On Movies & Movie Watching: My To Be Watched (TBW) List for the Rest of February (and Early March)

The Fabelman family at the movies in the early Fifties, From left to right: Burt Feldman (Paul Dano), young Sammy (Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord), and Mitzi Fabelman (Michelle Williams). (C) 2022, 2023 Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment

Well, it’s been 24 hours since the package with my order of the 4K UHD Blu-ray/2K HD Blu-ray/Digital Copy set of Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans arrived – and I have not watched it yet. I was busy with some housekeeping chores in my room for a huge chunk of the afternoon, and by the time I finished, I was too tired to sit and watch a 150-minute movie, no matter how much I love the work of Steven Spielberg and his vast pool of talented cast and crew members.

(C) 2022, 2023 Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Of course, this means that the movie will be placed at the top of my To Be Watched (or TBW) rotation, and I’ll watch it soon, perhaps as early as later this afternoon. I did activate the digital copy code at Movies Anywhere, so I don’t even have to play the movie from the physical disc; I could watch it either on my computer – not the most appealing option to me – or on my smart TV via Amazon Prime or Vudu, which is where most of my digital copies can be accessed.

I tried watching a shorter, faster-paced flick last night – 2009’s Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams – but I started it after 10 PM, so I fell asleep way before James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) meets Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) and enlists in Starfleet. I dozed off during the scene when Zachary Quinto’s Spock shocks his father, Ambassador Sarek (Ben Cross) by choosing a career in Starfleet over a slot at the Vulcan Science Academy. This scene comes early in Star Trek, and I usually don’t fall asleep at this point in the movie.

Then again, I usually don’t start watching Star Trek after 10 PM (I believe it was closer to 11 PM, now that I think of it), so if I fell asleep even before the crew of the Enterprise was aboard the legendary starship, that’s on me.

Anyway, back to the TBW list for the week – and the nebulously defined near future:

  • The Fabelmans
  • Devotion (I had it on pre-order, was going to cancel it, then decided to not cancel it)
  • Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Airplane!
  • The Love Punch

As always, the TBW list – unlike my literal To Be Read (TBR) stack – is more of an aspirational thing than it is a list set in stone (or a physical stack of Blu-rays or DVDs in their cases), so please take it with a grain of salt.  

(And don’t call me “Shirley!”)


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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