Added 6/12/15. I didn't read this book but I watched the film which this book inspired. I posted the following at my GR group: ========================Added 6/12/15. I didn't read this book but I watched the film which this book inspired. I posted the following at my GR group: =================================== 6/11/15 Tonight I enjoyed a terrific movie! I had no idea what it was about and I'm glad I didn't because it was all such a wonderful surprise! (All I knew was that it starred Judi Dench.) This movie has it all... music, drama, comedy and much more. It was inspired by true events. Netflix has the DVD but I streamed it via Amazon. FIVE STARS! "Mrs Henderson Presents" (2005) starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413015/?... http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Mrs.-Hen... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009... "Recently widowed well-to-do Laura Henderson is at a bit of a loose end in inter-war London. On a whim she buys the derelict Windmill theatre in the West End and persuades impresario Vivian Van Damm to run it."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Cross-Cr... "Based on the protagonist's real-life memoirs, frustrated newspaper reporter Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Mary Steenburgen) abandons her career and moves to a Florida bayou to concentrate on writing fiction. Here, Marjorie's life is changed by a devoted servant (Alfre Woodard) who befriends her, a local businessman (Peter Coyote) who becomes her lover and the backwoods father (Rip Torn) and his daughter (Dana Hill) who become her greatest inspiration."
Here's a good summary from a Netflix reviewer: ----------------------------------- "The story of a Northern women who buys an orange grove sight unseen and retreats to a Florida creek to write gothic novels. There, a small community watches over one another and she becomes an important part of that community. Her publisher rejects her novels, but encourages her to write about that community, as her descriptions of it in her letters to him are much more genuine and interesting than her novels." ------------------------------------
I didn't enjoy this movie at all. Didn't interest me. Too slow-paced and too maudlin. I didn't like the atmosphere of the Florida backwoods swamp country.
Although most of the Netflix user reviews were positive, the following excerpts from negative Netflix reviews of this movie echoed my thoughts: ------------------------------------ "Out of Africa meets Huckleberry Finn, this Disneyesque movie is a series of disjointed vignettes with absolutely no depth. ... We never really get into the protagonist's thoughts or emotions and instead get scene after scene of strange folk and silly goings-on." ----------------------------------- "I kept waiting for this movie to get better and it never did. It was so slow that I almost hit the fast forward button to skip a few scenes." ----------------------------------- "I just never really could figure out what the big deal was about Mary Steenburgen. Is she so natural that you don't know she's acting or is she acting with so little spark that she may as well be reading a cornbread recipe to you?" ----------------------------------- "Steenburgen's attempts at imitating Rawlings make her performance little more than wooden and emotionless, which also make her completely unlikeable as a character. Moreover, the film is very slow-moving, about 30 minutes too long." ----------------------------------- "the movie was unrealistic and too long." ----------------------------------- "Maudlin, soapy, silly and unrealistic, all summarize this poor movie. As a widely published writer and a peer of many others, I dispute this poorly manufactured portrait of a fine writer who found herself and her craft. ... This flick is so much baloney. Hollywood can't seem to tell it like it is." ----------------------------------- "The script and acting are so melodramatic - yet flat - that I was yawning from beginning to end." ----------------------------------- "The most boring movie ever made. But the scenery is beautiful! I really like the actors in this film and hoped it would be good. But it was slow, plodding, and by the end I was fast-forwarding..." ----------------------------------- "Mary Steenburgen's insipid style (this seems to run through all her roles) is irritating at best." ---------------------------------- "This sure felt like a Made for TV movie with the syrupy soundtrack, uninspired performances and painfully obvious plot-line. ... We managed to finish watching the film and then breathed a sigh of relief that it was finally over. At least the scenery was pretty :)." ---------------------------------- "... it is a yawner. a movie on the life of the woman who wrote the yearling? can you think of anything more boring. nothing exciting happens. it's all the same ole same we see in movies all the time. I love to watch movies set in the south, but I hate when the film maker uses that soft golden glow effect." -----------------------------------
The excerpts above said it better than I could. But, as I mentioned, most of the other Netflix reviews were favorable. One man's meat is another man's poison!...more
Added 5/17/15. (Published in 1962) I did not read this book but I saw the movie adaptation. I posted the following at my GR group on 2/2/15: ===========Added 5/17/15. (Published in 1962) I did not read this book but I saw the movie adaptation. I posted the following at my GR group on 2/2/15: ============================= BOY OH BOY! I hit on a good movie today, streamed from Netflix! Even my husband has been watching it with me! We still haven't finished watching it yet. It's 2 hours and 47 minutes long! "In Harm's Way" (1965) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059309/?... http://www.amazon.com/Harms-Way-John-... http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/600104... "This epic World War II tale focuses on the effect the Pearl Harbor attack had on the lives of officers, wives and lovers as America entered the war."
The movie, "In Harm's Way", based on James Bassett's novel, Harm's Way, has enough plot in it for four movies or a good miniseries. When it was shown on network television in prime time, it was broken into two very full nights.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, a heavy cruiser, commanded by John Wayne's character, and a destroyer are two of a handful of ships that escape the destruction of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
CHECK OUT THE CAST! John Wayne Kirk Douglas Patricia Neal Tom Tryon Paula Prentiss Brandon de Wilde Jill Haworth Dana Andrews Burgess Meredith Franchot Tone Patrick O'Neal Slim Pickens George Kennedy Larry Hagman Henry Fonda Carroll O'Connor Stanley Holloway Hugh O'Brian Directed by Otto Preminger
I've been avoiding this film because it's a war picture but today I gave it a try. I'm glad I did. I'm swooning over John Wayne! And Kirk Douglas looks like he had been working out at a gym. What a sturdy build he had! They just don't make actors like these men anymore!
The women? eh! LOL Although the restrained fireworks between John Wayne and Patricia Neal are something to see. I never learned to flirt like that. LOL
PS-The flavor of the war years (WW2) comes back with "In Harms Way". The uniforms, the service men, the cars... and the scenery in Hawaii is absolutely gorgeous! I was only a kid but I remember those days during the war. And I remember the music... ===============================...more
Added 5/2/15. I did not read the book. Instead I watched the movie which starred Paul Newman. Absorbing courtroom drama, well acted. Great performanceAdded 5/2/15. I did not read the book. Instead I watched the movie which starred Paul Newman. Absorbing courtroom drama, well acted. Great performance by Paul Newman. "The Verdict" (1982) IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084855/?... "A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling."
Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I saw the film adaptation.
I posted the following at my Goodreads group: =================================== IAdded 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I saw the film adaptation.
I posted the following at my Goodreads group: =================================== I streamed (via Amazon Prime) "Arch of Triumph" (1948) starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Charles Laughton. http://www.amazon.com/Arch-Triumph-In... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040109/?... "Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris." http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/70105854... "To escape the Nazis, an Austrian doctor flees to Paris, where he practices medicine under an assumed name. When he prevents a nightclub singer from committing suicide, he develops a connection with her -- just as the war begins to tear Europe apart."
The movie was too long and too dark and the plot was too thin. However, I loved seeing Bergman and Boyer on the screen. So I stuck with it. Charles Boyer mesmerizes me with his voice and accent. Ingrid is always so beautiful. Charles Laughton had a very small part but the role was important to the plot. Louis Calhern was good in his role and added a lot to the movie....more
Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I happened to find the film adaptation via Amazon Prime online. So I streamed it. It's a very unusual movie.Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I happened to find the film adaptation via Amazon Prime online. So I streamed it. It's a very unusual movie. "About Mrs. Leslie" (1954) [Stars Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046676/?... "A rooming house landlady recalls her past in flashbacks." http://www.amazon.com/About-Mrs-Lesli... "When a Beverly Hills boarding house owner receives a large sum of money from a wealthy tycoon, she recalls the secret love affair that has affected her life."
The customer reviews at the Amazon webpage linked above are very favorable. Shirley Booth is highly praised in the reviews. One customer wrote: ******************************* "I remember Shirley Booth as Hazel the maid [on TV]. I was really surprised to see her cast in a role like this. But when I think about it she was perfect. Not the most beautiful women in the world but for six weeks out of the year she had what most women dream. A man who wanted her. Bring out the tissues this one will make you cry." *******************************
A user review at the IMDb link above says: ===================================== "What a movie. I don't know how or where to start to rave and praise it. The acting, the story. So very believable, and for a woman to live with a man outside of wedlock in the 1930's...well, unheard of then...or maybe not so. This is the story of a woman who accepts a man who can only offer her a six week a year commitment. But, oh, it is so worth it. You have to see this movie to fully understand it. The casting of both Shirley and Robert were perfection. So realistic. A very, very poignant and touching piece. Youth vs. age, many subplots, but done in a superior way of flashbacks. The character of Mrs. Leslie is one who has learned all about life's foibles and disappointments. She has her memories of her "Mr. Leslie, honey," to sustain her. I cannot praise this movie enough. I have it on VHS, recorded from TV. I cannot locate it on DVD. See this if and when it replays on television. It is amazing." =======================================...more
Added 2/15/15. (I watched the film adaptation. Did not read the book.)
I posted the following about the film at my GR group: ===========================Added 2/15/15. (I watched the film adaptation. Did not read the book.)
I posted the following about the film at my GR group: ================================= Today I streamed (via Amazon Prime) "Cheers for Miss Bishop" (1941) a film adaptation of the book, Miss Bishop by Bess Streeter Aldrich.
At first I thought the movie might be too "sappy" but it turned out to be a very appealing old film starring a lovely actress named Martha Scott. The film is filled with many truths about life's experiences, many narrated by the main character herself, Miss Bishop.
IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033459/?... AMAZON PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Cheers-Miss-Bis... "Sentimental story of young woman Ella Bishop, who graduates from a new college and stays on to teach English for over 50 years. At her retirement dinner she tells her students the story of her failed romances over the years and why she never married. She had failed romantic relationships with weak-willed Delbert and the unhappily married John Stevens. Although Ella believes her life was one of missed chances and poor choices, her students prove to her the triumphs of her life through their own successes. Rosemary De Camp's first film. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score."
The GR reviews of the book (first published in 1933) seem very favorable. ================================= PS-The story about Miss Bishop reminded me of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" by James Hilton, first published in 1934, a year AFTER Bess Streeter Aldrich's book about Miss Bishop was published! Exact same theme!
PPS-The story, "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", was adapted to film in 1939, three years BEFORE the film about Miss Bishop came out. Since then there have been other adaptations of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"....more
Added 1/27/15. I did not read the book, but watched the movie adaptation, "Thérèse (2012) (in French with English subtitles). "Thérèse Desqueyroux" (oriAdded 1/27/15. I did not read the book, but watched the movie adaptation, "Thérèse (2012) (in French with English subtitles). "Thérèse Desqueyroux" (original title) Cast: Audrey Tautou http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1654829/?... "An unhappily married woman struggles to break free from social pressures." http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/702425... "Bored by an arranged marriage to a dull but well-meaning husband, a young wife in rural France in the 1920s seeks a drastic solution to her problems."
The movie kept my attention but I didn't particularly enjoy it because there were too many unanswered questions in my mind about motivations. There were also hanging subplots. The ending is so nuanced that I had to read a review to understand what it meant.
I got tired of seeing the same taut, grim expression on Theresa's face, actually expressionless. It hardly ever seemed to change. ...more
Added 1/26/15. The book was first published in 2004. It was a huge international best seller and a major hit in Germany that went on to become one of EAdded 1/26/15. The book was first published in 2004. It was a huge international best seller and a major hit in Germany that went on to become one of Europe’s biggest literary blockbusters.
I posted the following at my GR group: =============================== I had trouble following the plot. There were a lot of flashbacks. I couldn't keep the characters straight. There were too many of them.
The characters: 1. Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons), a Swiss professor 2. Amadeu do Prado - a doctor and writer of a a small book, a memoir of sorts 3. the writer's sister Adriana (Charlotte Rampling). 4. local optician, Mariana (Martina Gedeck), 5. optician's uncle João Eça, who knew Amadeu 6. Jorge O'Kelly, friend of Amadeu, a pharmacist 7. Estefânia (Mélanie Laurent), a beautiful woman who helped the resistance by memorizing people's names and contact information (girlfriend of Amadeu) 8. older Estefania (Lena Olin) 9. woman on the bridge 10. several others
I couldn't figure how the woman on the bridge fit into the plot. Turns out she wasn't very important to the real plot even though in the beginnning I got the impression that she was. That was misleading.
The somber atmosphere of the movie gave it a sense of suspense, and Jeremy Irons was impressive, even though I couldn't figure out the plot, Not very satisfying, IMO. Slow-paced.
The plot is explained fairly well by user Claudio Carvalho at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1654523/p... ====================================== PLOT from link above: "In Bern, Switzerland, the teacher Raimund Gregorius saves a young woman from committing suicide jumping off a bridge and brings her to the school where he works. During his class, she leaves the building and Raimund unsuccessfully runs after her to give her coat back.
He finds a book, "Um Ourives das Palavras" (A Goldsmith of the Words) written by the Portuguese Amadeu de Almeida Prado in the pocket and he goes to the bookstore stamped on the first page and discovers that the book was sold on the previous day to the woman.
He finds a train ticket to Lisbon that will departure in fifteen minutes inside the book and he goes to the Central Station expecting to find the woman. He embarks in the train to Lisbon and reads the book, becoming fascinated with the story.
When he arrives in Lisbon, Raimund decides to stay in the city to meet Amadeu. He finds his house, where his sister Adriana lives, and soon he discovers that Amadeu is dead. Raimund decides to research the life of Amadeu, who was a doctor and writer that belonged to the resistance against the dictator Salazar, and his discoveries affect his own boring life." - Summary written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ==================================
Below is part of a comment about the movie from a Netflix user: ********************************** "... the script of this very low budget movie was weak and unbelievable. The dialogue was filled with meaningless drivel and the plot didn't hang together or come to a significant conclusion."...more
Adapted into a film entitled "The Lost Moment". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039583/?... "A publisher insinuates himself into the mouldering mansion of the centenarian lover of a renowned but long-dead poet in order to find his lost love letters." http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009... "An American publisher becomes involved with a troubled young woman with a split personality when he travels to Italy to pursue the lost writings of a famous poet. Based on Henry James' novel "The Aspern Papers." (The movie stars Robert Cummings & Susan Hayward.)
If you like a good old-fashioned suspense story, full of drama, mystery, and dark atmosphere, this movie/story is for you! I'm not usually drawn to this type of movie/story but this one drew me almost from the beginning.
There's an excellent summary at the IMDb link shown above. It's so good, I'll post it here but I'll put it in as a spoiler even though it doesn't give away the ending. Instead, it clarifies the story (especially if you're reading Henry James long-winded prose!): ===================================== (view spoiler)[In a long flashback, a New York publisher is in Venice pursuing the lost love letters of an early-19th-century poet, Jeffrey Ashton, who disappeared mysteriously. Using a false name, Lewis Venable rents a room from Juliana Bordereau, once Jeffrey Ashton's lover, now an aged recluse. Running the household is Juliana's severe niece, Tina, who mistrusts Venable from the first moment. He realizes all is not right when late one night he finds Tina, her hair unpinned and wild, at the piano. She calls him Jeffrey and throws herself at him. The family priest warns Venable to tread carefully around her fantasies, but he wants the letters at any cost, even Tina's sanity. Written by (hide spoiler)] ====================================== I'm still trying to figure out exactly what the title of the movie meant. What exactly was "the lost moment"? Any ideas? I have a few guesses but perhaps there were several "lost moments" in the movie, giving the title multiple meanings.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I was looking around for something to watch and I randomly found this film. It's very short, only 39 minutes, but it's worth watching, if only for the music alone. Beautiful! I LOVE piano music. Alice Herz-Sommer plays so many classical pieces FROM MEMORY! She lived a long life and played piano even when she was over 100 years old!
The film credits mention this book: A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor FROM THE GOODREADS PAGE: "An inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism—the true story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor." "A Century of Wisdom is the remarkable and inspiring story of one woman’s lifelong determination—in the face of some of the worst evils known to man—to find goodness in life. It is a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music, and the importance of leading a life of material simplicity, intellectual curiosity, and never-ending optimism."
There seems to be several related books. You can access FREE SAMPLES of the books here: SEE LINKS BELOW: "A Century of Wisdom, Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor": https://play.google.com/store/books/d...
PS-There's also this DVD which I found mentioned at Amazon: "Everything is a Present: The Wonder & Grace of Alice Sommer Hertz" Alice Sommer Herz (Actor), Gigi Sommer (Actor), Christopher Nupen (Director) Format: DVD http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Pres...
I watched the movie, "The Fifth Estate" via a DVD from our public library. The film was adapted from this book and some others (see below). I was mainI watched the movie, "The Fifth Estate" via a DVD from our public library. The film was adapted from this book and some others (see below). I was mainly interested in seeing the actor Benedict Cumberbatch who played the part of Julian Assange. IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1837703/?...
Below is a summary about the movie from my library catalog: ============================ "Summary: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg team up to become underground watchdogs of the very powerful. They create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society, and what are the costs of exposing them? " ============================
More about the film: "The Fifth Estate is a 2013 thriller film directed by Bill Condon, about the news-leaking website WikiLeaks. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as its editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange, and Daniel Brühl as its former spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
"The film's screenplay was written by Josh Singer based in-part on Domscheit-Berg's book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World's Most Dangerous Website (2011), as well as WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy (2011) by British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.
"The film's name is a term used to describe the people who operate in the manner of journalists outside the normal constraints imposed on the mainstream media." ABOVE INFO IS FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fift...
Added Dec. 13,2014. I thought the film adaptation was better than the book. In fact I loved the film. Here's the IMDb link to the film: http://www.imdb.coAdded Dec. 13,2014. I thought the film adaptation was better than the book. In fact I loved the film. Here's the IMDb link to the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1631891/?...
I listened to parts of the audiobook, Any Human Heart, and found it to be very disturbing (Logan Mountstuart's world of sex; his world of the art gallery business). The film adaptation was fascinating but not disturbing.
However, I noticed that most of the Goodread reviewers of the book loved it. In fact I've never seen more enthusiastic reviews.
I won't give it a rating because I didn't read enough of the book to be a good judge of it. All I know is that the parts which I listened to disturbed me.
PS-The film based on the book, Any Human Heart, is actually a sad story, but it still held my attention because of the unusual way the movie was presented and the unusual way the story was told by the author.
According to Wiki, the book begins with a quotation from Henry James:
Added 2/20/14. I watched "The Dead" via Netflix streaming. It's a film adaptation of one of the short stories in Joyce's book, Dubliners (first publisheAdded 2/20/14. I watched "The Dead" via Netflix streaming. It's a film adaptation of one of the short stories in Joyce's book, Dubliners (first published 1914).
The movie bored me. The last 10 minutes of the film is the most interesting part, even though it was very low-key without much to it except for some touching talk about the past.
Basically, most of the film is simply gatherings of people talking about mundane subjects (e.g., did you like the food; did you like the theater) You have to sit through boring "recitals", musical and vocal. Finally, the last 10 minutes gets to the more interesting part and is related to the title about "the dead". (view spoiler)[After a dinner party, a couple goes home. The wife (Angelica Huston) is very sad and tells her husband that the song sung just before they left the party had made her sad. It reminded her of a young boy she knew when she was young. The boy had died at the age of 17. She tells the story of how he died. The husband realizes that the boy had loved his wife very much and she had thought highly of the boy. The husband does a soliloquy about how we are all just passing through (my interpretation) and about how special it must be to have such a love as the boy did for her. (hide spoiler)] At any rate, the movie bored me even though the ending was something to think about.
INTERESTING COMMENT FROM AN ONLINE ARTICLE: "Gretta is prodded into remembering her long-dead lover. She tearfully reveals to her husband (Donal McCann) that the deceased boy may well have died on her behalf. Her tale of woe bespeaks the sentiment shared by James Joyce: no matter how long in their graves, the dead will always influence the living." FROM: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-d...
The movie seems to have been a "Huston" project. John Huston directs it. It was his last film. It was released posthumously. His daughter, Anjelica, stars in it. Tony Huston, his son, wrote the screenplay for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. I gave the movie one Netflix star out of 5 because it bored me and dragged on and on.
John Huston won the 1988 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director. Anjelica Huston won the 1988 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. See all the awards and nominations for the film here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092843/a...
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Added 2/7/14. (The book was first published in 2003.) Adapted to film. Great dialogue! Below are links about the film: "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007) httpAdded 2/7/14. (The book was first published in 2003.) Adapted to film. Great dialogue! Below are links about the film: "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472062/?... http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Charlie-... "Texas congressman Charlie Wilson sets a series of earth-shaking events in motion when he conspires with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in an Oscar-nominated role) to aid Afghan mujahideen rebels in their fight against the Soviet Red Army."
"A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects."
Director: Mike Nichols Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), George Crile (book) Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Added 1/14/14. I did not read this book. Instead I watched the movie via Netflix streaming in Jan. 2014. The book was first published in 1961. The moviAdded 1/14/14. I did not read this book. Instead I watched the movie via Netflix streaming in Jan. 2014. The book was first published in 1961. The movie was made in 1988.
This movie/book tells the story of the "Lexington & Concord" incident which started the Revolutionary War when the American colonies rose up against England.
"The 'April Morning' here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution." [from IMDb summary below]
The title, "April Morning", certainly doesn't give one hint about the real impact of the story. The film brought home for me the reality of LEXINGTON & CONCORD. By focusing on a few special characters, the story evokes a very personal response.
What stays with me after seeing this film, is the suffering of the families who saw their young sons go into battle. The film underscores the enormous sacrifice made by all the people of that time so that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.
IMDB LINK: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094673/?... =================================== IMDb summary: "The "April Morning" here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution. Faithful to author Howard Fast's somewhat revisionist view that the skirmishes between the Colonial militia and the British troops in Lexington and Concord (Massachusetts) were precipitated as much by fervent American patriots led by Solomon Chandler [fictional character ?] as by any "Redcoat" belligerence." FROM: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094673/p... ===================================
NETFLIX LINK: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/701... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Netflix summary: "Based on the penetrating novel by Howard Fast, this coming-of-age tale recounts the adventures of Adam Cooper (Chad Lowe), a teen caught up in the fight between American revolutionary forces and British Redcoats in the crucial Battle of Lexington and Concord. In the midst of the chaos caused by disgruntled colonists, Adam comes to terms with his demanding father, Moses (Tommy Lee Jones), and begins a romance with Ruth (Meredith Salenger)." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, HOWARD FAST: "Nobody has written more passionately or more vividly about the American Revolution than Howard Fast. The legendary living author of _Freedom Road_ and _Citizen Tom Paine_, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "Spartacus" and the triumphant survivor of Hollywood's notorious blacklist of the fifties, Howard Fast is a part of American history." FROM: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1......more
Added 1/3/14. The other night I watched a movie called "The Reader" starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. It was fairly compelling. It was also steaAdded 1/3/14. The other night I watched a movie called "The Reader" starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. It was fairly compelling. It was also steamy in parts. After I watched it, I realized I had seen it before. LOL Only toward the end did it seem vaguely familiar.
I would advise people not to read the summaries before seeing the movie or reading the book. The summaries are spoilers, IMO.
PS-This might be a good book for a group to read because there's a lot to discuss about the characters' motives. After you read it or see the movie, you might appreciate the discussion at the following link: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... CAUTION: Even this discussion is a spoiler. So don't even peek at it until your know the story....more
UPDATE 3/21/14: SEE THE FOLLOWING PAGE FOR MORE INFO about this book and about thinking in pictures: http://www.grandin.com/inc/visual.thi... Excerpt: Chapter 1: Autism and Visual Thought by Dr. Temple Grandin "I THINK IN PICTURES. Words are like a second language to me. I translate both spoken and written words into full-color movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head. When somebody speaks to me, his words are instantly translated into pictures. Language-based thinkers often find this phenomenon difficult to understand, but in my job as an equipment designer for the livestock industry, visual thinking is a tremendous advantage."
I believe that the above link is a way to read this book online....more
The soundtrack alone is worth the watch. In addition there's great acting and a story that draws you in.
Below is a user review from IMDb. It says it all: ----------------------------- "My entire reason for bringing this film home was the cast: Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro and Johnny Depp. Each of the actors are phenomenal and have talent in spades, and to see them all together in a film with such great characters was a delight.
However, this is one of those movies where there is no fast-paced, witty dialog, no car chases and no gratuitous sex. It is about the characters. Therefore, many will find its plot slow and dull. This movie was not made for mass appeal. Many will find it to be beautiful and meaningful, while others will not sit through the first half hour.
With that said, I will now say how much I loved this movie. It was visually stunning, superbly acted and has a score to match. ... Overall, I would have to recommend this to anyone who enjoys good character development/superb acting." (Above review was written by Josh Munsterman.) --------------------------------...more
Added 11/12/13 - Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks I did not read the book but the movie was great! A moving story which thoroughly drew me in. Netflix desAdded 11/12/13 - Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks I did not read the book but the movie was great! A moving story which thoroughly drew me in. Netflix description: ====================================== "This adaptation of the novel by Nicholas Sparks centers on a mysterious woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town and begins a new life but remains haunted by the terrifying secret that prompted her to travel across the country." FROM: NETFLIX: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Saf... ====================================== IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1702439/?...
Josh Duhamel played the male lead. Duhamel is incredibly attractive! Julianne Hough played the female lead. She was excellent in the part. Mimi Kirkland played the young daughter. She is absolutely adorable!...more
Added 10/18/13. I did not read the poem. Instead I watched the film described below. I found the film to be very slow-paced. It was moderately interestAdded 10/18/13. I did not read the poem. Instead I watched the film described below. I found the film to be very slow-paced. It was moderately interesting. So I watched it in bits and pieces. I agree with the following viewer comments at Netflix: "Native American life portrayed in a beautiful way in an idealistic setting." ... "Not a bad movie, although the dialog was not very impressive. Nice scenery and had a good message." ... "I only watched this movie because I wanted to see Native hip-hop artist Litefoot, who plays the leading role. Besides Litefoot, this movie has has a great cast of excellent Native American actors like Graham Greene, Adam Beach, Gordon Tootoosis, Sheila Tousey, and Irene Bedard."
"Song of Hiawatha" (1997) FILM - DVD FROM OUR PUBLIC LIBRARY (Oct. 2013)
NETFLIX DESCRIPTION: "In this film based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, a priest (David Strathairn), a French trapper (Michael Rooker) and an American Indian interpreter (Graham Greene) search for the legendary Ojibway leader Hiawatha (Litefoot). Although no one seems able to produce the brave chief, nearly everyone they encounter is happy to share tales of him, bringing to life the story of the bighearted boy who grew into a great and courageous warrior."
COMMENT AT A REVIEW AT IMDb: "I guess it held to Longfellow's imaginative poem okay, but the real story of the REAL Hiawatha, it is not." FROM: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120163/r... ====================================== BELOW ARE SOME RELATED COMMENTS FROM MY ONLINE GOODREADS BOOK GROUP:
Hiawatha - A fictional character in the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha (1855). It is loosely based on the legends. According to the legend, Hiawatha was a legendary Native American leader [a male] and co-founder of the Iroquois confederacy. Depending on the version of the narrative, Hiawatha lived sometime between the 15th and 16th centuries and was a leader of the Onondaga or the Mohawk, or both. [THIS INFO WAS GATHERED FROM WIKIPEDIA.]
I found some interesting info about Hiawatha at: http://pambies.tripod.com/hiawatha.html The article isn't too long and explains things well. EXCERPTS: "...nothing in Longfellow's poem relates in any way to the great Iroquois reformer and statesman."
"The hero of Longfellow's poem Hiawatha is drawn from the writings of Henry R. Schoolcraft, who had confused the real Hiawatha with a Chippewa deity."
Added 9/25/13. I did not read this book. I watched the film adaptation via Netflix: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180793/?... "The Last September" (1999)Added 9/25/13. I did not read this book. I watched the film adaptation via Netflix: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180793/?... "The Last September" (1999) "In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless. The niece enjoys romantic frolics with a soldier and a hidden guerrilla fighter. All of the principals are thrown into turmoil when one more guest arrives with considerable wit and unwanted advice."
Very stylized and hard to follow.
Berardinelli: http://www.reelviews.net/movies/l/las... "The Last September is a brooding, moody motion picture with a powerful atmosphere that emphasizes the sense of encroaching doom. ... The Last September does not represent a celebration of times gone by; instead, it is a sober reflection of the dangers of acting like an ostrich and sticking one's head in the sand."
Ebert: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the... "Deborah Warner's "The Last September" is set during the next act of the decline of the Anglo-Irish. It takes place in 1920 in County Cork, where Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, preside over houseguests who uneasily try to enjoy themselves while the tide of Irish republicanism rises all around them. British army troops patrol the roads and hedgerows, and Irish republicans raid police stations and pick off an occasional soldier. It is the time of the Troubles." ... "The movie is elegantly mounted."
Added 8/5/13. I recently enjoyed the Netflix DVD of the film adaptation of this book. (I did not read the book.) "Hitchcock" (2012) http://www.imdb.com/tAdded 8/5/13. I recently enjoyed the Netflix DVD of the film adaptation of this book. (I did not read the book.) "Hitchcock" (2012) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0975645/?... "A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Hitchcoc... "Iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock struggles with his marriage, the censors, and the financiers of his 1960 film Psycho in this biopic. Driven to prove he still has an edge, Hitchcock crafts what would become one of the greatest thrillers of all time."
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson
For those who are interested, here's a pic of Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, at Wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Rev... She was a strong woman and knew how to handle him. She also contributed a lot to his work, behind the scenes....more
Added 7/30/13. Kids would LOVE this DVD! Adults would too. ---> "The Elephant's Child", Told by Jack Nicholson with Music by Bobby McFerrin (1981)(RuAdded 7/30/13. Kids would LOVE this DVD! Adults would too. ---> "The Elephant's Child", Told by Jack Nicholson with Music by Bobby McFerrin (1981)(Rudyard Kipling's "Just So" story) I just streamed it from Amazon and I loved it!
The Bobby McFerrin's music alone is wonderful! Almost mesmerizing! The simple animation is superb. And you can't beat Jack Nicholson's voice.
"Rudyard Kipling's story of how the elephant got its trunk has always delighted children with its playful use of language and sense of high adventure. Never has there been a more satisfying rendering of Kipling's most beloved "Just So" story."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/A-Man-fo... "When Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) seeks approval from the English aristocracy to divorce his wife and marry commoner Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) finds himself caught between a murderous king and the powerful Roman Catholic Church. Richly crafted with a fine supporting cast, director Fred Zinnemann's period drama swept the 1966 Oscars, winning six golden statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director."
Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave Director: Fred Zinnemann
ABOUT THE TITLE: (FROM WIKI): ======================================= "The title reflects 20th century agnostic playwright Robert Bolt’s portrayal of More as the ultimate man of conscience. As one who remains true to himself and his beliefs while adapting to all circumstances and times, despite external pressure or influence, More represents 'a man for all seasons.'
Bolt borrowed the title from Robert Whittington, a contemporary of More, who in 1520 wrote of him: 'More is a man of an angel's wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity. A man for all seasons.'" FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_fo... ===================================== ADDENDUM: 5/5/15 - This same historical era is treated in the book, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (first published in 2009). The book was made into a TV series in 2015. WIKI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Hall IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3556920/?... AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Three-Card-Tric... "Having failed to secure the annulment of the King's marriage to Katherine of Aragon, Cardinal Wolsey is stripped of his powers. His hopes of returning to the King's favor lie in the ever-loyal Thomas Cromwell."
HISTORICAL NOTES FROM WIKI: *Thomas More - "a councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord Chancellor from 1529 to 1532 ... [his] "execution took place on 6 July 1535."
Thomas Cromwell - "served as chief minister to King Henry VIII of England from 1532 to 1540. ... beheaded on 28 July 1540."...more