Friday, July 6, 2018

Shooter

As I mentioned, I am watching the Netflix series Shooter based on the Bob Lee Swagger books written by Stephen Hunter, of which there are ten. Shooter, both the series and the movie, are based on the book Point of Impact, which I thought was a pretty good book.

The movie starred Marky Mark Wahlberger, which was one terrible bit of casting. I could list the reasons why, but compared to the little Frenchie who plays Swagger in the TV show, it was brilliant.

The TV show suffers from all of the things that you know I dislike - it is filmed in California but is set elsewhere - the Pacific Northwest, DC and other places - so it has the wrong trees, wrong hills, wrong light and so on.

The movie version did have Levon Helm in one of his last roles, so that was good. His replacement on the TV show was not good. Which brings up another issue - the writing in the TV show is bad even for TV. It wasn't until the last sniping scene in the last epi that some of the Bob Lee from the books shows up. That kind of redeems the show.

So that's my review - the writing is awful, the acting is not good, the scenery is all wrong and yet here I sit watching season two. So it goes.

But enough about all that. It is what it is. Life, and work go on.

Today I made this:

10 comments:

edutcher said...

Try the bicentennial episode of The Six Million Dollar Man trying to pass off the sun parched hills of Southern California as the Philadelphia Main Line.

XRay said...

Beautiful bowl. Do you figure the radius by feel or is there a format for use, or type wood, etc. That's great you can turn out a thing of beauty, SG. Me I screw around on comment boards. Well, and go to the docs now and then.

Chip Ahoy said...

Noice.

Sixty Grit said...

As I recall L.A. was used as Philly in Philadelphia Story. Some things never change.

I have a room full of rough turned bowls, I walk in, grab one, then finish it. I turned that one so long ago I don't even remember the tree it came out of. Once they are rough turned and dried for a couple or ten years their shape is pretty much set - I can only make them thinner, so whatever design work was done on that one was done probably before 2010.

Thanks, Chip. Need a nice salad bowl? Heh heh...

AllenS said...

Beautiful piece of work, 60.

ndspinelli said...

In my younger years I could eat pasta filled to the rim in that beautiful bowl.

XRay said...

Thanks for the reply, SG.

Sixty Grit said...

Thanks, AllenS, and you are welcome, XRay.

Those were the days, eh ND? Mmm, pasta...

MamaM said...

It's a beauty Sixty G.
Eight years from start to finish is chump change in tree time.

As for tossing more into the "nice salad bowl": 'Twould be a honor for green leaves placed within such a bowl to temporarily grace the wood with their presence prior to their consumption and subsequent transformation into energy and waste. While such a form could also support pasta, potatoes or fruit, leaves seem the most natural fit as they replicate past relationship.

That said, for some remaining portion of tree to have been turned and turn into something less and more than it was is a feat that is stand alone lovely, much as I'm guessing the tree itself may have been in its prime, with new value and purposes realized.

Sixty Grit said...

Excellent point, MamaM. That bowl was vexatious in that I spent what seemed like 8 years just sanding it. Wrapped it up, put a price on it, thought "This is a new week, I'll move on to something a bit easier to work on". Good in theory, in practice I am now hours deep into a white oak bowl that makes the work on that walnut bowl seem easy-peasy. So it goes...