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"JUDGING ELIZABETH POLDARK" To this day, I am amazed at the level of hostility directed at the Elizabeth Chynoweth Poldark character in the two BBC series titled, "POLDARK". Quite frankly, I find this hostility to be bordered on the level of a psychotic. Then it finally occurred to me. Perhaps... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rosiepowell2000's blog
The article below was first written following the original airing of the final Season Three episode of AMC' "MAD MEN": "MAD MEN": WANTED OR NOT - AN 'EMANCIPATED' DIVORCEE One of the events of THE Season Three finale of ”MAD MEN”, (3.13) “Shut the Door. Have a Seat”, turned out... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"BUCCANEER'S GIRL" (1950) Review I have always been a sucker for old films - especially those that are costumed flicks. Between my late teens and late twenties, I had developed a habit of watching old movies on late night television. One of those films was the 1950 comedy swashbuckler, "BUCCANEER'S... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"THE PACIFIC" (2010) EPISODE ONE "GUADALCANAL I" Commentary Seven years ago saw the premiere of the ten-part miniseries, "THE PACIFIC"; which was produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman. The miniseries focuses upon the lives and experiences of three U.S. Marines who had fought in the Pacific Theater... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is a list of my top favorite episodes from ABC's 1989-1992 Western television series called "THE YOUNG RIDERS". Created by Ed Spielman, the series starred Ty Miller, Josh Brolin, Stephen Baldwin and Anthony Zerbe: TOP FAVORITE EPISODES OF "THE YOUNG RIDERS" SEASON ONE (1989-1990) 1. (1.04) "Speak No Evil"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is an article about the English dessert known as Banoffee Pie: BANOFFEE PIE While watching an episode of the British television series, "THE SUPERSIZERS . . .", one particular dish caught my attention for the first time - namely a dish called Banoffee Pie. The latter is a dessert... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"THE FOUR FEATHERS" (1939) Review There have been seven versions of A.E.W. Mason’s 1902 novel, "The Four Feathers". At least three of them were silent films. In 1939, British producer Alexander Korda released the first sound adaptation of the novel. This version was also the first one to be filmed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"THE PUBLIC EYE" (1992) Review Over twenty years ago, I came across a small period drama, while perusing my local video rental store. I never had any intention of watching this movie. In fact, I had never heard of it before . . . despite being a fan of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"STAR TREK VOYAGER: LOVE ON A STARSHIP" I am not going to deceive myself and pretend that the relationship between Captain Kathryn Janeway and her First Officer, Commander Chakotay, lacked any chemistry. Of course there had been chemistry. Even a blind person could have sensed the chemistry between them just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is a list of my favorite movies set during the Vietnam War: TOP TEN FAVORITE VIETNAM WAR MOVIES 1. “Operation Dumbo Drop” (1995) - This Disney film is a loosely based adaptation of true events, as related by retired U.S. Army Major Jim Morris; involving the U.S. Special Forces... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
“POLDARK” SERIES ONE (1975): EPISODES FIVE TO EIGHT Last winter, I began watching the BBC’s 1975-77 adaptation of Winston Graham’s literary series about the life of a British Army officer and American Revolutionary War veteran, following his return to his home in Cornwall. The first four episodes proved to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is a list of my favorite episodes from Season One of the WGN's "MANHATTAN". Created by Sam Shaw, the series starred John Benjamin Hickey: FIVE FAVORITE EPISODES OF "MANHATTAN" SEASON ONE (2014) 1. (1.12) "The Gun Model" - Dr. Reed Akley, lead scientist for the Thin Man bomb design... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END" (2007) Review When I had first seen the trailer for the third installment of the "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN" franchise, I thought I was in for an overblown and possibly not very entertaining movie. Quite frankly, the trailer did not impress me very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"X-MEN: APOCALYPSE" (2016) Review Two years following the success of 2014's "X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST", Marvel Entertainment released a new "X-MEN" film set ten years after the previous one. The movie proved to be the fourth one directed by Bryan Singer. "X-MEN: APOCALYPSE" began in ancient Egypt, where the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
BECOMING "THE DARK ONE" I have a confession to make. I was disappointed at how Emma Swan became the new "Dark One" in the ABC series, "ONCE UPON A TIME". She did so by committing a noble act. And I found that . . . unsatisfying. The Season One episode,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH" (1988) Review Agatha Christie's 1938 novel, "Appointment With Death" has proven to be a problem over the past 70 years or so. If I must be honest, it is not a great novel. Considering the topic of emotional abuse, it had the potential to be great. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
I wrote this article about one of the major characters in the "NORTH AND SOUTH" Trilogy, written by John Jakes and adapted for television by David Wolper: "REMEMBERING VIRGILIA HAZARD" My recent viewing of my "NORTH AND SOUTH Trilogy" DVD set, led me to the "Special Feaures" section that featured... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is an article about the dish known as St. Paul Sandwich: ST. PAUL SANDWICH I am a California girl - born and bred. Yet, a part of me is also a Midwesterner. Most of my family - both paternal and maternal - are from St. Louis, Missouri. And I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES ONE TO FOUR In the years between 2010 and 2015, I have not been able to stumble across a new British period drama that really impressed me. Five years. That is a hell of a long time for a nation with a sterling reputation for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"THE GREAT RACE" (1965) Review During the 1950s and the 1960s, the Hollywood film industry had released many films that were later dubbed as ”blockbusters”. These films were made to compete with the growing popularity of television during the post-World War II era. Most of the blockbusters released during the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD" (1998) Review For years, I had made an effort to avoid any novel written by Thomas Hardy and any movie or television production based upon his works. This has nothing to do with how I felt about the quality of his work. My attitude sprang... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"THE MUMMY" (1999) Review As a rule, I dislike horror movies or thrillers very much. Not only do I dislike today’s slasher films, I am NOT a fan of the old horror classics that feature actors like Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Lon Chaney Jr., and Boris Karloff. In other words,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
THE COMPARISONS BETWEEN "MAYTIME" (1937) and "TITANIC" (1997) While watching the 1937 operetta that starred Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy - "MAYTIME", I noticed that the story and main characters bore a strong resemblance in story structure to a movie that was released sixty years later . . . namely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Billy Hazard had a brief appearance near the end of the third novel. Come to think of it, so did Brett. She had a bigger appearance in the 1994 miniseries, in Episode Two. Anyway, Billy and Brett had moved to California after the war, where Billy became a civil engineer. As for Maude Hazard . . . I haven't the foggiest idea. She had somewhat mysteriously disappeared before the end of the 1982 novel, without Jakes bothering to reveal what happened to her. She met the same fate between the 1986 and the 1994 miniseries. George and Constance had two children - William born in December 1848 and Patricia, who was born in December 1849 - in the first novel. For reasons I don't know why, the first miniseries had decided they would only have a daughter born about a month before the Civil War started. I guess the producers had decided to give back their two children - William and Patricia - for the third miniseries. It was Orry who had pushed Bent in the James River in the second novel. I thought he was dead . . . until I read the third novel. As for James Huntoon, I can only assume that he was murdered after Bent reunited with Ashton. I believe that he was killed by Ashton's lover, Of course Kyle Chandler and Lewis Smith bore no resemblance to each. John Stockwell and Parker Stevenson - who both portrayed Billy Hazard - looked nothing like each other. Neither did Wendy Fulton, Mary Crosby and Deborah Rush, who all portrayed Isobel Hazard.
"EDWARD AND MRS. SIMPSON" (1978) Review I have noticed in the past decade or so, there have been an increasing number of television and movie productions that either featured the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (aka King Edward VIII and Mrs. Wallis Simpson), either as supporting characters or lead characters.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog