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‘The Greatest Showman’ 2017 Movie: Great Entertainment, But Factually Bunkum.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this movie.



The official trailer on YouTube.


A 70% full theater, at a Thursday afternoon 4:30pm matinee, at the “Regal 10” in Concord, burst into appreciative applause when the end credits came on. People liked it and it was easy to do so. P.T. Barnum would have been happy, he made a lot of people, including quite a few kids, v. happy — after Christmas on a bitterly cold day.

Great yarn, superbly told — and again P.T. would have been happy.

You can watch it (like most good movies) at different levels. It does address some social issues and it was interesting to see folks protesting his circus 120-years ago — given the protest endured by the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which eventually resulted in them literally folding their tent, sadly, this year. Ironic that this movie came out this year — 7-months after the last performance of his namesake circus (and we did attend one of the very last shows, having been annual fans for nearly 10-years).

Prior to this movie I did NOT know much about P.T. Barnum other than his fame as a showman, creator of a circus and some of the famous saying attributed to him, in particular: “there is a sucker born every minute“. So, I had assumed, per the billings, that this was meant to be autobiographical.

Early on I started to get uneasy. Some stuff did NOT gel. There was an implication that the word ‘circus’ was not common currency c. 1835. That bothered me since I knew that the Romans, of antiquity, had their circus. Then there was this Carlyle character that became his partner. Well have YOU heard of a circus called “Barnum & Carlyle“? Of course you have NOT because there never was one. It was “Barnum & Bailey“. There is NO mention of Bailey in the movie.

So, when I got home I did a quick butchers of Wikipedia. Oh, dear! The movie is nowhere CLOSE to accurate. SHAME. P.T. was even more of an intriguing character than the one portrayed. That is a shame.

So, while I enjoyed the movie I now feel ‘cheated’ — BUT Barnum would approve. C’est la vie.

Definitely worth watching. But keep in mind it is NOT a true story — one that borrows SOME elements from reality.


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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ 2017 Movie: Lavishly Produced, Easy To Enjoy.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the IMDb.com page for the movie.


The trailer on YouTube.



We had not been to the movies (at a theatre) since August, when we went to see ‘Dunkirk‘. Given that we didn’t have much planned for the Saturday we decided to rectify it. None of us are “Star War” fans — though I have seen most, if not all of them. We were also not in the mood to see “Coco“. So, with I in the lead, we decided to see “Murder on the Orient Express“.

We knew the story line — and I am quite au fait with fellow Brit Agatha Christie. What I was eager to see was the cinematography. I knew it would be lavish — and I was not disappointed. Not sure how much of it was computer generated, but it is very artistic, dramatic, luxuriant and easy on the eye. Great humor and the recreation of Da Vinci’sLast Supper” setting, in a tunnel, is brilliant.

All together a good experience. Lingers with you. Very clever. Made me want to read the book!

We saw the movie at our ‘local’ — the “Regal 10” in Concord, about 40 minutes from home. They had a police presence. I, being who I am, had to go up to the policeman — who was very pleasant — and inquire why. They were expecting long lines for “Star Wars”. So, they were just being careful. Interesting.


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‘Hidden Figures’ — The Movie: Incredibly Uplifting, Still SO Topical That All Americans Should Watch It.

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This was indeed quite the movie. Extremely uplifting and inspiring. A GREAT MOVIE for toady. Shows you that there is still HOPE.

Saw it at the Concord (NH) ‘Regal 10‘. Had seen the trailer for it a few weeks back when we went to see ‘SING‘.

So glad that we went to see it.

Quite a few personal touches for I. Yes, there was a lot of IBM (including punched cards) that was from my era and which I could relate to THOUGH I think they portrayed IBM poorly and unfairly. IBM, in those days, even more than now, were ultra diligent about new system installations. There would have been site surveys on top of site surveys. No they would never be hampered by a door that was too small to permit the computer to be wheeled in. And then they had FORTRAN.

I knew two mathematicians who worked for NASA for the Apollo program — both were men, though one was black. He (the black one), who taught me physics in Paris 1968 – 1969, was the one that got me into computers! And they showed Yuri Gagarin — and I was very fortunate to have met him, in 1961, when he visited Ceylon. I was 7-years old.

Great movie. I wish all Americans could see it. It should be shown in schools.

I am so glad I got to see it. I will watch it again when it is available online.


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‘Sing’ The Animated Musical Is Very Entertaining, Great Songs & Quite The Yarn.

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singWe saw “Sing”, at the ‘Regal 10, in Concord (New Hampshire), on Monday.

We had seen the trailers many times on TV and it looked like our type of show. And it was.

It was very good. I would watch it again and I only watch the very BEST of animated movies more than once.

The songs, and the soundtrack, even IF I leave dear Cat Stevens aside, was memorable. The sound was rich, clear and powerful.

Decent animation BUT not up to the recent exalted standards set by Pixar or Dreamworks. The resolution and texture of the furs and skins was what we used to see routinely 5 years ago. But, nonetheless still decent and very watchable.

Good family movie, sans caveats. Highly recommended.


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With Polling Stations Open For Another 5 Hours, German Cinema Shooting Could Sway Brexit Voting!

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Crossed my mind as I was watching the breaking news. We don’t know the details BUT if it was in any way ‘immigration-related’ it could have an impact on the Brexit referendum.

Food for thought.

Polls don’t close till 10pm London (GMT) time (today).


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