Sometimes, believe it or not, the hardest thing is figuring out what movie to watch.
'Wait, you were talking about blogging.'
Yeah, and I usually have a movie on in the background. I've got a ton of DVDs. I counted them a few years ago (Bush was on his first term) and it was over 2,000. I don't buy the way I used to but I still buy from time to time. (And if it's used, I buy even more.)
But sometimes I'm either not in the mood to look for a DVD (I do have everything in order, it's just a matter of where in the apartment it is because I have various shelves of DVDs throughout the apartment) or I want something else.
I looked at Netflix and couldn't find anything -- certainly nothing new. Don't know what they're going to do come September 1st because they still don't have enough films to justify charging people for streaming.
I found "Captain America."
The film still at the movie's right now.
And I wanted to see that movie but (a) didn't have the time, (b) the theater by me closed (due to reopen under new management supposedly) so I have to drive a bit to get to the next one and (c) the cost is just so high because I am one of those who believes you get a big tub of popcorn and a big cola and enjoy the movie. (And maybe get some other food as well.)
So I'm sitting there staring at the screen. And thinking how much I want to see that movie. And how I'm one click from seeing it.
But I couldn't do it. I know it's stealing.
But the studios need to get these things out a lot quicker. Yes, "Captain America"'s still in theaters but the minute it's off the screens, it should be on streaming video and DVD. Like "Green Lantern," that's off the screens. It should be streaming right now. The studios wait way too long and, as a result, they encourage people to stream or download pirated versions.
I have never been so tempted in my life. There were other movies listed too, some that I wanted to see. But the "Captain America" was a real temptation.
(I was looking for Crackle because I couldn't find anything on Netflix. But I couldn't remember the name "Crackle." So I searched "stream movies online" and came up with the site I referred to already.)
Finally, I went to Amazon and ordered "Mildred Pierce." That's a film starring Joan Crawford and directed by Michael Curtiz. It's film noir and one of the classics of the period.
I really love the film. Years ago, I saw it 'late' at night. (I was 8 or 9.) It was a Saturday, on my local PBS. And the shadows made the movie really spooky. I think I thought it was a horror movie for a bit while watching. And it's a movie that you just fall in love with.
Joan Crawford plays Mildred. She has two children. Veda's the oldest. Her husband thinks she spoils Veda and that Veda's a brat. They quarrel over their daughter and Mildred sends him packing (she's also aware that he's having an affair). She has to find a job. She can only find a job waiting tables which is hard work. Eve Arden's a waitress as well and the two become friends and Mildred quickly moves up to owning a diner.
Snooty little Veda thinks it's tacky and beneath her. Now that Mildred's rich, a man takes interest. He's a heel. Veda shoots him dead. Mildred gets hauled in by the police.
The movie's told in flashback. And it's a great performance by Joan Crawford, one that won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was finished at MGM and they were casting her in bad films. So she asked MGM to be let her out of her contract. She then ended up at Warner Brothers and turned down everything until she found the script for "Mildred Piece
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