buggered by doc martin and company

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THE BRITISH SERIES Doc Martin has been rec­om­mended to Berni and me by sev­eral people with whom we share sim­ilar tastes in that form of en­ter­tain­ment. As we both tend to enjoy the better British pro­gram­ming and movies, we looked for­ward to the show. After I got home from work on Thursday evening, we sat down with dinner and slipped the disc in to watch. READ MORE

lost in austenland with the jane austen book club

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RECOMMENDED for home movie viewing: in this case, a triple-feature based on the works of a fa­mous nov­elist whose name has been known to scare oth­er­wise brave men. (And it may take a few nights to watch the three, as they take up more than six hours of time.) The three videos are The Jane Austen Book Club and Austen­land and the tele­vi­sion mini-series Lost In Austen. READ MORE

a black list and a northwest mallard

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THE REDMOND BRANCH of the King County Li­brary System (KCLS) is a couple of miles from our house. I headed there around two one af­ter­noon last week to pick up the first season’s worth of The Black­list, a tele­vi­sion se­ries that my sister Mary Alice had been en­cour­aging me to see. It was a beau­tiful day for a walk and I just mo­seyed along down Avon­dale Road, be­coming one with the walk, my (small ‘z’) zen ex­er­cise for the day). READ MORE

johnny depp’s secret inspiration for captain jack sparrow is out of the closet!

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THE TRUTH IS OUT! It has been common “knowl­edge” for years that actor Johnny Depp based his idio­syn­cratic and af­fec­ta­tious phys­ical and con­ver­sa­tional man­ner­isms and quirks for his Cap­tain Jack Sparrow char­acter from the Pi­rates Of The Caribbean movies on those of the Rolling Stones’ partially-living legend Keith Richards.

Ha!

That was al­ways just a ruse by Depp and his people to steer at­ten­tion away from the actor’s real source, his real real in­spi­ra­tion for Cap­tain Jack Sparrow: Ellen Barkin playing recently-murdered Steve Brooks learning to walk in high heels in his/her re­cently God-given body as a woman, Amanda Brooks! READ MORE

why would anyone design movie subtitles that ruin movie watching?

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IN MY HOME, we do not watch tele­vi­sion as an on­going, up-to-the-minute medium. We do watch tele­vi­sion se­ries that come highly rec­om­mended to us. We do not have cable or any other modern doohickey for pulling sig­nals out of the air. Nor do we sub­scribe to Net­flix or any other renting or­ga­ni­za­tion.

We use the King County Li­brary System, one of the best in the country. READ MORE

tuesdays with morrie schwartz and the little wave

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AT OUR HOUSE, we watch a lot of movies, but never any ac­tual tele­vi­sion shows—at least as they are being broad­cast. We don’t have cable and our set isn’t set up to pick up local sta­tions. We do pick up highly rec­om­mended tv se­ries on DVD and then we binge-watch!

We have re­cently en­joyed Ally McBeal (keep in mind that no matter their age, these shows are ‘new’ to us), Six Feet Under, Weeds (great balls of fire but Mary-Louise Parker gets more lovely as she ages), The Big Bang Theory (still in progress), The Big C, and Third Rock From The Sun (which tends to­wards the te­dious). READ MORE

chick flicks versus buddy flicks

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WHEN A MOVIE IS MADE about an in­cred­ibly tal­ented fe­male ath­lete (skater, gym­nast, dancer come to mind) who somehow hurts her­self in a manner so tragic that it ends her promising/active ca­reer, but through per­se­ver­ance, hard work, and the love and sup­port of family and friends, she makes a re­mark­able come­back and is even more amazing as a dam­aged ath­lete than she was as a psy­chi­cally per­fect ath­lete, etcetera, it’s called a chick-flick. READ MORE

john ford and woody allen and stanley kubrick (and clint eastwood)

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TWO OF MY FAVORITE DIRECTORS are John Ford and Woody Allen. For the former, think Harry Carey and Henry Fonda and John Wayne. Men’s and wom­en’s men. For the latter, think Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow and Diane Wiest and Mira Sorvino and Scar­lett Jo­hansson and Pene­lope Cruz. Men’s and wom­en’s women.

Mr. Ford made his male leads fa­mous while Mr. READ MORE