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Films and Feet

One of the benefits of being hobbled with a cast is the ability to feel justified for doing something I want to do anyway.  We’ve been busy watching films lately.   I’ve said repeatedly that I’m a movie junkie.  When I was working, one of my treats was to rush through my Saturday morning chores and dash off to an early afternoon showing.  Add a healthy (as in large) popcorn and diet coke lunch and –boy– was I set.

I’m a avowed anglophile — notice my handle on this blog?  What an easy way to “visit” England without the expense of a plane ticket!  So watching British television series on dvds is fun for me.  I’m especially fond of the detective shows.  I’ve even got Bruce hooked on them, such as The Last Detective series starring Peter Davidson — known to some as one of the actors who has played Doctor Who and also who played the brother, Tristan, from All Creatures Great and Small.  He is just bumbling enough to be endearing and astute enough to solve the crime.  We’re currently working on the Inspector Lynley series.  I’d read some of the books by Elizabeth George before it became a series.  We’ve already worked our way through Brother Caedfael — again from the books by Ellis Peters. The Midsomer Murders are on the Netflix queue too.  They’re nice to watch too because they are usually shorter than full length films — about an hour.

However, we saw two great films over the weekend.  One was Nothing but the Truth about a journalist and the extremes she exercised to protect her source for an inflammatory story.  The other was The Blind Side, which has been so popular, but we missed in the theater for one reason or another.  It was just as good as everyone said it was.  Both films were thought-provoking.   It’s good to enjoy a film and enjoy it even more by mulling it over the next day.   That’s really getting our money’s worth!

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More Bang for the Buck

If you haven’t watched “The Big Bang Theory” on Monday nights on CBS, please do. It’s on early — 8 PM EDT.  It starts its new season this coming Monday. For those of us who especially love and appreciate the beloved nerds in our lives, this program celebrates geekdom (or is it geekhood, or nerddom or nerdhood?) at its best. The characters are lovable even with all their idiosyncrasies. Actually their problems are ones we all have suffered at some point, and to some degree — just exaggerated because they are such geeks.  The truth is — we’re all nerdy about one thing, at least.  And that’s the point, of course.

We have a church class on Monday evenings, so the VCR is set to record it; we’ll watch it when we get home!  Join us!

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I love British TV. On NetFlix I’m able to order lots of their series. We’ve been watching a lot of murder mysteries lately. Hetty Wainthrop, Detective is a series about an older British housewife turned detective who gets help from her young assistant, Geoffrey and her husband, Robert. Patricia Routledge, from Keeping Up Appearances, plays the title role. Although she says, “I don’t investigate murders, that’s police business” there still seems to be a dead body lying around and an ancillary mystery she is able to solve.  Hetty reminds me of a British friend, very matter of fact and practical.

We’ve also rented Rosemary and Thyme. They are two ladies who are horticulturists (how could you not be, given those names?) and again, dead bodies pop up in the gardens. Needless to say, the photography is glorious, showing beautiful houses and gardens. They drive an old beaten-up Land Rover with a grinding transmission. One of the actresses, whose name escapes me at the moment, played the wife on Good Neighbors years ago.

Bruce particularly likes Brother Cadfael. Set in medieval England, the monk is a former soldier, and a current herbalist. Again, lots of dead bodies pile up around the monastery, in between matins and vespers and compline.

We found a new one called Eleventh Hour in which a scientist for government research tracks down issues that are scientifically based. The main character is played by Patrick Stewart, Captain Picard to some of you. His sidekick is a female bodyguard. The first episode dealt with cloning and why it is not good even though it’s possible to do.

Lined up for later are Rumpole of the Bailey, and Ruth Rendell Mysteries and The Last Detective.  Rumpole and She Who Must Be Obeyed, are in several series not shown here in the USA.  So it looks like we’ll be stepping around corpses (metaphorically speaking, of course) for some time.

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