Welcome to May and another month of lockdown. It’s time for my weekly review of what I’ve read and watched while at home. I have a little more in each category this week.
Movies – We watched Stuber over the weekend. It is an action comedy with Dave Bautista as a cop who just had Lasik surgery who gets an Uber to chase down a lead because he can’t drive. Kumail Nanjiani is the Uber driver who spends the day driving hin around. It was a funny, light movie that is exactly what I need right now. It was also only 90 minutes which I appreciate as the guy who falls asleep if a movie runs too long. We watched Cheaper by the Dozen last night. I still enjoyed it, but I think the second one is better.
TV – We continued our retro Survivor binge with Survivor All Stars. My daughter enjoyed seeing the beginning of the Boston Rob/Amber romance. We enjoyed seeing old school Survivor with no hidden immunity idols and when they didn’t give them so much food and supplies. It was a much different game back then. We watched a little more Community. We have caught up on all the shows the three of us watch together. We started watching a WGN show called Almost Paradise. It is about a former DEA agent forced into early retirement who is supposed to avoid stress. He moves to Cebu in the Philippines because it was his favorite place he went while on duty and buys a gift shop. He almost immediately gets pulled into a case and ends up working with the local police on big crimes. We are enjoying it. It stars Christian Kane who I’ve liked since he was on Angel. We watched the Parks and Rec special last night. It was really good. I loved seeing all the characters again. The only downside was it was too short. I want more.
Books – I finished two books this week. Big Sky by Kate Atkinson and Suggested Reading by David Connis.
Big Sky is a mystery and part of a series. The man character is Jackson Brodie, a retired cop/PI, but in this book he is barely the main character. The mystery seems to happen around him and he doesn’t do much. It took a while for the stories to all connect so it took me a while to get into it. I did end up enjoying the book more than I expected at the start.
Suggested Reading is a YA book about a girl who starts an underground library when her school starts banning books. The library brings her into contact with the rich kids at school who she previously avoided and she finds they have a depth she didn’t expect. It was a decent book but felt like things all wrapped up too easily.
On Deck – I’m reading The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by Noneida Ramos. We will either watch another old Survivor or Rob and Amber’s Amazing Race season. The finale of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is Sunday night. I might try the new Prime show Upload. I don’t’ know what movies we may watch. It will depend on what is randomly on TV or what we find on the various streaming services.