Hamilton, the movie

We got Disney Plus specifically to see Hamilton when it was released. I had seen it at the theater when it was here a year ago or so. I found it hard to follow at the theater, so I turned on the Closed Captioning to watch the movie. It wasn’t easy to follow even with the closed captioning.

I did enjoy the story, but, because I was watching at home, I had the distraction of the internet. I was able to look up facts that weren’t clear in the story. I now know a lot about Hamilton and his family.

Watching it on Disney Plus was definitely a lot cheaper than watching it at the theater. The theater was a much better experience, though. It was still informative, though.

Onward

I tried to watch this in the theater, but the shelter in place order derailed that thought. I waited for it to come out online, but by then I got into a rhythm with school and work and I just didn’t find myself with time for movies, especially an animated kid movie.

I tried to rent it once and the DVD kept skipping, so I gave up. Then, I finally remembered that it’s on Disney Plus. We tried to watch Hamilton on the first day it aired on Disney Plus, but it didn’t premiere until the afternoon. We decided to watch this while we waited.

The movie was geared more toward older kids, such as teens. It was kind of a heavy story for animation. It had adventure and magic and a decent story line about a boy who was kind of a misfit who had lost his dad.

I enjoyed the movie, but I am glad that I didn’t go to see it in the theater. I wouldn’t show it to small children, but teens and older would enjoy it.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming


Becoming
 by Michelle Obama

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had read some very heavy books before I picked this one up. I knew how it was going to end, so I didn’t worry about stressing myself out.

The author told her story very well. It was powerful. I am glad that she wrote the story in her own words and didn’t have a ghost writer.

She told the story of a woman who worked hard for everything she got. She told the story of a woman struggling with infertility. She told the story of a mom struggling between work and family.

I would recommend this book highly. It was definitely worth reading.

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Reading chair from the 18th century

This photo was posted on a Facebook reading group. It’s of a reading chair from the 18th century. It seems to have all of its attachments which is apparently unusual.

It seems almost unnecessary these days, especially since that seat looks so uncomfortable. Then, I was reminded that books were heavier and rarer in that century, so you really wanted something to rest your hands. Keeping the candle close enough to give light was important, but keeping the candle from burning the books was even more important.

It seems to be missing a spot for your drink and your cat. I guess both of those would do potential damage to the book and the chair, though. Storage for your glasses might be nice, too.

It does look like a handy tool for heavier books. I am sure that any reader at that time in history would enjoy the chair.

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book for several reasons. First of all it was a choice for a children’s black history month book. Secondly, I wanted to read more about Ruby Bridges because a local school got Ruby Bridges day declared in our area and I wanted to know what it was all about.

I really enjoyed this book because it was told by Ruby Bridges herself. I felt it was written very honestly, especially when she tells about how it just kind of happening to her, since she was a small child. She had to do research because she either couldn’t remember things happening or she wasn’t told at the time. 

It’s hard to believe this all happened so recently. It is also evident that we have a long way to go, still. 

I do recommend the book, but to older children and adults. While it was easy to read, the part about the marshals was a little scary. 

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Best Movies on Netflix Now

Best movies on Netflix

The spacing on this list isn’t ideal, but you’ll get the idea. This is a list of the best movies on Netflix right now. Many of them are on my list to see someday. I have seen a lot of them already. They look like good movies, and are worth watching, for the most part. I am partial to Kevin Smith and Monty Python, myself. I was disappointed that only one of each of theirs showed up on the list.

American Honey
*The Artist
As Good As It Gets
Atlantics
*The Back to the Future Trilogy

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Blackfish

The Bling Ring

Blue Ruin

Blue Valentine
Burning

*Cape Fear

Chasing Amy

*The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

*Da 5 Bloods

*Django Unchained

Dolemite Is My Name

Drive

End of Watch

*E.T.

Ex Machina

The Florida Project

Frances Ha

Gerald’s Game
Get on the Bus

A Ghost Story

The Gift

Good Time
Groundhog Day

The Hateful Eight

Hell or High Water

Her

High Flying Bird

Howards End

Hugo

Inception

Incredibles 2

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Inglourious Basterds

*Inside Man

The Irishman

Jerry Maguire

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Killing Them Softly

The Lobster

Locke

*Malcolm X

Marriage Story

The Master

The Matrix

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Minority Report

Miracle

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Moon

Moonlight

A Most Violent Year
Mud

Mudbound

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

Obvious Child

Okja

The Other Guys

The Other Side of the Wind

Pan’s Labyrinth
Philadelphia

The Pianist
Private Life

*Public Enemies

*The Queen

Raising Cain

Roma

School Daze

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

A Serious Man

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
*The Silence of the Lambs

Silver Linings Playbook

Sin City

The Social Network

Song of the Sea
Snowpiercer

The Spectacular Now

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Squid and the Whale

*Starship Troopers

Taxi Driver

There Will Be Blood

Tigertail

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tootsie

Tremors
Troy

The Two Popes
*Uncut Gems

Under the Skin

*United 93
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The Witch
Y Tu Mama También

*Zodiac

Killing the Meetup Group

As some of the longer term readers know, I had a meetup group to encourage myself to get out of the house and meet people. We’d meet for coffee once a month and have happy hours occasionally and attempt to do touristy things every few weeks.

Only a few people showed up regularly, and I didn’t get to know very many in the group, but I would not say that the group was dying. When the shelter in place started, there was no point in meeting, because we had nowhere to go and it’s hard to drink coffee and wear a mask. No one seemed to want to meet by Zoom, so that was the end of that, it seemed.

I let it go for a while, since I had paid through June. Not one person answered messages. So, when the bill came last week for renewal, I sent a message to everyone in the group telling them that I would close the group and reopen it when things got to the point where we can meet in person again.

Only one person responded, and he had already moved away from the area months before we were sheltering in place.

When we are ready to meet again, I’ll reassess. Right now, it doesn’t make sense to pay for something I am not using.

Barbie from Each State in Mexico

Barbie from each Mexican state

Forget Barbie, Mex-Am Company Makes Dolls Dressed In Traditional Traje Of Each Mexican State

The company in the above linked article makes dolls showing off the costumes from each state in Mexico. These dolls are beautiful and are made in Mexico, so these dolls are actually coming from the country they represent. The dolls above are just a sample of the dolls available. The article above tells more about them, and shows other dolls from the other states.