The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Don Roos, Kevin Hood, Thomas Bezucha
Based on: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ novel
Cast: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode, Glen Powell, Penelope Wilton
Seen on: 7.12.2018
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Plot:
Shortly after WW2. Juliet Ashton (Lily James) is a successful columnist who recently published a book with collected essays and is now struggling to find a topic for a new book. That’s when she receives a letter from Guernsey from Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman). Juliet becomes interested in the history of Guernsey during the war, and in particular the history of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Dawsey writes about, and decides that she wants to go there to find the stuff for her new book.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was nice, but I didn’t like it as much as I liked the book, despite many good things. Still, it’s a good watch and will probably motivate you to join/create a book club of your own.

The film poster showing Juliet Ashton (Lily James) arriving on Guernsey.

[Slight SPOILERS]

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Pushing Tin (1999)

Pushing Tin
Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Glen Charles, Les Charles
Based on: Darcy Frey‘s article “Something’s Got To Give”
Cast: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Jake Weber, Kurt Fuller, Vicki Lewis, Matt Ross

Plot:
Nick (John Cusack) is an air traffic controller – a job with a lot of responsibility and pressure. But he’s extremely good at it, he loves it and he’s happy with his wife Connie (Cate Blanchett). That is, until Russell (Billy Bob Thornton) shows up. Russell is aloof, cool and calls Nick’s entire standing into question. Threatened by everything about Russell, Nick gets into a giant pissing contest with him.

Pushing Tin has very funny moments and a pretty good cast, but boy does that testosterone-fueled competition between Nick and Russell get exhausting. A little more focus on the women would have made the movie so much better.

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is the newest movie by Mike Newell, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina.

Plot:
Persia is a huge and powerful kingdom, led by the King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup) and his brother Nizam (Ben Kingsley). One day, they find a little street boy who stands out by being courageous and, impressed, Sharaman adopts him. The boy, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), grows up with the princes and as their equal. And then he goes to war with his brothers, against the Holy City of Alamut, under the supervision of Nizam. But there’s something mysterious about the city and the Princess of Alamut, Tamina (Gemma Arterton), is closely connected to the mystery. Soon, Dastan finds his fate ever more entangled with Tamina’s.

Prince of Persia is pretty awesome. It’s predictable, but in a very comforting way, it is full of one-liners, it is definitely one of the better-acted movies of its kind and it’s damn entertaining. In short, it’s everything you need from a movie like it.

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