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24 March 2020

Marta has started working from home, and Ned got the idea that he and I should watch a movie a day to get him out of her way for awhile while she works.  He chooses a movie one day, I chose a movie the next.

Ned's first choice was a movie called Memento.  It was made in 2000 and has the illustrious cast of Guy Pearce,  Carrie Ann Moss, and Joe Pantoliano (yeah, I never heard of them either!)

It is described by IMDB as

Leonard (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

The movie is filmed in brief clips, some the past (those are in black and white) and some the present (those are in color).  Leonard makes lots and lots of notes, some on paper, some on photos and some as tattoos, which he apparently tattoos himself.

My brain doesn't work that way.  I didn't even realize about the b/w - color business until later when I read the synopsis of the movie on IMDB.  But somehow my brain can't process following a story that is told backwards.

I tried valiantly to stay awake, including making myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I just could not and Ned tells me that I only saw about 1/3 of the movie.

Walt almost never sits down to watch anything on TV except Jeopardy.  He stands in the middle of the room, sometimes as long as half an hour.  I think he doesn't want to admit that he's actually watching.  But even he didn't stand through it all and eventually left.

It was not an auspicious beginning to our movie marathon. 

Previously, Ned had downloaded a movie called Humor Me from OnDemand and that was going to be our first movie, but Marta watched it on her own and I watched it over the weekend.  Ned still hasn't seen it.

This was made in 2017 and also has a cast of unknowns-to-me (Joey Slotnick, Bernie McInerney, Thor Feldman), but at least I knew Elliot Gould's name. 

Slotnick is a playwright with writer's block whose wife divorces him and leaves him without any money, so he moves in with his father in a senior facility.  It's labeled a comedy and it does have funny stuff in it, but it's more a dramady.  Looking for "something to do" at the facility, Slotnick is talked into directing their upcoming production, which happens to be The Mikado.

We don't know if they do the whole Mikado or just "Three Little Maids," which is all we see.  But what a perfect movie for me.  I loved it, and especially the final version of "Three Little Maids," which is hilarious.  Having watched that number performed in every possible way imaginable in Lamplighters galas, this was perfect.

So Ned hasn't seen it yet and it might be my choice for today, but I also found The Trouble with Harry OnDemand and that is a movie that Walt likes and might even actually sit down and watch. 

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead and everyone seems to have a different idea of what should be done with his body.

This is a Hitchcock comedy/mystery that was made in 1955 and it was Shirley MacLaine's first big role, I believe.  The problem is that Ned thinks he's seen it, but finding a movie that Ned has not seen is going to be very difficult, so I may choose that for today and hope that I can get Walt to sit down and watch it.


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