Hello everyone. I hope this Saturday, and blog post, finds you well. I am finally better after being sick for quite a while. I watched my fair share of movies but could not read much. I did start my climate change book, The End of Nature by Bill McKibben. So far it is quite good. There is a lot of information and statistics. Though old, there is a new forward which updates it quite a bit. Maybe next week I will do a full review of it. I also started my computer programming book. It is exactly what I was hoping it would be. It starts off very slowly, easing you into the information, but has enough to really be used for several different classes. I am anxious to progress.
For Christmas, my girlfriend had given me a Blu-Ray collection of Mel Brooks. What better time to watch comedy then when you feel terrible? The first was Twelve Chairs. It was basically about a couple of crooks trying to find jewelery that was sewn into a chair cushion. I really enjoyed Mel Brooks’s comedic timing in this movie. In the end, the right people benefit and the crooks are, well still crooks. A solid B. Next was Silent Movie. Over the years I have actually seen quite a few silent movies. I do enjoy them especially with live music accompaniment. The movie was about a past prime film maker shooting the first silent movie in 40 years. Very funny and a jab at the companies buying out movie studios in the 70’s. B+ for Silent Movie. To Be or Not To Be and High Anxiety were not as good. To Be or Not To Be is actually based on an older movie and is set in Poland both before and during the Nazi occupation. A small theatre company not only pokes fun at the Nazis but also goes on to try to thwart their progress and then save both Jews and Gays. The very dark tone of the movie threw me quite a bit. Of course, something of this topic could not be completely light-hearted, but I felt as though it was a bit disingenuous with its attempt. C- for To Be or Not To Be. And finally High Anxiety. An homage to one of the greatest film makers of all time, Alfred Hitchcock. This was definitely funny, I especially enjoyed the shower scene from Psycho, but there weren’t enough surprises and some gags were a bit long. High Anxiety gets a C+.
Last but not least, Downton Abbey wrapped up its third season. What a friggin season! Love, death, jail, and insults so sharp they could cut through steel. With the ending [SPOILER] I really though that Matthew would be fine. I thought there was no way another character would die so soon and yet again after the birth of a child. Then, my uncle sent me a link which read of how Dan Stevens wanted off the show… Thanks… So there goes hope. [SPOILER] I really cannot speak highly enough about this show. Maggie Smith as Violet could be one of my favorite television characters of all time. She is just outstanding. The third season of Downton Abbey receives an A. Catch up by watching the previous seasons, finish this one, or wait with anticipation for the next season like me. This is too good to pass up people.
So a bunch of rapid fire reviews for this week. Next week will be fewer and more in-depth. This was only due to me watching so much.
So yet again I am sick… I guess it is because I am getting older but a few years back I was never sick. I hope everyone’s Valentine’s Day went well. I was sick during, so it could have been better. This is why I couldn’t post until now, but I am sorry for the delay.
I have not done much since getting sick. I started watching the Fifth, and final, season of Chuck. Still just as funny though a bit more serious. As a huge Matrix fan seeing Carrie-Ann Moss was a huge mark out moment for me. I am really surprised how many episodes she has been in so far.
Also, started to watch RahXephon. Kind of an odd anime. The English voice acting is decent but the quality of art could be better. The story is sort of a mash up of a few anime with Evangelion. The comedy in it, and their is some, comes off as a bit disjointed with the overall serious tone.
I watched a part one on a documentary about AIDS, but I want to keep my comments until I see the second half.
Also, if you are not watching Real Time with Bill Maher you should be. A lot of good conversation and some laughs in between.
That is it for now. Hopefully this week I can start on a new book. Take care.
Hello all. I hope this winter day finds you all well. There was a lot of shoveling by me and some cursing. Just wanted to say thanks to the snow plow that was kind enough to fill my spot back up as I was at my girlfriend’s shoveling her car out because really, what doesn’t make sense about taking away spots when people need them the most.
I finished up Third World America by Arianna Huffington. It had quite a bit of information in it. However, a lot of it was things I knew already. Though some of the statistics were new to me. This is a good book for people who want to know what is going on with the US economy and are not quite sure who to blame. I do feel that it glosses over a few key facts and tries to show both sides when there is really only one side. That being said, a pretty decent read. C+.
Also checked out a new comic series called Robyn Hood. It is the Grimm Fairy Tales take on the classic. Shand, Watts, Filardi, and Metcalfe put it together. Decent little read so far. A bit expensive but the art was well done. There is a bit of gore but less than what I have seen previously. Still, important to note for those with children. It does pander a bit to a sense of justice reader. Everything is a bit obvious with outcome and villains are very obvious and bland. I’ll give it a C, though that might be a bit generous.
Onto Chuck. My girlfriend has not seen the full season so I won’t say too much. The story grows into a more adult tone overall but the comedy still stays. This season actually has two of my favorite moments within the entire show. The acting is superb, the camera work and visuals are amazing, and you’ll really begin to wonder where the heck they got the budget for it all. I could spew for hours about how fantastic and amazing everything is because it is nearly impossible to find flaws. I know quite a few Chuck fans hated this season, however I do not understand why. A lot of the season is a nod to the first, the one which everyone fell in love with. It makes some of the fans come off almost bitter. Enough of that though. I cannot give the fourth season any less than an A. I hope everyone owns it. If you do not go out and buy the entire series now!
That is all for this week. Just wanted to give a few quick thoughts. I hope you are all safe and warm inside your homes. Do not go out if you can avoid it. Remember leave a comment, follow, or like if you enjoy my posts.
So, unfortunately, this weekend my girlfriend’s best friend is having her wedding. So, there will be no blog. I might do something during next week. I did finish the fourth season of Chuck and also have a book to review. Maybe just a quick few words about those then. Have a great weekend everyone.