One week to go…

We leave here in 8 days or so, so we’ll make the most of our last precious days in Florida.  Golfing, mahjong, pickle ball, etc. are all on the agenda.  Today was about 90 degrees F. with 100% humidity, but I’m not complaining as there won’t be many days like this back home for a while.  Today we enjoyed after golf lunch on an outside patio overlooking a beautiful golf course.  In the meantime, there are plenty of shows to be watched!

Streaming

Obit is a marvelous documentary about the NYTimes Obituary section that I saw at last year’s Hot Docs festival in Toronto.  The Globe and Mail has a wonderful article about it:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/obit-doc-follows-new-york-times-writers-as-they-chronicle-the-lives-of-the-dead/article34498055/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

 

Rules Don’t Apply is a film by Warren Beatty starring him and Annette Bening.  It is about the later years of Howard Hughes and tells an unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and their boss, an eccentric billionaire named Howard Hughes. This is a meandering and odd film that gives Beatty a chance to shine in a very unsympathetic role as a very strange man who cuts himself off from the world.  It has charming moments painting a Hollywood in a much more innocent age during the 1950’s. A great cast was assembled, but the film just doesn’t quite make it as a romance or a comedy.

Life Animated is a wonderful documentary that tells the story  of an autistic young man whose deep connection to the Disney movies he’s watched countless times enables him to make sense of an often-bewildering world.  Keep your hankies handy as you admire the fortitude of his family in helping their child to regain his voice.

Netflix

I am only slightly ashamed to admit that I managed to binge on all 13 episodes of Iron Fist. I can’t explain why I was fascinated with this totally weird series about a young man who returns from the dead to try and regain control of his family business, but I quite enjoyed this silly show set in the world of martial arts.  It didn’t hurt that hunky Finn Jones from Game of Thrones plays Danny Rand, the hero.

All my usual obsessions

Tonight will feature the finales of several Sunday night shows (Big Little Lies on HBO and The Walking Dead on AMC) and John Doyle has an article contrasting them:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/john-doyle-two-series-two-profound-finales-lots-of-dead-bodies/article34495055/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Heartwarming British shows return on PBS

Call the Midwife makes it’s return for Season 6 tonight.  Get out your hankies as this wonderful group of women attempt to make a difference in a disadvantaged corner of London in the 1960’s.

Home Fires returns for Season 2.  It’s June 1940 and Britain faces the threat of imminent invasion.  As the Battle of Britain looms, the villagers of Great Paxford live under a cloud of fear and suspicion.  A heartwarming story of my parents’ generation in Britain as they truly faced the worst of times.

Shows you should try and find

Imposters on Bravo on Tuesdays is a terrific suspense series about a con woman who is confronted by her victims.  It’s hurtling towards its last episode this week.

Colony on USA on Thursdays is about an Earth that is colonized by invading extraterrestrials.  A resistance movement emerges to challenge them and therein lies our story.

The Expanse on SyFy on Tuesdays shows us a world in the future where Earth and Mars (which it has colonized) have a very uneasy relationship.  Fascinating futuristic stuff!

Homeland on Showtime Sundays continues the espionage story surrounding the CIA’s anti terrorism activities in NYC. We are in Season 6 and are up to the second last episode.

Billions on Showtime Sundays continues the story of a hedge fund manager and a US States Attorney locked in a cat and mouse game with each other.

Feud on FX Sundays follows the relationship of divas Bette Davis and Joan Crawford who are brought together to star in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

The Americans on FX Tuesdays tells the story of an American family who happen to be Russian spies during the 80’s.  How timely!!

As we had company last week, I am still trying to catch up on shows I recorded without much success.  As usual, I try and make time for my favourites like CBS Sunday Morning, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  Today, I will have to catch up with Fareed Zakaria GPS as he tries to explain our complicated times to us.

Closing Words

Enjoy this wonderful Spring weather regardless of where you are.  To my friends who begin their journeys home to the North from Florida this week, safe travels! Have a wonderful week!

 

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