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"FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM" (2016) Review After the 2011 movie "HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART II" hit the movie theaters, I had assumed that would be the last film set in J.K. Rowling's "wizarding world of Harry Potter". Her 2007 novel, "Harry Potter and the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES FIVE TO EIGHT Within the past year, I had developed a major interest in author Winston Graham's 1945-2002 "POLDARK" literary saga and the two television adaptations of it. Series One of the second adaptation produced by Debbie Horsfield, premiered on the BBC (in Great Britain)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA" (2008) Review Based upon James McBride's 2003 novel and directed by Spike Lee, "MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA" told the story about four black soldiers of the all-black 92nd Infantry Division who get trapped near a small Tuscan village on the Gothic Line during the Italian Campaign... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"WASHINGTON SQUARE" (1997) Review I suspect there might be a good number of movie fans who have seen William Wyler’s 1949 movie, "THE HEIRESS". This film, which led to a second Academy Award for actress Olivia DeHavilland, was based upon both Henry James’ 1880 novel, "Washington Square", and the 1947... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is a list of my five favorite episodes from Season One of the British series, "INDIAN SUMMERS". Created by Paul Rutman, the series starred Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel, Jemima West and Julie Waters. FIVE FAVORITE EPISODES OF "INDIAN SUMMERS" SEASON ONE (2015) 1. (1.10) "Episode Ten" - In this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is a list of my five favorite episodes from the WGN series, "UNDERGROUND". Created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, the series stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge: FIVE FAVORITE EPISODES OF "UNDERGROUND" SEASON ONE (2016) 1. (1.05) "Run & Gun" - The attempt by the escapees from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"FIVE LITTLE PIGS" (2003) Review "FIVE LITTLE PIGS". That is the name of this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1942 novel. Who would have thought that a story with a title straight from a nursery rhyme would lead me to view it as one of the best screen adaptations of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" (2009) Review About a year or so before his popular television series, "DOWNTON ABBEY" hit the airwaves, Julian Fellowes served as screenwriter to the lavish biopic about the early life and reign of Britain's Queen Victoria called "THE YOUNG VICTORIA". The 2009 movie starred Emily Blunt in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
THE "STAR WARS" PREQUEL MOVIES . . . AND MACE WINDU I came across this article on the RETRO ZAP website about the "STAR WARS" Prequel movies called "Beyond Good & Evil in the Prequels", written by Michael O’Connor. And while I had no problems with most of the article,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is a list of ten of my least favorite movie period dramas: LEAST FAVORITE MOVIE PERIOD DRAMAS 1. "Legends of the Fall" (1992) - Edward Zwick directed this dull and overrated adaptaion of Jim Harrison's 1979 novella about the lives of a Montana ranching family during the early 20th... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN" (2016) Review When I first learned that there was to be another remake of the 1954 movie, "SEVEN SAMAURAI", I nearly groaned with displeasure. Worse, the movie would not only be a remake of the Japanese film, but an even closer remake of the 1960 film that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is a list of my favorite episodes from Season One of the CBS series, "TOUR OF DUTY". Created by Steven Duncan and L. Travis Clark, the series starred Terence Knox and Stephen Caffrey: TOP FIVE FAVORITE "TOUR OF DUTY" SEASON ONE (1987-1988) Episodes (1.07) “Brothers, Fathers, and Sons” -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"BAND OF ANGELS" (1957) Review I have been a fan of period dramas for a long time. A very long time. This is only natural, considering that I am also a history buff. One of the topics that I love to explore is the U.S. Civil War. When you combined... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"FROST/NIXON" (2008) Review Beginning on March 23, 1977, British journalist David Frost conducted a series of twelve (12) interviews with former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, in which the former commander-in-chief gave his only public apology for the scandals of his administration. Some 29 years later, Peter Morgan’s play –... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is an article about the dish known as Lobster Thermidor: LOBSTER THERMIDOR Has anyone ever heard of the dish known as Lobster Thermidor? What am I saying? Of course people have. I have, yet I have never seen or tasted the dish in my life. Before I explain why... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
Below is my current list of favorite movies set in the 1930s: TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES SET IN THE 1930s 1. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984) - In this exciting second installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, the intrepid archaeologist is asked by desperate villagers in Northern... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Rosiepowell2000's blog
"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 Nov 20, 2017 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 Nov 16, 2017 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