We are one month into the new year already. I had drifted back to the news recently, but I am shifting towards music now in the mornings. CMT and MTV actually play music videos in the morning and I have the Sirius App on my TV now. Maybe I need to start adding music to my weekly list. Here is what I’ve watched and read this week.
Movies – I watched one movie this week – The New Mutants. I think this was the last of the mutant movies before they were officially under the Marvel umbrella. It was supposed to be the first of a new series, but I think that plan is canceled now. I don’t know if any of the characters from this movie will survive to join the Marvel group. In this one, a girl is taken to a place she is told is a hospital where they help mutants learn to control their powers. They soon realize it is not a hospital, but a prison at the same time the people in charge decide the new girl is too powerful and needs to be killed. It was a decent movie. I did struggle to stay awake, but that is my norm when watching movies at night. I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple of these characters in new Marvel mutant movies.
TV – This week in TV has generally been watching the shows on the DVR that only the two of us watch. We finished season one of LA’s Finest. It is the spinoff TV show of Bad Boys. It wasn’t great, but if you liked Bad Boys you will probably enjoy it. We watched the new SyFy show Resident Alien. Alan Tudyk plays an alien who crash landed on earth in a small town in Colorado. He takes on the form of a doctor who has a second home there and is asked to help when the town doctor is killed. We liked it and will watch more. I’m a fan of Tudyk and he does a good job of playing an alien trying to pretend to be human. It seems there will be a season long murder mystery combined with the story of the alien trying to complete his mission on earth. I started a re-watch of Greek in the afternoons while I am waiting for my wife to finish work. It’s the first time I’ve decided to do a full re-watch of a show. The good news is that I still really like it and it has been long enough since it was on TV that I don’t remember the specifics enough to be bored. I also wrote this week about how I’m annoyed at how shows are portraying the pandemic.
Books – I finished two books this week”
Deadly Cross by James Patterson – I am still determined to keep reading the Alex Cross books. They used to be really good. The stories are still not bad. I enjoy the mystery and the books are always nice and quick to read. The problem is the Cross family is too perfect. Cross is the best cop/psychologist ever. Bree is the Chief of Detectives in DC. The oldest kid is off at a prestigious school. The daughter is an Olympic level track star. The youngest son is a genius and there is apparently a YA series with him solving crimes. The grandmother is in her 90s, won the lottery and survived being kidnapped and almost killed. I prefer characters who are flawed in some way.
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – This is a prequel to The Hate U Give. It follows Maverick when he was a teen and has just found out that the baby he thought was his best friend King’s is actually his. He is still associated with the King Lords, but has started working at the local grocery store and starts to realize he wants to get out to give his kids a chance at a different life. I liked this one as much as I did The Hate U Give. I wanted more of Maverick’s story when it was over. If you haven’t read The Hate U Give, go read it now and then grab this one.
On Deck – I have no new movies from the library, but there are new movies on Netflix, HBO Max and Hulu that look good, so I have options. I think if we watch a movie it will likely be Outside the Wire on Netflix or The Little Things on HBO Max. TV will continue to be catching up on shows we have recorded. I will keep watching Greek. I’m reading Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale and have a big stack of books from the library that won Youth Media Awards.