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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Movie Review - "Godfather part 2"

Movie review number 28

The second movie of the Godfather series starts in 1901 with 9 year old Vito Corleone attending his father's funeral in Sicily with his mother and the funeral cortege.  His elder brother Paolo had been hiding in the hills after swearing vegeance on Don Cicci, the man who ordered the murder of Vito's Dad.  During the funeral, shooting happens and Paulo is killed.  Mother takes Vito to the Cicci villa and begs that they leave Vito alone, but Don Cicci refuses and kills the mother - Vito runs away and escapes...... onto a boat to Ellis Island.
The story then switches to the 1960s, with Al Pacino playing middle aged Michael Corleone (youngest son of Marlon Brando/Vito Corleone of movie 1) married to Diane Keaton and young son running "The Firm" - starting with the confirmation of the young son and setting up the blackmailing of a US Senator (later in the movie, he finds himself naked in a motel room with a dead woman and no clue how he got there..... the motel run by Michael's elder brother Fredo.  Michael gets what he wants later during Senate hearings into Corleone mafia illegalities!)  Michael also does business with Hyman Roth in Miami (Meyer Lansky of real mafia fame) who is setting up Michael's assassination with Fredo....... and Michael then discovers Fredo's backhanded traitorship having originally thought it was the eldest brother Santini that was plotting!!! Family Business has now moved to the Las Vegas casino's and Corleone/Roth are looking to invest in Cuba which is where the assassination was supposed to take place but was foiled.
Flashbacks to the early 1900s form part of the movie, showing Vito's maturity in Depression age New York City (now played by Robert De Niro), marriage, the birth of Santini, Fredo and Michael, and Vito's starting to muscle into the Mafia protection racket, assassinating another hated Don as his official "entry" into the business.
Meanwhile, back in the 60s, Michael's marriage to Diane Keaton disintigrates into divorce, but Michael refuses Diane to take their two children away from him.
The end of the movie sees the beginning of the end of the Corleone family.....

Oh yes!  Not as "blood and guts" as the first one, but has connections to real-life happenings (i.e. the Senate hearings of the 60s, Kennedy involvement with mafia/Vegas, Meyer Lansky, Cuba) which makes interesting viewing for (US) history buffs

8.5 out of 10

Antipasta and a Banana Daquiri

Friday, 12 September 2014

Public Service Announcement

For those of you who know Bob and Dilly in England - their Mummy is going into hospital on 24th of September to have her gall bladder taken out.  We think she's getting rather worried about it, so we thought it would be a nice idea if Bob and Dilly's friends sent "Get Well Soon" cards!!!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

I got a new clock!!

We used to have a wall clock ages and ages ago but it died and we haven't had a wall clock for ages and ages.  On Thursday on her way home from work, Andrea saw some clocks in a shop window for £2.99 and got this one!!!  It's made from hardboard with roman numerals on it and in the middle it says "Hotel De Ville, Paris"!!  We really like it!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A New Painting!!

We took our dirty pants round to the launderette yesterday after work and while they were washing we went for a short walk.  On the way, we found an Art Expedition in a church hall and it was still open so we went in.  It was a local art group called Du Pont (but they only meet during the day when Andrea's working) - but we found this watercolour print for sale for £20 and we liked it so much that we bought it!!
Andrea says she has a frame just the right size for it too!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Arcade games and fish!!!

 Andrea took me into work today because she said we were doing something fun afterwards!!

 Oh, now we've been here before!!!

 There's the Royal Pavilion!!   I love this building!!
We met up with Sir Woodstock outside the giftshop - because he's done so much walking today, he was having a ride in his Mummy's bag. Very sensible!!
 First of all we went over to Brighton Pier!!!

 Its fun here!!  Of course, we had to play the arcade games for a while!!!

 I won a red dolphin keychain!!!  Sir Woodstock was playing on another machine so we'll show you his prize later!

 Then we went over the road to Harry Ramsden's for dinner - it's good in there, you know!

 Me and Sir Woodstock sat down for a chat while the grown ups decided what they were going to eat.  That rubber duck is Sir Woodstock's prize and it has bear brown patches on!!

 excuse me a minute......sluuuuurrrp.... ah, that's better!

Standard Cod and Chips!!  Andrea couldn't finish all the chips so she let met dunk the rest in the beer.  Yummers!!!
What a fun evening!!

Monday, 18 August 2014

We met Woodstock!!!

 When Andrea got home from work today, she said we were going to meet someone.  Oh!!!

 We walked up the road and waited outside Orsino's, and Italian restaurant that does really good pizza

 OH!!!  Look who it is!!  It's Sir Woodstock!!!
He has a brilliant bow tie, with a cowbell on it that goes clang, clang!! I want one of those!!

 Sir Woodstock said that I was allowed a beer today, so I did!!!  hahahhaaaa! HIC

 And then we had a pizza which was yum, and we ate all of it!!!
After dinner, me and Sir Woodstock decided that we'd meet up for fish and chips on Wednesday!
Then we gave him some bookcrossing books to take home so he can have a bedtime story tonight.  I think he was pleased about that!

 When we got home, Andrea said I could open the prezzie that Sir Woodstock gave me!  It's in a spiffy Tote bag with a terrier doggie on it!

 Oh!  There's more in here...!

 Coffee and chocolate!!!!!!!  YAAAYYY!!

And we also got a huge wad of card to make stuff with!! What a brilliant present!!!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Canadian Drain Covers!!

Alexander MacKenzie Bear found two more Canadian drain covers - that one has Aero chocolate bubbles on it!!!

And that one has frogs on it!!!!!!!!