My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 5/22/20

I took Friday off last week so I could spend a day not thinking about anything. My daughter was still studying for her last final, so I had a lot of time to sit in front of the TV. As has been the case for the past two months, TV shows are most of what I consumed over the week.

Movies – We did watch one movie this week. It is always a challenge to pick a movie these days. It’s hard to find one that all three of us want to watch. This week we settled on Dolemite is My Name even though I’m sure I was the only one who wanted to watch it. I’m a big Eddie Murphy fan so I was predisposed to like this movie. My daughter also enjoyed it. My wife worked during it. I don’t think she liked it. It is full of profanity and has some nudity. It has some slow spots but was interesting enough to me to make me want to find the original Dolemite movie and watch it.

TV – I watched a lot of TV this week. Over my three days off I watched the entirety of Looking for Alaska on Hulu. I loved the book and had forgotten the series even existed. Luckily, I had forgotten the book enough to just enjoy the show and not know what was coming. I thought it was a very well done show. I enjoyed it more when it was just about the kids going to the school and playing escalating pranks on their rival group. When it got more serious I lost interest a little. I guess I need lightness more than melodrama. We started watching Survivor’s Fans vs Favorites 2 because my daughter is a big fan of Cochran. We watched the first episode of Snowpiercer on TNT. It is based on the movie of the same name. We will be watching more. We watched the first episode of Stargirl on CW. We like the DC shows and this one looks like it has promise. Stargirl is in high school and it looks to be a lighter show than Arrow and Flash. Perfect for right now. We had issues coming up with a new show for all three of us to watch. We tried the first episode of Peaky Blinders, but I’m not sure everyone liked it enough to continue. We watched a few episodes of The Great on Hulu. It was OK, but none of us seem inclined to rush back to it. We watched the final two episodes of Prodigal Son. We love the show and were happy to hear it was renewed.

Books – I finished one book this week: The City We Became by NK Jemisin. My daughter told me it sounded too weird and she hates it without reading it. I enjoyed it even though it took me a long time to finish it. The basic premise – major cities eventually become ready to be “birthed” and when that happens a human is chosen to become the city’s avatar. New York is attacked as it is birthed and the avatar is in a coma.  Each borough also has an avatar. They must find each other and stave off the enemy until they can get to New York and revive him. I liked it more than the other Jemisin I have read.

On Deck – Movies will once again depend on our mood and what we find on TV or streaming.  During my alone times over the weekend I will watch one of these three: On My Block, Dead To Me, or Castle Rock unless something else catches my eye. We are almost done with our current Survivor season so I assume we will pick a new one this weekend. I am reading Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland, the second in a historical fiction/zombie series for teens.

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