Monday, March 24, 2008

Thanks to Mel, I've been turned on to HBO's new miniseries, John Adams. Based on David McCullough's Pulitzer-winning biography, it stars one of my favorite actors, Paul Giamatti.

It also stars Laura Linney, who I've had trouble connecting with since she played in that really disturbing movie, The Life of David Gale, which is probably a testament to what a good actress she is since I can't quite forget her in that role. However, I'm really loving her as Abigail Adams. I remember one of my girls did a report once on First Ladies and picked AA so I knew she was a remarkable woman and I'm really loving how Laura Linney is playing her. Coincidentally, she and Paul Giamatti have played a married couple before in The Nanny Diaries. We all sort of snickered at my house when we made that connection:)

The series is being hailed as true to McCullough's book and the Colonial times look gruesomely authentic (as shown by a very nasty Inoculation scene). But so far the only scene that's disturbed me is the Tar and Feathering scene from Part I. I really had no idea how nasty the process was. I mean, it almost sounds mild (tar and feathers) as opposed to say, Drawn and Quartered. But watching that scene I cannot believe that the victim could have survived having all that hot tar poured over his body. Ugh. Very nasty stuff that was.

The series continues on next Sunday for a total of 7 episodes. And even though I know how it ends :) I'll be eagerly watching.


Adventures of Keely and Sybil said...

Hey Maria! The blog is a hit but I can't figure out how to make the slideshows smaller so it fits the alloted space. The floor is crazy as hell but we'll get it. Makes us miss TMH even more!!! How's legs? Just hadn't heard from you in a while and wanted to check in. Love ya! Sybil

erin said...

Hey Maria! Haven't checked in with your blog in a while, so I had some catching up to do. But I wanted to tell you that J & I are watching "John Adams" as well. He's a huge history buff, so he's into all the details. I'm really just along for the ride, but I agree that the phrase tarred and feathered doesn't sound near as bad as it looked! And I didn't particularly enjoy the smallpox vaccinations either, but it is really interesting to see how far medicine has come. See ya!

MariaGeraci said...

Glad to see you back, Erin:)


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