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Movies that received at least one Golden Globe nomination

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Here are more movies from those that received at least one Golden Globe nomination:

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery — with Daniel Craig, rapper/rockstar Janelle Monáe, Edward Norton, and Dave Bautista, has a plot that’s a little too involved, but does hold ones attention. Daniel Craig, as the super sleuth, is quite entertaining, and Janelle Monáe offers a personal best. Some of the other character portrayals don’t quite cut it, such as Kate Hudson’s, and the ending leaves us a bit short, but the movie is fun and watchable for the duration.

Blonde — staring Ana de Armas, in a completely different role than Knives Out or No Time to Die, presents a sympathetic and searing portrait of Marilyn Monroe, unlike anything I’ve seen. While the movie is a bit flaky at times and has rough spots here and there, Ana’s performance is Oscar-worthy and merits watching the whole time. Spoiler alert: with overly woke producer, Brad Pitt, it’s no surprise that regarding Marilyn’s death, involvement of the Kennedys is totally ignored and that the viewer is led down an erroneous rabbit hole.

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The Triangle of Sadness — this is the third movie I’ve seen in recent weeks where a select group boards a boat or cruise. Who knew that sailing was going to be so popular this season? The movie has some notable moments of pathos as well as humor. At about midpoint, it starts becoming silly. Skip this.

White Noise — starring an unrecognizable Adam Driver, offers a noticeably wasteful first 20 minutes. Then, even when the story gets rolling, there’s not enough here to make it compelling. None of the characters are interesting: There’s no one with whom to identify and the story is quickly forgettable.

Babylon — starring Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and rising newcomer Diego Calva suffers from trying to be too much, in too many directions, to too many people. Movies about actors, movies themselves, or Hollywood in general need a strong lead and singular focus, or be downright entertaining. Think: All about Eve, or Sunset Boulevard from the ’50s, or more recently, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Babylon is entertaining in stretches but it is noticeably shaky much of the way. The ultra-talented Margot Robbie, who is the focus for most of the film, starts off spectacularly, and then goes way over the top, into ‘not credible’ territory. Still, if you are an avid moviegoer, and can slink away for three hours, it’s worth watching.

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Holding Public Office

It can still be a noble calling, despite the constant mudslinging.

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Running for, or holding public office these days is no light task. It seems as if every square inch of philosophical and political turf is in constant turmoil. If you’re on the right you are hounded relentlessly by the lamestream media. If you’re on the left, the lamestream media will shield you for as long as it can, but eventually will let you swing in the wind. Still, holding public office can be a noble calling.

If you’re thinking of ever running for office, the affirmations below impact your subconscious mind and help to ensure that you follow the directions you give it, or at lease point you in the right direction.

* I choose to be a public servant.
* I choose to engage in public service I enjoy.
* I choose to volunteer on a regular basis.

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* I choose to spend my free time devoted to worthy causes.
* I choose to keep time available to honor requests for public service.
* I choose to recognize that the more I give, the more I get.

* I choose to speak for my constituents.
* I choose to champion the causes of people in need.
* I choose to participate in government at the local, state, or national level.

* I choose to be an innovative yet compassionate public servant.
* I choose to seek the highest office of which I am capable of rendering service.
* I choose to draw energy from my time devoted to public service.

* I choose to look forward to greater opportunities in public service.
* I choose to engage in work that helps others.
* I choose to engage in work that helps society.

By stating out loud or quietly to yourself each of these affirmations, you’ll be better able to serve your constituents and execute your handle tasks and responsibilities.

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Mini-Movie Reviews, 6

Two out of three ain’t bad

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Here are three movies, each having received at least one Oscar nomination:

All Quiet on the Western Front — here is a remake of the 1930s classic, and I was prepared to have this be the same old trench warfare, with all the accompanying platitudes. Instead, I was surprised. This was well done, with decent acting, and a few hand-to-hand combat sequences unlike anything I have previously seen, some truly touching. It is a German production, but all in English. Although it’s on the long side, I think it is worthwhile.

Everything Everywhere All at Once — starring Michelle Yeoh, and receiving 11 Oscar nominations is alternatively amusing, excessively noisy, clever, confusing, and lacking boundaries. It is without a raison d’être, as with other movies during this awards season, notably The Banshees of Isherin and Tár. Everything Everywhere is getting rave reviews, but I say “skip it.” As one reviewer put it, the plot seems to suggest “that what makes life meaningful is the recognition that because there is no inherent meaning, all things and moments are equally meaningful.” Oh, sure thing….

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Aftersun — a subtle but touching recollection of a 30-year old woman, when she was on a long vacation with her divorced father, 20 years earlier, before the new school year starts. Not much happens, yet we are drawn to this twosome, and the screenplay and the director skillfully lead us to an articulated but implied conclusion. Newcomer Paul Mescal, as the father, received an Oscar nomination and (Miss) Frankie Corio, as the 10-year old daughter, is equally good. Aftersun is not for the masses, but I found it to be worthwhile.

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