Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Week in Entertainment

Live: A concert by the local orchestra, including a really lovely performance of Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave.

Film: Grandma with Lily Tomlin. Excellent, excellent movie.

DVD: The Lego Movie. And Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which is still a lot of fun. Kajol is so darned cute, and SRK is, well, SRK.

TV: Yes, the last part of Arthur and George was on On Demand. It was a good ending, a bit of a weak motive but then again apparently a real one. The premiere of the new Muppets show, which had some really funny moments in it. The new season of Dr Who - I quite liked Missy in this, and Clara was tolerable, too. Perhaps they'll succeed in making me like her just as she leaves the show. Capaldi was quite good, especially at the very end. Can't wait for part two next week! Modern Family ("Can we drink now?" "Hayley, it's lunchtime." "Awwww..." "Honey, that was a Yes!") and The Middle - which had no sound for the first two minutes, and crap sound for a minute after that. Fortunately, On Demand saved the day the next day.

Read: Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure, which was extremely entertaining, and then the author's short-story collection Mythed Connections. Another episode of Indexing: Reflections. Also began another serial, this one called Bookburners: Badge, Book and Candle, which came highly recommended and is good so far - but I'm only one episode in. The Possessed:  Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, an extremely well-written, funny, and insightful collection of essays by Elif Batuman. The whole Isaac Babel conference is so true, I don't care if it didn't happen just as she wrote it. "Binti", a short novella by Ninedi Okorafor, a fantastically imagined little story of an encounter in space. Started Ash & Bramble, a novel in which Story wants to run the world and the people who get drafted.



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