Probably not a good time to watch ‘Richard Jewell’, but glad we did

Still shot from film 'Richard Jewell'
Still shot from film ‘Richard Jewell’. Paul Walter Hauser gave an amazing performance of the title character.

We were in search of a film to watch in these trying times, and we settled on Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell. The Coronavirus epidemic is upending my innate distrust of the federal government, because right now, we pretty much have to trust different tiers of government, at least on some level.  So this probably wasn’t a good time to watch a film like this. Continue reading “Probably not a good time to watch ‘Richard Jewell’, but glad we did”

Oscars on social media better than the show; one standout speech

Renee Zellweger Berlin International Film Fest. 2010
Actress Renée Zellweger, member of the international jury, arriving at the opening of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 2010). Photo credit Seibbi via Wikipedia.

Did you watch the Academy Awards on Sunday? I didn’t. I never watch the celeb class TV galas. You don’t have to watch it live, you know. Continue reading “Oscars on social media better than the show; one standout speech”

In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
My husband and I try to find programs we can enjoy together, and we often fail unless it’s college football. I usually end up reading or writing after we eat and spend time together each evening. Last week I was scrolling around on Amazon Prime and saw a series that looked interesting—A Very English Scandal.

I didn’t pay attention to who was in the BBC production. I remembered the sizzling reportage about the Jeremy Thorpe scandal from the 1970s when I was young and blessedly oblivious to most politics.

We began to stream the show, and after a few seconds, I said, “Wow! That’s Hugh Grant.” Continue reading “In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant”

Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes

Image from @rickygervais on Twitter
Image from @rickygervais on Twitter

Awards shows for US royalty aren’t my thing, but media have gone wild over the Golden Globes hosted by Ricky Gervais last night. Most outlets are focusing on his insults to the tinselati who attended the gala.

Most are ignoring his comments about “woke” companies and their chummy relationship with China, a relationship that by necessity includes the communist party in that authoritarian country. Continue reading “Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes”

Jack Ryan, Season 2, satisfies and mystifies as some critics miss the Venezuela boat

Photo of Mt. Roraima in Venezuela from CIA World Fact Book.
Photo of Mt. Roraima, the world’s highest tabletop mountain, in Venezuela from CIA World Fact Book.
Promo poster from Amazon Prime
Promo poster of Jack Ryan from Amazon Prime

Tom Clancy’s ‘Jack Ryan’ is back on Amazon Prime for Season 2, and it’s not surprising to see some critics completely miss the boat. Venezuela is the location for this season, and the story is vintage screen version Clancy.

Secret mining ops for a valuable mineral. Corruption within a brutal government regime. Sophisticated technology that has to do with the South China Sea—this last aspect is a bit confusing, I admit. Overall, though, this is one series you want to watch from start to finish. Continue reading “Jack Ryan, Season 2, satisfies and mystifies as some critics miss the Venezuela boat”