On Movies & Movie-Watching: My (Tentative) TBW List for January 10-14, 2023


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On My To-Be-Watched (TBW) List:

Even though I have an extensive movie collection on Blu-ray and DVD (105 4K UHD Blu-rays. 526 2K Blu-rays, and 248 DVDs), I don’t have a literal TBW stack. I do have lots of shelf space, so when I say I have a “TBW List,” it’s often a mental and highly aspirational selection of titles – regardless of the format – that I’m inclined to watch. That is, assuming that I am in the mood to watch something and that I choose an appropriate time to watch a feature film; starting a movie after 10 PM like I used to when I was younger just isn’t doing it for me anymore.

Movies I’ve Watched

(C) 2004, 2019 Paramount Pictures/Paramount Home Media Distribution

Since the last time I posted a TBW List on A Certain Point of View, Too, I have watched three feature films from fade in to fade out.

This is why I rewatched Mean Girls not too long ago. (C) 2019 Quirk Books

They are:

  • Mean Girls (2004)[1]
  • The Searchers (1956)
  • Don Jon (2013)

Movies I’ve Tried to Watch

(C) 1953 Paramount Pictures

I have also attempted to watch:

  • Shane (1953)
  • The War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick (2007)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)[2]

I’m a bit tired after a restless night, so if I am smart, I’ll take a shower, shave, get dressed, and come back into my room to watch one of those three titles. We’ll see what happens, though.

And on this note, Dear Reader, I will let you go. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.


[1] I am reading, in dribs and drabs, Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls (2019. Quirk Books), and I recently bought the Blu-ray, so I had a good excuse to rewatch this comedy written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters.

[2] I have Nicholas Meyer’s second Star Trek directing gig in four formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and digital. The DVD version, which I’ve had since 2004, only has a Director’s Cut and doesn’t include the theatrical version. The 2009 Blu-ray, which Paramount did not do a good job with re the transfer, is the reverse: it has the theatrical release but not the Director’s Cut. The 2022 4K UHD and remastered Blu-ray present Star Trek VI as “one movie, two cuts.”

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.

4 thoughts on “On Movies & Movie-Watching: My (Tentative) TBW List for January 10-14, 2023

  1. The Wrath of Khan is the film that I remember a stark difference in the cuts. One shows the boy that gets killed being Scotty’s nephew, which is why he takes it so hard. I distinctly remembered that and then when it came out on VHS that was cut from the film. I thought I was imagining it until I saw an original cut again.

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    1. Thankfully, the 2016 Blu-ray for the 50th Anniversary and the discs that come with the “Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection” Box set comes with different cuts for I, II, and VI, although the 2022 upgrade to “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” comes in its own disc, The two films directed by Nicholas Meyer have both versions in the same disc, with branching.

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  2. You have a very interesting and varied watch list. Most of my time will be spent watching Korean dramas. I have developed an addiction to them. Thanks to sites like Viki, Netflix, and Tubi ~ there are plenty K-dramas to watch. But I also like old movies and documentaries. I can get my fill of them too!

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