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PostTue Jul 07, 2020 1:30 pm 
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Visited my folks, checked out a couple things streaming on Netflix.

"Bethany Hamilton:  Unstoppable" is a documentary that covers a much larger time frame than the biopic "Soul Surfer" about her.  Really interesting I thought.  She got married and had a baby, and kept trying to become a pro surfer who is missing an arm.  She's remarkable.

"Ride Like a Girl" is based on a true story in Australia.  Sam Neill is a single father of 10 kids, Teresa Palmer is the youngest of the kids.  Almost all of them became jockeys under their dad's tutelage.  All the other kids knew their mom but she died when Palmer's character was a baby.  She eventually gets a ride in the Melbourne Cup, something equivalent to one of the Triple Crown races in the U.S.  At the time, she was only the 5th female jockey to ride in it over 150+ years.  Started a little slow but it was well done, worth a watch.   Another interesting thing about the movie, the second youngest child has Down Syndrome.  He actually played himself in the movie, I thought that was pretty cool.  All the other family members were portrayed by actors of course.
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PostTue Jul 07, 2020 7:02 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
eventually gets a ride in the Melbourne Cup, something equivalent to one of the Triple Crown races in the U.S

Melbourne Cup day is a holiday in the state of Victoria and the Australian Capitol Territory (where Canberra, Australia's capitol, is located).  It's a very big deal there.

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"Ballet Shoes" was an interesting British movie.  Hadn't heard of it til I was surfing thru stuff available for streaming on Amazon Prime.  Stars Emma Watson, somewhere in the middle of the Harry Potter series, and Lucy Boynton near the beginning of her career, among others.  A bit hard to describe.  Those 2 and one other (Yasmin Paige) are orphans adopted one by one by an anthropologist or something from London, so they grow up as sisters.  He's gone all the time, so they are mostly raised by his great niece who also came to live with him when she was orphaned.  He disappears, money gets tight, they take on several boarders and the girls find some work in various stage productions singing, dancing and/or acting.  It's more interesting than I made it sound.  The 3 girls might be the main characters, but the great niece and the various boarders and a few other people that enter their lives all have some arcs to their stories.  A lot packed into a bit less than 90 minutes.
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PostSun Jul 12, 2020 3:47 pm 
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"Bad Education" - Extremely well done/acted movie about the largest embezzlement scandal in US involving the public school system.  Available on APrime

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bad+education+trailer&view=detail&mid=E9BED635C443F2EFA799E9BED635C443F2EFA799&FORM=VIRE0&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dbad%2520education%2520trailer%26qs%3dn%26form%3dQBRE%26sp%3d-1%26ghc%3d1%26pq%3dbad%2520education%2520trailer%26sc%3d7-21%26sk%3d%26cvid%3dF99CBFDAC2F94C748D3C59AF917EB7E1

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PostFri Jul 17, 2020 11:53 pm 
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Not a movie.  I started streaming "The Capture" from Peacock.  Halfway thru, only 6 episodes.  Pretty compelling.  It's a conspiracy theorist's fever dream.  With deep fakes advancing by the day, you can't believe ANYTHING you see anymore, even what's supposed to be live CCTV.  No idea where it's going, but so far everybody is suspect including the British military, their police (especially anti-terrorism), their intelligence community, and some rogue American operatives of some type who are poking about too.
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