Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V:a few early links

This week's special editorial and special pleading:
I will try to gather the usual suspects (which is to say, valued contributors and valiant fellow-travelers) to this weekly gathering of links to reviews of underappreciated or at least not terribly widely-seen work...but it might well be delayed (in final form) today, as my parents are facing a dual set of crises which, like most in this country devoted to making everyone pay for human frailty with their everything in their material lives (at least), might bankrupt them and us, meaning my brother and myself. Alzheimer's isn't a disease that Medicare will pay to address or treat with, for example...and why should it? How trifling few Americans suffer from such an exotic and rarely-seen thing...and certainly no one can gainsay the current attempt to hand the insurance companies in the US even more money than they already extort, rather than admitting that a nation that beggars its families. at least those who seek better than warehouses for aging relatives to rot in, is a nation not working correctly, and a president who, rather than actually seeking to set up a reasonable healthcare system that migh rival those of such countries as Canada or Germany, one which is basically not propped up by too many more tax dollars (or euros) per capita than our own, is damned ignorantly by most of his adversaries for seeking to install (ever more eventually) Romneycare "socialism" rather than for being the kind of corporate tool that he and his administration are in nearly every way...well, you can see I'm a bit distracted this week. Checking facilities is a fair amount of work. Paying for them will be vastly, vastly moreso.

But for some fine, largely unpaid work, labors of love, please see the following reviews:

George Kelley: Longmire

Iba Dawson: Films set in North Carolina

Patti Abbott: In a World

Randy Johnson: Shoot, Gringo, Shoot (aka Spara, gringo, spara)

Sergio Angelini: A Taste of Evil

...more to follow, as time permits. Thank you all, and all the other folks who've helped make this weekly exercise so much fun, as writers and readers/commenters.


Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Dear Todd, all the very best of luck under such trying circumstances chum.


Kelly Robinson said...

Sorry to hear about your family's difficulties. Hang in there.

My first official entry is up, but I understand if you aren't able to link it, so I'll just leave it here:


Jerry House said...

Family difficulties can be very wearing, Todd; please be sure to take care of yourself. Your many online friends have you and your family in their thoughts and prayers.

Randy Johnson said...

Don't worry about this stuff. See to your family first.

Phillyradiogeek said...

Best of luck Todd!

George said...

Todd, my siblings and I went through this process with my Mom three years ago. We had to sell her house, her car, and most of her possessions. My Mom is in the Alzheimer's wing of a very good nursing home. We used a lawyer who specialized in this growing area of law to make the transition from private pay to Medicaid seamless (worth every penny!). Good luck and if there's anything I can do, please don't hesitate to ask.

Yvette said...

Dear Todd, I'm with Randy. Take care or yourself and your family first. Forget about us - we'll manage. I'm sending good thoughts your way and wishing you the very best of luck. Needless to say, my thoughts and prayers are headed your way.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Still thinking of you, Todd. Now and always.

neer said...

Todd, these are trying times indeed. I hope everything works out fine. My prayers are with you.

I have an entry after ages but your family comes first so don't worry if you are unable to link it.


Take care.

Rick Robinson said...

Of course the Persons in Power (Congressional Republicans) shouldn't help with Alzheimers costs. It makes much more sense to get involved in yet another winless war in the middle east. Bah and Phooey.

I'm sorry to hear you're up against this, Todd.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Todd, I am sorry to hear about the difficulties your family is going through. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your loved ones and I really hope all goes well and the way you want them to. Look after yourself too.

Anonymous said...

sorry to hear this man! family comes first. hopefully things will get better soon!

Ron Scheer said...

On your side, bud. Always.

Todd Mason said...

Hoping to start getting my indexing back on track here, folks, given your kind responses (and continued posting by not a few in these memes)...it looks like the worst of my folks' travails might be behind us, at least temporarily.