It is time for the State Fair again, and for many years I have headed over to Capital City on the first Sunday that the fair is open, which this year, is tomorrow. It's a sound plan, one that works with my schedule and it wasn't until I was listening to the radio this afternoon that I heard that we are having a hurricane. Well huh - I had read that Nestor (WTF kind of a name is that for a storm?) was forming in the Gulf and next thing you know it is here. Why wasn't I informed?
This is our current situation, Nestor is due westor from here, headed our way. It looks as though my traditional Sunday morning fair visit might be delayed a bit but since this storm is moving fast I might just postpone my visit by a few hours and attend in the afternoon.
This is the part where I review things I have watched. First up, The Killing, directed by Stanley Kubrick, released in 1956. IMDB info here. It has a great cast, including the prototype for Trooper, Kola Kwariani, a professional wrestler and gourmand. The movie shows signs of Kubrick's directorial genius and excellent camera movement even in those days, not to mention his ability to tell a story with great precision and attention to detail. You always get a sense of where the action is taking place and while I won't include any spoilers, the ending shows that when he wanted to, Kubrick could make you laugh at the absurdity of man's plans in the big scheme of things. Oh yeah, Elisha Cook Jr. is in that one - we were just talking about him.
Nestor up, oops, my bad, next up, Goliath - the tv show starring that little bitty guy from Arkansas, who was married to that woman, you know who I mean. I watched the first season, eight episodes, and got the sense, that even as good as the writing is, and in places the writing really is very good, they were stretching the available material very thin. Maybe they could have told that same cliché-ridden tale in four episodes, I don't know. But here's the part that got me - it wasn't until I got to the next to last episode that I realized that the character Wendell Corey was played by Dwight Yoakam. He was unrecognizable, and he did a darned good job in that role. Also, Billy Bob (that's the dude's name!) can act when he wants to, William Hurt can chew the scenery with the best of them, and Alma, beautiful Alma from Deadwood, well, what can I say, change the lighting, change her makeup and bam - is that really her? I guess it makes sense, the whole story is set in L. A. and that is the land of make believe. Also, speaking of camera movement, Goliath takes that to a new level with the use of drones - they do shots that would otherwise be impossible and I kind of like that effect.
I also watched In the Electric Mist, with Tommy Lee Jones, who did a great impression of Cajun Tommy Lee Jones, a bunch of other actor type persons, and the lovely Kelley Macdonald is in this one, too, but she didn't get many lines, sadly. Levon Helm does a superb job as General John Bell Hood, and he was the high point of this movie for me, other than soaking in the humid air of the bayous, which, if Nextdoor, er, Nestor is like other Gulf hurricanes, will arrive here tomorrow, which would be a great relief from the ICE I HAD TO SCRAPE OFF MY WINDSHIELD THIS MORNING! Seriously? Ice? Here? In October. No. Just no.