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.