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03 April 2016 @ 11:46 pm
Roll up, roll up, the tent is busting...  
We watched The Tall Guy with our son last night, mainly because we felt he really needed to see the glorious satire that is Elephant! (The Musical). The whole mini movie of the highlights used to be a single clip on youtube, but that link above takes you to the first of three (21 - 23). So fabulously, utterly wrong! Someone did a fantastic job there of creating catchy tunes with appalling lyrics. Also, there apparently is an actual musical of The Elephant Man now, which proves that people do not learn.

We saw the remake of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. earlier in the week, which was flashy fun. I could hardly keep track of the plot for all of the trash-talking. I seem to recall people complaining about Armie Hammer's Russian accent, which frankly sounds just fine in the context of an American movie (it's a typical American version of a Russian accent). But why does no one mention Henry Cavill's godawful attempt at sounding American? It's really distracting, as in, "What are you doing with those vowels?" Cavill in general was a little distracting—way overbeefed, as if he were going up to or coming down from being Superman. Armie is always cute, though. I'd think Caville would be my type, but clean-cut does not suit him, IMO. I didn't recognize Alicia Vikander at all at first—I initially mistook her for the reincarnation of the young Nadia Comaneci. :O

Started but did not finish the taxes this weekend. :( Started another run that went to 3 miles instead of my goal of 5 (last week I only made it to 4 miles). Ugh. Other things I meant to finish this weekend... had similar results. Urk.

I mentioned reading The Dream Thieves last week, which is the sequel to The Raven Boys. I would not have thought I wanted to read a book about the Ronan character, but he's much more complex from the inside. This story is more highly focused on him, but it really covers all of the characters—including all the psychics who live at Blue's house. I devoured the book at top speed, and now have to wait on hold for the next one. :( Also, I'm in that place where the 'ship I like is not the canon 'ship, which... eh. Thank goodness for random, in-character fanfiction that is relevant to my interests. Warning: Spoilers in the comments.

Deeper into The Swan Thieves now, and about 2/3 through Buffalo Lockjaw (so, I guess I'm reading that one for real?) I hope to be reading more of The Raven Cycle (see above) soon, and there are several ebooks on my wish-list that I may try if I don't get sucked into some random thing I bring home from the library. Less chance of that right now—our local branch is undergoing construction, as they continue their mission of removing most of the books and turning the place into a community center. Can I tell you how much that pisses me off, given that community centers should and do have their own funding? :(

All right, work is looming tomorrow. Still haven't made lunch, either. I hope you all had a good weekend!

 
 
 
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
It is such an excellent take-down of that whole Broadway musical genre, and really-- once you've heard those tunes, they'll stick with you. Especially the "Roll up, roll up" song.

The whole movie is fun, and Emma Thompson is marvelous in it. :)

I'm kind of a compulsive reader, and having multiple books going at a time is really typical. The gym book, the bedside book, the around-the-house book (which might be one in hardcopy and a different one on the Kindle). If I read as fast as my son does (lightning speed), I would conquer still more! :D
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on April 4th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Since taking part i lj_idol the entries are what I have been reading, but normally I read a nit like you, I have several books I'm reading scattered around. Always have a book in my purse. Always. Though unless it's a real page turner it can take a year or more because it's my waiting book. I read it when I am waiting for the bus, for appointments. I've got three going on Kindle right now, sort of: The Sheltering Sky, The Swan Thieves, and Killing Jesus. The last one I need for a review.

I'll read, or try to read, almost anything. Have only thrown a book at the wall a few times. There is only so much a reader can be expected to take. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
I pretty much always take a book to doctors' appts., etc., because I have an overwhelming hatred of being bored. ;)

Our daughter wound up with a 7 1/2 hour leg of a flight about a week ago where she had nothing to read or do. I asked why she didn't plan ahead and bring a book, and she said, "Why would I do that?" :O

Being of the Smartphone generation, she'd probably hoped to watch free movies as she had during the flight home, but different airlines, different benefits, so if that plan failed... Seven and a half hours! What the heck is wrong with her? :O
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on April 4th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
Seven and a half hours with nothing to do and nothing to read? I would have jumped. With or without parachute! LOL!