Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, March 27, 2022, or: Ho-Hum, Just Another $@#%%! Day in Paradise

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Last night I watched the first half-hour of Bryan Singer’s 2008 World War II thriller Valkyrie. Starring Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, Terence Stamp, and Kenneth Branagh, Valkyrie is based on the true story of Lt. Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, a disillusioned German army officer who becomes a key figure in the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life. Even though it is more a political thriller than it is a “war” film, Valkyrie is a decent – if often too fast-paced – account of the brave-but-doomed plan to kill Hitler and overthrow Germany’s Nazi regime in a coup d’etat before the Allies defeat the Third Reich on both the Eastern and Western fronts in order to negotiate what the conspirators consider to be an “honorable” peace settlement.

I missed seeing Valkyrie in theaters during its run in December of 2008, but I’ve had it in my home media library for 13 years, both on DVD and Blu-ray. Still, since I was tired when I decided I wanted to watch a movie – never a good idea with me – I chose to watch Valkyrie on Amazon Prime Video, which is showing it for Amazon Prime members.

As I said earlier, I only watched the first 30 minutes. I didn’t go further than a scene where Stauffenberg, who is convalescing in an army hospital in Munich after being severely injured by an Allied fighter bomber in North Africa, is getting into his dress uniform to distribute medals to some of the other wounded soldiers in his ward. I’m not much of a Tom Cruise fan; I only have a few of his movies in my collection, but he does a reasonably good job at portraying a man who has lost one eye, one hand, and can only use three fingers on his remaining hand.

I turned off my TV set as soon as I got sleepy, and within seconds I was deep in slumber. I woke up once before 6 AM to use the loo, but I was able to go back to sleep and woke up for good around nine o’clock.

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The Caregiver and her beau went out again – this time around they didn’t even invite me. The two young adults who work are at their respective jobs, and the Gamer – the Caregiver’s oldest son – is sleeping after a night of gaming. So here I am, once more, stuck in a house pretty much on my own, bored and with no one to talk to.

Well, at least I have my stash of movies and books, so I can alleviate at least the boredom part.

I – obviously – don’t have anything else to report, so I’ll close for now. 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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