On Movies & Movie Watching: My (Aspirational) To Be Watched List for the Weekend

Olivia Hussey (Juliet) and Leonard Whiting (Romeo) in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Image Credit and (C) 1968 Paramount Pictures/Verona Produzione/Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica

So, it’s already Thursday, March 9, 2023? Wow. Tempus fugit indeed.

Well, with the weekend looming on the horizon, it’s probably time to revisit the To Be Watched (TBW) list, since weekends are supposed to be the “prime time” for movie watching – even though I often don’t watch anything because I am too distracted by social media, arguing over politics with right-wing Trump supporters, or wasting valuable leisure time being an armchair general with games such as Regiments, Strategic Command WWII: World at War, or Armored Brigade.

(C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games and MicroProse Software

The Trouble with TBW Lists

The funny thing about the way I go about watching movies (or, rather, planning to watch movies) is that I buy one or two new titles a month (sometimes even three if the price is not too dear), mostly at Amazon (going to the mall is something I do not do, since there’s no easy way to go to one), create a TBW list with enthusiasm and good intentions, and then….

So. Many. Movies! (And, while this is only one page in My Collection over on Blu-ray.com, this does show a cross-section of the genres represented in my Blu-ray collection.

I don’t bother to watch anything at a reasonable hour because I would rather be at my desk not watching anything. Maybe it’s because my 4K UHD TV is not hooked up to the ONN soundbar that the previous HDTV was connected to and therefore has the puniest sound of the TVs in this house. Or maybe I’m pissed that my other, nicer TV is now set up in the master bedroom (where no one watches it) and is just literally hanging on a wall mount. (I already told my caregiver that I’m taking that TV set with me when I move, whenever that happens.)

And, of course, when I do decide to watch something in my room (since it’s the only place where I have a 4K UHD set with a compatible Blu-ray player), it’s usually well past 8 PM local time. By then I am already tired and sleepy, and I either have to choose programs with running times of one hour or less or fall asleep well before the first act of a movie ends.

That’s why, Dear Reader, I always state that these TBW lists are aspirational and not “set in stone.”

Let’s push on, shall we?

The (Ever So Aspirational) To Be Watched List, March 9 -12, 2023:

(C) 2022, 2023 Black Label Media/Columbia Pictures/Paramount Home Media Distribution

As of today, I plan to watch at least one or two of the following titles sometime between today and Sunday night:

  • The Fabelmans (2022)
  • Devotion (2022)
  • Romeo and Juliet (1968)
(C) 1968, 2023 The Criterion Collection and Paramount Pictures

By no coincidence whatsoever, these three titles are also my latest acquisitions.    

I don’t have anything to offer as far as personal news is concerned, so I’ll close for now. Until next time, stay safe and 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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