Last Wednesday, I listed Movies that I had recently seen and some I had on my ‘to watch’ list.
– I considered it light weight and a filler for a couple of hours on a wet evening.
– I did enjoy this one about the life of a Butler to eight US Presidents.
Philomena (2013) *****
– This movie struck a deep cord within me. I lived every moment of it and it took me several days to move on from watching it.
Being of an age to the real Philomena and growing up beside one of those homes, we were told the girls there were orphans and knew nothing of any babies, this whole era of cruelty from within the RC Church in Ireland, leaves me with a very bad taste in my mouth.
In 1993, the Convent and Magdalene home close to us was to be sold to a developer for public use. It was known by that stage that some 133 graves existed, unmarked, in a cemetery on the convent grounds. The graves belonged to women who had worked in the service of the convent all their lives, they were buried without notification to possible family…unmarked, unremembered.
An initial exhumation order was given for 133 bodies (and only 75 death certificates existed), and at time of exhumation, another 22 bodies were discovered. All 155 bodies were cremated and reinterred in the Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin.
– Four guys, all friends in their mid sixties fly to Las Vegas for a weekend bachelor party for their last remaining single pal. I would describe it as a typical American movie with the guys TRYING to behave like they were half their age.
The Book Thief (2013) *****
– The tale of a young girl, Liesel, taken from her home and placed with adoptive parents, during the horrors of World War II in Germany. She finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her new home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by the family.
I would put this movie on a par with Philomena.
– I fell asleep. I’ll have another go at it next week.
Jobs (2013) ****
– The story of Steve Jobs, from college dropout into one of the most creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. I enjoyed it.
– I was utterly bored with this one and not even George Clooney could improve it for me. Perhaps it had something to do with the accents, I struggled with them at times. Voices can make or break a movie, play or radio programme for me.
– A disaster for me: I had sound and no picture. I need to sort that one out!
Parkland (2013) ****
– The story of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Interesting, so long as you do not mind the sight of blood!
– Set in In 1985, a Dallas electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
Now which of these will I watch next?
* Stars awarded by me.