Love in the Time of Cholera, Andromeda Strain, etc.

The last few months seem to have been busy ones for Benjamin fans.

We have been treated to Love in the Time of Cholera – an excellent adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book – last fall and Andromeda Strain last May.

In the case of Love in the Time of Cholera, it was a friend of mine who dragged me to see it because – in spite of my love of Benjamin’s acting and my being aware that he was in it – I’m not much into Gabriel Garcia Marquez… I can see the artistic value of his work, but I am at loss before his books and I fail to get involved in the stories he tells. However, I loved the movie adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera. The scenery, costumes, and overall atmosphere of the film are authentic and moving, the acting good and the soundtrack beautiful. But at the heart of the images, there is a love story that is timeless, character traits that hit close to home, and a happy ending. The characters are strange people, but that is what makes them memorable.

Andromeda Strain has not been broadcast in my corner of the world yet, so I ended up ordering the DVD. I consider myself lucky that I haven’t seen the 1971 version, so that I won’t be tempted to compare it with this newer version and I will be able to watch this new version with an open mind.

DVDs are out for both Love in the Time of Cholera and Andromeda Strain. Perhaps, you will want to pay a visit to these projects official sites, http://www.loveinthetime.com and http://www.aetv.com/the-andromeda-strain/ .

Meanwhile, I had the chance to watch E-Ring (all of its 22 episodes). What to say? The show is awesome, action-packed, well-researched, well-written, well-acted and it is a pity that it was cancelled. Perhaps, the main characters are not really heros, if characters need to operate completely autonomously to be considered heroic, but I’ve seen point out that J.T. – Benjamin’s character – and his colleagues (including bosses Col. McNulty and Samantha Liston) direct others to do the work but need to get approval from above for that work to be carried out. In other words, they don’t DO anything themselves. Though slightly arrogant and naive, J.T. comes off as a true crusader who is learning to work the system to get very heroic things done. Along the way he designs some pretty creative military missions. I won’t tell you how the series ends, in case you haven’t seen it to the end, but I was upset by its end and I wish that a another series were produced just to a resolution could be given to the situation series 1 closes with.

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