Sunday, February 03, 2013

The Week in Entertainment

DVD: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (While there is life) from 2012, director Yash Chopra's final film. Shahrukh Khan carries this complex (if somewhat hackneyed) story and makes it soar; his scenes with Anushka Sharma, when he's the older, damaged army major, really shine, and he's wonderful (of course) as the younger, happy lover with Katrina Kaif. It's Yash Chopra, so of course it ends happily, true love triumphing at the end. Maybe not his best film (I much prefer Dil To Pagal Hai and Veer-Zaara), but a fitting swan song to a career that began over 50 years ago. (And how lovely to see the great Rishi Kapoor in the cameo of the faithful lover to Kaif's character's mother.)

TV: Just The Neighbors this week. It was pretty funny, especially when Larry Bird ran them off the road in his golf cart.

Read: Michaelbrent Collings' Billy, Seeker of Powers (I reread Billy, Messenger of Powers since it had been so long since I read it); a very engaging, even thrilling YA fantasy - I think it's going to be a trilogy, it certainly is shaping up to a final conclusion. Speaking from among the Bones, the latest (and, I think, penultimate) Flavia de Luce novel - loads of fun, like all of them, and ending with a real punch to the gut. Also Archie Meets Nero Wolfe, one of Robert Goldsborough's continuations. This one is, well, about how Archie and Wolfe met. Not bad.


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