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The news provides more humor than usual today. Headline from nypost.com: “Joe Biden used alias of KGB spy from Tom Clancy novels, emails from Hunter’s laptop show.”
And another from NYP: “UK politician claims he accidentally opened porn in House of Commons.” Who wouldn’t believe a politician?
And more from NYP: “Johnny Depp laughs in court as bodyguard is asked if he saw actor’s penis.” That is my first and hopefully last reference to that sordid trial.
And another from NYP: “Teen leaps from ‘stolen car’ during police chase.” Hey — just like they do on TV and in movies!
Joke on me. I don’t drive much, and even less since the spike in gasoline. When the price fell to almost four bucks per gallon recently, I made the mistake of thinking it wouldn’t be much higher in a week or so and didn’t fill up. It was $4.29+ this morning. Duh!
Friday night’s movie fix courtesy of Netlflix by mail was interesting if not fully satisfying. French Exit (2020) is a black comedy about a chain-smoking socialite whose funds are dwindling. She and her adult son move to Paris and experience adventures that include a séance, clairvoyance and reincarnation. Suspension of disbelief is required. Michelle Pfeiffer, still beautiful but in a different way in her mid-60’s, is outstanding in the lead. The character has spent time in jail for neglecting to immediately report the corpse of her husband, whom she had threatened to strangle. Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea (2016), is fine as the son. I enjoyed Valerie Mahaffey’s turn as an offbeat new friend. Azazel Jacobs directed. There are 14 other titles, small as well as big screen, under his name at IMDb, none familiar to me. Scenarist Patrick DeWitt adapted his own novel. 6000+ users at IMDb have rated French Exit, forging to a consensus of 5.9 on a scale of ten. Although its budget was not likely large, it probably lost money, as its box office return was only a million-and-a-half. Still, it has quirky appeal and is a refreshing break from routine Hollywood fare. Its running time is less than two hours. The profanity is not overdone. I’m surprised Pfeiffer’s performance did not receive an Oscar nod. She is a three-time nominee. Here she is in character:
Picture perfect day. What a relief not having to deal with wind. My thanks to Naydene, who bought a signed copy of A Hitch in Twilight, and to the sweet elderly Russian woman who did her customary weekend swap and buy of Russian titles; and to Mr. Conspiracy, aka Steve, who donated a graph notebook.
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