Vacation Watch list

SPORTS

Browns: Ravaged by Covid for two weeks they had two close games, but still two loses. Now 7-9 with an outside chance to make the playoffs. 4 turn-overs, bad kicking and again getting rooked by the refs, they still ended only two behind the Packers.

MOVIES

The Lord of the Rings: My youngest has been wanting a sword for sometime and she got Hadhafang for Christmas. Surprisingly, she has not seen the Lord of the Rings movies. We have been through Fellowship (stayed up until 2:30am) and Two Towers. Still have to watch Return of the King.

8-Bit Christmas: Watched as a family movie, was fine, not very memorable though. Not a new Christmas Classic.

Pitch Perfect: Always a go to in this house. One of the best movies ever made, with only one possible better movie, Pitch Perfect 2. Plus:

Don’t Look Up: Finished this one last night, an excellent biting treatise on the recent and current state of affairs in politics and in general in the United States. All star cast.

SERIES

Altered Carbon: This is the second time I’m trying to watch this series. It 100% should be right up my alley but I just cannot get into it. I’ve gotten through two episodes and maybe I’m not paying enough attention but I was pretty lost by the end of it. This falls in line with The Expanse which I feel like I should also really enjoy but do not, and I have watched many more of those episodes.

Lost in Space: Really enjoyed the first few seasons, started the new season and was pretty disinterested. Someone suggested to me to go back and re-watch the first two (three?) seasons before watching the new one, but who has time for that?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: I have and on and off affair with this show. I have watched most of the seasons and just started the newest one that is streaming. I always enjoys it’s take on the current state of affairs and this season is no different. I just have to be in the right mindset for their particular style of self-loathing comedy.

Curb your Enthusiasm: An up and down season that just ended, not even close to their best effort. Some genuinely hilarious moments, but never enough JB Smoove for me.

STAND UP

Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material: I do not watch stand up comedy specials, as a general rule. However, loving all British Comedy shows and desperately missing an outlet where I can watch Eight out of Ten Cats does Countdown (I was able to watch this years Christmas Special) I decided to give it a go. It was interesting to see the difference between his PG-13 BBC stuff and his R and X-rated show special material. Pretty funny, seemed a little over-written and over-produced to me, but again I don’t watch stand up that much. His crowd work was pretty much on point.

That is all I can think of for now, still have a bunch of vacation ahead of me so there will probably be another update in a few days.

 

Boosted

On Friday I went to get my hassle-free, in and out, Pfizer booster from CVS. It had taken me a bit longer than I wanted to find the dose I wanted at the location I wanted but things finally aligned. I had no reaction from the first two shots, also Pfizer, and I didn’t think I was going to this time. So 9:30 rolls around and I usually burn the midnight oil on the weekends but I decided to go to bed. In addition to the booster it had been a long week and I had to physically go into the office a couple of days (how did we used to do that five days a week?!). Anyway, I went to bed and slept until 9:30 the next morning. I haven’t done 12 hours in a long time, and this was a hard 12 hours, I might have gotten up for one bathroom break but then right back to sleep. Boosted!

137 Shots.

Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

“And finally I want to say to you that we have some great struggles ahead. All over the nation and right here in Cleveland. But as we struggle let us have the courage to be non-violent. You see, it doesn’t take much courage to be violent. It is ultimately the strong man that can be non-violent. It is the courageous man that can be non-violent.”

I agree with the analysis of my current mood.

The Dark (2018) and Dark (2020)

I finished the 2018 movie The Dark last night. I really enjoyed it, so many films about creepy cabins and hauntings in the woods but this one had a nice spin on it. Chef recommends. You can watch it on Amazon Prime.

Incidentally, I was looking for something new on Netflix and realized I had started Dark, the 2020 German series, but had not gotten that far into the first episode. I have to be in a specific mood for subtitled shows. Last night I was in a specific mood for a subtitled show and I dug the first episode. Many plots ramping up quickly, not just angsty teenagers. I’m in.