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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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