Monday, February 1, 2016

What I'm Into (January 2016)

Should I go ahead and embarrass myself by broadcasting to the four of you how much time I spend rotting my brain in front of a screen? Eh, why not.

I watched quite a few movies, if I do say so myself.  Nick and I rented The Walk, which was terrifying and I mostly watched it like this...
Why would two people who are terrified of heights rent this movie?!?! It was really good, aside from the terror.  I just love Tommy Solomon.  Did you ever see Brick? Now THAT'S a good movie. I sort of want to watch Man on Wire bc I'm hoping since it's a documentary it won't have those sweeping shots from way up high? Who knows.

I watched I Origins one night when Nick was out and I loved it.  I just love Brit Marling in general.  I can see a lot of people not liking it, but I like her and I love her movies.  Another Earth is my fave, but honestly, I liked all of them a lot.  I haven't seen the Keeping Room yet though. And I love the guy in it, can't think of his name, but he was one of the creepos in that Murder By Numbers, remember that?

I went to the movies three times (!!!) and saw The Danish Girl, Revenant, and Room. I liked Danish Girl enough, but I thought the Stephen Hawking one was better, and as much as I love Jack Jackson (and I love him a LOT) this movie was exactly like Stephen Hawking in that the wife was even just a smidge better than he was.  Revenant was so good- when it was over, I was like wow that was amazing but then on the ride home I was trying to put my finger on what exactly was so amazing about it.  No idea, it was just cool.  The scenery was amazing, Tom Hardy was amazing, Domhall Gleeson is my main squeeze and Leo just blew me out of the water.

And Room?!?! Forget it.  Easily the best book to movie adaptation I've ever seen- an honor previously held by Gone Girl.  I was sobbing through most of the movie, even though I've read the book twice.  That boy was AMAZING.  Mind blowing even.  When I heard they were making a movie, I thought well that's stupid, there's no way a real five year old can pull off Jack but this kid did it.  I doubt he was actually five, but that's not the point.  It was amazing.

And while I do love movies, my true love will forever be television.  I just LOVE tv, yall.  I really do.

We got the kids an Xbox for Christmas, which means we can watch Amazon Prime downstairs, which means Nick and I binged all of Man in the High Castle over like three days.  Was it good? Eh, I'm not entirely sure.  While we were watching it, it was SO GOOD.  I wasn't expecting Frank to be my favorite, but Frank was TOTALLY my favorite.  I could have done without Jules or Joe, truth be told.  I loved the Trade Minster and...the Nazi.  I KNOW!!! How can you love a Nazi?!?! Ugh. I feel dirty even thinking about it.  

Anyway, it was so good while we were watching it, but then we found out that it was going to have another season.  I think that took a lot of the fire out of it for me.  It would have been so good as a miniseries or something.

I don't know.  Made me want to read the book, but I've heard it's not that great? Maybe I'll just rewatch the Adjustment Bureau.   I really did love Frank though.  He was the most believable to me, you know? I feel like most people wouldn't be radicals or Nazis, they wouldn't be ALL on one side or ALL for the other.  Most people, regular people, would be caught in the middle, knowing that it's wrong but not wanting to rock the boat and get their sisters and her kids gassed.

I've been watching The Frankenstein Chronicles on ITV Encore during lunch.  I don't know what I thought it was going to be about (um, Frankenstein and his monster?) but it's about a detective and some gruesome child murders (they bodies are pieced together a la Frankenstein) and Anna Maxwell Martin is Mary Shelly, who's already published Frankenstein.  And basically, I would watch Anna Maxwell Martin sit down and eat a sandwich, so I like it.

Nick and I have been watching Blindspot (in real time!! One episode a week!! What a bunch of chumps!!) and it's good.  Ridiculous and off the wall, but good.  And Kurt Weller is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.

And lastly, I binged all of Firefly and the Serenity movie at the end. I liked it.  Let me get that on the record first- I LIKED FIREFLY.  That being said...I'm not sure it's AS GOOD as all the nerds would have you believe.  I mean, it was good.  But was it THAT GOOD? Not really.  Maybe if it'd gotten to go for longer, it could have been as good as they want it to have been, but as it fell a tiny bit flat for me.  Zoe and Wash? I loved Wash (obvi) but the writers never really gave me any reason to think they'd ACTUALLY be together, other than writing 'these two are together and they love each other.' I need more than that.  And up until the very end, Jayne was still trying to sell out River and Simon? Really? I'm not buying it.

So yeah.  That's what I was into for January, at least screenwise.  Linking up, as always, with Leigh Kramer.


  1. My husband and I totally binged-watched Man in the High Castle too! Did you read the book? The book and the show were so different! Here is a link to my review of the book if you're interested.

  2. My husband and I totally binged-watched Man in the High Castle too! Did you read the book? The book and the show were so different! Here is a link to my review of the book if you're interested.