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Darkest Hour: a movie review

Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and Kristen Scott Thomas as his wife, Clementine, is another (IMHO) masterpiece, beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted by a great cast. This British coproduction from Focus Four Films and Working Titles Films, directed by Joe Wright, concentrates on a very brief segment and moment in history—literally weeks from the moment when the then sitting Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is forced to resign through a vote of no-confidence, through to a few days after the evacuation of 300,000 British troops via Dunkirk. This is not an in-depth look at that moment in history, nor the people in power making all the decisions. But another well-crafted, cleverly told and thoroughly entertaining ‘snap-shot’ that is, once again, poignant and at once, very personal. Gary Oldman is brilliant. I’ve not seen him in many movies prior to this, the only one that comes to mind is Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy — the John Le Carré penned novel turned movie. In which he starred along side another excellent cast of character actors. …

RIP Anthony Bourdain

I am so saddened to hear this morning of the passing of culinary Guru, Anthony Bourdain. Who, at aged 61, committed suicide while filming in France. I, along with so many other fans of his wit, talent, and commentary, are devastated. Another heartbreaking loss of someone who felt they could no longer enjoy life, and took their own for reasons we will never know or understand. Peace be … My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, colleagues and fans worldwide.

Oscar-Worthy Movies #2

It’s done. I watched DUNKIRK, the last of the four Oscar-nominated movies, this weekend and … well, to put it bluntly, that’s several hours of my life I will never see again! In the spirit of the Mini Book Review trending about the web right now, I thought to write my own (rather sarcastic, or it that, scathing?) mini movie reviews. You’ve been warned.

Oscar-Worthy Movies?

Last weekend we found ourselves in our local Walmart looking for lightbulbs, and while there, I thought to check out the DVD section. In hope, as you do. And was delighted to find a clutch of Oscar-nominated DVDs at bargain prices. We ended up buying Dunkirk, Lady Bird, Murder on the Orient Express and 3 Billboards, plus the second season of Da Vinci’s Demons, because, why not, we’d already watched season 1 a couple of years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed the Florentine romp. This meant binge watching season 2 and watching Da Vinci strut his stuff. Ably aided by the same cast of characters from the first season. Only this time, we took a rather curious undocumented journey to the New World, and Machu Picchu, in search of the fabled Book of Leaves. And who’s to say whether or not Da Vinci ever found his merry way either across nearly all of South America, through the Amazon jungle, to Peru … or whether or not his tiny ship made it around the Cape and up …