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Snapshots - #29: House of Cards Trilogy, Baby Driver, and Churchill

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House of Cards (1990), (♦♦♦♦): Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) is the Chief Whip of Britain’s Conservative Party. He is a disciplinarian; he keeps the troops in check. Mr. Urquhart is also apparently a man without further political ambitions. But what better test for a politician's ambition than a general election in which a charismatic man, "with no background and no bottom" has been elected? Henry Collingridge (David Lyon), a relatively young man whose only political desire is to be well liked, is elected for the Conservative Party as the Prime Minister, with less majority than predicted by the polls. He is the pebble in Urquhart's shoe, the first of many, for the Chief Whip will use political mischief, and every dirty secret in his files to clear his path to higher office, including manipulating Mattie Storin (Susannah Harker), a young journalist with dreams of becoming a heavyweight political analyst. I had watched at least the first 15 minutes of the …

Snapshots - #28: Black Sails, Mildred Pierce, and more…

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Black Sails (Season 4), (♦♦♦½): After Charles Vane was executed at the end of Season 3, the slave community of New Providence Island has allied with the maroons and the pirates in a powerful onslaught of assaults against Governor Woodes Rogers' interests. Billy Bones has led the insurrection on the island on behalf of Long John Silver. War against the British Empire is inevitable now. The Governor and his Lieutenant General, Captain Berringer, have unleashed terror against those they perceive as enemies of the British. The pirate faction has gained momentum, but Governor Rogers cannot give up the fight, for in marrying Eleanor Guthrie he has upset his ex-wife whose family has petitioned Rogers' creditors to accelerate the timetable of repayment for the enormous debt he incurred in attempting to reform Nassau.

The pirates take hold of Nassau, and in desperation, Governor Rogers makes an alliance with a powerful enemy, one that will stop at nothing to see the pirate par…

Snapshots - #27: Rome, Polar Bear Town, and more…

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Rome (Season 2), (♦♦♦♦): Julius Caesar is dead. In his will, he named Octavian his son and sole heir. Mark Antony assumes control of Rome as Consul and reaches an amnesty with Caesar’s assassins, but still harbors resentment towards them and awaits the opportunity to exact revenge. Senators Marcus Brutus and Cassius leave Rome until the ebullient mood after the regicide subside, but knowing that Octavian has claimed his inheritance and raised legions to fight Caesar's enemies, they do the same. The result is civil war. Mark Antony doesn't recognize Octavian's claim either, but together with Marcus Lepidus, the three of them form a triumvirate to rule the empire. They defeat Brutus and Cassius and split the responsibility of ruling, with Mark Antony assuming control of Alexandria and Egypt, which happen to be the most fertile region of the empire. As Mark Antony withholds the shipments of grain so vital for the sustenance of the Roman people, a new civil war ensues…