My Dog Skip Tuesday, Jan 11 2022 

This is a tear-jerker but nonetheless a good film for children to see. It is subtly anti- war and I don’t think it is too childish for adults. Veteran actors like Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon fill out the script. Dog owners will appreciate this film.

Being the Ricardos Saturday, Dec 25 2021 

When I first heard of this, I wondered if she could pull it off -but indeed she did! And with Aaron Sorkin writing and directing- how can it miss? I highly recommend this film. I think Lucy and Desi would approve. The supporting cast is also right on the mark.

My philosophy Friday, Dec 17 2021 

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Question- What makes her think she can write film reviews?? A pretty long time ago I was a theatre major at the University of Minnesota. and managed to graduate Magna Cum Laude. I took course work in acting, directing , scene design, tv acting, and visual arts. I had an English minor. I guess if I had to do it again I would have worked to get a masters of fine arts in theatre and minor in studio art. I also would have taken more acting and directing classes. In Minneapolis I designed sets for a redesigned bicycle shop- little theater – the Typist and the Tiger; Fortune and Men’s Eyes, and Loot. There was a lot of painting of walls on the set – small as the stage was. The theatre was called The Cricket Theatre.

If there’s one thing I know – I am versed in theatre history- thanks to Dr. Arthur Ballet- and his Theater Backgrounds class – a class for graduate students. My moniker for this class was Ballet’s Read ‘Em Quick- starting with the Greeks and ending with the present day. 5 plays had to be read every week and a quick analysis handed in every week. I was still an undergrad. Graduate students had more time for that.

Other professors of note – H Wesley Balk for Direction-Wendel Josal for Scene Design.

As you can probably tell – these memories are precious to me.

I haven’t done much in theatre in recent years, but I have explored graphic design and glass bead making and jewelry design.

My criteria for what I will review is:

1.The film/series must move me.

2.The film/series must have characters that involve me and grow.

3. The film/series must have a compelling story.

4. The film/series has interesting dialogue.

These are personal criteria.

Belfast Wednesday, Dec 8 2021 

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Kenneth Branagh is a brilliant director. And as I’ve said before, he’s a welcome visitor in my teepee. (Old Ladies Joke). He has done so much – acting, directing, Shakespeare that communicates. Evidentally he appears to have grown up in Belfast , Northern Ireland in the time of the “Troubles”. But this is not all violence and gore. There is definitely some of that. .But there is plenty of comic relief. It comes across as real life. Judi Dench is incredibly good as Grandma. And Grandpa was also very warmly portrayed.

And I must say I love the Irish brogue – wee this and wee that. Isn’t anything large? Well I was hugely entertained – it’s in black and white but it didn’t seem to be wrong. See it!

The young actor who portrays him growing up is also brilliant. This movie just rings true. Even in the worst of times there are times of relief with humor and high jinks.

the mourning Morning Show Thursday, Nov 25 2021 

I thought the acting in “scenes from a marriage” was almost too painful to watch -but I must say the last 2 episodes of the “Morning Show” were definitely of that character. It hit really close to home. The death of the past announcer felt like a death in the family. Jennifer Aniston is very skilled at drawing the viewer in to her problems and I mean the last episode with Aniston’s character talking directly to the audience roasting from a fever that was Covid 19 – well, it left me speechless. Not too many shows are focusing on the Pandemic – but this one really dealt with it most effectively.

Here today…. Thursday, Nov 25 2021 

I love Billy Crystal…. But we all are getting on in years. There are lots of laugh out loud moments in this film about the memory loss of a comedy writer. Tiffany Haddish deserves a shout out as the person who agrees to be his caregiver and she is a breath of fresh air. Tune in , you will be glad you did.

Simply Elegant Mistletoe Necklace Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The medallion is my design and is bead woven. There is a number of Swarovski crystals in this piece.16 inch choker with sterling silver toggle clasp . The medallion loosely reminds me of mistletoe . Not a flashy piece , but a simply elegant one

Mistletoe choker

beadwoven medalliion choker with Swarovski crystals and vintage beads in the strap

$30.00

Finch Monday, Nov 8 2021 

Tom Hanks continues his record of excellence in “Finch”. I’m really not a fan of armageddon type films -but in this time of Pandemic this film rings true. Also Tom always adds a touch of humanity to the proceedings – his truest friend is his dog. But he creates another friend in his creation of a robot whom he teaches to drive and to take care of his dog. The ending is sad since Tom’s character doesn’t make it to San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge. One of my very favorite places

I have been vaccinated 3 times – 2 shots in the beginning and 1 booster – so I am up to date. pfizer Wednesday, Nov 3 2021 

Maid Saturday, Oct 23 2021 

This is a great series with a newcomer at the helm. This is a woman’s film. I was happy to see that the Puget Sound area has a network of places for people who are domestically abused physically and mentally. It also sheds light on mental health problems of the homeless. It is very well written , acted and directed. This maid is very determined to see her daughter protected and cared for. The portrayal of the “maid” is the actual daughter of Andie MacDowell , Margaret Qualley. I know mom must be very proud of her accomplished daughter. Speaking of Andie MacDowell – her portrayal of the Bi Polar mother in the piece is quite accomplished also. It is definitely a stretch from her past work. Accomplished, earthy and over the top.

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