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Netflix Discovery: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Have you tried playing Netflix’s “Max,” their quiz program that is supposed to help you decide what to watch when you’re at a loss? I have…

And it tends to recommend rubbish. Or at least things that don’t fit my mood. I think I told it I liked Mulan once (who doesn’t?) and suddenly all it would recommend to me was Eddie Murphy movies, and not even the good ones. It’s a fantastic idea, just usually poorly executed.

I generally have more luck reading the descriptions and saying, “why not?” Based on the description for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which combined the terms “flapper” and “lady detective,” I figured this was a show I would love. I was right!

Set in late 1920’s Melbourne, the show focuses on the Honourable Phryne (pronounced fry-knee) Fisher, who has returned to her hometown of Melbourne for good after over a decade in Europe. Almost as soon as she arrives, she stumbles upon the apparent murder of her friend Lydia’s husband, which leads to a cocaine smuggling ring and also an illegal abortionist. Along the way, she meets Detective Jack Robinson and his Constable Hugh Collins, who resist her help and yet, as with any good amateur detective show, they start working together over the series.

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Predestination: Movie Review and LitFlix!

Predestination comes out tomorrow in the US, but in keeping with this time travel movie, I’m giving you a review before the movie is out! Well, okay, maybe that’s because it’s an Australian film, and I caught it on our flight over there. And for our readers elsewhere, I have found that IMDb keeps release schedules, so here’s the international release schedule. Looks like many countries have already gotten this film, with a few more still to come!

I have a couple of goals with this review. The first is to talk a bit about the film, trying to avoid spoilers, while still setting enough of the scene to pique your interest. I think that may be necessary because I don’t know how well the trailer does at that. This isn’t an action movie, but a thoughtful speculative story, where the characters and their personal stories are the interesting part. This is a gender-bending, time-traveling, science-fictional piece that avoids feeling like a Hollywood flick. By, you know, not being made in Hollywood.

The other thing I would like to do is sneak this in as a LitFlix for the year, before we actually have our 2015 list together for you! The film is based on the 1959 short story All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein. It’s a short short story, but it was amazing to see how they turned it into a film! So I’ll talk about that too, but I’ll still try to keep away from spoilers. I recommend this movie and hope that you get a chance to see it, whether on the big screen or at home!

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Interstellar Movie Review

One of the things I was most excited for this year was Interstellar, the new movie from Christopher Nolan that’s been taking theaters – particularly IMAX ones – by storm. It’s not in theaters much longer if it still is, I imagine, so I’m writing about it a bit late to talk you into going to see it. Probably if you were going to see it in theaters, you have.

We only had so much time after this came out and before we went to Australia, so we decided to see Interstellar when we were there, after checking to make sure it was opening there. There and all over! And, clocking in close to three hours, we decided to do it in style. So while going to the largest IMAX in the southern hemisphere might have been cool, we instead tried out what in Australia has come to be called Gold Class: dinner and a movie. In style!

So I’ll talk a bit about our experience in Gold Class, and then about some of the things I loved in Interstellar. Because if I was just writing a post about how awesome Interstellar was, it would be really short. Like, I could do it here. Interstellar was awesome. It lived up to and exceeded all my expectations. It’s a masterful piece of Science Fiction. If I had to give it a place in film history, it would be as the film that was better than and replaced 2001: A Space Odyssey in our collective understanding. Done!

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Wanderlust with a Dash of Travel Anxiety

This is not really a geeky post because I cannot think of anything particularly geeky to write while sitting in the airport with noise swelling around me and a woman doing her nails a few seats down in the waiting area. I mean seriously who thinks it is a good idea to paint your nails in an airport waiting area, the smell of that stuff can be potent and potentially bothersome to to others. It is up there with spraying perfume in public spaces, put it on before you leave the house because I do not want to sit next to that on the plane. I digress.

So obviously I am in the middle of traveling and it has been a rushed journey to get here. I am just feeling anxious, because I almost always do before I travel. I think about what if I forgot something important, and what if my luggage does not get there, etc. Then do we have someone taking care of our cats and what if something happens at the house. A thousand different things will travel through my mind. At the same time I love to travel, or at least go to new and interesting places. My anxiety for travel only lasts until I either am on my final leg of a trip or get to my destination. There is a reason that around when I travel I tend to write about traveling because it is all I seem to think about. So in honor of the fact that I am traveling here are my top five places that I have visited and some of the travel stories to get there. Continue reading