Hello everyone. As you recall I was saying how I did not want to make this a Game of Thrones blog. That much is true, but since it is one of my favorite active shows right now I find it hard to not speak of it. Which brings up the question, should I be blogging before or after the show airs? I am still thinking about that one and as you can tell by reading this I am blogging before.
There are other things to discuss ahead of GoT. I recently finished a book. Seems like it has been a long time since I put a book on here. This one is by Chris Hayes. Twilight of the Elites is a book about the present and past meritocracy. Meritocracy is basically the thought of power, money, and time being invested into the best and brightest of the world, sort of like the anime S.A. or Special A. I know, a lot of people are going to read Chris Hayes and stop right there. People might say “Oh, he is a liberal, I have no desire to read what he has to say”. First off, with the popularity of Anne Coulter and Glenn Beck books, maybe people should start reading more liberal authors. No, seriously, please do. I am tired of seeing garbage books in my local bookstore or Barnes & Nobles. Second, he actually comes off quite bi-partisan in his thoughts and views. Hayes also uses quite a bit of interesting and new statistics that I have never seen before. He also grabbed me with his new and unique ideas as to correcting our system. Some parts missed their intended impactful mark and he at times he often wandered off in his own thoughts straying a bit far from the point he was trying to make. Overall, a good read. B- for Twilight of the Elites. A nice first showing from Chris Hayes as an author.
I also watched three movies: This is 40, We Bought a Zoo, and Religulous. I won’t even bother grading This is 40. For me, the movie was pure trash. I laughed in spots I was not supposed to, everyone comes off as unlikable, and in the end it became a poorly done slice of life movie.
We Bought a Zoo was actually quite charming. Was it one of the best movies I have ever seen? No, not even close. However, it certainly was not the worst. I was already a Matt Damon fan, but this guy really shows some amazing nuances within this movie that further prove his acting chops to me and hopefully the rest of the audience. I believe it underperformed for the actors involved, but I am happy I sat down and watched it. We Bought a Zoo gets a C.
Finally Religulous. First let me state that I am a HUGE, yes HUGE, Bill Maher fan. He is my oasis in the sea of human stupidity. However, I am Catholic. With my love for science I am sure it is hard for many to understand, so this movie took me quite a few years to actually sit down and watch. But, lo and behold, it was on Netflix. Maher is funny, yet respectful throughout the entire movie. My favorite moment is him speaking with Reginald Foster outside of the Vatican. I do have to admit, I was offended by one segment of the movie. Surprisingly, it was not from the proud atheist. There was a scene where Maher visited a sort of biblical Disney World. At one point he is speaking to a man dressed as Jesus and the man proceeds to say it was God’s will that the Holocaust happened. What? Seriously do you understand why some of the population hates your guts? Forget the fact that he just said that, it is what the man actually believes! Setting that disgusting moment aside though, I did enjoy most of it. For rating, I would say I am stuck between a C+ and a B-. Maybe it would depend on the day.
Onto Game of Thrones… This show has really grabbed me in a place I did not think it would. No I am not trying to be dirty though that would fit parts of this show. I mean there is just a ton of depth. I have placed my order (thank you B&N e-mail coupon) for the first four books of A Song of Ice and Fire. I plan to read the first two books and once the third season is done I will read the third. My hope is it will expand the world even more for me. I cannot wait to see tonight’s episode. I have a feeling someone will die. We shall see together.
Well this went far too long. I am sorry I did not mean to make this quite the read it has become but I hope you enjoy it. Take care all.