"social distancing" playlist
saturday mar 14
star wars: rise of skywalker
all the presidents men
butch cassidy and the sundance kid (til the raindrops keep falling on my head sequence)
sunday mar 15
Like you would otherwise be in someone's face? (4 of 5 TCM.)
now i have an excuse not to even let people in the door and no one complains.
yeah, its been a tcm heavy weekend. been off it quite a while but seems like it will be back in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
mon mar 16
So far we've done:
Spies in Disguise
Frozen II (had to force Lucas because this is a "girl" movie, but then he liked it.)
Casablanca (couldn't get through it, I will blame that on Lucas).
have you watched the miyazaki movies yet?
Oh shoot, forgot that one: also Spirited Away. He liked it but a little strange for him.
About half of those titles have scary stuff. Ponyo and Kiki are probably the most kid-friendly. Even Totoro has its freaky moments.
My (adult) faves are Castle in the Sky and Nausicaa,
i know jim knows about this site since he showed it to me. i remember mononoke being a little violent but not totoro. i dont know how much or what type of animation he watches but could see they might seem a little off kilter.
Not violent -- just bizarre, according to my inner 4-year-old.
For sure, digitalmediatree.com isn't a perfect place to share my equestrian hobby, but I have to start somewhere, so I thought that this category will be ok.
There is a but load of Goddard on criterion. Watching The Image Book.
Iron Man I and II
Casablanca (only got halfway through)
Three Amigos (Lucas couldn't stop laughing - I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree)
Gone With the Wind (over 2 nights. Not really appropriate for an 8 year old, I think he is traumatized.)
Avengers (Big winner)
ive slipped into british detective procedurals available on amazon prime mode. i seem to tolerate a greater measure of bland than i would with an american equivalent. thinks its just the accents and "exotic" locales. first time thats probably ever been said about leeds.
"Let us then take our hats off to Alan Banks, who has almost no character traits beyond being quite a nice bloke and having a bit of a crummy time. DCI Banks is even shot in the most unremarkable way. There’s nothing shiny or grimy about it, nothing hi-tech nor nothing gritty, just Tompkinson and his disappointed face like a depressed bag of flour shuffling about council estates in Leeds. Occasionally his heart is broken or, as on this occasion, a loved one dies, but Banks resorts to nothing more than shrugging and getting on with it. The show doesn’t even make a virtue of his stoicism. He isn’t even that stoic."
over the last 10 or so years ive watched:
line of duty
inspector george gently
have to dig around but theres probably another thread for spy-related shows. deep state, the night manager, jack ryan and little drummer girl come to mind. homeland, the americans, covert affairs, alias, condor, counterpart, nikita, treadstone, fleming, the game, rubicon, killing eve.
seems like its harder to do these well. the americans is the obvious standout.
I've watched most of these but Happy Valley would top the list for me, maybe second to Prime Suspect.
The Fall would also be near the top.
I always get a kick out of the silent defense attorneys, I guess the budgets can't afford that many speaking parts.
watched bailey & scott or scott & bailey most of mid-week. some sort of gynocracy afoot in the manchester pd if i remember correctly. much better than dci banks, at least character-wise. definitely taking a procedural hiatus though unearthed another from same creators on amazon prime called unforgotten. weirdly one of the victims with an arc that spanned two seasons is now one of the primary detectives.
instead today i watched emma. and contagion. emma. was a pretty confection but mostly empty calories. contagion seems to our good fortune a scenario we wont approach in terms of lethality or societal breakdown. what it failed to imagine was that the huckster spreading fear would be president and the grifters would be the financial class first in line for handouts. there is something admirable about the matter of factness and restraint in the making of the movie but it somehow falls short of being a great entertainment though certainly a success as a cautionary tale unheeded.
A beautiful film about isolation is The Green Ray by Eric Rohmer, on the criterion channel.
moved on to the good wife. despite some overly precious teen children and a mushroom trip that somehow last 36 hours its been a reasonably good watch. nice thing is its an old fashioned 22 ep american broadcast drama. if i dont get bored theres 6 or 7 seasons to plod through. just finished season 1 last night.
re-watching the great british bake off, very comforting.