The Little Hours

Watching the morning news, I couldn’t see how O.J. Simpson was going to be denied parole.  I used the Internet to place orders on several things, like a Blu-ray copy of “Citizen Kane.”  I had to go to my appointment at the optometry clinic. I was advised to wear sunglasses.  Someone on the ground floor was playing “And I Love Her” on the piano.  I went over to the theatre to see “The Little Hours.”  I had heard Aubrey Plaza talking about the movie on the Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me radio program.  She said that the movie was based on “The Decameron.”  It took place centuries ago, but the character used some modern language, making me think of Matthew Broderick in “Ladyhawke.”  James Franco’s brother was hiding out in a convent pretending to be a deaf mute, and he was the catalyst for sin.  The situation has some of the feeling of “The Beguiled.”  The nuns Alessandra, Genevra, and Fernanda were played by Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, and Aubrey Plaza, respectively.  John C. Reilly is the priest trying to run this place.  Fred Armisen is the bishop who discovers the things that were going on.  The comedy reminded me a little of “The Love Witch,” and the old women in the theatre mentioned that they thought the movie was like something that Monty Python would have done.  I thought Genevra had some funny moments.  Kate Micucci was Lucy of The Big Bang Theory.  I thought she was funny in that show, but I got a bit tired of her character after a while.  Unusual nuns remind me of the old Fellini films.  I could also mention Sally Field as The Flying Nun.  I couldn’t help thinking about serious issues like those in “Spotlight” as I was watching this movie.  I also thought I was seeing the end of “The Witches” for a few minutes.  I could imagine this movie getting a cult following.  I could also imagine a director like Russ Meyer working with material like this.  I would, however, prefer to see an actual Monty Python movie, like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” or “Life of Brian.”  The reviewer on gave “The Little Hours” a positive review.  I give the movie a mild recommendation.  I didn’t find it really hilarious.  It made me think about Joe Orton.  I went shopping in the record stores and found a copy of The Partridge Family’s “Bulletin Board” for only two dollars.  I bought a beef burrito and went home to watch some old television shows before I went to bed.  It was the anniversary of the moon landing in 1969.  The news about John McCain’s cancer made me think about my own mortality.  Some of the people who died on July 21 include D.W. Griffith (1948), Jimmie Foxx (1967), Dave Garroway (1982), Alan Shepard (1998), Robert Young (1998), Jerry Goldsmith (2004), Mako (2006), Theodore Bikel (2015), and E.L. Doctorow (2015).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 21, Basil Rathbone died of a heart attack at age 75 in New York City.  In 1978, the last episode of “Chico and the Man” aired on NBC.  In 1985, Rock Hudson collapsed in his room at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, two months before his death at age 59.  In 2004, Jerry Goldsmith died of colon cancer at age 75 at his home in Beverly Hillls.

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