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“Victoria” Season 2, On PBS “Masterpiece”, Now — Continues The Magnificence Of Season 1, Seamlessly.

by Anura Guruge





Outstanding. We finished watching the first two episodes of “Victoria“, Season 2, shown back-to-back on Sunday, January 14, 2018, on Tuesday night.

It just carried on from Season 1 with nary a dissapointment. Yes, the Queen’s dresser, the lady from Wales, has left but that is about it.

Maintains the same, well-paced cadence. Beautifully shot. It is indeed a Masterpiece.

A definite MUST WATCH.


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“Paddington 2” Movie (2018) — Best Of British Whimsicality Epitomized.

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Of course it did not disappoint. That would have been impossible. This is an immaculately crafted movie — as you would expect.

It is exactly what a family movie of this genre is meant to be: sloppily sentimental, clever, funny, cute, dramatic in parts and captivating at multiple levels.

To use a good ol’ British expression very much in keeping with this movie — it warms the cockles of your heart.

Enjoyed it very much — though it brought tears to my eyes a couple of times.

Yes, it is a movie about a very intelligent, talking bear. So, one cannot be too fussy about inconsistencies in ‘reality’. Based on the very tall skyscraper, the contemporary Volvo and police cars, the story would appear to be set in the 21st century (early 21st century may be it) — but there are a lot of telephone booths and no cell phones. All adds to the charm.

Of course, I recommend it highly. Can’t wait to see it again. Have seen the first ‘Paddington‘ twice. So, this won’t be any different.

I only have one criticism and that might have to do with the projection equipment at the Portsmouth (NH) Cinemagic. While the color of spot-on and vivid in all close-ups, it looked washed out and foggy in the wide-angle shots. It was OK. It was just that the colors did not pop. Looked like it was in low-resolution, but w know that that was not the case.

So, having been foiled on Friday, by a leaky roof at the ‘Regal Concord 10‘, from seeing it on opening night, we went to Portsmouth to see it on Sunday — at the Cinemagic. That is a much nicer cinema — despite my concerns about the color.




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Roof Leak At “Regal Concord 10” Ruins Our Effort To See “Paddington 2” On Opening Night!

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I am miffed! I had been looking forward to this for days. NOT often — actually can’t remember the last time — that I tried to go to a movie on its opening night.

May the POX be on “Regal Concord 10“. How bloody pathetic? Just a bit of rain.

Typical New Hampshire.

Not amused. Going to go to Portsmouth next time. Should have gone to Portsmouth in the first place.

I only go to the “Regal Concord 10” because it is the closest. It has no other redeeming virtues. Just a dank, often dirty pit and now it will be even more musty. Maybe the State will close it down as a health hazard.


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“Paddington 2” Will Be In New Hampshire, This Friday, January 12, 2018. A Heads Up.

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Loved the first movie. Seen in TWICE, once in January 2015, when it first came out and ‘recently’ on Netflix (or similar).

Definitely want see this sequel — ASAP. Hoping that we might be able to do so this weekend. We will see.

I have been known Paddington all my life — the first ‘Paddington’ appearing in 1958, when I was 5 and a vociferous reader of English books. I also got to be very familiar with the eponymous railway station. So Paddington is special to I.

I will, of course, write a review as soon as get to see it.

Enjoy.


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U.K. Daily Mail Follows My Lead Re. ‘The Greatest Showman’ & Its Deviation From The Facts.

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We are in total agreement. Today, I did a bit more reading on P.T. Barnum and the more I read the more disappointed I became with the movie.

It was a good movie BUT it seems such a shame that they distorted the facts when there was NO NEED to do so. The movie would have been even better IF they had stayed true to the true facts.

Shame.

The movie came out of December 20, 2017.

Kind of funny that the Daily Mail piece came exactly 24-hours after mine.

Do YOU think that that was a coincidence? {Smile}


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Cambridge 2017 Christmas Revels — ‘Venetian Celebration’ — The ‘Thank You’ Video.

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A MUST watch video.

It will warm the cockles of your heart.

On Vimeo rather than YouTube.

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Sumptuously produced video — WOW, WOW, WOW. Amazing quality and detail.

Magnificently captures the flavor, colors, energy & spirit of what was a MESMERIZING performance. It is just like being there and made me very nostalgic. Wonderful show — just like last year’s and the year before. Now I can’t wait until December 2018.

This is great. They did this, i.e., a ‘Thank You’ video, last year too.

Happy New Year.

This will help you keep warm.


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‘The Greatest Showman’ 2017 Movie: Great Entertainment, But Factually Bunkum.

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The official trailer on YouTube.


A 70% full theater, at a Thursday afternoon 4:30pm matinee, at the “Regal 10” in Concord, burst into appreciative applause when the end credits came on. People liked it and it was easy to do so. P.T. Barnum would have been happy, he made a lot of people, including quite a few kids, v. happy — after Christmas on a bitterly cold day.

Great yarn, superbly told — and again P.T. would have been happy.

You can watch it (like most good movies) at different levels. It does address some social issues and it was interesting to see folks protesting his circus 120-years ago — given the protest endured by the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which eventually resulted in them literally folding their tent, sadly, this year. Ironic that this movie came out this year — 7-months after the last performance of his namesake circus (and we did attend one of the very last shows, having been annual fans for nearly 10-years).

Prior to this movie I did NOT know much about P.T. Barnum other than his fame as a showman, creator of a circus and some of the famous saying attributed to him, in particular: “there is a sucker born every minute“. So, I had assumed, per the billings, that this was meant to be autobiographical.

Early on I started to get uneasy. Some stuff did NOT gel. There was an implication that the word ‘circus’ was not common currency c. 1835. That bothered me since I knew that the Romans, of antiquity, had their circus. Then there was this Carlyle character that became his partner. Well have YOU heard of a circus called “Barnum & Carlyle“? Of course you have NOT because there never was one. It was “Barnum & Bailey“. There is NO mention of Bailey in the movie.

So, when I got home I did a quick butchers of Wikipedia. Oh, dear! The movie is nowhere CLOSE to accurate. SHAME. P.T. was even more of an intriguing character than the one portrayed. That is a shame.

So, while I enjoyed the movie I now feel ‘cheated’ — BUT Barnum would approve. C’est la vie.

Definitely worth watching. But keep in mind it is NOT a true story — one that borrows SOME elements from reality.


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