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‘1917’ will leave you deeply moved and inspired

You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the merits of the Sam Mendes movie 1917 which is currently showing in local theatres. It’s impossible to watch this movie and leave the theatre without being incredibly moved. Several thoughts occurred to me as we were watching the film, apart from the tragic futility and waste of life associated with war. I experienced the…

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Don’t trust movie critics. Be your own judge.

I love going to the movies. Well, no doubt it has a lot to do with the warm popcorn and the bucket of Diet Coke I treat myself to, but the bottom line is I really enjoy a matinee with my honey or a couple of girlfriends. One thing I’ve learned, however, is that movie critics and I don’t always have the same taste or…

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Midway the movie is midway to being good

The early snow in Toronto finally let up long enough to let us go catch a matinée of the newly-released movie, Midway. As history buffs, both my honey and I were looking forward to seeing it and its release around Remembrance Day made it particularly relevant. Running slightly more than two hours, we felt we got our money’s worth, despite the usurious prices for popcorn…

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We did Downton and it was delightful, dahlings

For anyone who needs a break from the endless, soul-crushing media frenzy about Justin Trudeau’s brownface debacle (and who doesn’t need a break from that!), I highly recommend going to see Downton Abbey, the movie. This high camp costume drama set in the mid-1920s is just what we needed to relieve the never-ending onslaught of nasty, boring pre-election press. My boomer gal pals and I…

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The Farewell is a movie worth going to see

  Writer and Director Lulu Wang’s indie movie The Farewell has been getting a lot of media attention lately for its sensitivity and deviation from standard Hollywood themes. Filmed primarily in Mandarin with English subtitles, it’s the story of a Chinese-American girl’s reaction to the news her grandmother in China is dying of cancer. It’s a universal theme and appeals to anyone who has lost a…

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I finally managed to see The Beatles Yesterday today

The Beatles or The Stones? In answer to the Proustian question, I’d have to say I’m definitely more of a Beatles fan. I love some of the early Stones’ music like Time is on My Side, and Satisfaction never fails to rev me up, but overall my loyalty inclines more toward The Beatles. The sensitivity and poetry of She’s Leaving Home, Eleanor Rigby  and their many other…

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