A few days ago – on April 8, to be exact – I posted a “To Be Watched” (TBW) list of movies that I aspired to watch over the April 8-10 weekend. To wit:
- Chernobyl (2019)
- A Walk in the Sun (1945)
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
- Casablanca (1942)
- The African Queen (1951)
- Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Though this list is heavy on drama and light on comedy titles – most of these movies are serious, although Casablanca features many comedic exchanges and witty one-liners, Catch Me If You Can is perhaps the lightest fare since it’s billed as a comedy-drama – that’s what I anticipated watching last weekend.
Unfortunately, that was also the weekend when my previous computer, a Lenovo C560 that I bought in Miami back in 2014 at a time when my mother was still alive, stopped working and I had to buy the computer I’m using now. Consequently, of those six movies, I watched exactly – none.
The one I came close to watching was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I had recently acquired the 40th Anniversary 4K UHD Blu-ray set from 2017; it cost $9.99 when I ordered it on March 19, and since the disc contains all three versions of Steven Spielberg’s UFO classic (the 1977 theatrical release, the 1980 Special Edition re-release, and the 1998 Director’s Cut) and the code for the digital copy, I could not resist. (I mean, seriously. $10.74 – when you factor in Florida sales tax – is a bargain price for a good Spielberg film.)
However, since I was not thrilled at having to buy a new computer so soon, the most I did with Close Encounters was what I usually do when I open a new Blu-ray (aside, of course, from redeeming the digital copy code): I watched the bonus features on the 2K Blu-ray, which included a new Laurent Bouzerau behind-the-scenes documentary for the film’s 40th anniversary, as well as the bonus features ported over from the 2007 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition set.
Other than that, though, I did not watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind or any of the other five films on the TBW list.
Will I watch any of these movies any time soon?
Maybe. As with all my leisure activities, my choices depend on my mood, so even if today I wrote another TBW list, one with more than one comedy title in it, say, I can’t guarantee that I will watch any of those movies. My TBW (and, for books, TBR) lists are often aspirational documents and are thus not “set in stone.”