What I watched: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) How I watched it: DVD Snacks: Chamomile tea Synopsis: An adaptation of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic which sees miserly Ebenezer Scrooge forced to endure a visit from three ghosts on the eve of Christmas which teach him the value of giving at Christmas. Why I watched: Our strongest family tradition at Christmas […]


What I watched: Pride & Prejudice (2005) How I watched it: DVD Snacks: Egg nog Synopsis: An adaptation of the Jane Austen classic of the same name in which Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy must each overcome their pride and prejudices to see what a good match they are. Why I watched: One of my all-time favourite movies, I especially like […]

I LOVE YOU, MAN (2009)

What I watched: I Love You, Man (2009) How I watched it: TV Snacks: White wine Synopsis: Much to the bemusement of his fiancee, Peter (Paul Rudd) falls head-over-heels in friendship with new bud Sydney (Jason Segel) while on a quest to find a best man for his upcoming wedding to Zooey (Rashida Jones). But when Peter starts […]


What I watched: Through a Glass Darkly (1961) How I watched it: library-rented DVD Snacks: Chocolate cake & tea Synopsis: Recently released from a mental care facility, Karin joins her boyfriend, father and younger brother at their summer home to reconnect and relax. But she soon finds herself troubled again. Why I watched: I have found myself recently watching […]

ARRIVAL (2016)

What I watched: Arrival (2016) How I watched it: Cinema Snacks: Popcorn & Fanta Synopsis: The US military recruits a university linguist specialist to try an communicate with extraterrestrials who have arrived for no apparent reason. Why I watched: I had wanted to see this film when it played at TIFF but couldn’t fit it into my roster, was surprised […]

THE WOMEN (1939)

What I watched: The Women (1939) How I watched it: library-rented DVD Snacks: Brownie Synopsis: The social lives of a circle of friends intersect and are divided by the men these women love or are trying to ensnare. Why I watched: I have been listening to the You Must Remember This podcast’s Joan Crawford series and while this film […]


What I watched: The Killers (1946) How I watched it: library-rented DVD Snacks: Tea Synopsis: A couple of hit men turn up in a small town to kill a man known as “the Swede.” When the Swede leaves his life insurance money to a random old woman who hardly remembers him, an insurance investigator decides to find out more […]