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Netflix “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” (2019) Movie — Inspiring & Invigorating, With A New Hampshire Connection To Boo.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this WOW, fancy-that, inspirational movie.

YouTube trailer.


True story. Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kamkwamba

Quite the story. Netflix had been trying to get me to watch it for weeks. But, I kept on ignoring the suggestion thinking that it would be trite — a glorified documentary. I was wrong. It proved to be QUITE the movie. Extremely inspirational. Wow. Talk about grit & graft to overcome adversity.

Also made me realized, acutely, that even though I grew up in a third-world country, I have NEVER had to face or experience long-term hunger, let alone starvation. Seeing a pet dog die of malnutrition is distressing.

I loved this movie. Knew it was a true-story. Not 100% sure whether he really used a bicycle dynamo as his first generator. I remember those dynamos from MY youth 50-years ago. Rugged & reliable but I do not think they produce that much power.

So, what is the New Hampshire connection. He attended Dartmouth. Wow. I am proud.

Yes, another “thinking-person’s” movie. In the end it is definitely a feel-good movie. Well, the title tells it all — & it is set in a poor African country. That is all you need to know in order to decide whether this might be YOUR kind of movie. I hope it is.

Thank YOU, Netflix.


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Netflix “Mudbound” (2017) Movie — Really Makes You Appreciate Why #BLM Has To Be Honored.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this deep & dark, & as such thought-provoking movie.

YouTube trailer.


This is not a easy-to-watch movie. It is dark & disturbing. But, it makes you sit-up & take notice; makes you think. Wow. Man’s inhumanity to man! It is disturbing particularly if you, like I, happen to be non-white.

Also makes you appreciate & glad that we have come a long way in the last 60-years BUT there is so much further to go.

Very topical even as Derek Chauvin’s case for murdering George Floyd airs on TV every day.

This is not a movie for thinking, mature, caring adults. Though I guess some might watch it just to enjoy seeing blacks brutalized! Shame. Wow.

Definitely class it a #BLM movie.

If you are really, totally into #BLM please watch this movie. It will confirm your convictions.

Thank YOU, Netflix.


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Netflix “Loving” (2016) Movie — Riveting, True-Life Story As To How Interracial Marriage Became Legal In The U.S.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this deeply moving, consequential love story.

YouTube trailer.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rose_Island

It was a Netflix recommendation — & a damn good one at that.

Interracial marriage is close to home for I.

I have, all my adult life, taken it for granted. Never given it ANY thought. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to find/know that it was illegal & you could end up serving 25-years in prison.

Well, that is what this movie is ALL about. WOW. True story. All of it. I did NOT know that till I started watching. I just thought that it was a rather ‘cute’, but ‘trite’, title. ‘Loving‘. WOW.

What a country.

PLEASE watch. Good movie, educational & thought-provoking.

Thank YOU, Netflix.


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Netflix “Rose Island” (2020) Movie — Funny & Looks Way Over The Top Until You Realize That It Is, Incredibly, A True Story!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this entertaining, fun movie.


YouTube trailer.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rose_Island


Though I was living in Paris (i.e., not that far away) when this, i.e., ‘Rose Island‘ happened, I do NOT recall hearing about. But, I was all of 15, wasn’t that interested in news & had other, more pressing things on my mind. When I first saw the Netflix trailer I assumed that it was all made up. Quite the story. Funny etc. Then I realized that it is (nearly) all TRUE! Wow. How amazing. Incredible. I wish the movie provided more information as to how he, i.e., ‘Mr. Rose’, the engineer, built it. Could not have been easy.

Very entertaining. Easy to watch.

As with ‘A Fortunate Man‘ it has to have been dubbed because it was NOT made in English & the leading characters are mainly Italian. The dubbing is top-notch. It fooled me (but, usually that is NOT hard to do).

I definitely recommend this movie. Enjoy.


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Netflix “A Fortunate Man” (2018) Movie — One Of The Most Powerful Movies I Have Seen In A Long Time. Sobering.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this outstanding movie.


YouTube trailer
ALAS in Danish.
Netflix is DUBBED English.


Absorbing. Mesmerizing tale. I so wanted it to be ‘based on a true story‘ — BUT I do NOT think it is. Shame.

Danish, BUT on Netflix the dialogue is all IMMACULATE English. I did not even check to see if I could see any mismatch with lips because it did NOT come across as having been dubbed.

I also learnt (just now), when I looked it up on IMDb, that it has started off as a 4-episode mini-series. Netflix has to have spliced them together to create a 2 hour 47 minute movie.

Definitely worth watching. Only for MATURE audiences, NOT because of the brief nudity BUT because it is a deep, profound movie.

One of the best movies I have seen of late.


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Netflix “The Dig” (2021) Movie — Superbly Showcases WW II-Era British Human Decency, Class Snobbery & Homosexuality.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this outstanding movie.


YouTube trailer


I watched this Netflix movie, with awe, last night & did NOT want it to end. I kept on wishing & hoping that it was a SERIES rather than a solitary movie because I wanted MORE. Much more. It was that good.

Netflix has done it again. They really have found the touch. This was a GREAT movie. Yes, IF you are NOT an Anglophile you might complain that it was a tad slow. But, it needed that pace to SHOWCASE & dramatize its touching take on what used to be quintessential British HUMAN DECENCY. Britain used to be famous for it & I think we can still find it there. Wow. So many examples of how decent we were. Brought tears to my eyes.

Also, alas, but realistically portrayed what used to be — & probably still is, but not as blatantly — British CLASS warfare. Wow. Working class against the TOFFS. Smile.

Though many might not notice it, the movie also cast quite the light on what used to be rampant male homosexuality among the ‘Oxbridge’ crowd. I, even in the late 1960s, saw it first hand. I got expelled from Public School because I went to extraordinary lengths to bring this (among some of the Masters) to the attention of the parents. Thanks to my efforts quite a few kids managed to convince their parents to take them away from Boarding School. So, this theme amused me, no end. SMILE.

Good movie. IF you liked ‘Downton Abbey’ you probably will ENJOY it. Watch it. You will THANK ME. Based on a TRUE STORY.

Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Hoo


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“The Two Pope”, 2019 Movie, Pure Fiction — Rather Than Faction &, Moreover, Riddled With Technical Errors.

by Anura Guruge



Beautifully crafted, well acted movie though the MAIN storyline is pure, unadulterated fiction.

The primary crux of the story, the 2012 meeting between the then pope, Benedict XVI, & the future pope, viz. Francis, in Castel Gandolfo did NOT happen. Period.

Yes, in December 2011 ‘Francis’ (then Bergoglio) would have, per Canon Law, had to have tendered his RETIREMENT, by letter, to Benedict XVI. That was because he had turned 75. The retirement would have been from being the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. This is rote. All Bishops, irrespective of standing, must tender a letter of retirement upon turning 75. It is up to the pope to accept & there are instances when the pope might take 5-years to do so. The retirement would NOT have been a BIG deal. Bergoglio would NOT have disappeared from the Church. He could have still carried on his work in Argentina, albeit as a CARDINAL — a retired Archbishop. I think we have about 40 cardinals in this category as I write.

Plus, though it was rumored he was runner up in the 2005 conclave, Bergoglio, in 2012, was by no means the favorite to be the next Pope — especially not so in Benedict XVI’s eyes. All that was rubbish.

What disturbed me much was the rank technical errors to do with the conclaves. Those should not have occurred. Easy enough to have got right. They could have JUST checked one of my books. SMILE. (Yes, the “The Next Pope 2011” book was still good & accurate.)

Let me just list a few of the most egregious.

  1. They do NOT, let me REPEAT, do NOT, use ‘bingo balls’ to keep track of who has voted. That is so, so stupid. The cardinals vote per their precedence — which is also how they are seated. They get up, in a row, one-after-the-other, & go place their ballot. You don’t need bingo balls to keep track. All can see the cardinals voting in sequence. Where they got that was STUPID.
    …..
  2. The new pope does NOT appear on the balcony as the Habemus Papam is being announced. In 2013 there was a 30-minute gap between the Habemus Papam & Francis appearing on the balcony. In 2005 the gap was shorter BUT there is an interval, so that banners can be draped, before the new pope appears.
    …..
  3. The new pope CERTAINLY does not, causally, pick up his new white zucchetto from a shirt box in the Sistine sacristy as he is leaving it. There is a ceremony in which the white zucchetto is presented to the new pope by the Secretary of the Conclave! That was stupid.
    ….
  4. In 2013 Francis did NOT say “May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard” at the Conclave. He said it much later, in jest, over dinner. It was John Paul I, in 1978, who said it at the conclave. Jeez.
    ….

IF you really want the TRUE in-&-outs of how a pope is elected check out this book.


This is the book. Available on Apple, Amazon, etc. etc.


Snippets from the book.

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“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (2018) Movie On Netflix — Outstanding, Heartwarming & Funny.

by Anura Guruge


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YouTube trailer


Yes, I loved it. But, then again it was like bespoke for I. All the elements that appeal: British, historical, pigs, books, London & islands.

Great story. Haven’t checked whether it is based on a true story. But, the German occupation of Guernsey was very real & painful. This story very could have happened even if the name of the Society is a tad contrived.

I even recognized — & even more surprisingly correctly placed two of the cast. That is very unusual for I.

Yes, I am sure it is not for everyone. But, if you are into WWII period drama, literature, humor, pigs & a bit of romance you can’t go wrong. Yes, it is predictable, but that doesn’t detract. SMILE.

I enjoyed it. Not sure it can be repeated per se.


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“Borat 2” (2020) Movie On Amazon Prime — Some Great Trump Zingers, Very Topical, & The Expected Grossity.

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Click to access Amazon Prime listing … with video trailer.


YouTube trailer


Yes, no mistaking that this is a Borat movie. I was a huge fan of the original Borat movie. I think I might still have the DVD.

I am also an admirer of Sacha Baron Cohen — a fellow Brit. I didn’t particularly like some of his subsequent work, BUT I appreciate that he is awfully clever & talented.

Borat 2 has some SUPERB Donald Trump zingers. Very clever. Delectable.

Shame he couldn’t get this movie out a month earlier. It could have helped with the election. I don’t think it has enough time now.

I am not into grossity &, alas, it is a trademark of the man. Those puerile, intentionally offensive scenes just turn me off. But, you can’t have a Cohen movie without that.

Definitely worth watching. I did some quick research. The CPAC scene was real. Not fake.


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“Tesla” (2020) Movie On Amazon Prime — Glorified Rather Poor Documentary; At Best Just For Buffs.

by Anura Guruge



Click for Amazon Prime Video listing.


Click for IMDb.com listing.


YouTube trailer


NOT to be confused with ‘Current War‘. That wasn’t stellar BUT much better than this. I am glad I had seen ‘Current War‘ because it filled in many of the gaps that this movie overlooks.

Strange. V. strange movie. Really a documentary disguised as a movie. The ‘freewheeling’ & ‘unconventional’ terms used in the movie description are spot on.

You are probably much better watching one of the many — much better — videos on YouTube.

Kind of felt cheated. Didn’t come close to what I was expecting.

I would find it hard to recommend this movie. Sorry!


This review on IMDb.com gets it spot on.

Click to ENLARGE & read here.


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