Sunday 27 November 2016

What we've been watching (November)

We watch quite a lot of movies; at the moment LOVEFiLM send us two discs every week... although I'm always considering the best way to get our movies.

So this is what we watched in October - come back to see what November has brought us.

The latest in the "Divergent" series, this film was done no favours by the ridiculous gaps in between releases which meant that I barely remembered the events of the previous film "Insurgent". Milking the cash cow to make trilogies (and more) doesn't always have the Harry Potter recipe for success. This film world is getting tired and predictable... not at all helped by the grim dystopian world which is easily indistinguishable from "Hunger Games". 

Mysterious happenings with a pycho-analyst which were so uninspiring that we switched off.

A movie star is given community service doing a ride along but gets caught up in the events of a training facility being attacked by mercenaries. Dominic Purcell, Danny Glover and Saul Rubinek are the most famous names in the cast, but all the cast give good performances in what turns out to be a very watchable action movie.

Golden Years - Grand Theft OAP
To top up their failing pensions a bunch of pensioners go bank-robbing. A very typically English movie from the "Calendar Girls" type stable. Watchable enough, but nothing special.

Bone Tomahawk
I'm not a Western fan, but generally good reviews and an interesting cast got this film onto our rental list. Billed as a horror-western the plot wanders along at a reasonable pace, but the selling point is undeniably the amusing dialogue.

Slow to start, and Will's Smith irritating Nigerian accent got this switched off  very fast.

Precious Cargo
A bunch of 'good' robbers go up against a bunch of 'bad' robbers to perform a daring heist. Fast paced enough action film which is reasonably well written and well acted.


When I was a child the first Sunday in advent was an exciting time at church. Firstly the first candle in the advent wreath would be lit (echoed by the first candle in our Angel Chimes at home). One more candle lit every Sunday until Christmas day.

The other event was Christingle. Made from an orange with a candle set in the top, a red ribbon is tied around the orange, four cocktail sticks are set into the sides (at four equal spaces) and fruits or sweets are stuck on the sticks. The Christingle is, of course, symbolic - the orange represents the world, the red ribbon is the blood (and the love) of Christ, the fruit represent all of creation (and the four seasons) and the lit candle is Jesus as light of the world. The best bit as children was the excitement of making the Christingle and proudly carrying them to a table at the front of the church.