Midway (Movie 2019)

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Sometimes I really don’t understand critics or what they expect. Thank goodness, I didn’t listen to them and went and saw the movie after seeing the high audience rating. I don’t think I’ve ever shed a freaking tear at the end of a war movie but I did at this one.

My father served in the south Pacific during WW2 in the army. He was fortunate to come home alive. However, watching movies like this really takes an individual into the center of the horrors of war and being able to see and deeply appreciate the brave young men who turned the tide of the war around in decisive battles like Midway.

Needless to say, the visual effects were stunning and those dive-bombing fliers were something else. What brave men! The lack of character development complained about by critics is pish-posh. They failed to apparently read the credits at the end about the real men portrayed in this movie and their character who saved our country from possible invasion had we lost. I didn’t really care about the script complaints either. What I did care about, was the reminder and deep sense of gratitude this move left me with at the end when I departed the show, thanking lives long gone.

RIP brave men of Midway.

Kris Marshall on the clamour for follow-up to Jane Austen drama

ITV’s Sanditon finished last month with a broken-hearted heroine and many loose ends. But actor Kris Marshall has confirmed that he and the rest of the cast are on call to start filming a new series.

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The Crown Series 3 is the Best Yet (BBC Review)

The Netflix Royal Family saga is back, with Olivia Colman as the Queen – and the history it covers is more fascinating than ever. But does it serve as propaganda, asks Hugh Montgomery.

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Sanditon: why are Austen fans so enraged by Andrew Davies’ ending?

ITV’s dramatisation of the unfinished novel has offended the sensibilities of many Janeites. Alison Flood wonders if this makes sense

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Soon Sanditon will be coming to PBS and those of you in the USA will be able to watch this production (January 12, 2020).  Having seen it myself, I can say there is much to enjoy and much to cry about as well.

Sanditon is a continuation of Jane Austen’s novel, but you’ll only see the first episode cover the eleven chapters she wrote. From there, the story unfolds from another pen — well many pens from book adaptation to screen.  It’s an engrossing story, not only about the main love interests of Sidney and Charlotte, but a story of endeavor, greed, foolishness, love, jealousy, and a myriad of other emotions all rolled up into wonderful characters. It will eventually grab onto you, hold your interest, and then break your heart cruelly at the end.  It has nudity, sexuality, and a few shocking scenes.

Those who enjoyed the series have ranted and raved about the ending, and are now campaigning, insisting, and stalking ITV, the stars, writers, and producers to finish the story in Season 2.  My gut tells me they won’t, but we’ll see.

The story is grossly unfinished, just as Jane died before finishing the book.  Is it worth watching?  Sidney and Charlotte’s journey is definitely worth the watch, the changing of a hurt man’s personality, the growing into womanhood of a young girl, laced with touching and beautiful scenes that will sweep you away in Episode 7 and early in Episode 8. There will be characters you love, hate, and could punch for their foolish ways. It’s heartbreakingly lovely altogether, and Sidney Parker definitely gives Mr. Darcy a run for his money.

Neill, Dern and Goldblum Return to Jurassic Franchise for “Jurassic World 3” | Amblin Press

Amblin Partners is a film and television production company, led by Steven Spielberg, that develops and produces films using the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media banners and includes Amblin Television, a longtime leader in quality programming. The company’s investment partners include Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne), Alibaba Pictures and Universal Pictures.

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Midsomer Murders Season 21: Premiere Date & Where to Watch It – I Heart British TV

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Great news for Midsomer Murders fans. It’s been a long wait, but the Midsomer Murders Season 21 premiere is now in sight. When […]

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On My Watch List

Two new items coming out for World War II.  One on BBC and eventually PBS Masterpiece – World on Fire.

And a second to hit the big screen, Midway. Mark your calendars for a history class.

Looking forward to both!

Peterloo (Movie 2018)

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I have been anxiously waiting for this movie to stream on Amazon in the United States.  Since today is the anniversary of Peterloo (August 16, 1819), and my ancestors are from Manchester, I checked to see if it was finally available.  Alas, it is on Prime now to watch, but unfortunately, much of the movie is a massacre as well.

Because this is such a historical event, I had hoped to enjoy the film. My ancestors were poor, and parts of the movie broke my heart frankly. Though they lived in Manchester around 1850’s and onward, which is much later than this occurrence, it still tugged at my heartstrings because I knew they struggled in some of the poorest areas of the city.

The movie is long, but contains quite a few familiar faces of English male actors. Directed by Michael Leigh, it appears to have been praised in England (read here The Guardian’s Review), I personally found the film tedious and poorly acted in many scenes. If you love to listen to great orators of the English language, you may be enthralled by some of the speeches. Frankly, I was impressed by their ability to memorize and deliver such large portions of script.

The movie, 153 minutes long, is filled with talk, speeches, and not much else, until 60,000 to 80,000 people gather for a peaceful demonstration to hear pro-democracy rhetoric by radical orator Henry Hunt, who called for parliamentary reform and repeal of the corn laws. If you wish to read the historical account, good old Wikipedia has a page on the Peterloo Massacre.

The sad end is the last fifteen minutes of the movie watching the Calvary arriving to drive the crowd away. Of course, they drew their sabers and history records eighteen dead and 400-700 injured.  I would have thought that tidbit of information would scroll at the end of the film, but it did not. It ended with three journalists from London, Liverpool, and another paper (Leeds, I think), talking about writing a story about the Peterloo massacre. It was termed that because the aftermath looked like the battle of Waterloo, only it happened in St. Peter’s Field.

Sadly, I do think the movie could have been better and more engaging. Instead, it became a snooze fest for me, and I did fast forward through a good thirty minutes of it to get to the part where everyone assembles at St. Peter’s Field.

What we can take away from the story, though, is that this was a dark period of cruelty perpetrated against the poor who only wanted a better voice in the House of Commons.  Instead, they were silenced by the swords, and men, women, and children died all because they wanted more food on their tables and better lives.

The Current War, a Weinstein Company Casualty, Will See the Light of Day

The Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle was supposed to be awards bait—then the Weinstein allegations erupted. Two years later, it’s finally coming to theaters.

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