Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Week in Entertainment

Film: The last three of the Ring Cycle: Die Walkure, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung. As I noted earlier, they were full (as one might expect) of wonderful vocal performances. My favorite, by a nose, was Jonas Kaufmann's Siegmund, but Bryn Terfel (Wotan),Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Hans-Peter König (Hagen here, Fafner and Hunding earlier) and Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried) were consistently wonderful, and the staging was exciting. Die Walküre is my favorite of them, and I loved this production - the singing and the acting by all the principles was extraordinary.

DVD:`Some episodes of 55 Degrees North, a Brit series about a black detective reassigned from London to Newcastle (after blowing the whistle on corruption), who's of course not popular in his new town. It's well-acted, interesting to watch.

TV: Happy Feet Two What? Okay, so I couldn't finish watching it, it was just. I don't know. Why hasn't Mumbles grown adult plumage? And seriously, Sven is a puffin, not a penguin. They can't tell the difference? The Middle was good, but a bit over the top. Modern Family was very funny. Grimm - what? WHAT? That's a helluva way to end the season! But it was nothing compared to what they did on The Mentalist. That was... omigawd.

Read: Kepler's Dream, a very good YA. Death of a Dean, Hazel Holt and quite good - I didn't guess the killer at all. Also a new cozy Buried in a Book, whose sequel I will definitely pick up.



At 1:56 AM, May 21, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

The holes in the plot of the season-ending epi of "The Mentalist" were large enough to drive the proverbial truck through. Plus, the series' chronic disregard for distances is risible, sez this native daughter of the golden west (grrrr!). Still, I ♥ Patrick, Kimball and Wayne.

At 5:32 AM, May 21, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

True, true, not to mention those pesky jurisdictional boundaries. But I stopped expecting this show to be realistic a while ago. It's the characters, not the law.

At 10:40 AM, May 21, 2012 Anonymous Mark had this to say...

I agree that the attraction of The Mentalist is the characters, but they really blew it on the character of Red John. He started out as a psychopathic, genius serial killer. Now what is he, some kind of sociopathic, criminal mastermind? As much as I like the show, it's going to be hard to keep watching with this stupid gimmick.

At 3:27 PM, May 21, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Indeed, Red John is now all too powerful. I would rather see Jane dealing with RJ's being dead, which would leave him goalless, than dealing with RJ being the devil in the machine.


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