The Week in Entertainment
Goodness this is late! Traveling and conference prep has thrown me off schedule ...
DVD: Rango, odd but entertaining, though I generally have a problem with films that give me animals acting like people (clothes, tools, towns, banking systems) in what's meant to be the real world. Fortunately, since they only interacted with people - and at a remove - once or twice, I could overlook that. Most of the time, you don't even think about it.
TV: Leverage, a lovely episode giving the actors a bit more to do than usual as they played second characters in the flashback bits. Caught up on the Futurama eps on the dvr - generally quite funny. Village of the Damned which remains quite creepy no matter how many times I watch.
Read: A bunch of Peter Lovesey novels - Diamond and Mallin, no Cribb - prompted by a glowing review of Stagestruck. Also (re)read The Midwich Cuckoos - prompted by seeing the movie version. I haven't read it in decades, and I'd forgotten how much they changed in the book while not altering the basic story/message at all. Sometimes weird little changes (like a character's name) and sometimes quite ruthlessly hacking people (like the narrator, Zellaby's daughter, and Zellaby's son who was not, in the book, one of the Childred) right out, not to mention that in the book the kids aren't as young as they are in the movie. Then I (re)read Chocky, because it was there on the shelf and I remembered liking it very much. Still do. The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, age 42 and a half, which is ... weird. Very good, very entertaining, but also quite hard to describe.