December 31, 2017

There’s literally nothing wrong with Gladiator; especially when it’s understood that it is not an action movie with some drama, but rather a drama with great action sequences. It’s a Ridley Scott film; the acting, music, sets, stunts, props, and costumes are perfect, with a truly satisfying story.

I find that with movies like this, the first viewing is just introductory; it’s the repeated viewings where things really come together and the movie achieves it’s potential. With the sea of junk that spews forth from the entertainment industry, it’s nice to know that every once in a while, we get something worth watching over and over again. Especially with a clear-cut good guy and bad guy.

On the television side: Justified.

A U.S. Marshal dealing with criminals in the backwoods of Kentucky. Nowhere else on television are there characters and dialogue like this. I watch this once a year and it just keeps getting better.

JUSTIFIED — “Fugitive Numer One” — Episode 611 (Airs Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 pm e/p) — Pictured: Timothy Olyphant as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens — CR: Prashant Gupta/FX

013021 • Thrift Store Finds

Napoleon: The Last Campaigns: I buy Napoleon books as it is interesting, although I haven’t fully committed to reading one yet.

The Great War: A newer book in perfect shape, and very readable.

Vince Flynn: Total Power: After reading all thirteen of his books in (apoximately) 2013, I plan on reading them all again soon, and then continuing with the five or so he’s published since then, of which this is the latest, from 2020. I only need one more book to have all of them. This copy is something I haven’t seen in a thrift, so it was a great buy even at full-price at four bucks!

Clear and Present Danger: I must have missed this one last week, all of the Jack Ryan movies were there at Arvada ARC.

Edward Sissorhands: It has been decades since I’ve seen this, so it will get watched soon.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith: A silly, but fun movie. Pitt and Jolie are great in it, and this copy was still shrink-wrapped!

The Sentinel: I usually pass on this one as I didn’t have a strong feeling about it when I saw it in the theatre years ago. I’d gone to see it because Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and David Rasche were in it, along with Kim Bassinger. Not bad, but not much of an impact on me at the time. Sutherland was barely in it, and because I’d just been introduced to 24, I didn’t like that he wasn’t in it much. But I really like Michael Douglas, and one has to understand that it’s a Michael Douglas movie. It’s basically The Fugitive, and Air Force One combined, which is good.

Boardwalk Empire: Season 4: I have season 1 already, but I think it’ll be a while before I actually run across seasons 2-3. I like this time period and it was a decent show.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season 1: I really liked this and John Krasinski was of course great in it. Surprised I found it at an ARC, and for only a buck-and-a-half!