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  • Esta Rosevear

OSLO is a look back in time to 1993 when a Norwegian couple created a back door for the Oslo Peace Accords.

The screenplay was written by J.T. Rogers who was the author of OSLO, a Tony award-winning play in 2017. It was directed by Bartlett Sherr, the same director of the off-Broadway and Broadway production of this play. This was his movie directing debut. Steven Spielberg was the Executive Producer.

With all of this creative power and the amazing ensemble which included Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott, I found this film fascinating, yet still, needing more. I could see this movie as a play in front of a live audience. It needed to stand on its own merit.

There were so many strong, powerful scenes of endless discussions between the PLO and Israeli delegations. They were believable, because of the acting and the words spoken. It made you think and see both sides as human beings and not as enemies. This was the main point of those talks, which as history knows, did fail in the end. But the journey to get to that point and all the thought-provoking “what-if’s” was what made OSLO potent and still extremely necessary to see, in spite of its flaws.

During the discussions, it was said:

“Our peoples live in the past. Let us find a way to live in the present.”

This is still true today almost thirty years later.

OSLO is available to stream on HBO MAX Television.

  • Esta Rosevear

2 HEARTS is a sap-driven, Hallmark kind of movie. It doesn’t offer any surprises along the way. It shares the story of one gorgeous, kind, loving man in need of new lungs. It is based upon a true story.

Of course, there is a vital, young, cute, athletic man who becomes a part of this journey. I can’t tell you what happens next. I don’t have to, because it then becomes a commercial for organ donations. Yet, I think it is an amazing, inspiring journey both families travel.

I wish the writers and actors knew how to peel back more layers to make us want to watch. I needed sharper dialogue, more honest facial reactions, and better truthful interactions with each other.

2 HEARTS is a great story...just not a good film. But it is still available to stream on Netflix.

This is the third and final season for THE KOMINSKY METHOD which featured Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, an acting coach and teacher. Kathleen Turner as Roz made several guest appearances along with Morgan Freeman as himself.

There is not much I can say about the actual series without giving away wonderfully, rewarding, humorous, bittersweet moments. What I can express is how much I thoroughly enjoyed watching this final season unfold. It was like saying goodbye to old friends that I hadn’t even known very long. This is a compliment to the writers and the entire ensemble.

What I loved about THE KOMINSKY METHOD is how I was reminded it is never too late to achieve life-long dreams. It doesn’t matter if you are 25 or 75, if it is meant to happen...it will. And here’s the biggest lesson of all. Age does not diminish the amount of pride, joy, awe, and sheer glee you will feel at that exact second. All of us are really the same.

In the end, THE KOMINSKY METHOD tied up every loose string. I smiled. I cried. It was worth every minute of viewing time. I will miss being a part of Sandy’s acting class in the future, but it is available to stream on Netflix.


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