Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Colette: Keira Knightley brings the famous French author to Sundance


The focus here is usually movies based on specific books: novels you’ve loved, gripping bios or nonfiction adventures you can’t wait to see onscreen. But when I hear a movie is being made about a writer’s life, whether it’s based on a specific book or not, I can’t resist taking a closer look.

Colette, starring Keira Knightley as the famous French novelist, makes its debut January 20th at Sundance. At this point there are no release dates but we’ll see what kind of action the film fest kicks up. The focus of the movie is the writer’s relationship with her husband, a powerful literary and theatrical critic of the day who took credit for much of the writer’s work. 



Dominic West, seen here in Testament of Youth

According to Deadline, Colette’s husband Willy, played by Dominic West “introduces Colette to hedonistic Paris, and with her creative appetite unlocked she begins to write novels; however, Willy only allows her to do so in his name. The phenomenal success of her Claudine novel series makes Willy a famous writer, yet the lack of recognition for her work sparks the breakdown of their marriage.’’ No kidding!

A timeless story which took place over a century ago but which is all too relevant today. I. Can. Not. Wait!

The screenplay was written by life partners Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glazer who cowrote and directed Still Alice. Tragically Glazer died in March of 2015, Rebecca Lenkiewicz came in afterwards to do rewrites.



Sidonie Colette (1873-1954)

Westmoreland directs the mostly British cast which also includes Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson and Game of Thrones’ Robert Pugh.

I’m on the lookout for more images from the film and a trailer. Give me a shout out if you spot them first.

One of our favorite Colette works is the fabulous Gigi



If you want to brush up on your Colette knowledge, you may want to give Judith Thurman’s Secrets of the Flesh, A Life of Colette a gander. I’m betting the screenwriters did.




Monday, January 15, 2018

Electric Dreams: Inspired by Philip K. Dick's Science Fiction, Powered by the Stars


Are you watching the new Electric Dreams anthology series? Just released on Amazon, each episode is based on a Philip K. piece of science fiction. The title is a nod to Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? brought to the screen as Blade Runner.

We’ve watched three episodes, and unlike Black Mirror, in which the stories are unified by the places technology has taken us, these episodes don’t seem to have an overall theme. Tied only by the thread of ‘dreams’ each show is free to be something entirely different from each other. Although my husband and I did note the three episodes we saw all featured some fairly sexy sizzle. Don’t know if that’s an overarching theme going forward or not.

Some of the sizzle is star power. 


Janelle Monáe plays a robot in Autofac, an episode about a dystopian post-apocalyptic world where automation carries on regardless of need, while Anna Paquin and Terence Howard appeared in Real Life which looked directly at dreams.



Bryan Cranston, executive producer of the show, also starred in Human Is, my favorite of the three episodes we saw as it centers on the tense relationship between a man and woman in a well established marriage. The fact that it features Cranston’s wife going off to some futuristic club for some old fashioned three way sex was a bit of an unexpected (and unnecessary*) jolt but it didn’t bother me enough not to enjoy the payoff of the episode. *We get it, she’s unhappy.



Other episodes feature Timothy Spall in The Commuter with Tuppence Middleton. Impossible Planet stars Jack Reynor and Geraldine Chaplin. Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Holiday Grainger. Plenty of familiar faces.  There are ten episodes in all, instead of bingeing, we’ll parcel them out bit by bit. 

I’m looking forward to Kill All Others, for two reasons. One, because it’s directed by Dee Rees, who did such an amazing job with Mudbound. And two, it not only stars Vera Farmiga, the episode also features Mudbound star Jason Mitchell. 

The way Electric Dreams has been set up, we’ll have no idea what to expect, what places we’ll go, who will take us there. Not a bad way to spend an hour.

I’d love to know what true blue Philip K. Dick’s fans think? 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Matinee: Like Water for Chocolate



Christmas Rolls
 1 can of sardines
1/2 chorizo sausage
1 onion
oregano
1 can of chiles serranos
10 hard rolls

PREPARATION: Take care to chop the onion fine. To keep from crying when you chop it (which is so annoying!), I suggest you place a little bit on your head. The trouble with crying over an onion is that once the chopping gets you started and the tears begin to well up, the next thing you know you just can't stop. I don't know whether that's ever happened to you, but I have to confess it's happened to me, many times. Mama used to say it was because I was especially sensitive to onions, like my great-aunt, Tita. 
Tita was so sensitive to onions, any time they were being chopped, they say she would just cry and cry, when she was still in my greatgrandmother's belly her sobs were so loudthat even Nancha, the cook, who was halfdeaf, could hear them easily. Once her wailing got so violent that it brought on an early labor. And before my greatgrandmother could let out a word or even a whimper, Tita made her entrance into this world, prematurely, right there on the kitchen table amid the smells of simmering noodle soup, thyme, bay leaves, and cilantro, steamed milk, garlic, and, of course, onion.
Tita had no need for the usual slap on the bottom, because she was already crying as she emerged, maybe that was because she knew then that it would be her lot in life to be denied marriage. The way Nancha told it, Tita was literally washed into this world on a great tide of tears that spilled over the edge of the table and flooded across the kitchen floor. That afternoon, when the uproar had subsided and the water had been dried up by the sun, Nancha swept up the residue the tears had left on the red stone floor.
There was enough salt to fill a ten-pound sack-it was used for cooking and lasted a long time. Thanks to her unusual birth, Tita felt a deep love for the kitchen, where she spent most of her life from the day she was born. 
Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

I’m not much for cooking—my hubby is the chef in our house—but I can definitely related to Tita’s extreme reaction to onions. I’ve never heard of putting a piece of onion on your head to keep your tears away; I usually chew a piece of bread which barely works. I’ll have to try that. Or leave it to my hubs which is my custom.


Anyway, so begins Esquivel’s tender tragedy, translated into English by Carol & Thomas Christensen after Esquivel had made the Spanish language movie based on her own bestselling book, Como Agua Para Chocolate. Each chapter of the novel, lauded for its magical realism, begins with a recipe for a Mexican dish which connects to the action of the narrative. 


Our heroine, Tita, is the youngest girl in her family who is not allowed to marry Pedro, the handsome young man she falls deeply in love with, because according to family tradition, she must remain at home to look after her mother until she dies. (It sounds like Tita’s mother, Mama Elena has a death wish!) 
A gifted cook, Tita devotes her passion to food.


Here’s how the publisher sums up the book:

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance and bittersweet wit.
This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way.

I’m loving this somewhat outlandish story and the award winning film based on this novel. There are so many surprising images—the water rushing off the table after Tita’s birth, the passion enflamed by her cooking, her sister Gertrudis riding off naked with the revolutionary soldier—that come right off Esquivel’s pages, as passionate and steamy as the dishes from Tita’s kitchen. Not surprising, I suppose, Esquivel wrote the screenplay too.


I will say the subtitles are a little large and clunky but I know some people complain they can't read subtitles. That’s not a problem here.

There are no familiar names (to me) in the cast but it is beautifully made, benefitting from the cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Lubezki who shot the film in 1993 has come over the years to be known for his masterful work, having been nominated for eight Oscars, winning three in the last three years (The Revenant and Birdman, both for Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Gravity for Alfonso Cuarón). Nominated for Best Foreign Film by both the Golden Globes and BAFTA, the film is a fable, often called a fairy tale of Mexican feminism, it seems to me it's a fable worth watching. 



You can watch Like Water for Chocolate on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and YouTube. I'm streaming it on Netflix.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Leonardo DiCaprio as Leonardo Da Vinci: That's a biopic I'd love to see


Reading a review of Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci by Emily at As the Crowe Reads and Flies, I was reminded that Paramount picked up the biography this past summer as a star vehicle for that other famous Leonardo. Paramount paid a pretty penny for it too, reportedly in the 7 figures. 

Leonardo as Leonardo sounds a little like kismet. According to Deadline, ‘‘legend has it that Leonardo DiCaprio was so named because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when the future star kicked for the first time.’’ 




While I’d love to see DiCaprio as Da Vinci, I’ve checked Leo’s imdb and for now the actor seems all tied up with The Black Hand (based on the book by  Stephen Talty) and Killers of the Flower Moon (based on the book by David Grann) both in preproduction, along with the announced Roosevelt. I’ll keep you posted if I hear about some movement afoot.


Self portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci

The book may have to suffice for now but if art makes your little heart flutter as wildly as the furrow in DiCaprio’s brow does (resist the Botox, Leo!), that’s not so bad.



Emily’s Review 


From what Emily says, the book should fill the gap nicely.
My Simon & Schuster rep gifted me with the audio book for my birthday late last fall, which was ideal now that I have a long enough commute to make listening to audio books worthwhile. It’s read by actor Alfred Molina, who does a great job, and the audio version comes with a separate CD full of PDFs of the art described in the book (presumably the digital audio also comes with downloadable images).  However, I was only two discs into the 17-disc set before I realized that I would also want the physical book, and I was fortunate that Simon & Schuster obliged by by sending me one of those, too. The book is beautiful, printed on heavy paper with full color plates.
I’ve never read Isaacson before, so I don’t know if this is a signature style or a one-off, but rather than employing a chronologically linear narrative, he employs a style that I’d call vignette-like.  This means that occasionally the narrative circles back to an earlier period of history, but with a subject who is as far removed from our time as Leonardo is, this makes sense to me.
Did I have much of an impression about Leonardo before tackling this book?  Not a big one. I took a survey of western heritage class in college that gave an overview of his art and I think it was a class in high school where I learned more about his bent for science and engineering, but other than a general impression that the term “Renaissance Man” might have been first used with him in mind, I couldn’t tell you a lot about the guy. My only personal experience was on a college choir trip to Milan, where we were able to view his fresco of The Last Supper in small groups.
You can read the rest of Emily's review at As the Crowe Flies (and Reads)
Thanks for letting me share your review Emily!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

From the vault: Sal. A tribute by James Franco


Sal Mineo would have turned 79 today. Instead he died in 1976, murdered when he was 37 years old. Not nearly as young as James Dean, the iconic actor he starred alongside in Rebel Without a Cause, roles that would come to define both men in ways they couldn’t have imagined.



For Sal Mineo, James Dean was the man for whom his conflicted feelings probably made him understand his bisexual or homosexual nature. Apparently the label is arguable, while Mineo slept with both men and women, many believe he was  homosexual, pure and simple. I would think only Mineo knows for sure and he ain’t saying.


If I’d understood back then that a guy could be in love with another one, it would have happened. But I didn’t come to that realization for a few more years and then it was too late for Jimmy and me.

Sal Mineo was the subject of the film Sal directed by James Franco in 2011, the drama focuses on the last day of Sal Mineo’s life. The movie was culled from material in the biography by Michael Gregg Michaud. 



Sal Mineo is played by Val Lauren while Franco—who famously played James Dean back in 2001—is acting coach Milton Katselas. The film is available to stream on iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon, Vudu, etc but to be honest Sal isn’t a critically acclaimed film. Roger Ebert gave it 1.5 out of 4 stars, it has a 44% on rotten tomatoes and 4 out of 10 on imdb. But you can’t blame Franco for trying. I don’t know what’s going on in his personal life right now but one thing is certain. James Franco who just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work in The Disaster Artist—which he also directedis the very definition of prolific.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BAFTA: The Adapted Screenplay Nominations

Following on the heels of the Golden Globe awards, BAFTA—the British Academy Film & Television Arts—has announced its nominations. The awards ceremony takes place on February 18th at Royal Albert Hall. The nominees for Best film are Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hours, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water and 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Montana. There’s some chatter that The Post was shut out while The Shape of Water with 12 and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Montana 8are leading the pack of most nominations. I have no complaints on that score. The Post is a good movie, but it’s certainly not the best movie of the year, and while it offers solid star performances it does so from a stance of fairly conventional movie making. I would imagine that the two British period films centered on the action at Dunkirk have the British hearts and minds leaning in their direction but  both Three Billboards and Shape of Water push those award envelopes with stories and performances in new directions, stories that are otherworldly yet grounded in surprising but entirely human terms. In Three Billboards, a mother’s love and reactive response to the death of her child is extreme. They often are. I can imagine mine would be as seriously out of control. In Shape of Water we see the transformative power of love and rediscover what we already knew, monsters come in human form but see this as a beautiful reminder, a fairy tale for grownups. For a more thorough take on the film check out Ginger Henny’s review of The Shape of Water on Filmotomy.


Here at Chapter1—Take1 however, Adapted Screenplay is the category we’re most invested in, and I for one am deeply disappointed that Mudbound based on the book by Hilary Jordan is not in the running. Here’s my take on the book and the movie. And here are the films that made the cut.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME written by James Ivory adapted from the book by André Aciman. The film is a lovely coming out and coming of age story. It’s easy to see why anyone would fall head over heels in love with the big, brash, arrogant Americano Oliver played by Armie Hammer. The young star Timothée Chalamet, one of BAFTA’s Best Actor and Rising Star nominees is incredibly natural and authentic feeling. If you saw him in Lady Bird, you know at this point in his young life he brings that same degree of openness to both roles.

THE DEATH OF STALIN written by Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin & David Schneider adapted from the graphic novel. Don’t read graphic novels which leaves me without a point of view on this one.

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL written by Matt Greenhalgh adapted from the memoir by Peter Turner. It was also nominated for Best British Film. I confess I haven’t seen this yet but I’m kind of dying to. A love story about an older woman, younger man. Why not? In addition to the writing nom, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool earned both its stars Jamie Bell and Annette Bening Best Actor nominations.

MOLLY’S GAME written by Aaron Sorkin adapted from the memoir by Molly Bloom. Sorkin’s fast talking style kept me feeling at a distance and despite my fanship for Jessica Chastain and her acting ability, I just didn’t care that much for Molly and her choices. Here’s what I thought of the film Molly’s Game.


PADDINGTON 2 Simon Farnaby, Paul King based on characters created by Michael Bond. You can’t really blame the Brits for the nomination since the original A Bear Called Paddington is a beloved British childrens’ book but I’m not at all sure how this falls under the guise of an adaptation. Yes there is a Paddington 2 book BUT it’s done the other way round. The book is based on the motion picture! As I say, not at all sure how this made it into the adapted category when other more deserving films did not.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Jennifer Lawrence is a Russian Spy in Red Sparrow


The trailer for Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence (not usually high up on my list) Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling & Jeremy Irons just hit the net and I’m thinking I might finally become a JLaw fan. Her Russian accent sounds impeccable, and physically, she looks and feels like a Russian. Or at least how we have come to expect our cinematic Russian spies to look. She’s surrounded by a first class group of actors and the concept is a no-brainer.

The film, on our list of 2018’s Movies Based on Books, is written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, A Cure for Wellness) and based on the spy thriller by Jason Matthews. 

Here’s the basic set up for the movie
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
The notion of Russian spies is hot right now, the idea of Komromat, Pee tapes and Russian ‘prostitutes’ should stir this honeypot into a moneymaker. 




Have you read the book? Check out the trailer and let me know what you think. 



Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ready? Awards Season has arrived and all the Golden Globe Winners are here.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game, Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water, Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Meryl Streep, The Post, Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name, Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread,Tom Hanks, The Post, Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour, Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq. Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver James Franco, The Disaster Artist Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker Margot Robbie, I, Tonya Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Mary J. Blige, Mudbound Hong Chau, Downsizing Allison Janney, I, Tonya Laurie Metcalfe, Lady Bird Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water Best Motion Picture, Drama Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy The Disaster Artist, Get Out, The Greatest Showman I, Tonya, Lady Bird Best TV Movie or Limited-Series Big Little Lies, Fargo, Feud: Bette and Joan,The Sinner, Top of the Lake: China Girl Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies, Jude Law, The Young Pope, Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks, Ewan McGregor, Fargo, Geoffrey Rush, Genius Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie Jessica Biel, The Sinner,  Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan, Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
As usual the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills is hosting the Golden Globes and all the bodies are in town, which means LA streets—especially the corner of Santa Monica & Wilshire Boulevard will be extra crowded with limos, Ubers and Lyfts. I’ll be keeping a low profile, hiding from the crush of paparazzi that typically follows me, before going to the usual Golden Globe party ... the one in my living room that sees me in my best cozy pj’s, indulging in the champagne I forgot to bring to my sister’s for Christmas dinner and a shameful amount of crackers and Brie. You? Do you even give a darn? To be serious, I’m especially interested to see how the Times Up display of solidarity works—many of the women are wearing black as a protest against sexual harassment and inequality. Frankly, since black is such a glam color, I think a black armband would have been a more dramatic statement.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cate Blanchett to Preside at Cannes: 12 out of 71 ain't bad?

Congrats to Cate Blanchett, this years Jury President of Cannes. Blanchett—who incidentally has won a Golden Globe three times out of her nine nominations—will head the jury that selects the winner of 2018’s Canne’s Palme d’Or and the festival’s other main prizes. Blanchett joins a short line of females who have headed the Cannes jury in its 71 year history. Blanchett follows in the footsteps of Olivia de Havilland (the first female to receive the honor in 1965), Sophia Loren in 1966, Michele Morgan—the first woman to receive a Cannes Best Actress Award in 1946—in 1971, Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 & 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Isabelle Huppert (1999), Liv Ullmann (2001),  and most recently Jane Campion in 2014. 

Interesting to see that after the appearance of equality in the 1970’s, not a single woman was selected to head the jury in the 1980’s. Similarly there was an awfully big gap between Ullman and Campion’s reigns in the 2000’s. I think women are tired of not being seen, or being seen in only a sexual light, as helpmates and acolytes to the male of the species. 

Blanchett, always a strong voice for womens’ rights, is one of the driving forces behind the Time’s Up movement—a group of women demanding enough is enough and calling for an end to sexual harassment in all areas of a woman’s working world, not just those in the film and television industry but across the board. 

Coincidentally—or not—the festival runs May 8th through May 19th, which just happens to encompass the same weekend that Blanchett’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? opens here in the U.S. 

Of all the movies based on books coming out in 2018, the adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestselling is probably the one I personally have been waiting most patiently to see. 



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Lost City of Z starring Charlie Hunnam: My take on the movie

Once upon a time brave men ventured forth and discovered the world. The Lost City of Z is a gorgeously filmed reminder for those of us sitting in our safely sheltered cocoons where a tap on our screen can take us virtually almost anywhere in  without risk of danger or disease, that it wasn’t always so. Based on the book by David Grann, The Lost City of Z tells of a time when the world with all its nooks and crannies still held mystery, places full of peril and that it took men of heroic proportions to make those places known. 



Charlie Hunnam is Percy Fawcett, a military man who longs for action but finds himself sent to the Amazon in order to map the boundaries between Brazil and Bolivia by the Royal Geographical Society. Once there, after hearing the story of a lost city, and seeing some broken pottery in the deepest part of the jungle, shards that may be evidence of a more advanced civilization, he is lured to return to look for the City of Z, a place he will spend his life seeking. 



Like anyone who goes against the grain, leaving the typical expectations of what to do with one’s life behind, Fawcett is initially ridiculed but persists. Hunnam captures Fawcett’s stubborn and intense spirit, his intelligence along with a physical presence that strikes me as that very old fashioned word—manly—along with that obsession, his openness that the white European history may not be the only one that matters. 


And in a similar old fashioned vein, I’m reminded of the saying “Behind every great man, there is a great woman.’’

Sienna Miller is that woman, Fawcett’s wife, Nina. Proud and supportive, it would be a mistake to write Nina off as a relic of antiquity. Very much a modern woman, Nina desperately wanted to join Percy on his journey but they finally agree she needs to stay in England, raising the children. 

Director James Gray who adapted David Grann’s nonfiction book gives us examples of Nina’s forward thinking spirit in a scene where the couple is dressing for a gala event, Nina at the dressing table fussing with the buttons at the back of her dress.

“You must be so pleased with yourself, you men. Making us wear these awful things,’’ she tells her husband who looks at her with an understanding smile.
“At least you're not wearing trousers,’’ he responds, his demeanor recognizing this is not at all a far-fetched idea.
“Oh, I would if I could’’ Nina answers and with those few lines we see it. A modern woman who knows the burdens of being a woman constrain her, for now but perhaps not forever.


Despite her fears for her husband, her desire not to be left behind, she is fully supportive of what he has to do. When he is about to depart, leaving Nina with their young son she makes a short speech that strikes a chord with anyone who feels there is more to this world than man (and woman) can dream of.

“My Percy, I know your first instinct will be to grieve, but I adjure you rather to consider our son and the love you must show him. I knew it would be a boy. Always teach him to dream, to seek the unknown, to look for what is beautiful is its own reward. And I beg you to remember those words so easy to forget: A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a Heaven for? ’’



The cast includes Robert Pattinson in a surprising supporting role as Henry Costin, a loyal colleague and fellow explorer, but one in which he throws himself fully. “Is that Pattinson?’’ my husband asked. “I had no idea he was such a good actor. I thought he was just a pretty boy.” 



Tom Holland—best known for Billy Elliot, Holland won the BAFTA Rising Star award in 2017—plays Percy’s son Jack, who after a lifetime of being left behind finally joins his father on a dangerous mission back to the Amazon.

James Gray’s script beautifully illuminates everything Fawcett’s life stood for. 

“So much of life is a mystery my boy. But you and I have made a journey that other men can not even imagine. And it has given understanding to our hearts.’’

For me, that says it all. The Lost City of Z is an adventure of a movie, a journey where we see majestic vistas and the drive of the human spirit. It’s most definitely a journey worth taking. Ironically enough, I took my trip to the Amazon via Amazon Prime. Have you seen it? 


Today it’s easy to visit the Amazon with GoogleMaps. 
Men like Percy Fawcett made it possible.


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