Sunday, July 06, 2014

The Week in Entertainment

Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was (as I always find Wes Anderson's films to be) utterly delightful, though its setting (Central Europe, late 1930s) dooms it to be a darker slice of his poignant brand of fantastic tragedy-cum-comedy (or perhaps vice versa). I went with two family members, both of whom pronounced it "strange"; if you don't already love Anderson this one probably won't convert you. Or rather, if you already don't love him; if you're new to him, it just might. X-Men: Days of Future Past, very entertaining, not to mention intriguing. How to Train Your Dragon 2 which was a very enjoyable movie, better than the first which was fun. And Earth to Echo which was much better than I was expecting it to be - quite fast paced and enjoyable, with some very well done acting by a couple of the kids. Very nice little movie.

Read: Finished  Matthew Johnson's brilliant collection Irregular Verbs. Read a very good first novel, The Invisible City, first in a projected series. Can't wait for the next. Read an old John Dickson Carr, And So To Murder, that I'd missed somehow, and (of course) enjoyed it. Started Sarah Lotz's The Three, which is distinctly odd but oddly engrossing. I can't imagine where she's going with it.

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