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Tom Hiddleston would make a perfect Bond

The Night Manager is a British-American miniseries directed by Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. Based on the novel by John le Carré, the plot has been changed to represent the political and social crisis followed the Arab Spring. Former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence officer. Pine works at the hotel in Cairo during the Arab Spring, where he gets hold of secret documents related to illegal arms trade. Pine is asked to infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie), Roper's girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki) and close friend and business partner Corkoran (Tom Hollander).
I'd say that it is one of the greatest series I have ever watched. The story explores themes of revenge, guilt, responsibility, love and friendship. Beautiful views, dramatic music themes, fashion model looking women, charismatic villain, champagne parties at private jets and boats, sunny and exotic scenery, thrilling adventures, illegal arm trade, MI6 involvment, fake identities, violence and smart dialogue - all that and more reminds me of James Bond atmosphere. Hugh Laurie gives a brilliant performance as a horribly convincing villain. He is clever, rich and heartless. Tom Hiddleston looks and sounds like a perfect James Bond. I would be happy if he appears in the next Bond movie.


Grantchester Season 2

Grantchester, ITV drama detective series, is set in a 1950s village of Grantchester near Cambridge. It features a vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) who helps to investigate crimes with DI Geordie Keating (Robson Green). Pushed into the world of lies, betrayal and murder, Sidney Chambers quickly finds that his insight into the human nature makes him a good detective. While the first series was a good effort to construct an old-fashioned murder story with a hint of romance and nostalgic atmospere, the second season focused more on the personal drama of the characters and their loved ones. The series is based on The Grantchester Mysteries books by James Runcie. It's a pleasure to watch for period drama fans, and also for fans of James Norton, and I am very happy it was renewed for Season 3. 


Films and Tv Shows Recs

It's time to make a list of most loved films and tv shows I've watched for the last few months.

The Dressmaker is a 2015 Australian thriller, based on the novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham. It stars Kate Winslet as a femme fatale in the titular role of the dressmaker, Tilly, who returns to a small Australian town to take care of her mother in the 1920s. The film explores the themes of creativity, romantic drama, small town secrets and revege. Kate Winslet looks like an avenging dark angel in haute couture gowns, sexy and confident, when she takes up a challenge to unravel the secrets of the past. The costumes in the film are gorgeous. Watching it in detail makes you feel you're turning the pages of a glossy magazine, but the plot hold your attention like a play by Shakespeare. Gripping plot with many twists!

Vicror Frankenstein is a 2015 British science fiction fantasy horror film based on Mary Shelley's novel. Starring James McAvoy as the title character and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, his assstant, it shows the friendship which led to dangerous experiments and big troubles as they complete their goals to use science as a way to create life from death. The only reason I found the film worth watching was a brilliant perfomance of Andrew Scott as religion-driven police inspector Turpin, who views Frankenstein's experiments as sinful and horrifying. Andrew Scott had little screentime but he was impressive in his scenes, and I felt the Moriarty vibe every second he talked.


I always loved detective/crime drama novels which made up a series of books much more than stand alone stories. I started with Agatha Christie's books when I was in my early teens, because my parents had a complete collection of her works at home, then turned to Conan Doyle and many other writers, some of whom stayed with me for years, while others were not my kind of thing since the first pages.

So now I've decided to write up a list of my most loved detective series.

Sherlock Holmes (Victorian England) Has to be on the list of course. I first encountered him on the pages of my English language texbook.
John Rebus (Edinburgh) Ian Rankin
Tom Thorne (London) Mark Billingham
Jack Taylor (Ireland, Galway) Ken Bruen
Armand Gamache (Canada, Montreal) Louise Penny

However when I am in the mood of a stand alone thriller, I would recommend any novel by Ruth Rendell. She is an amazing writer of clever, complicated, dark and exciting stories. 


Book Rec: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

I've read all three Gillian Flynn novels and watched the Gone Girl movie, but I don't think I liked them very much. Smart and scary thrillers for sure but the plots were overcomlicated for my taste. But I've enjoyed reading them enough to buy the new one when I've seen it at a bookshop. The Grownup is a short story of a kind that makes you immediately start reading it once over from the first page when you first read it till the end. Because you'll see you have been missing something: the details, the signs, the subtext. It's clever, twisted, a bit dark, a bit fun and really well-wtitten! I liked the story, and I think it would make a great film in future.

Official writer's page summary: The Grownup. A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.


All of This and Nothing.

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers latest single lyrics.
Beautiful song. Reminds me of dark detective movies.
All of This and Nothing.
Sing out you song, Sing out for me
Give it everything you got, just one more time for me
Moving from the dark
I'm all of this and nothing
i'm the dirt beneath your feet
i'm the sound that rises while you're sleeping
i'm all
The rivers wide too wide to see
There's a storm outside my window moving close to me
Moving from the dark
I'm all of this and nothing
i'm the dirt beneath your feet
I'm the sound that rises while you're sleeping
I'm all
Black water high too high to breathe
there's a ghost outside my window haunting me
Moving from the dark
Moving from the dark


Films I want to watch

I've decided to write up a short post about the movies I am going to watch when they will be released.

Disorder (second title:Maryland) is a 2015 French drama film starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger. It was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts), is an ex-soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He is hired to protect the wife of a wealthy businessman at their luxurious villa in France.

A Bigger Splash is Italian-French thriller film starring Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson. It has been selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. The lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker on vacation on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and, ultimately, danger for everyone involved.

The Sea of Trees is a 2015 American drama mystery film directed by Gus Van Sant. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. The story focuses on an American man who attempts suicide in Japan's "Suicide Forest", where he meets a Japanese man who is there for the same reason.

Also I am waiting to watch Downton Abbey Season 6 (the last one!), BBC War and Peace screen adaptation (James Norton is absolutely charming!), The Affair Season 2 (Ruth Wilson!), and the X-files (my hopes are high for the new part!)


Nicole Kidman new film rec: Strangerland

Strangerland is a 2015 Australian-set drama film directed by Kim Farrant. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, and Hugo Weaving. The story focuses on a family, who moved to a small desert town to escape a past scandal. Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) try to adjust to their new life and leave the past troubles behind. On the day of a massive dust storm, their two teenage children disappear. After the storm the locals join the search led by local cop, David (Hugo Weaving). As time goes by, something terrible may have happened to the children. When a secret diary of the missing girl is found, the story grows darker. Suspicion is growing, rumors spread, and ancient folk stories are whispered as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew struggle to survive the uncertainty of their children's fate.

I won't say anything about the ending, but I'd like to recommend the film to suspense lovers, actor's fans (I think Hugo Weaving was really good here. Strong performance. Nicole Kidman was great. Vulnerable, grieving, growing mentaly unstable mother of the missing children was absolutely brilliant played by her.) The story explores some difficult themes, but it's in presented in dialogues. No evident violence on screen, yet some nuduty and sex themes.

I think the film might be interesting to True Detective fans. 


Ernest Dowson poems

Ernest Dowson (1867 – 1900) was an English poet and writer, often associated with the Decadent movement. I've seen this poem in a book and loved it from the first line! The author's name wasn't familiar to me, so I googled who was that Dowson poet. What I found, made me very sad, but I am happy I got a chance to read this poem and his other works.
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They Are Not Long

They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate;
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses,
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.


TV shows, films and books recs.

Last tv shows I watched: Poldark. Hinterland.

Next in my watch-list: Indian Summer. Safe House. Life in Squares (unclear when airs). Marco Polo (USA Netflix 2014)

Film I liked most: The Testament of Youth (Excellent cast, picturesque views, poetic undertones. Based on a true story of a young woman who worked as a nurse during the First World War and became a writer and well-known pacifist later).

Book I liked: The Sherlockian by Graham Moore.

The story begins with Arthur Conan Doyle pondering the best way to kill off the character that brought him fame, money, and the angst of a writer desperate to be remembered for more than paperback mysteries. Next the plot skips more than a hundred years, to meet Harold White, a Sherlock Holmes fan and researcher attending an annual celebration of hundreds of Sherlockian societies. When both Conan Doyle and White face grim murders, the book really takes off, altering between these two characters and time periods.The Sherlockian is a thrilling historical suspense that will captivate Holmes fans and anyone who loves a good mystery.

P.S. Bram Stocker is involved in the Victorian times plot. The initial reason I turned to this book was his appearence as Conan-Doyle's friend. No idea if they were acquainted in real life.