Personal Shopper

I awoke early and watched CBS This Morning.  One segment was about the success of Domino’s Pizza.  I also watched the chef segment.  Some of Andy Husbands’ signature recipes include Butcher Paper Brisket, Classic Macaroni and Cheese, Cornbread with Butter, Honey, and Sea Salt, Spicy Collards, Gold Sauce, Pickled Jalapeño, Half-Sour Pickles, Old-Fashioned Southern Caramel Cake, Southern Caramel Icing, and Day Drinking with Sweet Tea.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on March 20, 1976 were “Disco Lady,” “Junk Food Junkie,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Thing,” “Love Machine,” “Lonely Night (Angel Face),” “Take It to the Limit,” “Dream Weaver,” “All By Myself,” and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).”  I went to the theatre to see “Personal Shopper” with Kristen Stewart.  It was a strange story of a young woman named Maureen, who bought dresses and jewelry in the shops in Paris as she also tried to contact her dead twin brother.  As I watched, I became curious about how much screen time Maureen’s phone got in the film as we had to read a lot of texts.  I hated to think about the dominance of the cell phone in people’s lives in the modern age.  Maureen’s texts didn’t show anything exceptional about her character, and in fact showed how lame these messages are, generally.  She didn’t always use punctuation marks correctly.  It all made me think that perhaps I would like to get a new phone of my own.  This was the day that a new BART station opened in Warm Springs, but as I watched Maureen traveling around in trains and on her motorbike, it seemed that she was taking advantage of a better transportation system.  The topic of Victor Hugo made its way into this story, bringing to mind the Truffaut films “The Story of Adele H” and “The Green Room.”  Kristen Stewart’s hair was distracting.  In the old days of movies, women’s hair looked like it was always perfect, no matter if it made sense or not.  Maureen was supposed to have a gift, although that gift wasn’t being a likable and interesting individual.  Kristen Stewart was rather cold, although I can’t say that she isn’t willing to try something different.  This was supposed to be a ghost story for the new millennium, sort of the equivalent of “Let the Right One In,” I guess.  I would have thought that a ghost might try communicating through Morse code instead of the incessant tapping.  Some people seemed to like “Personal Shopper” quite a bit.  It did not excite me very much.  I don’t believe in ghosts.  I went home and watched episodes of All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and M*A*S*H.  “The Manchurian Candidate” was on television.  Laurence Harvey was great in the movie, and I even liked watching Frank Sinatra.  I had forgotten that Janet Leigh was in it, too.  I kept thinking that security for a party convention would be much tighter now, more than fifty years later.  No one should be able to sneak a rifle into Madison Square Garden.  The movie does have some troubling new meanings to it in light of the Trump presidency and the Putin connection.  The movie that followed was John Huston’s “Beat the Devil,” with Humphrey Bogart in one of his last roles.  Peter Lorre and Gina Lollobrigida were in the cast.  Some of the people who died on March 27 include M.C. Escher (1972), Ian Dury (2000), Milton Berle (2002), Dudley Moore (2002), Billy Wilder (2002), Paul Zindel (2003), and Farley Granger (2011).  Today is a birthday for Quentin Tarantino (54).

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