Just reaching the end of 'The Crown' and love it.Which has inspired my next reading material,so any recommendations for a good Churchill biography appreciated.
Read Boris Johnson's book 'The Churchill Factor'....not a total biography, more an examination (through Johnson's prism) of various events that involved Churchill, it was a pretty good read, Churchill was deeply flawed, yet it might be because of those flaws that he was the person he was, and was at times, needed to be.
Post by Twelfth Monkey on Mar 29, 2017 7:39:25 GMT
Snipped from the old place, as we went to see it yesterday. Would recommend it highly Wilkinson and Weisz are very impressive, and it adheres to the story that Lipstadt tells very well, given the limitations on time:
I've been looking forward to seeing this, out next month at the flicks:
The story of the court case brought by Holocaust-denier David Irving against American historian Deborah Lipstadt. I read her book that prompted it about ten years ago:
We've just started watching series one of The Last Kingdom on DVD. It's good. Clearly the budget was limited for series 1 - every time there is a battle scene between the Saxons and the Danes, there are about 20 people on each side.
I'm currently attempting to watch series 2, but haven't managed to finish episode 1 without nodding off half way through it (three attempts so far). I might just give up on it and regard it as a one season thing!
Post by Twelfth Monkey on Apr 11, 2017 8:33:30 GMT
Been to see it twice at Sleddale Hall, which is the setting for Crow Crag in the film. Having a few ales is, of course, essential. Couldn't do it this year as we're on hols, but will definitely do it again.
(Almost) all the swearing - ignore the tedious gimp doing the 15-second intro...
Post by Twelfth Monkey on Apr 26, 2017 6:53:47 GMT
Just started watching the old UK-set House of Cards - rather more camp than the US version, but looks like it's going to be highly enjoyable too.
Also enjoyed the Beeb's The Rack Pack, a 90-minute comedy/drama about the Higgins/Davis rivalry, complete with a suitably nostalgic soundtrack. You don't have to give a shit about snooker to enjoy it - suspect it's on iPlayer.
Missing University Challenge, hope they'll do another 'professionals' series in the gap...
Just finished season 3 of Bosch on Amazon Prime. Best one yet and nice cliffhanger ending, although I've now cancelled it after a fit of pique when it refused to work on the main TV, so I may not see the next one.
Enjoyed Rougue One. Watched Selma, the Martin Luther King biopic. Great acting, thought-provoking, but missing a tiny something that I can't quite put my finger on. It may be that when dealing with the heroic/noble-but-assassinated that film-makers are so wary of any implicit criticism or suggestion of imperfection that they don't dig too deeply into their protagonist.
I've had a car film week of sorts. Last Thursday W2.0 was out for the evening so I put the girls to bed, fired up the Blu-Ray and the sound bar and watched Steve McQueen's Le Mans. Great film, and whilst I am a huge fan of Frankenheimer's Grand Prix I guess there is no greater racing story on film.... or is there?
This week I had the good fortune to watch Rush. As a film it has the benefit of being a Ron Howard movie and there's probably not many greater story-telling directors out there currently, if ever. I have avoided it until now as I was wary of seeing an actor playing someone so familiar as James Hunt but now I've seen it I reckon it's up there at the top of the genre. Loved the romanticised plot lines allied to the factual elements and was also reminded that when Niki Lauda saw the movie (his wife had to tell him who Daniel Brühl was) and saw himself being portrayed on the screen he said: "that's me; that's really me."
Rush is a great film, I think I've watched it 3 times now. I agree Daniel Bruhl was excellent.
Even Mrs Scouse love's Rush, although that might have something to do with Thor playing Hunt. Agree about Bruhl, it was almost like watching a serious impersonator.
I've got a bit of a thing for Alexandra Maria Lara who played Lauda's wife. I first saw her in Control, the Joy Division film, where she played Annick Honore, the Belgian fan that Ian Curtis had an affair with.