Saturday, September 26, 2015

What's on tv

This week's cover features Julie Gayet, an accomplished actress and producer. She's done a lot in film and television, and is interviewed for the magazine this week. Also, Sylvie Vartan. Her cover quote: "With me, it's all or nothing." She's a singer from the sixties, but she's currently in a play in Paris with Isabelle Mergault.

Robert Redford, a free man. Was he ever not?

What NOT to watch this week. Our tv magazine rates shows and movies using a star system: one star is ok, four stars is best. They use another symbol for really bad movies: the red dot. It means "à zapper" (change the channel!). The editors often include comments about the movie that make me laugh.

I know it seems that the tv people pick on American disaster and sci-fi movies as duds. But there are plenty of American (and other) films on during the week that get very good reviews. Still, the US does produce a lot stuff, so it stands to reason that there's a lot of bad stuff out there, especially when you include low-budget, made-for-tv stuff that's probably inexpensive enough for these cable channels to acquire in quantity.

San Andreas magnitude 10 (San Andreas Quake). American made-for-tv movie. Directed by John Baumgartner, 2015.
With Jhey Castles, Jason Woods, and Grace Van Dien.
A seismologist predicts a large-magnitude earthquake in California, but no one believes her.
A mediocre screenplay, no direction, actors who seem lost, and failed special effects are all on the menu for this stinker.
For adults and kids over 10.

7 comments:

  1. Is Julie Gayet on the cover because of her acting and producing or because of her love life?

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    1. ellen, what, you think I actually read the article? lol

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  2. "Was he ever not". How would you translate ? " ne l'a-t-il jamais été" or " ne l'était-il pas " ? I'm not sure. It is always a problem for me with these little sentences.

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  3. « Fut-il un temps où il ne l'était pas ? » Ou « Y a-t-il eu un temps... » I think.

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  4. Oh golly gosh, Sylvie Vartan. There was a time when she was never out of Salut Les Copains (the magazine), which of course was an essential part of French homework.

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  5. jean, j'ai demandé à Ken. Je n'ètais pas sûr...

    autolycus, a little before my time (in France), I'm afraid.

    michael, yup!

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