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I forgot my password for this blog. And I forgot about having an image. So now I have just enough time to just key everything in. I thought about doing reviews but there’s so much I’ll be more interested to see if there’s anything here anyone even cares to talk about.
Biggest takeaway? I watch A LOT of TV now. Partly because we’re home more with the baby and also just – so – many – shows.

MOVIES
Interesting to note the year began and ended with Star Wars. I am not apologizing or unhappy for that.

1 – Star Wars – The Force Awakens
2 – The Wolfpack
3 – Attack the Block
4 – Boyhood
5 – Bolshoi Babylon
6 – Rocky – I’d never seen it before
7 – Hail Caesar!
8 – Up
9 – Spy
10 – Maze Runner – Scorch Trials
11 – Becoming Mike Nichols
12 – Big Eyes
13 – Imitation Game
14 – The Avengers 2 – Age of Ultron
15 – 10 Cloverfield Lane
16 – Deadpool
17 – The Lobster – I really liked it
18 – OJ Made in America
19 – Dig
20 – Die Hard
21 – Stanford Prison Experiment
22 – Lucy – didn’t get it
23 – Room
24 – The Big Short
25 – The Insider
26 – Spotlight
27 – Eddie the Eagle
28 – Jiro Dreams of Sushi
29 – The Girl on the Train
30 – Green Room
31 – Highlander
32 – Captain America – Winter Soldier
33 – Joy
34 – Me, Earl and the Dying Girl
35 – St. Vincent
36 – The Witch – sooo creepy and good
37 – Hitchcock/Truffaut
38 – Doctor Strange
39 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – I really admire JK Rowling
40 – Arrival – a beautiful story about accepting your fate
41 – Keanu – saw it night before George Michael died
42 – 20 Feet from Stardom
43 – LaLaLand – eh
44 – Hateful Eight
45 – Rogue One – I liked it
46 – The Departed

TV
This is new but necessary I think to see where I’m spending my entertainment time. I just listed everything in no particular order.

1 – Fargo
2 – Making of a Murderer
3 – Jeopardy
4 – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
5 – Sherlock
6 – Downton Abbey
7 – Man in the High Castle
8 – Family Tree
9 – Angie Tribeca – delightfully stupid
10 – Catastrophe
11 – War and Peace
12 – With Bob and David
13 – iZombie
14 – The Grinder – RIP, truly sad it’s not renewed
15 – Fresh Off the Boat
16 – Elementary
17 – X-Files
18 – blackish
19 – Better Call Saul
20 – The Walking Dead – brutal, I don’t know if I can handle watching psychotic bullies now that we have one as President-elect
21 – Last Week with John Oliver
22 – Chicago Tonight
23 – Mr. Robot
24 – The Americans
25 – Love
26 – People v OJ Simpson
27 – Grantchester
28 – Call the Midwife
29 – The Night Manager
30 – Silicon Valley
31 – Orange is the New Black
32 – Game of Thrones
33 – The Mindy Project – so much better on Hulu
34 – Veep
35 – Late Show with Stephen Colbert
36 – Late Late Show with James Corden
37 – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
38 – Brain Dead
39 – Dancing on the Edge
40 – The Good Place
41 – Night of
42 – Westworld
43 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
44 – Poldark
45 – 60 MInutes
46 – BSG – we started rewatching. On S2.
47 – Drunk History
48 – The Crown
49 – Fleabag
50 – Gotham
51 – Search Party
52 – Black Mirror

Shows I started and stopped watching. Why do they all begin with “M”?
Mercy Street
Mozart in the Jungle
The Muppets

BOOKS
I read more than last year but still not up to my pre-baby numbers.

1 – A Swiftly Tilting Planet/Madeleine L’Engle
2 – Home Fires/Julie Simmons
3 – Sketchnote/Mike Rohde (for work)
4 – Call the Midwife/Jennifer Worth
5 – Allegiant/Veronica Roth – I had it and struggled to just finish it
6 – Rose Under Fire/Elizabeth Wein
7 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child/JK Rowling
8 – The Girl on the Train/Paul Hawkins
9 – Mapping Inner Space/Nancy Margulies (also work)
10 – Grand Canyon – Fodors, Frommers, National Geographic
11 – Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon – Fodors, Frommers, National Geographic
I read enough that they count.
12 – Life Hacks – Dan Marshall
13 – Life of Pi/Yann Martel
14 – Eleanor and Park/Rainbow Rowell
15 – Who Moved My Cheese?/Spencer Johnson
16 – Black Dove, White Raven/Elizabeth Wein

 

my movies july 2014

I was shocked – shocked – to find I had not posted since June! Jeez what have I been doing? So there will be several movie posts now.

66 – Breaker Morant – I’m history ignorant
67 – Life Itself – beloved critic tribute
68 – 22 Jump Street – this ends it
69 – Mortal Instruments – City of Bones – needs cuter boy
70 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Dawn sequel prep
71 – The Internship – leads too old
72 – The Station Agent – forgot how good
73 – Frozen – I get it
74 – Killer Joe – one fucked-up ending
75 – Blue Jasmine – surprisingly good, current

EbertI miss Roger Ebert.

My family is a movie family. One of the great moments in my family’s history was when my parents got a VCR in 1984. Every weekend we would go to the neighborhood video store. I, my younger sister, and my parents as a couple would each pick a title. There was one more stop Read the rest of this entry »

Drusilla in good spirits with her floral party arrangement, just before her complete flower-shredding breakdown.

Drusilla accompanied by a gagged Miss Edith, in good spirits with her floral party arrangement just before her complete flower-shredding breakdown.

Unlucky number thirteen for Buffy. Surprise is full of surprises:

  • for Buffy (a sparsely attended surprise party at The Bronze – and later unplanned sex!)
  • for Spike (a better attended celebration in the abandoned factory with a special gift of an unassembled über-demon)
  • for Miss Carpenter (an unwelcome visit from her curse-ranting Uncle Enios)
  • for Willow (an invitation to date from Oz)
  • and of course, for Angel and the audience (the return of Angelus).

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Spike crows about how he likes tools!

Spike crows about how he likes tools!

Now it’s on! Season two kicked off with When She Was Bad,  featuring some summertime character development for Buffy while harking back to the finale of s1. Next came Some Assembly Required, which hews closer to the monster-of-the-week formula, marking a holding place in the series. The third episode, School Hard, makes a hard left in a new direction and casts a dismissive eye at s1’s leftover villain, The Anointed One, who finally meets his just end Read the rest of this entry »


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My third entry is also my third exercise in seasonal sadness, another autumnal downer, this one from October, suggesting that the fall doesn’t get any brighter from Barbara’s Septembre. Sous la pluie is from Marc Gauvin’s second and best album, La femme légère.

Like Yves Montand in Neige sur la ville, Gauvin feels crushed by nostalgia, so much so that he feels nostalgic for the days before nostalgia!

Marc Gauvin is too clever a wordsmith for me to translate, the chief trick here being his playing with the word plu, which is the past participle Read the rest of this entry »

Buffy Miss Jenny Calendar

I’m with you Eugene – Miss Calendar is worthy of fandom!

This is another monster of the week episode on its surface but serves two purposes – the introduction of the great Miss Calendar and rounding out our gang’s experiences with teen dating horrors. But business first.

Jacket count – 2. Cheap trenches again! Was this a thing in the 90’s? Was Contempo a sponsor? I honestly don’t remember the proliferation of novelty trench coats. The first one is a short fuzzy brown trench, as if Rowlf the Dog was skinned for a coat. As if taking a cue from the first, Read the rest of this entry »

Buffy Episode 7 Angel

I am struck by many things in this episode but first things first –

Jacket count – 2 and I don’t believe we’ve seen them before. The first was a light blue nylon (read cheap looking)  short trench and a black leather short trench. The showrunners seems to favor this style for Buffy.

I have said before Buffy resonates with me the least. She alone. I don’t dislike her I just don’t love her. The supporting players – Willow, Read the rest of this entry »

august movies

Yes this was the image that came up when I searched August movies and first two movies. And yes somehow I kept a list of the movies but not the months so there’s a bit of a mash up here however, I wasn’t around much so I didn’t see as many. Traveling, enjoying the weather and such.

70 – The Good Girl – ok Aniston indie
71 – Morning Glory – just as expected
72 – Dirty Pretty Things – dark, disturbing, upsetting
73 – The Conjuring – Annabelle, dear god
74 – In Time – so damn dumb75 – Argo – good second time
76 – Elysium – not enough story
77 – Prometheus – someone asked me
78 – Your Sister’s Sister – almost, not quite
79 – Trance – overcomplicated but pretty
80 – Recount – Jonathan can write!
81 – The Simpsons Movie – on a plane
82 – Pacific Rim – going to Spain
83 – The Wolverine –  just looking for
84 – The Oranges – anything to watch
85 – Captain Phillips – Seal Team 6 badassery
86 – Iron Man 3 – Manchurian, clever twist
87 – Oblivion – poor matrix ripoff
88 – Magdalene Sisters – cruelty until 1996!
89 – Catching Fire – love Jennifer Lawrence
90 – This is 40 – only for 30+
91 – The Hobbit – I liked it
92 – Identity Thief – better second time
93 – Mama – delToro’s crushing endings
94 – 21 Jump Street – it’s clever – really!
95 – Toxic Hot Seat – chem doc frightens
96 – Elf – before Zooey’s overdorkable
97 – Phil Spector – that shit’s crazy

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What better way to spend Christmas than parked on the couch in front of the TV for some binge watching.

I haven’t posted so long I don’t even know if I know how to do it. So I am totally cheating and I’m just going to do a running list of thoughts that pop into my head as I begin watching the first episode of the first season. I will be watching with a Viewing Companion who will think up a persona in due time.

Let’s begin.
Darla. I didn’t recognize her at first. My viewing companion claims that Darla was at first a throwaway character that was further developed Read the rest of this entry »