Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility
(1995)

Starring :
Hugh (specializing in the did-I-do-something-wrong-Officer look) Grant.
Emma (specialising little-lost-dog look) Thompson

With
Hugh Laurie (“A Bit of Fry & Laurie”, “Blackadder”)
Alan Rickman (“Die Hard”, The Sheriff in “Robin Hood”)
Robert Hardy (“All Creatures great and small”)
and a few other actors frequently seen in British Dramas.

This is the story of a mother and her 3 daughters she is trying to
marry off after their father dies. Emma Thompson is the oldest, and two of the three are of marriageable age

All the women have heaving breasts and swoon at the sight of a
potential husband. All the men have collars around their necks and bow slowly on meeting everyone from the Queen to the local dog.

What is essentially a period drama has lots of laughs due to the
screenplay by Thompson (similar comedy to ex husband Ken Brannagh’s re-writing of Shakespeare)

The props department of the BBC has been used once again for the great costumes, and I am sure that parts of Great Britian have been kept out of the 20th century just for the film industry.

Overall, a good film and deserving of the recognition it got in the
Oscars.

The Net

The Net
(1995)

Starring Sandra Bullock (and other unknown (to me) actors).

Sandra Bullock stars as a computer cunsultant caught up in a web
of people out to cause chaos in computer systems.
As a thriller, it work well. The directing is well focused and delivers
in suspense and drama. The acting is believable and avoids the
stereotypes that could have easily been used.

To understand the plot you will need a basic understanding of computer terms, especially in regard to communications and security. The complete computer dunderhead will not understand the plot.

In order to get a good conspiracy theory going, the reality of
computerization has been extended beyond what the techno-freak
will regard as reality. It’s sufficiently close to reality that
the redneck will probably rant about the encroachment to their
civil liberties to carry sub-atomic machine guns.

If your an Intel PC Nut you won’t like this film.
If your a MAC User you will love it. (Only MACs are shown)

Overall 6/10 (and don’t study the plot too hard)

12 Monkeys


Twelve Monkeys

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Starring : Madeline Stowe, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer. Directed by Terry Gillian (The Fisher King, ex Pythonite)

A strange tale of time travel, madness and genocide.
Willis Joe Cole, a prisoner some time in the future. His is volunteered for the job of travelling back in time to determine who let out the virus that killed 90% of the worlds population. At first he goes back to 1990, after beating up two policemen, he is put in an insane asylum. There he meets Jeff (Brad Pitt) a seriously nutty teenager. He is assessed by Stowe, playing a psychologist.

The authorities bring him back to the future, them send him back to 1996. The virus starts killing people in December that year. There he again meets the still insane Jeff, and the psychologist. The remainder of the film is about finding the group 12 monkeys and explaining his strange dream.

The film is about 2 hours in length and drags at times. Given Gillian’s
last film “The Fisher King” and it’s social comments and morality, I was often wondering if there should be some meaning or comment apart from the narrative. My only conclusion is that it is about the futility of the human condition in this century, and that sometimes the certified insane are more sane than the rest of us.

Brad Pitt gets acting points for his suitably over the top performance. Something like a less hyperactive Jim Carey. Bruce Willis carries the film as the anti-hero Cole. His cynical roles in previous films are right for this rather morbid tale.

There isn’t any sex, little violence, little bad language and no thrills
or suspense.

Call it a strange SciFi tale. Still don’t know if I would recommend it,
so 5/10.

Now a TV Series

Jade City

Jade City
(The Green Bone Saga #1)
by Fonda Lee (2017)
 

Magical jade—mined, traded, stolen, and killed for is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. For centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.


This should be good, it has been…….

Shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award 2018
Shortlisted for the Nebula Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Locus Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Aurora Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Sunburst Awards 2018

Unfortunately the hype doesn’t add up to much. Firstly, the prose is good, and workman-like that serves its purpose.

There are just too many problems..
1. There just isn’t much of a plot.
2. It moves very slowly, to the extent that I gave up after 72%.
3. The characters all merge together, nobody has any real character.
4. Nothing really exciting happens.

VJ Day

Victory over Japan Day (also known as V-J Day, Victory in the Pacific Day, or V-P Day) is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end.

The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – to the afternoon of August 15, 1945, in Japan, and because of time zone differences, to August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands).

 

Break Bad S3

This is the season where things get darker. Walter and Jessie indulge in deception and murder. At the end they are fully on-board as full-time meth producers.

 

Eternal Wand

Journey Out Of Time
by Eternal Wanderers (2017)
Another strange find, this time from Mytishchi, Russia. Part space rock, electronic and avant-garde noise with wordless female vocals.

MUSICIANS
Elana Kanevskaya – Vocals, Keyboards, Samplers
Tatyana Kanevskaya – Guitars, Charango, Backing Vocals, Samplers
Dimitri Shtatnov – Bass, Backing Vocals, Analog Synths, Effects
Sergey Rogulya – Drums, Percussion