Thursday, April 08, 2010

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Weeds: Season Five:
I was surprisingly bored during this season, and often had to rewind after getting distracted with the multitasking laptop that always accompanies me when I watch shows. The show just kind of meanders through the season without much sense of direction (see also, marching band drunks in a halftime show). It was funny enough, but a little stale.

Final Grade: C+

Up in the Air:
This movie felt longer than it was, but I was entertained. The number of cameos was a little distracting. A good night of entertainment, but it's not actually going to change your life, despite everyone's rabid foaming. I liked it less than Slumdog Millionaire, another movie that was hyped up the butt.

Final Grade: B-

Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Troost:
The follow-up to Sex Lives of Cannibals, this book has wry humour and an interesting perspective on travel, but it reads more like an aimless road trip than a standalone adventure (which allows me to reuse the word "meander" again today, since someone stuck in a perpetual state of wanderlust might be called a "meanderthrall"). There are a few too many references to his last book, and the "moral of the story" seems to show up just a little too abruptly, but it's a fun read.

Final Grade: B

LOST, so far:
This season must be following some Fibonacci Series of Suck because crappy episodes are periodically augmented with surprisingly good ones. Tuesday's episode was one of the very good ones (as most Desmond-centric episodes are). This episode finally integrates the "Los Angeles" storyline into the main plot, which was long overdue and highly welcome. Up until now, I was having trouble caring about that branch at all, because no matter how many ways you can make the characters bump into each other and caption the screen with "ISNT THIS COOL! THEIR IN THE SAME ROOM LOL", it's just wasted air time until you know how it correlates to the main plot. Either way, I'm glad that the show's almost over.

Final Grade: B

Man threatens to down jet with mind power
Meatless Monday fails in San Fancisco
Playboy photographers find reality TV hard work

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