Thursday Open Thread: Snow Finally Arrives
While the mountains have been inundated with snow, Denver has been dry as a bone. Today, that's changing. The snow began to fall in the metro area about 10:00 a.m. If you want to watch it fall, click the play button above or go to Fox 31 News Live Snow Stick Camera.
Since the snow will continue until tomorrow, along with frigid temperatures, I'm taking a snow day and working from home. For those of you not working, or planning a New Year's Eve at home, here's some suggestions of things to do:[More...]
- Make a big pot of chicken soup, split pea soup with ham, lasagna or spaghetti sauce with meatballs.
- Watch movies on Comcast or Netflix. A few I watched this week while recuperating from my root canal. No disks required, all are available either On Demand or via Netflix Streaming:
- Winter's Bone: a 17 year old in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri searches for her absent meth-cooking father who's disappeared while on bond. If she doesn't find him (or prove he's dead if he's no longer alive), she and the two younger siblings she's raising in his absence, and her catatonic mom will lose the family farm. The film won the Jury's Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
- City Island: Unexpectedly good, and funny. Andy Garcia plays Vince Rizzo, a prison guard, Juliana Margolies plays Joyce, his wife, in a role 180 degrees from the Good Wife. She's terrific. Vince discovers Tony, an inmate at the jail, is his son, from a relationship he walked out more than 20 years ago and never told his wife about. Tony is serving the last 30 days of his sentence for stealing a car and is eligible to be released to family. Vince steps up to take him home.
Then the fun begins as everyone's family secrets come tumbling out. Vince and Joyce's college daughter is hiding she's dropped out of college and become a stripper. Their high school son is hiding his obsession/fetish with obese women. Vince is not only hiding that Tony is his son, but that he's taking acting classes and trying out for a part in Martin Scorcese film. The only honest and normal one in the group is the charming and sexy convict Tony, and the film is about how he helps each member of this uber-dysfunctional family.
- A Wednesday: About four hours at a Mumbai police station when a bomb threat is called in and the caller demands the release of four al-Qaeda/LeT terrorists. Really well done, and with quite a plot twist. Expect the unexpected. Here's the trailer (English subtitles, as in the movie, although half the time the actors are speaking English)
- And once again, if you haven't seen the Canadian crime series Intelligence, you really should. Both seasons are great. Sex, drugs and espionage. The War on Drugs, informants, wiretaps, and official corruption, with a compelling and likable drug kingpin and organized crime bureau chief, and some slimy drug cops and national security agents.
This is an open thread, all topics welcome, but especially more viewing suggestions:
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