Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Week in Entertainment

edited to say: Yikes! I had a very busy weekend and Monday, and ... well ... I thought this was in draft, not scheduled, status!

Film: Blue Jasmine, which was wonderful to watch. Cate Blanchett is astonishing - so are Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale, for that matter.

TV: The Newsroom - wow. I can't believe Leona's going to go head to head with that guy - the whole A Team should have been fired (of course, there wouldn't be a show if that happened!) Broadchurch - well, obviously Jack was going to be (a) innocent and (b) dead, because that's the trope. I didn't expect the reason he was (a), I admit. And the show is still riveting.

Read: A mystery about eventing called Murder She Rode - stupid title but a pretty good story. The author did do something that annoys me mightily; she writes in first person, and then decides she needs to tell the reader things that the narrator wouldn't know, so she abruptly chunks in  a couple of scattered third-person chapters that don't feature the narrator. Also, Sir Laurence Dies, a book set in the 1930s but just written, about a Dutch psychologist-sleuth, pretty good. A couple of books written in the 1920s by a guy called JJ Connington, also mysteries, and quite intricate and well done.



At 11:29 PM, September 09, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Forget something? Or was it not a very entertaining week?

At 9:18 PM, September 11, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Didn't you watch "Silk" on PBS? (First series just finished Sunday) "Last Tango in Halifax"? (Started Sunday)

At 11:27 AM, September 13, 2013 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

ummm, no. I didn't. Alan Cummings managed to make it sound profoundly predictable. Is it good?

At 2:18 PM, September 13, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

"Silk" is superb. "Last Tango in Halifax" is predictable on one level but worth watching even if only for the acting skills of the two main protagonists; also, in episode 1 there's a hilarious car chase (yes, really!) that's not to be missed.


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