My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 11/19/21

The second week in a row with a new movie watched and plans to watch at least one more this week. Big change from the last few weeks when I was not watching movies at all.

Movies

We watched Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Disney Plus. I love that we can now watch movies quicker on streaming platforms.

I was already a fan of Simu Liu from Kim’s Convenience and have always liked Awkwafina. I am also a big fan of the Marvel movies. It was no surprise that I liked this one as much as I did. A good mix of martial arts action, comedy, and supernatural powers. A great cast. The bus fight scene was one of the best I’ve seen. I loved the return of the character from the Iron Man movies. I’m looking forward to more.

TV

I watched all of my normal shows I watch alone: Fear the Walking Dead, Walking Dead: World Beyond, The Big Leap, Queens, Million Little Things, 4400, Blue Bloods, Survivor, and more.

I watched the first episode of Yellowjackets on Showtime. It is about a girls’ soccer team who survive a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. It goes back and forth from the events leading up to and after the crash and the players as adults. There are rumors(and glimpses) of cannibalism while they are stranded. As adults, they all are coping in various ways when someone starts digging into their past. Juliet Lewis, Christina Ricci, and Melanie Lynskey are part of the adult cast. I like the first episode and will watch more. I’m looking forward to more scenes from when they were stranded,

I watched Station 19 and Grey’s a day late due to football. I was able to stay unspoiled on who died but was not shocked by the reveal. The actor who played the character has been in a pretty major Broadway musical and probably has prospects better than Station 19.

At the beginning of the latest episode of La Brea, I told my wife my theory about a possible twist. She thought I had lost my mind. At the end of the episode that exact twist was revealed. I’m a genius.

Books

I only managed to finish one book again this week.

The Judge’s List by John Grisham – This is a sequel to The Whistler. Lacy Stoltz still works for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. A woman comes to her with circumstantial evidence that a sitting judge is a serial killer who is killing people for revenge for past slights. The woman’s dad was allegedly victim number two. Lacy decided to do her own investigation before going to the police.

This is the second Grisham book in a row that I found disappointing. I don’t think Lacy is a compelling enough character to warrant a sequel. I don’t care about her relationship with the FBI agent nor her relationship with her brother who drops in to talk about money. The killer was boring. The book was stuffed with unnecessary filler. The story plods along. One more dud and I might have to drop Grisham from my list of authors I always read.

On Deck

We have Snake Eyes: A Gi Joe Origins Movie on DVD. We plan to watch Dune on HBO Max tomorrow before it is gone. My daughter wants to watch Red Notice while she is home for the holiday.

My daughter being home also means we will probably finally watch the new episodes of Yellowstone. We will probably watch any Christmas specials that air.

I will watch as much of the Macy’s parade as I can before the rest of my family complains that it is boring.

I am currently reading Tonight We Rule the World by Zack Smedley.


10 thoughts on “My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 11/19/21

  1. I really want to see Shang-Chi! I wonder if I have a free trial with my Roku; I’ll have to check. I think I forgot to cancel HBO Max and it’s already been billed; I’ll have to check that too.

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