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September 7, 2008 / Mary Ann

2 movies, 2 books

I rented 2 movies this weekend. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day with Frances McDormand was one. I really like her, loved the quirky Fargo. At the moment I can’t think of any other movies she has been in. I wouldn’t call her a big star, but she’s a great character actress. She “blends” into the movies she’s in. She’s in one soon to come out, Righteous Kill with Robert DeNiro and Brad Pitt. Miss Pettigrew is not a memorable movie, it was slightly enjoyable because of McDormand and the cute Amy Adams.

I also rented Sweeney Todd. The first and probably last movie I’ll ever rent that has a horror label on it. Plenty of blood, gallons of blood. It’s an odd, dark movie, but Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were in it and it was directed by Tim Burton. But best of all the music is by Stephen Sondheim. Angela Lansbury was the first actress who played the character that Bonham Carter does. Strange lyrics, but oddly memorable. I’m still humming “worst pies in London” today. Plus I followed a link from a Ravelry posting earlier to an Etsy shop where the dyer is selling a yarn called “Worst Pies in London”.

I finished the Maisie Dobbs book Birds of a Feather. Maisie Dobbs is a detective in London after World War I. There’s a series of the books. I have the first book in the series titled Maisie Dobbs and I’m going to wait until I finish that one until I decide if I want to read the rest. But I did like this one. I read somewhere, probably in another Ravelry forum, that someone thought that Maisie was a little too boring to keep their interest, but I thought the story was good.

I’ve saved the best for last. I predicted that I would finish it and indeed I did this afternoon, quite comfortably on my couch — Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows” The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I loved it, may get a copy for my own and re-read it. It was easy reading, but interesting. I do recommend it. A bit of mystery, odd characters, sympathetic characters, funny, sad. If anyone else reads it let me know what you think. (All 2 or 3 of you besides my family members.) 🙂 It does not have recipes. The crust of the pies served at the society had potato peels in them, flour was hard to come by.

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