Monday, January 26, 2015

The Imitation Game

Ron and I had a movie date Saturday and we went to see "The Imitation Game" after it was described to us by my daughter and son-in-law as one of the best movies they had ever seen.  After seeing it I can't agree more.

This true story of the breaking of the enigma code hones in on three different periods of time in the life of code breaker Alan Turing, the story is utterly compelling. 

The film is rich in detail. There are breathtaking scenes of war torn Britain which includes shots of bombers wreaking devastation over London and submarines firing rockets, as well as more ordinary depictions of rubble strewn streets and houses. The historic Bletchley Park is the backdrop to where all these events actually unfolded over 70 years ago. The editing seamlessly takes us from year to year without confusion or jarring transitions and the scenes leading up to, and immediately following, the breaking of the code are just thrilling.  

Criticism has been leveled at the film for not focusing more on Turing’s sexuality which is as untrue as it is unfair.  We have more than enough information as to the effect his sexuality had on his life and, ultimately his death. Scenes of his childhood also give insight into the man he would become. 

Ultimately, the film belongs to its powerful cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is compelling and he brings real humanity to the tortured Turing. Some of his moments, particularly near the end, are almost unbearably moving. Keira Knightley is almost his equal in a smaller but crucial role. She has real power here as Turing’s one time fiancĂ©, the lone woman breaker who as it turns out is better than the men. 

Rarely is a film as all encompassing and engrossing as this one. It is a triumph on every level.  It left me feeling both angry for the injustice that eventually led to Turing's demise but it also left me wanting to read the book that inspired such a wonderful movie.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Well, I cannot help myself.........I have news that is newsworthy!  My dear husband had his routine CT-scan and met with his oncologist.  She told him he was a walking miracle and will be 2 years cancer free in April.  Ron told her she saved his life when she convinced the kidney surgeon to do the second operation.  Dr. C. told Ron that if he is still clear in April they will cut his scans from every 3 months to every 6 months.  That my friends is a big deal in my opinion.  They never expected him to survive 3 years and here we are going strong going into the 6th year.  That news was enough to convince me that retirement in August is the right thing to do.  We have places to go and people to see.......................  

I can't tell you how much the support of my family and friends ---- and especially my online friends has meant to me.  Your encouragement through the journey has been invaluable.  I can't thank all of you enough.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My blogging days are over....... I've run out of steam and words.  I'll keep checking in on everyone through your blogs and I wish you all great joy and happiness this coming year.  I may post again someday after I've retired but for now I'm just speechless!