Archive for August 4th, 2014

Continuing my series on summer films…  my second and final (for now) set of hidden summer cinema gems.

Summer Movie: The Grand Seduction

GRANDOk, I am a sucker for the genre of film where a city slicker stranger shows up in a small town and is charmed by the locals. That’s the basic plot of the wonderful Canadian (yes Canadian) film The Grand Seduction with the always wonderful Brendan Gleeson and a charming Taylor Kitsch in a revelation of a performance.

About The Grand Seduction: “A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor’s time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction.”

Learn more about The Grand Seduction and find a show time near you on Fandango.

Summer Movie: Words and Pictures

WORDSI love the work of actors Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen and never thought that I would ever see them on screen together. Then came the film Words and Pictures and now I think every movie should star this team. Ok, Words and Pictures and not a great movie, but it is truly elevated by the charm and chemistry of the two stars. Think of it as a made-for-cable movie with an A-list cast. A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy summer’s day.

About Words and Pictures: “A witty romantic drama, Words and Pictures stars the engaging duo of Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen working together on-screen for the first time. Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen) laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche) — an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. With a performance review looming and his teaching job on the line, Jack hatches an inspired plan for galvanizing student interest in their studies: he declares a war between Words and Pictures, confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. Dina and her art students accept the challenge between Jack and his English students, and the battle lines are drawn…”

Learn more about Words and Pictures and find a show time near you on Fandango.

dogday1Well, believe it or not it is August. So crazy! The summer is just flying by. But now that it is August, we are clearly into the dog days of summer.  Today I am marking this occasion with my semiannual salute to the late Gussy (right) and the late Truman (below), two very special dogs who are now romping in heaven. After all, all dogs go to heaven…

Here’s to all the dogs in our lives – past and present – that make our lives a little better every day!

Cheers!

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