Monday, 23 April 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


At the end of World War 2 author Julia Ashton (Lily James) travels to the Island of Guernsey in the English Channel to learn about 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'. She uncovers a tale of civil resistance against the wartime occupying German forces and a tragic secret romance.

Quirky Britishness yet again but a cut above others of this genre.

✮✮✮½

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Truth or Dare


A group of college students from California spend their Spring break partying in Mexico where they get drawn into a deadly game of 'Truth or Dare'.

It is not only the characters who find themselves trapped in this B-Grade thriller predicament. The writers seem unable to extricate themselves from the dilemma too.

✮✮½

Inconvenient timing


The battery in my car key is approaching the end of it's life; methinks. Why doesn't this ever happen at the time my car is due for servicing? Very inconvenient.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Blogger; oh Blogger


Oh Blogger you are driving me mad. This morning I had to sign out of then into my Google account in order to make a comment on Andrew's blog and then immediately had to log into my Google account again to get into my own Blog.

Too many 'this device is not recognised' messages for my liking and anyway; what does that mean? I know what the words mean but why is this happening? I haven't purchased any new devices for a couple of years so why, all of a sudden, is Blogger treating me as a stranger?

Friday, 20 April 2018

I’m decayed

I’m very diligent about attending the dentist for a check up every 6 months or so. I don’t want my teeth to fall into such disrepair that I would need dentures. In recent years, despite my dangerously sweet tooth, I have maintained good dental hygiene and not needed any new fillings. Unfortunately the last check up brought an end to that. The X-ray revealed ‘some decay’ in a tooth. Worse still the decay was awkwardly located in a tooth which itself was in an awkward position.

The work was done yesterday. Forty minutes in the chair, two needles and what felt like a tunnel load of equipment clogging my mouth. Apparently the decay reached below the gum line Dr U informed me in a menacing tone.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ready Player One


'Ready Player One', a Steven Spielberg film, is one longish big screen computer game. Set in a grim looking virtual world the young hero (Tye Sheridan) sets out to find three keys that will lead him to a prized target. This is the puzzle set by the Virtual Game's deceased creator (a creatively youthful and nerdy Mark Rylance far removed from his usual Shakespearean roles).

Ben Mendelsohn, making a name for himself as a film villain, takes on the arch enemy role.

Virtual heaven for technology geeks.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Going Down

Sydney Theatre Company
Natalie Yang is a published writer. Still in her twenties, her autobiographical account heavy with steamy details of her sex life, has sold copies in the big city but isn't to the taste of the readers in rural Australia who prefer the work of her rival Lu Lu Jayadi.

Natalie's ambitions are central to 'Going Down' and her rivalry with Lu Lu is the plot focus of this one act play which has its moments. Bawdy and energetic Catherine Davies certainly gives everything but her character Natalie is a bit of a one note irritant.

✮✮½