Guernsey Potato Pie Film Brief Review (No spoilers)

Films often spoil the books, but not in this case. The book and film are good companions. The film brings the book to life. You could read book first or see film first or read book around watching film. Or …. not read the book and just watch the film. It would be a good film standalone. It is about an interesting part of history; occupation of Guernsey Off the English coast by Nazis.

Grease and Big Bang (contains spoilers)

Was just thinking about Grease, whilst watching Big Bang. Then they watched it on Big Bang. I rewatched this week as it was on at the cinema to celebrate 40th anniversary.

It is episode where Amy has bought giant picture of her and Penny for Penny’s apartment. Meanwhile, Sheldon is arguing over an office. It was Amy’s first time watching Grease. I can relate, I only first watched Dirty Dancing at university. I had watched Grease earlier and danced to the music lots of times, but I think only watched twice now.

I noticed in scene after Sandy leaves slumber party and is upset in the garden, there is flamingos in background; was trying to find google image of it.

Potato Peel Pie Flatlay

The film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Is out in the UK today.

I made a potato pie by layering sliced potato with skin on, with mushrooms then covering with jar of sauce. Baked in oven with some cheese on top at then end.

Is the Guernsey Potato pie society, a love 💕 letter to letters in the post and books? Contains SPOILERS

The narrative of the book is almost all in the format of letters. Many of the letters express a love of books by different characters, a couple of notable quotes are as follows:

P9 “Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books, that brings them to their perfect readers.”

P9 “Always finding the one book I wanted and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.”

The central character Juliet, is introduced to The Guernsey group because, Dawsey finds her address in a book that Juliet once owned. Dawsey, writes to share appreciation of the book and ask if Juliet, can point him in the direction of a book shop that could send him more books by the same author to the island. Indeed Juliet does contact a book seller for him. Correspondence begins between Dawsey and Juliet. Juliet a writer becomes intrigued about the Guernsey group and in part one receives correspondence from different members, who express their love of books.

Juliet judges men by their appreciation of books. On p24 it outlines how when a lover was going to move into his house, he was given his marching orders when he packed away her books from her shelves. Later she hopes a particular love interest does not order his books alphabetically.

In part 2 Juliet visits Guernsey. From Guernsey she corresponds with her friend and publisher; Sidney.

In the tradition of fairy tales which are childhood love stories; the book ends a wedding invitation in a letter.

The film of the book is out in the UK, one week today on 20th April.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato pie society

I saw the trailer for this film a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday I decided to buy the book and try to read it, before the film came out. I did not expect to complete it within 24 hours, especially as I also did a day’s work and slept.

It is only 240 pages and because, almost the whole book is in letters with addresses as the top, they are not whole pages.

The book is set after the end of world war 2. During World war 2, Guernsey which is an Island between England and France was occupied by Germans. The letters reminisce about war years; which seems an odd would to use. Indeed the book does seem all very jolly, at first I thought this was odd given that in actual fact the times described must have been quite grim. Then I realised in letters like you do when posting on social media you present a more positive version than in real life. From what I have seen of the trailer it seems, the film will all be very jolly and I suspect they will have missed the opportunity to show the layers between, what is written and the reality.

The book was an easy read and I suspect the film will be easy watching.

Mr and Mrs Smith

Not being a film buff, I have come really late to this one. It came out 13 years ago in 2005. In that time Jolie and Pitt, have had time to get together, separate and have how many children together? I recorded it, when I saw it was on tv the other night.

Th trailer basically, tells you that they are both secret agents, that get pitted against each other, but I think it takes a long time to get to this point in the film (at least through 2 ad breaks), by that time I had lost the thread a bit). I was quite intrigued by the start, where they were in couples therapy. Not been a fan of action films, it is no surprise I did not like those parts.

Have you watched Mr and Mrs Smith? Recently, or in 2005?

Spoiler alert

At one point, I felt some suspense when it was unclear whether they were going to stop trying to kill each other and be together. But then once got together, it just seemed to go on and on.

Watergate (The Post and Frost v Nixon

Frost v Nixon

Seeing Frost v Nixon at the theatre has prompted me today, to try and learn more about Watergate. I read various blogs then turned to Google and wilipeadia so apologies if the below not accurate. Also it may not be accurate because, it seems very complicated and this is just my understanding from what I have read.

From wilikapeadia, I found that Watergate was an office in Washington, it was the head quarters of the democratic National Committee. Nixon was a member of the republication party that were opposition to the democratic party. The office was broken into on 17June1972, by 5 men.

Once investigated, it was found that the burglers were in possession of money that had been given by individuals to fund Nixon’s re-election campaign. Therefore this suggests dishonesty within republican office, attacking their opposition the democratic party. Of course it is possible for party members to have untaken this without Nixon’s knowledge. It inevitably caused scandal and people believed Nixon did know and tried to cover up his involvement.

In then Whitehouse there was a system that recorded conversations that occurred there. After a legal battle Nixon was forced to hand over transcripts of the tapes. However partly due to ill health I BELIEVE, Nixon received a pardon without a trail and therefore in a court of law was not found guilty. The scandal did cause him to resign. The subsequent interviews by Frost aimed to get Nixon to admit to wrong doing in relation to the Watergate burglaries.

Trip Down Memory Lane With Frank Wills, Security Guard Who Reported The Watergate Burglary

Watergate was not the only scandal of Nixon’s presidency; there was also scandal as regards Pentagon papers relating to the Vietnam war. The revealing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 was covered in the recent film the Post. According to an article from the guardian have read the pentagon papers ‘Proved successive administrations had lied about the war in Vietnam”.  Nixon was president in 1971. Apparently the end of the post film references the Watergate burglary that occurred in 1974 and this can seen as a segue into the film all the president’s men.

The Post: Brief Film review

The play I saw last night; Frost v Nixon covers the time from Nixon’s resignation through recording of 4 interviews by frost of Nixon.

SPOILER alerts the big question … did Frost get a confession from Nixon?

In the first 3 interviews Frost manages to draw out his answers to questions without giving much away. Between the third and fourth interview there was the long Easter weekends. One of Frost’s researchers goes back and goes through the publically available transcripts and finds that Nixon new about the Watergate burglary only 3 days after it happened when he said he did not know about it tuntil much later. In the play Frost uses this to get the president to admit he had done wrong.

Fascinating to have learned some history. Read interesting blog today about why we love reading / watching based on true life!

Why do we like books / : films / theatre based on a true story?

Finding your feet

You get what you expect with this one from the trailer; a gentle comedy.

In the vein of Marigold Hotel it stars actors 60+ and I think that is the target audience. But I’m younger than that and like a gentle comedy and it does not matter to me the age of the actors. Sure there is no eye candy for me, but I get to laugh.

It brushes over in a light weight issues of aging and death. For example; does it count as cheating if your wife had Alzheimer’s and does not remember who you are?