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26 October 2015 @ 06:24 pm
TV & Movie Roundup  

A week ago I went into Dublin and had a Movie Day. I went to see The Martian, Everest and The Intern, and decided not to go to Macbeth because I wouldn’t have gotten home until the heat death of the universe, or something a lot like it, like, eleven-thirty at night. :)

The Martian was, somewhat astonishingly, as good as everybody’s been saying it is. In so far as I had any objections to the plot, it was that their eventual solution seemed obvious to me from the moment the problem was presented, but I assume I’m part of a relatively small subset of people who went “well, obviously.” :) But it’s a really terrific movie, and people keep saying it’s nearly as good as the book, so I’m apparently going to have to read the book now, too.

Everest was also good, although not nearly as much fun as The Martian. The scenery is spectacular, and verified for me (as if there was any doubt) that I wouldn’t even be able to get to the mountain, much less actually climb it, as there are death-defying heights and rope bridges ON THE WAY THERE, never mind the actual mind-blowingly terrifying climb itself. In case of zombie apocalypse, possibly. Under any other circumstances, nope. But it’s a good film with a lot of good actors, and worth watching.

The Intern was a good unicorn chaser after those two movies, though, jeez. I chose to see them in the Correct Order. It’s a cute movie, with Robert de Niro playing fairly close to peak charm, and Anne Hathaway in a role that I found pretty sympathetic. The supporting cast tragically includes that guy I don’t like from Pitch Perfect, playing the same kind of role (albeit without singing) as in Pitch Perfect, which is kind of too bad because I have a suspicion he’s probably better and potentially a lot more likeable than that role. Still, though, overall a pretty cute movie, and an excellent choice to see after the above two. :)

I’ve also just finished watching Grace and Frankie, a Netflix Original with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin playing women who don’t like each other very much but have known each other and been married for forty years to Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, who at the beginning of the first episode, announce they’re in love with each other and will be divorcing their wives so they can get married themselves, now that it’s legal. It’s pretty damned terrific, and it ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER, which I totally didn’t expect (I thought I had two episodes left!) and now I’m clawing at the TV for the next season. Which will drop sometime in 2016, apparently, as it *has* been renewed, but agh! I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!

Seems like maybe there are a couple other things I’ve watched lately that I was going to mention, but that’s probably enough for now. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on October 26th, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
My reaction to The Martian was exactly the same as yours, although I wasn't sure how they work going to make that solution actually work. Matt Damon probably did his best work ever (and that's really saying something). The movie was pretty near perfect.

I only watched the first couple of Grace and Frankie (I saw the one on the beach with the drugs) and wasn't sure about continuing. I guess now I'll give it another chance. I love Lily Tomlin.
kitmizkit on October 26th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
The one on the beach with the drugs is actually pretty well the show's nadir, so try the next couple episodes. There are a couple of moments of "oh god this situation is so awful I can hardly stand to watch it" things that you usually see with, like, TEENAGERS, not 75 year olds, and it's just as awful and excrutiating, but it's not, sort of, like, actually bad. I think the one on the beach with the drugs was actually fairly bad.

Matt Damon was, yeah, pretty goddamn amazing in it. And I generally like him, so that's a lot, yeah. Wow.
Lolaidancewithlife on October 26th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
I listened to the audiobook of The Martian on a drive from California to Montana last spring, and was blown away. I have to say that while I usually like Matt Damon he will have to work *really* hard to be better than the audiobook narrator.

The Netflix show has some of my favorite actors! I have have to put it on my list. Thanks for the heads up.
kitmizkit on October 26th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah? Wow. I don't usually do audio books but now I'm kind of tempted to try that one!

I started watching Grace and Frankie precisely for that reason: who could resist all those wonderful actors?! And it's pretty wonderful. :)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on October 26th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
I LOVED Grace and Frankie!!!!
kitmizkit on October 26th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD THE END, RIGHT??!?!? I honestly thought I had two episodes left, I was like NO YOU CAN'T STOP THERE AAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!!!

I really, really enjoyed it. It's a ridiculously great cast, and it was just so much damn fun to watch people older than 35 in such terrific roles!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on October 27th, 2015 02:45 am (UTC)
Yes! to EVERYTHING.
kitmizkit on October 27th, 2015 09:20 am (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3!!!!