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‘Lost & Found’ (2019) Irish Movie — Alas NOT Another ‘Waking Ned Devine’.

by Anura Guruge



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There have been quite a few good — and in some cases outstanding — movies that have come out of Ireland. This is NOT one of them! Though billed as such, it is definitely not a comedy and nowhere close to being another ‘Waking Ned Devine‘. And it is also not ‘Crying Game‘ though towards the end I was nearly ready to cry that I had wasted my time watching this tripe.

What drew me to it was the ‘7 interconnected stories‘ pitch. I like that genre and as you must know there have been some very clever and compelling movies of that type. This, alas, is not one of them.

Not a clever movie. Not profound in any aspect. I might even say it was bloody awful.

I did, however, enjoy seeing the trains! Never realized that they had such fancy and large (as in length) trains in Ireland. Also freight trains full of wood. Wow. That was about the highlight.

Do not get me wrong. It might appeal to some. Not I. So, I just wanted to give you a heads up on that. SMILE.

It was FREE. So, all I lost was 90-minutes of my time and some dignity — though I did do 23-minutes of pedaling my stationary bike while watching this. So, it wasn’t time totally wasted.

 


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The Laconically Hilarious “Detectorists”, Series 3, From The BBC, Is Now On “Acorn TV”.

by Anura Guruge


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I RAVED about this show when it first aired on Acorn in 2015.

It is blinking, bloody brilliant. Dry, quirky, understated British humor at its sparkling best. The characters are a riot and the dialogue, pithy, but priceless.

Then to boot, you have this gorgeously melodic music from Johnny Flynn. Here, try out the opening soundtrack …

We watched Episode 1 of Series 3 on Saturday and it was beyond good.

If you can get it, do NOT miss it. It is a CLASSIC.

Oh, you also get to see a yellow TR7 — albeit, a hardtop.


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“The Good Karma Hospital”, ITV Series, Now On “Acorn TV”, Shot In Sri Lanka Though Set In Southern India!

by Anura Guruge


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It was one of the new shows available on ‘Acorn TV‘ (i.e., British shows) on the Roku. I was attracted to it just by its title — since it immediately brought to mind ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Well it is NOWHERE close to being that funny — BUT to be fair, it is not meant to be. It is more of a (somewhat obvious, predictable and stereotyped) romance-drama. It is OK. Teischan finds it ‘acceptable’ and I found it HOPING that she would like it. “Mrs. Hughes” from ‘Downton Abbey‘ made and appearance and that was a bonus.

Right from the start the scenery, especially the BEACHES, reminded me of CeylonSri Lanka — especially those around Galle that I was extremely conversant with during my 14-years there. But, having also been to India, multiple times, I knew that the southwest coast of Southern India was similar. The catamaran boats shown also reminded me of Sri Lanka ….

Then I checked IMDb.com. It was indeed shot in Sri Lanka! Wow. Now I will have to tell Teischan.

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“Black Books” On “Acorn TV”: Another Classic, Irreverent British Comedy Series.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the “Acorn TV” page for this wildly hilarious comedy series.


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Yes, there is a must watch trailer that will give you an idea as to what you are missing.


I have been subscribing to “Acorn TV” — streaming British TV — on our “Roku 3” for over a year.

It is, indubitably, the BEST $4/month I spend!

On Friday night we came across “Black Books” while looking for a ’30-minute’ program. Glad we found it.

It was very, very funny.

Quintessential, irreverent British comedy. Nobody else comes close.

Some similarities to “The Detectorists” which was also on Acorn. 


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Disney/Pixar “Inside Out” A Tad Too SAD To Be A Good Kids Movie?

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Click to access IMDB.com listing for this movie.

Went to see this, with the kids (9 & 14), yesterday, in Concord, N.H. When we saw “Jurassic World” on Father’s Day both Teischan (9) and Deanna said they wanted to see “Inside Out“.

It is indeed, in every sense of the word, a very cerebral movie! A movie for thinking kids? That could be an oxymoron. As one approaching 62, who has been fascinated by the workings of the brain for over 40 years, I quite liked this movie. But I am NOT a kid. And that is the crux of the issue.

It is a movie that tries to explain how your emotions work and interact. It is very clever. Some of the cleverness, as is so often the case with kid’s movies, would be totally lost on the kids. E.g., they kept on repeating ‘deja vue’ in one scene. Very clever. Very profound. No way kids would get it let alone appreciate the beauty.

DEFINITELY NOT a movie for young kids. Teischan would not comment on it, though I asked her a number of times, until this morning. Then she, Deanna and Devanee (14) ALL said that it was a SAD movie. That is sad. I am a Disney shareholder (and owned Pixar shares when they first came out c. 1998).

This is a deep movie. It sets out to educate and in a way you can think of it as a dumbed down ‘Basics of Psychology‘ for kids. But kids who are taken to see it, who are expecting to see a ‘Frozen‘, are going to feel cheated and SAD. Not good. My honest advice is not to take young kids, i.e., under 13, to see this. They probably will not thank you.

As an adult, big into the brain, I KNOW that it was a worthwhile movie to make. Some of the metaphors and analogies were a bit flawed and they sometimes took a lot of poeinsideout_ff1tic license, as with the ‘train of thought’, but a lot of thought went into this movie.

It is probably best watched, for free, a few months later, on Amazon Prime — where you can opt to stop watching it without feeling guilty. 

They are trying to tie it in with ‘UP’. It is not UP. Up was poignant, funny much of the time and inspiring. ‘Inside Out’ not so much.

OK? Hope this helped.


“Jurassic World” Is A Bit Forced As Far As Comedies Go.

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Of course it was watchable and mildly compelling given that it, of course, had a dusting of Spielberg magic cast upon it. It is “OK”. It works, quite well, as a comedy. Yes, people were laughing. Teischan, 9, was scared, but that was about it. Not a scary movie for teenagers and adults.

What was truly SCARY was how far and blatant product placement has become. Jeeezzz. It came across more like a long commercial with some out-of-control dinosaurs running around.

Yes, I am the first to admit that I am not the right demographics for this movie. Dinosaurs don’t excite me much and I can’t say I am a fan of the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise though I have seen the original movie, on TV, a couple of times. I can’t swear to it but I might even have seen “The Lost World“.

Going to see this movie was a last minute decision, on Father’s Day, predicated by the rain. We were hoping to go to the ocean. But that wasn’t going to work. So I suggested, after watching the trailer etc. to make sure that it was “OK” for Teischan, to go see this at Cinemagic in Portsmouth, N.H. Others must have had the same idea. IT WAS PACKED. It was a zoo. It was a mad house. NO ADULT SUPERVISION. No lines. People barging in. It was like a meat market in Calcutta. People can be so ignorant and rude. Cinemagic should be ashamed of themselves BUT they were making so much money that they wouldn’t care. IF there had been an emergency it would have been serious. Not a single adult in sight. I even asked for one. Just kids TRYING to run the show. Kind of similar to what you see in the movie.

Confirmed my personal stereotypes. Indians make terrible helicopter pilots. Indians aren’t great at making pressing corporate decisions. Yes, watch out MSFT shareholders. That Mercedes Benz was the placement-driven vehicle of choice CRACKED me up. Bingo. A theme park that made a LOT of bad decisions had made another howler. They opted for Mercedes Benz vehicles. So the subtext here would be that if the Jurassic World management was MORE competent they would have gone with a better make of cars. Classic.

 

By all means go see it. Works to an extent as a comedy with rather lame and predictable romance angle. As far as being scary, you will get more when you buy the tickets.


The Movie “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014) Is A Heartwarming Indo-European Yarn.

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2000 movie about a Chocolate shop in France. Click for IMDB listing.

I will readily confess, what drew me to this movie, which I had never heard of before, was it ‘marigold’ poster which looked so much like that of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ — a movie that we adored. I know that the sequel ‘Marigold Hotel II’ is out and I am keeping an eye for it on Amazon Prime Video. That is basically how I found this easy-to-enjoy, set in France, ‘Chocolat‘-with curry. As soon as we saw that it was meant to be an Indo-comedy — with Helen Mirren — we were sold. It was NOT (at least last week) included for free as Amazon Prime. We had to rent it. We watched the trailer, heard one of the Indian jokes, and decided that it was well worth the $6.

It was fun. Incongruous. A one-star Michelin restaurant where everybody insists on talking in English. It is, in the end, more of a heartwarming skill, talent and love will always prevail movie as opposed to a genuine comedy. Easy on the eye and you can literally smell the delicacies being concocted.

Definitely worth watching if you like European comedies starring Indians and with an Indian twist. We enjoyed it.


London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony: Indian (Punjabi) Segment Makes Slightly For Empire Snub.

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Other than for the stupid, uncalled for Winston Churchill blunder, the remainder of the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies ROCKED! Thank You. Bravo. Way to go. I am so happy and proud.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were pretty amazing and I have to think that the opening ceremonies with all those drums etc. will continue to be hailed as one of the greatest of events for decades to come.

I was worried that MY London would come up short. That they said at the start that they decided that they were not gong to compete with the Chinese kind of upset me. I am always into forward and upward.

We made up for it with the Closing Ceremonies — though, now old, I have to confess, I had NO IDEA who some of the performers were! Neither did Deanna. But, they were good. The Pinball Wizard segment was spectacular. We have watched it three times so far, with the speakers blasting. Of course, I would have liked to have see the WHO perform it, but c’est la vie.



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That they finally showed some Indians (^^^^ above) was gratifying — albeit it was in the COMEDY segment with Eric Idle! Was that a dig at the Indians? That is OK with me. A favorite pastime in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where I come from is to poke fun of Indians. The dancing and music was good. The kids, who love Indian music, thought it was great. Some of the dancers (if not all) were Sikhs. That was poignant given what took place in Wisconsin during the Olympics. NBC did not make that connection. They wouldn’t know. They probably thought the turbaned dancers were from Pakistan!

Loved seeing the Rolls Royces. We make some of the most awesome cars in the World (and these days most of them are reasonably reliable and don’t rust that much). I am glad they featured British cars and didn’t insult me by using any German ones. All said, I am delighted. I e-mailed a friend of mine in the U.K., a Catholic priest named ‘Churchill’ (though alas not a relative), about how proud WE should all be. London and the U.K. did good. Demonstrated, once again, that we are still a world power to be contended with — even sans the Empire.

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