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.

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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.

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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)

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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.   😀 

books, movies

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

I’d seen No Country for Old Men, the 2007 thriller film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Very scary.  Especially Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh.

Very violent.

The film won 76 awards on 109 nominations across multiple organizations; it won four awards at the 80th Academy Awards – Best PictureBest Director(s)Best Supporting Actor (Bardem) and Best Adapted Screenplay …

… many regard it as the Coen brothers’ best film. …

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The Coens’ script was mostly faithful to the source material.

The 2005 novel has the same dark feel.

A drug deal gone wrong near the Mexican border in 1980.  A psychopath killer.

Though some argue that Cormac McCarthy is “our greatest living writer” — early critical reception of the novel was mixed.

I loved The Road (2006), the post-apocalyptic novel awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Road was an excellent film, as well. 

movies

Ford v Ferrari

A surprisingly good film. … And I hate motor racing of all kinds.

Matt Damon is good as Matt Damon. As always.

But Christian Bale is by far the highlight of this movie. I’m going to watch more of his films.

Ford v Ferrari stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale …

The plot follows a determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive designer Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.  …

… at the 92nd Academy Awards received four nominations, including Best Picture …

For his performance, Bale was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. …

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As usual, the real story has been altered to make the movie more dramatic.

Fact is, neither of the Ferrari cars made it past the half way point of the race.

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books, movies

Girl in the Spider’s Web (film)

I liked the book — The Girl in the Spider’s Web — and finally got around to watching the 2018 film version.

Excellent.

It stars Claire Foy in the role of Lisbeth Salander and follows Salander as she battles against a mysterious notorious organization, the Spiders, who seek world dominance. …

box-office bomb, … mixed reviews from critics, although Foy’s performance was praised.

Lisbeth Salander is one of the great characters of modern fiction. She’s been played by Noomi Rapace, Rooney Mara, and Claire Foy. All 3 superb, in different ways.

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related – Which Actress Is the Best Lisbeth Salander: Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, or Noomi Rapace?

books, movies

Queen’s Gambit

You don’t need to like nor know anything about Chess to enjoy this TV series.

It’s 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

On October 28, 2020, the series became the most watched series of the day on Netflix.

The Queen’s Gambit is an American drama television miniseries based on Walter Tevis‘s 1983 novel of the same name.

… a fictional story that follows the life of an orphan chess prodigy named Beth Harmon from the age of eight to twenty-two during her quest to become the world’s greatest chess player while struggling with emotional issues, with drug and alcohol dependency. The story begins in the mid-1950s and proceeds into the 1960s …

All the acting is good.

I probably enjoyed Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Benny Watts best.

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