Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening To the Day After KJo’s Birthday?

Happy Wednesday! My last day taking a break at the Lake House! All the furniture is 50+ years old, it’s always too hot or too cold, and I sleep on a couch, but by golly NO BOXES. So it is heaven on earth for me.

I’ll start!

Watching: I did a Big Project and finished all the Avenger films! And guess what, they are quite good! Especially Endgame! Call me crazy, but I think these movies could make some decent money. Also, Chris Evans is soooooooooo good and I knew that since Cellular back when he was still a teen movie nobody.

Reading: I’m trying to get into a new series, but it is so HARD. You have to remember everyone’s names and the lay out of the location and on and on and on. I just want to reread books I already know so I don’t have to learn anything new. But then I get bored. It’s a conundrum.

Thinking: Does anyone else have memory ghosts? Does that phrase even make sense to you? I’ve been coming to this lake house my whole life, and I’ve heard stories from my Grandma and Grandpa and Dad and aunts and so on about their whole lives. So I don’t know if it’s real ghosts or not, but everywhere I look I can almost see my Great Grandmother sitting upright in her chair, or my grandpa fussing with his first sailboat, or my Dad mowing the lawn, or my cousin reading Harry Potter on the carpet in front of the fireplace. It’s half unnerving, and half kind of nice. I’m alone in the house, but not lonely.

Listening: Still trying to decide if the 99 Songs soundtrack is as good as I think it is! I think it is good, not the best, but very good.

Now, question for you!!!! Bit of a Meta Question. Comments are down for the past few weeks, which could just be everyone busy with the end of the school year and stuff. But just in case, I want to ask, is there something you would LIKE to talk about that I haven’t addressed? Obviously, following Happy Place rules.

57 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening To the Day After KJo’s Birthday?

  1. I know what you mean about memory ghosts. I have them all the time only not with people, with my dogs. I’ve never been without a dog. My mother took me home the day I was born and set me down on the couch so Mubi could sniff me.
    I can feel my departed dogs breathing on the back of my neck when I’m driving, roll over on one or more of them in bed, smell their sweet doggy smell
    in the yard and hear them panting behind me when I’m walking Teddi, my living dog. They may have crossed the rainbow bridge, as some say, but all of them, from Mubi to Teddi, are by my side.
    I hold the hope that one day in the distant future, you’ll see your great grannie again and possibly sooner than that I’ll be able to scratch Mubi’s ears.

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    • I was just thinking about memory dogs!!! That’s the one ghost that I DON’T have up here. We never brought our dogs up when I was little, so having Albie Dog is a totally new experience. Give it a few years, when he is old and grey and tired, I will have memory ghost Albie as a young pup running around in my mind.

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  2. Comment wise, with regard to happy place, what is happening in India is so big… as a non-Indian, I have a hard time discussing Indian films without thinking about India at this moment, and when I think of India at this moment, I’m at a loss for words.

    Maybe that is why the past few days I’ve conveniently not watched Indian films, and instead become mildly obsessed with Jasper Liu and have been watching Use for my Talent on Netflix. The first 12 episodes are great, even if it does make me wonder if the the Me Too movement skipped China. Jasper Liu is BEAUTIFUL, and he is the best actor in the show, which has a ton of good chemistry, pretty much all due to him. And the show has very effective product placements, I kinda want to try a Unifon facial mask even if it is made just for Asian skin.

    My vicarious travelling book club is going to Japan right now. We read Convenience Store Woman, and now I’m reading Makiota Sisters, and I miss Convenience Store Woman.

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    • I was thinking that might be part of the reason. Although there’s still Harsh Kapoor and his dog on instagram!!!!

      I had to google Use For My Talent and it sounds GREAT!!!! I’m escaping into Marvel in a similar way, I want something overwhelming and fictional but not Indian. Maybe it’s time for a whole bunch of things about fantasy non-Indian setting movies? Like Bang Bang, or Neal n’ Nikki, or Dostana? Where everything is happy all the time and you don’t have to think at all?

      You read such interesting things! I’m complaining about needing to figure out new settings and characters and things in a light fantasy fiction, you are going all the way to JAPAN!!!!

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      • Every three months we “travel” some place new. The first month we all read the same book about/from that land (Convenience Store Woman). The second month we each read what ever we want related to the land (Makiota Sisters & hopefully Book of Tea). And the third month we learn to cook something from that land and plan our travel itinerary if we were to go.

        Traveling to Anglophone lands or lands with Anglophone writers is easiest because things are lost in translation. Thus Nigeria was a blast. But there are only so many foreign Anglophone writers. And then some countries (like Tanzania) have strengths in things like plays rather than books.

        At this point in life I don’t have the ability to travel, so I read (and watch films) instead.

        Bang Bang was a great travel movie. So was Raabta. ANd then I feel like I know Bulgaria through Dilwale and the Sex in a Tent movie. Don 2 takes me back to Berlin, but not amazingly so – it didn’t really get the feel of the city.

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        • Half the time I forget you had this incredibly exciting travel filled part of your life! Took me a second to remember that, right, Genevieve actually KNEW Berlin.

          If you ever do Russia for your book group, you should watch Lucky: No Time For Love!!!! So Russian! But not!

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          • Russia is so big! If we went there we might have to pick a region. For a long time I wanted to move to Russia. I’ll have to watch that film!

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  3. Reading: Fairy tale retellings mostly, right now from Disney. It’s nice seeing the scenes that weren’t in the movies, but clearly were in the script but weren’t filmed or were deleted and read them.

    Watching: A person playing video games I have no money to buy or play with. Her YouTube name is Marz and she’s lovely. Get’s invested in the stories and characters and want’s to see everything possible in the game, which is how I would play it if I had all the nuts and bolts needed to play these games.

    Listening: This song is so addictive!!! It’s been #2 on YouTube in Finland for DAYS (our Finnish Eurovision Blindside band’s song is still #1) and it’s #9 in the world overall. THAT IS HUGE!! These guys are going to be BIG. I never thought I would find a band that would come close to QUEEN in terms of popularity and style, but here they are, and I love them!!! They are like QUEEN in the early days in the 70s with the glam rock style, but instead of having just Freddie there for Queer representation, they have a couple of people, but not all of them are obviously. They just eminent such energy!! I love them!!

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    • Mercedes Lackey! You have to read Mercedes Lackey! Well, you don’t “have” to, but it would probably be interesting for you. She has a whole bunch of different ways to do different takes on fairy tales.

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  4. I watched Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele, a very nice movie until it falls apart towards the end. The ending itself is really bananas, and I’m not really sure what it’s trying to say or what I think of the message. But it’s full of people standing up to their parents which was great to see for once.

    Then I started watching Aurangzeb to make up for the fact that I couldn’t stand either of the new AK films, and it’s great.

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  5. From films I only managed to finish Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. It’s good and Arjun and Pari are finally trying and acting. They should always make this kind of roles and quit doing rom-coms.

    From series I started Midsomer Murders. I have seen 4 episodes so far and I wonder why in almost every episode the killer or the victim are gays.
    I started watching a tv channel with old series and in the morning they show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. I remember watching it with my parents when I was 11. It’s still so nice!

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    • I love Midsomer Murders! And yes, the seasons do tend to have “themes”. Feels like there’s someone in the writers room who just really likes one thing or the other and keeps going back to it. There were a whole bunch of seasons where the killer was always the oldest actor in the episode. And another season where the killer was always the Appealing Middle-Aged Woman.

      Anyway, don’t watch it for that, watch it for Barnaby and Joyce and all the wacky village festivals.

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  6. OOOH! I just finished watching the Avengers with my dad and husband last night. What was so interesting to all of us was that the villian thought he was doing what was best for society not just to survive but to flourish. We also recently finished watching the series Stargirl and it had a similar villian. It makes it so much more interesting than having a villian that just wants to take over the world or is just purely evil.

    Also, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow was just outstanding! To see her journey throughout the movies and the progress she has made given her cirsumtances was just incredible. I am looking forward to watching her movie that is supposed to come out this year.

    If you feel like doing a discussion post on the Avengers, I will definitely comment! I also enjoyed reading your reviews of 99 Songs (you already know this, but your Hindi movie reviews are always my favorite whether I agree with them or not). These reviews in particular helped me make up my mind that I have no interest in watching the movie. I am now getting a bit concerned about watching Sandeep and Pinky Farrar after reading the various comments on DCIB. If you ever decide to watch it, I would love to read your take on it.

    Hope your move goes well tomorrow and Friday!

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  7. I have been quiet but it’s partly because it’s busy here and my brain power for engaging is limited and partly because I’m just moody. I have things my brain wants to watch but in the moment it comes down to that vaguely discontented scrolling and I finally ended up sticking with Crash Landing Into You. I’d wanted to watch it with my husband but he keeps falling asleep so I gave up on him. Curious about the K-drama craze but this was the first plot I could get into. It’s very entertaining. Kind of reminds me of JHMS, if Harry were a slightly stiff, upright character with heavy duty family complications instead of a rogue, and the stakes for why they couldn’t be together were 1000 times higher because, you know, North vs. South Korea. The gazing game between the leads is very strong.

    When it comes down to it I think I just want escapism. Again. And sometimes it feels like we’re close to getting back to movie events where everyone goes to see an actual movie in theaters, and then it feels like it still might be far away, at least for this industry. So. In the meantime we have Salman doing his best, but not quite for this crowd, and streaming with its scaled down stories.

    I do have many opinions on Avengers, and Chris Evans. Though I liked Infinity War better than Endgame. I have a special fondness for Guardians of the Galaxy, appreciate that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Thor (the movie) is the boringest, thank goodness they found ways to liven up that character later on.

    I have memory ghosts in my aunt’s house, where I used to spend part of the summer and shared a bed with my grandma (who snored).

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    • Oh, and I forgot: we did watch Shadow and Bone, I really liked that one. I was reading comments that they changed a bunch of things from the book. Curious if anyone read and watched it, would love to hear opinions.

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    • Yaaaaaaay, an Avengers person!!!! Okay, I can write a post for you and me and maybe no one else.

      Yes, that is exactly the Memory Ghost I have. Not real ghosts, more memories that are so vivid it feels like they are bursting out of the walls.

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      • See my comment above. I have thoughts on the Avengers and also suggested a post and recieved no love in return!!! I’ll forgive you because you are moving! 🙂

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        • I will be curious to hear your thoughts on Avengers! Sounds like we gravitated to different characters so we can battle it out. Agree about Thanos though. Confirms my theory that a good hero story depends on how good the bad guy is. Same for Killmonger in Black Panther.

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          • Avengers battle sounds like so much fun! 🙂

            Also, your theory on heros and villains reminds me of M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. I am pretty sure Samual Jackson says something very similar to Bruce Willis in the movie.

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      • I’m surprised that people are still catching up with Avengers, they were such big events I assumed EVERYONE had seen them! I remember rushing to see them as early as possible, partly to avoid getting spoiled. Thoroughly enjoyable, even as someone who had no interest in superhero movies earlier.

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    • I really enjoyed Crash Landing when it came out, but strangely it hasn’t propelled me into seeking out other K-dramas. I liked the leads well enough, but by the end I was more invested in the second leads’ storyline! They did not deserve that ending!

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      • I’m still around halfway through, I’ll see how I feel about the ending. The length of the episodes and the series is putting me in mind of the Pakistani series, though there’s way more action and the production values are higher. I’m at the part where they go to South Korea and wondering if they’ll pull off the shift – classic first half/second half dilemma. It feels like comparing the arc of the love stories would be interesting. As a love story, it’s so well done! Captain Ri especially, the way he steps very slowly down into completely losing himself to her.

        I’m curious enough to check out these particular actors in other stuff. Which is also where I ended up with the Pakistani industry, I’ll watch anything with Mahira or Fawad.

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        • Oops I thought you’d finished it, I might’ve given out a spoiler! Yeah, Pakistani, Turkish, Korean – they all have similarities in their storytelling, with varying levels of intimacy and production values. Re Mahira-Fawad, still waiting for their movie to come out!

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  8. Are you a fan of any flop actor, or they did not make it big in the industry like your underrated actors that should have gotten more recognition? Mine is Priyanshu Chatterjee, he is an amazing actor also dashing looks especially his first movie Tum Bin but unfortunately he did not get many chances in the industry.

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  9. I’m exploring classic Hollywood. Watched Philadelphia Story and was kind of underwhelmed?!! I didn’t find enough romantic or comedic elements to keep me engaged until the last 40 minutes or so. I had gone in expecting to see Cary Grant-Katherine Hepburn rekindle their flame, but instead it’s her and Jimmy Stewart romancing each other and Cary is like a family friend lurking around. I had to stop and read the ending because I was confused who I should be rooting for! It ended the way I’d initially expected, but I felt it didn’t build up to that. Maybe I had too high expectations! Hepburn was good but Cary didn’t have much to do, though I could see flashes of his comedy and charm.

    Also saw Man’s Favorite Sport, and have to say, I enjoyed it more! The more I see of Rock Hudson, the more I love him! Paula Prentiss was amazing too.

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    • Man’s Favorite Sport is such a kick! It’s a retread in a lot of ways of Bringing Up Baby, even borrows some lines of dialogue, but I think it’s lighter and funner. Anyway, you should watch Bringing Up Baby! I don’t like Philadelphia Story that much either, Bringing Up Baby is more what I wanted. Also, His Girl Friday and The Awful Truth!!!

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        • I saw that movie multiple times and didn’t really love it, and then I had a chance to see it in a theater with other people and it just came alive!!! It’s funny watching it by yourself, but in a crowd, the laughs just roll one after the other and it works even better.

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          • Mine too, more men should play roles like this! Is Cary Grant known for this type of persona? Does he do it in other movies? I want to watch more of him.

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          • I have SO MANY recommendations!!!!

            My Favorite Wife (Cary Grant’s presumed dead wife reappears just as he is about to get remarried, and he is batted between the two women)

            His Girl Friday (Cary Grant as a fast talking newspaper editor)

            The Awful Truth (Cary Grant’s marriage implodes and he and his wife take turns sniping at each other before they realize they are in love again)

            Walk Don’t Run (Cary Grant is the older man who gets two young people together)

            Indiscreet (Cary Grant as a smooth experienced man who has a classy affair with Ingrid Bergman that ends when she twists him up and gets him to marry her)

            People Will Talk (very odd movie with Grant as a college professor/doctor who marries a student)

            Arsenic and Old Lace (Cary Grant’s old maid aunts have a surprise for him)

            Houseboat (not that great of a movie, but it’s what Hum Hain Rahe Pyar Ke was remade as!!!)

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          • It is the PERFECT SRK and Juhi comedy. Breaks my heart they never remade it.

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          • Yes, I loved it!!! I haven’t laughed so hard watching a movie in recent memory. I had no idea Grant and Hepburn had such comedic chops, I’m officially a fan. I have so many thoughts – did people leave their car keys inside so any random person can drive off? Wasn’t that dress-getting-torn scene too risqué for the time?

            I could immediately see Shahrukh in the role, and was initially thinking of Kajol, but soon realized Juhi would be perfect! They already had similar interactions in 1 2 ka 4. Why hasn’t anyone remade this, when they’ve adapted other classics?!!

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          • Yes! People routinely left their keys in the car! Blows my mind every time I see this in a movie.

            Yes! It’s the perfect SRK movie. Befuddled and over-whelmed by the women around him is his sweet spot.

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  10. Another nod for The Avengers here. In that vein, I am looking forward to Disney’s Loki. Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson – can’t beat that combo.
    I NEED the escapism because my great nephew is graduating high school in June My nephew’s son is going to college (.Penn State). That means one thing. I am old. Won’t be too long before I am a memory ghost. Well, I’ll try to make my ghost a weird one. Keep those kids on their toes.

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    • Wait, isn’t Loki dead? I am so confused by the rules of this universe!!!!

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  11. Still don’t get around to more than reading Lady Hardcastle mysteries while washing up. I’m happy they have now changed cars to one that exists as a model, so I can add it to my Christmas wish list: I’m officially in love. Which is unexpected, as I’m not usually a huge fan of whodunnit mysteries, early 20th century or even British media that much. It may really come down to nothing more than the language and the central characters.

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    • Oh, I want to be that excited about a series again! It’s been a while since I was that into a book.

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