ethics, GOP USA, government, movies

Movie – Trial of the Chicago 7

On the 51st anniversary of the trial verdict, Netflix put this film on YouTube for free.

 It’s the true story of the seven people on trial (eight including Bobby Seale) for protesting the Vietnam War at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The film depicts both the courtroom drama and circus surrounding the trial, as well as the protests in which people were beaten by Chicago police for expressing their constitutional rights. …

The Wrap

Sacha Baron Cohen plays Abbie Hoffman.

Sacha Baron Cohen has become the conscience of the American people. Certainly a hero of mine.

Born in England, of course.

Any thinking person in 2021 knows that the Vietnam War was a huge mistake.

80% of Americans once supported that war, fearing Communism. 80% of Americans were wrong.

The Chicago 7 were right. Mohammad Ali was right.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

books, movies

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Elan Mastai is a writer and producer on the Emmy-winning TV series “This Is Us”. 

All Our Wrong Todays his first novel. I’m sure it will be turned into a film.

There are some things I quite liked about this book. And many things I didn’t. It’s an odd book — written as a casual memoir.

Tom Barren lives in a alternative universe to our own. A techno-utopia. Unlimited clean power supply. Flying cars.

Unfortunately Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life, but the very fabric of the universe itself.

In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

Time travel is near impossible to story logically. In fact, one story line is the impossibility of time travel.

books, movies

Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

HUGE Best Seller published September 2020.

And an excellent book. Uplifting and amusing.

Pay close attention as the plot is far more complex than you’d first guess.

The Thursday Murder Club is the debut novel by … Richard Osman.

A group of pensioners … set about solving the mystery of the murder of a property developer. …

The Guardian hailed it as the “fastest selling adult crime debut” in recorded history.

The planned Seven Spielberg movie should be better. Something like the charming old Brits of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) — in a whodunnit.

A sequel is already written with many of the same characters. I’m keen to see what happens to all 4 in the Murder Club — plus Bogdan, my favourite.

movies

The Dig – 2021 film

Excellent.

The Dig is a 2021 British drama film directed by Simon Stone, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by John Preston, which reimagines the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo.

It stars Carey MulliganRalph Fiennes

“Featuring beautifully matched performances from Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan set against gorgeously filmed English countryside, The Dig yields period drama treasures.”

Fiennes is excellent, as always.

This one is no The English Patient — but I could see his performance winning awards.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

books, movies

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

I loved the 2011 book Ready Player One.

And liked the film version.

Can’t recommend Ready Player Two — unless you are a HUGE Prince fan. Unless you loved Ferris Behler’s Day Off when it came out in 1986.

In that case, the 80s pop culture references might keep you going.

Ready Player Two has a dumb plot.

The virtual world OASIS has become far more immersive. And addictive.

Our heros have to SAVE the lives of millions — while yucking it up online gaming.

I would watch a movie version, however.

books, movies

The Glass Castle by by Jeannette Walls

Fantastic. I recommend this book to everyone.

The Glass Castle is a 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls.

The book recounts the unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing Jeannette and her siblings had at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents.

The title refers to her father’s long held intention of building his dream house, a glass castle.

Sounds like I don’t need bother see the film.

I can see Woody Harrelson in the role of the father. A charismatic loser.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

humour, movies

Love Actually – BEST Christmas movie

Looking for a feel good — ADULT — Christmas flick?

Dave and Lisa Adlard recommended my favourite, Love Actually. (2003 R-rated)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related – Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) horrible Christmas variation of The Troggs’ classic hit “Love Is All Around”. (VIDEO)

Even more R-rated is the full version.   😀