Key Largo & Hamlet

    “Home being Key Largo?”
    Frank McCloud

Late-night channel surfing on the — I don’t know — cable TV?

Been meaning to see it, maybe again, maybe for the first time, I’m unsure, first, it’s a hurricane movie, sort of a fishing movie, and a gangster movie.

The problem with slow moments in older movies, with an iPad at hand? Look up trivia. Where was the movie filmed, mostly on a lot in California. Then, one of the sites, I think it was IMDB, included a Hamlet allusion.

One review was something about a ‘Hamlet moment,’ and that comment-snippet sent me off in a direction that had to do with the universal nature of some arts.

After seeing Hamlet, maybe a dozen times, in most performances I just wish the protagonist would grow a pair, quit whining and make a decision. Something. Defecate or vacate.

Well-performed, though, it can evoke that sense of catharsis, eventually. Based on Hamlet? I’m unsure, but parts of the pieces seem to fit.

About the author: Born and raised in East Texas, Kramer Wetzel, settled in a South Austin trailer park before trailer parks were cool. He now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • rhubarb Sep 1, 2012 @ 17:09

    When we watch TV, sometimes movies, most often news, my roommate has her laptop and I have my iPad and we do duelling searches when something catches someone’s attention or doesn’t seem quite right.

    Visitors are a bit taken aback, I think, but she and I both come from backgrounds where if there was a question at the table or an argument, going to the Webster’s Unabridged or the Encyclopedia was the thing to do right on the spot.

    I can remember jumping up from the table to go look something up and my mother admonishing me to sit down and eat my dinner.

  • rhubarb Sep 1, 2012 @ 17:10

    I agree completely with you re: Hamlet. For goodness’ sake, DO something.

  • Kramer Wetzel Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:14

    Quiet women rarely make history.

  • rhubarb Sep 2, 2012 @ 10:59

    And good girls seldom have fun.

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