Wow…what a week!

It has been an amazingly full and memorable week.  I had the great pleasure of hosting my longtime high school girlfriends for a few days at our Thornbury place.  We all turned 65 at some point in the last year so it was a group celebration for us.  It was three days of eating, laughter and even some tears.  We walked, swam (well, I did get wet in our pool but you can’t call what I do swimming) and relaxed in the hot tub.  Of course, I showed the girls two of my favourite movies (more on that below).  We spent an evening sitting under the stars and reminiscing around our campfire. We are so lucky and grateful for our friendships which have now spanned over 50 years.  In addition, George and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with two other couples who have also been married for 45 years.  Longtime friends are the best friends.  Needless to say, I didn’t watch much TV or make it out to the movies, but I do have a few recommendations for you:

Re-watched streaming (for my girlfriends)

The Queen of Versailles (2012; 100 minutes) This is truly one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.  It is a riches-to-rags story about a wealthy Florida couple who start building the biggest private home in America at 90,000 square feet, inspired in part by the Versailles palace in France.  However, in 2008 the housing bubble bursts and the couple sees their lifestyle disintegrate.  The film is jaw-dropping in its scenes of conspicuous consumption and their tragic fall from grace.  There is no narration or off-screen interviewing being done, the couple simply allows the film crew full access to their lifestyle.  It is an amazing depiction of the disintegration of an extravagant lifestyle and a sobering reminder that the American Dream is very fragile.  This was my third viewing of this film and I have to confess that I found it just as engaging as the first time I saw it.

The Big Sick (2017; 120 minutes) I love this true life romantic comedy written by Emily Gordon and her husband Kumail Nanjiani.  It was loosely based on the real-life courtship between them before their marriage in 2007. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash.  When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations and his true feelings.  This was also my third viewing of this film and it still moved me to tears and laughter.  A romantic comedy that is truly  both romantic and comedic!!

Streaming

Younger  Season 5 Oh my, Liza’s secret is out and she is facing the consequences of deceiving her boss for whom she truly does feel great affection.
Animal Kingdom Season 3 Oh my, there has and will be blood for this California crime family.  A great American adaptation of a wonderful Australian film.  Catch both on Netflix if you haven’t discovered them yet.

Bravo

Queen of the South Season 3 This terrific crime series has returned from hiatus for its third season.  Hiding from Camila in Malta, Teresa tries to launch a drug empire of her own by striking a deal with a dangerous money launderer.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Margaret Atwood’s dystopian tale of a male dominated theocracy is given a dark and brooding depiction.  So dark…

HBO

The Affair Season 4 This series just debuted its 4th season last week. Helen and Noah are now in LA and are in constant conflict over their children.  Dark and brooding.

Vida and Sweetbitter Both these new series have finished their initial seasons.  Both are focused on women and couldn’t be more different, even though I loved them both. Binge, if you haven’t discovered them yet.

CB Strike I love this new BBC series about a private detective in London.  Great depiction of contemporary London.  The interplay between the detective and his new assistant is intriguing.

W

Imposters Season 2 This series about con artists is quickly coming to a close.  A very clever black comedy.

Nashville Season 6 This evening soap opera has had a long run but it speedily concluding and trying to wrap up all its storylines. Corny, but I can’t look away.

Comic Relief

All my favourites are currently showing new episodes (Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, Bill Maher, John Oliver and Jim Jeffries).  Jeffries had a terrific Canadian content show last week that featured an interview with Jordan Peterson that was a great introduction to the enemy of political correctness.

Zen Moment

I am writing this blog as I watch this morning’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning.  Gentle segments on immigration, celebrity profiles, San Quentin Penitentiary, etc.  Soothing and illuminating at the same time.

Closing Words

George has just left for Toronto and will be flying off to Cape Breton tomorrow for a golf getaway with 3 very dear friends.  I am anticipating gatherings with my Toronto book group, gourmet group and then my usual golf, mahjong and canasta games.  The sun is just peaking out now after an unusual couple of gloomy days.  We have needed rain desperately up here as it has been an exceptionally dry summer so far.  Enjoy your weather wherever you are and special hugs to my friends dealing with medical challenges.

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2 thoughts on “Wow…what a week!

  1. I went to check out CB Strike since I loved the books, but alas, it’s on Cinemax, not HBO, and we don’t get that! 😢

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  2. I am so sorry. HBO Canada carries a mixture of Hulu, STARZ, Cinemax, etc as those networks are not licensed to operate in Canada. CB Strike is so great, you might consider watching it on pay-per-view. Hey I’m learning Canasta this summer and am looking forward to playing with the TB girls this winter. It’s even more challenging than Mahj. You are so clever, you’d probably pick it up very quickly!

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