Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Luther on DVD

Finally got my hands on 3 offerings of the BBC mini-series Luther starring one of my favorite actors, Idris Elba, who is also an associate producer.
Two words: SICK and TWISTED!

I absolutely love it. combination of Criminal Minds, Law and Order and whatever other gruesome cop show you can think of-oh, and a wee bit of Dexter with a touch of Fatal Attraction for good measure.

John Luther had to take a break from police work when after a long hunt he caught up with a serial killer that fancied children as his target and the guy met with a nasty accident that left him in a coma. Of course John was blamed with trying to kill him and suffered a bit of a breakdown.

Upon his return his first case is what looks like a home invasion where a couple and their dog are killed-shot to death. John figures out that the scene was staged and it was the daughter who actually did the deed. however, she is as much of a twisted genius as he is and escapes justice because there is no proof.

Recognizing a bird of the same feather, she begins to stalk him. Funny thing is he doesn't seem to mind although he does try to keep her at a distance-at least at first.

As the series moves along and through the questionable decisions that John has made that make him look like a dirty copper, he and Alice form a bond that is more about mutual admiration than actual companionship. If you like drama with lots of twists and turns you'll love Luther.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Official Launch of Celebrating Venus: Irving-Prescott.com

Irving Prescott.com IS UP AND RUNNING. Drop by and sign the guest book

I've been aching to do this project for at least 15 years.
So excited. One of mentors-one of my mothers in the arts is finally going to publish her memoirs. As a singer and comedienne traveling throughout Asia during the Vietnam War Venus learned early on that if you kept it light and friendly you won the battle and the war.

Venus Irving-Prescott has been in the business of entertainment for more than 60 years- many of them as a coach or consultant to those aspiring to be the ultimate performer as well as director of many fine stage works. Through the years she has also taken on the role of mentor to many youth and others with a desire to up their game. Through her consulting vehicle, Show Polish, she makes the star shine even brighter.

Check out one of her pearls of wisdom:

Venus's 88th birthday  post

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club-A True Story

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee Starring Matthew McConaughy, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

I don't know why I thought this was about car sales. WOW!

Super macho rodeo electrician contracts HIV virus at the time of Rock Hudson's demise. As you might imagine he suffers as a result of the same prejudices that he still has toward those that he feels are the only ones who can get the disease.

As his friends & co-workers have ostracized him, he finds companionship in the hospital with a pre-op transgender woman who is part of a clinical trial for AZT.

He becomes a champion for those who are ill and have been given a death sentence both by the doctors and the federal government agencies that will not approve alternate drugs and treatments that seem to be working elsewhere in the world.

More than one man's journey it is the story of the politics of health care in the U.S. and the lengths that must be gone to just to survive. it is also a testament to the indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit and the consequences folks face when they plunge ahead trying to do the right thing.

Superb acting by all. Best line: "Sometimes i just feel like I'm fighting for a life I just ain't got time to live."

Even though this film is about AIDS specifically, the broader theme, at least to me, can be extended to the modern day fight to legitimize natural products like cannibas as an alternative to the synthetic concoctions offered by the pharmaceutical companies.