The Abyss – special edition

Netflix dvd – they rated it as 4.6 for me, but only 3.7 for the general audience. I don’t think I’d seen it before, so I’ve never seen the regular release. This special edition adds much, apparently. It is a spectacularly-made epic movie, but in a small way somewhat let down by its ending. I’ve read that it was quite difficult to make, given all of the underwater scenes. It certainly is very claustrophobic and there is no way in the world that I would have been able to be in those enclosed spaces or underwater suits! At 2:51 it’s pretty long, but by far the vast majority of the time is engrossing. Before the ending I was starting to think what a great movie this is, but after the ending I am a bit subdued. I still think it’s a masterpiece, though, and well worth watching.

The Abyss Special Edition movie poster

One scene in particular is spectacular – you’ll know which one it is when you come to it. I really liked the leads in this movie, Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and the rest of the cast was good, too. I think I always avoided this movie because the title made me think it was a horror movie. More like an action thriller, and I’m giving it 5 stars.

The Gatekeepers – inside the admissions process of a premier college

Sandra bought this book with the intention of reading it, but one day I read a few pages and became interested. I ended up reading the whole thing and telling her the parts of it that I found most interesting. And this is a VERY interesting book – a New York Times reporter tells the true story of the admissions process at the private liberal arts college Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut), as well as the story of six high school students from around the country as they apply to many colleges and wait anxiously to hear which, if any, will accept them.

With Christina just starting out on this long road, I learned many things

The Gatekeepers book cover

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30 for 30: No Más

Netflix streaming – they predicted it at 4.7 for me, and 4.0 for the general audience. I did find it interesting, but gave it 4 stars. I never did see the incident that the title refers to, but I always assumed that Roberto Duran was sitting on the chair in between rounds and just said that he wasn’t going to come out for the next round. Apparently, that wasn’t the case, and what they set up in this documentary, somewhat of a confrontation 20 years after the incident, seemed to me to be a bit of a reach, and only somewhat gratifying.

30 for 30 - No Mas movie poster