Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, January 12, 2023, or: A Quick Update!

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Hi, there, Dear Reader.

Today’s post will be a “quickie” because I am still sick. My cold symptoms have not gotten worse; I don’t have a fever, my throat is not sore, and I don’t sneeze all that much. However, I do have a mild headache, my nose is stuffy, and I feel tired and achy all over, even though I slept well throughout the night and woke up comparatively late (at 8 AM).

Last night I watched the last three episodes of Jack Ryan’s third season on Amazon Prime Video. I’m not sure if I like the story of this penultimate batch of episodes, which has Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (played by John Krasinki) facing off against a conspiracy by Russian hardliners seeking to restore the Soviet Union and start a Third World War against the West.

The acting by the international cast is good, and the series’ production values are excellent, but I am not sure if the storyline, as well as the depiction of the Russian government leadership, made any sense.  Maybe I don’t “get” the plot because I’ve been watching Jack Ryan late at night and falling asleep before an episode ends, and maybe I’ll feel different about this season’s eight-episode story arc when I rewatch it. Right now, though, I’ll just say the show is “meh” despite its impressive location shooting in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.

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And speaking of Amazon, my package (or packages) with my orders of Groundhog Day’s 4K UHD 30th Anniversary release and the DayQuil gelcaps I need to ease the symptoms of the cold are being processed in Lakeland, Florida, and will be delivered by 10 PM.

 I don’t think I can write a review of Code Name: Downfall today because of those annoying cold symptoms. However, I did some prep work by making a list of the book’s chapters and four appendices on Microsoft’s Notepad app. That should reduce the amount of time spent writing the review once I feel up to the task. I was hoping that I’d be able to do it today, but I think I should take a break from sitting at my desk all day and rest for a while.

On that note, Dear Reader, I’ll close for 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.

4 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, January 12, 2023, or: A Quick Update!

  1. I’ve only watched the first season of Jack Ryan- a few times now because I always need to refresh things when I tackle the series. I started season 2 last week but wasn’t paying particular attention to it, so I’ll be restarting it again.

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