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Movies & TV Shows I Watched in 2017

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TV Shows I watched this year:

Better Call Saul (AMC)
Mr. Robot (USA)
The Handmaid’s Tale (HULU)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Vietnam War (PBS)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain (CNN)
The Deuce (HBO)
Berlin Station (EPIX)
Wormwood (NETFLIX)
Big Little Lies (HBO)
Betty and Joan: The Feud (FX)
Genius: Einstein (NAT GEO)
American Playboy (AMAZON original)
Twin Peaks: The Return (SHOWTIME)
Manhunt: The Unabomber
The OA (NETFLIX)

Movies I watched this year:

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
Steven Spielberg (HBO doc)
The Sugarland Express
Blade Runner (original)
Blade Runner 2049 (only film I saw in a theater this year!)
The Meyerowitz Stories (NETFLIX)
Atomic Blonde
Rolling Stone (HBO doc)
Phenix City Story (1955)
Chasing ‘Trane (doc)
Salt of the Earth (1954)
Brute Force (1947)
Voyeur (HBO doc)
20th Century Women
Personal Shopper
Clouds of Sils Maria
LA 92 (doc)
Kedi (doc)
David Lynch: The Art Life (doc)
Becoming Cary Grant (doc)
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
Finding Joe (doc)
Okja (NETFLIX)
Masters of Money: Keynes, Marx and Hayek (BBC doc series)
Dunkirk
La La Land
Lolita (1997 version)
I Am Not Your Negro (doc)
Gimme Danger (doc)
Cat Fight
Brian de Palma (doc)

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R.I.P. Jim Nabors

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Jim Nabors, Hawaiian pistachio farmer, singer and actor, has died at age 87. His show Gomer Pyle USMC was notorious for never mentioning the Vietnam War even though it aired during that period. But one time Gomer met some hippies in the woods and sang a Dylan song with them. (One of the hippies in Rob Reiner.)

And that show lasted five seasons and he was still an E-2, Private First Class in the final episode. He didn’t even make Lance Corporal! I was promoted to E-4 in my second year in the army. Gomer must have been a real fuckup.

I preferred the comic book series “Sad Sack” (by George Baker) to the Gomer Pyle TV series. More anarchic. And I feel so stupid to just learn (va Wikipedia) that the title “was a euphemistic shortening of the military slang ‘sad sack of shit’, common during World War II.” But then I was very young when I read it.

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Salt of the Earth

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Can’t believe I only just now saw the great 1954 film “Salt of the Earth.” (It was on TCM last night.) The only US film to ever be blacklisted. Thought to be the first feminist film. Directed, produced and written by black-listed Hollywood creatives, with a cast of mostly non-actors portraying a strike by union workers in 1951 New Mexico. A rare portrayal of the realities of union organization. The Mexican-Americans and “Anglos” work together in the union. US business and government would work for decades to destroy the popularity of labor unions and now white, black and brown workers don’t often feel the solidarity necessary to bring back union representation.

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