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Monday, September 19, 2016


Yesterday I touched on my historic and recent binges.  Scroll down to the next posting to read the details.  Turns out, I had another orgy, and at the age of 76, these tend not to be sexual.  In the Spring of 2013, just before My Ultimate Global Adventure (MUGA--this is the trip where a gold koi in Matsumoto gobbled up a capsule of Pearl's ashes), where I was two days away from two months of an around the world trip, I went to five films on the same day:

                                           ROTTEN TOMATOES    MY GRADE                   

                                            Reviewers    Audience

InaPPropriate Comedy                ?             63%                  C

Olympus has Fallen                  51%          79%                  A-

Admission                                 44%          58%                   B           

Croods                                       65%           87%                  B

Spring Breakers                        70%          67%                  B-

No headaches, no dozing off in the theater, I was proud of my stamina.

Then, when I returned from that odyssey, I went to five more:

                                        Weekend         Rotten Tomatoes        My
                                        Revenues     Reviewers  Audience    Grade

Fast and Furious  6                1                72             95               B+

The Hangover Part 3              2                21             88               B+

Star Trek into Darkness         3                87             89                B-

Ironman 3                                5                78             83                B

The Great Gatsby                   6                50             84                B-

Well, this weekend, I only went to two:

Sully                      82%        89%               B+

The Innocents      93%        83%               B

I also did not fall asleep, after 20 hours of TV-watching on Saturday.  Sully was a good escape film, also appropriate that all 155 lived through an airline ditch in the Hudson River, and earned $22 million, more than twice the #2 film for the weekend, which was Blair Witch, and accumulated revenues in its first week twice the amount of the total budget, $5 million.  

How anyone can bother to go to this film, which received Rotten Tomatoes scores of 36%/43%, is beyond my comprehension.  The original in 1999, The Blair Witch Project, actually did well with RT at 86%/55%, but the whole production was almost a joke, for the total budget was $20,000, the presentation was grainy and, if you did not get motion sickness, well, something must have been wrong with you.  The first version created a unique genre and hatched a bunch of copycats, like Paranormal Activity, and this sequel now playing at least used the latest hand-held technology, in more glorious color.  I guess some people like to safely horrified, something I with which I can empathize.

About Sully (Captain Chesley Sullenberger), played by Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, much of the film, it turns out, had to do with the National Transportation Safety Board trying to find fault with the judgment of Sully and his co-pilot (a good role for Aaron Eckhart).  By now you already know much about the details, but in January of 2009 U.S. Airways 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport, ran into a flock of Canadian geese, which disabled both engines of the Airbus 320 at an altitude of 2800 feet.  Sully, who subsequently suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is proved at the end to indeed be a hero.  Shows how much international revenues count, but the budget was $60 million, and counting world-wide earnings, the film has already generated $94 million.

The Innocents did not make the top 50 this weekend, but that is because the film was released in January and just got to Hawaii.  This was a Polish-French-Belgian production of a true and horrific post World War II story involving a nunnery in Poland:

According to military historian Antony Beevor, "The subject of the Red Army's mass rapes in Germany and elsewhere has been so repressed in Russia that even today veterans refuse to acknowledge what really happened." A Soviet war correspondent said, "It was an army of rapists," and that Russian soldiers raped every female from eight to eighty. The scale of the rapes that took place is suggested by the fact that about two million women in Europe had illegal abortions every year between 1945 and 1948

Gripping, heartbreaking, but with an ending that I won't give away, for it was unexpectedly heartwarming.

Typhoon Malakas is still at 115 MPH and heading for Kagoshima, Miyazaki and, as soon as early tomorrow, Tokyo:


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