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Timely Time

Tale’s been told before.  But I stumbled onto the 2019 film version of Out of Time on Amazon Prime (note the rhyme), and I was delighted.  I think it deserves far better than imdb.com’s 6.0 (out of 10) here.  Snazzoid production values?  No.  Bunch of science fiction tropes?  Yup.  But a deft enough handling that nothing got my eyes rolling.  (And that is one hell of a lot more than I can say for the recent avalanche of Truly Terrible films I’ve had to click off in despair and disgust of late, despite all their monster-sized budgets and flashy special effects.)

The aliens keep switching bodies, which keeps things interesting with a whole sequence of well-done cameo performances and even supplies a subtle touch of humor.  But it’s the chemistry of the cops chasing them (Nadege August and Blake Boyd) that steals the show.  So, please, crank up the air conditioning (oops, you didn’t hear that environmentalists), grab the bon bons (trail mix?), and enjoy the show.

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Moody Mark

Their beard itched under their KN-95.  Do I even need this fucking thing anymore? Mark smiled suddenly, reflecting on the latest COVID vaccination and positivity stats as they turned a sharp corner and ran into a maskless person coughing. Then again… Could Cuomo, of all people, be trusted for accurate…
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Viral Victory

NOT Wanted Dead or Alive:  SARS-CoV-2.  Hell, we know so little about this beast that’s responsible for our currently resurging pandemic, that we don’t even know if it IS dead or alive.  Most biologists say a virus isn’t alive, so do they feel anything as they float in the air like…
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Rescuing Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary, I got really bored.  So I stooped to calling my ex of a week ago. He said, “Nevermore.” I texted half a dozen friends. None responded.  It was, after all, Saturday night. I paced.  I fretted.  I recklessly left my place without as much as…
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Really Russian

I must, must, must plug a great film it took me way too long to just randomly stumble across…in the hope that I can spare you the unthinkable tragedy of never knowing it exists!!!  I will disclaimer this 2007 Russian film called, simply, 12 by granting that it was a…
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Malleable Memories

Fancy at least the concept of more serious reading, while you know damn well you’re not about to give up the comfortably compelling tropes of genre writing?  Try Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending.  A profound examination of all the ways our memories contribute to our self-deception is deftly…
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