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Roma is a fabulous Foreign Film based in New Mexico.  It won three Academy Awards, including Best Director, Alfonso Cuarón, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Achievement in Cinematography.  It was completely filmed in black and white, based in the 1970s.  Academy Awards and Nominations

This was the first film to win an Academy Award that only aired on Netflix/TV, and not in theatres.  I believe that in itself is absolutely amazing.

The acting was fantastic.  Everyone of the actors was outstanding.  I believed who they were portraying completely.  Whomever cast these actors to play these specific characters hit the mark.  Yalitza Aparicio, who played Cleo, the main character, should have won an Oscar for her performance.  Her character was shy, but strong; loving, but tough; smart, but not arrogant.  Her love for her adopted family knew no bounds.  Her pain was our pain; her joy was our joy.

I loved how the family she worked for had a duplicity about it.  The family treated her as a maid, but they also treated her like family.  And, the love that the family had for her grew out of adversity both hers and her adopted family.

I highly recommend this film.  It was breathtakingly beautiful, realistic and complex.  It has the flavour of older films, but with worldly issues and dynamic relationships that engage you and titillate your mind.

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At first I thought I’d be watching a period piece Western, but much to my surprise Longmire is a present day Western of sorts.  It takes place in the backwaters of Wyoming, and is a police crime story.  It includes a stark look at how Native Americans are treated, live, and how they are perceived by “Whites”, and interact with them as well.

The acting is excellent, Robert Taylor as Longmire has a perfect Western accent.  Considering he is Australian it is amazing I cannot even discern that he’s from Downunder.  He is excellent at playing the gruff, burly, mourning in silence, self contained, no nonsense guy.

The interaction Longmire has with the other characters is amazing.  His relationship with Vic, a deputy of his, is one where he basically treats her like one of the boys.  However, he is still the gentleman toward her.

Longmire has an amazing relationship with his Native American friend Henry Standing Bear.  It is at once fun with a dry sense of humour, bantering, and seriousness.

The writing is magnificent.  The characters are well defined.  I have enjoyed each episode.  At times it seems like they are just getting better and better.  Once in a while it won’t be a great one, but it will still be really good.

I highly recommend this show!  It is on Netflix.

 

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I thought I was open to watching most things all the way through, but alas I am not.  It turns out that I don’t like these series for various reasons.  But, look at the series I do like as well for several reasons.

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SERIES I DIDN’T LIKE
Borgia – horrible acting, terrible story line, gag me

Jack Taylor – love main actor Iian, but his character starts to get old, as the plot gets more desperate so does he and that gets boring.

Midsummer Murders – Very British, which is awesome, but could only watch two episodes

Money Heist – Boring and predictable

Collateral – Can’t even remember why I didn’t like this one.

Mossad 101 – Loved trying to understand the Hebrew, with my limited speaking ability.  However, it was predicable and boring as well as rather ridiculous.

Peaky Blinders – Love Cillian Murphy, and Sam Neill, but it gets brutally violent and has usual bad guy versus brut hometown hero.

SERIES I LIKE AND SUGGEST

The Crown – Absolutely marvellous!  Acting is fabulous, storyline is engaging, love historical accuracy.

Godless – Absolutely amazing!  Love Westerns!  Storyline is great, love Michelle Cockerny & Jeff Daniels!  Excellent acting.  Very violent, but can tolerate most of it.

Life in Pieces – Absolutely one of the best comedies of all time!  The actors are perfectly cast, the storyline is hysterical!

I am also watching non Netflix… These are the ones I like…

The Expanse – Love Sci-fi!  Took a little while to get into it, but now I’m hooked.

The Good Fight – Semi-redundant of The Good Wife of course, but like it cause I kind of miss The Good Wife.

The Blacklist – Mix feelings, because my move from Netflix to TV was not a smooth transition, so I missed some episodes.  Not happy to hear the Husband was killed off so he could star in his own program.  Also, this may soon be on my don’t watch list.

The Big Bang Theory – Still hanging in there with it.  Sometimes it is great, like Amy and Sheldon’s wedding.  Well done!

What lures me in to watch a series for the long haul?  Acting, plot, storyline, cinematography, direction, am I being entertained, and am I learning something of interest?

 

 

 

 

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IMDB – Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state’s attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Alicia Florrick

My take:  I binged watched this entire series.  Mind you I had the flu and needed something to occupy me during my two weeks of misery.  It did the trick, the series took my mind off being ill and throughly entertained me.

I like lawyer shows.  In this one I particularly liked the fact that so many actors who were on Law and Order surfaced for cameo roles.  Of course one of the main actors was on that show, Chris Noth from Law and Order, on this show he played Peter Florrick. There were others who were his partners in the Law and Order series.  I will see if I can gather those actors names, and characters they played.

Julianna Margulies played Peter’s “Good” wife Alicia.  I liked that Alicia, a lawyer, went from being a competent lawyer, to an extraordinary one.  However, it appears that along the way she lost sight of her morals.  It did seem in order for her to compete in her professional world she had to strengthen her back bone, and bend her ideals.  It didn’t help that her husband Peter was a philander and knew how to play hardball already.  One would say he was her mentor, but Alicia found others to become her role models.  Her love interest Will Gardner – Josh Charles, was a combination of ethics and slime.  He crossed over imaginary lines in a slick manner.

The criticism I have of the series, is the repeat performances of some of the clients.  I would say, they’ve been there, done that, got the tea shirt.  I did however, love lawyer Elsbeth!   Carrie Preston.  She had a dynamic personality and her quirkiness was amazing presented.  I also loved the character Michael J. Fox played, Louis Canning.  A disabled man who was smarter and more ruthless than just about anyone.  He used his disability without compunction.  He used it to draw sympathy and attention to his plight and away from the fact he was slaughtering any lawyer or witness that stood in his way of winning.  His playfulness with his character reflected the twinkle in Michael’s eyes that are still bright and shining as ever.

I didn’t like Alicia’s last lover, I don’t want to even bother to look up his name.  He was an arrogant, boring, snide, and spineless person.

I really liked the character Diane Lockhart, Christine Baranski. She was graceful, soft spoken, but strong and full of fight.  I love her as Leonard’s mom on the Big Bang Theory!  And I love her in the spin off The Good Fight. I like that the character Marrisa Gold – Sarah Steele, has followed Diane Lockhart into the followup series. I liked a lot of the characters and the drama that ensued.  Was it a super great series?  No.  Was it entertaining, engaging and interesting?  Yes!  Am I watching the follow up series, The Good Fight?  You bet ya!

The Good Fight can be summed up in this manner; back stab everyone in your firm and, everyone else you can think of.  Plot to get the win in court, no matter what the costs, human psyche, relationships, or otherwise.

I am at the point where I am catching up on a lot of series.  The total advantage of watching these on Netflix, NO COMMERICALS.  It is so worth the wait in some instances, so please stay with me as I catch up on less recent productions.  Hopefully you will find something you will want to catch up on as well.

 

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I won’t go into great detail about this comedic show.  My daughter and her fiance introduced me to this show.  In a word, it is hysterical!  It was love at first sight.  There was one episode, if my father was alive to see it, I think he would have laughed till he cried.  I gave out many guffaws and belly laughs and did cry!

I highly recommend this comedy series.  Maybe I’ve been watching The Big Bang Theory too long, because this seems 10 times funnier than that.

More on this soon… highly recommend seeing this ASAP!

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I was thrilled to see the most recent Star Wars film, The Last Jedi.  It had the feel of the very original films, Star Wars, and The Empire Strikes back.  However, it felt like a recap as well, which I suppose can be good and bad.  I imagine diehard Star Wars fans to be completely enthralled by this revisiting of the old films.  I have mixed feelings.  I understand keeping the fan base, but I think it bogged down the storyline and seem to be a “let us fit this recap into this part of the film”.  In particular, where there is yet another fight on the frozen tundra planet.  I did love the CGI ice foxes though; very creative and loveable.

My absolute most favorite part was the filming on Skillig Michael Island, Ireland.  The funny birds that were CGI were based on the puffins that live on this island.

I went to this island 34.5 years ago on my honeymoon.  Seasick all the way there and back.  Luckily for the Star Wars production crew, there is a helicopter pad.  See my pictures of Skellig Michael, on my blog Star Wars: The Force Awakens &; Skellig Michael Island: A Force to be Reckoned with!

Although a lot of the film was a rehashing of the other films, it has merit.  Yes, it is a overkill of good versus evil again, but I loved the fact that the next Jedi is a woman, Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

Everyone who went with me to the film agreed that Princess Lelia should have died when she was in a coma.  Not to be crass because Carrie Fisher then died in real life, but because her purpose in the storyline had become very limited.   She was barely a “Force” to be reckoned with.

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Tell me what you think of this film!

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Episode: First Wife

Outlander is back in all its glory!  I was a little concerned with the last episode, but all is well.

It has been 20 years between Jamie & Claire seeing one another & they are having growing pains.  They have to play catch up, but it is obvious it is painful.  Both of them had their own lives, albeit they were incomplete without one another, for years.  They had learned to live with the void, and even tried to fill it.

With Claire and Jamie ultimately facing their pasts and their present all at once is an overwhelming task.  I am sure the audience feels their emotional conflicts, and their pain at trying to get their indescribably intense love back on track.  Coming back together has pulled at their heartstrings and throws Claire a huge fact to be reckoned with… Jamie’s second marriage to a woman that tried to kill Claire.  And now I say, why hadn’t Claire told him the truth about her all those years ago?  They did after all, tell one another everything.

What do you think?

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