Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, April 1, 2023, or: Weekend Update, Part the First

My old neighborhood, circa April 2014. Photo by the author

Another weekend, another month. Another quarter-year.

It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, April 1, 2023 – another warm, humid, and sunny day in the Tampa Bay area. And as I sit here in what, for now, is my bedroom/writing room/mancave, I am, for once, not thinking about my new story (or, at least, not thinking about it much) and trying to decide how to spend the rest of the day.

Part of my Blu-ray/DVD media library. This photo features a section that houses a mix of DVDs, 2K HD Blu-rays, and 4K UHD Blu-rays. (Photo by the author)

Right now, the most likely choice is movie-watching. I still have not watched Devotion, which is a “based on a true story” war film set during the Korean War. Directed by J.D. Dillard (whose father was a Naval aviator) and written by Jake Crane and Jonathan A. Stewart, Devotion tells the story of the friendship between Ensign Jesse L. Brown (Jonathan Majors) and Lt.(j.g.) Thomas Hudner (Glenn Powell) in the early days of racial integration of the U.S. military after the National Defense Act of 1947 and the first “hot” conflict of the Cold War.

I have tried to watch Devotion a few times since I received my copy at the end of February. Still, I either fell asleep one-third of the way into the movie, or the 4K disc (Paramount did not include a high-definition Blu-ray disc along with the 4K UHD one) had audio issues. Since I must watch Devotion in my room – the only other 4K UHD set is in the master bedroom, and there’s no compatible player there – I often balk at doing so. I prefer watching movies out in the family room; the HD TV there is larger and is connected to a 5.1 home theater sound system, and the couch is more comfortable than my futon.

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

Being “confined to quarters” simply because of a video disc format isn’t pleasant, and that’s one of the issues I hope will be resolved when I move to Brandon. For now, though, if I want to watch Devotion, I’ll have to do it here rather than out there. It’s a “first-world problem,” I know, but it still annoys me.  

Of course, I currently own 535 “regular” Blu-rays I’ve acquired since 2008, so if I end up not watching Devotion today, I can choose a movie or TV show from that segment of my video collection. It comes down to what mood I’m in and whether I choose to read a book – which I should be doing, frankly – or play a computer game.

Well, as Wil Andersen (John Wayne) says in The Cowboys, “We’re burning daylight,” so I will take my leave of you here, Dear Reader. 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.

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