Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reading/Watching/Etc.


READING:

The Sandman:  Preludes and Nocturnes
, The Doll's House, and Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
First, the highbrow.  This has been on my reading list for a very long time...I was finally goaded into action by a recent/ongoing read-along of the series on the AV Club.  I like it, and it makes me miss reading comic books like I used to when I was younger.  I think I'll get started on the fourth book sometime after Christmas, when things have slowed down again and I can take my time with it.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap by Julie Klausner/Vulture
And then, the lowbrow.  Tried as I did to block out the siren song of the Real Housewives empire over the years, eventually I was pulled under by the one-two punch of the New Jersey and Beverly Hills franchises.  Jersey's my favorite, but watching the pampered twits of Beverly Hills gad about like a bunch of ninnies is definitely a close second.  Julie Klausner's episode recaps capture this nitwittery in all its hilarious glory and never fail to make me laugh out loud.


WATCHING:

Wreck-It Ralph
Loved it.  Obviously, there's the nostalgia factor in seeing video game characters I remember from watching my older brother play Atari in the 1980s (and his Super Nintendo in the 1990s, and so on up to the present), but the story doesn't lean heavily on that and the designs of the many characters and worlds within the movie are just perfect.  (I especially liked the way the people in Ralph's game moved, in sharp little fits of straight lines and 90-degree turns, and the deliciously lush, rainbow-colored world of the Sugar Rush racing game. Candy cane forests and chocolate lagoons?  Sign me up!) 

Bernie
What if the most well-liked guy in town killed a mean old rich lady who everyone hated?  Great story, great cast -- and a shout-out to Matthew McConaughey, who should sunset out of the beefcake roles and do more character acting like he does in this because he's really good at it.

Safety Not Guaranteed
It's hard to categorize this one -- it's like someone threw a rom-com and a sci-fi story into a blender.  But I liked it.

Your Sister's Sister
There's a lot of good moments in this, but I thought its ending was a little too much of a reach.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Season 2
This is my idle-time, I-need-something-to-watch-while-I'm-putzing-around show for the time being.  Good stuff.



ETC.:

- Reindeer hats...so many reindeer hats.  I'm crocheting them for the craft sale on 12/8 and I think I went a little overboard.  Oh dear lord, I can't wait to be done with the reindeer hats.






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