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A ROYAL NIGHT OUT

This one is on my list.

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*** (out of five)

As frivolous and weightless as a macaroon, A Royal Night Out is actually quite charming and sweet; it survives by being completely self-aware: of its own slightness, of its outlandish concept, and most importantly, of the desires of its intended audience.

Taking their cues from the true event of British Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret being allowed out, incognito, among the people of London on the night of VE Day, 1945, screenwriters Trevor De Silva and Kevin Hood and director Julian Jarrold spin a fanciful (and surely almost entirely bogus) farce. Margaret (a cute Bel Powley) gets lost from her sister early (and only gets scattered scenes throughout the film); Elizabeth (the gorgeous Sarah Gaden) teams up with an airman, Jack (Jack Reynor) for much of the night, stirring at least something inside of her.

Any film whose biggest concern is, “Did the future Queen of England…

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Movie rights optioned… Reece Witherspoon signed on. Wow!

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Movie rights for Jessica’s Knoll’s upcoming novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, have been snapped up by Lionsgate, with the feature adapation to be produced by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard company. I’ve been lucky enough to see an advance copy of the book. This book’s going to get tongues wagging, that’s for sure. It’s dark, it’s riveting and it’s one of those books that’s hard to put down.

Luckiest Girl Alive

Here’s the teaser:

Sometimes I feel like a windup doll, like I have to reach behind and turn my golden key to produce a greeting, a laugh, whatever the socially acceptable reaction should be. I managed a tight farewell smile for Spencer. She wouldn’t mistake my name again, not once the documentary aired, not once the camera narrowed in on my aching, honest face, gently dissolving any last confusion about who I am and what I did. (p22)

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Thank you for each original note.

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Long Row

A charming telling of how we never forget those, who’ve influenced our lives.

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A friend of mine will soon move to a new house and has been consumed with the process of packing for quite some time. He lamented the fact that no matter how much he gets done he continues to see piles and stacks and shelves full of things yet to be boxed. Adding to the stress, he’s nearing the semester’s end of coursework towards a Master’s degree. This combination has him overwhelmed. He complained a bit more about the work left to do.

“I’ll never finish.” he moaned after his update.

“Well.” I said. “It’s like that row of tomatoes.”

He didn’t get it.

With no idea what I meant he stared into the distance preoccupied by stress. Then, remembering similar comments of mine in the past his head whirled back towards me. “Wait, is that another Nannie thing?” he asked.

“It’s another Nannie thing.” I nodded confirmation and began…

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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

This review is unashamedly written by a dedicated fan but nontheless, a very worthy review. I’m looking forward to seeing this movie!

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***** (out of five)

It was only about six or seven minutes into Mad Max: Fury Road that I knew that I’d be seeing it again in a matter of days. It was a couple of minutes after that when I realised that this film was going to look freaking spectacular in 3-D (I was watching it traditionally). I was already getting excited for my second viewing not ten minutes into my first.

Fury Road is everything you want from a Mad Max film. It’s got the action, the cars and the characters; more importantly, in allegiance with the first three films – and especially The Road Warrior, the classic of the series – it’s got the weird vernacular, the Australian-ness, and the complete commitment to its own unique and totally insane universe. It may have cost a studio hundreds of millions of dollars, but it still feels home-grown, hand-made…

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Reel-Life Productions in Zimbabwe are making a documentary about the ‘war’ on Rhino poachers:

 

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #ReelLifeProd  #RangerDanger  #ConserveAfrica  #ProtectRhino  #WarOnPoachers

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