It was a good week for me in all three categories. We watched a new movie. We watched a new TV show. I read two books. That probably means I didn’t do anything other people would consider productive this week. Oh, well. Here’s my week.
FYI – there will be no weekly updates the next two Fridays.
We watched one movie this week. I got the DVD of Let Him Go from the library. Let Him Go stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a retired sheriff and his wife. Their son dies and their daughter-in-law remarries. Diane Lane sees he new husband hot the kid and his wife and when she goes to check on them they have moved away to live with his family. She tracks them down and they go to see the grandson. They find a violent and disturbing environment and try to convince the mother to take the kid and leave with them. The struggle for the kid turns extremely violent. I enjoyed the movie, It starts a little slow and you wonder why it is rated R for violence, and then it takes a turn. I like Costner and Lane and they are good here. The family they are fighting could easily have come off as cartoonish if done wrong. Luckily, it was done right and they are very dark and disturbing. I would recommend it for those that can handle violent movies.
Most afternoons I have been watching an old Amazing Race season with my daughter. We have now switched to an old Survivor season, Survivor: Panama. We are starting to run low on good seasons of the shows that she has not already seen. I’m glad we get a new season of Survivor this fall. We caught up on Superman and Lois on CW. This is one of the better DC shows. Clark and Lois are parents of teen twin boys. They have moved back to Smallville. One of the kids starts to develop powers. We get a Superman who is balancing being a hero and being a dad. It is very well done. We also watched the first two episodes of Loki on Disney Plus. Tom Hiddleston is still great as Loki. Owen Wilson is good as the person from the Time Variance Authority who recruits the Loki who escaped in Endgame to help stop a threat to the timeline. I like that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It deals with a major threat to the timeline of human history but does so(so far) in a light and humorous way. I loved the first two episodes.
I finished two books this week.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn – 16 year old Bree, still mourning her mom’s death in an accident, heads off to a residential program for high schoolers at UNC Chapel Hill. On her first night there, she witnesses a magical attack at an off campus party in the woods. A fellow student tries and fails to erase her memory of the event and triggers another memory of someone else erasing her memory after her mom died. She discovers a secret world of “Legendborn” students who hunt and kill the “Shadowborn” monsters that break through to our world. She enlists the help of a self-exiled Legendborn student to find out the truth about her mom and the secret society. I liked the book. It ties into the King Arthur legend in an interesting way. Bree is black and the Legendborns are not racially diverse. She discovers secrets about her family’s history. There is a nice twist at the end. It is set up for a continuation of the story. The only downside is that it is a little too long. Why are books so long these days?
An Alien Heat by Michael Moorcock – This weird little book takes place in the far future of Earth. The inhabitants of Earth are now immortals who spend their days with trivial and hedonistic pursuits. Jharek is fascinated by the Victorian Era. When a time traveler, Mrs. Amelia Underwood, arrives from that era arrives Jharek resolves to fall in love with her. Eventually, she also falls in love with him, but then is transported back to her time. Jharek follows, is tricked into participating in a robbery, and is arrested. At his trial, he discovers the judge is his friend Lord Jagged from his time. It is a very odd story. I don’t think it would be everyone’s cup of tea. It is a very short, fast read. I have ordered the second book in the series.
I still want to watch In The Heights, but I’m stuck in the limbo of my wife thinking she may want to watch it so I have to wait until she is ready. It is also complicated by my daughter already watching it with a friend. I feel like I will be watching it alone at the last minute before it leaves HBO Max. I’m not sure what we will get to on TV. We are leaving this week to visit family so we likely won’t get to the new episodes of the shows we watch. I will likely watch more Survivor with my daughter. We will probably opt for movies on our lists on various streaming apps instead of TV shows when we are all watching. I am currently reading Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.