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“God’s Final Word” Was At The Alton (NH) Dump On Monday.

by Anura Guruge


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It is a local ‘outfit’ belonging to a ‘licensed home inspector‘ per the small print under the main message. It is very clever advertising!

I don’t know … something incongruous about seeing ‘this’ at the ‘dump‘ (i.e., our recycling center) towing a rather makeshift trailer. You somehow expect it to be in more salubrious settings.

I was clambering up a bank taking pictures. So, I could get this shot from a higher vantage — which seemed appropo.


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STARZ “Howards End” Series (2018) Is At An End.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access STARZ homepage for this NEW series.


YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


The last episode of Season 1, viz. Episode 4, aired this last Friday, April 29, 2018. That from what I see concludes the story as written by the incomparable E.M. Forster in 1910. On the STARZ Webpage there is an implication that there might be a Season 2. But, that would have to be an major embellishment to Forster’s original.

The series was immaculately produced. The cinematography was BEYOND first class; it was lavish and sumptuous. A visual treat.

I am, however, not convinced that serializing “Howards End” worked — at least for those of us that watched the episodes weekly as they came out. The weekly gap between episodes broke the spell and often you struggled to think back to the prior episode to recall the entire thread in its full glory. But, now that all four episodes are out you could watch them back-to-back.

Each episode was nominally 55-minutes. So, that is 220 minutes (3H 40 minutes) in total. So, here is something else that I found interesting. The classic 1992 movie was 142 minutes (2h 20 minutes) long. So, the STARZ version is a full one hour 18 minutes longer! What does that mean. Did they spin out the story or did the movie omit scenes. I plan to watch the movie this week, if I can.

We are glad we watched the series. We looked forward to it and are sad that it has concluded. Maybe we should have recorded all the episodes and then watched it over a couple of days.

Well, now you know what options you have.

Yes, the episodes are still available on STARZ.


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“Howards End” Series (2018) On Starz — Charming And Beautifully Crafted.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access STARZ homepage for this NEW series.


YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


YouTube trailer for the 1992 Ivory Merchant movie.


We lucked out. I wanted to see this STARZ adaptation of “Howards End“, and last Thursday, DISH gave me STARZ, free for 3 months, because they screwed-up, badly, trying to get me the Willow Cricket channel. So, that was nice and quite lucky.

We watched about half of the first episode, from the DVR, on Monday night. It lived up to my expectations and was true to the TV ‘teasers’ I had seen.

Very charming and easy on the senses. Beautifully crafted in all aspects. The cinematography is first class.

I have seen the 1992 Ivory Merchant produced movie at least twice. That was quite the movie — but cinematography has made strides in the last 26-years. The high-definition rendering of the new show makes the lavishly produced 1992 movie look dull and pedestrian.

I am sure we are going to enjoy this series. When it ends, might have to go back and look at the 1992 movie again.


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“Sherlock Gnomes” Movie (2018) — Fiendishly Clever, Cute & Comic.

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing for movie.



Quite the yarn. Very entertaining. Very clever. Lot of fun. You will LAUGH and you will come out refreshed.

Went to see it, on Easter, in Portsmouth (NH) at Cinemagic, after going to the ‘ocean’ and before going for dinner. Third movie we have seen this year, all at the Cinemagic, and there is an obvious theme in that the other two were: “Paddington 2” & “Peter Rabbit“. Yes, we like cartoons, featuring make-believe entities set in Britain. In a way there are similarities between all three of these movies, “Paddington” and it both set in London — but it is all good.

Definitely helps IF you know your Arthur Conan Doyle in that there are references to things such as the Arthur Conan Doyle.

Curious, THOUGHT-provoking portrayal of Sherlock — though we also get to meet his ex-finance. Curious that Elton John was the Producer! Was that a coincidence.

We liked it. It might NOT be everybody’s cup of British tea. Helps if you are an Anglophile or as in my case, out-and-out British to the core.



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

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Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this movie.



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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‘Victoria & Abdul’ 2017 Movie: Devilishly Funny, Touching & Scenic.

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Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this heart-warming 2017 movie.


It is based on a true story. There really was an Abdul Karim that struck up quite the relationship with Queen Victoria. Click this image to access the Wikipedia entry for the REAL Abdul Karim.


The MUST WATCH trailer on YouTube.


We were going to watch Season 1 of the PBS “Victoria” on Amazon Prime when I saw this. We had seen the trailer earlier in the year and had DEFINITELY wanted to see it. So, without hesitation, I rented it, in HD format (for the customary 48-hours) for $5.99 from Amazon. I am so glad that I did. It was excellent.

Definitely my cup of Earl Grey. All the things that resonate with I: British life, the British Commonwealth, British Raj, history and period drama. That it was Judi Dench was a bonus.

Loved it. Incredibly funny. Touchingly cute. And as we British would contend, “warms the cockles of your heart“.

It said at the start that it was a “true story — or most of it”. That made it even more special. I have since discovered that it is indeed so, though the movie, no doubt, took some poetic licenses.

Highly, highly recommended. Ideal movie for these days. Reminds you what loyalty and service is all about.

Set us up, nicely, for Season 2 of “Victoria“, on PBS, in January 2018.


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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ 2017 Movie: Lavishly Produced, Easy To Enjoy.

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Click to access the IMDb.com page for the movie.


The trailer on YouTube.



We had not been to the movies (at a theatre) since August, when we went to see ‘Dunkirk‘. Given that we didn’t have much planned for the Saturday we decided to rectify it. None of us are “Star War” fans — though I have seen most, if not all of them. We were also not in the mood to see “Coco“. So, with I in the lead, we decided to see “Murder on the Orient Express“.

We knew the story line — and I am quite au fait with fellow Brit Agatha Christie. What I was eager to see was the cinematography. I knew it would be lavish — and I was not disappointed. Not sure how much of it was computer generated, but it is very artistic, dramatic, luxuriant and easy on the eye. Great humor and the recreation of Da Vinci’sLast Supper” setting, in a tunnel, is brilliant.

All together a good experience. Lingers with you. Very clever. Made me want to read the book!

We saw the movie at our ‘local’ — the “Regal 10” in Concord, about 40 minutes from home. They had a police presence. I, being who I am, had to go up to the policeman — who was very pleasant — and inquire why. They were expecting long lines for “Star Wars”. So, they were just being careful. Interesting.


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