The BFG. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

The BFG

A few days ago I plundered through Netflix looking for something to watch that wasn’t going to cause my body to tense up like it had while watching Dunkirk. (That proved a bit of a problem for my syringomyelia.)  I came across The BFG (2016) based on the book by Roald Dahl.

Being a fan of Dahl, and never one to shy away from movies made for kids, I decided it would be a great way to relax and spend a couple of hours. Then I realized it was a Stephen Spielberg movie and I knew I had made a great choice!

Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) lives in an orphanage and suffers from insomnia, so she reads in bed. She also wanders around during “the witching hour” of 3 a.m. and one quiet night she looks out the window and sees a giant. The Giant (Mark Rylance) scoops her up and takes her to Giant Country. When she finally calms down enough to question him about it, he replies “Because I hears your lonely heart, in all the secret whisperings of the world.”

The BFG. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

Eventually, Sophie comes to refer to the Giant as The BFG, or Big Friendly Giant, as he protects her from the other mean, children eating giants that live around him. The BFG is also picked on and bullied by the others. Sophie realizes that something must be done to stop them, so she comes up with a plan to enlist the Queen (Penelope Wilson) to rid the world of the bad giants, but not to harm The BFG.

This movie had me literally laughing out loud, sighing, a little anxious, and at times a little tearful. A children’s movie! CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) was used to make the Giant and add a little bit of a cartoonish air, but leave in everything about the characters to make them real. It is truly a magical experience of the best kind.

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Add to that the wonderful words of The BFG, like phizz-whizzing, snozzcumbers and one of my favorites: “I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.” Not to mention, Sophie’s no-nonsense way of trying to logically work everything through and you get a very unlikely pair working together in a heartwarming way to solve a problem. 

So whether you are 5, 30, or 60, or any age in-between, you really need to see this movie! It is wonderful, and I promise you will like it.

A couple of interesting tidbits:

The Giant played is by Mark Rylance who also plays Mr. Dawson in Dunkirk. And, the Queen is played by Penelope Wilton who was Downton Abby’s Isobel Crawley.

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

 

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Syringomyelia 1 – Movie 0

Syringomyelia – 1        Movie-going – 0

Yep. Going to a movie lost out to syringomyelia (SM). Hubby and I went to see the movie Dunkirk and it was really good (click here for review) and it was really bad.

No, not the movie, but what seeing the movie did to me. After seeing it on Saturday, I spent all day Sunday, most of Monday and part of Tuesday on muscle relaxers, pain pills, a heating pad, and on the sofa recuperating. No, I am not kidding.

The movie was very intense and I spent probably 100 of its 106 minutes stressed out about what was going to happen and who might die and when the next bomb may hit. Tensed is not a way for me to spend 100 minutes. Or even 30 minutes.

Why didn’t I leave the movie, you ask? Why didn’t I stop watching? Quite honestly, because it never crossed my mind that seeing a movie was going to put me out of action for the next 3 days! Would it cross yours if it had never happened? No, probably not. But I know better now. I had even taken medicine as a precaution to sitting in the chairs at the movie, but even that didn’t help.

Syringomyelia sucks. Just saying.

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Other than the pain, there are the “little” things.

I drop things. Sometimes my hand(s) just let go and whatever I was holding is on the floor. I don’t drink out of glass anymore, don’t worry!

I get vertigo at very inopportune times. Like one day I was fine and hubby and I walked into a Subway to get lunch. Ten steps in and the world shifted and began to spin around me. The teenagers behind the counter thought it was great that I was drunk. Until I told them that I don’t drink alcohol. That’ll shut ’em up quickly.

I can’t get to a word sometimes, even though I know it. I was talking to my dad one day about my eyes and was trying to say that I have astigmatism. I know that word. But all that would come out was augmentin. Even after he said it to me, I could not say it back. The next day, I could say it perfectly.

My balance is really bad. If I ever got pulled over and asked to do the DUI test, I’d never in a million years pass it. Except that I don’t drink alcohol, so there is that. (And no, I do not drive when I am heavily medicated.)

My legs and feet go to sleep. Most of the time without me knowing it until I try to stand up. It’s not a pretty sight, I tell you!

My family and sense of humor keep me sane. When I drop something, I just pick it up with a loud thank you that it wasn’t glass, or priceless. When I can’t come up with a word, I generally insert a nonsense or alternate one and those who know me just roll with it. When my balance is bad, I am so thankful for a hubby and kids who non-theatrically steady me.

My faith in God sustains me. There is no possible way I could handle this on my own, so I lean into my faith to help me through the hardest days and I know that I am loved.

So after SM won against the movie, I spent several days reading, watching a couple of no-stress-at-all movies on Netflix and resting. While I did take muscle relaxers and pain meds, the one thing that seemed to help the most was Amish Origins Pain Relief Cream. This stuff is magical on sore and tight muscles! I found it a couple of years ago at a Mennonite bakery that we go to often and the owner assured me that it helped. I have since found it on Amazon (the bakery is 4 hours away) and I still use it.

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While I don’t generally post about my issues with SM, I do believe that it is very important to bring awareness to this issue, as there are so many of us out there struggling to live a “normal” life and not let SM control us. But it is an every single day kind of struggle. We don’t want pity. We don’t want unsolicited advice (sorry, we have lots of doctors giving advice). We don’t want to be left alone. We want your support. We want your love. We don’t want to be in pain.

But most of all, we want you to know that sometimes just listening to us rant, without judgment or attempts to “fix” us is the thing we would like most.

 

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Dunkirk. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

Dunkirk

Over the weekend, hubby and I went to see the movie Dunkirk, which I had not even known about until he mentioned going to see it. We aren’t big on going out to see movies, so I was a little shocked that he wanted to see this one. Having been a social studies education undergrad, I love historical books, movies, and tv shows, so I was all in.

First, let me say that it is ridiculous that it costs the two of us a little more than $50 to see a movie in a theater with popcorn and a drink. Good grief! This is the reason we don’t go to the movies all that often. However, if you plan to see Dunkirk, see it in an IMAX theater if at all possible. You feel like you are right there, with the unmatched definition and clarity of the screen and the sound system pulsing through your body, it adds so much to the experience!

Second, let me say that if you like history at all, you must go see this movie. It was really good. If you aren’t into history but you like war movies, this movie is a must see! If you like intense, non-stop action, go see this movie. Get up…go now! It’s that good!

This is quite an interestingly conceived movie, as there is no main character, just back and forth between different soldiers, boat captains, and officers. Reading that, you may think that there is no one to specifically name as the focus of the movie and that you will get lost trying to follow all of the different characters. You won’t. It is a simple and yet magnificently told depiction of the Dunkirk evacuation.

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In case you don’t know (I didn’t), the Dunkirk evacuation, sometimes referred to as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied (British and French) soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, in northern France, between May 26 and June 4, 1940, during World War II. At the end of the first day, 7,669 men were evacuated, but by the end of the eighth day, 338,226 soldiers had been rescued by over 800 boats, the majority of those being the personal boats of fishermen and tradesmen from Great Britain.(1)

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There is no real down time in this movie. It is non-stop action from about 3 minutes in until the final credits, so be prepared for about 103 minutes of being on the edge of your seat. Even though you know the outcome of more than 330,000 of these men, you are gripped with fear in a what will happen in every scene, one right after another, for the ENTIRE MOVIE!

It was written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. The cast stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. Many of these men played Oscar worthy roles in this movie, and according to a Dunkirk historian, there are only minor discrepancies between the movie and the actual evacuation.

So, if you have a little time on your hands, and some extra money, head out to see this one. It truly is worth it!

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

(1) Dunkirk evacuation. (2017, July 31). Retrieved July 31, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkirk_evacuation

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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

A while back I purchased The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, but it sat on a shelf unread. I’m not really sure why, as I read and really liked The Host and to be honest, I loved the Twilight series.

This book, however, is a far cry from Twilight! Where that series has been raked over the coals by many reviewers, critics, feminists and the like for having a weak female character, The Chemist is 180 degrees in the opposite direction!

The Chemist. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Alex/Julianna is quite formidable. Having worked for a government agency of operations so dark, the organization didn’t even have a name, her work was to stop terror attacks from reaching American soil. But when someone in that agency turned the tables, Alex became the hunted.

After being on the run for 3 years, her former handler has found her, assured her she is safe and is asking her to come back and stop what could be the worst terror attack the world has ever seen. Her conscience won’t let her walk away, so she walks back into a world of people who want her dead. But this time she has more to protect than ever before.

All in all, I really liked this book. The characters were believable, likable and realistic, with pretty much non-stop action. This is not a love story with action thrown in, this is an action-thriller with a love interest that does not take over the story, it just enhances it. So if you like thrillers, read this one. If you are hoping for a Twilight type of love story, you’re not getting it here. The Chemist is much more realistic and a story for those who like mysteries, thrillers, and espionage.

The audio version of The Chemist is read by Ellen Archer.

 

4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

 

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Admission time. I had heard about Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, but for some reason, I had been putting off reading it. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. I do love historical fiction, but I was in a mystery-thriller phase that I just could not work my way out of.

Last week, however, I wanted something different, so I decided to go for it. And go for it I did. All 592 pages. Perhaps my mind knew that I would not be able to put it down once I started. Whatever it was that kept me from reading it before, I am so very glad that I finally got around to it. And I read it, ALL of it, in just over 1 day. I truly could not put it down! YES! It is that great.

Two sisters. One steadfast and true. One temperamental and headstrong. After the death of their mother and the day their father sent them away, both want nothing more than to be loved again. Vianne is married to Antoine, whom she has loved and been loved by since she was 14 years-old. Isabelle has been kicked out of one boarding school after another.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. A Propensity to Discuss review.

When news of war comes to France, Vianne remembers her father the way he was before the first Great War and how he was never the same afterward. Isabelle only remembers the man from after the war; the one who never wanted her.

With Antoine called to fight, Vianne is left to care for their daughter, Sophie, when the Germans invade France. She has no idea how she will cope. Isabelle wants to fight for France. She wants to join the Resistance and do whatever possible to free France from the horrible Nazi regime.

Differing dispositions and ideology separate the sisters, but as conditions in France turn into a real-life nightmare, each sister must tread her own dangerous path to survive the Occupation.

This is now one of my favorite books of all time. It is historical fiction, real-life, heartache, terror, love, and forgiveness all wrapped up in a story that you will not want to put down until you make it to the final page. And then you will want more.  Unputdownable!

 

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

 

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Summer Rental. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

What more could you ask for than a month-long Summer Rental at the beach with your three life-long best friends? If you answered not much, I agree with you. And take this book with you if you get the opportunity!

Ellis, Dorie, and Julia have known each other since grade school. Each one knows everything about the other two. Or at least they did through high school. Now on the backside of 30, each of them has a few secrets. Not hair-raising, break-the-bank, here-come-the-police secrets, but each one of them is questioning some part of her life that she hasn’t really been able to own up to, either to herself or to her friends.

Summer Rental. A Propensity to Discuss review.

If you add those issues to an August Summer Rental at the beach in Nag’s Head, NC with these three, a gorgeous landlord, and a woman who is obviously running away from something, you get a pretty darn good beach read. And who doesn’t love a good old romantic, drama-centered beach read in the summer?

If you want a literary classic, this book isn’t for you. But if you want a satisfying, lazy day romance that doesn’t require you to break the brain bank, this is certainly a book you’ll want to choose. Throw in a beach setting and you’ll want to stick your toes in the sand with every chapter.

4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Every Last Lie

I am a fan of Mary Kubica’s work. After I read The Good Girl, I could hardly wait to get my hands on all of her novels, so when I was given a chance to preview Every Last Lie, I jumped on it.

Clara Solberg’s last conversation with her husband, Nick, is about what to bring home for dinner. She wishes she could change that. She wishes she hadn’t sent him out. She wishes she had gone herself. Because Nick never came home after wrapping his car around a tree with their four-year-old daughter in the backseat. Thankfully, Maisie’s car seat saved her, but nothing could be done for Nick.

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Left with her four-year-old daughter and four-day-old son, Clara’s life is turned upside down as she tries to piece together the last few weeks of Nick’s life as strange things emerge one after another and make her question everything. Was Nick’s death a suicide with their daughter in the car? Was he having an affair? And then as Maisie begins to awaken screaming about the “bad man” in the middle of the night, Clara begins to wonder: Did someone kill him?

The novel moves back and forth between Clara’s point of view in the present situation and Nick’s point of view in the months leading up to his death. It is a good story, but I didn’t really feel much of a connection to either of the main characters. There is more development of Maisie than of either Clara or Nick, so it is difficult to feel much for either of them. And Clara is so busy with theories that she never grieves for her husband, making it difficult for the reader to grieve him.

That being said, Kubica’s writing style is still, in my opinion, top-notch and I plan to continue reading her novels. I just wish there had been a little more unfolding of the characters. I do recommend Every Last Lie, however, if you want true psychological thrills, read The Good Girl. It is amazing!

3 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

 

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