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Friday, January 1, 2021

Monday, November 30, 2020

Writer's Guild of America Top 101

 Here are the seven movies on the Writer's Guild of America top 101 movies list that I haven't watched before:

8 1/2 (1963):  A movie about making a movie.  Not my cup of tea.

Adaptation (2002): A movie about writing a movie.  Interesting to watch, but also not really my cup of tea.

Being John Malkovich (1999):  Such a weird, weird movie.

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989): I still don't get why anybody likes Woody Allen movies.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): Not really my cup of tea, but certainly an interesting movie.

Memento (2000): I see why this is considered well written.  It certainly wouldn't be easy to construct.

Sweet Smell of Success (1957):  Not a fan.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre relates a facet of World War II that is simultaneously one of the more morbid and lighthearted stories I've read about that horrible time.  The full title of the book is Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory.  It relates a bizarre method the British used to convince Germany that they weren't planning to invade Sicily, which seems to have been their only reasonable target.  They planted a dead body with papers that appeared to be private correspondence between Allied generals that indicated where the next major offensive would take place.  While it certainly drags in places, I enjoyed the book overall.