Blue Jasmine

I awoke and watched CBS Sunday Morning.  I watched a segment on Barbra Streisand.  She said that she hated her interview with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes years ago.  Charles Osgood said that he was leaving the show, and his last appearance would be on September 25. He is 84 years old.  I went out to the Grand Lake Theatre to see “The Secret Life of Pets” again.  I did like seeing the Minions short before the movie.  I heard that the A’s won their game in St. Louis, 7-4.  I headed back home and browsed through the record store.  I listened to the Robert Hilburn Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN, and he went over tracks from some of the best albums of 1986, from Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Paul Simon.  I watched “Blue Jasmine” on Blu-ray.  One thought I had was that Sarah Silverman could have played the Sally Hawkins role.  I would say that a flaw in the script was the coincidence of the angry ex-husband running into Jasmine just as she is about to get her engagement ring.  Jasmine is judgmental about just about everyone, but she fails her own test when she lies about her past.  She is a woman who doesn’t belong to her time, not knowing how to use a computer.  She only really needed to know how to turn it on and use the Internet.  Jasmine has a scene with her long missing son in a store in Oakland, reminiscent of a scene with Woody Allen and his punk rocker son in “Anything Else.”  There are good scenes showing tensions between characters, although it adds up to something somewhat less than desired.  The story goes through some generalities about computers and financial scheming that seems like something resembling a pyramid scheme.  Alec Baldwin looked pretty comfortable in his role, and I thought he looked much younger in this movie than he does now.  Cate Blanchett’s performance is clearly the centerpiece of the movie.  She works for a while in a dentist’s office and experiences an incident like what was detailed by Woody Allen’s sister in “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  I can see how some people are out of touch with reality like Jasmine.  She does two self-destructive things, which were making a phone call about Baldwin and telling the lie to Sarsgaard.  I thought that “Blue Jasmine” was a decent movie, but nothing brilliant.  I wondered what the Sarsgaard character did afterwards.  I questioned whether he was what he said he was, given Jasmine’s history.  The quality of the Blu-ray disc was good, although of course not as good as seeing the movie in a theatre.  During the night, I heard on the radio that it was fifty years ago today that The Beatles played their last concert at Candlestick Park.  Tickets went from $4.50 to $6.50.  Paul McCartney commented on the weather, and the promoter reportedly lost money on the show.  Some of the people who died on August 29 include Jimmy Reed (1976), Jean Hagen (1977), Ingrid Bergman (1982), Simon Oakland (1983), and Lee Marvin (1987).  Today is a birthday for Elliott Gould (78).

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