I hit The Cooking Recipe Jackpot in Diabetic Living

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The Word ‘Diabetes’ is even worse than ‘Tardive Dyskinesia.” It’s clinical, cold and calculating. It’ll getcha! However, because of my atypical antipsychotic ( twice as sedating and weight gaining than the others in its’ class), I have elevated blood sugar levels and was worried for a while because the docs wouldn’t tell me exactly what they were. So I thought it was worse than it is.

I’ve been studying and changing things in my life. I’m using self as study subject, which is problematic in and of itself.

For a long while I cooked to relieve stress. Then I ran out of enthusiasm for the 1000 or so recipes I’d clipped out of the newspapers over the years and stopped. Actually, I’d rather write than cook but that probably is all of us.

I was reading ‘Diabetic Living’ and learned a ton of stuff. First, there are more diabetes drugs than I can count on four hands. So those magazines are not ever going to be an endangered species. The one I got ahold of have at least six colorful, imaginative but not too complicated recipes and as I worked out, I ripped the pages out and stuck ’em in my Walkman.

I was glad I’d read the magazine. I totally hit the jackpot for simple, sumptuous recipes that day. Now all I have to do is clip them smaller and tape them to index cards and make two copies of each to account for spills, wear and tear, not to mention misplacement.

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Movies: New, Notable and the ones that slipped away, unnoticed.

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Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo.”

He looks different from Mad Men, huh? Do you like him with hair or without?

Movies: New, notable and some unnoticed that SLIPPED BY us by and are on video or should be soon.

Movies: New, notable and some unnoticed that SLIPPED BY us by and are on video or should be soon.

Trumbo”  “Breaking Bad’s”Cranston about a screen writer during the McCarthy communist witch hunts. November.

“Spotlight” about Boston Globe journalists uncovering a Catholic Church coverup of pedophilia and other abuses of young children. Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci Rachel McCadams (Roger from Mad Men)  November

Peace Officer (about a cop) Peace Officer is a documentary about Police Violence.

Testament of Youth with newcomer Alicia Vikander and Kit Harrington as an almost suffragette woman during WWI era in England. She doesn’t want a husband, she wants to go to Oxford. The father is played by Dominic West of “The Affair.” Finally streaming. Slow at first but worth it.

Darwin Paul Bettany This is from 2009, but we didn’t see a wide screen release of it because it’s a British Film!!!

House of Spies..Tom Hanks dir: Speilberg. This is a must see. Even tho it’s a cold war drama concerning spies, it also deals with integrity, and upholding our constitution, which Tom Hanks argues is what essentially defines us as true Americans.

To look forward to. Ron Howard takes on an adaptation of “Moby Dick” in a film called “In the Heart of the sea.”

“HaiL Caesar” with George Clooney, Cohen brothers again.

“Carol” Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in love. It’s set in the past when gays had to closet themselves so things are difficult for them.

“Return to Sender” Rosamund Pike (from Gone Girl)

“The Killing Season”DeNiro and Travolta (on video) these guys end up hunting each other.

“Burnt” Bradley Cooper. Something about a guy who has nothing to lose.

Also Older: “Slow West” Michael Fassbender plays a bounty hunter in 1880’s Colorado.

“Truth” with Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss.

“Room” with Joan Allen 2015 Canadian-Irish drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel of the same name. The film stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy.

Plot – ‎Cast – ‎Production – ‎References

99 Homes with Michael Shannon, Predatory real estate practices during the loan foreclosure crisis. Evictions a gogo.

Iceman with James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta & Michael Shannon again. Shannon got an Oscar Nomination for his performance in this organized crime movie. Liotta has a big part. Listen Up Phillip  Elisabeth Moss about a struggling writer

Listen to Me Marlon  Documentary Indie  I think I saw an ad that Showtime was going to air this.

Labyrinth of Lies..;.Germans questioning Nazi’s

Ashby with Mickey Roarke  Xfinity

“Shanghai  Gong Li John Cusak old but new

Pay the Ghost Nicolas Cage…Xfinity

Lost in Hong Kong  Gong Li, again.

Legend: Movie about the Krays

Labyrinth of Lies

Bipolar & Depression escapism: filmtherapy with quality movies, present & recent past.

I’m writing a book. I’m trying to learn basic video creation. In the hope of interacting with more people, I’m trying to get better at social media. With all the meds, memory fails and so I study study. It’s a lot of work. Most of it deals with mental health, so I relive the pain and need a break. Books and movies for me serve that purpose. But I don’t want to watch junk. I want to come away from the film with something. So …even though there is a crop of new movies I will be studying on Friday, I wanted to polish up my list and get it out there.

Movies: New and Notable.

“Our Brand is Crisis” Sandra Bullock as a campaign manager working for a candidate in Latin America who needs to stage a major comeback as her boss is many points behind in the polls. Working for the other side is Billy Bob Thornton.

Spotlight: Roger Slattery, Lieb Schreiber, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. It’s about the ongoing pedophilia situation concerning the Catholic Church. It was about the journalists at the Boston Globe finding out about a big coverup.

Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender Jeff Daniels  Kate Winslet (titanic and revolutionary road) with Seth Rogen. I expected more out of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Aaron Sorkin. Jobs was very hard to sympathize with, even just a little. I found it dull with too much dialogue and not enough flesh and bone. Not much emotion.

The Intern with DeNiro and Hathaway. De Niro is the intern. Heard that it’s cute and funny.

The Invisible Woman: Older film. Ray Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas to name a few. It seems to be about Charles Dickens and an affair he had for a long time. Scarlett Johanssen (sp?) also stars. Older film, 2013. May be streaming already.

“Truth” with Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss. Should come out this weekend. Comes out in November.This is about a piece of CBS journalism dealing with the preferential treatment given to the Bush family member who got to play National Guardsman instead of being sent to a war zone. This piece managed to get the female producer (Blanchett) Fired, and Dan Rather retired over it. The interesting things now is that CBS refuses to allow any

advertising of the movie on its’ airwaves. NBC has gotten half of the advertising dollars. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

99 Homes with Michael Shannon, the iron door to door salesman turned bagman for Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. He’s a foreclosure predator/realtor who buys and flips. He mentors a guy that he evicted.

Bridge of Spies: Directed by Speilberg, it’s said that this does not disappoint. But it’s a Cold War/Spy/prisoner/Lawyer film and it might be over my paygrade.

Experimenter: I think it’s Indie, it stars Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard and is being compared to Stanley Kubrick.Famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority. Actress Taryn Manning “Pennsatucky” from “Orange is the New black” is in the film. It may never come to a theatre near you so you might have to write it down for later video distribution.

Pawn Sacrifice with Toby McGuire and Live Schreiber. It’s about the famous chess match between a Russian world champion and upstart Toby McGuire (sp). Toby has a few quirks. He is managed by the actor Michael Stuhlbarg, who played brainy gangster Al Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire. He was the one who always looked like he had powder or makeup on to make his skin look white. Anyway, he is a gentle and manipulating manager of Toby McGuire, who definitely needs managing and could use a pscychiatrist too. This one was good, it’s gone but rent it on video.

Sicario: The always underemployed Benicio Del Toro (the usual suspects)  Emily Blunt and James Brolin. A joint organization task force between FBI and CIA is actually a black op to deal with the head of the warring drug cartels (recent) who used terroristic violence to mark their territory and silence citizens. Their mission is ok, but it’s off books and Emily Blunt wants to ‘play by the rules.’ The Carnage in Ciudad (City) Juarez was so horrific that the Mexican border town below El Paso has lodged a defamation suit. They don’t want their city portrayed that way. It’s that kind of violence that is fun to look at but god awful. It makes the middle east look tame in terms of being graphically depicted. Brolin’s eyes are fathomless as he runs things in a ‘need to know’ way. This movie is almost gone but worth a rent.

Iceman with James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta & Michael Shannon again. Streaming and on video. Shannon got an Oscar Nomination for his performance as  a devoted husband and father yet ruthless hitman in this organized crime movie. Ray Liotta has a big part. But he never gives us that trademark laugh.  This is not new but it’s certainly notable. Winona Ryder plays a true old fashioned Jersey girl who likes traditional values, babies, money and a devoted husband, which Michael Shannon’s character is. Based on a true story about Richie Kuklinski, a contract killer who served 2 life sentences. He is said to have been suspected of carrying out over 100 killings. About Winona Ryder: she mastered the accent, the behaviorisms, expression etc masterfully. For all the celebrities who get caught doing something morally ambiguous or illegal, I think she suffered way too much for her shoplifting gig. Shit, even I shoplift from time to time.

Listen Up Phillip  Elisabeth Moss about a struggling writer. This is sort of new. Put on list for streaming later.

Listen to Me Marlon  Documentary Indie  I think I saw an ad that Showtime was going to air this.

Room with Joan Allen (new) From a description of Room, as a story about a mom locked in a room with her child, I expected allegoric fantasy or over-the-top horror, like Saw. Neither of those expectations came close to this movie’s genre. It is two movies in one.  Indie may never come.

Missippi Grind This is Ben Mendelson from Bloodline (the n’er do well brother) and Ryan Reynolds as a couple of traveling gamblers looking for that last big score.

Labyrinth of Lies..;.Germans questioning Nazi’s.

Ashby with Mickey Roarke  Xfinity

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“Trumbo”  “Breaking Bad’s”Cranston about a screen writer during the McCarthy communist witch hunts.

Shanghai  Gong Li John Cusak old but new they say it’s great. It’s released in New York and LA but most of us will miss it.

Pay the Ghost Nicolas Cage…Xfinity

The Forger: John Travolta. Right now it’s between film and video but it might be streaming.

Join me over the weekend for a run down on TV and a list of the new movies culled mainly from the Newspaper reviews and listings locally and in New York Times Weekend Entertainment section.

Bipolar disorder diversions: New and Notable films

“Trumbo” with Bryan Cranston in November. Seems to be about a writer someone in Hollywood who was blacklisted in the McArthy (sp?) anticommunist witch hunt but still managed to work under cover..maybe.

“Steve Jobs.” (founder of Apple..you know) Michael Fassbender is an incredible actor. Seth Rogen plays his co founder and he says to Steve, “Your products are better than you are.” Jobs responds, “That’s the idea.”

“Bridge of Spies” Tom Hanks. Steven Speilberg. The Cold War? Not sure.

“Sicario” it’s a very interesting take on anticartel black ops designed to upset the system and hierarchy of the Mexican cartels. It’s very tense, violent, lots of horrifying carnage in Ciudad Juarez on Texas border. Underground tunnels, absolute deniability. Benicio Del Toro is a shadowy character that helps the US Cia-FBI joint venture with his knowledge of the whole deal. It’s obvious he was once a Cartel guy and paid for it dearly.

Labyrinth of Lies  Looks to be a German film or at least about Germans after WWII

Mississipi Grind (did you see Bloodline? The ne’r do well druggie Ben Mendelson takes a star turn here.) Ben Mendelson and Ryan Reynolds are down and out gamblers traveling cross country for a big score.

Ashby….know nothing except it’s a Mickey Roarke Film

99 Homes is a downer because all these people are being kicked out of their homes but it fills in the information gaps about all those horrible, variable rate mortages and bad loans given to people who could not afford them. It’s based in Florida and stars a guy from BoardWalk Empire, Michael Shannon.

Our Brand is Chaos: Sandra Bullock as a campaign manager in a South American Country, working for a guy who has no chance at winning the election

Listen to Me Marlon  A documentary and it looks like Showtime is going to broadcast it soon.

Truth   Robert Redford plays Dan Rather.

Carol  Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara (Girl Dragon Tattoo) Older lady falls in love with shopgirl.

EZ to track full fall list of TV, Cable and Streaming Shows to come.

Allison’s Fall TV Lineup

Fall TV

Quantico Sept 27 ABC young, ethnically diverse FBI recruits (Sundays)

Rosewood (based on Movie) Fox 9-23

Rosewood Fox 9-23 Miami police detective with a pathologist (Wed)

Limitless based on movie about designer drug CBS sept 22 (Tue)

Empire Fox 9-23 (Wed)

Blindspot NBC 9-21 Crime drama (Mondays)

How to get away with Murder ABC 9-24 (Thursday)

2016 “Vinyl” directed by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorcese

PBS Sept 27 Indian Summer (TV Series.)

  • Indian Summers PBS 9-27 has to do with India under British Colonial Rule (Sunday)
    1. Blood and Oil is an upcoming American prime time television soap opera created by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, set to air on ABC as a part of the 2015–16 television season on Sundays at 9pm as of September 27… More, 2015. Wikipedia (Sundays)

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Code Black 9-30 ERCode Black (TV Series 2015– ) – IMDb Wed


Internet Movie Database


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Episodes - ‎Release Info - ‎Soundtracks - ‎Awards

The Affair 10-4 Sunday

Homeland Show 10-4 Sunday

The Widower pbs 10-4The Widower is a made for TV film, that was broadcast in three one-hour installments, on ITV in 2014. It portrays the crimes of real-life murderer Malcolm Webster. ITV described the show as: “The Widower tells how, over a 13-year period, a seemingly mild-mannered male nurse, Malcolm Webster, set about poisoning and murdering his first wife, attempting to do the same to his second wife and moving on to a further scheme to deceive his third fiancée.” [1] The series was written by Jeff Pope.[2]

Agent X Sharon Stone TNT Nove 8 action adventure

The Knick 10-16 Cinemax

Red Oaks Amazon 10-9 Drama (Stream)

Nov 17 Medical Drama Code Black

Blind Spot…someone who has forgotten their identity

House of Cards….When?

B CSI FINALE 2 hours with orig cast CBS 9-27


The Night Manager is an upcoming miniseries directed by Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. The director, in my humble opinion, Suzanne Bier, is one of the greatest ever.

Am I working out too much? Trying to beat the system!

I want to be a healthy weight, flexible and strong. Go ahead and add in ‘toned.’ I obsess on a belly I’ll always have. So since I don’t like to work out every day, what I decided to do is turn my body into a rapid metabolizer all by its own so I don’t have to run off to the gym every day!!!!  So I do all this work and then the next day, I am worthless, too tired, have to cancel appointments. So now, I am cutting the weight lifting regime to once every three days, because there are things I love much more than lifting weights. But doing Cardio and reading the New York Times is a Big Pleasure. Especially when working on my movie and TV list.