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12 August 2013 @ 01:17 pm
Voting closes today in the current round of LJ Idol. We're losing the bottom six people (after 4 dropped!), so your support is appreciated! Voting information is here— we each wrote two entries this week (boy that was a lot of writing AND reading).

I finished Michael Palin's new book, so I just have to get the review written now. Very readable style with dry humor, and I liked it quite a bit. MUCH easier to finish when I'm not trying to read it in the dark with the aid of reading glasses and a clip-light that doesn't fully illuminate the too-tall book pages. That was my vacation setup, as I had the Harry Bosch book on Kindle as my daytime reading until it was done, and a Mrs. Pollifax book followed by Jack Reacher as gym reading. Reading by clip-light kind of sux, but I'm not one of those people who can just get in bed and instantly fall asleep...

HalfshellHusband and I watched First Snow on Saturday, which was a drama and not (as some people seemed to think!) a thriller. Guy Pearce was good in it, but J.K. Simmons was really impressive as a roadside psychic. HSH was amazed, but then, he has never seen Oz, so he has no idea of Simmons' range. He has only seen him as the Cardigan Psychologist on Law & Order.

After that, we randomly started watching Black Hawk Down, which for me was a joyous exercise in ID'ing actors without their hair, including, Those eyebrows. I think that's Ioann Gruffudd, but surely they wouldn't waste him in such a tiny part? (Yes) and finally realizing that the intense bald guy I was sure I'd seen before was the lead actor in NBC's one-season show, "Awake." I instantly forgot his name again after the imdb.com confirmation, but it was him.

All right, it's Monday and work continues to be a pain, BUT my bicycle was fixed early and I can ride today. \o/

cindytsuki_no_bara on August 13th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
jason isaacs! he was also lucius malfoy in the harry potter movies. and yeah, black hawk down is really good for playing spot-the-buzzcutted-actor. i feel compelled to watch it every time it's on (and i freely admit that's partly because i want to see wee tom hardy) and there's always a lot of "i know who that is! i just don't remember his name!" there are an impressive lot of non-american actors playing american military dudes.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 13th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
Yes! I don't know why I can't hang onto his name, but it slips away as soon as I've seen it.

He looks better as Lucius (a blond) than he does with dark hair, and surprisingly good bald. Very intense blue eyes, and the brown hair seems to somehow make them less vivid.

You're right about the cast, too. It's a movie about Americans, so WHY so many British actors? Isaacs, McGregor, Bloom, Hardy, Gruffudd. That really seems like a lot, especially considering that it's an ensemble cast.

We're about an hour in, and thus far neither Jeremy Piven nor Ron Eldard seem to come out onto the ground. They're always in their helicopters-- what, tight shooting schedule? Is everything on the green screen?

Enjoying the movie so far, though I'll bet if someone other than Josh Hartnett had starred in it, I'd have watched it sooner. /unpopular opinion.