8*; A Private War (2018)

Particulars:
Journalist: Marie Colvin, January 12, 1956 to Feb 22, 2012
Photo Journalist: Paul Conroy
Director: Matthew Heineman
Based on Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner
Produced by Charlize Theron

This film’s cinematography is the modern template for a truly ‘you are there’ sense of place. The Killing Fields of 1960s Cambodia have spread — seemingly everywhere around the world.

See action at dirt level and sense the dust; hover around the bigger picture; deliver the explosive and evasive. But avoid letting the action chase the characters’ personalities into oblivion. This movie delivers all of that.
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“Flash Mob”

Flash Mob -by Robert O’Connell

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This is a fun and funny look at people, personalities, and problems. Did the author enjoy pouring this story out of his witty brain as it seems he must?

My ADDENDUM to the back cover teaser:
“You’ll laugh, You’ll cry, You’ll dance,
You’ll die”-ALOGUE YOUR WAY THROUGH …
… “FLASH MOB”
by Robert O’Connell
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DougInNC turns 100 (postings)

This is my 100th blog post since starting the DougInNC site to tag the walls of the internet with my musings. It is a fun journey that earns a milestone mark, using a very American tune as the basis.

One hundred^ posts do appear on this wall
One hundred posts quite obscure.
A few take-downs, smiles and frowns,
But none to regret that I can recall.

Ninety-nine^^ ‘likes’ I earned on this wall
Ninety-nine ‘likes’ doth appear.
On travel and book, give some a look.
The stage entertains so I recap them all.

Ninety-eight^^ films I list on this wall
Ninety-eight films listed here.
Rarely reviewed, just names of those viewed
You’ll wonder why I screen them at all.

Key:
^-Actual count
^^-Not actual count …
… but who is going to audit or edit me?

Thanks for reading along. With this medium capable of supporting much more, I will keep going. As Frost said,

“For I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep.”

“The Sound of a Broken Chain”

The Sound of a Broken Chain-by J.D. Cortese

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To be all things to all readers, aspire to write like J.D. Cortese in “The Sound of a Broken Chain.” YA novel? Check. Science novel? Check. Literary novel? Check. Culture? Mystery? Drama? History? Yes, yes, yes, yes.

The setting is 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina, yet your narrating protagonist is American Edward (Edgardo) Weston, all of 17 years old, smart, alone, and introverted. One friend and one girl change everything.

The natural conversational language of this work captures teenage thoughts and life, while flourishing phrases and deft descriptions make it a pleasure for all readers.
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“Meditations” of Marcus Aurelius

Meditations -of Marcus Aurelius

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“What WERE you thinking?” Such an inquiry arises daily … usually as rhetoric … rarely answered. Fascinatingly, in this compilation of “Meditations,” the question is answered by Emperor Marcus Aurelius. From nearly 2000 years ago, we have his own (translated) words, a penetrating, insightful, recorded litany of what drove the man and who he strove to be.

While ruling the great empire and fighting the northern hordes, Marcus captured his unequivocal ruminations. For this is not a history of battles, or Rome. It is, per the introduction, “… the innermost thoughts of his heart, set down to ease it, with such moral maxims and reflections as may help him to bear the burden of duty …”.

It’s the second century! Yet we have this (direct) personal record of one born in A.D. 121, emperor in 161, dead in 180. This is on par with getting the history of the Second World War in Churchill’s books. But M.A. delivers at-the-moment pondering while W.C. writes in review of actual events (which he could then bias in his favor). Continue reading “Meditations” of Marcus Aurelius

“The Russian Galatea”

The Russian Galatea-by Ira David Wood III

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Brick by brick the story builds. Like other constructs, it was not clear what would rise when the foundation was being laid in the first chapter or two. As author Ira David Wood III shaped The Russian Galatea, it became recognizable as something familiar told from an intriguing point of view.

This is an epic Russian story previously presented on movie screens, in staged shows, and on the written page. Yet, with its own depth and character focus, this tale offers something new. It was a pleasure to read as the mystery grew deeper, the pieces held together, and the structure was completed.
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Lady Gaga Jazz Las Vegas

Summation:
  • This is good. This is strong. This is courageous.
  • This is not epic, not a trend, not a blueprint.
  • This is Gaga … with a little help from friends.
Lady Gaga delivered an installment of her “Jazz and Piano” show at Park MGM on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, June 9, 2019. For well over two hours, Lady entertained the packed audience and entertained the idea that she could, as she explained from the stage, “carry her own torch” to bring this style of music into the 21st-century limelight. Did she succeed?

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