Sunday, December 01, 2013

The Week in Entertainment

Live: Two operas at the Met -Der Rosenkavalier and Rigoletto. Excellent casts in both - Hvorostovsky singing Rigoletto, with the excellent Matthew Polenzani as the Duke and Stefan Kocán as a brilliant Sparafucile; and then Martina Serafin as the Marschallin and a lovely mezzo, Anne Coote, as Octavian.  I've seen Coote several times now,  Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and the dectective in Two Boys. She's very gifted and versatile.

DVD: Chennai Express, which I really, really enjoyed. It's funny. Starring Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, it features a Tamil-speaking heroine and Hindi-speaking hero - and though the subtitles never tell you which language is being spoken, you catch on quickly. Jack the Giant Killer - I must say, I'd pay good money to watch the adventures of Elmont. Some episodes from season 6 of The Murdoch Mysteries. It's always interesting to see things from the Canadian point of view - like the Americans being the adversaries.

TV: The Mentalist - okay, Jane loses all his points for not realizing instantly that the woman was yet another Red John groupie. Otherwise, a satisfying enough - if long overdue - resolution. A lot still to come, obviously, and now we can see how Jane survives - and what the fallout for the team is. Almost Human - wow, that shot of John waking up, showing us his amputation stump... with a spike at least six inches long sticking out of it. Yikes. That looks like it could quite dangerous to anyone sharing his bed, or his linens, or himself if he's restless. I mean, if it doesn't get damaged being exposed like that (instead of stuck down into the leg), it must be pretty tough... and sharp and unyielding.
Kennec in bed
And he gets up at 7, but doesn't pick his partner up till after 10? (Plus, thanks so much for taking the time to show us the security guy all adorably love-struck before gunning him down, writers; it's just the kind of detail that will bring me back to your show - likeable characters immediately slaughtered, while you riff off established tropes (Die Hard, anyone?).) Sleepy Hollow - absolutely bonkers. Fun, though. Agents of SHIELD - "You stay in the car. This is a delicate situation, so I'll be taking Ward and May." "It's a delicate situation, so you're taking Warm and Fuzzy?" She does have a point.

Read: Terry Pratchett's latest, Raising Steam, definitely one of the best of the books. The rest of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary short story collection, a decidedly mixed bag. Railsea but the brilliant and never-twice-the-same China Miéville. Billed as a YA riff on Moby-Dick, it is much more than either.



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