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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 2

Car Traffic Accident Damage Image courtesy of Video Girl &publicdomainpictures.net Scott sits in his driveway unable to get out of his car. He is aware that ten minutes quickly going on eleven have passed on the dashboard clock since his arrival to his home. Inside of his house Scott knows his wife is simultaneously plating…

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Get on Up: A 2014 film on the life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown

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The 2014 film, Get on Up, takes an autobiographical look at the Godfather of Soul; James Brown starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Tate Taylor.

  
Over the course of several years, I have seen documentaries on James Brown and several of his recorded concerts.   As a result, I think Chadwick nails Brown’s voice and his dance moves. Plus, he did some singing in the film too.  
However, Boseman gets let down by the time sequences of film and editing which are uneven.  It introduces us to James Brown toward the end of his career, then to his childhood, future concerts, how he started, back to childhood or any of the previously mentioned without something to connect them so it makes sense to the viewer. 


One specific is one of the first scenes in the film where Brown visits one of the business he owns. He gets upset at a woman who used the bathroom in the building, and it appears to finish quickly until much later in the film when I found out the incident leads to him being chased by the police.


A second instance occurs a while later at after concert party when Birdy comes into the room to tell Brown a woman who introduced herself as his mother wants to see him.  We do not get to see Brown with his mother and hear what is said between them until near the end of the film.

If the sequences in the script, and editing had been better the film could have risen to the level of Chadwick’s amazing performance.

Get on Up: A 2014 film on the life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown
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Showtime: Penny Dreadful Entire S1

Video link from Showtime’s Penny Dreadful City of Angles Youtube Channel

I kept watching Showtime’s Penny Dreadful first season and the finale felt strong and did not disappoint. The major questions get an answer and the one story line left continues into the second and third (last season). Spoiler if you have not seen the show the story line that continues belongs to Vanessa.

Sir Malcolm Murray did find his daughter with the help of Vanessa, Ethan, Victor and Sembene. We also got to know each character individually especially the strong connection between Sir Murray and Vanessa Ives. (They have serious baggage with one another but it changes some.)

Vanessa Ives: medium (witch/possessed by demon); Dr. Victor Frankenstein: specialty doctor/ scientist; Ethan Chandler: American gunslinger (wolfman). Next we have side characters with their stories. They include Dorian Gray (Oliver Wilde’s famous book character) Brona Croft (Chandler’s girlfriend), Frankenstein’s monster; and Sembene (longtime acquaintance of Sir Murray).

As I wrote in my review of the first two episodes, the writers capture the nature of these characters  while adding new layers to them. The one character that feels like a character from a different show is Ethan Chandler who has similarities to Captain Homer Jackson from Ripper Street. Nor does it take away from the strength of the show.

The characters do have differences. For instance, Chandler has no background with The Pinkerton Agency like Jackson nor did he train to become a surgeon. However, Chandler’s father hires the agency to track him down to bring him back to America.

Also both characters have connections to major events that cause them to flee from America and wish not to return. Lastly, before Jackson’s name before reinventing himself: Matthew Judge and Chandler’s father’s profession: judge.

 Penny Dreadful may no longer be airing but I still think its worth finding and checking it out.

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: A Showtime Horror Series
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Penny Dreadful: A Showtime Horror Series

Penny DreadfulA Showtime Horror SeriesImage from imdb.com Penny Dreadful, a Showtime horror series, aired from 2014 to 2016 and now has a home on Netflix. Yesterday I chose to dive into this series. Many of the characters in Penny Dreadful come right out of classic stories including Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Picture of Dorian…

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The Magicians (Syfi Channel TV Series)

The Magicians – a SYFI channel seriesImage from imdb.com The Magicians sets its focus on a group of young adults who know magic and want to hone it. A mysterious school known as Brakebills one by one picks students to test them and if they pass acceptance to the academy. Brakebills also has ties to…

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To Wake the Giant by Jeff Shaara

To Wake the Giant: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Jeff Shaaraimage from amazon.com In the year 1941, the Japanese and their armies aggressively attack China. At the same time the British stand against Hitler and his armies alone. In the middle of all this President Roosevelt and his administration watch the danger rise around…

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The Letter for the King: A Netflix Series

The Letter for the KingImage from imdb.com Tiuri (Amir Wilson), step son of Sir Tiuri the Valiant and son to Darya, reluctantly takes part in kingdom trials to have the honor to train as novice knight. He does not want to but when he wins one battle and his opponent tells him he got paid…

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Lenox Hill: A Medical Series airing on Netflix

Image from northwell.edu Lenox Hill is a storied hospital in Manhattan that began in 1857 to meet the medical needs of its population and a growing immigrant community. It has also been one of the pioneers of medicine including in 1907 establishing the first physical therapy department in the U.S. and being the first hospital…

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We Interrupt This Program: WandaVision Ep 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jnLIq-Wu_s Video Clip from Marvel Entertainmentyoutube channel We Interrupt This Program grabs you in the first few minutes when we see Monica come back from the snap tiny particles by tiny particles at a time until she is whole. Immediately her priority becomes where is her mother, Monica finds her mother’s doctor only to learn…

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Ugly Delicious: A Cooking/History/Travel Show

Ugly Delicious Image from ew.com As a kid I could not get enough of cooking shows. I would try to make the delicious food like the Frugal Gourmet (Jeff Smith) would make and I only could do one recipe out of probably hundreds.   The rest of them I would fail at. Still I would keep…

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