Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday's Forgotten Books, February 16, 2018



Todd Mason will have the links today and next Friday. HATE MACS.

Terrific piece in NYT today on Alistair MacLean by Alessandra Stanley. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

We went to see the 2018 Oscar-Nominated shorts yesterday and what a strong bunch they are.

DeKalb gives us a twenty-minute showdown between a man armed with a gun and the school receptionist who tries to talk him down.

The Silent Child concerns a confrontation too between a sign language specialist and the mother who decides it's better for her child to read lips than become part of the sign language community.

My Nephew Emmett is an artful look at how Emmett's uncle tries to rescue him from the white racists who came for him.

The Eleventh Hour is a humorous short about a psychiatrist and his delusional patient.

Watt Wofe: All of Us is a harrowing bus trip with both Muslim and Christians onboard.

Every short was terrific. Hard to choose a winner. Worth a look if it comes your way.



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Why I Walked Out on the Greatest Showman


Being in Sarasota, home of Ringling Bros circus, it seemed destined that we would see this story of P.T. Barnum. So ignoring the terrible reviews, we went with the high approval rating by viewers. We made it through an hour-an hour filled with little authenticity, little based on fact. But when Jenny Lind stepped onto the stage circa 1850 and sang a song straight out of AMERICAN IDOL, with no resemblance to an operatic aria such as what she sang back then, we eased our way out. The audience around us was obviously enthralled with the film, but we just couldn't overlook the historical inaccuracies. The movie was unwilling to look the sideshow characters he collected in the face. They were kept in the background so we could admire Jackman and Zac Efron instead.
It was probably us. Either you are swept away or you are not.

Monday, February 12, 2018

RIP: BILL CRIDER

so sad!

Things That Are Making Me Happy


A great visit with some old friends. We saw a terrific little play called HOW TO USE A KNIFE. Not cheerful but thought-provoking. Purchased tkts to THE RHINOCEROS for Valentine's Day.

The weather is perfect-a little warm for Michiganders but still...

Reading LAIDLAW, which I have always meant to read. Had to put aside Ruth Rendell when I realized I had already read it. I reread books but don't like being caught unaware.

Happy our friends Lainie and Arnold made it down to Delray Beach despite the snowstorms in MI.  Too far to hook up with them but we will all be back in Michigan soon.

What about you?


Friday, February 09, 2018

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Forgotten Movies: SUSPICION

Alfred Hitchcock's 1941 suspense thriller starred Grant and Fontaine in the story of a would-be spinster who marries a would-be killer. Or is he? The strength of the movie lies in this question. Lina  disregards the many hints that Johnny is a psychopathic scoundrel. Until the evidence is too great to ignore.  Grant and Fontaine are at their best in this. And it is wonderfully filmed. The ending is changed from the Frances Iles book and it's up for debate whether Selznick of Hitchcock was behind it.