HOUSE OF CARDS Season 4. Here’s what people are saying about it:

HOUSE OF CARDS premiered on Netflix today. People are already doing the bing-watching.

Here what people are saying about it:

From the Critics:

Boston Globe Review:

The Verge:

Entertainment Weekly:


From the People via Twitter:

John Magnum ‏@johnmagnumxxx
#HouseOfCards S4 Fantastic! Better than S3. You’ll love the ending!

Salomé ‏@sallywub
I wonder how many people unexpectedly came down with a “bug” and called off from work today.

ObertoVerified account ‏@ObertoBeefJerky
Umm, yeah we just clocked out sick for the day. Thank you @netflix #houseofcards

Becca ‏@bexamillions
When you have to stay home sick.. But you’re not sad, because #HouseOfCards is out today! 🇺🇸🙏🏼

Marc Vandal ‏@MarcTheShark5
I’m speechless… wow. This season is insane. #HouseOfCards

Adam Crookes ‏@adamtcrookes
BIG SHOCK half way through Episode 4 of #HouseOfCards
You won’t see this one coming.

Bina007 ‏@BinaDouble07
#HouseofCards S4E9 Ch48 Thoughts & review: “You’re right, we CAN do better.” The series is back on track.

mariworks ‏@madeIynhayes
#houseofcards powerful women characters w their mothers

Paige ‏@harveyspecters
What the fuuuuuuck is doug up to #HouseofCards

CiikA ‏@Siikuli
I thought I would enjoy pretty nasty politic stuff but I didn’t prepare to have EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER #HouseOfCards

“You’re stronger than he is, but you’ve got to put him in his place.” #HouseOfCards is back!

Before you binge watch—here’s a little #HouseOfCards catch up:


Movie Review: UNDER CAPRICORN, 1949. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

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Movie Review
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten
Review by Steve Painter


In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor…


Alfred Hitchcock is known as “The Master of Suspense.” It is rare to see a movie made by him without much suspense in it then. Typically the movies that he made without suspense did not do well with critics or at the box office. It was something that Hitchcock had to live with his whole career. He wanted to do more than suspense movies, but he knew audiences would reject them. He learned this tough lesson after making Under Capricorn (1949).

The movie is set in colonial Australia. That might be all you need to know about what type of movie this will be. It is a costume drama. It is similar in some respects to Rebecca (1940). Rebecca of course won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Under Capricorn did not. Based on this alone, there must be a big difference in the quality of each picture.

Under Capricorn doesn’t suffer because of its cast though. Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton star. It would be the last time each appeared in a Hitchcock movie. Bergman and Hitchcock got into a dispute over her character. This dispute led Hitchcock to never call her again when he was casting a movie. Cotton would appear in a few Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes in the 1950s, but didn’t get another shot in a full length Hitchcock movie.

Michael Wilding plays Charles Adare, the nephew of the governor of Australia. He is visiting the English colony. At this point in time Australia was being used to hold convicts. One of the convicts, who has done well for himself since coming to Australia, is Cotton’s character, Sam Flusky. Flusky has become a respected businessman in the colony and is married to Bergman’s Lady Henrietta, a wealthy woman.

Flusky has been banished to Australia because he has murdered Lady Henrietta’s brother. At this point in time the caste system was in effect, so Flusky and Charles, members of the upper-class, would attend the same parties and host dinners for each other.

Since Charles has arrived in Australia he has heard about Lady Henrietta. He is disappointed when at Flusky’s dinner party she is unable to come down to eat because she is sick. Midway through the meal Lady Henrietta makes an appearance, in probably one of the best entrances in all of Hitchcock. She is an alcoholic and ends up embarrassing herself and her husband at the dinner. This doesn’t stop Charles though, as he has become smitten by her.

Housekeeper, Millie, is not smitten with Lady Henrietta. She acts like she is taking care of her, but she is slowly killing her. First mentally, by blaming all of the household’s problems on her because she is unable to be the lady of the house. Then she begins killing her physically, by giving her poison.

This does not stop Charles from taking an interest in Henrietta’s affairs. He believes that he is capable of reforming her. He seems to be making some progress. The two begin to fall in love. This doesn’t sit well with Flusky. Spurred on by Millie, who is in love with Flusky, he takes a gun and shoots Charles.

Charles doesn’t die, but enough sympathy is stirred in Henrietta that she leaves Flusky for Charles. Things seem like they will end happily for Charles and Millie, as they will both get what they want. Then Henrietta reveals that it was she, not Flusky, who murdered her brother and Flusky took responsibility for the act.

This act by Flusky stirs something in Henrietta and she wants to go back to him. Charles is reluctant to let her go, but he finally does. As a parting gift, Charles tells Flusky that Millie has been poisoning his wife. Flusky takes care of Millie. Henrietta and Flusky finally are able to live a normal life.

Under Capricorn is not a good movie if you expect to see an Alfred Hitchcock-type story. But if you enjoy historical costume pictures, this might be for you. There is enough here to keep you entertained, just ignore the directed by credit.



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Movie Review: 3 1/2 MINUTES, 10 BULLETS (USA 2015) ***1/2

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3_minutes_ten_bullets_poster3 1/2 MINUTES, 10 BULLETS (USA 2015) ***1/2
Directed by Marc Silver

Review by Gilbert Seah

An altercation begins over loud rap music at a gas station parking lot. 3 1/2 minutes and 10 bullets later, a black teen, Jordan Davis is shot dead by a white man in a car. The totally absorbing documentary is a courtroom drama, made even more real because what transpired is not only true but relevant in the perception of homicide and race in America.

The facts of the case: In 2012, a middle-aged white man, Michael Dunn, was arrested after fatally shooting a young black man, Jordan Davis, outside a gas station in Jacksonsville, Florida with his gun in the glove compartment of his car. It was a case of loud music. While Dunn’s fiancé went into the station for wine, loud music from a car with 4 black youths caused Dunn to ask them to turn the ‘rap crap’ down. The altercation escalated to the shooting of Jordan while the youths’ car pulled away.

The jury of 12 is to determine the verdict of the 5 counts of murder. What is so different about this doc is that director Silver puts the audience in the position of the jury. All the facts are presented in disturbing detail. The audience hears both sides of arguments of the two attorneys, examines the faces of both Dunn, the accused and the parents of the victim, and each the enactments. As the jury enters closed doors to make the decision, the audience is also forced to come up with his or her decision on the case. It is a very good tactic that works well to keep the audience focused on the facts and absorbed in the film at the same time.

The interviewees include Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, Jordan’s parents. The court proceedings focus often on the reactions of accused Michael Dunn, often in closeups, as if the man can be in scrutiny by the audience. The mother is often shown in tears while the father peaks fondly of his son, like his last time holding the boy in his arms in the hospital. As for Dunn, the camera allow him to tell his side of the story, how he loves his fiancé and how he feels he is the victim who should not deserve life imprisonment. In his own words, he just wants to go home to make love to his wife and then sleep. Director Silver makes his story a very personal and emotional one. On the other side, the audience also sees how good each lawyer is, each able to manipulate the evidence and testimonies to the side’s favour.

The attorneys make it clear that the case be treated as a nonracial crime, and one that resulted in antisocial behaviour and loud music. But this turns out to be another very high profile trial, very similar to the Trayvon Martin killing, in which a young black man in Florida was killed by a white community-watch volunteer. The demonstrations outside the court indicate the people want to know if the shooting young black men is something white people can get away with. It is clear thy do not want the truth, they want a guilty verdict regardless. But for Canadians and other non residents in the States, the case is more about guns – whether the right to bear arms in the States is still worth the mindless deaths of so many.

From the testimonies, it is clear that someone is lying. Dunn could be lying that he saw a weapon and acted in self define. or the youth could have discarded the weapon before the cops arrived. But self defense or not, Jordan did not deserve to die.

Silver’s documentary is both timely in its subject matter and absorbing in its execution. These are two good reason to put this doc on your must-see 2016 list.

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