Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Week in Entertainment

Film: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - what a delightful movie this is! Beautifully acted, with some breath-taking camera work and a very very funny script. The adaptation makes major changes to the novel (see below) - Afghanistan instead of Iraq to keep it current; Kristin Scott Thomas playing the PM's press secretary, who was a man in the novel; and a completely different fate for every single person in the story. It's much more a screwball comedy than political satire, but it's marvelously enjoyable.

DVD: Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries - with Ian Carmichael. They're well-done.

TV: Crimes and Misdemeanors, which I had somehow never seen before. Very good, top-notch Woody Allen, with a remarkable cast - and old enough the gas was $1.03!!!

Read: A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length, which is reviews of bad movies by Roger Ebert. Funny stuff. Finished Bury the Chains which was wonderful, just wonderful. Volume three of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, a very enjoyable series. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - unlike the movie, the novel is a biting political satire, told in epistolary style, savagely funny. Elegy for Eddie, a Maisie Dobbs novel, nice entry in the series. Will probably start The Hunger Games next, people from my grandniece on up keep telling me to read them.

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