Well, Irma came and went last week, and at this date, we are aware that our pool cage has been blown to smithereens and the screening will need to be replaced but the structure is intact. Very thoughtful friends are headed down next week to check on our place. It has been a busy past week as I hosted several longtime friends in Thornbury for 3 days of R&R and then attended our last 3 screenings at TIFF. This week I have a large group of my special fitness girlfriends coming to the area for 2 1/2 days of hiking on local trails and they will depart just in time for me to catch my flight to Scotland on Friday. George and I are off to Scotland for 1 week. He will golf as part of a group of 12 touring the top courses there, while I am going to visit with a dear friend who lives just outside Edinborough. We will do a little touring, especially in the Aberdeen area, the Northern Lights capital of Europe. George and I will then depart for Iceland where we have 5 days of touring scheduled. Last stop for the Northern Lights. We return on Oct. 5, so I am taking a little break from TV and Movie watching and will try to catch some of the new shows before I write again later in October. In the meantime, here are some suggestions for viewing:
The Emmy Awards Broadcast
The Emmy Awards air at 8 pm tonight. Westworld and SNL lead the nominations with 22 each. Stephen Colbert hosts, so it should be great fun!
TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)
Kodachrome was our first screening. A perfectly sweet but predictable father/son road trip movie. Lovely ensemble cast features Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen star.
Journey’s End is a gruelling WWI tale of the horrors of trench warfare and the human toll that was taken during this completely futile war of attrition. Great cast features Sam Claflin, Paul Bethany and Asa Butterfield.
Good Favour is a puzzling parable set in a religious community in Central Europe. This magical realism film is based on the appearance of a teenage stranger who gradually reveals his motives and what seem to be magical powers.
Professor Marston and The Wonder Women is a true story of William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and mistress, the creation of the beloved comic book character “Wonder Woman”, and the controversy the comic generated in its earlier years. This film is quite delightful in its portrayal of Marston’s relationship with his wife and lover. Very broad minded!
The Big Sick is a delightful romantic comedy that I recently rewatched with a group of lady friends. If you have watched Silicon Valley, you may have already fallen in love with Kumail Nanjiani. This film is based on Nanjani’s own life and his rocky romance with his real life girlfriend Emily and his involvement with her parents when Emily suddenly develops a life threatening medical condition. Prepare to fall in love with this charming film. Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond)and Holly Hunter are wonderful as Emily’s parents.
Get Shorty is a 10 episode miniseries, currently airing on Epix in the US. I have binged on the first six episodes of this terrific series which I have been able to stream. It will debut on Superchannel in Canada on Sept 20. Likeable Irish actor Chris O’Dowd leads a great cast in this tv adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel about a hit man who becomes a movie producer in Hollywood. Ray Romano has now refashioned his career and has come a long way from his Everybody Loves Raymond character as he plays Rick, a washed up movie producer who is forced to produce a film as a money laundering technique for a crime family. The 1995 film which featured an all star cast with John Travolta, Gene Hackman, etc. was clever, but this extended version of the story is incredibly engaging.
Younger, a delightful comedy series about a 46 year-old single mom forced to lie about her age (passing as a social media expert millennial) to get a job, aired its season finale in the US this past week but will debut the 4th season premiere later this year on Much.
TVPremieres and Returns
People of Earth, a delightful sitcom about a support group for alien abductees will return for its second season premiere on Sept 19 on Comedy at 10 pm.
Animal Kingdom, a gritty crime series starring Ellen Barkin, returns for its second season premiere on Sept 20 on Bravo at 10 pm.
The Deuce, a gritty series about the NYC history of pornography, premiered last Sunday on HBO and airs Sundays at 9.
Outlander, the most romantic show on television, premiered last Sunday on W and airs Sundays at 9 pm.
Jim Jeffries, an outrageous Australian political comedian, returns with new shows on Sept 19 at 10:30 on Comedy.
My usual favourites
Endeavour, an Inspector Morse prequel, has its season finale tonight on our local PBS station; I watched it last week in a different time zone, and also caught the local PBS fundraiser, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy from Great Performances. This is a wonderful special that explores the unique role of Jewish composers, lyricists, songwriters on Broadway and film musicals. It’s a 90 minute documentary that is well worth watching.
Ray Donovan, a series about Hollywood fixer, airs Sunday nights on HBO at 9 pm.
Episodes, a delightful story about behind the scenes Hollywood, airs Sunday nights on HBO at 10 pm.
The Sinner, a murder mystery starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, airs Monday nights on Showcase at 10 pm.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is back with new shows on CBS at 11:35 Mon-Fri this week; The Daily Show with Trevor Noah continues with new shows on Comedy at 11:00 Mon-Thurs; Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has new shows on Wed. night at 10:30 on Comedy; Real Time with Bill Maher has new shows on HBO on Fri at 10 pm.
It has been a gorgeous week and weekend. Fingers crossed that this amazing Indian Summer (probably a totally politically incorrect expression these days) weather continues into the fall. Enjoy the beautiful colours and incredible temperatures. I will return mid-October with some stories and pictures from Scotland and Iceland.