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A Good Year (2006)
A Good Movie
This is an entertaining movie. I watched it when it came out in 2006, and then recently read the book by Peter Mayle, in 2016. I re-watched the movie and noted some differences. I think the movie watered down, as it is, is just as good a story. In the book, Max quits his job within four hours of the story and he is destitute. In the movie, he resigns and gets a significant golden parachute, i.e. lots of zeroes. The book has more intrigue, with much emphasis on fraud, the lawyer and people impersonating police. In the book, Charlie Willis is a former brother in law and real estate agent, and just the latter in the movie. However, the movie is wonderful, the music enchanting, and now that I am familiar with Marion Cotillard, as Fanny, I am a happier person. Surprising how far down in the credits she was
Wine- Let's have a Glass
This show has a tremendous amount to convey about the wine industry. Its follow up on Television is called Uncorked. Both push the Sommelier job title into the same stratosphere that had been reserved for chefs. Sideways made wine tasting and discussion an acceptable pastime. Winery tours are must do side trips. In Sideways, Miles is pretentious and opinionated on wine. These people are what Miles wants to be. The movie includes Bo Barrett, the son of a legendary California wine maker at Château Montelena, in the movie Bottle Shock. I was fortunate to see SOMM before attending the Introductory Level course of the Guild. These guys and gals really are good. The tests are very difficult. And when they finally pass they get paid handsomely....and they deserve to be....
My Old Lady (2014)
Kline, Smith, Thomas, & Paris
Mathias Gold, (Kevin Kline) a derelict alcoholic with deep Freudian issues, is an emotional and economic mess, despite having grown up on Park Avenue. He inherits a 13 million EURO Parisian home from his emotionally distant, mostly absentee father, and he sees a way out of his financial situation. Arriving on the fumes of his last dollars, to sell the home, he is informed by the tenant, Mathilde, that the apartment is "en viager," kind of the French equivalent of a reverse mortgage with a buyer willing to bet on life expectancy in order to purchase a property beyond their means, and pay for it over time. Mathias can sell it, but only with the life encumbrance of the tenant, a fact that impacts the sale price. The 92 year old(Maggie Smith) also collects a stipend; he must pay her 2,400 Euros a month, in an inflation indexed contract, in addition to the initial amount paid by his father, many years ago, called the Bouquet, a term that is also used by Mathias in the movie to characterize a bribe or inducement. Kristin Scott Thomas becomes the salve for his emotional issues and the financial issues work out at the end in a predictable but satisfying manner.
Marie Bunel as Françoise Bellamy is the real keeper in this movie. In a world where nothing is as it seems, she is just as much an enigma. The scenery is the second best co-star in this flick.
The movie does move slow and if Gérard Depardieu gets any fatter he won't fit on the television screen. It will become a requirement that his movies must be watched at the cinema.
His performance is uninspiring. Save this movie for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
What would you expect for a man that sums himself up by saying, "I'm not a monster, I'm just a man who wants to pee."
Io sono l'amore (2009)
Great Story Tilda is fab
This movie has a family apparently at the top of the world, success, wealth, and three generations of happy people. It begins with a holiday meal in a wonderful mansion covered in a luscious snow, full of happy people in formal dinner attire. It ends with the mother running away with an indigent in a sweatshirt and dungarees. The family members are much more dysfunctional than they appear at first. The daughter quietly declares herself a lesbian and the brother bypassed for partnership is a bit unnerved. The story has a little King Lear and a little Titus Andronicus. All it takes is one mundane event to start a chain reaction. The favored son loses a foot race to an unknown chef, the chef becomes intertwined with the family and he has an affair with the mother. The favorite son tragically dies and the family shuns his fiancé' in the moment. The mother plans to leave her family to live with the much younger guy. The family unit, once at the top of the world, is destroyed and the outcome is left to your imagination.....and maybe the young lover has a little of Othello's Iago in him?
Spooks: Code 9 (2008)
This show is well developed, just like Spooks and MI-5. I had to buy it in Region Two format, but I already had a multi-region because I watch Spooks and Dalziel and Pascoe too. It is every-bit as enjoyable as Spooks series 1-8, waiting on Series 9. The cinematography is good and the Brit chicks are sexy as always. The concept of London after a nuclear explosion is a bit far fetched. I would have been interested if this was only about a different department, not new folks in a different world. With the recent dearth of good US based cops shows, this is a well needed respite. I keep hoping Harry, Roz or one of the old gang will show up, but the episode guides hints that they won't. Keep up the good work guys.
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Not very good
This movie is very weak. The title is Sex and the City. New York is one of the main characters and it is missing in action. The addition of Abu Dhabi must have been some type of product placement decision, as it made no sense- other products were rampant. This may have killed the franchise. The girls are getting a little long in the tooth and the lighting was not very flattering. Mr. Big was at his best...Charlotte was played perfectly....Miranda was sexy as usual....Carrie was too biatchy for me. Samantha didn't do it for me...sorry. I would not even recommend that you watch it on HBO....it is a waste of time....I was a huge fan of the series....Maybe this is why there is not Soprano's movie....
New Tricks (2003)
This is what BBC is all about
New Tricks is a wonderful Brit cop show. After you get used to BBC shows it hard to go back to the crap that American TV produces. The characters are stable throughout the multi year run and they have great chemistry. This show is one of many that I recommend, including Murphy's Law, Murder City, Life on Mars, MI-5, Dr. Who, Torchwood and Primeval. US shows like Numb3rs and NCIS may rival them, but we can learn a lot from the Brits. I've just ordered my second multi-region DVD player because the last four years of Tricks has not come out in the US. The good thing is the episodes are usually fuller and richer on the international DVDS. Come on BBC, give us some more good stuff.
Godzilla meets Blair Witch and Dr. Strangelove
This movie is not worth watching. I can best explain it as Godzilla meets Blair Witch and Dr. Strangelove. The persons that rated it as a ten must be on drugs. The theater was almost empty at the start and the feedback among patrons after the show was consistent. This show is a real waste of time. The sound is way too loud and out of control. The special effects are adequate, but why waste the technology to make this junk. Get a job or do some volunteer work, don't go to Cloverfield. It would be time well spent compared with watching this. I bet that if a poll were done that less than 1% would sit through this again. I would rather watch Milo and Otis again, or was it Otis and Milo....RR