Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 20, 2021, or: Geez, it’s Monday…Again?

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Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, December 20, 2021. It is a cool, gray-tinted day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 84% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 10 MPH (16 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 71˚F (22˚C). Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high of 77˚F (25˚C). Tonight we can expect scattered rain showers and a low of 68˚F (20˚C).

I don’t have much in the way of news – The Caregiver, her boyfriend, and I watched No Time to Die on the big TV out in the common room. As often happens when the Caregiver’s new beau says he wants to watch a movie as long as No Time to Die (it has a running time of two hours and 43 minutes), the dude got tired and wheeled himself to the master bedroom and – presumably – went to sleep. The Caregiver and I stuck it out, even though for me it was my second viewing in less than 24 hours.

Thank goodness that No Time to Die is an entertaining movie; I usually do not like rewatching longer films within a brief window of time, but Cary Joji Fukunawa does a great job at keeping the audience entertained throughout Daniel Craig’s fifth (and final) outing as Ian Fleming’s James Bond, aka MI6 Agent 007. The script by Fukunawa, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge works on different levels; it is a climax to the loose story arc that began in Casino Royale and continued in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre, yet works well – mostly, anyway – as a stand-alone story.[1]

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Aside from that, I went to bed too late and woke up much too early. As a result, I am sleepy, sore all over, and foggy-brained even though I already had two cups of coffee and two slices of cheese pizza left over from last night. I also have no desire to park my butt at my desk all day, so I think I’ll pretend that it’s Sunday and just take a mental health break from my computer.

Before I go, here are a few more holiday season videos to brighten your day. And on that note, Dear Reader, I will say Ciao. Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

[1] That having been said, I recommend watching the previous four Bond films in the Daniel Craig batch before watching No Time to Die. At the very least, if you have not seen any of them before, watch Spectre. You’ll thank me 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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