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Darrel Manson

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  1. We started in on this last night and are very entertained. Its COVID-centric premise isn't original, but it is very well done. David Tennent and Michael Sheen play themselves. The production they were to do of Six Characters in Search of an Author has been cancelled because of the pandemic. But they and the director decide to meet for a bit each day to work on the play so they can be ready to roll it out to a theatre hungry public when the time comes. The oneupsmanship is great fun. Episode 3 is really great because we learn who was up for the part that Sheen got. He left to do something else, but now wants back it. Don't want to spoil it by saying who.
  2. Interesting list with lots I haven't hear of. I'll have to explore some of them.
  3. We had a really fun Zoom game with my son and his family playing Poetry for Neanderthals. You get your team to say a word of phrase, by only using single syllable words. It also involves a blow up "No Stick" with which to whack someone who breaks the rules. To make it easy, we bought a game for ourselves and for my son so we'd all have no sticks and cards. It could be figured out how to do it remotely with one game, but this just made it much easier.
  4. Last Call - Nov. 3, 1953 (on at title card near the beginning of the film). The day Dylan Thomas spends in The White Horse Tavern naming and drinking 18 double whiskeys. (Before going back to his hotel and falling into his final coma)
  5. Early searching for some of the biblical comparisons: The story involves a group of 12 teens (actually 10 teens and 2 younger) who make a journey to a "promised land". 2 younger kids not of the group are twins named Kay and Amy. Kay bashes Amy in the head with a rock (although Abel Amy doesn't die here) On their exodus they are lead by a man who they discover in reeds in the water. This is an apocalyptic tale. It comes complete with famine and death and a rescue that comes from the heavens and consigns the evildoers to the fires.
  6. Anybody read this? My wife loved it and wanted to go through it again with me to give biblical insight, so we're in the midst of doing it for our after dinner readaloud. Story of a group of teens (some younger) left to their own devices during a multi-family vacation. The parents are busy drinking all day. There is a lot of biblical imagery. Some from Genesis, some from Exodus. Some NT. When we're done I'm going to have to go back and check some stuff to have a more complete picture.
  7. My disappointment is very much that Howard was skittish about the sociopolitical angle. That was the real value of the book.
  8. Kenny Turan writes of renting a theater while in Montana so he and his wife could see Tenet. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-10-23/tenet-movie-theaters-rental-kenneth-turan
  9. Like so many others, this year is a virtual festival. Tix are now on sale. (Geo-limited to US) I'm working on my plan of attack. First couple days will include: Nine Days, Should the Wind Drop, and Wolfwalkers. More to come. I think the tix are $8 for most films. fest.afi.com
  10. Lamb - 2015 Ethiopean film. At the 1 hour mark the family is celebrating the Feast of the Holy Cross (and refer to it as such). That's September 14.
  11. The LA Times disclaimer accompanying all reviews of films opening in theaters: For your safety For your safety The Los Angeles Times is committed to reviewing new theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries inherent risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials. We will continue to note the various ways readers can see each new picture, including drive-in theaters in the Southland and VOD/streaming options when available.
  12. It would really be interesting to see if a Girls State were as strongly pro-life, pro- gun as this group. Maybe in Texas, but in other places? I wander if the American Legion does anything to collate what happens every year. It would also be interesting to have a more than 2 party system. May 3 teams of 40, 35, and 25%.
  13. Up to ep. 4. I categorize as A Man With No Name in the SW universe. Even pretty much sounds like a young Eastwood.
  14. This has become my favorite TV drama. Although we took a break from it after the 2nd season, we finally got around to finishing recently. Season 3 I think may be the weakest of the 4 seasons, but still this is a show that revolves around grace. By the end, that grace fills the lives of all the characters in different ways. My review after season 2: http://bit.ly/2396hde
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    63 Up

    I haven't seen it yet. Passed when the screenings were offered. I'm a bit burnt out on it. I don't think there's that much to learn of mid 50s to mid 60s (I'm past them both). Sure there are some of the people I'd like to catch up with, but not all of them.
  16. We watched NT at Home's free showing of the stage version of Amadeuas. It's a tad long, but amazing. Available until sometime Thursday on YouTube.
  17. We're doing a lot of Money Heist (in season 2 of 4) and Broadmore (also season 2).
  18. So we're playing with a free trial of Hulu and I've come across this show which is wonderful. Young Egyptian-American Muslim who is trying to come to terms with his religion. He wants to be a good Muslim, but is struggling. I'm almost at the end of season one, and have heard season 2 is even better.
  19. I thought the film did a good job of being honest about challenges of raising a Downs child. It certainly made it clear that there were various options, and none were an obvious choice or an obvious rejection.
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    Icelandic films

    The one I recall is Of Horses and Men which was an entertaining series of vignettes. My brief review from back in HJ days: http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/of-horses-and-men/ I also recall seeing Rams, but don't remember much about it. Iceland seems to have a rather dark view. Even in its comedy.
  21. AMPAS has already made allowances for streaming vs theater for 2020 in response to COVID-19. LA Times editorial yesterday calls for that to be permanent. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-17/streaming-movies-theaters-oscar-eligibility-academy
  22. This is available free this week on YouTube. Part of NTLive's COVID-19 offering to the world. You can choose either (or both) versions.
  23. I think there's a sense of revenge porn about it. (Not in the sense of uploading videos or photos after a break up, but as the violence of the revenge as what the story gets off on.) My wife has given up after 4 or 5 episodes. I may or may not continue. Carol Kane is her usual zany character. The clandestine Nazi infiltration of government has points that work and others that don't.
  24. Started Unorthodox last night. Easy to get into.
  25. Academy Award®-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, founder of the Latino Film Institute, just announced that the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will be doing a virtual edition for 2020 – LALIFF Connect – which will be held from May 5 – 31st. In addition, there will be a 2019 Retrospective that will include feature films, short films, episodics, masterclasses and musical performances — all will be available through LALIFF’s website for free with additional titles to be announced.
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