Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening To on St. Patrick’s Day???

Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week! And then on the weekend I just get to crawl into bed and sob and sob (update: my vaccine related hormone surges are still in effect. BE WARNED!)

I’ll start!

Reading: Mostly this EXCELLENT analysis my brother-in-law wrote to set the stage for our “Where’s Your Hat Abe Lincoln” discussion on Sunday:

Misti Kenison’s novel brings to life the prominent stalwarts of Union leadership during the First American Civil War. At the end of the book, the reader is left with a succinct summary of each character’s professions and noble deeds. Events of the book lead towards and culminate in what is arguably the most potent speech in American History – the Gettysburg Address. However, I was deeply concerned by Misti Kenison’s character assassination of one of America’s finest presidents. 
Throughout the book, we see several noteworthy characters engaged in pressing activities designed to preserve basic human freedoms and the American way of life. Fredrick Douglass, for instance, is encapsulating his harrowing experiences as human property in his autobiography. Harriet Tubman is risking life and limb helping slaves escape on the underground railroad. Thaddeus Stevens is passionately pleading with Congress advancing the abolitionist cause.
In contrast, the book portrays Lincoln as a hat obsessed do-nothing. Honest Abe spends several hours, nay days (as evidenced by the change of time observed by a confident but tired Harriet Tubman leading slaves to freedom), searching for a hat. Throughout the book, his confidants and colleagues have to constantly avoid him so as to not get sucked into his banal trivialities. While preservation of the Union, the vindication of democracy, and the death of slavery are often referred to as the trifacta of Lincoln’s legacy one can’t help but wonder if this “hat-trick” is taken too literary in this book. 
As a final comment, all the characters are seen smiling unnervingly, and often idiotically, in grim and somber settings including the grand finale of the Gettysburg address. One can’t help but wonder if someone forgot to remind them that they are living in the midst of the great American Civil War and not the great Civil American War.
In conclusion, I would rate this as a hard skip. Unless of course you are a toddler in which case it is pretty cool

Watching: My parents and I have officially moved on to Poirot as our nightly routine. Which has the problem/benefit of making my parents fall asleep. Because they are old, it is late, and Poirot is the most soothing show in the world. Anyway, I left the room for five minutes last night and this is what I came back to.

Thinking: Life is hopeless and miserable, the sun will never shine again, I will never find joy or pleasure in any activity, I might as well give up all hopes and dreams now because they are destined for failure and despair. Also, it is JUST BARELY POSSIBLE that I am experiencing hormonal mood swings. Or, alternatively, I am finally seeing the Reality of the World.

Listening: Life is hopeless and miserable and the sun will never shine again, so obviously this:

Now, question for you! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, What Are Your Feelings About The Quiet Man?

I kind of like it, even though I know I shouldn’t. It promotes violence, it promotes John Wayne, it promotes an idealistic view of Ireland. But boy is it pretty! And boy is the John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara chemistry strong!

Revisiting THE QUIET MAN (1952) - Foote & Friends on Film

Follow up question, should we remake The Quiet Man and if so, could/should Hrithik star in it?

I honestly don’t know! Could Hrithik pull of tormented muscular man escaping his past? And even if he could, who could be Maureen O’Hara opposite him?

21 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening To on St. Patrick’s Day???

  1. The quiet man makes me think of my Uncle’s basement in Maryland and their large backyard and childhood visiting family. My Uncle loved the movie. Gigi also makes me think of my Uncle’s basement. I must have been 13 when I saw it? I don’t remember the plot as much as I remember John Wayne. I can’t hear the title without hearing it come out of my Uncle’s mouth. So I will say I like the movie, and perhaps to continue liking the movie I shouldn’t watch it again.

    I saw the new 2020 Emma last night. Directed by a woman with a focus on female relationships. The chemistry was off the charts, even though I found the love interest oddly disgustingly unattractive on close-up shots. I paid money for it, to YouTube because I was mad at Amazon. I decided I had to buy it (even though my spouse would be so annoyed at me for spending the money) because it was rated the second best Emma after Clueless. And I LOVE Clueless. It is a good movie, a beautiful movie, and yet a small movie that you can hold in your hand; watching it made me happy.

    This past fall/winter I developed a medical problem that would wake me up in the middle of the night with pain. After going to multiple doctors and specialists I was informed my problem will NEVER go away, but I have stretches now and relaxation techniques to deal with the pain AND I realized I am less likely to wake in pain when I have been active during the day. It is a powerful motivation to exercise. So I started exercising everyday, or almost everyday. 20 minutes or more of heart pounding exercise. And it helps with the pain, but what it REALLY helps with is the depression. Sometimes I start to feel the depression sneaking back, and even though I don’t want to I go out and exercise, if I force myself to do it, and I start to feel better. Also it is fun to see how I’m getting stronger. I’m not getting any smaller, but I am getting stronger.

    Thus if you are super duper sad, I recommend going out for a brisk fast walk and then watching Emma.

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    • Now I want to force you to watch The Quiet Man again! I think there is a decent chance you would still enjoy it, and the boys might like it. It is less objectionable gender-y than Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and you like that, right?

      Clueless is SO GOOD!!!! Why did you not suggest that to me as an American film I should review???? It is SO GOOD!!!! And so great at showing different kinds of intelligence and value in the world and all kinds of things. And Paul Rudd.

      I am so sorry you have been struggling with this! And glad you have come up with some management tools. You are absolutely right, I should be exercising more. I bought an elliptical for this very reason, and I haven’t used it nearly as much as I should/could be. You are inspiring me, I am going to go back to aiming for 20 minutes high intensity every day. Side note, I find the whole “weight” obsession kind of strangely unhealthy with exercise. If my weight doesn’t go down, or my appearance change, I feel like I am a “failure”, even if my mental health has improved and my over all ability to do things like run up and down my back stairs with laundry has improved.

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  2. Netflix has now pegged me as a fan of time travel shows, so I’m on “Travelers” right now. Problem: A recent episode had a plot where the enemy introduced a virus. With flu-like symptoms, an incubation period of ten days and a basic reproduction number of about 2. When they name-checked the diseases they had excluded, I almost expected them to mention coronavirusses. SARS did get a shout-out. They even explained what happens above and below R=1, and how the disease spreads exponentially. It was weird. Especially as all the health organizations were warning about the epidemic seemingly within the same day the heroes became aware of the situation, leading to totally empty streets, hospitals being overrun but still able to give away medical masks, and there was mention of looting, but not of toilet paper. And the social worker among the heroes kept removing his mask so his clients at the homeless shelter would recognize him. In the end, everything was fixed by fixing the supercomputer in the future. They mentioned that its remedy still needed to be mass produced, but that seemingly happened in no time, too. With the power of hindsight I’d say it was probably one of the better portrayals of an epidemic in fiction, but that only highlights the things nobody predicted.

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  3. Still reading the same book and plowing my way through Bridgerton. Nick Jonas had a new album out on Friday, which was pretty good and almost all songs are about either the pandemic or Priyanka.

    It’s not hormones, but this has also not been a great few days for me. Yesterday, my district announced that, after spring break, which is in about a week and a half, we’re completely remote for 2 weeks before going back into the building full time. It’s still a hybrid situation, so kids can still stay at home if they want, but teachers have to be in the building 5 days a week. Right now, 4 days a week we’re in person for the first 6 classes and then can go home for the last 2. And everyone is home Wednesdays. But in about a month, anyone who’s in person will be in person for a full, normal day of school. I just kind of rolled with this info until literally everyone started complaining about it and in a meeting the same day, someone who works closely with the union gave a lot of info that was fear mongering, and then today it turns out he lied about half of it. Or maybe his info was wrong. Either way, I don’t trust him anymore and I was very depressed yesterday.

    And then today, I was contacted that one of my students in person is positive. Based on the requirements of my town, I don’t have to quarantine because I haven’t been in the same room as her since last Thursday. But I am technically a close contact, and I’m getting tested tomorrow. And I’m kind of angry about it because I’m getting the first dose of the vaccine on Saturday, so the universe really couldn’t have held out for a few more days.

    Sorry for all this, I know the blog is supposed to be a happy place, but these past 24 hours have not been great for me.

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    • Oh Courtney! That is super sucky! You are going to get tested, and it will be fine, and then you will get your shot, and that will be fine, and then you will see all your little kids in person again and that will be AMAZING. Because kids make everything happier (even teenagers).

      Also, look! Varun Dhawan with a baby!!!

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    • Courtney, my county was the WORST Covid wise in California in the beginning of March, but is going back full time, full classrooms, 5 days a week, immediately after Spring Break. Not every teacher will be fully vaccinated. At least you guys are taking the two weeks after Spring Break to distance learn. We had horrible infection increases after Thanksgiving and Christmas, and our death rate is terrible. I’m contemplating volunteering at lunch to try and decrease transmission so more kids don’t loose their parents. I’m also contemplating home schooling again. This year has just been exhausting. Spouse is a teacher too. Good luck.

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      • I am just SO GLAD this is Shashi week. I think we may have to do Sharmilee, if only because it is the lightest happiest silliest Shashi.

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  4. Seems that I can only watch Vijay Sethupathy’s movies lately. I tried many different films last week, and all were boring or full of annoying cliches, I couldn’t finish them. So I decided to try Aandavan Kattalai and it was very nice. I liked this one even more then Dharmadurai.
    Really Vijay’s 2016 are something else. He is so adorable and cute, the scripts are interesting, funny but also real. Reccomended.

    Reading: Apart Venetia I’m slowly reading and another volume of Warior Cats, I read a short book “Nero Corleone” with my son. I loved it so much. It’s short, written brillantly and has beautiful pictures. Perfect for reading aloud. Must read for all little cat lovers.

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  5. I forgot to say that Tovino Thomas’ romance Luca, which was very hard to find, especially with subtitles, is now available on Einthusan (and also on Aha) in telugu and with stupid title Luca alias Johnny. I watched it time ago with very bad and incomplete subs, and still loved it a lot. Can’t wait to see it again, this time with proper subtitles.

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    • Oh wonderful!!!!! I get to do an IN PERSON movie watch with a friend this Sunday, maybe this should be our celebratory IN PERSON movie? (we aren’t crazy cakes, we both got vaccinated this week and our elderly parents are already vacced, so now we can watch a movie together without danger!

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      • Too tragic for a first movie watch in person after ages. It’s more like “I feel blue and want to look at beautiful people in beautiful sceneries and cry a little” film.
        Watch Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (for Diljit) instead or Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum (for super cute Vijay Sethupathi. He has a makeover in this film , and who doesn’t want a movie with cute Vijay having a makeover and looking like million $)

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  6. Watching: Zindagi in Short, the Netflix series perfect for our current attention spans. Each episode is only 15-20 minutes long and self-contained. Divya Dutta is in one. Mostly it’s about female empowerment. It’s fairly diverting.

    Then I continued on what I didn’t realize was a micro-genre: Independent women in Amritsar who have to choose between an exciting guy and a boring guy. So far this comprises Rab Ne (last week) and Manmarziyaan (this week). How I loved Marmarziyaan. Abhishek is so good, and so good-looking, in this and I loved Taapsee’s journey through her emotions. Also there’s just something special and different in this which I’m attributing to Anurag. Like the interesting focus on food-making. This was my first Anurag film where I’m not focusing on how dark and brutal everything is and I felt like I appreciated it more.

    Reading: Taking a break from A Suitable Boy with the best book in the universe: Sue Barton, Visiting Nurse. Prompted by your post, of course. It’s all still there: being independent in New York, and the ghost mystery, and Sue’s clients described in a way that’s a bit racist but could have been way worse in the 30s, and the fascinating description of nursing training, and what I thought at 11 years old was the most hilarious witty banter ever written between Sue and Kit. Although I forgot she sort of gives it all up to get married, it’s still pretty fun.

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    • Manmarziyaan is SO GOOD!!!! And Vicky is SO DESPICABLE!!!! But in a way that feels totally reasonable and expected. He’s just young and spoiled, not actively evil. But also the definition of “not marriage material”.

      Sue Barton! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! And SPOILERS she does NOT get married right away, because the author realized that would be boring. Instead their wedding was delayed because of family issues, and Sue ended up being a visiting nurse in rural New Hampshire just like she was in New York. I was mad about it when I read the books, because I wanted them to get married already, but now I really enjoy the whole idea of Sue fearlessly making a job for herself. END SPOILERS.

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