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  1. Jaybird says:

    The whole film is full of perfect little moments.

    Here’s “No Dames”, the song and dance number… and you can feel yourself going from “are they doing that deliberately?” to “I think they’re doing that deliberately” to “how in the heck did I ever question whether they were doing that deliberately?”

    And, all the while, “this is a really good song and dance number”.

    • Coen brothers movies are always about movies. Hail Caesar is about old-style movies that are corny but still a lot of fun, and it manages to parody them and appreciate them at the same time. My favorite is the cowboy movie action scene, because it’s both ridiculously over the top and kind of awesome.

  2. Lois Bujold is writing a new book in her Five Gods universe, a novella at a time. So far parts one and two. Part one has this great thing you have to be a Bujold fan to appreciate. The hero is about to be robbed by two bad guys, and he pulls the standard Miles Vorkosigan move of pointing out that their interests aren’t identical, to get them to turn on each other. It always works for Miles, but in this book they look at the hero and say “Yeah, we already talked about that. What do you think we are, idiots?”

    • El Muneco says:

      I’m getting the same vibe from the Five Gods universe that I did from Glen Cook’s “Black Company” (which, interestingly, is in a similar place on the Mohs scale WRT high vs. low fantasy).

      It starts out kicking ass, setting up a situation and knocking down the resolution, then some new characters come on stage and the tone shifts a bit while we follow up the ramifications, while traveling to a different cultural milieu. Some time passes. During the layoff, the author has a better idea about what they were up to all along, and the series takes a turn so abrupt that only Stig-level talent keeps it on the road. And I start to question if it’s still the same trip I signed up for way back when. The author is so good that it’s still interesting, but it’s more like an all-new unconnected experience.

      • Very well stated. It’s a series I’ve always thought went downhill, from one of her best books, to an OK book [2], to a book that’s so angsty that it’s very hard to enjoy [1]. The new novellas featuring Penric are a big improvement on the last novel, though they’re again set in the equivalent of the German-speaking world, this time Switzerland.

        1. Though very faithful to some of the medieval legends I’ve read. Does anyone know of the one where pagan armies of the dead are doomed to repeat the battle that killed them through eternity, until a Christian kills them and they can finally rest? I read it when I was quite young, and I have no idea where.

        2. Yes, I know it won the Hugo.

  3. Mike Dwyer says:

    With GoT now done for the year, I needed at least a week to decompress. I went super-deep this year, spending a lot of time with podcasts, fan theories, etc so unplugging will take a little time. It was fun though.

    I’m now preparing for some serious binge-viewing of a few other shows I like. I’m talking a 1-week mini sabbatical again this year, with the wife and kids out of town, and I have queued up Penny Dreadful’s final season, Black Sails S3 and Outlander S2. Should be fun.

    On the movie front, I have been slipping big time this summer. Just can’t seem to drag myself to the theater. I did catch Suffragette yesterday and have to say it was pretty good, even if a little bleak. Probably need to have my youngest daughter watch it so she understands women’s rights a little better.

    • The friend I watch AGoT with and I had fallen way behind, and he was about to go away for a few weeks, so we binge-watched the last five of them one night, while drinking some Bulleit 10-year-old bourbon I’d gotten as an informal bonus at work. Quite a night.

      • Mike Dwyer says:

        I do miss the binge days of GoT. When Dave Ramsay ruled our household budget I would let two seasons go by, then persuade the cable company to give me a free trial of HBO for one month and steamroll through 20 episodes. I did that for Seasons 1 & 2 and then again for Seasons 3 & 4. Now I’m in front of the TV every Sunday night. I can only imagine how epic the second half of S6 was in a big block like that.

        • Itv had, as I’m sure you recall, some very big moments. The only disappointment was that they killed off Ian McShane so quickly. I was hoping he’s become a regular.

  4. Saul Degraw says:

    I really like Hail Caesar! My girlfriend did not like it so much. Apparently the movie bombed though and seemed to divide Coen Brothers fans. I thought it was great. My girlfriend and I generally seem to have very different tastes in movies. She does not like Noah Baumbach movies or Whit Stillman movies which I adore.

    There was a whole debate about whether Hail Caesar! was cyrpto-conservatism.

    I am currently reading the Brazen Age which is a social and cultural history of NYC from 1945-1950. In other words, a very Saul book.

    • Jaybird says:

      I think that it was mocking the whole “Communism” thing far more than showing it as a real “threat”, however you’d want to measure that.

      • The Russian sub off the coast of California was part of Hail Caesar’s “real life”, but it was still right out of a 50’s movie.

        • Doctor Jay says:

          Both Mrs Jay and I really liked “Hail, Caesar” as well. I think the offense taken was less about the sub, and more about the ridicule of the writers. The blacklist was a real thing and hurt a lot of people. The Coens really kind of stepped on some sacred cows there.

  5. Maribou says:

    I’ve been mainlining Republic of Doyle ever since I figured out there were more seasons on Netflix than I had already watched.

    And I read a book about a fox and his boy that made me cry, but not for the usual reasons that YA novels about animals make one cry. Pax, by Sara Pennypacker. Was really good. Was surprised to see Chris Crutcher in the acknowledgements, but it actually made a lot of sense once I stopped to think about it.

  6. John Howard Griffin says:

    (taps microphone) (clears throat) Um…Hey…

    Mary Poppins. The first time with a 7-year-old-that’s-never-seen-it. He’s been singing “A spoonful of sugar…” at the top of his lungs every waking moment since. And, all the other songs…

    Thinking of the original Willie Wonka next, maybe some Miyazaki… We just watched Episode 7 over 2 nights (with Mom, who hadn’t seen it. 13-year-old and I saw in theater) – and he’s a Star Wars, Hobbit/LOTR, LEGO super freak, so yeah. Don’t judge.

    Halfway through Joseph Campbell’s “Hero With A Thousand Faces”. Yeah, ok. I didn’t go to college. Don’t judge.

    Re-reading Twain’s short stories, speeches, et al. “A Dog’s Tale” is the saddest story ever written. It’s like that Monty Python skit about the deadliest joke, but saddest story. Seriously, do not read it unless you want to read the saddest story you’ve ever read or ever will read. It will stay with you for days or perhaps a lifetime. Ok, maybe just me. Really though, I warned you, it’s really short and you won’t be ready.

    Slowly re-reading my way through Brian Greene’s “The Fabric of the Cosmos”. I just really like his science writing, even though it’s outdated now. Much better than Hawking’s Brief History (though, he did pave the way a bit…).

    Re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-…-watching Connections series (original) by James Burke. Love his stuff. Can’t watch it enough. Watch “After the Warming” if you’re into it and while you’re watching it, think about the fact that he made it in before 1990 (the two episodes are on youtube, I think).

    Hmmm, board games – Boss Monster 2: The Next Level. Be a Boss Monster. Build a Dungeon. Lure Heroes and Kill Them. Win. All Cards.

    “We Didn’t Playtest This At All” by Asmadi Games (also cards). Think “faster than Flux” and “funnier than Munchkin” and “more ridiculous than Cards Against Humanity (sort of)”. Game time 5 seconds to 5 minutes (occasionally 45 minutes if someone plays that damn card…). Extra double plus good if everyone is imbibing…

    Teaching 13-year-old son 1st Edition AD&D (that’s the books I have. Don’t judge.)

    Armello – video game that’s actually a board game – for PS4, don’t know about others. Amazingly fun. Reminds me of some of the early PC games, NES/SNES games. Fun fun. Single player, multi (net). We all play together and argue the best things we should do next for our single character. Wish there was an actual board game of it (we may build out own, don’t tell anyone…)…

    • Jaybird says:

      Oh, man. Campbell will blow your mind. Just be sure to read the criticism of him when you’re done because he steals some bases and he’s pretty sneaky about how he did so.

      Boss Monster 2: The Next Level sounds interesting.

      Next week’s Saturday post will probably be about Legendary.

    • I’d love to watch The Ascent of Man again. No idea where to find it, though. ($70+ for DVDs is a bit steep.) obMontyPython:

      (Two Pythons in drag spot a penguin.)
      Pepperpot 2: Perhaps it’s from the zoo.
      Pepperpot 1: Which zoo?
      Pepperpot 2: How should I know which zoo? I’m not Dr. Bloody Bronowski!
      Pepperpot 1: How does Dr. Bronowski know which zoo it came from?
      Pepperpot 2: He knows everything.
      Pepperpot 1: Ooh, I wouldn’t like that. It’d take all the mystery out of life.

    • Maribou says:

      @john-howard-griffin I miss having other people to drink and play We Didn’t Playtest This At All with. A fine fine game.

      And I promise I’m not judging. (Dude, I haven’t read The Hero With a Thousand Faces either.)

      *rereads A Dog’s Tale*

      Oh! You are right. (I remembered that you were, but felt the need to reread it anyway.)