Watching enough Netflix for a Year, Tennessee

Watching enough Netflix for a Year, Tennessee
While I holiday for a couple of months every year with my son in Tennessee, I garden and watch Netflix, enough to last me for the coming year. Garden, because I don’t have interfering relatives, connected by default, who insist that they know more about my grandfather’s garden, that I grew up in, back in Bangalore. And movies,’ cause I can relax on the couch with a coke zero and some Macadamia nuts with no interference from anyone. My boys know how much I love to garden, so anything my heart desires I am supported with for the garden, which de-stresses me and lets my creative writing juices flow. Happily I am already on my fifth book manuscript here and chapter one is done and dusted.

So sitting back on the couch and sipping my coke zero, I flick on the TV and scroll through the genre of Drama. I have no time for any of the other stuff and scan the reviews before pressing the start icon. The most unlikely sounding name --The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a film I watched recently. It is worth watching, especially by us writers and authors as its all about a literary society, in other words a book club like I run in Bangalore, India. At the end of the film I felt I needed to get hold of the actual book by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows as the film is an adaptation. A pal in the book club promises to lend it to me and I am thrilled.

The film is a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.As well as having a preposterously elongated title, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is a funny, sweet and at times truly sad historical romantic comedy drama. Ultimately, “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society” is based on the true events and facts of what happened to the tiny island during World War II, when, alongside the other Channel Islands, Guernsey was invaded and then occupied by the Nazis. Interestingly two Islander's bravely risked their lives by hiding livestock from the increasingly hungry German soldiers: Miriam Milbourne saved a rare breed of Golden Guernsey goats whilst Violet Carey - kept a pig hidden away! The film aggravated my already intense disgust for the Germans, whose cruelty went to unimaginable lengths during World War II.

You will enjoy “The Duchess” said Annaika as she rushed out grabbing her bag and setting off to work.It is a 2008 British drama film based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the late 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. Released in September 2008 in the United Kingdom the Duchess is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the late 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. My heart went out to this young woman who was married for a male heir and could not bear the Duke one, instead had daughters. So glad we live in today’s world where daughters are equally loved and there are no differences made.

The name ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’,put me off the 2019 American biographical crime thriller film. It is told from the point of view of serial killer Ted Bundy's former girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall. The film is based on Kendall's memoir The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy. The film stars the smouldering Zac Efron as Bundy and oh wow, he surely does justice to his role. The title of the film is a reference to the Judges remarks on Bundy's murders while sentencing him to death. The film was well made and Efron played the cool killer to a T.

Ofcourse it was Robert Redford’s and Jane Fonda’s names in the lights that made me choose --” Our Souls at Night.” It is a 2017 American romantic drama film directed by Ritesh Batra obviously a second generation Indian/ American.Based on the novel of same name by Kent Haruf. It was released on September 29, 2017 by Netflix. The film received acclaim from critics, who appreciated the film's direction, adaptation from the novel, and performances (especially Fonda), with critics widely praising the casting of Fonda and Redford and their chemistry.

The story was all about Louis Waters, a widower, and Addie Moore, a widow, who have been neighbours for decades but hardly know each other. One night, Addie visits Louis to suggest that they spend the night together, non-sexually, to counter their loneliness. Such a wonderfully warm movie which made me glad that they took life in their own hands and ignored the jibes of society.

Again the name -- A Stoning in Fulham County, put me off the fim which is a 1988 television film. It takes place in fictional Fulham County, North Carolina which is rather close to where I am in Tennessee and have visited often. The story is around an Amish family is returning home from an event, when a group of reckless local teens drives pass them in a red pickup truck shouting insults and throwing rocks. A rock hits the seven-month-old baby of the family, causing family patriarch Jacob to borrow a nearby neighbor's phone to call for an ambulance. The baby dies, and county prosecutor decides to investigate and prosecute for reckless homicide.

To his frustration, he finds that the Amish family takes Biblical commandments to "turn the other cheek" and that "vengeance belongs to the Lord" literally and as forbidding to help civil authorities punish those who hurt them. Therefore, the prosecutor must work to persuade them to speak up about what happened so that future harassment and aggression against the Amish community will cease. Finally it was the small five year old like my Alaina who reveals the killers and they get put away.

There will be at least 50 films that I will have watched before heading home. The boys are happy I get to spend quality time with them and go all out to see that I am comfortable and happy, so unlike the nastiness that prevails in my own family home, due to unbearable and uneducated family connections, forced on me.




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