Since I haven’t been feeling all that great the last couple months (long story, but things are starting to get better now), I’ve been finding myself watching a lot of movies and shows and stuff during the times I need to be resting. It helps remind me to, you know, actually rest.
So here are a few titles I’ve seen recently and some commentary. These aren’t in any way meant to be reviews, per se, just…commentary. 😀 Unless otherwise stated, these were watched via AmazonPrime.
The Hunger Games
I haven’t read the books, but I’ve heard that the movie is a decent adaption of the first one. I’ve read posts by friends and articles by strangers, and that combined with the ads and promotions during the theatrical release made for quite a hype. Thusly, when I saw it become available on AmazonPrime, the Dearliest and I decided to see–to be cliche–what it was all about.
There were things I liked. There were things that creeped me out. There were things I found disturbing. I’m not sure I want to see it again, but I can’t stop thinking about it, even though it’s been at least 6 weeks since I saw it. The Dealiest’s comment was, “It’s the Millennial Generation that’s making this popular, and I like that I’m learning more about the Millennials. I’m not sure I like what I’m learning, though.”
We got a kick out of the movies’ portrayal of the upper class elite. Also, we got a kick out of Jennifer Lawrence.
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This was another case of hype-induced interest. Posts by friends, pins on Pinterest, merchandise on ThinkGeek.com…it wasn’t everywhere, but close enough. I started watching because I wanted to better understand some things but stopped after 3 episodes because I thought it was lame and not worth the curiosity. Some weeks later I gave it another shot because a lot of shows start out kinda lame and get better. Also, I still had those unanswered questions.
After the first season I’d decided a couple things. There were things about it I really liked, but the part of me that liked the show wasn’t a part I necessarily wanted to feed. There is a decidedly creepy factor to a lot of the episodes, and my body doesn’t like adrenaline dumps that much. And, while I overall found the show entertaining, it didn’t really grab me, and I knew I wasn’t going to watch the whole thing.
Alas, I’d gotten rather sucked into the Rose arc, so I did watch season 2, but then skipped ahead to the episodes leading up to Journey’s End.
And thusly ended my Doctor Who watching.
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The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
This is a favorite of the Dearliest and I. We went through it a long time ago back when we still had Netflix, but recently we bought our own copy because we like it that much. It’s quirky and fun and a real shame it was cancelled after one season. I think we have 2 episodes left and we’ll be done with it.
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Shaun the Sheep
We’re fans of Wallace & Gromit, but it wasn’t until this last year that I saw any of the Shaun the Sheep shorts. I was grateful to see AmazonPrime had a couple seasons available, because for times I needed to rest while the kids were up, this was something that would keep them out of trouble for half an hour or so.
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NOT what I was expecting. I knew nothing about it when I started, got drawn into the mystery, and ended up being kinda disappointed. If I’d known ahead of time that it was going to end up a commentary on early film-making, I might’ve reacted differently. Beautifully presented with steampunkish leanings, but, like I said, disappointing in the end.
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Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
I remember when this show was airing, and I remember seeing a couple episodes, but that’s about all my memory had. AmazonPrime had a season available, so I decided to check it out.
Folks, it was hilarious. I know it was marketed as “family entertainment” but I’m not sure near constant amusement is the entertainment they had in mind. I’m also not sure I’d let my family watch it, because after one episode (wherein I wasn’t fast enough to skip a scene) MY kids took to “play fighting” with grunts and groans and fists and rolling about on the ground. Family values? Um, no.
That about sums it up. I know I’m forgetting some, but that’s okay. Talking about movies can only be interesting for so long. 😛