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   StormCnter  I just finished a Dorothy Rabinowitz review of a PBS Masterpiece series beginning tonight. "Home Fires". Here is Rabinowitz's opening paragraph:
In the Cheshire village of Great Paxton, uniformed men rumble by in army trucks, daily reminders to the villagers of the men who will inevitably soon be called up. The time is 1939, three weeks after Britain’s entry into the war against Germany, and the members of the local Women’s Institute are struggling to decide their role in this national emergency.
I think I will like this one. Rabinowitz says Season 2 has been assured, too.
October 2 at 10:08 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Keep the Home Fires Burning

They were summoned from the hillside
They were called in from the glen,
And the country found them ready
At the stirring call for men.
Let no tears add to their hardships
As the soldiers pass along,
And although your heart is breaking
Make it sing this cheery song:

Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away
They dream of home.
There's a silver lining
Through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out
'Til the boys come home.

Overseas there came a pleading,
"Help a nation in distress."
And we gave our glorious laddies
Honour bade us do no less,
For no gallant son of freedom
To a tyrant's yoke should bend,
And a noble heart must answer
To the sacred call of "Friend."

Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away
They dream of home.
There's a silver lining
Through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out
'Til the boys come home.
October 2 at 21:34 EST .

  4 people like this.

   MeiDei  In case you missed the article on Downton A. (starts later this month in the UK ) here it is from Jim Carter's interview:
September 13 at 09:00 EST .

   12 people like this.

   NotaBene  M2, Season 2 of Velvet is out in Netflix. It is wonderful, just finished watching it today.
July 6 at 02:24 EST .

   13 people like this.

   Flaming Sword  My favorite is Acorn TV. It's all British Tv. Comedies, series,mysteries,drama. It's wonderful $4.99. per month or 49.00 per year.
You can get a free month and cancel it if you don't like it. But you won't.
I watch it constantly. Go take a look.
June 4 at 21:31 EST .

   17 people like this.

   RoseOfTexas documentary on the life of Navy SEAL Michael Murphy in honor of Memorial Day
May 24 at 21:21 EST .

   17 people like this.

   Gram77  Has any one seen In Pursuit Of Honor? I have never heard of it but found a review on YouTube. It looks quite good and apparently a true story.
May 12 at 13:48 EST .

   13 people like this.

   MeiDei  Reposting this from the Movie Wall for you.
1995 HBO Movie In Pursuit of Honor with Don Johnson & Gabrielle Anwar

A group of cavalry men defy orders to destroy hundreds of army horses. - Written by Rob Hartill

Based on a true story. In 1932 some American soldiers risked their lives and career for the respect to the horses who fought with them in their battles. Having disobeyed a direct order, the men are pursued by the military, but now the bullets aren't just aimed at the horses. General MacArthur himself ordered the shooting of 509 healthy horses in order to prepare the army for a foreseeable world war.
May 19 at 09:05 EST .

  18 people like this.

   MeiDei  The youtube link is the full movie, just watched it & happy to have. Enjoy.
May 19 at 10:58 EST .

  13 people like this.

   M2  Have just watched "Whiplash", probably the best film we've seen in a decade. If you can get past the exceptionally "creative" profanity (which I believe is necessary in this film ), the emotional roller coaster ride is exceptionally well done. I had no idea J.K. Simmons was such a talented actor. In any case, this is intense, intense, intense. It will wind you up like a top and whiz you around until you're ready to drop. Did I say it was intense?
May 5 at 06:43 EST .

   17 people like this.

   Gram77  Glad to hear a review. Hubby and I really like Simmons and I think I'll see if Redbox has it.
May 12 at 13:46 EST .

  13 people like this.

   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 .

   17 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 .

  18 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 .

   18 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 .

  14 people like this.

   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 .

   26 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 .

  16 people like this.

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