Switch­ing to movies af­ter abun­dance of pol­i­tics

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE -

Ikid you not, I watch eight to 10 hours of 2020 po­lit­i­cal talk and melo­dra­matic ges­tures on TV ev­ery­day, with some es­cape to dra­matic shows and movies in the af­ter hours.

This win­ter, I have seen a great marathon run of “Home­land,” which pro­vided hour-long trail­ers on Satur­days, to hype the up­com­ing fi­nal sea­son, this year.

The spy-lined sto­ries have spread to for­eign coun­tries, with Saul and Car­rie clev­erly ply­ing their trade craft de­spite the deadly dan­gers of deal­ing with sav­age en­emy com­bat­ants.

The fi­nal sea­son – with 20 episodes — will be­gin on Sun­day and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.

On Mon­day night, while the Iowa Demo­crat cau­cuses were div­ing into chaos, Den­nis An­der­son and I watched “The Ir­ish­man,” a three-anda-half-hour gang­ster movie, that has 10 nom­i­na­tions in the Os­car com­pe­ti­tions.

Through­out the par­tially fact-based movie, his­toric gang­ster events are noted in the cap­tion­ing, which helps pro­vide some de­gree of in­for­ma­tion about the na­tion’s deadly crime eras.

I men­tioned in a pre­vi­ous col­umn, that I was dis­sat­is­fied with the movie, “Judy,” which stars Re­nee Zell­weger in the de­clin­ing years in the life of Miss Gar­land. The act­ing and singing is ex­em­plary but doesn’t rise to the high-level per­for­mances of the star­let.

“Mar­riage Story” is a film re­flect­ing on the dis­in­te­gra­tion of a mar­i­tal re­la­tion­ship. It ex­plores the child cus­tody dilem­mas of a man and a wo­man whose prin­ci­pal res­i­dences are on the West Coast and the East Coast.

As a boy, I missed many of the top qual­ity movies that came out in 1930s, but I have been able to re­view a Marx Brothers film and other come­dies and dra­mas from that era.

It seems to me that film ti­tles in the 21st cen­tury are not as invit­ing as some of the gems in the early days, such as, “Gone With the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Si­lence of the Lambs,” “The Grad­u­ate,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Wash­ing­ton,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “A Street­car Named De­sire,” “It Hap­pened One Night,” “The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion,” and “Jaws.”

I re­cently watched “Casablanca” and ”Citizen Kane,” of­ten rated among the top 10 movies of all time.

Some of the new films don’t seem to have that kind of ap­peal: “Jojo Rab­bit,” “Her Smell,” “Knives Out,” “The Farewell,” “Rock­et­man” and “Miss­ing Link.”

Ver­nac­u­lar Vern Law­son

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