Category: Reviews

Tolkien (Movie 2019)

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I had high hopes seeing this movie about the famous author but came away somewhat disappointed in the outcome. It has its good parts, drawn out boring parts, undeniable heartfelt parts, but also horrific parts. It focuses on the young life of Tolkien from boyhood to young adult, ending with the time he wrote Hobbit.

The movie, I think, makes the mistake of too many flashbacks from the present to past, leaving you dizzy in the changes. It begins with Tolkien in the trenches suffering from trench fever, desperately attempting to find a friend (one of the three he has a “fellowship” with from boyhood) serving during WWI.  What he sees around him are the hallucinations of his mind, that often correspond to his future stories – fire breathing dragons, death riding a horse, spirits of black whirling over the dead carnage. The scenes from the trenches are horrific to say the least, with pools of blood and dead young men strewn across the battlefield. If the director wanted to make the point of the horrors of WWI, he did so to the point I moaned at many of the scenes.

After his mother’s untimely death, his priest arranges for him and his brother to be fostered by an elderly lady. He is sent to school but at first has trouble making friends. Eventually, he becomes part of a group of boys, who grow into manhood, that consist of three other creative minds – writer, artist, composer. They form a bonded fellowship, out to change the world.  There are many scenes of his boyhood and young adult life to university with his friends.

The movie ends years after the war and the aftermath it had on the four men.  Not all return home. Tolkien is married to his childhood sweetheart, now with children, and mulling over fantasy stories in his head, beginning to write his famous works.

I wasn’t overly impressed with the movie, although it was interesting to see the beginning life of a literary genius.  Nicolas Hoult did a fine job portraying Tolkien (that’s pronounced Tol-keen) by the way.  If you admire his books and stories, you’ll enjoy the movie nevertheless.

 

Lord of the Rings Amazon TV series: Release date, Cast Trailer | Prime Video – Radio Times

The series will reportedly follow the adventures of a young Aragorn

Source: Lord of the Rings Amazon TV series: release date, cast, trailer | Prime Video – Radio Times

Queens of Mystery (Acordn TV 2019)

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Acorn TV has added a new English detective series entitled Queens of Mystery.  It’s a quirky series that takes a bit of getting used to, but if you’re into dead bodies and murder in small English towns this is right up your alley.

Like Midsomer Murders, the local population is dropping like flies.  Only this time, it’s not the priest of Father Brown, the handsome vicar in Grantchester, or high-heeled Agatha Raisin solving the cases.  Meet three-crime writing authors and their niece, a regular detective out to solve the crimes.

The first two episodes revolved around the murder of a crime writer, at a crime writer’s contest convention.  The third and fourth episodes focus on the reunion of a band, and the murders of its members.  I could swear this storyline happened to be one like it in the twenty seasons of Midsomer Murders, although a bit different to fit this new mystery.

The aunts, Beth, Cat, and Jane, are all crime solvers because they are all best-selling authors writing murder mysteries of their own.  They seem to also be connected to these recent murders in one way or the other.  They are great sleuths and cannot pass up the opportunity to investigate.  Maltida Stone is the young detective assigned to her hometown of Wildemarsh, England (another fictitious location).  The young Matilda has an unsolved mystery of her own regarding the identity of her father, which question continues to pop up in the series.

What makes this series different is that it’s narrated, which can be confusing at first. Juliet Stevenson, who narrates the tale while you are watching, adds little tidbits about the past or what the characters are really thinking during the moment.  At times it can be entertaining, but at other moments, a bit distracting.  However, it’s what makes the new series unique.  You may remember Juliet playing the wife of Mr. Elton in the 1996 version of Emma.

So if you love people being stabbed, poisoned, strangled in an English setting, this series is for you.  It’s a good filler while Midsomer Murders is filming their next season. The series introduction is quite unique, as well, and kudos to whoever thought that intro up.

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Every Judi Dench film – Ranked! | Film | The Guardian

From her 1964 big-screen debut to the 90s roles – including James Bond’s boss, M – that made her a Hollywood star, here’s the rundown of every single Dench movie

Source: Every Judi Dench film – ranked! | Film | The Guardian

Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, celebrated in ‘The Highwaymen,’ took down Bonnie and Clyde – The Washington Post

Frank Hamer finally gets his due in the new Netflix movie, ‘The Highwaymen’

Source: Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, celebrated in ‘The Highwaymen,’ took down Bonnie and Clyde – The Washington Post

Now streaming on Netflix. Worth the watch.  4 Kernels.

‘The OA’ Season 2: What the Heck Just Happened? Plus, 15 Other Unanswered Questions

I watched season two of OA last night on Netflix.  Once again, Oy-Vey!  What a complicated show that takes your brain to another dimension of attempting to figure out what the heck is going on.  All the reviews I’ve come across confirm we are left with more questions than ever.  Here’s a good recap in the link below.  If you missed my first review of season one, CLICK HERE.

 

Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij’s Netflix drama serves up another huge twist ending

Source: ‘The OA’ Season 2: What the Heck Just Happened? Plus, 15 Other Unanswered Questions

James Bond producers ‘ask Sam Heughan to AUDITION for next 007’ | Films | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

Oh, my!

JAMES BOND producers have allegedly asked Outlander star Sam Heughan to audition to replace Daniel Craig, claims a 007 source.

Source: James Bond producers ‘ask Sam Heughan to AUDITION for next 007’ | Films | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, And More Join Cast Of Working Title And Blueprint Pictures’ Emma

All right, I have my doubts that a new version can surpass the 1996 version with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam. Give it your best shot, Focus Features.

Acclaimed Cast Joins Previously Announced Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn in Autumn de Wilde’s New Adaptation of Jane Austen Classic

Source: Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, And More Join Cast Of Working Title And Blueprint Pictures’ Emma

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