Last Wed. was Dad's birthday and he did enjoy birthday week. Here he is on Saturday with his slab of cake after lunch with my sister, brother and his wife. The smile says it all. Then he had a good snooze.
Something you won't snooze through is The Old Guard on Netflix. Action, time travel, and Charlize Theron - what's not to like? She's Andromache (Andy), the leader of a small gang of ageless mercenary warriors. Centuries of bouncing through time and not dying takes its toll. The group specializes in heroic extractions -like rescuing kidnapped girls in the desert. A young soldier (KiKi Layne) joins as the latest immortal and has to learn this new life. Well filmed with heart, this movie is kick-ass without being berserk. (Time review 7/20) Theron's lanky, boots-and jeans willowy grandeur suits perfectly. The Old Guard is the action movie we didn't know we wanted. Old guard, meet vanguard. (Time 7/20) The best comedies often come with a whisper of melancholy, an acknowledgment that so much in life is a leap of faith. Palm Springs fits the bill - unhinged on Hulu. Andy Samberg is goofy Nyles - wears shorts to a wedding, drinks like crazy, and notices Sarah (Cristin Milioti), sister of the bride drowning her sorrows in wine. Nyles is stuck in a time loop - he keeps reliving the same day and can rework it as he wishes. Sarah gets stuck with him and then they try to break out of it.
The movie is light and ultimately about love. Sick of each other? Nyles says, "That's the best."
Time - I spend it watching tv, going to work, reading, and swimming. If we could all time travel - would we go back in time and try to stop the pandemic? Or leap forward and see where this all ended - better, worse? Tough call. I guess I'll just hang here with a remote in my hand.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.