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Saturday, August 23, 2014

FILMS TRAVEL TO FRANCE AND ICELAND

There are three films currently playing at your neighborhood theaters featuring travel and interesting cuisine:

1.  The Hundred Foot Journey
  • Rotten Tomatoes:  65% reviewers and 85% audiences.
  • Takes you from Mumbai, India to a quaint village in south France.
  • This is, like Chef, a foodie film.
  • It's also two love stories, if you don't count the food.
  • Excellent film with good performances by Helen Mirren Om Puri, Marishs Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon.
  • The movie is set on the French Riviera in the 1920's, with Colin Firth as an eminent British magician, hornswoggled by his fellow illusionist (Simon McBurney) and young American clairvoyant (Emma Stone).  You wonder, how is she pulling this off, and that and....  But, of course, I've already given away the mystery, for all magicians con the audience with the simplest of feigns.  Ah, but this is also a love story, and the two opposites did attract, with a happy ending.This was not a well-reviewed flick, but I liked it, perhaps most the standard Woody Allen collection of early American jazz soundtrack and other eclectic bon bons:
    • You Do Something to Me
    • Bolero
    • I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
    • Charleston
    • Sweet Georgia Brown
    • I'll Get By...and much more,
3.  Land Ho
  • Rotten Tomatoes:  77% reviewers and 61% audiences.
  • Two brothers in law senior citizens from America go to Iceland to regain their youth.  The retired surgeon conniver, twice-divorced, pays for everything, and drags the retired banker, originally from Australia, through a series of nightclubs, trendy spas and camp-sites.
  • Light comedy. Good film.
I kind of identified with all three, the third one in particular, for I am around their age, and I now will add Iceland to my Spring around the world journey.

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That tropical depression in the Atlantic is  is expected to attain hurricane strength,buts projected to turn away from the Eastern Seaboard:


In the East Pacific, Hurricane Marie, now at 90 MPH, is expected to attain Category 4 status, but not affect land.


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