What I Watched May 2021

Movies

I’ve been trying to keep up with watching movies on the weekend. They’ve all been old ones this month.

Dial M for Murder. Grace Kelly. I guess worth a watch, not really that intriguing to me as it wasn’t funny or or mysterious. And the suspense wasn’t all that extreme either.

Listen, Darling. This was a cute for one watch. I wouldn’t rewatch.

My Favorite Wife. I did a post on this, I thought it quite funny and worth rewatching, tons of witty quotes.

My Favorite Brunette. A spoof of film noir mysteries. Too goofy a humor overall for me, but there were a few quotes I thought funny.

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“Ronnie”
“Yeah”
“I think you’re a very brave man”
“I know a sniveling coward when I see one. ” Looks in mirror, “Hiya sniv.”

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“An hour later we were at the Poulet d’or, one of those real swanky cafes where they eat mink for breakfast.”

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TV

When I first heard of My Family and Other Animals I’d also heard of the tv show which is The Durrells (and heard it was rather vulgar) but forgot about it. It came to my attention again, and I wanted something to watch while I knitted, so I started it. The tv show is described as being fictionalized, and I only read book one, the only similarities I’m seeing that I remember are the main character names and some of their interests, but I think I want to reread the first and then read the next two.

While the show does have some vulgarity and coarseness (the worst is that captain, I mostly skip his parts), its mostly not too bad for me. It’s the soapiness that’s getting to me. I’m on season three and had decided to stop, and have skimmed a bit more. And since I can’t seem to stay away from Wikipedia synopses, I’m seeing more soapiness layered on. I thought maybe I’d skip and watch the absolute final episode. We’ll see. But, but, its a bit addicting. Edit: yes, I went back to watching, it’s just so bright and happy on Confu in spite of the attempts at drama, and the music is so cheery, also got another hilarious Spiros bit, this time fighting with Zoltan who is also funny (he would say the funniest). Also, I am skimming through stuff I dislike more.

Spiros is hilarious, I think a lot (most?) of the best quotes are from him. And the way he always calls them,”Durrells.”

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“What have you got against Sven?”
“Nothing. Except he is not Greek and he is not British.”
“Some people aren’t Spiros.”
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During the massive storm, “Hello Durrells, welcome to England.”
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“You know I love the British, but you make everything so  complicated.”
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(Zoltan to Margo) “You make the stars come out at night.”
 “What does that mean?”
“It’s called poetry, Greek peasant.”
“It’s called bull****, Turkish cretin.”
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Speaking of soapy dramas. I’d seen Allen Leech in a Hallmark movie, so I looked up the Branson and Sybil bits of Downton Abbey. I’d only watched like 1.5 episodes nearly a decade ago in college (and felt like I’d lost IQ for that much) and what I’d seen of him in photos, his chubby baby face blonde boyish type hadn’t appealed to me, but in the Hallmark movie, oh, my. Well, I think he was rather tubbier in DA, and wow, the acting is horrifically bad. I watch Hallmark which is hardly superb acting, but I think because it’s light and fluffy, it’s fine to have fluffy acting. Also the DA acting is worse than the Hallmarks I like. So bad acting plus drama (which needs more solid acting anyway), yeah pretty bad. Not tempted to try any more of that.

4 comments

    1. Those two lines had me laughing out loud, but come after My Favorite Wife, there was no comparison for me.

    1. I’ve been really enjoying watching older movies again. It’s definitely a mood.

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