Thursday, April 25, 2013

What We Have Been Watching These Past Two Weeks

I haven't updated our "What we are Watching" list for a while. I wasn't sure if I should continue telling you what we watch but some people really like. Some people have discovered new shows from my recommendations. Others have thanked me for steering them clear of the duds. So, I will keep doing it.

Here is what we have been watching.

I loved, loved, loved this movie. Tom was so-so on it. I am a bigger animation fan than he is. Plus, I thought the movie was so cute. It's perfect for kids and adults who act like kids. The story is fun. The animation is great. It's funny. I loved Vanellope and, of course, Tom said she reminded him of me. I will take that as a compliment, thank you very much. She is adorable and scrappy and, yes, a little annoying. But everyone, except Tom, knows I am not annoying. I totally recommend this movie. 

Game of Thrones, Part 2 rocks. Game of Thrones, Part 1 rocked as well. Although it left us a little disturbed. I won't spoil it for people who haven't seen it. But, we were not happy. Anyway, Season 2 was almost as good as Season 1. There is so much good acting and action. Now if you don't like action, violence, incest, killing, torture, death etc. you won't like this. But if you do like all that then watch Game of Thrones. It is one of my favorite shows. 

The Borgias is like Game of Thrones but set in Italy. So if you don't like sex, violence, killing, betrayal, death all set within the Catholic Church, then run. If you do, watch this show. It is sooooo good. Jeremy Irons is fantastic. He chews up scenery but in a good way. The rest of the cast is great. The writing is so fantastic. Plus, you get a little bit of a history lesson as well. Every so often when I am watching an episode, I go on the Internet to find out more info about an event that takes place or a person who is in the show. 

We had heard so many good things about this show that we decided to rent it. We actually liked it, a lot. The writing is fantastic and it's funny. There are things that make us go WTH? But then the Girls are in their 20's and we could be their parents.  There is a bit of a generation gap and this new generation is funky. But, I already put season 2 on the queue because we really liked it. There is a lot of weird sex and a lot of  other weirdness going on but it is worth a look. We are learning a lot about 20 somethings. 

No, I am not turning into a conservative like Rand Paul or Paul Ryan who worship at the altar of Ayn Rand. But, I will say that I actually like Ayn Rand's books. The Fountainhead is one of my all time favorite books. The funny thing is that when I read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, I took from it an opposite view of what most people do. And also an opposite view of what Ayn Rand was professing. Go figure. Tom did too. So when people on the other side of the political spectrum use Ayn Rand's philosophy,  I couldn't understand why because it was nothing like what I read. Maybe it's because I had no idea about Rand's philosophy before I read the books so I was able to read the book from my point of view. Who knows?

Anyway, the movie sucked big hairy balls. There is actually an Atlas Shrugged Part 1, which was not bad. Part 2 was a snooze fest. The acting is terrible. The writing, not so good.  It also took us about 3.5 hours to finish the movie because we kept stopping it to talk about the movie and the philosophy behind it. I say skip the movie and go read the book. In fact, skip Atlas Shrugged and read The Fountainhead

The Expendables 1 was great. It was fun and had tons of action. I love action movies so I am always on-board for any movie that blows stuff up. Unfortunately, this movie fell short. It is not funny, not good and it is pretty much boring. I liked the action because they have old school action. Old school action is when you know they actually blew up the car or building with some good explosive guy doing it. Computer generated action sucks. What's the point of blowing up stuff if you don't really blow it? I have to say that it is actually fun seeing all the old action heroes together in one film. I mean, Stallone, Willis, Arnold, Jet Li, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren were huge way back when! But I say, skip this movie and rent the first one. Or better yet, go back and rent Rambo, The Terminator or Die Hard. Those are so much better. 

Sherlock is a BBC show. We started watching it because we seem to like BBC shows. This one is great. It's Sherlock Holmes updated. Dr. Watson actually blogs, which makes laugh. The show is well written. The acting: Fantastic. According to Tom, who is the resident Sherlock Holmes fan, the show does a good job of doing what the books did . And he likes the updated show. I love it. I was never a huge Sherlock Holmes fan but now I am. I like the mystery and all the sleuthing. I highly recommend this show. 

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