Friday, September 15, 2017

While I was knitting...9/15

I took last week off as I had a new podcast to post, so this is what I have been consuming over the past couple of weeks.

WATCHING

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: I just can't put this any other way. This was...NOT GOOD. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I will just say that the characters were very poorly developed and the plot was completely nonsensical. It felt like the entire movie was just setup for coming installments of the franchise. It went on for way too long, and there was one scene that I honestly found ultra-violent and disturbing for what is ostensibly a children's movie. Now, I am not opposed to violence (I watch GoT for heaven's sake) but I wasn't expecting anything like this which made it more shocking. The love interests also seemed to come out of nowhere with a lot of mooning at one another for no reason. for such a long movie they did not take hardly any time to make the romantic pairings seem organic. i would have preferred if they did away with them entirely as they seemed utterly unnecessary.

    Also, as an aside, I really hate the casting of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald. Johnny Depp is problematic on a number of levels, but I will stick to the character-based ones for now. Depp is in his 50s. I admit I don't really understand how age works in the HP universe, but he just seems way too old to be a young Grindelwald. I also don't get why they had to make him look so funky. It would have made more sense to cast Colin Farrell as Grindelwald and just let him look like he normally does. This is supposed to be the person that Dumbledore is charmed by and falls in love with, right? Why not make him a normal handsome age-appropriate man? Wouldn't he be even more sinister as his own attractive self, rather than making him resemble a blonde turnip? */rant

    Anyway, it was awful. I can't recommend it to anyone, and definitely not to children.
  • Rick and Morty S1: Spicy and I started watching this show on the recommendation of his cousin. One of the creators is also the creator/showrunner of Community, which is one of my all-time favorite shows. well, S1-3 anyway, but that's a story for another day. Rick and Morty is not for everyone. But if you have a slightly twisted sense of humor and don't mind assholes doing bad things, you will love this show. we've watched maybe five episodes so far, and I've laughed loudly throughout all of them, which is pretty rare for me.

LISTENING

  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption: Spicy and I were listening to this in the car on our way to Connecticut over Labor Day. This book is by the author of Seabiscuit. I truly wish that the author had read this book because she has an amazingly hypnotic voice, but it's read instead by the dad from Gilmore Girls, who is also a decent choice. This book was appealing to both Spicy and I b/c it's a non-fiction story that involves sports, WWII, and tales of survival. I won't lie--to me the book is a little slow in the middle with the WWII part, b/c i'm not as into war stories as my husband. The story definitely picks up though when the plane finally crashes and the sharks start circling. The tale is well-told--it's pretty fantastic and almost unbelievable. It's crazy that all of this actually happened. We didn't get through the entire book, so we have more to look forward to whenever we take our next road trip.

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