Musings & Thoughts for Friday, April 29, 2022, or: The End of the Week is Nigh!

I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around the concept that this is my hometown now. Photo by Pixabay on

Well, it’s late morning on Friday, April 29, 2022, which means I got through another week in the Tampa Bay area relatively unscathed. Even better – even though in real-life terms there is no significant difference – the weekend, it doth beckon. At least on Saturday and Sunday the woman I refer to – sometimes sarcastically – as The Caregiver takes some time to make more than a single cup of café con leche for breakfast.

Last night I watched most of the 1976 war thriller The Eagle Has Landed, starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Jenny Agutter, Jean Marsh, Treat Williams, Anthony Quayle, Donald Pleasence, Judy Geeson, and Larry Hagman. An adaptation of Jack Higgins’ 1974 novel (the screenplay was written by Tom Mankiewicz) about a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill in November 1943, The Eagle Has Landed was the last movie directed by John Sturges.

Although Sturges was said to have been oddly disconnected from the job of directing – Michael Caine and Tom Mankiewicz are both on record as saying he didn’t seem to care about the movie, and that editor Anne V. Coats made it watchable – The Eagle Has Landed is a fun, exciting movie that grabs the viewer’s attention from start to finish. The premise is, of course, not always believable, but many fictional war movies set in World War II often stretch the believability factor.

I’d watched the first half of The Eagle Has Landed when I received the Blu-ray from Amazon 12 days ago; I could have watched it from the beginning last night, I suppose, but I got the opportunity to watch the “big TV” in the common room after 9:30, so I decided to just watch The Eagle Has Landed from the last scene I remember watching on April 17.

I’ll get around to writing a more in-depth review of The Eagle Has Landed in the not-so-distant future. For now, I will say I had fun watching the movie, which includes one of Larry Hagman’s funniest (and hammiest) performances on film.

Even though I only watched half the movie, it was past 11 when I ejected the disc from the Blu-ray player, turned everything in the entertainment center off, and went off to bed. I drifted off to sleep on my futon and woke up at 6:10 AM to, um, answer the call of nature. I tried to go back to sleep, but by 6:33 I realized it was futile, so I got up, booted up the computer, and began my typical daily routine.

I’m tired, sore, and a bit headachy, so I will just post this on WordPress, then go about the business of taking a shower, changing into fresh clothes, and looking for ways to relax that don’t involve Crusade in Europe or the Internet. I know that I need to change up my daily routine, but I tend to take the path of least resistance and often just go through my day by doing the same shit I do every day.

And on this uncertain note, I’ll take my leave of you, Dear Reader. Until next time, stay say, 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.

2 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, April 29, 2022, or: The End of the Week is Nigh!

    1. Yep, it’s Larry Hagman.

      Of course, when The Eagle Has Landed was released in ’76, he was better known as Capt. (later Major) Anthony Nelson, USAF, a NASA astronaut and “Master” to a genie named “Jeannie” in Sidney Sheldon’s 1965-1970 sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie.” A couple of years later (the same year, in fact, that Hagman first played the dastardly J.R. on “Dallas”), he also had a cameo in “Superman: The Movie.” He plays the Army colonel in charge of the unit escorting one of the nuclear missiles that were centerpieces in Lex Luthor’s plans in that 1978 movie.

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