Blech. Since Sunday morning, the awful mind-numbing brain fog that comes with a sinus infection has lifted, although there's still some sinus pressure and I currently have a headache. I lost my voice most of the way on Sunday as well, which was excellent
timing as I was in rehearsal for The Second Shepherd's Play
, a task I've more and more come to view with displeasure. (Speaking of which, magelette
, you still on for sending me some wenchy clothes to borrow?)
Being ill has given me ample time, however, to view much visual entertainment (which is to say: movies and tv shows.)
My Watch Every Sean Bean Movie (and catalog how he dies) Plan has hit a major snag, however, I started to watch Far North
the other night. I chose this one for several reasons: 1. I hadn't seen it, 2. it only has 3 major characters in it, leading me to believe there would be ample Sean Bean screen time, and most importantly 3. it was available via Netflix's instant downloads and I was out of new movies to watch at the time.
However, I only got roughly 3 minutes into said film because the first thing the first character does is pull out a giant knife and -- well, I stopped the movie but it was pretty clear she was about to slit the throat of a dog. So, yeah, I can't watch that one... maybe I'll manage it in the future if I fast forward past that part, but... probably not. Flightplan
, however, was a fairly entertaining movie-- an enjoyable example of its genre. I had my doubts during the opening, but once the story actually got to the plane, it was good. I even didn't mind that they played the "is she crazy?!" angle because it wasn't done up as a twist (ala Shutter Island
, ugh), or used as an answer (ala My Bloody Valentine
.) On the Sean Bean angle, there clearly wasn't enough
Sean Bean, but what there was was enjoyable.
The only broadcast tv I've watched was Make it or Break it
last night, and it played very much like the episode-before-the-finale of a serial tv show, if that makes sense. In other words, it was all set up to make next week's finale as tense
and as intense
as possible. So, whatevs. (Then again, no episode is going to stand up to the one from 3 weeks ago in which Kelly Parker got chalk in the face, and Sasha punched Marty
(I have no qualms about spilling spoilers here because a. it was from several weeks ago and b. I'm 98% sure that no one on my friends list watches the show. I didn't even know it existed until Flurry insisted that I watch some of it. It's weirdly addicting, and not just because the actor who plays Sasha is both hot and has a sexy accent.)
I have been using Netflix, however, a great deal, particularly the Instant Queue.
Last week I rewatched North and South
(the BBC miniseries about the industrialization of England based on the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, not the American miniseries about the Civil War.) The first time I'd seen it was because Richard Armitage was in it-- and I'd just seen him for the first time on the BBC series Robin Hood
. This time I watched it because it's a really good miniseries. I then promptly went to the university library and took out the book. (This was, surprisingly, more difficult than one would assume. While the ASU libraries (of which there are several) apparently own about 10 copies between them, all but one were checked out from the main library, and that one was missing from the shelves when I got there. However, I discovered that for some reason the multi-volume set of the Complete Works of Elizabeth Gaskell don't come up when you search for the individual works (which is odd-- as other collected works certainly do), so I managed to find a copy within volume 4. Irritatingly, however, a previous reader has underlined many passages (inexplicable ones in some cases) and made absolutely imbecilic marginalia notes-- usually insipid and often wrong. I know I should just ignore them, especially as deciphering the handwriting takes me out of the story-- but I've never gotten the hang of ignoring marginalia (or footnotes. Which has nothing to do with this rant.) Oh well.
I then rewatched Wives and Daughters
, also a BBC miniseries based on a(n incomplete) novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. This, too, I'd seen before. This one, however, while still good, just doesn't bear up to a second watching as well as North and South
does (and again, this is not
just due to the presence of Richard Armitage in the former...) This means that when I get a little cash (some day...) I'll buy myself North and South
on DVD and not worry about getting the whole Elizabeth Gaskell Collection
. Particularly since the third miniseries on the collection is Cranford
which I enjoyed watching the first time, but haven't had any impulse to rewatch. (The collection is only twice the price of one
miniseries, you see, but still too expensive to buy on a whim. But now that I've decided I don't need the collection, it'll be easier to afford just North and South
Have I mentioned that I have a pounding headache? Well, I do. And I choose to blame that for the babbling I'm doing here.
I have also been watching a great deal of MI-5
(or, for my British readers, Spooks
.) I'd caught bits of it on BBC America back when I was watching series one of Robin Hood
(see above re: Richard Armitage, but actually that was a cast that was entirely comprised of sexy Brits, not just Armitage alone.) And I'd found it interesting then. But upon checking imdb to see what else Richard Armitage was in, I discovered that he was (is?) in series 7 and 8 of MI-5
. I've very much been enjoying series 1 and 2 of the show, and series 7 is now on my Netflix queue (as it's only on DVD, not instant). I don't know that I'll watch all
of the intervening series as I understand that Tom Quinn (the main character from series 1 and 2) is not on after series 3. So I may watch 'til his character leaves, then start back up with series 7. We'll see... (And apparently series 8 isn't available via Netflix-- any Brits watch this show and know if it's currently on, or recently finished or what?)
(I may have to rewatch the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice
as apparently the actor who plays Tom on MI-5
was Mr Darcy.)
Speaking of Richard Armitage, I also watched the Macbeth
episode of Shakespeare Retold
as he played the Macduff character. Also, I'd been told by several Shakespeareans that the series was very good and that Macbeth
was the best of them. It was
quite good. It had some issues (both as a retelling of Shakespeare and as its own piece) but nothing too bad. It had some great moments, too, some very nice modernizations.
However, I blame it for the wacky dream I had in which everyone wanted to ride a roller coaster called the Macbeth (why was it called that? why were we riding roller coasters? No clue.) But every time someone said the name of the ride, it was said the way Paul Gross says MacBETH?
in series (season?*) 2 of Slings and Arrows.
This meant that I simply had to bring up Macbeth
in some fashion while hanging out with Flurry so that I could say MacBETH?
over and over. Naturally.
(Apropos of very little, last night I dreamt of TastyKakes.)
So. Yeah. I need
to get over this sinus problem mess so that I can start thinking about something other than telly again. (Namely, my dissertation.)
I'm looking forward to watching the series premier of Parenthood
I saw Shutter Island
on opening weekend and hated it.
I've crocheted 5.5 sheep while watching all of the above. (They're for my Second Shepherd's Play
castmates. There, uh, will be 6 total, I'm not stopping
with that .5.)
I've played with Sculpey a lot in the past two days, too, and made some accessories for the Yarn!Chesters. (One of the nice things about watching things on my computer-- which I rarely do-- is that I can sit at my desk and work on things like Sculpey. It's not nearly as comfortable as on my couch, of course, but then I don't play with sculpey on my couch, do I?)
While looking at pictures for the accessories, it reminded me of how awesome seasons 1 and 2 of Supernatural
are, so I may be beginning a rewatch of that eventually soonish. Or something. :)
All right, this already ridiculously long and pointless entry is rapidly devolving, so I'm going to stop now. You'll probably be relieved to know that I'll be back in classes and such tomorrow. I'm not at 100% health-- well, not even 100% for me
health-- but well enough. My throat only hurts a wee bit, and then only when I cough. I have coughing fits, but it's not all the time My nose is mostly clear, the pressure's mostly gone. The only major issue left is that my ears are still
closed. Very frustrating. :P But hardly an excuse to keep from teaching/going for ice cream with Heather/going to a presentation on "Virtual Reconstructions of History." This last I don't particularly feel up to doing, but it could prove useful for my diss. Yay.
*Do Canadians use "season" or "series"?