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Nancy A. AZ

I just read your recent Movie Views....and I just wanted to thank you and Gary for putting that out!!!  I really look forward to it and I trust your judgement on movies.  There are sooo many things to watch out there and you can't really use the reviews online...they are all over the place with I really appreciate yours.  Right now I only have Hulu, Amazon and a free trial of Apple.  On Apple I've enjoyed Ted Lasso of course and I've been watching Mosquito Coast too.  Justin Theroux is good and turns out he's the nephew of the novels author. (It's entertaining...but not perfect).  On Hulu I'm enjoying Fleishman is in Trouble...finished The Handmaids Tale and Only Murders in the Building.  Candy was morbid...but good.  I also enjoyed The Dropout and Dopesick.  I enjoy series because I can get my fix in less than 1 hour!!  On regular TV Alaska Daily has been good too. (Barb’s note: Hulu has the series, too, if you want to stream it.)


Holly V. IL

I’m not a crier but when they played “I’ll Be Seeing You” while Oppy was dying I cried.

Thanks for recommending both the documentary Tina and The Way He Looks.  Both excellent.

I watched Lady Chatterley’s Lover on Netflix.  Really good.

            I want to see Rosaline but couldn’t find it on Netflix.  That is where you saw it, right? (Barb’s reply: I had it wrong in Movie Views. It was on Hulu. Sorry about that.)

Sandy H. AZ

Thank you so much for sending this out! Bill and I talk about going to the movies more often and your reviews will facilitate our plan. We will save them for reference later and sign up for your monthly edition.


Anne G. CA

Thanks so much for continuing to send this monthly update. Perhaps because we are in the same range your recommendations seem often designed with me in mind! You always include something I would never have thought about watching -- this month Mad About You which I know I will enjoy over the holidays. I am also looking forward to your review of Three Pines, probably next month. Louise Penny is one of my very favorite authors and I am hoping this series does her proud. 


Charlie P. IL

I read the review of Becoming Frederick Douglass with glee. A little bit of a personal story on the topic: I have read David Blights’ consummate biography of Frederick Douglass.  It is rich, deep, detailed and LONG… In my view he was likely the seminal figure for abolition and awareness of the enslaved African American in our country’s history.  He should be on Rushmore. Mimi and I stopped in Rochester, NY on our way to Canada in late summer this year in hopes of seeing a memorial or historical marker of the man. Rochester became his home where he published his newspaper, where he raised his family and his launch site for endless oratory campaigns.  Sadly, the town had very little in remembrance but a internet car tour where his home and even neighborhood have been demolished. The only tangible asset was his gravesite alongside his wife and daughter. I am glad we made the stop as I was curious and we were so close.  But, I was heartsick there was not more of a commemoration and acknowledgement of what he means to his people and indeed America.


Isabel J. CA

Did you see Three Thousand Years of Longing? We haven't been going to the theater as much since Covid, but I really enjoyed that one and was glad to have seen it in the theater.


Art S. IN

            Went with a friend to see the new movie, The Fabelmans last night. It was said to be somewhat autobiographical about Steven Spielberg, showing how he became fascinated with movies at a young age. It was written by Spielberg along with Tony Kushner, and the screenplay was well done. It showed a seemingly close-knit family that kept moving around because of the hard-working father's job changes. The two actors who played the Spielberg character, one as a child and one later as a teen, were both excellent, as was all of the cast. I've always liked Michele Williams and she did a very good job in this role, but whoever decided on her hair style really should go back and learn the trade. There were several scenes in the movie, just how many is difficult to tell, that Spielberg has mentioned during his time as a director, that helped add to the veracity of the story, but just how many were actually true is difficult to tell. One is about meeting the famous director, John Ford, who directed several of the movies Spielberg really liked. Ford gave him a short, gruff meeting but told him a detail about photography that he remembered all of his life. His parents divorced and this had a major impact on him and his interest in film-making, as did many examples of antisemitism/bullying when he was in high school in California. It was a long movie--2 and a half hours--but it did tie things up rather carefully at the end. I thought it was going to end twice before it actually did. Don't want to give away any of the secrets revealed in the movie. We both liked it a lot and were surprised by the content, as well.

            Went with a couple of friends late this afternoon to see the new movie, Memories of My Father. It was one of the best movies I've seen this year. It was a film in Spanish with subtitles but don't let that turn you off. It was beautifully photographed in color and in black and white, depending on the time period it was covering. It was about a medical doctor/human rights activist in Colombia and was unabashedly sentimental. The cast was excellent, especially the two actors who played the son at different ages, the wife, and the doctor himself. It had a beautiful musical score. It was based on a true story and the relationship between the father and his only son in a family full of daughters (I think there were five of them) was astounding. The mother was also especially good. It wasn't afraid to take unpopular stands politically or religiously. It has lessons that are still relevant not only in Colombia today, but also in our own country. It was mainly the story of a good man who tried to do the right thing and avoid violence, but violence seems to always be around to get rid of men like him and Martin Luther King and the Kennedys, etc., etc. It was in many ways a beautiful film that I didn't find at all saccharine like some reviewers have described parts of the film. But even those who have said that the wonderful ensemble cast and the director overcame that characterization. We were the only three people in the theater at the 4 p.m. showing, which was the only time it was shown today. I heard an ominous opinion today on NPR that perhaps people will never return to seeing movies in theaters as they did pre-pandemic, but they prefer streaming them in their homes on TV, and the reporter said that the same lack of attendance was true for symphonies and classical music.

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