Sunday, March 20, 2016

The weeks in entertainment

Once again, this is a couple of weeks! Or, errr, four weeks? Man, the habit is hard to get back into...

Live: Manon Lescaut, though without Jonas Kaufmann. Still, Alagna was very good and Opalais, too. A very lively and funny Don Pasquale with the wonderful Ambrogio Maestri (who I loved in Falstaff) in the title role.

Film: Zootopia, which was terrific in every way. Kung-Fu Panda 3 which was... exactly what I thought it would be, though to be sure the plot went places I wasn't able to predict. If you liked the first two, you'll like this one.

DVD: The Peanuts Movie. Didn't like it. Predictable and the animation was ... weird. The three-D characters with the their faces drawn on were uncanny-valley creepy. Ah, well. One and a half seasons of The Irish RM, which I truly like.

Read: The Enthusiast, a very engaging novel by the Comics Curmudgeon himself! Started The Witch Who Came In From the Cold, waiting for the next episode to be formatted (I have 4-6 waiting). It's a Cold War spy novel with magic - and the lines between the magic fronts don't match the Cold War lines. Very intriguing. The Raven and the Reindeer, a great retelling of The Ice Queen. Yellow Brick War, book 3 in "Dorothy Must Die" - and not the end, ack! Anna and the Swallow Man, an indescribable and mesmerizing novel set in WWII Poland. "The Enchantment Emporium" trilogy, quite good urban fantasy. The Waters of Eternal Youth, a Brunetti novel and a worthy entry. "Incryptid" volumes 1-5, another entertaining urban fantasy. "Magic ex Libris" - reread the first two to make sure I was up on it. The final volume went places I really didn't expect, it was a great ending.



At 9:46 PM, March 22, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Wow, I recall "The Irish RM" from PBS years ago, which we enjoyed. Assume you're talking about the same series.

At 11:34 AM, March 23, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Same one. Loved it when it was on PBS and recently saw the DVD of the entire season for sale, so I bought it. Still enjoyed it.


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