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Clever Girls

My wife and I saw Ladies In Black today.
It’s the cinematic adaption of novel The Women In Black.
The movie sort of acknowledges the fact that if you leave a life story at particular point then you achieve a happy ending, but life always goes on beyond that point and happiness is never guaranteed.
Actor Noni Hazelhurst, with sublime craft, restraint and warmth delivers the words which are the thematic climax of the tale.
As someone blessed to marry a clever girl, and then for us to be further blessed with three clever girls, it warmed my heart.
This is the version from the novel, which differs slightly, but conveys the substance of the idea.

You’re a clever girl, I could see that. It’s a pleasure to work with you and I’ll be sorry when you leave us. You’ll be going to the university, won’t you, of course you will. A clever girl is the most wonderful thing in all Creation you know: you must never forget that. People expect men to be clever. They expect girls to be stupid or at least silly, which very few girls really are, but most girls oblige them by acting like it. So you just go away and be as clever as ever you can; put their noses out of joint for them. It’s the best thing you could possibly do, you and all the clever girls in this city and the world.


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The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs – New From Joel And Ethan Coen

Any new release from the Coen Brothers will be interesting.
Their stories are self-consciously stories, and as such illustrate aspects of the human condition.
“I’m the distractor with a little story.
People can’t get enough of them.
Because, well, they connect the stories to themselves I suppose.
And we all love hearing about ourselves
So long as the people in the stories are us … but not us.”

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs was supposedly a six-part series that has become one movie of six vignettes.
Though with the Coen Brothers that may or may not be totally the way it was.
It’s going to premiere on Netflix, a pointer to releases outside of cinemas.

Here are two trailers.


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Batman – The Animated Series

I have a copy of the bluray complete Batman – The Animated Series being shipped.
It pretty much makes all other renditions of the character redundant.
Screen Junkies explain why in the Honest Trailer for the series.


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Five Minutes From The Aquaman Movie

The question of a five-minute trailer for a movie is whether these are all the best bits.
It’s also interesting that Mera (Aquaman’s partner/wife in various iterations of the comics) is prominently featured throughout. The success of Wonder Woman may be an influence in this.
Hopefully she’s just as significant throughout the whole movie.
This sums up my feelings about the situation.


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Go To The Movies

With the grandkids and the teen titans. (And a couple of daughters)


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One Ring To Rule Them All – Sort Of

This animation features mice and a plot line vaguely reminiscent of a classic work of popular fiction.
All in five minutes.


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Trailer For Mary Poppins Returns

Please don’t be terrible.
Please don’t be terrible.
Please don’t be terrible.
…it gets bonus points for having Dick van Dyke not having to act to play an old man this time.