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One-Liner Wednesday - Compassion

“My dear, lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.” – Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

One of my favorite all-time characters not just from Downton Abbey, but from any TV show or book. 81 more words


Bookending March at the Maple Theatre

I was pleased to realize upon March’s conclusion that (in the US at least!) I only visited independent cinemas this month, and in an unintentional coincidence, trips to… 278 more words


Umbrage in Umbria

Umbrage in Umbria

In which Diane Lane

plays an American woman

recovering from the pain

of a recent divorce.

Sandra Oh will feature

as her quirky sidekick, 127 more words


Two enjoyable indie films: My Old Lady and The Grand Seduction

This weekend, the two indie films I decided to watch had an unexpected French connection. My Old Lady is a drama set in Paris, directed by veteran playwright Israel Horovitz, adapted from his own stage play. 828 more words


The Second, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

The comma is not a typo. If you pause there before you say the rest, you’re clear in announcing the sequel, and not ‘The Second Best…’ for it’s not. 1,028 more words


"It wasn't just a movie". ALTMAN by Ron Mann Review

‘Altmanesque? Expect the unexpected’, laughs Robin Williams. We hear his voice before we see him. The sudden appearance of his face against the black background in the middle of this documentary, and his familiar crinkly eyes as he laughs, makes me catch my breath for a second. 877 more words


Downton Abbey's Sixth Season Will Be Its Last

Producers of the popular British period drama Downton Abbey confirmed yesterday that the show’s upcoming sixth season will be its last.

“Our feeling is that it’s good to quit while you’re ahead,” executive producer Gareth Neame told the Associated Press. 111 more words