Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Week in Entertainment

Movies: Night at the Museum 3: The Secret of the Tomb, which was exactly what you'd expect from the franchise and much better than 2 was. Delightful and a good solid ending to it all. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which was ... not so good, really. Could have done without Alfrid. Could have done with about 45 minutes less fighting. Could really have done without the tragic love triangle and the even more tragic backstory they invented for Legolas. The third time someone died ironically by having something fall on him was once too many, and the number of people distracting other people fighting for their lives by yelling their names at them was way too high. Too much broody, crazy Thorin. And why did Azog not let the elves and dwarves carve each other up before he attacked? Did like seeing Elrond and Saruman kicking butt and taking names, though.

TV: A couple of Christmas Carols - I'm not crazy about the ones where Scrooge visits the Cratchitts on Christmas. It just doesn't ring true. The Glass Slipper, with Lesley Caron - not that good a movie, if you ask me.But The Librarians was cool - Bruce Campbell as Santa! Yay! "Architecture is just art we live in. Why doesn't anyone get that?!" "Santa doesn't look like any of the pictures. But all the pictures look like Santa."

Read: Finished Greenstar Season One, including the "extras", a couple of short stories. It's really funny; can't wait for Season Two (it's released in installments in e-book format). Nothing is Impossible, a collection of 'impossible', locked-room short stories by Ed Hoch. Hunting Season (the fourth in "The Twenty-Sided Sorceress" series, ramping up to the big showdown. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson, quite good. Night Owls, a fresh take on vampires and bookstores. Murder at Mallowan Manor, one of the Libby Sarjeant mysteries.



At 11:52 PM, December 25, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

On the 25 Dec. "Jeopardy!" program, Alex let slip that he and the staff go over the clues in the morning before the show. So I now agree with you that Alex bears more responsibility than I previously thought for catching inaccuracies in the clues.


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