On Movies & Movie Watching: Making Progress with My TBW List for March

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This afternoon I decided to shake things up a bit, so instead of cloistering myself in my bedroom all day, I did something I rarely do: I turned off my desktop PC, grabbed a Blu-ray of a movie that was, incidentally, one of the titles on my most recent To Be Watched (TBW) list.

(C) 2022, 2023 Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(C) 2022, 2023 Columbia Pictures/Sony/Paramount Home Media Distribution
(C) 1968, 2023 Paramount Pictures and The Criterion Collection

That list consists of the following titles:

  • The Fabelmans (2022)
  • Devotion (2022)
  • Romeo and Juliet (1968)

If you’re a regular visitor to this space, you may recall that last weekend I watched Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. So, as of this morning, my TBW list looked like this:

  • The Fabelmans (2022)
  • Devotion (2022)
  • Romeo and Juliet (1968)

This afternoon’s matinee selection was a tossup between the Oscar-nominated semi-autobiographical film by director Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans – or the based-on-a-true-story war drama Devotion.

Based on what you know about me from your visits to A Certain Point of View, Too, which one do you think I watched?

Does anyone care to guess? Anyone?

Well, if you guessed that I watched The Fabelmans, you’re right. Absolutely.  

Now, I did consider watching director J.D. Dillard’s Korean War-set drama about two Naval aviators – one black, one white – who become friends in the early years of the newly integrated U.S. Navy and find themselves in the thick of combat during the famous Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in 1950.

However, because the version I purchased in late February is the 4K UHD Blu-ray, I would have had to watch Devotion in my room. And that, Dear Reader, would have been a bit disappointing; I wanted to get out of my bedroom/office/mancave, at least for a little while.

So now, of course, my TBW list looks like this:

  • The Fabelmans (2022)
  • Devotion (2022)
  • Romeo and Juliet (1968)

So, as far as this list is concerned, it’s two down, and one to go.


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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