Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Week in Entertainment

Live: The Addams Family at the Hippodrome. What a lot of fun that was! "Life is a tightrope, and at the other end is your coffin. Better?" "Yes, mommy." And Le nozze di Figaro at the Lyric.

DVD: The X-Men trilogy - spotted several things directly contradicted by First Class - which I also finally got around to seeing - for all that they said in the Making Of that they wanted to be true to the movie universe instead of the books: Xavier telling Wolverine he met Erik Lensher when he was 19, for instance, or his being able to walk when he and Lensher went to recruit Jean... First Class was interesting. The chemistry between the two leads was palpable, particularly at the end. But here's a hint to the screenwriter: if you want a time frame where a kid who's at least 10 (and he looks more like 12 or 13) in 1944 is going to be "in his early twenties", that's not 1962. And a movie based on one of the those wonderful YA 'Greenknowe' books, with Maggie Smith brilliant as the grandmother - From Time to Time.

TV: Once Upon a Time - you can tell this is an enspelled city, because most places just wouldn't treat Mary Margaret that badly. Psych is back! Yay! Despereaux is back! Yay! And the second episode (didn't have time last week for the first one, so two this week!) was also good - I loved Lassie chasing Gus with his sword. And Jules's father (Shatner!) was funny - "I want a sandwich. There should be meat and bread. Cheese would be good, but it's not a deal-breaker. I'm an old man." Gus: "I took a chance and went with a pickle." O'Hara: "Jackpot!"

Read: Finished Washington's Crossing, which is a fascinating book. Treviscoe of Lloyd's, short stories about a detective from the mid 18th century, and also the full-length novel (Whose Lust Is Murder).

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