Saturday Morning Brain Drain [26/11/22]

sticks in your mind

What I watched:  Thirteen Lives, which is the film about the rescue of the Thai soccer players who got trapped in a flooded cave in 2018, and their subsequent rescue.  This movie was well done, not over-sensationalized, and showed some things that I was never aware of—particularly the method by which they had gotten everyone out.  I knew that the coach had been teaching the kids Buddhist meditation techniques to keep them calm while they were trapped, so I had always assumed that was what they used to keep themselves from freaking out when doing the dive to get out of the cave, but that wasn’t what happened.  Anyway, I recommend watching this.

What I read:  Fairy Tale by Stephen King.  This is his latest book and quite enjoyable as always.  I was concerned at first that this would be written in the style of The Eyes of the Dragon, which was a fairy tale he had written for his kids, but it is quite different.  Always engaging and funny, King never really gets the credit he deserves as being an actually good writer, rather than just a prolific one.

What I listened to:  This week’s stop on the best engineered albums of all time brings us to the eponymously titled album by Dire Straits.  While not as well known as their monster hit albums like Brothers in Arms or Love over Gold, their debut album was still loaded with excellent music and exquisite sound.  Released in 1978 and engineered by Rhett Davies, this album is understated, but clean as clean can be.  The balance of the different instruments and the vocals is something rarely found in most rock albums.  Typically, something is always lost in the mix, but not here.  You can hear everything—even through the most basic speakers—which is the true hallmark of a good mix.  This album was cut before digital became the standard method, so it doesn’t carry the punch of Brothers in Arms, but there is no denying the care that Davies took in making sure each instrument sounded its very best when going to tape.

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  1. Prime 1987, a Quebecois comedy of growing up. I could relate being the son of an immigrant trying to fit in.

    Netflix The Guide To A Perfect Family, a dramedy about raising kids in a pressure packed world and not accepting who the kids are as people warts and all.

    Both directed by the same man.

    Netflix Money Heist. Intriguing series but I am pretty sure I am late to the discussion on this one.

    • …money heist (if it’s the spanish thing I’m thinking of & not something else I haven’t seen) was pretty good as I recall…but I think maybe I never finished the later season(s)…I think because a friend kept telling me how great it was to a degree it didn’t live up to…so I don’t want to oversell it but I hope you enjoy it

  2. …I haven’t quite finished watching the andor star wars show but have a reasonable amount of faith it won’t blow it & fail at the last fence

    …I think someone mentioned the wednesday (addams) show last week…& I’ve been pleasantly surprised by that…I have a minor gripe about it in that something in an autoplay preview I failed to dismiss fast enough at some point showed something which has thus far not happened…& since I’m nearly out of episodes that’s beginning to bug me…I don’t think it’s a spoiler type of a reveal but it’s consistent non-appearance has somewhat undercut my enjoyment of the show since it was a “this ought to be good” sort of a thing & in a weird way it has me feeling like the season hasn’t really got going even though I’m nearly at the end now…if it turns out to be their “just wait for season 2” moment I’ll…probably watch season 2…but with some underlying resentment that could easily have been avoided…& which I blame on a bad call including that bit in the promotional clip

    …also…I watched the unbearable weight of massive talent…& although I strongly doubt the ability of anything to make a bid for being that meta without at least some missteps…it was mostly all you’d expect from a meta-nic-cage effort

    …I think van damme’s JCVD might just have an edge on it in terms of commitment to the bit…but it’s certainly a lot of fun

  3. I started watching Welcome to Wrexham. Rob McElhenney (Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Ryan Reynolds bought the minor league soccer team in Wrexham Wales with the goal of building it into a more successful team.

    It’s an awful lot like the documentary series Sunderland Til I Die, but I think it’s a bit better. Sunderland seemed to have varying degrees of management cooperation along the way, which probably affected the crew’s access, but Wrexham was 100% the project of McElhenney and Reynolds from the start.

    They’re both pretty clearly operators and not really candid, but seem less superficial than average Hollywood types, at least.

  4. I watched both Andor (not and/or, sigh) and Wednesday. Enjoyed both, looking forward to sequel seasons.

    Keitel has Covid, despite being vaccinated, and boosted 3x. My facet arthritic back is not happy with me, two weeks until the hopefully successful steroid injections.

  5. im currently reading the united states of japan….which so far seems like a solid popcorn read…nothing too heavy or hard to read…its also not a very big book..suspect most of yous would blow through it in a few hours…but as im only reading a couple short chapters a night at bedtime its lasting me a wee while… might be up @elliecoo ‘s alley…but thats a solid might be

    and the first thing ive watched in what feels like forever was the new all quiet on the western front

    which compared to the old movies drops the ball a little on the story telling and instead leans more on the power of modern effects to visually show the horrors of war with big gory battles…….considering how horrific a shitshow ww1 was its kind of impressive they may have actually gone over the top for the movie

  6. Watching the third and final season of Dead to Me. Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini have great chemistry, I completely buy them as best friends. The supporting characters are excellent, I’d watch a whole series about scary child Shandy. Applegate is that rare child star who seemed to grow into a grounded adult. I was sorry to hear that she was recently diagnosed with MS.

  7. I watched a bunch of episides of Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls on Amazon Prime. It’s her doing a competition show to get new back up dancers for her shows.

    Really cool structure in that most competitions are like *every week/round/whatever someone is going home* which makes things really cut-throat. She’s willing to take all 10 dancers at the end of the competition, but only if she and her choreographer think they can do it. Which is smart too because you want people who work together if they’re going to be on tour together and need to maintain good relationships.

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