I spent the end of August enjoying the last days of summer and early September was busy with back-to-school. The television is now back on, so here’s what I’ve been watching.
Kiefer Sutherland is really terrific in the role of Jack Bauer, but Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian is my favourite character. Her nerdy, social awkwardness is endearing, but it’s her exceptional intelligence that has me hooked.
The Hunger Games
I like to watch movies with my almost 11 year-old daughter. She read The Hunger Games this summer and could not put it down. I wanted to see what the fuss was all about, so I borrowed her book. It was impossible to put the book down.
Last weekend, we decided to watch the movie. The book will always be better than the movie because there is more time to develop characters in depth. But, we were both impressed at how well the movie captured the characters and scenes in the book. Jennifer Lawrence is terrific as Katniss and Elizabeth Banks portrays Effie Trinket perfectly. I also liked Donald Sutherland as President Snow (maybe it’s because Kiefer looks so much like him).
I’m starting to read Catching Fire this weekend.
My kids are all big Adam Sandler fans, so all of us – my tween daughter and 8 year-old twin boys decided to watch Grown Ups on a Saturday night a couple of weeks ago.
It’s a terrific feel-good movie with lots of laughs. 5 childhood friends meet up for their coach’s funeral 30 years after winning the basketball championship. As expected one is a great financial success, one is single, one is on his third (?) wife, the other is a stay-at-home dad and the final friend is overweight and unemployed.
There are no surprises in the plot. That’s what makes it so wonderful. The adults are close enough in age to me for me to appreciate their humour and my kids enjoyed a whole other side to the movie.
Orange is the New Black
I thought the late nights watching TV alone in the family room would be over once I was done with 24, but it was not meant to be. I started Orange is the new Black a couple of days ago and after a marathon weekend, I am almost done Season 1.
So much has been written about the original Netflix series, so I am not sure what I can add. It’s refreshing to watch a sappy show without the plot revolving around the lives of lawyers or doctors. The characters are all interesting in their own right. While Piper Chapman is the lead character, it is the other characters that surround her that are most interesting.