Friday, September 18, 2015

I'm not going to talk about the weather...

...after all, it's what most of the boating community are talking about at the moment. As, no doubt, are countless others across the nation. Suffice it to say that Grace and I don't really care too much, so long as we get a few dry days come the time that Grace is ready to paint the roses and castles on Kantara's sides. She'll be practising on the inside of the rear and side doors before that, and she's practising for the doors right now, as I type, sitting in the well deck surrounded by paints, brushes, boards and... artisty stuff.

I've managed to add another five pages to Life with our feet under water. It wasn't deliberate. I just found a few places which needed a little bit more added, and it soon mounted up. 305 pages now. You're really going to get a lot for your money when you buy it, I promise you.

Another little taster
Our TV's not working at the moment. That is, we can't watch TV on it. But it will still play DVDs, so we've stocked up with a number of titles from the marina library, and bought some, too. Do you know zoverstocks? They sell used CDs and DVDs on the web. We've bought a lot of both since we've been on Kantara, and never been disappointed. Often, the price is just 1p, plus £1.26 p & p. Excellent value.

So, just recently we've seen four which we've found to be really good films.

The Railway Man Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Jeremy Irvine playing a young Colin Firth, and doing it brilliantly. Outstanding performances, and a powerful, moving story.
Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a former British army officer and POW, discovers that the Japanese interpreter who tortured him is still alive. He and his new wife (Nicole Kidman) set out to confront the man who caused him so much pain.

A Long Way Down I don't think I've seen Pierce Brosnan in anything else other than James Bond. It was an interesting role, and he played it well, of course. I've developed a great fondness and huge respect of British films of late. This is up there with the best of them.
Martin Sharp is contemplating suicide on New Year's Eve on the roof of the Toppers Building, high above London's streets. He is interrupted by a woman, Maureen, who has the same fate in mind. She shyly offers to wait her turn, until two other strangers, a young woman named Jess and a pizza deliverer called J.J., also turn up.
Martin is recognized by the others, having been a popular television personality before going to prison for a relationship with a girl who turned out to be 15. The four strangers join together as a kind of family, Martin the surrogate father, and make a pact, giving themselves the six weeks until Valentine's Day to find valid reasons to live.

Naomi was one of the many extras in The Invisible Woman, but we couldn't spot her. It's an outstanding film. Another British great.
Nelly, a happily married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.
Dickens - famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success - falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens - a brilliant amateur actor - a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of 'invisibility'.

I just have to watch anything with Meryl Streep in it. Ricki and The Flash has to be next. We saw the trailer for Hope Springs, bought the DVD and were surprised at the storyline. The trailer didn't really represent it well, we thought. Nonetheless, not a disappointment. Poignant and very funny.
Long-married couple Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) love each other, but after so many years together, Kay feels the need to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. Hearing of a renowned marriage counsellor (Steve Carell) in the town of Great Hope Springs, Kay manages to persuade her stubborn mate to attend a retreat with her. As they shed their bedroom hang-ups, Kay and Arnold find that the real challenge is reigniting the spark that originally brought them together.
Finally, for the time being at least, Seven Pounds. Will Smith starring in a curious film, but no less powerful and compelling for that.
A life-shattering secret torments Ben Thomas (Will Smith). In order to find redemption, he sets out to change the lives of seven strangers. Over the course of his journey, he meets and falls in love with a cardiac patient named Emily (Rosario Dawson), and in so doing, complicates his mission.Tonight, we watch another!


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