How to write quickly...that’s tough for me but I shall try so let’s go and read what I watched in July...oh and this is just a portion of the DVDs we own.
1. MY LEFT FOOT-1989
A great film performance by Daniel Day Lewis as the famous poet and artist Christy Brown who could only use his left foot as he had cerebral palsy. Hugh O’Connor plays Christy as a kid and is also excellent. Such a great movie and so, so, so happy Day Lewis won the Oscar over The favourite, Tom Cruise, in “Born on the 4th of July.”
2. DOWNTON ABBEY #2- 2022
Glad I saw the movie but a bit disappointed. I think Julian Fellowes tried to please with too many sub-plots. Way too many...still fun though.
I still laugh out loud with the great performance by Roland Young as the meek, hen-pecked Cosmo Topper who knows that Cary Grant and wife, Constance Bennett are ghosts having died in a car crash. These madcap marrieds decide to make meek Young their reason to get into heaven. Very funny and entertaining although Grant was not a fan of Diva Bennett...who can blame him.
4. SUICIDE SQUAD- 2016
Stupid! How’s that for short?
5. THE COMMAND - 2018
Excellent film based on the Kursk submarine disaster where a Russian Sub blows up a good chunk of their sub, by accident, but 23 men live. The Russians, with their old, crappy submersibles can’t get afixed to the door to save the men and, when the British and others offer their help to save these men, the Russians turn them down. A few months after Putin was in power, he was still vacationing for 4 days after this disaster. I remember when this happened and it disgusted me but did not surprise me. Effective performances from everyone involved, from Matthias Schoenaerts as the leader of the 23 men, his wife played by the last James Bond love, Lea Seydoux and Colin Firth as the British admiral offering to help.
1. THE CAPOTE TAPES- 2019
A 2 part documentary based on the life of the weird, acerbic but intelligent Truman Capote, the author of "Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “ In Cold Blood.” It is worth a watch for sure.
2. DAVID SUZUKI: THE NATURE OF THINGS-BODY LANGUAGE-1960 TO PRESENT
Yes, this show started in 1960 on the CBC and is, in many ways, a Canadian institution that gives some great information on wildlife, culture, science and this was a really good one on Body Language from 2017. It was so interesting to learn the subtle nuances that we give without saying a word. I love anything like this.
3. KEN BURNS: JACKIE ROBINSON-2016
Anything Ken Burns does, I watch and this was no different, about the famous baseball player that had to deal with so much racial prejudice when he played professional baseball. This is one sports person I do admire and respect.
4. THE ORVILLE-2017- PRESENT
I love this show, created by Seth McFarlane of Family Guy fame plus movies and Oscar host. He clearly loves Star Trek and pays homage with this series. The first 2 seasons were, for the most part, much lighter, than the 3rd but he is knocking it out of the ball park with this latest season. The 2 episodes based on the child of Bortus brought tears to my eyes. Deeply moving.
What did you watch??