The 33

I watched the morning shows on CBS and NBC, and they focused on the news from Paris. I saw no segments about chefs or the holiday movie season. I did have a chance to look at the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend. The Top 10 songs on November 16, 1974 were “Carefree Highway,” “Everlasting Love,” “Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me),” Longfellow Serenade,” “I Can Help,” “Back Home Again,” “Tin Man,” “My Melody of Love,” “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied),” and “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.” I had a lot of time until my football game would start, and I decided to go out to a movie, which was “The 33.” The title refers to the men who were trapped in a mine in Chile a few years ago. Antonio Banderas was supposed to be the leader of these men, but I couldn’t see him as even the leader of a Boy Scout troop. Lou Diamond Phillips is the man who is aware of the safety hazards but becomes trapped in that space along with the other men. Juliette Binoche is playing the wife of one of the workers. She took over the role after Jennifer Lopez dropped out of the picture. It’s hard to picture her as anything but French. James Brolin appeared in the film. He mainly told us about a delay in the drilling because of a broken bit. There was a Hollywood aspect to the solution coming about when things looked hopeless and someone got an idea from a comment from Binoche. One problem with the drama was that the protagonists were stuck in one place. The atmosphere was dark and suffocating, but I also couldn’t tell that there were 33 men there. The main thought I would have if I were there was where I could relieve myself. Why was everyone speaking English in this movie? I thought the movie sacrificed its authenticity in the change of language. The pace of the film felt a bit slow, mostly because it was about waiting. The men in the mine were waiting to be found and waiting to be brought back up to the surface, and the relatives were waiting beyond the fence helplessly. The movie reminded me of Billy Wilder’s “Ace in the Hole,” which was shown on television yesterday. There was a Kung Fu episode called “Superstition” in which Caine went into a silver mine. A lot of the tension dissipates in “The 33” once the drill comes through and they can send food down to the men. There is an old man in the group, and it looked like he might not be able to pull through. The movie could have been better, although the people in the audience on this afternoon applauded it at the end. Some of the people who died on November 15 include Johannes Kepler (1630), Lionel Barrymore (1954), Tyrone Power (1958), Fritz Reiner (1963), and Jean Gabin (1976). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for November 15, David Bowie opened on Broadway in “The Elephant Man” in 1980. In 1990, Milli Vanilli’s producer admitted that the duo did do any singing on their album. In 1996, Michael Jackson married Debbie Rowe. In 2000, the man who stabbed George Harrison was found innocent by reason of insanity.

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