Books, Movies and TV

What I’m Watching/Reading/Hearing

08.15.06 | 3 Comments

This is the second time I’ve had to type this since I accidentally closed the tab before I’d saved it the first time. It probably wont’ be as long this time around.

For starters, I’ve made some changes to my podcast roundup since last time I mentioned these things. I had to drop a few because they were too long, but I ended up picking up a few irresistable ones too. To start things off, I just started listening to 7th Son Book 1: Descent. I just started chapter 4, and it has been enjoyable so far. Unfortunately, because of the swearing I can’t play it in the car when I’m taking the tadpoles to or from daycare, so that limits how much I can listen to it. I also picked up Dragon’s Landing, a must-listen for anyone GMing or playing in an RPG. Other regulars include Geek Fu Action Grip, Have Games Will Travel, I Should Be Writing, Slice of Sci-Fi, The Comicology Podcast, The Round Table, The Secrets, and The Writing Show. I had to drop Pottercast, The Babylon Podcast, and The Signal because it was just too much content too often. I don’t have enough listening hours in the week. As it is I’m often a week to two weeks behind.

In reading news, I’m still working on The Coyote Kings and the Space Age Bachelor Pad. Although I heard it described as page-turner, this one has taken me much longer than usual to get through. Of course, part of it has to do with the arrival of Tadpole 2. However, I recently picked up new books from Steven Brust and Michael Stackpole, so I have renewed incentive for finishing this one. I’m on page 395 and have about 130 pages to go. All the build-up finally came to a head at around 350 and things are actually happening now, so I’m sure I’ll finish it soon.

I started watching The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou this morning at around 5:30 as I was feeding Tadpole 2. I only have about 30 minutes left on it. So far it has been… decent. I’m not sure how to describe it. It has funny moments, but not all the absurdity is the laugh-out-loud kind. That may be the movie’s true weakness. In the first draft of this blog (the one lost to the electon ether) I blamed it on the lack of a strong sympathetic character. Mill Murray plays the egomanica Zissou perfectly, but Owen Wilson’s character isn’t strong enough to counter-balance the dislike I felt for Zissou. Maybe the last 30 minutes will change my mind. Meanwhile, Citizen Kane is trucking back to Netflix, and in return will come V for Vendetta. What with the difficulty of finding baby sitters, this was a movie I never got to see in the theater.

In daycare, they teach the tadpoles to “use their words” instead of resorting to hitting. I’ve had to pause Battlestar Galactica when Tadpole 1 entered the room because he said they needed to use their words. I’m pretty sure they don’t use their words in V, either. Guess I’ll be watching this one in the pre-dawn hours while feeding Tadpole 2.

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Comment by Jerry
2006-08-15 08:56:50

V uses words. Then they hit each other. :)

I love that flick.

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Comment by Kyle
2006-08-15 11:36:22

What’s new from Stackpole? I was wondering whether the guy was still alive or not.

THE LIFE AQUATIC was pretty funny in some spots, but you can’t really like Murray’s character. But just as a comic character, he’s pretty darn funny. The movie was too darn slow with not enough laughing moments in it. I like subtle humor, but this was almost too subtle.

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Comment by Prest0
2006-08-15 11:51:11

I agree. He was supposed to be this unlikable egomaniac, but the problem was that Murray far outshines Wilson’s “Ned”. Stackpole has a new fantasy trilogy called Cartomancy. I picked up the first book, called A Secret Atlas but actually the second is already out so I kinda lied when I said it was a new book. It’s new, but not his newest.

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