Oops! Again…sorry about being late…by a day, yet! I’ve been very preoccupied lately; my mind’s been absolutely racing, if one gets the drift. Lots of stuff on my mind; busy adjusting scheduled appointments gone wrong, missing my normal life of silversmithing work, TKD, bicycling, and whatever. Oh well, at least I’ve had the use of my legs, so that I’ve been able to take long walks for exercise afew times a week.
My Labor Day weekend was uneventful, except for going to see a screening of the mid=1970’s film, “Jaws”, which played to a packed house! I kid you not….they sold out, so it’s a good thing that I’d purchased a ticket for myself in advance of this movie screening. I have to admit that this is another movie, which, while it certainly doesn’t hold the special place in my heart regarding movies as West Side Story, that it, too, is an enjoyable film, although the fakery in it (such as the mannequin’s leg when they found the young girl’s leg underwater later after she’d been avulsed by the Great White Shark, plus the construction of the shark itself for the movie) was quite obvious. Richard Dreyfuss was quite good as the Marine Biologist, Roy Schneider was equally good as the Amity Chief of Police, and Robert Shaw was certainly cool as the rough, drunken seaman, Quint, who volunteered to go out in his vessel and catch the Great White Shark that had been terrorizing Amity’s beaches, attacking and killing people, to the tune of ten grand. There was much clapping, laughter and (some ribald) comments and joking from the audience, but it was a fun evening.
I wanted an aisle seat, but couldn’t get anything except on the left side of the theatre, in one of the front rows, so I had to be content with what I could get, if I wanted an aisle seat. I ended up sharing a row with three men from Boston’s Charlestown section, who seemed okay, and I had a pleasant enough conversation with one of them. So, I came to realize that maybe, just maybe, there were plenty of C-Town’s oldtimers who were decent human beings and not all racist yahoos, bank robbers or other criminals. We exchanged pleasantries prior to the movie, and, the guy I’d been conversing with asked me if I wanted anything before he went out to the concession stand. I smiled, thanked him, and declined the offer, since I’d already eaten before the movie. After the movie, another one of the guys said, pleasantly enough to me; “have a good night” Again, I smiled and said. “Thanks. You too.”.
That conversation re-enforced my opinions that the accents in Ben Affleck’s movie “The Town” sounded totally phony and forced, although I did not say so publicly.
The movie “Jaws” that was shown was a beautifully cleaned up, re-printed and re-mastered copy of the film, which, ideally, is the way to really see a movie, and that’s one of the purposes of coming to a movie theatre like the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Being a member definitely has its advaantages; I can get in on a considerable discount, and they often have special screenings of certain movies that’re absolutely free to members. Unfortunately, I don’t have the kind of membership at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in which I can get myself and a guest or two admitted on a discount, or for free during special screening events, first because most of the other types of memberships they have are too expensive, and secondly, my friends aren’t as much into going to the movies as I am.
One movie that I do not particularly want to see, however, is the new film “2016”. As everybody on here knows, I’m not a fan of Obama. This film, however, sounds like a real piece of propaganda, which essentially refers to President Obama as a left-leaning Socialist, which, imho, he isn’t even the next fucking thing to! Pardon my french, folks, but that’s how I see it. Anybody who’d extend, expand and ante up G. W. Bush’s policies such as our stupid-assed, illegal and wrongheaded foreign wars, attacks on Civil Liberties, start parroting AIPAC’s (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, i. e. the Israel Lobby) lines and caving into Benjamin Netanyahu the minute he takes office, and lacks the gumption to tell Israel to get the hell out of West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and allow the Palestinians their own independent, sovereign nation-state alongside Israel, and to pass an 20 y/o POS GOP-written healthcare “reform” bill into law and furthermore, allow abortion rights to be taken off the table to get it passed, is no goddamed Socialist. I mean, seriously…who are the people (including some of my friends) who call Obama a Socialist kidding? The fact that Obama took both Single Payer and Public Option off of the table for healthcare reform also disqualify him as a Socialist, among other stuff that would take too long to mention.