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.


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

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

  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.

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

  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.

  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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