Watch the trailer on YouTube.
I can’t tell you how well this has been put together. Bloody brilliant. I am in awe.
Brand new. This has to set the bar for future documentaries of this genre. Not sure how they got all these people to talk.
Did NOT know this ‘story’. Quite the story.
Very watchable. I have really enjoyed it. They had me hooked 5-minutes into it.
Yes, I recommend it — highly.
For a start, I wasn’t sure whether any HBO or CINEMAX recordings I made will remain when the preview ended (which was today).
So far, so good but I will feel more confident tomorrow.
I think it was when I had DISH. DVR recordings only worked provided you still had the channel. So, any recordings you made disappeared when the preview ended. They tried to get you to sign-up for that channel.
As far as I can the TDS TV preview ended today. The HBO and Cinemax channels no longer appear on the Guide.
But, the FEW recordings I made are still there — and they play.
So, hope this helps.
I have had ‘TDS TV’, with considerable success and satisfaction, for one-week short of a year. This was the FIRST preview that I was aware of.
Starts tomorrow. HBO will be in 800 range. We might have to go find it off the Guide. I don’t know. My first time.
I will let you know. If you have ‘TDS TV’ enjoy. There are a few HBO movies I wouldn’t mind seeing. Not sure whether DVRing will work — after the Preview window ends.
‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’ The BOOK: More Incisive, Fulfilling & Illuminating Than Movie.
I saw the movie, serendipitously, when it was shown on HBO in April 2017. I had DVRed it because the title and HBO description of it intrigued me.
I did a post on my reaction to the movie on May 1, 2017. The movie, which was choppy, often hard to follow and disturbing in its portrayal of the Lacks family (who happened to be black) left me wanting to know more. I knew I had to read the book. I ordered paperback copy then and there.
I just finished reading it.
Good book. Well written. Fast paced, dramatic and with a lot of local color. I was very impressed with the author, Rebecca Skloot. She sure can write — and write well. She did a good job. My only gripe is that she, STILL, glossed over talking about the HeLa cells. I wanted more. More details. Maybe that would have been too ‘technical’ for the book.
The movie, and then the book, made me realize, to my chagrin and shame, that I really know very little about cells — in general. To I, that seems crazy. I really, over my, by and large misspent life, should have learnt more about cells. Yes, I do intend to try and rectify that. Cells are what makes ALL life on Earth possible. I have billions of them making up my body, BUT I know more about popes or Pluto than I know of the cells that keep me alive. What about YOU? Do you think you know all you should about your cells?
I was sad when I got to the end of the book. The book made you so much a part of the idiosyncratic Lacks family. You just wanted the drama to continue. Alas, too many died.
Sobering tale. Some very upsetting and disturbing episodes. How can such things happen in the US? Child abuse! The indignities suffered by blacks. Yes, I learnt loads. Parts of the book made me very sad and or angry. I am sure that there is till some of this ‘bad stuff’ happening in the black community. Such a shame.
You really should read this book. I urge you to. You will thank me for it.
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Happened to find it serendipitously around 11:20pm on Thursday, July 21, when I, as I often did, checked the electronic program guide to see what interesting stuff was coming up on the ‘Smithsonian Channel’. I DVR a fair amount from the Smithsonian and watch it if there is no decent cricket to watch.
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I had never heard of this movie, and was slightly distressed to realize that I had no familiarity, whatsoever, with the type of cell that was being talked about and why such cells were so important.
HBO aired it a few weekends ago as their Saturday night ‘feature’ and I DVRed it because of that — and we watched it, over a couple of nights, earlier this week.
That Oprah starred in it mattered nowt to I, since I can ‘take her, or leave her‘ and she is not somebody I go ga-ga about.
It was an interesting, intriguing and powerful movie — and gave me another revealing perspective into black lives in the 1950s.
I found the start of the movie — about the cells very confusing and had to go back and watch it again. I still think that they don’t explain all the implications that well — and IF I had the time I would LOVE to read the book. The book is supposed to be very good.
The supposed reaction and behavior of the family was also very confusing, to say the least, and, moreover, very disturbing.
They all came across as being totally wacky in one way or another.
They just didn’t seem to be able to handle the notion that Johns Hopkins had taken some cells from their mother — and that these cells were still dividing and thus continuing to ‘live’. Just seemed way to overblown and dramatic. I have to say it portrayed this family, which happens to be black, in a rather bad light. It sure will confirm some stereotypes.
Definitely worth watching it. Will make you ponder and want to find out more. Glad I watched it. Learned quite a bit and that is always a good thing.
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Sri Lanka Featured In “The Young Pope” Episode 4 — With Prominence For Sri Lankan Actress Nadee Kammellaweera.
Sri Lankan Nadee Kammellaweeraas Sister Suree.
Starting with the first episode of “The Young Pope” there has been this diminutive, very dark, young sister, in glasses that has served as the Pope’s maid — telling him it is time for his snack etc. During the first three episodes her role was fleeting and extremely brief.
Then came Episode 4. Wow. The pope sees her crying. She tells the pope that her sister, in Sri Lanka, is dying. “Sri Lanka” clearly enunciated. The pope even says it: “Sri Lanka”. Not once. But a few times! Wow. I haven’t seen Sri Lanka mentioned on HBO that many times — ever.
Yes, it was NOT all positive.
She says she doesn’t like to go to Sri Lanka because going there makes her DOUBT God! That is a nasty dig. Wow.
Well the pope doesn’t allow her to go to Sri Lanka. Instead he has her sister’s body sent over in a container ship! Ah! Not by plane. Well, that was a bit close to home. In 1992 I accompanied my adoptive mother’s body from Paris to Sri Lanka on a AirLanka plane. Yes, it is true that we did get a Presidential dispensation to do that. But, I am sure, now that the Civil War is over, that there are no restrictions to bodies being transported by air. Anywho.
I had NO idea that she was Sri Lankan. Just assumed that she was South Indian. Her makeup makes her quite dark.
But this was publicity for Sri Lanka — and all publicity is good publicity.
But, I KNOW that 99% of those in the U.S. watching that show would have NO IDEA what or where “Sri Lanka” is! That is a sad fact. It might as well be an obscure asteroid.
The Pope with his outspoken and conniving Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello.
Yes, as is to be expected from a dramatization like this, there are a LOT of liberties taken when it comes to facts, depictions and settings.
Some are inevitable and you can live with them.
Others are just to egregious especially when certain plots revolve around them.
One such BIGGIE was in Episode 3. In that, the RESIGNATION of Cardinal Voiello, the supposed Secretary of State, figures large.
But, the Young Pope never RE-CONFIRMED Voiello as the Secretary of State — or for that matter ANY OTHER Cardinal Prefect heading up a curial ‘department’ (a so called dicastery).
All of these, as you can see from above, are AUTOMATICALLY relieved of their office and title. They have to be RE-APPOINTED by the new pope. That never happened.
So, a lot of what has gone on is fairy tales.
I am not that thrilled with this series. It is, alas, not very good.