My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 3/12/21

I spent all day yesterday thinking it was Friday. It might be because Kentucky played(and lost) an SEC tournament game yesterday. Since they are usually one of the top teams they always play their first game on Friday. It really messed up my sense of time. Maybe I should use that as an excuse to pretend it is Saturday and watch movies all day. Since it is actually Friday today, it is time for my weekly review of what I read and watched in the last week.

Movies – I watched three movies last Saturday. The first was The Replacements. I love this movie and watch it whenever I find it on TV. I’m a sucker for inspirational sports movies. I then watched Hot Fuzz. I watched Shaun of the Dead the week before. I’m recording the third of their movies, The World’s End to watch this weekend. That night we watched Judas and the Black Messiah on HBO Max. It is the story of Bill O’Neal who infiltrates the Black Panthers for the FBI to avoid going to jail. It is a very good movie. The cast is excellent. The story is compelling, especially if, like me, you didn’t really know anything about it. There are clips from an interview with the real O’Neal at the beginning and the end. I would highly recommend.

TV – I watched two new shows this week. We watched Debris on NBC. It is a sci-fi show about debris from an alien spacecraft falling to earth and causing mysterious effects. Two agents from different countries work together to investigate. I still have mixed feelings about it. I find it interesting enough to keep going, but I’m not completely sold on it yet. I’m also afraid it will be another one that is canceled before the story is done. I watched the entire first season of Ginny and Georgia on Netflix. Georgia had Ginny when she was 15. She has a second kid with someone else. We start with her latest husband dying and Georgia, Ginny, and Austin moving to a house he owned and his first wife contesting the will. Ginny and Georgia make friends and start to settle in in the new home. Ginny deals with new friends and new relationships. Georgia schemes to stay afloat and date the mayor. There is a mystery concerning the death of the husband. I liked it. I finished it in a week. I know there has been talk about the portrayal of Ginny’s race(her dad is black) and how the show handles racism. I can’t speak to that. You will have to make you own decision there. We watched the Station 19/Grey’s crossover last night but it wasn’t really a crossover. Grey’s did continue the story from Station 19, but like the rest of the season you could have watched one without the other. I watched the latest episode of Million Little Things this morning. I’m curious how it will be received as they are just starting a Covid storyline right when it seems like we are nearing an end.

Books – I only finished one book this week:

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry – Set in the late 80’s, we follow a field hockey team in Danvers, Massachusetts who discover that the witchcraft of their ancestors might be the key to a winning season. They have never had a winning record until they start to sign onto a pact at summer camp. Suddenly, they start winning on the field and off. We follow them through their senior season and finish with a reunion 30 years later. It took me a bit to read the book. I liked it, but it isn’t one you can breeze through. I enjoyed the story and it was well written. I was happy to have the reunion at the end to see what happened to each girl after high school. I can see why it was on an award list.

On Deck – I hope to watch Coming 2 America this weekend. My daughter will be home for spring break this week so we will watch the shows she watches. There will also be more dozing on the couch while she and my wife watch the Great British Baking Show. The NCAA tournament starts next week so there will be a lot of basketball watching. I am currently reading Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh.

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