159. Sherlock Holmes, Amy Schumer, Madame Bovary, And Ryan Reynolds

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A. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Celebrates Its 21st Anniversary!
Thanks For Joining Us! Memorable Is Overrated!

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In a 1994 Joan River’s concert, Joan asked the audience….Can We Talk! Viola! Column idea! What started as a one page University of the Arts’ handout passed out in class and on the streets of downtown Philadelphia when leaving the classroom building, now is a column read in Australia, Russia, Serbia, England, Canada, Japan, and more. Isn’t the Internet amazing! The column is always positive and we never talk politics or religion.

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One billion people use WordPress and 25% of all websites are constructed with the WordPress business and entertainment formats. It is the perfect column host. Everyone should research the WP free formats, plug-ins, and resources to house their ideas. A second grader can set up the site.

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Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter is a classic Swedish series subtitled in English. The crime drama was our first WordPress post 160 issues ago. Annika Bengzton (Crespin Malin) still remains a favorite and is a recommendation at every lunch, dinner, and classroom share. You can still find Annika on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu Plus.

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Navigating Let’s Talk Philadelphia, The Column, And Discussion Page…There is an index bar across the top of the home page above this writing. The titles in the index bar are: 100 Writing Resources, About, Mini Biography, Poetry, and What Is Next. The 100 Writing Resources contains everything I have written in literature, poetry, creating writing, and math in the last five years. It, also, introduces favorite websites, lessons, and PowerPoints. This piece of the WordPress site is constantly changing and being up-dated with everyday events and new teaching approaches. The Public Dropbox folder in 100 Writing Resources can be opened to reveal downloadable folders in creative classroom materials, audio talks, grant writing, video lessons, books, and the projects of hundreds of graduate students that I have had the pleasure of teaching.
About is a short description of the goals and objectives for writing this column. My phone number, email address, and full resume can be found in 100 Writing Resources. I like writing about business, travel, food, television, movies, theater, and educational practices.

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An abbreviated resume appears in Mini-biography.
Poetry is a creative writing and poetry lover’s paradise. It has a master PowerPoint with easy to follow directions for the lessons under each slide. The poetry resource introduces over 25 poetry formats and how to creatively present them. Mini-presentations, also, dot this poetry site.
What Is Next is a step-by-step PowerPoint describing one of my favorite classroom activities. I am still working on how to add videos to this column. There are no, ads, pleas, or gimmicks in anything we do. What is given freely is rarely appreciated. I hope this column’s readers appreciate my ideas, the ideas of my peers, and the input of the column’s readers.

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1. Movies…Mr. Holmes…A Self Revealing Memoir Tells All!
How Good Is A 93 Year Old’s Memory? Sherlock’s Mind Is Fading!
His Last Exploit Needs Telling! He Will Need Help!

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If you have not seen any of the seventy Sherlock Holmes’ re-creations and you are not watching Elementary on television, take in the enigmatic Mr. Holmes at your local art house. It stars Ian McKellan, Laura Linney, and Milo Parker, an astute ten year old. The movie is a flashback of Holmes’s final case and the end of his sleuthing careerHolmes can’t remember what happened and what caused him to say quits to his career many years ago. Watson is dead, but very much alive in Holmes’s foggy recollections throughout the movie, as is Baker Street.

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Holmes has fled London and has taken refugee in the country side where he is tending bees and fighting with fleeting memories. Laura Linney is Holmes’s frumpy housekeeper. Her ten year old son Milo Parker follows Holmes everywhere. Milo steals the show as he learns about bees, life, and how to care for Sherlock. Milo is one of the reasons Holmes is completing his final memoir. Milo reads each addition and drives Holmes’s memories.

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If you don’t know Sherlock, visits to his home in London, interactions with Watson, reviews of Watson’s stretched details of Holmes’s crime fighting adventures in Watson’s books, and past cases dot the add-on landscape of this movie. Mr. Holmes is a bee keeper for movie audiences that revel in a historical fiction type look at different and revealing. Old detectives rock! Slowly!

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2. Movies II…Gemma Aterton Relives Madame Bovary In Gemma Bov’ery!
When Life Imitates Art Stuff Happens! Gemma Bov’ery’s Is Scandalous!
French With Quick English Subtitles! Really Quick Subtitles!
You Can’t Watch Your Popcorn And This Movie At The Same Time.

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Normandy was the final home of Gustave Flaubert author of the infamous novel Madame Bovary. Martin (Fabrice Luchini) is a bored baker and dreamer that sees mysteries and book characters in everything. A city couple Gemma Aterton and Jason Flemyng have moved into the old country house next to Martin’s. The wife introduces herself as Gemma Bov’ery. Martin, a twinkle in the eye type character, sees intrigue and strange possibilities in everything, now. If Gemma is the incarnation of the passionate, conniving, and adulterous Gemma Bovary, Martin can’t wait for her adulterous escapades to begin in the neighborhood. He may fall in love, too.

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Martin befriends Gemma, teaches her how to bake through a sensual dough kneading lesson, and becomes the little village’s voyeur. Everywhere Gemma goes, Martin is a step behind. He lives his romantic fantasies through Gemma. Martin’s wife and son think his ideas and life view are crazy.

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If you know the Madame Bovary story, the challenge in watching the movie and reading the subtitles is whether Gemma will follow in Gemma Bovary’s footsteps? The story is countryside quaint with kissing and per chance thrown into the mix.

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3. Current Events…The Skimm Is A Morning News Cornucopia!
A Daily Blip With Links To Everything You Need To Know To Start A Day!

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings, our read on a Sunday suggestion, is a well laid out and picturesque tome of creative people and events. The daily The Skimm is a straightforward, no frills look at your morning news. TS is a brief summary of what you would like to know (a morning wake-up call) with links to additional information on the more intriguing, humorous, and noteworthy topics.

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The Skimm may not have any pictures or graphics, however, their introduction is catchy and check out worthy. A sign-up with your email box will bring their daily work to your computer-step. Try it for a week and you will be hooked.

theSkimm makes it easier to be smarter.

We’re the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you – across subject lines and party lines – and break it down with fresh editorial content.

We read. You Skimm.

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4. Movies III…Amy Schumer And Bill Hader’s Trainwreck Switches Tracks!

Even if you do not know Amy Schumer (stand-up comedy everywhere) and Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), their number one at the box office chick-flick Trainwreck is an interesting and fun-loving look at the female mind and present day dating practices.

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Amy Schumer (Amy) is a writer for a local magazine. She wrote this movie. Her father, after years of infidelity, has convinced his daughters (at a very early) that monogamy is unrealistic. Amy has hand more one night affairs than the French Court of Louis XVI. John Cena, the World Wide Wrestling (WWF) champ and action movie hero, plays her latest lover. He is commitment ready, she is not!

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Amy is sent on an assignment to interview sport doctor, Bill Hader. Sport heroes galore have cameos in this one with LeBron James playing an expanded role. James is Dr. Hader’s best friend as well as his spiritual and love adviser. LeBron does score in this one! Hader does, too. Hader, however, isn’t sure what it means. He is unfamiliar with dating rituals. If you are among the unfamiliar, Trainwreck might help add purpose to your life! Can you say only kidding in a column after a stupid comment?

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5. Movies III…Ryan Reynolds Is Selfless! Ben Kingsley Is Dying!
Body Snatchers And Body Cloning Are In Play!
Who Will You Select If Given The Chance?

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The Selfless movie is in limited release. Ben Kingsley is a dying billionaire with the best doctors money can buy telling him to immediately put his affairs in order. Lo and behold! Out of nowhere, a new company emerges that will take Kingsley’s brilliant mind and business acumen and transfer it to another body. No cutting is involved! Your whole being stays the same. Kingsley will go for it! Why not? Just a mind warp. Ben thinks the other body is just a clone. How can you be so smart and so wrong at the same time?

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The other body is Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds is giving up his life for the money that will save his young daughter’s life. The transition from a new psychological make-up from the old make-up is precarious. Kingley needs medication to drive Ryan Reynolds out of the body that Kingsley has now been placed into…same rich businessman, new body!

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The lovely Natalie Martinez is the wife that thought the Reynolds that appears on her doorstep was dead. Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, the now cured daughter, is on the way home from school to meet her dead dad. And you thought the mind transferring procedure in the above paragraph was hard to explain!

After the movie decide whose body you will be taking over.
Keep the body a secret, but tell your friends about the movie.

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6. International Share An Idea Week Continues!
Do You Have An Idea That Would Enhance This Column?

Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk’s discussions. We did this with Amy Schumer’s work in this issue. Does your business need a boost? How about a summer travel share, good book, or neighborhood save the whales campaign? We are open to everything except politics and religion. We get tons of spam for saying positive things about movies, books, and business. Imagine the spam over politics and religion?

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Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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