Monday, November 5, 2018

Movie Monday - 11/5/2018

Movie watching season is upon us...fa la la la la, la la la la!

(And Countdown to Christmas has begun on the Hallmark Channel; so, I've been recording all the new ones to start watching after Thanksgiving.)

RBG is a documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I learned many things that I didn't know about her. I wasn't aware of her prior work with women's issues. I rather think that makes her even cooler in my book. I liked it.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a lovely little period piece based on the book by the same name. It's set in the Channel Islands after World War II. Lily James plays Juliet, a writer who becomes intrigued with the town of Geurnsey and its Nazi occupied past. A handsome farmer named Dawsey (Michiel Huisman) helps sweeten the pie, pun intended. It was sweet and I liked it.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the memoir by Lee Isreal of the same name. Melissa McCarthy stars as Isreal, who wrote several biographies about powerful women in her heyday. However, tastes changed but she didn't; so, she found herself needing a job. She turned to forging letters and documents from famous people and selling them to make ends meet. Her partner in crime is played by Richard E. Grant. It was good.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a bit of the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen. Rami Malek plays Mercury. The actors that play the other three band members look a lot like the real band members. There is already controversy about the way facts were presented in the film, but I'm good with the movie and the acting. I liked it.

A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, is the third iteration of the story of rather famous boy meets talented girl. He encourages her talent until it starts to eclipse his. Drama ensues. I think I like this version the best. The acting was very good, the singing was phenomenal. Who knew that Bradley Cooper had musical talent? Wowsers! He was awesome! (Besides writing and performing some songs, he directed and produced the film. ...Wowsers!) Lady Gaga looked beautiful and her singing shined. I liked it.

There are more good movies coming out in the next few weeks, and I'll try to see as many as I can.

MK out.

Friday, October 26, 2018

FO Friday - 10/26/2018

I've finished a couple of things since we last spoke. In a departure from my usual format, I'm going to be brief. Crazy things are happening at Chez Merry Karma.

I made a hat for my niece, using a pretty pink colorway of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino: 

I made a pair of socks for The Husb, using the Yoda colorway of Must Stash Yarn and Fiber's Perfect Self Striping Sock:

I made a pair of socks for me, using the Hippo for Christmas colorway of Lolodidit's Everyday Sock. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Tart too (for the heels and a little on the cuff):

I finished one other thing, but I haven't completed the finish work; so, no pictures today.

MK out.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Book Chat - 10/25/2018

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff is a behind-the-scenes look at the first nine months of Trump's presidency. It was entertaining.

Fear by Bob Woodward is another interesting look at the first year or so of the Trump presidency. The prose didn't flow as smoothly as in Fire and Fury, but it was good.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is sooooooo GOOD! You must read it. Growing up in the marsh of a South Carolina coastal area, Kya is abandoned by everyone in her life at a young age. She is left to fend for herself.  A local neighbor teaches her to read and another pays her for the mussels she brings him to resell.  She grows up despite all the odds. That's all I'm going to say, because I really don't want to spoil it. Read it!

MK out.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Movie Monday - 10/22/2018

Wes Anderson directed the animated feature, Isle of Dogs, about a dystopian Japanese society that has removed all dogs to an island because of an outbreak of canine flu. The story follows a boy's search for his dog. It was quirky, as Anderson's projects tend to be. Many good actors (male and female) lended their voices to the characters. It was good.

Wild Oats, starring Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange and Demi Moore is about a recent widow (MacLaine) who receives $5 Million from her late husband's insurance company. She and her BFF head off to the Canary Islands to live it up a little. Sweet, huh? Except the insurance payout was supposed to be $50 Thousand. Add the insurance company investigator, a few scammers and odd and sundry men, and you have the makings of a rollicking good time. It was cute.

Charlize Theron stars in Tully, about a very tired mom of three (one unplanned and just born and one with an unrevealed developmental disorder). Her brother offers to gift her a night nanny. At first, she resists, but then she relents. The movie is basically about the relationship between the two women. It had some twists. It was good.

MK out.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Book Chat - 9/6/2018

I've read several books over the last few months. I'll just list them here:

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham
You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Bowling Avenue by Ann Shayne
Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

All were good.

MK out.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Movie Monday - 8/27/2018

The Zookeeper's Wife is based on a true story. The Warsaw Zoo was partially destroyed by German bombing early in World War II. The couple who owned it started providing a way station for Jewish people to help them get out of harm's way. Jessica Chastain stars. It had all the feels. It was good.

In Finding Your Feet, an aristocratic woman learns that her husband has been having an affair. She moves back in with her sister while she decides what to do next. Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall and David Hayman star in this humorous and poignant little film. I liked it.

MK out.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Movie Monday - 8/13/2018

In The Leisure Seeker, Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren star as a couple taking a trip in their vintage RV. It has cute moments, but it is rather poignant in light of what was going on in the big picture, as each person has a serious condition. Good acting, good story. I liked it.

Book Club is a cute chick flick with Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen. The four are longtime friends who for years have met once a month to discuss books and life situations. Each woman has a stalled love life for a variety of reasons, but when they read Fifty Shades of Grey for their club, it inspires them to take some risks. Of course, mayhem ensues. I enjoyed it.

Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a married couple in The Lovers. Both are engaging in longtime extramarital affairs. One day, after sharing an accidental kiss, they start seeing each other a little differently. It was good, but even though the ending made sense, I wasn't really happy with it.

MK out.