Girl in Red

Girl in Red – Rilke

Sometimes she walks through the village in her
little red dress
all absorbed in restraining herself,
and yet, despite herself, she seems to move
according to the rhythm of her life to come.

She runs a bit, hesitates, stops,
half-turns around...
and, all while dreaming, shakes her head
for or against.

Then she dances a few steps
that she invents and forgets,
no doubt finding out that life
moves on too fast.

It's not so much that she steps out
of the small body enclosing her,
but that all she carries in herself
frolics and ferments.

It's this dress that she'll remember
later in a sweet surrender;
when her whole life is full of risks,
the little red dress will always seem right.



ZeroZeroZero – powerful drama, an excellent series.

Following a consignment of cocaine from the moment a powerful Italian cartel decides to buy the cocaine until it has been delivered and paid for. On the way, it is packed in Mexico and transported across the Atlantic. I gives an accurate picture of the modern cocaine trade that's rarely seen on screen. It is loosely based on Italian journalist Roberto Saviano's nonfiction book by the same name.  Languages? Partly in English but the cast speak a number of languages throughout. It is also in Italian, Spanish, French and Wolof. Great casting ... 
Adriano Chiaramida – turns 80 this Summer.

C5’s The Intruder.

The "edge-of-your-seat thriller"  !!!!!!!!!!!!! No. The edge of your seat cringe. It was terrible. Kept watching - aided by the 'fast forward' dynamic in places - just to see how much worse it could become. Ridiculous story. Wooden acting. Super amateur bad 'am-dram' in places that was truly cringe worthy ... but, at least the actors - some good at playing themselves - made some money to pay their bills.  Absolutely shocking. Sorry, Gareth (Tunley) the Writer, but 2/10 for this one.    

The Irregulars (Netflix) – an unexpected hit with both of us (with a couple of qualifications). Hope there is Series 2.

Great casting, a not too ‘over-the-top’ supernatural genre, good stories and production
Reservations?  Sherlock's inner demons maybe over played (we do like Henry Lloyd-Hughes as SH) but Dr Watson didn't quite hit it with us: he must have a loveable core. somewhere, surely! OK - we saw a hint at the very end. As for the Man in White, well, it was obvious from the start that he was luciferian. We don't normally watch this genre, so nothing to compare it with. Hope Tom Bidwell, the writer, can keep the standard in a second run.

Concrete Plans (2020) … promoted as a ‘Welsh Horror!’ It was certainly that …

'Wont go into the reason why I watched it ... but I did. It was certainly a Welsh horror, because it was made in Wales and it was so terrible. One word stands out, 'PREDICTABLE.' In football parlance everything about it was telegraphed, ie when a player telegraphs a pass it means that their opponents - us, the viewer -  can see what they intend to do! Know nothing about the director Will Jewell, but there was plenty of derivative 'hard hitting' scenes. Karen Woodham refers to it as "nicely made," whatever that means. 
Two of my favourite Welsh comic actors took part - Steve Speirs and William Thomas - good to see them in work.
Paid! At least the actors got paid

Amber Rose Revah has the most beautiful eyes. Best part of the film. Fascinating parental history: her mother is from a Polish-Jewish family, and her father is from a Kenyan-Indian ancestry. Remember her now in The Punisher and she has also played  Mary Magdala. Once again, good to see actors in work.

John Simm – been one of my favourite UK actors ever since 2006 (Life on Mars) …

John Simm, born in Leeds, turns 51 this Summer
I had looked forward to seeing him in ITV's 'GRACE.' Still a big fan of him, but 'Grace' !!!!! Can't even be bothered to say what was bad about it! Maybe a few words: 'soapy,' wooden, no heart to it ..... No! Enough said! But it does give John S an income . A big fan of Peter James and most of the book series. Disappointing., to say the least.

Zathura (2005) – We loved it. Don’t know how we missed it back then.

Dazzling special effects for the kids + well-crafted storytelling = cinematic satisfaction for the whole family. RT
Jonah Bobo – is now 24. Just found out that he’s also the voice of Austin on Nickelodeon’s ‘The Backyardigan’s (2004) – my favourite when our first grandchild – Sol ap – was about 2/3 years old.
Kristen Stewart went on to star in the Twilight Saga (2008-12) - didn't know that - as well as Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). Described as Hollywood’s most high-profile LGBT actor.
Kirsten Stewart – turns 31 in a few days
15 when she played Lisa Budwing, the big sis in Zathura.

Resident Alien – Brilliant. Glad there will be a second series.

Alan Tudyk plays it so well – wonder how Jerry Lewis would have played him
Damian Holbrook: Syfy’s delightful, demented Resident Alien just wrapped its freshman season with some bonkers developments and life-changing twists for the folks of Patience, Colorado. Instead of eradicating humanity with his device, the alien inhabiting the body of Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle (the fabulous Alan Tudyk) decided to just head for the exits and fled the planet.

Unbeknownst to him until the final seconds, young Max (Judah Prehn) had stowed away on the ship while Harry’s bestie Asta (the equally awesome Sara Tomko) fought off the government goons trying to catch him. At the same time, another one of the town’s docs fell prey to a misguided alien hunter and Mayor Ben (Levi Fiehler) and his wife (Meredith Garrettson) showed two pesky agents what was up in a Mr. & Mrs. Smith-level smackdown.
Judah Prehn a real talent