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  1. Avatar zic
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    Director Elizabeth Banks thought if it as a sports movie, and modeled it on Rocky IV.Report

  2. Avatar aaron david
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    Well, I have been watching Veep, which is seriously hysterical if you even remotely follow politics (and probably just as funny if you don’t, but I wouldn’t know about that.) Although I had insomnia the other night, and watched Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which I thought would put me to sleep, but instead I found it to be fairly engaging. Stupid, but engaging.

    Am reading Eco’s the Prague Cemetery, which so far seems good…Report

  3. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    I am still reading Peter Watson’s massive History of Ideas:

    http://www.amazon.com/Ideas-History-Thought-Invention-Freud/dp/0060935642Report

  4. Avatar Chris
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    I accidentally stumbled into the bookstore Friday and bought two Gide novels. I read The Immoralist yesterday, which was wonderful, and I’m reading The Counterfeiters today. I can’t remember who recommended Gide, but if it was someone here, thank you!Report

  5. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Pomeroy’s The American Far West in the Twentieth Century. I liked it well enough that I ordered a used copy to keep on the shelf.Report

  6. Avatar Will Truman
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    Still working my way through Daredevil. The TV seasons are wrapping up, so I’m about to be deluged with things to watch.

    Still listening to The Killing, which has turned out to be quite phenomenal after the lackluster first season. I have five episodes left, and fear I am in for a disappointment.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Will Truman
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      @will-truman – did you ever pick Fortitude back up?Report

    • Avatar Michael Drew in reply to Will Truman
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      Listening to The Killing? As in, no pictures? And: the Seattle-based murder show?

      Was that you (Will) who was asking about a show you would listen to sans pictures? How’s that going?

      We’ve talked about this, but I really didn’t think the first season was lackluster. In terms of the case resolution, maybe (but it was just spread over two seasons… what’s wrong with that)?

      But I really felt like the way the show dealt with the immediate fallout of the actual death on the family was revolutionary at the time for a show that was ultimately a mystery/cop show. And the tone of that first season to me is still the most arresting thing I’ve seen on American TV since I don’t know when. For tone and style and emotional realism I’d still take The Killing (U.S. version), including season one, over either True Detective or The Americans. It’s obviously not as well-constructed in terms of plot and theme as The Americans or the major prestige shows, but for the creation of affect and simple emotional force it delivers in ways they don’t IMO. (They’re too sophisticated for that.)

      Also: one of the best parts of The Americans – the actress who plays Paige – has a major part in The Killing, though not in season one.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Michael Drew
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        The first season of The Killing was good, but I cannot think of a darker show, except The Killing season 2 and The Killing season 3.Report

        • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Chris
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          @chris Season 4… does not get lighter. Skinner’s daughter in tears showing up at Sarah’s doorstep asking where her father is and Sarah having to obviously imply that he’d abandoned her had me all “spitspitspitspitspitspit”… except not spit.Report

          • Avatar Chris in reply to Will Truman
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            I remember thinking during season 1 that there was no way the show could survive. It would just be too easy to say to yourself on the night it airs, “You know what? I’m just not up for this tonight,” and then feel like you’re behind and can’t watch the rest of the season. Netflix really was the only possible medium for it.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Michael Drew
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        @michael-drew The ending of season one just underscored the “Totally Guilty Suspect Of The Week Unlike The Totally Guilty Suspect Of Last Week That We Vindicated In The First Ten Minutes Of This Week” thing…

        Season two actually did help, in that regard, but providing a framework wherein it seemed to me that the plot started actually building the framework around which the murder occurred. I wish that season one had looked more like season two in that regard.

        I thought the family subplots was really good, both in Season One and Season Two.

        Yeah, listen-and-not-watch. Which isn’t completely accurate because I was really switching back and forth. Not enough to recognize Paige, though. Barely enough to recognize Kaylee from Firefly (though she has a more distinctive “Who is that?” voice). Who did Paige play?Report

  7. Avatar Morat20
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    I saw Pitch Perfect entirely by accident. We (wife and I) were at someone’s house and there was a DVD of it and one of the other guests had been wanting to watch it. We’d never HEARD of the movie when it was in theaters.

    I was…surprised by how much I enjoyed it, since it was not my type of movie at all (in any sense, whatsoever).

    I’m in no hurry to see the sequel though. It didn’t seem the sort of movie to demand one, although as I understand modern movie making “Made a profit” is what demands sequels. (See also: Gaming).

    I picked up “A Blink of the Screen” (Terry Pratchett’s full fiction short anthology) and have started that. I also picked up the first three books of the Vorkosigan books. I’m a fan of space opera and have never read Bujold, so I thought it was time to do that. 🙂Report

  8. Avatar CK MacLeod
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    Coding, coding, and more coding – including a package of glitchancements almost ready to impose upon you all – but took a break last night finally to watch INTERSTELLAR, whose absurdities I found myself forgiving, and continue to find myself forgiving, in favor of enjoying the realization of the concept and its argument for its own belief-worthiness rather than its (scant) believability.

    Also finished the altogether unexpectedly readable Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire. It had been recommended to me on Twitter by a Strauss scholar (Rob Howse), when I asked whether anyone had done much work on Strauss’ encounter with Islamic philosophy, and had considered the implications in regard to the so-called “Straussians.” The book, by scholar Anne Norton, ends up mounting somewhat of a defense of Strauss against his progeny, with relatively little direct confrontation with Strauss’s work, but with rich observations on recent American intellectual and political history, and on the inversion or perversion of philosophy as politics in ways that Strauss himself likely anticipated, or understood as a risk to the philosopher or to philosophy in the founding of a school.Report

    • Avatar Kim in reply to CK MacLeod
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      Watching interstellar was weird. (Not as weird as the discussions that arise from It’s always sunny in philadelphia, though). I’m referencing the scene where the bloke hacks the drone.
      … but I’d probably better not mention the content of the conversation. US Military might mind.Report

  9. Avatar Kazzy
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    Avengers came out? I feel like I should have known about that…Report

  10. Avatar Maribou
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    I am watching so many different things that I can’t list them all without taking a breath in the middle (I know this ’cause I tried, talking to my sister).

    Reading is much the same, though right now (as in a half hour ago) I have been reading Max Frei’s The Stranger, which is slow, but quite wonderful, and (for work, though not really at work), The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Blends.

    Listening to my usual podcasts, and I’m up to Dead Beat on my epic listen-to-James-Marsters-read-The-Dresden-Files adventure.Report

  11. Avatar KatherineMW
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    Reading more of Iain Bank’s Culture books (currently Look to Windward).

    Watched the new adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd last night. It’s very worthwhile; I’d recommend seeing it if period dramas / adapations of classic novels are your thing, and if it’s playing in a theatre near you. It inspired me to (re-)read the book, which I either hadn’t read before or had mostly forgotten; reading the book made me appreciate how skillful the adaptation was in terms of deciding what to keep, what to change, and what to leave out.

    It’s always surprising and appealing when someone manages to make an adapation that’s arguably superior to an original work that was already a classic. The only unequivocal example of that I can think of is Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, but Far from the Madding Crowd comes close.

    The main character is played by Carey Mulligan; I didn’t recognize any of the other actors. (Well, I was convinced for most of the movie that the male lead was played by Ryan Gosling with a slightly ruggeder look than usual, but in fact he’s not.)

    In addition to being a strong story in its own right, the cinematography, settings, and clothing are all gorgeous.Report

  12. Avatar Pyre
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    Initial thoughts on the upcoming DC You.

    So, after the last year of slowly realizing that girls who grew up watching the Teen Titans show were not interested in an apathetic alien whose main goal in life was the pursuit of cock, DC is launching a Starfire that is actually meant to be closer to the cartoon Starfire. It took three years and change but having a Starfire that is not wank material is a step in the right direction.

    Cyborg could be interesting if the Man vs Machine goes back to Victor’s struggles to define himself as a human being and not a Frankenstein project.

    Black Robin? Sure, why not? Not sure what the relationship is supposed to be between Bat-Gordon and Black Robin though.

    The bad:

    The tagline is reaching so badly that I actually feel pity for DC’s marketing department.

    As for the rest of the titles, I’m reminded of the trailer for the upcoming live-action Jem movie. Hot garbage produced by somebody who has never read a DC comic in their life. I’m just wondering if it’s possible to make a court order that turns all of DC’s print properties over to Dark Horse. They need the boost and, while not everything they’ve produced has been gold or even bronze, they still seem to be a company that overall values story and characters over godawful marketing events.Report

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