Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Week in Entertainment

Film: Snowpiercer, which is brilliant (not perfect, just brilliant). Watch it. And the National Theatre's broadcast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I'm calling this a movie, because although it was a film of a live performance, it was a film. The camera takes your eye and puts it where the director wants you to watch (watch Christopher during this exchange, not his father! Here, have an extreme closeup!) and also in this particular filming, the camera went a lot of places your eye couldn't - overhead shots, for one thing. But it's a wonderful adaptation of a terrifically good book. (It's opening on Broadway in September and I've already got my ticket!)

TV: Vicious continues to be entertaining, but Last Tango in Halifax is getting very, very soapy.

Read: Some more of Parting the Waters; boy, it's weird to find yourself tearing up over a history book! This thing is really intense - the Bull Connor first-pass-in-Birmingham chapter sent chills down my spine as well as tears to my eyes. The Forbidden Library, a very nice first book in a YA series with an interesting spin on magic. Started two (The Ways of the Dead and The Great Banana Peel Mogul) that I just can't be bothered to finish.

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