Coming Soon to ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’ & Sunday Thoughts

“Every Saga Hath a Beginning…” William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace is one of the various media products I plan to review this week. Cover art by Nicolas Delort. (C) 2015 Quirk Books and Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. I hope this post finds you safe, healthy, and reasonably sane after almost two months of social distancing and stay-at-home orders issued by the authorities in your home state or country. It’s Sunday, May 3 where I am, and in my part of Florida, it’s almost 2 PM as I start writing this post.

Publicity photo of 1993’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology. (C) 1993 Arista Records and Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL)

So far it has been what some of my fellow Americans call a “lazy Sunday.” I woke up way too early this morning after going to bed way too late last night, so I haven’t really felt up to writing anything until now. Instead, I listened to my John Denver: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits CD and the 1993 Expanded Edition of the soundtrack from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, one of the four discs from that year’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology box set.

(C) 2006 Delacorte Press/Random House LLC.

I also did some reading; not a lot, mind you, but I read part of a chapter from G.J. Meyer’s The World Unmade: The History of the Great War, 1914-1918. It’s a well-written book about the First World War, the cataclysmic event that set in motion a series of events – mostly bad ones, such as the Russian Revolution, the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany and virulent militarism in Japan, the Second World War and the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the Arab-Israeli conflict – that still shape our lives and affect our political and philosophical worldviews. I’m only halfway through Meyer’s book, and as soon as I finish I’ll tackle the companion book, The World Remade: America in World War I.

Photo Illustration: Pixabay

As for what I have in store for A Certain Point of View, Too….

Well, tomorrow is May the Fourth Be With You Day, so it is likely that I’ll review Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First, a pastiche that blends George Lucas’s 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace with the works of William Shakespeare. I have already reviewed Doescher’s Shakespearean takes of the original Star Wars trilogy, so I figured I’d write about the other five books in the series; to date, Quirk Books of Philadelphia has published eight William Shakespeare’s Star Wars volumes, with a ninth (The Merry Rise of Skywalker) due out in July.

Beyond tomorrow, though, I haven’t a clue. I will probably review other books, movies, music albums, Star Wars figures (Yes, I collect those!), or even a computer game or two. Like Rick Blaine, I don’t like planning things too far ahead, so I don’t know. If I’m desperate enough, I might even do a political post even though I usually don’t delve into politics on this blog. That’s not a topic I enjoy writing about, even though I have plenty of posts on it at my original A Certain Point of View blog over on Blogger.

Anyway, that’s all the news that’s fit to print; I have a hankering to go watch a movie out in our TV room, so I’ll close for now. So please, stay healthy, stay safe, and to flatten the curve and ease the strain on our doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals, stay at home! I’ll catch you later!

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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