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   MeiDei  Re-posted from the Movie & Reviews Wall: In searching for more quizzes I came across an extremely well done made for TV movie that, according to IMBd, was not distributed here in the States. Many excellent actors [you will easily recognize in this period piece spanning the last years of Elizabeth the 1st, primarily about Mary Queen of Scots & the rise to power of her son James the First. The title is "Gunpowder, Treason & Plot" - how historically accurate it is I don't know, enough perhaps but it's sending me to do more research.
Pt 1 (1 hr. 40 mins. ) is here:
Pt 2 (equal length ):
March 16 at 18:38 EST .

   8 people like this.

   MeiDei  After some research, I found this most accurate with some assumptions of the past being hinted at (James' affections, that have, in the 10 years since this production, been dispelled as gossip against him for political reasons ). If I had to find fault, Robert Carlyle [while perfect for the part] is too old for the young James VI & probably, for time restraints, his time line was accelerated. Historians today don't conclude that the first years of his marriage began with contention - that came later. Yet even at the end there was a special bond between them & he truly mourned Anne's death. The film only shows 3 of his children, when they had 9, 7 of which were live births but only 3 reached adulthood. His infirmaries were gout & arthritis mainly - rather than what seemed to me - a club foot. The acting of the other characters was exceptional & believable. A few token sex scenes of short duration & one of Emelia Fox naked. The hostilities between Scotland & England were over during James reign.
March 17 at 18:58 EST .

  2 people like this.

   M2  Has anyone seen the Spanish TV series called "Velvet"? It's set in the late 50's in Madrid.It's a love story wrapped around a fashion house. It's a little like Downton Abbey only Spanish. Good acting and characters. Waiting for Season 2. Recommend.
March 15 at 16:48 EST .

   10 people like this.

   NotaBene  Yes, I love Velvet. Waiting for season 2 also.

There is also Gran Hotel, also in Spanish, 47 episodes. I really enjoyed it. It is about a family that own a hotel.
March 22 at 12:28 EST .

   MeiDei  Downton Abbey Season 5 has ended, what are your thoughts about it? Violet's vulnerability & her final acceptance of Mrs. Crawley touched me. Can Mary ever accept Edith, or her baby? Will the new guy Mary has set her sights on return her interest [she seemed needy at their parting]? Has Barrow discovered doing good is better than plotting evil? What do you expect in the final Season 6?
March 3 at 10:49 EST .

   13 people like this.

   Richdet  I have watched DA since its first episode, but I would say this is the first season I have begun genuinely to enjoy most of the characters (one exception being Bates, whom I find sometimes tiresome, which I blame partly on the actor ). By this season the characters displayed so many layers -- e.g., Mary has become less sympathetic a character, but Thomas much more so. The new sub-plots -- the Dowager's back story, the conflicts between the Dowager's "staff," the inter-faith romance -- struck me as inspired ways of opening up familiar characters and extending the story lines.

Part of me wishes Julian Fellowes would let up on the Bates/Anna tribulation, but I give him credit for not easing up on that story. It is brave of him to keep defying the audience expectation that at long last he will finally go easy on those two.
March 4 at 10:59 EST .

  3 people like this.

   BirdsNest  We managed to get a copy of "Fried Green Tomatoes" and watched it last night. I had forgotten how much I liked that movie. Jessica Tandy. Kathy Bates(she was really pretty, beautiful skin ) and others, just a sweet movie.
February 12 at 10:29 EST .

   14 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Last night we watched "St. Vincent" with Bill Murray, Melissa Mc Carthy,Naomi Watts,Chris O'Dowd and some unknown young boy whose name I cannot remember.

Obviously not a vehicle for greatness for MM, she played the mom, kind of low key. Naomi Watts was a tough-as-nails "dancer", O'Dowd played a priest(good job, I thought ), Bill Murray as an aged curmudgeon...heck of a job . Multi feceted role for him, surprises all along the way, there was a lot of depth to his character. The young boy was unbelievable. This film brought us to tears several times. We will be looking for a copy to watch it again, the one we had came from RedBox.
February 20 at 08:12 EST .

  3 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Last nights movie "Jersey Boys"
Loved the music, even Hagar who is such a grinch for popular music loved it.
March 17 at 06:56 EST .


Political ad for Bibi...wish I could vote for him!
February 2 at 19:38 EST .

   15 people like this.

   MeiDei  Anyone watching "Grantchester" after Downton Abbey? That vicar is nice on the eyes & the character he plays is not bad either.
January 25 at 19:27 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Richdet  Have caught up with the first two episodes of "Grantchester," and like it very much. In episode 2 I encountered the usual problem of a couple of British actors sounding like they had marbles in their mouths, and had no idea what they were saying. Fortunately, I was able to follow the mystery plot nonetheless.

I also found the History Channel's "Sons of Liberty" about Sam Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere et al in the run-up to the Revolution a good way to get through the blizzard.
January 30 at 12:20 EST .

  11 people like this.

   RoseOfTexas  We have been...but we wait for Monday night re-runs when it comes on an hour earlier. "What the Dickens?!"
February 2 at 19:40 EST .

  5 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Last night we watched "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise. An exhausting film, I say that because this morning I feel like I have been punched all night.
January 21 at 08:55 EST .

   16 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Star Trek Into Darkness was last night's movie. We have watched it untold times. Our DVD library is large, but we have watched most of them more than once. Can't wait for warmer weather and yard sales where we can find $1 DVD's. Learned the hard way to open the box, check out the dvd for scratch lines. We have a couple that won't play because they are a mess on the back. I guess it is too much trouble to replace the disk after viewing. Now I know.
January 22 at 08:16 EST .

  9 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Thrift store had a pristine copy of "The Replacements" for $2, it came home with us. Gene Hackman was enjoyable and made us laugh. Needed that after yesterday-what a frustrating day it was.
January 23 at 08:34 EST .

  13 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Last night's dinner and a movie choice was "Draft Day" with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. Actually this was the second time we have watched it in 2 days. I am not a fan of sports but I do like movies about sports, go figure. And never in a million years would I have thought such things go on during the hours prior to the actual draft.
February 1 at 08:07 EST .

  9 people like this.

   RoseOfTexas  I loved Draft Day! I love football, but to me this was more about "the art of the deal" - negotiating what the different factions (owner, fans, QB ) were demanding & following the vision he had for the team, as well as manipulating the other teams' "deciders."
February 2 at 21:31 EST .

  12 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Rose, we have watched this 4 times in 5 days. Each time we catch a previously un-noticed detail in the background. I love the art of the deal. Sonny goes from a donkey to a superstar. It is an exciting movie. The music the sound effects all add to the build up of the game. The deal.
February 4 at 09:54 EST .

  10 people like this.

   MeiDei  this probably could go on the travel wall but I thought it might get more views here:
Travel Alberta "This is the closest thing to 3D that you will see on a computer!
Amazing! 1080p Hi Def Be sure to watch on full screen and turn on your sound. Extremely well done and every scene leaves you wanting to see more".
January 15 at 23:32 EST .

   15 people like this.

   MeiDei  Here's the trailer for "Wolf Hall" BBC adaptation of the book by the same name - Damian Lewis stars as Henry VIII. It's showing now in the UK - hope it gets picked up by PBS.
January 15 at 08:24 EST .

   20 people like this.

   MeiDei  PBS did pick up Wolf Hall coming soon.
February 6 at 17:08 EST .

  6 people like this.

   MeiDei  Downton Abbey - Theme song, did you know there are lyrics for it? Check it out here:
January 11 at 17:05 EST .

   17 people like this.

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