The Irishman

It was fun to see Robert De NiroAl Pacino, and Joe Pesci together.

Pacino plays Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa

The acting is surprisingly minimalistic and understated. Even Pacino … for Pacino.

As a movie, I still found it too long. Too slow.

The Irishman is a 2019 American epic crime film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese …

… based on the 2004 nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.  …

With a production budget of $159 million and a runtime of 209 minutes, it is among the most expensive and longest films of Scorsese’s career.

Pesci was offered his role a reported 50 times before agreeing to take part, at first saying he did not want to do “the gangster thing again”, while Scorsese tried to persuade him The Irishman would be “different.”

De Niro played a big part in convincing Pesci to take the role, telling him “We gotta do this. Who knows if there’ll be anything after?” …

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VIDEO – my 23 days cycling Patagonia in 4 minutes

For more than 3 weeks I cycled the Dictator’s Highway in Chile.

The Carretera Austral runs about 1,240 kilometers (770 mi) from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins through (sparsely populated) rural Patagonia. …

This area is characterized by thick forestsfjordsglaciers, canals and steep mountains. …

Click PLAY or get a glimpse on YouTube.

Starting with a side trip through the island of Chiloe, I made it as far as Coihaique. From there I continued on to the far south on foot (and bus).

See my trip report for the 23 days.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Literature. Nominated for the Man Booker.

Ondaatje is a fantastic writer. But would his latest be a pleasure to read?

Yes. Most of it for me.

The end was a bit of a letdown.

It’s non-linear reflections of a young man looking back at his upbringing in wartime London. What really happened when his parents left?

Michael Ondaatje is at the peak of his powers with the story of a man piecing together his troubled adolescence

Guardian review