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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Going to the Movies

I don’t go to the movies very often because my siblings, who go fairly often in the late afternoon or evening to a movie theater close to forty miles away from where I live in an area with lots of businesses and rather heavy traffic. Because I suffer from night blindness, which is not a problem on country roads at night, but business districts have lots of lights and several lanes of traffic going both ways, so I find it rather difficult. Also, if my younger brother is going, most of the movies they see have a lot of bombings, shootings and car wrecks which don’t appeal to me.
The real Newton Knight is on the left.

However, when my sisters Elaine, Suzanne and I were camping in the Catskills in June, Suzanne brought a Mother Jones magazine which told the true story of the real Newton Knight, a poor white farmer, who lived in Mississippi. He was forced into the Civil War and then deserted when he realized he was fighting for the rich plantation owners, who wanted to keep their slaves.  Because we knew a movie Free State of Jones was coming out, we all agreed we wanted to see it when we got home. We went to a late afternoon showing which wasn’t a problem for me because in June it stays light.

Free State of Jones certainly had its scenes of battles and killings, but because it was historical, and I certainly know about that and have seen other Civil War movies, I could deal with it. It wouldn’t be accurate if there weren’t any. Actually, the movie was only partially historical. A lot of things were added by the writers. However, Matthew McConaughey as Knight, who organized free and poor white farmers as well as runaway slaves to fight for their own state, and the woman who played his second, common law wife, the freed slave Rachel, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, kept us from being too upset that it wasn’t always historically accurate or how closely it hewed to what we’d read in the magazine. 

I held my breath many times as the bad guys closed in. When I downloaded pictures for this blog, I saw the actor they chose was a perfect fit for the real Newton Knight. It’s a movie I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

Who could be afraid of a giant like this?
The second movie I went to was The BFG, based on the book by Roald Dahl. I actually like children’s movies, but rarely go to them. I saw more of them when I was teaching, especially when I was substituting and the absent music teacher had movies for me to show rather than teach music. Also, when I was teaching I often showed movies that went along with what I was teaching, or a book I’d read to the class, like The House of Dies Drear. Even though I don’t remember reading the Roald Dahl book, I thought I’d enjoy it. So I asked my seven year old great-granddaughter, Ellie, if she’d like to go with me. Of course, she did. I absolutely adored the movie. It was delightful. Ruby Barnhill, played the story’s heroine, Sophie, who lived in an orphanage with a strict matron. She was so perfect in the part. But what I really, really enjoyed was the BFG – big friendly giant.

Mark Rylance played him, and I fell in love with him. I have no idea how they made him into such a huge giant – bigger that the tallest trees. I can see how they put false huge ears and nose on him, but I couldn’t figure out how they elongated his neck. I know it’s all done with digital editing, though. What I loved about this character was his sweet smile. How could anyone not love him? He was such a gentle giant. Also, I loved his mixed up words like butterflies becoming “buttery-flies” and so many other words he mixed up. Those large ears of his were able to pick up secret whisperings, whisperings he caught in jars and stored in his cave. I especially enjoyed the scene where he was invited to dine with the queen because through Sophie, she had been warned of the huge evil giants. That scene of him in the huge dining room in the palace dwarfing everything and everyone was so funny.

Did my Ellie enjoy it as much as I did? Well, she fell asleep for a good half of it because she’d been up late the night before at her grandmother’s house, and had to get up early. Still she liked what she saw of it. Or at least she said she did. This was a movie I could watch again.

The third movie I saw this summer was one my two sisters and my sister-in-law Joanne went to on our annual sisters’ day, that Joanne arranges for the combined birthdays of Elaine, Suzanne and me even though it’s not on our actual birthday. She takes us out to lunch and picks up the tab for us as her birthday gift to us. Usually, she has other events planned, too. This year it was a short shopping excursion after lunch and then to a movie theater to see Florence Foster Jenkins, a true story about a socialite, who wanted to sing at Carnegie Hall.

Meryl Streep did an awesome job of playing her. I read somewhere that she had to hire a voice singer to teach her how to sing off key. Hugh Grant did a nice job as her loving husband. Even more I loved the pianist they hired to work with her, Cosme McMoon, played by Simon Helberg. The looks on his face when she started screeching her high notes singing opera, were priceless. We laughed all through the movie. At least until the end we did. I don’t know about my sisters and sister-n-law, but I was teary eyed at the end, but then I do tend to get teary eyed over sad endings.

The real Florence Foster Jenkins and her husband.
So what’s the next movie I’m going to see?  While this blog is posted, I’ll be in California visiting my youngest daughter, Mary. We plan to see Southside with You. I’m pretty sure we’ll both enjoy it because the reviews have been good.  I’ll be able to use her computer to check this blog, for comments unless it’s while we’re camping in Yosemite for a few days. Even then I can go into the archives to read the comments. I’d love to hear what movies you particularly liked.

What movies have you seen and enjoyed?


Kait said...

I confess to not knowing where the nearest movie theater is, except that it is at least 40 miles away. I am one of those people who will wait for the Netflix--or the CD--both of which seem to happen very, very quickly. The Meryl Streep movie sounds fantastic. I was shocked to discover how well she sings when I saw Mama Mia several years ago (on Netflix). I can believe she had to hire a coach to sing off key! Interesting that there are TWO ways to get to Carnegie Hall. Fun post, Gloria.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Nice round-up of summer movies. Meryl Streep movies are always a special treat.

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Gloria. I'll start a list for winter, the time when I watch movies, not that I watch much. I've found I not good at watching--unless it's really good and I get caught up in it. But like watching sports, dull movies are as boring as watching paint dry. I, too, like children's movies. A friend complained to me the other day about the obscene language used in movies today. I guess it's art imitating life. My husband wants to see Heart of the Sea--a whaling movie. I want to see The Secret Life of Pets!

Jim Jackson said...

I'm just not a movie-goer. From my place in Michigan, the nearest theater is over an hour away. And I'd rather spend the time reading a book. Jan can occasionally entice me to a movie when we are down south -- but it's at most one or two a year.

Grace Topping said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Gloria. I love any movie that features Hugh Grant. With so many movies filled with violence, nudity, and foul language, I sometimes despair of finding a good movie. Maybe like Elaine, I'll stick to moves for children.

KM Rockwood said...

I can't say there are no movie theaters available (two multi-screen theaters within a few miles) and I know matinee and bargain Tuesday prices are available. Since I'm retired, I could make them.

I've half-planned to get to a few recently--Zootopia and Sully come to mind--but I have to admit I'm not much of a movie fan, and I never got there. I can't remember the last one I actually went to (possibly Philomena.) I don't watch TV much, either.

When my husband went away for a week with some of his friends to play golf, I realized I don't even know how to turn the TV on. He's got a couple of remote controls and a jumble of wiring, a box and some switches. I just looked at it and decided there was nothing I really wanted to watch enough to figure the whole thing out.

Shari Randall said...

I used to love going to the movies, but a few years ago I got turned off by all the people texting in the theater. I just wait for the DVDs - Redbox expecially - but there are a few movies that should be seen on a big screen and I'll go see those in the theater - Harry Potter, Star Trek come to mind

Gloria Alden said...

Kait, my daughter sometimes gets a Netflix movie to watch when I visit, but other than that I don't watch movies on Netflix partly because I have an older TV with not a very big screen.

Margaret, she was wonderful in this movie.

E.B. I'm not fond of hearing foul language, either. My siblings don't usually pick boring movies, but I'm not fond of movies with a lot of violence that they sometimes pick if my brother is going.

Jim, most of the time I'd rather read than go to a movie, too. It's one of the reasons I don't have cable TV because it would be a waste of my money, although I have to admit that sometimes I hear of a movie that I missed when it was local and wish I could see it.

KM, the only TV I watch are the mysteries on PBS, and not always those, either. When I
couldn't get any channel on my TV when it was time for Father Brown to come on, I panicked.
Apparently the Amish girl I hired to clean did something behind the TV set. My son was able to fix it the next day when he came over.

Shari, because the movies I saw were in the afternoon and out for a short while already, there weren't many people in the theater. What I hate is the loooooong commercials and previews they have going for a half hour or so before the movie at very high volume. But
there have been some people texting at the movies. At several recent movies I went to there were announcements to turn off cell phones and no texting because the lights from the phones are distracting.