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Biden Inauguration ‘Field Of Flags’ Illumination — Video.

by Anura Guruge


YouTube Videos.
Click to watch.

Some, alas & inexplicably, have NO SOUND. So, don’t panic.


Impressive. Cute. Touching.

The illumination, with 46 pillars of light to denote that Joe Biden will be the 46th President is symbolic & a nice touch.

You should definitely watch at least one of the videos.

Pity that two of the videos (the first two) do not have sound.


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2020 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA) Traditional ‘Thank You’ Video — To Help Us Look Forward To 2021.

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YouTube video.


I have already openly lamented, multiple times, that NOT going to ‘Christmas Revels‘, in Cambridge, was the WORST COVID-related DEPRIVATION I suffered in 2020! Think about it. Not going to restaurants, not going to Acadia, not going to Boston — missing ‘Revels’. Moreover, as my 14-year old daughter, another HUGE ‘Revels’ fan (who has been to at least 11 Revels) will attest, I was worrying about it getting cancelled way back in March! That was how early I was thinking about Christmas ‘Revels’ — & that from a man notorious for refusing to plan too far ahead. We, i.e., she & I, had even agreed that we would go to the LAST show — going to last shows something we like doing.

So, getting this video was a consolation.

Needless to say, it is VERY GOOD. Brilliant. Nice to see some familiar faces & hear some voices we know so well.

A BIT put out to see folks seated in MY SEAT in the balcony! That is supposed to be where I am. SMILE.

Watch. Enjoy. Plan for December 2021.


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“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (2018) Movie On Netflix — Outstanding, Heartwarming & Funny.

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Yes, I loved it. But, then again it was like bespoke for I. All the elements that appeal: British, historical, pigs, books, London & islands.

Great story. Haven’t checked whether it is based on a true story. But, the German occupation of Guernsey was very real & painful. This story very could have happened even if the name of the Society is a tad contrived.

I even recognized — & even more surprisingly correctly placed two of the cast. That is very unusual for I.

Yes, I am sure it is not for everyone. But, if you are into WWII period drama, literature, humor, pigs & a bit of romance you can’t go wrong. Yes, it is predictable, but that doesn’t detract. SMILE.

I enjoyed it. Not sure it can be repeated per se.


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“The Queen’s Gambit” (2020) Series On Netflix — I Think You Will Be Pleasantly Pleased.

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Click to access the IMDb.com listing for this series.


YouTube trailer


It must be good because I watched it all, back-to-back, within a few days. I liked it. Enjoyed it a lot — at multiple levels. Initially thought it was a movie. Did not realize that I would end up spending 8 hours (I think) watching all of it.

Pity it is NOT based on a real story. That would have been neat.

I was never big into chess & haven’t played any for over 30-years. But, I like watching chess movies — or to be more precise movies about famous chess players. That is what I thought this was about. I knew that the “Queen’s Gambit” was a chess play — & yes, that was probably from the 7 or 8 chess movies I have watched over the years. The last one I watched, I think, was “The Luzhin Defense“. It was good. Enjoyed that too. This series reminded me of that movie.

Bottom Line: Memorable. Very well done. Great cinematography. Amazing true — though fictional. Watch it if you can.


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“Borat 2” (2020) Movie On Amazon Prime — Some Great Trump Zingers, Very Topical, & The Expected Grossity.

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Click to access Amazon Prime listing … with video trailer.


YouTube trailer


Yes, no mistaking that this is a Borat movie. I was a huge fan of the original Borat movie. I think I might still have the DVD.

I am also an admirer of Sacha Baron Cohen — a fellow Brit. I didn’t particularly like some of his subsequent work, BUT I appreciate that he is awfully clever & talented.

Borat 2 has some SUPERB Donald Trump zingers. Very clever. Delectable.

Shame he couldn’t get this movie out a month earlier. It could have helped with the election. I don’t think it has enough time now.

I am not into grossity &, alas, it is a trademark of the man. Those puerile, intentionally offensive scenes just turn me off. But, you can’t have a Cohen movie without that.

Definitely worth watching. I did some quick research. The CPAC scene was real. Not fake.


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“Tesla” (2020) Movie On Amazon Prime — Glorified Rather Poor Documentary; At Best Just For Buffs.

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Click for IMDb.com listing.


YouTube trailer


NOT to be confused with ‘Current War‘. That wasn’t stellar BUT much better than this. I am glad I had seen ‘Current War‘ because it filled in many of the gaps that this movie overlooks.

Strange. V. strange movie. Really a documentary disguised as a movie. The ‘freewheeling’ & ‘unconventional’ terms used in the movie description are spot on.

You are probably much better watching one of the many — much better — videos on YouTube.

Kind of felt cheated. Didn’t come close to what I was expecting.

I would find it hard to recommend this movie. Sorry!


This review on IMDb.com gets it spot on.

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“More Than Frybread” (2011) Movie On Amazon Prime — Cruel, INSULTING Satire; Made Me Sad & MAD.

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YouTube trailer


Why?

Because diabetes in endemic among the Native Indians in Arizona; with at least 20% of my beloved Navajo suffering from diabetes — with another 75,000 (minimum) suspected of being pre-diabetic.

Frybread & diabetes.

To make it worse, there is a segment, early on, when one of the contestants berates two of her coworkers for having an unhealthy lunch & reminds them of THEIR diabetes! Irony. Her doing the shouting — & her doing the frybread cooking — is borderline obese, if NOT outright obese. She probably has diabetes too.

Made me so SAD.

These POOR people.

They lack education, insight, MONEY & resources to understand & control DIABETES. I know. I have spoken to Navajo about it. I have bought them fruit.

It is a HUGE problem & FRYBREAD does NOT help.

That is what makes me so MAD. The last thing these good, decent people need is Frybread.

So, SAD.


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“Knives Out” (2019) Movie On Amazon Prime — Masterful; Outdoes Agatha Christie!

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For Amazon Prime listing.


YouTube trailer


If you like ‘Agatha Christie‘ you will love this — and it outdoes Agatha. One can kind of say modern-day Agatha, with more cleverness.

Very cute. Lavishly produced. Lots of famous faces. Very clever.

Highly recommended. I was mesmerized. Beautiful settings. WOW.


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