The Reform of John Thornton – Part Fifteen

Chapter Fifteen   “Mother,” I said that evening, while we were sitting in the parlour after dinner, “I’m going away for a couple of days. There is enough money in our strongbox to last us three months, so you needn’t worry. When I come back, I’ll deal with seeing us through to the next stage.” … Read moreThe Reform of John Thornton – Part Fifteen

The Matador’s Mistress 2008 (aka Manolete)

  The Menno Meyjes directed drama stars Adrien Brody as Spanish bullfighter Manolete, in a film that covers his late life love affair with actress Lupe Sino (Penélope Cruz) before he was gored to death in the bull ring. Sino’s communist politics turned their affair into a scandal in the early 1940s, especially after discovering … Read moreThe Matador’s Mistress 2008 (aka Manolete)

Copying Beethoven 2006

Personal Favorite of mine   It is set in 1824 as Beethoven (Ed Harris) is finishing his Ninth Symphony. He is plagued by deafness, loneliness and personal trauma. A fictional character, a new copyist, Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger) is engaged to help the composer finish preparing the score for the first performance. Anna is a … Read moreCopying Beethoven 2006

Joyous Noel 2005

    In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share … Read moreJoyous Noel 2005

The Reform of John Thornton – Part Fourteen

Chapter Fourteen For the next three months, I fought tooth and nail to keep my business afloat. I travelled to Birmingham, Leeds and even London to find some new investors, but alas, to no avail. Latimer would not see me again when I applied for an interview about a new loan. Needless to say I … Read moreThe Reform of John Thornton – Part Fourteen

The Keeping Room 2014

  Released 2015 Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.   Brit Marling Hailee Steinfeld Sam Worthington Amy … Read moreThe Keeping Room 2014

The Revenant UK release 01/15/2016 – US release 01/08/16

The action adventure film follows American wilderness explorer Hugh Glass, portrayed by DiCaprio. He was left for dead after being attacked by a bear, and he’s not happy with his team for abandoning him. The term revenant refers to someone who has made a return, and in some cases, from the dead. Hardy takes on … Read moreThe Revenant UK release 01/15/2016 – US release 01/08/16