Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, May 30, 2021, or: Just Another Uneventful Day in My Quiet Corner of Florida

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Hello, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida, on Sunday, May 30, 2021. It’s a sultry late spring day; the temperature is 88˚F (31˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 41% and a becalmed wind, the feels-like temperature is 91˚F (33˚C). Today’s forecast: We can expect thunderstorms to pass through the area, and the high will be 94˚F (34˚C). Tonight, skies will be mostly clear, and the low will be 69˚F (21˚C).

Well, as usual on weekends – especially since the breakup with the Caregiver – I don’t have any exciting “what we did on Saturday” news. I also don’t have any earthshaking news about today, unless you count the fact that I’m waiting for Amazon to deliver a DVD of director Milos Forman’s 1981 film Ragtime at some point this afternoon.

Ragtime is a loose adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 historical novel about turn-of-the-century New York City  (it only follows a couple of Doctorow’s many plot threads) and features a stellar cast that includes Howard E. Rollings, Jr., James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Elizabeth McGovern, Moses Gunn, Mary Steenburgen, James Olson, and Pat O’Brien, just to name a few.

I saw Ragtime once when it was on cable and HBO had a free preview back in the 1980s, and it never crossed my mind to try to get it on home media until…well, Friday night. I was looking through Milos Forman’s filmography on IMDb,com and saw that Ragtime was his fourth American-made film (he started out in his native Czechoslovakia in the mid-1950s when that now-vanished country was under Communist rule but immigrated here in 1968) after Taking Off (1971), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and Hair (1979).

I have not seen any of those, but I have Forman’s 1984 Amadeus (or more precisely, the 2002 Director’s Cut). Amadeus is one of my favorite “grownup” films, and because I seem to have liked Ragtime (I like the music genre which Doctorow chose for the novel’s title), I went with that movie instead of Cuckoo’s Nest or Hair.

Currently, my DVD copy of Ragtime (probably one of those DVD-on-Demand ones) is Out for Delivery and will probably arrive between 3 and 6:30 PM.

Other than that, my plan for the day involves dusting some of my furniture and vacuuming the floor. I can do the dusting part as soon as I post this, but I will do the vacuum-the-floor as soon as I know that Gamer Boy in the adjacent room is awake. I wouldn’t want to wake him up.

Well, that’s all the news I have to offer today. I hope your weekend has been a nice and peaceful one, and I hope you stay safe and healthy. So, until next time, ciao, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

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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