Book Thoughts May 2016

Boys Among Men by Jonathan Abrams is about the years between 1995 and 2005 when high school basketball players skipped college and went to the NBA. Players covered include Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnet but the book also covers some less successful players. It is interesting.

Brady vs Manning is interesting but not as good as I hoped. I thought it would be more interesting than it turned out to be but I am not sure why. Gary Myers is a good writer but his best book might be the Catch from a few years back. Brady vs. Manning is still worth reading though.

Extreme Prey is good. It is the latest Lucas Davenport novel from John Sandford. Lucas is unemployed but recruited to do a favor for the governor but danger lurks nearby. (I missed the last novel in the series, so I don’t know why Lucas quit.) Richard Ferrone reads it on audio.

Movie thoughts 4-26-2016

Movies I want to see that aren’t playing in my non-select city

  • Sing Street
  • Elvis and Nixon
  • Everybody Wants Some

That is only 3 films. So, that is not too bad. It seems like I am forgetting one film though.

Best films of 2016 in theaters so far (Zootopia doesn’t count)

  • Deadpool
  • Ip Man 3
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • Batman v. Superman

Maybe I went to too many movies last year or maybe this has been a bad four months so far at theaters. ┬áThat is a pretty weak top five, I’d be surprised if three made my top ten list.

 

Movie Thoughts 4-22-2016

I haven’t been to a movie in a few weeks. It feels a bit odd but there is nothing out that really interests me. There are some interesting movies playing but they aren’t playing near me.

It is two weeks until Captain America:Civil War. I hope the movie is good. Early reviews are good. I hope it is better than Batman v. Superman but i also hope the next DC movies are better than that movie.

It is a month until X-men Apocalypse. I am looking forward to it. I like the X-men series of films, even the third X-men movie. I am not saying it is great and maybe it is the weakest film in the series but it is not bad.

The new Jason Bourne trailer is good. Plot details see/m vague but apparently he remembers everything. Tommy Lee Jones is on hand, which is usually good.

Texting at movie theaters

AMC Theaters announced a few days allowing texting in parts of a theater or having texting theaters. The public response was not positive. The CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse wrote a blog about this saying it was a bad idea. Now AMC has decided that the texting friendly idea was bad.

Honestly I understand people not wanting a movie theater chain to encourage texting. Texting in theaters bothers me and other people. It seems rude, movie theaters shouldn’t be encouraging patrons to be rude.

It seems to me that you are paying to see the movie, you can wait to text until after the movie. I think this varies from person to person but some people are too attached to their phones. I understand it I think but you’re paying to see a movie on a big screen, why not turn off your phone?

Book Thoughts 4-15-2016

I am listening to Nothing but the Truth, an old Dismas Hardy novel by John Lescroart. These novels about a San Francisco lawyer are often good. (I cannot think of a bad one at the moment.) It is interesting to read a book in a series that you skipped or missed.

I listened to Tim Green’s the Dark Side of the Game. Green played for nine years in the NFL before becoming a novelist and TV analyst. Each chapter in the book covers a different aspect of life in the NFL and life after leaving the NFL. It is not a recent book, so it doesn’t cover the concussion situation.

upcoming books I will probably buy (series character noted in parenthesis)

  • Slow Burn by Ace Atkins (Spenser)
  • Blood Flag by Steve Martini (Paul Madriani)
  • Extreme Prey by John Sandford (Lucas Davenport)
  • Escape Clause by John Sandford (Virgil FLowers)
  • the House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

 

TV Thoughts4-15-2016

The best 30 for 30 in the last five months or so might be the Four Falls of Buffalo. I really liked that one a lot. The new one about the Orlando Magic is good too. It seems like a long time since the last baseball centered episode.

The classic Thunderbolts are appearing on the Avengers Assemble cartoon. (There have been a few other versions of the Thunderbolts over the years.) That is nice. This is odd bit of timing with a new version of the team, with some classic members, getting a comic soon.

iZombie seems set up for a good third season. The two part season finale was good. Stephen Weber won’t be back, so there will have to at least one new recurring villain. I wonder how different the show will be next season.

Movie Thoughts 4-14-2016

The Doctor Strange trailer looks good. There is not a hint of the villain as yet. It looks a bit different,I think it will be less comedic than Ant-Man. Magic can be tricky.

Star Wars Rogue One looks good too. It might be weird to see a Star Wars movie without a Jedi. It looks like Donnie Yen will get a chance to show off his skills unlike the Raid guys in the Force Awakens.

The Avatar sequels are coming. Maybe it is just me but I don’t feel interested at all in Avatar sequel. I haven’t seen Avatar in ages and I haven’t wanted to see it again.

The Men in Black and Jump Street crossover is happening.(It still seems kind of like a joke.) It will be called MIB 23. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are reportedly not involved. Maybe people will enjoy it.