Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The Quiet Girl (2023)

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The Quiet Girl (2023) Irish. Withdrawn 9-yr-old girl is sent to live with relatives for the summer, where she begins to come out of her shell. Family secrets slowly come out, too. The girl's thoughts are always private, which gives the movie a sense of foreboding. A quiet film about a quiet girl. B+

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Book Review: Killing Commendatore

From Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami:

Killing Commendatore


"It was a couple of months after I’d moved there that I discovered Tomohiko Amada’s painting Killing Commendatore. I couldn’t know it at the time, but that one painting changed my world forever."

Book Review: Killing Commendatore: Magical realism by my favorite author, Haruki Murakami. An artist, after breaking up with his wife, secludes himself in a mountain cabin belonging to a dying famous Japanese artist whose long hidden secrets emerge from a covered well. A-

After the jump, my full review.

Monday, September 11, 2023

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023)

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Rotten Tomatoes

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023): Coming-of-age tale where a girl learns that BFFs are more important than any crush. For teen girls, mostly, but this old man enjoyed it. Adam Sandler's best movie, because he gave himself a minor role and cast his daughter in the lead. B-

Sunday, September 10, 2023

POTD: Sunset on the Mediterrean

From 2022 11 03 Athens

"Sunset's silent bow.
Spain to Greece, voyage complete.
Sounion farewell."

—h/t ChatGPT

This photo-of-the-day was taken in Greece. It shows the sun setting over the Saronic Gulf from the Sounion Peninsula. It's a fitting finale to our cruise of the Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona to Athens.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

POTD: Too Late for the Show

From 2022 11 03 Athens

"Two millennia,
Echoes of applause linger,
Epidaurus dreams."

—h/t ChatGPT

This photo-of-the-day was taken at Epidaurus, Greece, which is "best known for its healing sanctuary and the Sanctuary of Asclepius, situated about five miles (8 km) from the town, with its theatre, which is still in use today." So, were we two thousand years late for the show? Or just a few hours early?

A bonus panorama of the theatre is after the jump.