My Week in Books, TV and Movies

Welcome to my Friday summary of what I’ve read and watched this week.

Books – I started reading Noir by Christopher Moore. Chris is one of my favorite authors and, as an added bonus, a really nice guy. I’m about halfway done with the book and I am enjoying it. It took me a while to get in to the noir-speak, but once I got there I really started to enjoy the book. I think listening to it would be fun. I also read For Every One by Jason Reynolds. It is very short and easy to read, but very powerful.

Television – I have had trouble sleeping this week, so many of the times I watched TV this week I was drowsy and missed pieces of the show. I have nothing of import to talk about as far as watching goes. I did watch the first episode of the new season of Westworld, but I will need to watch more to comment. The big TV news for me this week was the news that one of my favorite shows might be canceled because of the behavior of one of the stars. Clayne Crawford, Riggs on Lethal Weapon, has been reprimanded for his behavior on set and one article says he is not speaking to his co-star, Damon Wayans. I was happy that the behavior was not a sexual harassment complaint. I can deal with liking an actor with possible anger issues and given what I’ve read about what caused his “outbursts” I can understand why he might be angry. I hope they resolve the issues. I love the show.

Movies – We watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. I can see why there were so many Oscar nominations. It was very good and the acting was superb. I heard vague rumblings that people were unhappy with the arc of Sam Rockwell’s character. I guess I can see their point, but I didn’t feel like anything in the movie made it seem like his behavior was OK. I think it is more of the “we must be outraged at everything” atmosphere on Twitter these days.

I will be away at a conference next week. The week in review might be delayed.

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2 Comments

  1. Flying back from Paris yesterday, I finally watched Three Billboards. It was not the optimal way and I’ll probably watch it again on my TV if possible, but I thought it was a great movie that deserved all the accolades and awards. Frances McDormand is one of my all-time favorite actresses, so I would have loved the movie just for her performance alone. I was satisfied with the whole movie’s story arc, although I wanted it to go further as the adventures of the McDormand and Rockwell characters. I honestly think the character development for all the main players was well done and worked well with the story,

    I also watched the new Blade Runner (I know, it’s not new anymore, but I hadn’t seen it). I definitely need to watch that again just from a visual standpoint. Airplane viewing on a tiny screen with the ambient lighting is subpar for such a visually dark movie. I think I liked what they did, though I still prefer the original and will have to watch that again.

    I’m still waiting to get my copy of Noir. I had read the first chapter that Chris “leaked” earlier, so I think I understand your difficulty with getting into it.

    I do look forward to these particular posts, though catching up on the past week’s posts in one day has been very interesting and enjoyable. Thanks!

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