Micayla Gatto – artist and cyclist

The video editor is crazy talented.

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(via Adventure Blog)

 

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Vikings – season 1

Vikings is a historical drama television series …

Season 1 premiered on March 3, 2013 in Canada …

Filmed in Ireland, Vikings is inspired by the tales about the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known mythological Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of France and England. …

Rotten Tomatoes reported a 81% approval rating with an average rating of 6.9/10 based on 27 reviews. The site’s consensus reads, “Vikings makes up for its lack of historical accuracy with a heaping helping of violence, romance, and striking visuals”. …

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

Already renewed for a sixth season I doubt I’ll continue on to season 2. Too gory for gore’s sake.

related – The religious angle of the TV series is entirely fabricated. Learn about Ásatrú – the religion of the Vikings

Dunkirk (2017 film)

Like many, I saw Dunkirk in the theatre. It’s the highest-grossing World War II movie ever.

Christopher Nolan wrote the script, which looks at the evacuation from three perspectives — land, sea, and air — with deliberately little dialogue, intending to create suspense through visuals and music. …

The film has received critical acclaim for its screenplay, direction, and cinematography, with some critics describing it as Nolan’s best to date, as well as one of the greatest war films ever made. …

It’s very authentic for a Hollywood film. There’s no green screen.

That said, I found Dunkirk to be one weird movie. I’m not sure I can even recommend the film.

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visiting Camp Borden, Ontario

Hiking the Bruce Peninsula, I happened to see Camp Borden nearby on my map.

I drove there immediately because of a family connection.

Canadian Forces Base Borden (also CFB Borden) … is home to the largest training wing in the Canadian Armed Forces. …

During the Second World War, both Camp Borden and RCAF Station Borden became the most important training facility in Canada, housing both army training and flight training …

I toured the Military Museum. Then the Camp Borden Tim Hortons.

My camera disappeared somewhere there. Otherwise I’d have more photos.

Jar City: A Reykjavi­k Thriller (2006)

When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl’s grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man’s past come back to haunt him?

I was interested in the Iceland setting. And had seen good reviews for this book.

Jar City was published 2000 but did not come out in English until 2005 and later.

I was a bit disappointed, actually. The plot compares poorly against the best in the genre. Ian Rankin, for example.

I’m not sure I’ll carry on with any other books in the series.

On the other hand, I’ve heard that subsequent books are better.

Jar City was made into an Icelandic film.

Stephen King – It (1986)

I can’t explain it. 

Only the 3rd Stephen King book I’ve read, It was much like the other two. Far, far too lengthy. 

… narrative bagginess … circuitous, repetitious book … a thousand sprawling pages …

Adrian Daub – Where “It” Was: Rereading Stephen King’s “It” on Its 30th Anniversary

All three King books I’ve read would have been much improved by being half the length.

The unnecessary and weird sex thing would be first to go. What’s with that?

I vow never to read King again. And that’s a shame because he’s such a good story teller.

I did not see the 1990 television miniseries and hope never to watch the new hit film adaptation nor the inevitable sequel(s).  Scary movies are not my thing.

 

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Andy, Barrett and I saw the best ever Spider-Man.

… based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the second Spider-Man film reboot …

Everything about this film is excellent. It doesn’t have a boring moment. Entertaining dialogue. Great casting.

Zendaya as Michelle “MJ” Jones, one of Parker’s classmates is awesome.

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