Arrival – the film

Excellent. I really enjoyed this film.

Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film based on the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Tzi Ma.

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On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 94% … The site’s critical consensus reads,

Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person’s sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.”

Lion at the Rose Theatre Starlight Room

The film Lion is very intense. I cried several times.

Great cast: Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, …

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple.

Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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The Starlight Room is a collection of comfy chairs, couches and loveseats where you lounge to enjoy a fine film. We ordered a bottle of red along with meals served just at the start of the film.

The night we were there guest speakers discussed the film both before and after the showing. Very interesting.

The Name of the Wind novel by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind  is a fantasy novel by Patrick Rothfuss, the first book in a series called The Kingkiller Chronicle. It was published in 2007 . …

Rothfuss wrote The Name of the Wind during his nine-year advance toward his B.S. in English. …

I listened to the audio version by Nick Podehl. He’s excellent. And the book is very well written. Rothfuss is a masterful story teller. 

His protagonist is Kvothe:

You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe’s legend.

“The originality of Rothfuss’s outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution…As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

“New fantasy authors are usually overhyped, and it’s rare to find one who writes with such assurance and narrative skill right from the start. I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he’s an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven’t been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It’s certain to become a classic.” (Lisa Tuttle, The Times)


“Waterside is where people are poor. That make them beggars, thieves, and whores. Hillside is where people are rich. That makes them solicitors, politicians, and courtesans.”-p160

Presbyformed review

I’ve already downloaded the second book in the series — The Wise Man’s Fear (43 hours)

There have been rumours of a Movie and TV version.

meh – Fantastic Beasts

Give it a miss unless you are a serious Harry Potter fan. Too long and not fantastical enough for me. None of the characters charmed me aside from this Muggle.

Jacob Kowalski

Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein was probably my second favourite character.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them … A spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, it was produced and written by J. K. Rowling, in her screenwriting debut, and inspired by her book of the same name. … 

… Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 73% based on 264 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. …

Rick is downsizing

What, you ask? A smaller backpack?

ALL my cassette tapes, reel-to-reel and VHS are headed for Value Village. A few CDs, as well. Software. Old electronics.


Even that romantic mix tape. img_3890

I’ll donate at least 75% of my old clothes. Less is more. 🙂

related – my philosophy of Voluntary Simplicity

The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen received positive reviews from critics, with Steinfeld’s performance earning praise. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 95%, based on 140 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10.

7.8/10 sounds about right. It’s not bad.

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Rogue One – a review

Star Wars or Star Trek?


Both are part of my cultural upbringing. But I’m not passionate for either one.

I was happy to skip Rogue One until Dave insisted I needed to see it. Cheap Tuesday, he recommended.

I liked it. Found it surprisingly fresh. The dialogue entertaining and surprising. Casting eclectic.

K-2SO is the best actor.


K-2SO’s Top 10 Lines In ‘Rogue One’ That Immediately Made Him Our Fan Favorite Forever

Too much WAR in this Star Wars, however. It would have been better with more dialogue, less fighting.

On the other hand, I admire Disney for killing off pretty much every actor I cared about. A gutsy decision.

Disney had most of the highest grossing films of 2016. They seem to know what they are doing these days.

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Rogue One received generally positive reviews, with praise for its acting, action sequences, musical score, and darker tone, although some criticism was directed at its use of computer-generated imagery to revive certain characters. It has grossed over $983 million worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2016. …