Musings for Monday, November 1, 2021, or: Barely Standing Awake….

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Greetings, Dear Reader, from my little corner of west-central Florida. It’s mid-morning on Monday, November 1, 2021, and it is a cool fall day out there. Currently, the temperature is 60˚F (16˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 47% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 6 MPH (7 KM/H), the wind-chill factor is 58˚F (14˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 77˚F (25˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy. The low will be 58˚F (14˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 43 or Good.

Well, it’s the first day of a new work week and a new month. It’s also going to be another one of those awful, tiring, and frustrating days. As I write this, I have been up for six hours; I woke up at 4:00 AM Eastern time, and I was not able to fall asleep again. I’ve had my usual large cup of café con leche, as well as a quartet of blueberry muffins, so I’m good as far as breakfast goes. But…I feel tired and dull-witted, and all I want to do is go back to bed.

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To be honest, I don’t know at what time I went to bed last night. It wasn’t late, like midnight-late, which is my accustomed bedtime. I do know that I watched the third of nine episodes of the Paramount+ miniseries The Stand between 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM out in the common room, then headed back to my room immediately after the episode – Blank Page – was over.

I then started to watch something on Netflix. Don’t ask me what it was that I saw last night because I can’t remember. The last thing I recall doing is getting drowsy, taking off my glasses, and turning off my TV with the remote before falling asleep. Next thing I know, I’m getting up to turn off the lamp in the common room and checking the time at…4:04 AM.

Anyway….

Alexander Skarsgård stars as Randall Flagg. (C) 2020 CBS Studios

I like the updated version of The Stand, but not as much as I enjoy the original miniseries that aired 27 years ago on ABC. The cast, which includes James Marsden, Odessa Young, Owen Teague, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Heard, Alexander Skarsgård, Heather Graham, and Greg Kinnear, is solid, and the production values – cinematography, special effects, sound design, makeup, and editing – are excellent. The music is also good, and from what I’ve seen so far, the story sticks to Stephen King’s novel (which was published in two editions 13 years apart: the original release in 1978, and an uncut version in 1991) closely.

(C) 2020 CBS Studios and Paramount Home Media Distribution

What I find odd is that Josh Boone, the filmmaker who developed the updated miniseries for CBS Studios, opted to eschew a linear narrative and went for a structure that meanders back and forth along the timeline of the apocalyptic struggle between Good and Evil in a world where 99% of humanity has been killed by a weaponized super-flu dubbed “Captain Trips.” If you watched Lost back in the day, you’ll be familiar with the non-linear, heavy-on-flashbacks approach chosen for The Stand. I don’t hate it, but by gosh, I don’t love it, either.

I have the ’94 miniseries on both DVD and Blu-ray, so I can watch the old-fashioned, made-for-broadcast TV adaptation, too. There are things I don’t love about that version of The Stand, such as King’s choice to combine the traits of two characters (Rita Blakemoore and Nadine Cross) into one, but at least that one is not as convoluted as the reimagined The Stand.

Oh, well. I still want to watch the other six parts, the last of which was penned by Stephen King himself. And I don’t hate this version of The Stand – I just wish Boone and his collaborative team had chosen to be less non-linear with their narrative.

As for how I am going to spend the rest of my Monday, I have no clue. I’m tired, cranky, and barely able to function. Right now, I am simply happy that I was able to cobble this blog post together and post it here Hell, just breathing seems to be a newsworthy accomplishment, y’know?

I’m going to wait until The Caregiver’s youngest goes to work – she has a job at Target now, in addition to her college studies at the nearby University of South Florida – and then I’ll take a shower, change into fresh clothes, and go from there.

And on that note, I’ll close this post. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, 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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