My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 4/16/21

Another week down. Time is flying this year. Let’s see if I can remember what I watched this week.

Movies – I watched one movie this week. Freaky starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton as a deranged killer and a high school student who switch bodies. She has 24 hours to reverse it or the switch becomes permanent. Basically a horror version of Freaky Friday. Vince Vaughn does a good job of channeling a teen girl. Newton is good as the high school girl turned deranged killer. The supporting cast is good. It’s funny and a good length. I would recommend it.

TV – Much of my time is still spent trying to keep my DVR from filling up. It’s difficult because there are too many shows others in my family watch. I can only clear so much on my own. I am starting to waver on Manifest. I liked it at the start, but now I find myself getting distracted a lot while watching it. I’m not sure I care that much about the story at this point. We watched The Nevers on HBO. It was a Joss Whedon show, He will no longer be involved. It is set in 1th century London. Something happens that gives a group of women unusual abilities. They discover someone is kidnapping women who are “touched”. There’s also a deranged killer with abilities on the loose. It has potential. We will give it a few more episodes. I was watching The Fosters when I ran out of shows to watch alone from the DVR. Last weekend my wife came in the room while I was watching it and told me to keep watching because she had work to do. She ended up getting hooked on the show so I lost my show I watch alone. I am now watching Virgin River on Netflix instead. I told my wife I was going to stop the show if she was in the room. I don’t want to lose this one to her as well. Virgin River is basically a more dramatic/soapier version of Hart of Dixie. The same actor who played the cranky older doctor in Hart of Dixie plays the cranky older doctor in this one. Very similar, but I am enjoying it.

Books – I finished two books this week.

The Kids Are Gonna Ask by Gretchen Anthony – Thomas and Savannah are twins who live with their grandmother after their mother’s death. They don’t know who their father is. They do a podcast where they record the dinner conversation when their grandmother has guests. One guest gives the the idea to look for their father and they decide to do it on the podcast. The podcast leads to publicity, protests and mayhem. A lot of the book seemed a little farfetched, but it was an enjoyable read. I would still recommend it.

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez – Camila Hassan has a secret. Her family doesn’t know that she is playing soccer. Not only is she playing, but she is a star on a girl’s soccer team in her hometown of Rosario, Argentina and they have qualified for the South American tournament. Her parents don’t think a girl should pay soccer, but she will need their permission to go to the tournament. Her dad is abusive and controlling, so this is not an easy thing. She is also dealing with the return of the boy she loves who is now an international soccer star. I really liked this book. I really got immersed and invested in Camila’s story. One of the better books I’ve read this year.

On Deck – I’ve had Tesla on DVD for a while. I really need to watch or return it soon. There is a new episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier available. The new John Stamos basketball show is on Disney Plus now. We still need to try the show Rebel so I know if I should keep recording it. I am reading If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley.


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