While most of Georgia spent the past 24 hours stuck indoors looking at snow — not that they have a choice here in Coweta County as Newnan has declared a mandatory curfew — I've been stuck indoors in a bed. For the third time in 10 months, I'm sick.
Why does my phone come with the ability to take this photo pre-installed? Who needs this?
I haven't seen a doctor, but my symptoms are consistent with the flu. You know, that thing that's been killing people this year. Which is not to say that I think I'm going to die. I won't. (At least not right now. Not from this.)
I can't remember being sick three times in a year since my senior year in high school. In that case, I wasn't even sick, just using new excuses to play hooky. I spent "Senior Skip Day" as the only person in most of my classes because I'd already missed 30 days on the year. Poor Mr. Smith didn't know what to do with me, so we just talked about Hamlet.
I've got to figure out what I'm doing wrong these days. Is my diet deficient? Am I too reclusive? Am I just a filthy pig? Whatever the cause, I'm making it a priority to get it fixed in 2018.
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Alex Trebek is on medical leave from Jeopardy! as he recovers from what he called a "slight medical problem." The rest of us call it brain surgery!
Apparently, Trebek was standing on his toilet and hanging a clock. The porcelain was wet. He slipped and hit his head on the sink. When he came to, he had blood clots in his brain! (That's what I heard, anyway.)
Fortunately for us all, Trebek announced he's making a full recovery and will soon be back on set giving answers to questions no one has asked yet. I hope by then, they've covered his podium with bubble wrap.
I'm not ready for a world without the exploits of one George Alexander Trebek, Member of the Order of Canada.
Ollie's Bargain Outlet is selling a bunch of slightly older DC Comics trade collections for under $5. I took the opportunity to shore up my reading stack.
I might go back again. There were a few Legion of Super-Heroes trades I didn't pick up. Yet.
Shall I get a jump on reviewing new-to-me movies watched so far this year? Yes, I think I shall.
1. (1230.) Arabesque (1966)
Director Stanley Donen was clearly trying to recapture the success of his earlier Charade with this lighthearted spy thriller/comedy. I advise watching that one instead. Arabesque has a nice twist near the climax where you think Gregory Peck has screwed it all up, and there are some unusual bits of cinematography that are memorable even when they don't quite work out. But the rest is largely forgettable (and occasionally a little stupid.)
2. (1231.) Gay Purr-ee (1962)
Ugh. I cannot imagine sitting a child in front of this and expecting him/her to enjoy it unless she/he just loved Judy Garland. (Perhaps the "gay" in the title isn't supposed to be punny.) This film is probably most famous as the project that got Chuck Jones fired from Warner Bros., ostensibly because of a breah-of-contract. I wouldn't be surprised if the quality of this script (which Jones co-wrote with his wife) didn't have something to do with WB showing him the door.
3. (1232.) Nightcrawler (2014)
Now this here, this is a pretty good movie. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a sociopath who decides to get involved in the gorier side of television news. It's creepy, warped, and probably way too close to realistic for comfort. I liked it a lot. Just fucking dark.
4. (1233.) Malaya (1949)
James Stewart and Spenser Tracy smuggle rubber out from under the nose of the Japanese in World War II. It wants to be Casablanca without the romance but lacks the charm. Even it's great cast and some good one-liners can do little for the dull, plodding pace.
5. (1234.) Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
The worst Madea movie by far. As you know, I've found Madea to be a real charmer in supporting roles in other Tyler Perry movies, but here in a lead role, she's dim-witted while every around her is mean-spirited. I've heard Perry say in interviews this film was just a quickie cash grab, and it shows. As the saying goes, a man dressed as a woman has got to know his limitations.
More to come.