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“Leonie” (2010) Movie: Poignant, Educational & Easy On The Eye.

by Anura Guruge


Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Click to access IMDb listing for the movie.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Léonie_Gilmour


It is so good that we are watching it for the second time — in 3 months (and that is unheard of when it comes to I). Second time around we are watching it so that Teischan (11) can see it. Good inspiration and pointers for young ladies. Also a fair bit on interracial marriage and children from some marriages — which is close to home for us.

When I saw it the first time I around I knew she would like it. So, I ‘kept it’, and we started watching it again on Monday. There is a bit of tame nudity and that worries none of us. Teischan is past that.

A true story — like “Florence Foster Jenkins” we so enjoyed last week. As I suspected she is mesmerized. Fascinating story. Also get to see interesting glimpses of California in the early 1990s and Japan.

It is available on Amazon Prime. I definitely recommend it.


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“Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016) — Hilarious, Nearly As Good As “The Producers”.

by Anura Guruge


Watch the trailer on YouTube.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Foster_Jenkins


Started watching it on Amazon Prime yesterday. It had been on my “Watch List” for quite awhile. I wish I had got around to watching it sooner. Exceeded all expectations.

Though it is indeed based on a real person and true story, it is hilarious. That it brings to mind “The Producers” (which I have seen on Broadway and on film) has to be the ultimate accolade.

The two leading stars, as you would expect, are immaculate. But, to I, the star of the show is the diminutive Cosme McMoon played by Simon Helberg. I don’t think I have seen him in anything before — but I am not good at ‘spotting’/recognizing/remembering thespians! I had to look him up. Appears that he is quite the guy, a professional pianist who had a karate black belt at 9. You will enjoy him.

It is available for free if you have Amazon Prime. Couldn’t find it on YouTube. I am sure you can find it on other streaming services.

Definitely recommended. Enjoy.


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‘Dunkirk’ 2017 Movie: Dramatic BUT Also Dastardly Disappointing!

by Anura Guruge


The trailer. Movie nowhere as good.

Watch the trailer. Skip the movie.


Click to access the IMDb.com listing for Dunkirk.


There was very little on
the ‘Little Ships of Dunkirk‘.


For a good historical perspective.


Dunkirk (2017) should have been the epitome of a feel good movie — revelling in the gung-ho, Dunkirk spirit of the British, the 850 Little Boats that crossed the channel to rescue 400,000 trapped soldiers — the pulling together that happened. Instead it was a very loud, special effects spectacular.

It was all drama, NO heroism.

It snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

It was a movie for kids, video gaming addicts — not for mature adults, and DEFINITELY NOT for patriotic Brits like I. Americans love it. Many believe that there these are Americans being rescued. Forgive them, they were never taught history.

Yes, the bravery and heroism of Spitfire pilots are highlighted.

But, there is hardly NOTING on the Little Boat Flotilla! Just a passing reference so to speak — though to be fair, one of the three parallel threads of movie is all about ONE such boat. But, we just see a fleeting ALLUSION to the other 849 boats.

I was very disappointed. I went expecting to come out UPLIFTED, gung ho … full of the Dunkirk Spirit.

Read some of the IMDb.com reviews. There are others that feel the same way.

The soundtrack was obnoxious. Appears that it was intentionally made LOUD.

I can NOT recommend this movie. I will not watch it again, even when it becomes available on ‘TV’.

I wouldn’t even bother to give this two thumbs down. It just needs a kick up its ugly backside.


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Tragic Vincent van Gogh Died This Day 127-Years Ago; July 29, 1890, In France.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh


Some of his lesser known works:


Click for IMDb.com listing of the 2007 “The Yellow House”.


He was only 37 years old, having turned 37 only in March of that year.

He had shot himself in the chest two days earlier. IF there had been a surgeon around he could have been saved.

It was indeed a tragic end to what had been a tragic life despite his artistic brilliance. A day to reflect. Died never knowing that he would be a beloved celebrity long after his death — though he never enjoyed success during his short life.


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Edgar Degas, The Inspiring Impressionist, Was Born This Day, July 19, 183-Years Ago — In 1834.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Degas


As with Rembrandt 4-days ago, I do not think of Edgar Degas as one the artists that will make my top 10 though I sure have no problems with either his cleverly rendered paintings or his exquisite sculptures of dancers. I have seen quite a bit of his work in Paris and in New York — and I notice that I invariably will dally around, admiring his talent from different angles and different perspectives. Though most think of him in terms of ‘ballerinas’ he sure was adept at painting nudes — as you can see from the gallery above. He made it to the 20th century, dying in Paris, during WW I



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The First Ever Atomic Bomb Was Exploded This Day, July 16, 72-Years Ago — In 1945.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(nuclear_test)


The code name ‘Trinity’ seems ironic, though it is more than likely than Oppenheimer & co. did feel to an extent that they were playing God — given the nature of what they were working.

The Gadget‘, the bomb tested on July 16, 1945, was plutonium-based. It was the prototype of the ‘Fat Man‘ bomb detonated over Nagasaki, 24-days later. That was the 2nd nuclear bomb. The first, of course, was over Hiroshima, 3-days prior to Nagasaki. That was an uranium-based bomb. So Hiroshima took place exactly 3-weeks from this day 72-years ago.


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Rembrandt, The Great Dutch Master, Was Born This Day, July 15, 411-Years Ago — In 1606.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt


He is not in my pantheon of favorite painters BUT I do respect and admire his work — as one must. He sure had talent and knew how to use it. 411 years ago. Wow. That is a long time and makes you think. So much water has flowed under the many bridges in Amsterdam.



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