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19 March 2018 @ 12:00 am
I was going to do this about a month ago, but better late than never, right? Though there's also more to include, now...

Books: Of the many things I've read over the last several months, two have really stuck with me. The first wass Rose and Poe, a modern retelling of The Tempest from the viewpoint of Calaban and his mother. This was successful both as an homage to the earlier work, and also as a modern drama. I really liked the cleverness of the way in which parts of the original work fitted into the updated setting, and oh, the ache you feel for the injustice of where you know the story will go. The second book was Mister Monkey, in which all of the stories and characters are linked by a production of a terrible children's play. Each chapter is a different POV, and you never know which character will come next—nor how peripheral he or she might be to all the others. The humor is dark and absurd, and yet there is such unexpected pathos, too. A striking book, all the way through.

TV-land: We finished watching Mindhunter (outstanding use of Led Zeppelin's In The Light in the season finale), all of Amazon's Bosch, and started Ozark. A lot of the shows that grab us tend to be dark and intense—especially on cable. The stories are very good, though I would love for the sex and violence to be a whole lot less graphic. The soft-core porn on cable just feels exploitative, and the realistic gore? No thanks! Actually, watching The Good Doctor reminds me again of how much I prefer things implied rather than explicit. I don't want to see the details of a fake operation—save your money and spare my stomach. Urk.

I've been watching How To Get Away With Murder, still solely for Viola Davis. I pretty much hate all the characters at this point, and I just have it on in the background while I eyeroll at the plot and wait for one of Viola Davis' "pull out all the stops" performances. Over the last few weeks, the creator seems to have been off on a fanfic crossover tangent with one of her other shows. Whatever... Where are the light, fun shows along the lines of Burn Notice or White Collar these days?

Movies: We saw The Greatest Showman, which... HalfshellHusband liked it. I enjoyed it apart from the singing and dancing, which really didn't fit with the period. Still, Hugh Jackman.

We also saw Thor: Ragnarok, which was cracktastic. Best movie use of The Immigrant Song ever—twice! I haven't seen any of the other Thor movies (not a huge fan of the superhero genre), but people said this one was fun, and it was true. Oh, Loki, you evil charmer, and how fabulous was that rock monster gladiator? I also liked Tessa Thompson as the sad-eyed Valkyrie. I've seen her in other things, but I always have to look her up as she mentally registers for me as "Not-Lisa-Bonet."

I'm still waiting for Call Me By Your Name to come out on DVD, and shouldn't the Minions Despicable Me 3 be out by now? I don't expect great things from it, but still—Minions! I am overdue for some Minions. \o/

Off to bed now, on the way to another work-week. Be still my heart...

passing_throughpassing_through on March 25th, 2018 02:46 am (UTC)
I have absolutely no idea how I missed your post! I check daily but I must not have gone back far enough.

I completely agree about cable and sex and gore. Sometimes I think they overdo it because they're on a cable network and it's allowed. Doesn't mean they should though. If done too much it distracts from the story.

I don't watch much network TV anymore, especially not anything new. I don't have much time during the week so I'd have to tape it and the only TV that records in the house is in the family room upstairs, which is George's TV and I don't like watching it because it's some kind of enhanced 3D and I don't like how shows look on it. I'm starting to watch more shows on Netflix and recently I picked one up on Amazon Prime. I didn't know we had it until about three weeks ago! I love being able to binge watch a show.

I thoroughly enjoyed both Mindhunter and Ozark. Ozark in particular simply for the way the story kept unfolding.

I have Thor:Ragnarok and The Greatest Showman on my laptop, I just keep forgetting to watch them. I'm not a huge superhero movie fan but the first Thor was kind of fun. I saw bits and pieces of the second on TV and I have no idea what it was about.

Hope your work week went well. Mine was short and kind of frazzled at the end but it ended with us taking off to see the oldest daughter at college and that's always a good thing :D

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 28th, 2018 08:30 pm (UTC)
It's as if they know they have license to get more explicit, and so they do, but the thing is, not everyone WANTS explicit. And most people don't feel they "need" it. So, why not some restraint? If I wanted to watch porn, I would watch actual porn.

I'm glad to be on vacation right now, and away from the constant mayhem. And noise. Our daughter went on a quick trip with some friends (which she's done every Spring Break since going to college), so we only get to see her about half the time. Still better than nothing, but not enough. Never enough!