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A Cascading Calvacade of Gasconade July 19, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, People, Word Play.
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“Listen to that cascading cavalcade of gasconade.”

“It’s despicable.”

“Human egos know no bounds.”

“I know.  How they do go on and on about their perceived accomplishments.”

“It’s quite sad, really.  All those delusions of adequacy . . .”

“When they don’t even know how to fly.”

“Exactly.”

“It’s no wonder they’re short-sighted.”

“I know, right!  They have such tiny little beady eyes.”

“There are none so blind as those without compound eyes.”

“It’s no wonder they can’t see beyond the end of their noses.”

“And their ten tiny toeses.”

“Nasty creatures, indeed.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ Gasconade * WP Daily Prompt ~ Fly on the Wall

Illustration:  Wikipedia ~ Housefly (in Public Domain)

Netflix: The Bottomless Bucket List July 19, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Travel & Leisure.
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We receive pre-selected movies from Netflix twice a week.

Netflix encourages us to rate each on a scale of 1 (horrible) to 5 (brilliant) so it can recommend more movies for us to add to our queue (so we can never reach the bottom of the bucket or cancel our subscription without deep pangs of regret for all the movies we didn’t get around to watching).

Most movies garner a “3” from us ~ time reasonably well spent.

A few get a “2” ~ disappointing.  A few more get a “4” ~ worth mentioning to others.  Very few receive a “5” ~ worth watching again.  And again.

Here are the movies (and series) we ranked at “4” or “5” in the past 12 months, with links back to previous posts (where applicable):

Sherlock (Seasons 1 & 2) ~ Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are a JOY to watch.  We want more!  We also enjoy Elementary (Sherlock Holmes set in modern day NYC) but the music from Sherlock is mood inducing.

Hitchcock

Flight ~ Denzel Washington is superb as an alcoholic pilot, but I don’t want to fly the friendly skies with him.

The Impossible

Life of Pi ~ Ang Lee shares what happens when you put a Bengal Tiger in a lifeboat with an injured zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a boy.

Silver Linings Playbook

Robot & Frank ~ Frank Langella is a retired cat burglar who’s tired of retirement.

Looper ~ an interesting twist on time travel.

The Words ~ a wannabe writer finds a brilliant unpublished manuscript and claims it as his own.

Murder on the Orient Express ~ a grand classic, with Sean Connery.

Now is Good ~ knowing her days are numbered, Tessa (Dakota Fanning) makes the most of each moment.

Lincoln ~ Daniel-Day Lewis, Sally Field, and Steven Spielberg bring the towering legacy of Abraham Lincoln to life.

Downton Abbey ~ Addictive.

Dark Shadows ~ campy vampires in a house full of secrets and shadows.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ~ “All will be well in the end.  If all is not well, it is not yet the end.”

HappyThankYouMorePlease ~ an aspiring novelist meets a neglected foster child on the subway.

The Magic of Belle Isle

An Ideal Husband ~ Rupert Everett shines in this adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play.

Happy

Brave ~ Och, mon . . . ’tis a tale about a wee fierce Scottish lassie whose aim is straight and true.

Hysteria ~ an interesting flashback to 1880’s London.

Wanderlust

The Descendants ~ George Clooney nailed this thought-provoking role.

Another Earth ~ a terrific vehicle for wondering and pondering about possible parallel lives.

IMAX: Hubble ~ a journey to distant galaxies viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

While not all stellar, these films, when viewed, suited our mood.  Perhaps they’ll do the same for you.  In the meantime, any movies you want to recommend?