• Michael Hilton

Are you Wordle-y Enough for the Wordle Club? | The Weekly Geek 64

Hi, you nerd. Here’s your bi-weekly short list of stuff I’m geeking out about or exploring:

  • Game I’m playing: Wordle. Developed by Josh Wardle, this web-based game exploded in popularity within the last two months, so of course, I was curious. According to Wikipedia: “Players attempt to guess a five-letter word in six attempts; feedback, in the form of colored tiles, is given for each guess, informing players which letters are in the correct position and which are in other positions of the answer word.” The game gives players one word per day to solve. Deceptively simple and very addictive.

  • Movie I’m watching: Being the Ricardos. Minor spoilers. The biopic of Lucille Ball’s life was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, who excels at cataloguing his subjects’ most important life events into thematic cinema. His latest film follows Lucy through milestone moments in her career while anchoring us back into the current crisis at hand: making sure the next I Love Lucy episode lives up to her rigorous standards while at the same time navigating her marital relationship and accusations that she’s a member of the Communist Party. Sorkin usually takes minor liberties with his source material, choosing instead to give us a sense of the person’s inner world rather than a perfectly accurate historical documentary. But therein lies his answer to the question: how do we draw stories from life when reality is often messy and confusing? In that respect, he does a great job of presenting Lucy not merely as one of the best comedic actresses of her time, a titan of her industry, or a fierce personality to be reckoned with—though the film absolutely depict those things—but more intimately as a woman whose greatest desire is being part of a loving family. His script is snappy, as always, and colors her scenes with this desire from beginning to end, even if his dialogue is a little too clever at times. Every moment feels like poetry, offering a sense of emotional movement, often subtextual, which paints Lucy’s world with a certain sheen probably not found in real life. But I’m a sucker for a good character piece, and although I came into the film wanting to know more about the events that shaped such an influential creative leader, despite all of its shortcomings I came away satisfied at the study of a fiercely driven woman who strived to create the family she wanted, even if she could only achieve that by playing pretend.

  • Show I’m watching: The Stranger on Netflix. Based on the book by Harlan Coben, this miniseries follows characters in a community thrown into chaos when a mysterious stranger appears and begins revealing damaging secrets about their lives. My girlfriend and I binge watched this in one weekend. It’s interesting to think of all the disparate relationships around us and how they tie together when our deepest secrets come to light.

That’s it for this week. If you like discovering awesome new things, be sure to subscribe and share this blog. Bye, you nerd.

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