Musings & Thoughts for Monday, May 9, 2022, or: My Sunday Night at the Movies…It Didn’t Go So Well

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Hi there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, May 9, 2022. It is a hot, muggy spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 82°F (28°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 5 MPH (9 KM/H) and humidity at 63%, the heat index is 83°F (28°C). Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 90°F (32°C). Tonight, skies will be clear. The low will be 62°F (17°C).

Last night I attempted to watch Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009) on my smallish (26-inch) 4K UHD television set. I recently acquired the 2K Blu-ray Special Edition from around that time for $9.99; I would have preferred to get the 4K UHD disc, but I already have a huge credit card bill because I bought a new computer last month and must pay it off in installments. I saw it once at a friend’s house when it was on HBO or offered as an In-Demand pay-per-view thing and I enjoyed it, but I had never bothered to get a home media version until I saw it advertised for sale at $9.99 (plus, of course, Florida sales tax).

I say, “I attempted to watch” Inglourious Basterds because even though I wanted to see it, I did not plan my Sunday night well. At all. Instead of getting off my office chair and away from this computer at any time after I posted yesterday’s blog entry, I spent most of my afternoon and early evening hours – in the words of my Cuban friends – comiendo mierda on Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter. I knew I wanted to watch Inglourious Basterds, even had the Blu-ray in its package sitting on my desk, where I could see it.

I guess I was reluctant to log off from social media because I don’t have anyone here to talk to anymore. I’m not the most gregarious person, but I’m also not a recluse. But over the past two years – and especially the past few months – a huge gap has been growing between the Caregiver and me, and it has widened to such a point that she will serve me my dinner at my place at the kitchenette table and forget to tell me. And since online interactions are better than none, I stay at my desk for longer than I normally would.[1]

But back to Inglorious Basterds…. I should have started watching it around 7 or 8 PM, but I waited till after dinner to put the disc in the player and plop down on my convertible couch/futon to watch it. Because the Caregiver opted to order from Outback Steakhouse on perhaps the worst day to order delivery – Mother’s Day – we got our food around 8 PM, and she did not bother telling me my order was served, so I ate a cold Bloomin’ Burger and cold Aussie Fries around 9 PM. By the time I finished eating dinner it was 9:30 PM, and a fruitless search for my TV’s main remote control[2] delayed the start of Inglorious Basterds until 10:30 PM.

Well, I eventually put the Inglorious Basterds Blu-ray in the player and started watching, but I was exhausted, and the whole “missing remote” brouhaha had stressed me out, so I fell asleep 20 minutes into the movie. So now I must pencil it in, as it were, into my TBW list for the week.

Based on this new development, this is what my TBW list looks like for the week:

  • Inglorious Basterds
  • The Office
  • Apollo 11
  • Casablanca
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season One)
  • The Pink Panther
  • West Side Story (2021)

Well, I have no other news to share, and I should go take a shower and change into clean clothes, even though I will probably stay indoors and not go for a walk. So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

[1] It’s sad but true. The Caregiver and I were once happy in each other’s company, and she used to be mindful of my well-being. Now we rarely interact; she spends most of her free time catering to her new boyfriend’s whims and needs, leaving me to fend for myself in a house that is woefully not suitable for me to “fend for myself.”

[2] I have the remote for the 4K UHD Blu-ray player, which is made by Samsung just like the TV, so I am not totally bereft of RCs for the TV. However, the TV-only remote is the one that works best when I’m streaming. I did not find it, so I had to order a replacement from Amazon.

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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