Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, April 2, 2023, or: Weekend Update, Part the Second

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, April 2, 2023. I’m off to a late start because Windows 11 tried to update itself this morning, but it didn’t complete the process because my hard drive didn’t have enough storage space. So, I spent some time looking at apps that I don’t use that much, including some computer games that I bought a while ago but hardly ever play, and deleted them from this computer to make room for the Windows 11 update.

Aside from that, I don’t have much in the way of news about my weekend. I had pizza for dinner – I ordered a Big New Yorker from the nearby Pizza Hut on Friday night and, as I often do on weekends, I rationed the food in my order – I also ordered some boneless chicken wings and cheesy bread sticks – to last me till today. (I still have one slice of BNY pizza left, which I’ll eat later this afternoon, along with the chicken wings.)

This is the newer 4K UHD Blu-ray version released last year by Paramount Home Media Distribution, along with George Pal’s “When Worlds Collide” in “regular” 2K HD Blu-ray.

Last night I also attempted to watch the 1953 sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds from the Criterion Collection Blu-ray I bought in late 2021. I should have watched it in the early evening rather than around 10 PM, but I played one Skirmish mission on Regiments, so of course I was already tired when I went out to the Florida room for a Saturday night movie session. I figured that The War of the Worlds was short enough (85 minutes) and that I could stay awake for that time.

Alas, no. I started to feel drowsy one-third of the way through Byron Haskin’s Oscar-winning (for Best Special Effects) invaders-from-Mars flick, the first of several film adaptations of H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel and one that changes the story’s setting from 1890s Great Britain to early 1950s California. So, even though the movie was still in the early stages of the Martian invasion of Cold War-era Earth, I stopped the disc, ejected it, put it back in its case, then turned off the TV and Blu-ray player and went to bed.

Not a very exciting Saturday night, eh?


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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