Switching to movies after abundance of politics
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