From Rich Schefren: “Online Business Profits Are Up During the Pandemic. Are Yours?” Here

From Simon Sinek:“5 Minutes on Why COVID-19 Is an Opportunity” Here

From McKinsey.com: “Coronavirus’ business impact: Evolving perspective” Here

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You’ve heard that regular face masks can’t screen the virus. And it’s true. The virus is too small. But you should wear one because, at the very least, they keep you from touching your face. In this video, Dr. David Price clarifies a lot more about the virus that you should know. Click here to watch it.

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“An eventful week at the Masaya Volcano”

Nicaragua’s Masaya volcano – which we often fly over on our way from Managua to Rancho Santana – was recently featured as part of Good Morning America’s Extraordinary Earth series. You can watch the GMA segment here.

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“Coronavirus Explained: How It Shut Down the World”

In this video, Patrick Bet-David talks about the coronavirus, how it spreads, the most deadly epidemics in history, and how viruses affect the stock markets around the world. (The guy is mesmerizing!) [LINK 3/18]

 

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“All Is True” on Amazon Prime

An intriguingly imagined look at the final days of Shakespeare, directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays Shakespeare. With Judi Dench as his wife and Ian McKellen, who is superb as the Earl of Southampton.

After the Globe Theater burned down in 1613, Shakespeare left London and returned home to Stratford, where he tries to put back together the family he so long neglected. Lots of embedded references to Shakespeare’s works and personal life and place in literature for those who, like me, think of him as the greatest of any writer that wrote in English.

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“Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927)

I first watched this movie, quite by accident, perhaps 15 years ago. It was about two in the morning when I started, and I couldn’t stop watching it. It is a very old black & white film, and is experimental in some ways. I was surprised by how drawn I was to it – the story, the characters, the special effects, and especially the photography. It had a powerful effect on me. I felt at the time that it was one of the very best movies I had ever seen, and I still feel that way.

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Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1967)

On Friday, I talked about Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “debut” film (in 1973), Mean Streets. It was actually his second movie. The story is that his first one – Who’s That Knocking at My Door?– was considered to be clever but, in the words of John Cassavetes, “a piece of shit.”

As a filmmaker that has produced and directed three bad movies, I wanted to compare my first oeuvre, Killer Weekend, to Scorsese’s first. I was hoping to see similarities – the same sort of bad stuff that Killer Weekendhad. Alas, it turns out that Who’s That Knocking?, while not by any means a great movie, is very interesting in more than a dozen ways. And (in my view, at least), the product of someone that already had, at such an early age (31), a genius for making movies.

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Mean Streets (1973)

I saw this movie when it came out, and again just recently, I was surprised to discover how little I remembered of it. Overall, it is a cruder production than I remembered. It feels like – and maybe it was – a student movie. The film and sound quality are weak, some of the acting is amateurish, and the editing is undisciplined. It should have been 15 to 20 minutes shorter. But there are so many bits and pieces of brilliance in it – in the photography, the direction, the dialogue, and the acting – that I can understand why it was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. (Films on the NFR are selected for their cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance.)

Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro play the main characters, and they are both amazing. But there are other great performances by David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, Cesare Danova, and, I was surprised to notice, a nice little bit of acting drunk by a young David Carradine.

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“Dead to Me” (Netflix)

This is a series that I would not have tried, but did on the basis of M and M’s recommendation. It’s the story of two women (played by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) who come together in grief and develop a touching and often funny relationship. The plot is improbable at times and a little too California-correct for me, but it’s smart and well done.

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