My Week in Books, TV, and Movies 7/10/20

Here, once again, is my weekly recap of what I read and watched since last week’s post. I never remember to take notes, so it is a memory exercise for me.

Movies – The big movie for us this week was Hamilton on Disney Plus. We were lucky enough to see the play in person on Broadway, but the original cast was already gone at that point. It was nice to be able to see it with them in the roles. It is still very good, but I don’t think I will be one of the people who will watch it over and over again. I had a three day weekend last week so I had plenty of time to find random movies to watch alone. I watched part of There’s Something About Mary since it was on, I was bored, and I had not watched it since the first time years ago. I watched Friday Night Lights. I think I had watched it before but remembered nothing about it. I was surprised to see two of the actors from the TV show in the movie. I never realized there was carryover. I think that is all of note. At least it is all I can remember.

TV – We watched episodes of our regular shows: Stargirl, Snowpiercer, Yellowstone. I watched more old Amazing Race with my daughter. She wanted a season where she would like the eventual winners. I couldn’t guarantee that so I looked up lists of what people considered the best season, thought the winners there were decent and we started season 5. It is a fun season. We started and almost finished Love, Victor, the spinoff of Love, Simon It was OK. It is only 30-minute shows so it is easy to binge. We watched the first three episodes of Next Step on Hulu last night because my daughter has watched it and really liked it and thought we would. It is a Canadian show about a dance studio. It was better than I expected. We watched a couple of episodes of Warrior Nun on Netflix. We do plan to watch more.

Books – I finished Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells. It is a YA fantasy book. It has dragons and prophecies. The basic plot: when her girlfriend is taken by the Aurati on their visit to town, Meren plots to infiltrate the dragon fortress, steal a dragon, and rescue her girlfriend. I enjoyed it but was disappointed as I always am when it ended without an ending and I have to wait for book two to finish the story.

On Deck – There are three new movies streaming that I want to watch. Andy Samberg has a new movie, Palm Springs,  on Hulu with a Groundhog Day type plot. He has been stuck living the same day over and over. It takes place at a wedding. On one of those days, the maid of honor gets stuck in the loop with him. I like Samberg and the premise sounds promising. Charlie Theron’s Old Guard is on Netflix today. It is an adaptation of a graphic novel. Theron plays a member of a team of immortal mercenaries who are suddenly exposed and must fight to feel their identities secret. My wife will like that one. The new Tom Hanks WWII movie Greyhound is on Apple TV. I’m still in my one-year free preview, so we will be able to watch it. We will watch more of our normal TV. I still need to find a show I will watch alone when I am awake for hours while my family is still asleep. I am reading The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix.

Alms for the mediocre blogger


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