Thursday, October 09, 2008

a two tissue afternoon

While the north wind howled around the house, stripping all the trees and dumping the leaves all over the place, including in the pool, I watched Something the Lord Made. I am an Alan Rickman fan; he didn't disappoint in this role as Alfred Blalock, the pioneering heart surgeon. Mos Def delivers a compelling performance as Vivien Thomas, the brilliant and talented lab assistant who carries Rickman's character to fame and fortune. As I say, only two tissues.

A couple of days ago I saw Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day with a luminous Frances McDermond doing a pretty good English accent and, my new favorite actor, CiarĂ¡n Hinds. He and Rickm are either twins or the same person.


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