Musings & Thoughts for Monday, August 8, 2022, or: Another Week Begins in Florida’s ‘Left’ Coast, and So Far, it’s Just Meh


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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s Monday, August 8, 2022, which means that even though the Dog Days of summer are nearing their end (the last Dog Day is on Thursday), another work week begins anew.

I don’t have a heck of a lot to say about my weekend; it was hot, somewhat rainy  – but not stormy – and even though I was productive as far as blogging goes – especially here in A Certain Point of View, Too, it was an unexciting and “meh” kind of weekend.

(C) 2022 Blue Underground. The Final Countdown (C) 1980 The Bryna Company

Yes, I watched a newly acquired movie – 1980’s The Final Countdown – on Saturday afternoon, and last night I watched 1:23:45, the first episode of HBO’s 2019 miniseries Chernobyl, a five-part historical drama based on the true story of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, in which a nuclear reactor in Ukraine – which was then one of the Soviet Union’s 15 constituent republics – suffered a meltdown (caused by bad decisions by the deputy chief-engineer of the nuclear plant during a planned safety test) which in turn led to explosions in the reactor, resulting in a major fire and the creation of radioactive fallout which contaminated much of the area around Pripyat, which is in the same Ukrainian province as Kyiv (then known as Kiev).

Aside from that, though, I did not do anything particularly fun or exciting. It is too hot and humid for me to be motivated to go outside for fresh air and some exercise, and I don’t have anyone to really talk to or do anything within the Tampa Bay area ever since the Caregiver and I broke up in 2020 due to our differences about drinking, tastes in music, and even sex. (We do talk a little bit every day since I still live in her house, obviously. But we don’t have meaningful conversations, and we don’t spend time together even as platonic friends, so…)

Anyway, if all goes well, Amazon will send me an email later today to let me know that my Blu-ray of Maid in Sweden has shipped and that it will arrive later this week.

(C) 2022 Code Red

Maid in Sweden is a Swedish-American co-production from 1971 about a young woman’s coming-of-age and sexual awakening. It stars Swedish model-turned-actor Christina Lindberg (in her movie debut, at that) as Inga, a 16-year-old country girl who, while visiting her older sister in the big city, is charmed into bed by her sibling’s boyfriend, with consequences for all involved.

I don’t have too many “erotic” films in my movie collection; I obviously have a strong interest in sex (mainly because I got started later in life than most people; I had sex for the first time less than a month before my 37th birthday) and on occasion, I will watch porn (even though I think most adult movies are silly and not very well made), but I don’t usually buy movies with strong sexual content (again, because most of them are not my cinematic cup of tea).

Some fans on Blu-ray.com prefer the cover art of the 2008 DVD from Impulse Films, which is based on this poster. (C) 1971 Impulse Films

Why Maid in Sweden, then? I suppose I was drawn in by the Blu-ray’s cover art, which in turn features the 1971 poster for the movie’s theatrical release. Christina Lindberg – who despite playing a 16-year-old was 21 and had already posed nude for Playboy, Penthouse, and a few European skin mags the year before – is the type of young woman I was attracted to when I was much younger.

I’ve never seen Maid in Sweden, so basically, I’m buying this Blu-ray “blind,” as the saying goes. I have no idea whether the story, acting, or cinematography are good; I hope they are, but I am aware that Maid in Sweden is not Academy Award material.

The Blu-ray drops tomorrow, so depending on the shipment’s point of origin and what time Amazon ships it out, it might get here as early as tomorrow or as late as Friday.

(C) 1984, 2022 MGM-United Artists and Shout! Factory

I have another Amazon pre-order scheduled for this month – Shout Factory’s two-disc (4K UHD/2K HD) Blu-ray release of 1984’s Red Dawn – but that one does not come out until next week. I don’t plan on ordering anything else – I already impulse-bought The Final Countdown last week, and next month I will get the Star Trek 6-movie collection box set, so I can hold off on buying more movies for the time being.

As for the rest of today?

I don’t plan on spending this second Monday of August all day in front of my computer. Yesterday I did that, and even though it was productive as far as this blog is concerned – I posted twice in one day, after all – the sense of accomplishment that I got from that was somewhat ephemeral, and after that, I felt sad and even homesick for Miami, even though the rational part of me knows that I can’t afford to live on my own on a fixed income.

Today’s forecast is essentially a repeat of yesterday’s – temperatures in the low to mid-90s/30s (depending on whether you use Fahrenheit or Celsius), increasing clouds, and afternoon thunderstorms – so I will not venture out to the nearby park or even to the nearest corner. I should, but as I’ve grown older, my tolerance for high temperature is far lower than it used to be.

I can’t watch any TV out in the family room until after 5 PM, so the option of watching a movie or TV show is not there for most of the day. I could read one of the books on my TBR stack, though; all I need is to get motivated enough to leave my room and find a nice, comfortable spot in the rest of the house.

I also need to fill out my Florida absentee ballot and place it in the mailbox so it will reach the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections’ office before the upcoming election here. So, that’s the first thing on today’s agenda after I post this.

That’s all the news I have for you today, Dear Reader, so I will close this now. Until next time, 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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