HERO STATUS.....and becomes connected to his own importance until realisation that he is a man with responsibilities back home as well as on the 'Fighting Front..'...His Family need him as much as he needs the Hero status for a while.....

    The ending is actual footage of this man and his moments with his family and IT will surprise you...and make you weep for him.....The Music is haintily beautiful as we leave the theatre....With a tear or two.........

    To see Patriotism at its' best..A True Story with some lisence..............Worth a LOOK.....GOOD actually..So the MAN OFTHE HOUSE says....!!!

    I DID LIKE IT..


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    1. I saw this movie earlier in the week and found it thought provoking. There has been talk of this film being pro war - I took it as being about the effects of war.
      Interestingly, never been a fan of Clint Eastwood or the movies in which he has appeared. Totally different kettle of fish as a Director and I have never been disappointed with his war movies. Both Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwa Jima - representing both sides of the coin- are great flicks.

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  65. We all know the song..'The White Cliffs of Dover.'....The first verse anyway.....but being the Movie Buff I am , I was highly delighted to note that on Foxtel last night on the Open Movie Channel, TCM , they were showing a film made in 1944 and starring Irene Dunne and quite young ......Peter Lawford...Roddy McDowell and exceedingly young Elizabeth Taylor..well ofcourse they were young..it was 1944 after all.
    But..The film is narrated by the star who reflects on what has been and how she felt when she first saw The White Cliffs of Dover..The narration was in verse and so my inquisiteness took hold and I research this Poem....
    It was written in 1940 by Alice Duer Miller who died in 1942........I began to read through this poem and it did indeed follow exactly the Film story...Each scene descriptive..As I began to read..I wondered whether many had known of this Poem...
    Have a read..IT only has 53 Verses...Long enough to make a Great Film....t was so lovely..and so FRomatic..without all the grunting...



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    1. I sat up in bed last night and read all 53 verses, Hillsy. It certainly is a story in verse . I would love to see the movie !

      Refer. www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-white-cliffs/

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  66. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING..........4/5

    This is a simple story of Stephen Hawking played BRILLIANTLY by Eddie Redmayne.......How he actually contortioned his body to play this part was a feat in itself.....He looks so real and pitiful and although hard to understand at times, his speech and facial expressions are amazing. It it filmed beautifully and simply....BRILLIANTLY...Perfectly TIMED..so to speak...

    We learn how at 21 Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and how with the support of a young and vibrant woman, his wife.. played by Felicity Jones...Continues his Life with her belief...and her words.....that remain with us throughout the film as people question her and try to understand..WHY ?

    ......................................................................."HE loves ME..and ..I love HIM.'............................................................................

    Their Life builds with absolute Dedication..and Humour amidst the progression and difficulty of the mountains he climbs daily ..... although in moments of utter despair we can feel his bitterness and ..'WHY ME..'..A natural sense , I would say...

    The LOVE conquers..UNTIL.....he finds himself starting to believe the theories he questioned as a young man..The question that began his journey of discovering ..'TIME...'

    We understand why we live...and what we must do to live LIFE as IT should be...How we should live each day.....How we must try out utmost to conquer our fears..How to TREASURE each MOMENT in TIME..........................................FOR WE CANNOT RELIVE ANYTHING............

    Time really ........... IS JUST A MOMENT.......................................................A BOX of Tissues should do IT......

    I loved it..so DID HE...

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  67. But didn't Hawking begin an affair with his nurse in the 80s after his first marriage had become platonic and his wife had long been having an affair which he condoned. Then he married the nurse in the 90s and then they divorced a few years ago after a scandal about her abusing him - was any of that in the film? I'm not criticsing him just wondering if the film tells all the story?

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    1. Yes He had a nurse called Elaine and she accompanied him to USA...He divorced his wife and she married the Choirmaster of the Church she went to...He hurt her..It is a sad scene..but they remained friends and they met again when he was invited to meet the Queen..They have 3 children and 3 grand children.......They had emplyed the choirmaster as a Home Help to lift him and all the personal stuff....As time went on..naturally they fell in love..haha..and tortured themselves......turned away and all that crying stuff.......When Stephen told her he had asked Elaine to go to the USA with him..she ran to the choirmaster....NOW., Elaine was a yank who was employed to help him learn to speak into that machine he still uses...,..YA DON'T HAVE TO SEE IT NOW...��

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  68. We went to FlickerFest over the weekend which we both found very entertaining and good fun. It is a Festival for Australian short films and is currently touring nationally. For more information, including tour dates and venues, go to www.flickerfest.com.au.
    Moi, it will be in Brisbane on February 26th.

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  69. So..NOW we have ..The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.....ALL the same folk with an addition of Richard Gere to fill a space. and another storyline.....Still Colourful in India...and I felt just a tad slow to begin with.....BUT..

    The performance of Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnelly...reminiscent of a Downtown Abbey performance is as usual..SUPERB........Her Opening Scenes..A 'RANT'... of Great Sarcasm towards some American Executives on the ART of Making a Cup of Tea......BUT then the film kinda gets a bit MIXED UP for me anyway.......

    Judi Dench...Bill Nighy and the rest of the crew muddle thru a rather..JUST ANOTHER SEQUEL script....It seems to me that they all had a Re- Union and said.."Let's go to India and have fun again......

    The narratives and messages within the film are all ably delivered with some humour..Tongue in cheek perhaps....BUT..We do discover that.....

    ..............................GRAB WANT YOU WANT NOW...IF YOU FEEL IT...TAKE IT...TRY IT....and IF it is NOT the RIGHT CHOICE...GRAB at ANOTHER.........FOR........

    .........................................................................................AT OUR AGE THERE AIN'T MUCH TIME LEFT.......................................................................

    In summing up..............................A CHARMING......NICE..and REALLY POIGNANT film..........and MAGGIE SMITH is the CLOSING ACTOR.......WITH........"THE MESSAGE..!"

    Two and a BIT STARS....but worth seeing just for the heck of seeing THEM all again......What wonderful actors they all are.........!!

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  70. We just watched the final episode of Wolf Hall, courtesy of streamed BBC TV. I expect it will come here soon. Having read the books, I found it riveting and a great performance by Mark Rylance (described as Britain's greatest living actor and formerly artistic director of the Globe theatre) as Cromwell. It's a real art to be able to show an audience what you are thinking by the slightest change of expression, but he does it. The final scene of Anne Boleyn's execution was almost unbearable.

    There is so much detail to take in that a slow second viewing is required so I've ordered the BlueRay DVD from the UK. Oh, and a very good interview with Rylance and the director afterwards. We say Rylance at the Globe several years ago in The Merchant of Venice.

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  71. A review of.........'What we did on ourHoliday....'
    Firstly let me say.....If you have been into the Highlands of Scotland you will love this film just for the scenery........How wonderful and vast and interchangeable this Scotland is....

    Billy Connolly as Grandpa takes us only a short way into the Film but he commands a presence we will not forget as his Philosophy of Life will HIT you..Right into Reality of Life...

    The story of a Dysfunctional Family...Mum, Dad and the kids..who are just delightful in their own way with little Foibles of their own.....They live in the 'Make Believe World of Children' with Truth and Honesty amidst the Imagination that makes them the kids they are........They will make you laugh at their honesty...and marvel at their resilience.

    It is a film that makes you think...and it will indeed make you remember the thoughts of the Imaginative Child that we all were..How we believed the Book Stories and the little fibbers we were told by our elders...

    A celebration for Life that is about to reach another milestone in Age..and the Celebration of the Ending........Of THAT Age........That brings the Dysfuncion of the Family together in the understanding finally of themselves and of Life.....and as Billy Connolly says........

    .....We are ALL RIDICULOUS....LIFE is RIDICULOUS....so...let's all enjoy being RIDICULOUS..............

    OK...IT is a fun film...I liked it.....


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  72. Well Folks...I sat and watched MYSELF as a growing kid last night for TWO and a HALF hours...Yes...IT is a LONG MOVIE...but then...Our Lives have been, haven't they..? .I watched the film......'BOYHOOD'...That is now available on Foxtel or on a Download somewhere....I urge you to have a view............

    The Film took 12 years to finish as it follows the maturing of a lad called, Mason..and his family that is rather dysfunctional from the start of the film...He is about 5 years old and a real little boy with a Big Sister..who is indeed someone we will all remember from our own childhood...A real SMART one..The Loudmouth...LOL...

    As he ages we follow him through his little thoughts...his Father who has left TELLS him HOW IT IS.....His Mother who needs the Company of a man...GUIDES him HOW IT SHOULD BE... and his Sister..who OVERSHADOWS eveything he does....The Choices each one makes will remind us of many Families we know..and..indeed..many of US ourselves.

    We follow him through Trips...Mates...Experimentation...Loss...GROWING UP..to be sure is the lesson....

    BOYHOOD lets us have a real look back..at ourselves..The Parenting we each received in our Family..AND..YOU WILL THINK OF YOUR OWN FAMILY.......all in 2 and a half hrs...AND...

    I thoroughly recommend this Film and it is worth 5 Stars............Nostalgia at its' best..and Heartwarming to boot..and .......

    FINALLY AT 17 .......HE STILL HASN'T WORKED IT OUT......BUT...HAVE WE....??

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  73. We went to The Second Best Exotic.... yesterday and completely agree with your assessment, Hillsy. Felt a bit sad for Judy Dench, knowing about her advanced, retinitis and having read an article from a UK paper that she commented to someone who said it must be great to be old and know so much - "I'd rather be young and know nothing. I hate everything about getting old". I tend to agree with her - can't stand those people who are always telling you that old age is just a state of mind. NO - it isn't, it's very much a state of body! Anyway, the film cheered me up!

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    1. I think I will have to wait till the DVD comes out.
      I agree with you Jean, our minds may be young at heart but our bodies are not!
      Didn't realise Judy Dench had sight problems, scary!!

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    2. Now that DVD rental shops have been replaced by those kiosks that are placed out the front of shopping centres - you know, those things that look like a drink machine - I don't seem bothered trying to keep up with the latest movie releases. When I catch up with girlfriends these days we would rather chat than sit in a theatre quietly so I'm rapidly falling behind.

      A little embarrassed to admit that I will be giving 'live streaming' a go with the release of the latest series of Game of Thrones in early April. No idea how to organise this yet, but that's on my To Do List . Who said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks ?

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  74. We have a great Arts cinema here in Hobart - oldest in the country - and we love to go to the films there as they have a good restaurant and coffee bar and bookshop so it can be quite an outing. And you can take coffee or wine in with you. Colin is a big movie and TV fan so we have all the latest gadgets as he organises it all. We pay monthly for a pseudo UK server address which means we get BBC Catch-up anytime and live BBC (if you want to watch in the middle of the night!). So we've already watched Wolf Hall and now watching the new Poldark. A remake of Testament of Youth is coming soon I believe.

    We also have pay-TV and Apple TV and can put YouTube on the big TV so we now rarely watch free-to -air as there is so much rubbish on. I just can't get over the amount of programs on YouTube - you could watch it every night and still not run out. We've seen so many full British TV series on it that have never been shown here. I know it must sound over-kill to some but it's one of Colin's main interests so there you go! And I must admit I'm a fan of good TV and films too.

    PS - I've seen the machines in other places but little old Tassie hasn't caught up yet!

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    1. I was in a Hobart in 2009 for the Errol Flynn Centenary celebrations which included screenings of the old black and white movies in your State Theatre. I of course was in seventh heaven, and it was such a grand experience for my teenage daughter to see a b & w on the big screen, whilst enjoying a bubbles or two......Special stuff.

      A pox on these kiosks I say !

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  75. Just been to see a preview of....LOVE IS STRANGE...don't know if it has already started around the traps...Worth Seeing..But a bit slow.....Anyhows..

    Ben and George have spent 39 years together is absolute harmony when one day, They decide to marry......New York is the setting and the marraige takes place in Manhattan with close family and friends..It is indeed a joyous occasion..BUT..when George, who is a Music Teacher at a Catholic College loses his job of 12 years thru predujuce..The situation becomes something they did not bargain for...

    Loss of money means also that the loss of their beloved apartment ensues and they begin the difficult task of finding affordable abodes.........Ofcourse Family step in but they need to be separated..a big thing for devoted partners of 39 years....

    Now..We all know what happens when 'Family' overdo the welcome and rather prickly situations arise through the New living arrangements and so more 'Challenges of Life' cause intergenerational tensions......Enough said...

    Throughout the Film, Chopin is delicately played..Highs and Lows are captured and we see in the final shots of the movie..How Life is also Strange..and how it just seems to keep GOING AROUND...and...AROUND..as we LIVE..and LOVE......

    Ben is played beautifully by John Lithgow..An artist..and through him there is some sadness..Alfred Molina is George..The Music teacher......

    ......................................................................................LOVE shines though...and YOUNG LOVE begins again..as we move through the Streets of Manhattan...........

    Slow..but worth the 4 stars....A Story beautifully told..and filmed..



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  76. A great little article if you enjoyed the movie, Red Dog.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-24/blue-dog-film-needs-puppies-red-dog-pilbara/6343248





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  77. I recently took my three year old to his first trip to the movies , Fireman Sam , Heros of The Storm.
    The show was gripping from the start, jumping straight into the action and grabbing all the children's and adults attention. The movie pays tribute to all firefighters and their cause. It runs at approx 1 hour but this is probably the perfect length for most of the young ones. Thoroughly recommend it for all budding firefighters. 3.5 out of 5

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  78. Went to see...X + Y....Loved it..and so......

    "....Young Nathan is a little kid with a few 'oddities'.. and is diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum..with the word...Genius..Suggested when he is asked what he likes to do...he is only about 4 when this question is ..posed...and he replies with the answer that leads the Doctor to suggest to Mum and Dad ..Their lad will be a Maths Genius........
    Dad takes him under his wing and nurtures whilst Mum can only look by..until disaster happens and Nathans' World changes forever....
    Great difficulties with communication amongst his peers ...He has 'aversions' to a few everyday actions that we accept as normal..and during his Schooling with other Gifted Children with the same Gift..he has great difficulty..Just..'Fitting In..'....A Teacher with problems of another nature begins to help him and ignores his little tribulations whilst wallowing in his own..
    A trip Internationally with a Group of the Students creates a mental havoc with Nathan ..but he begins to realise why he is like he is....and is fearful.....of Non Acceptance...
    The film is a tear jerker....but we do realise..We all have the feelings that Nathan has but cannot explain...Until His Mum...Gives him the answer....
    AND...YOU..Dear reader...CRY...."

    Well worth a Real Good look and worth the 4 Stars it received.......

    Hope this is OK...strange film..Loved it..BUT I don't wanna let the cat outta the bag too much...!!!

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  79. Saw Oddball at the flicks yesterday. What a terrific Aussie movie. If you get the opportunity go and see it. Great fun for all the family , and the scenery around the coastline of southern Victoria is simply breathtaking.

    Also watched an old black and white movie earlier in the week. Remember Citizen Kane with Orsen Wells ? What a reminder that a good story does not require whiz bang technical effects!

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    1. Hello Moi. I'm wondering if it's me or the site but I can't seem to go to sylvia's latest post - could it be full up again?

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    2. I think you're right jaywalker; my post appears to still be "loading" under "Watcha Reading".
      So in a nutshell my post was to say we finally exchanged contracts on the sale of our house and are moving OUT on Wed 7th October but not moving into the new house till 23rd. So we've had to find somewhere to stay for the 2 weeks; booked one week in Chipping Campden (The Cotswolds) and the 2nd week in Suffolk, not far from where we are moving to. As soon as my computer is packed away I shall be incommunicado for a few weeks unless my son or husband allows me to use their Tablets!! I am rereading "Big Stone Gap" by Adriana Trigiani which I'm enjoying all over again.

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  80. At last definite news!! I'll quite understand if we don't hear from you foe a while. A short holiday in the Cotswolds sounds quite nice before all the unpacking. We've been through most of the villages on various day trips but not stayed anywhere.

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    1. Finding somewhere at short notice was not easy Jean; most places were fully booked all October especially the 2 beds so we've had to book a 3 bed in Chipping Campden; it's just off the High street so convenient for shopping etc. and it's a pretty little town that we've visited before.

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    2. My apologies ladies. I snuck away for a week to the Hunter Valley - one of our premier wine producing areas, Sylvia.
      I will send an email now about Watcha Reading to Mr Fix It.

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  81. Top 15 Geek Movies of 2015 courtesy of Tech Republic. Of
    1. Star Wars; The Force Awakens
    2. The Martian
    3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
    4. Ex Machina
    5. Black Hat
    6. Chappie
    7. Jurassic World
    8. Avengers - Age of Ultron
    9. Spectre
    10. Ant Man
    11. Terminator - Genysis
    12. The Walk
    13. Mad Max- Fury Road
    14. Steve Jobs
    15. Spy
    I've only seen the one -Mad Max -and walked out midway. No Mel Gibson : No Way !

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    1. There's not one movie on the list I would walk around the corner to see. I'm afraid my taste is very different. I'm waiting for the Boxing Day release of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van.

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    2. Won tickets to A pre screening of Sisters which we saw during the week. Bit rough around the edges!
      Did pick up a bargain at the local markets recently - the 1964 ABC miniseries, My Brother Jack. Black and White and starring a youngish Ed Devereaux( of Skippy fame), and though not polished, very true to the novel and painstaking in its depiction of depression Australia. Well worth watching ! This would have been a huge help in 1975 when it was required reading for the HSC.

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  82. Talking of movies here's a list of books that are headed for big screen treatment in the new year. Sylvia, note that there is a Jo Jo Moyes novel up for treatment. Me Before You - have you read this one ?

    http://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Books-Being-Made-Movies-2016-38162734#photo-38162734

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    1. Yes Moi, I read "Me Before You" a couple of years ago and enjoyed it found it very moving of course; difficult subject matter. Won't say anymore in case anyone else hasn't read it and wants to.
      I can see how it would make a good film but we shall see!

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