Dale had to sing with his band last Saturday and it was a wedding so he was gone for a long time. Often when he’s gone like that I will make plans with friends to have dinner or shop or something but this week I chose to stay home and enjoy some time to myself. I wanted to work on True Colors (I’m sort of worried that I’m going to run out of yarn so I’m knitting really fast right now to end the suspense) and it was chilly and cloudy out so that meant . . . knitting and television. It’s been quite a while since I had an extended amount of time to watch whatever I wanted and this is what I chose (it’s Thursday. there are three) :
The Glass Castle. I know the book is always better and in this case that’s especially true. The movie was good and the casting is great but they really glossed over just how horrid and impoverished Jeannette Walls’ childhood actually was. In the movie her parents came off as quirky and artsy, drunk and homeless but in a slightly charming and not really threatening way. In the book Walls describes eating lunch scraps that other kids had thrown away, the deplorable condition of the places they lived and really paints a picture of dysfunction and neglect. In the movie whole thing comes off more as nostalgia and I found that disappointing.
Me Before You. See above. Okay, not really, and I did actually like this movie quite a bit. Emilia Clarke does a bang up job of Louisa (and I couldn’t for the life of me make her be Daenerys!) and the rest of the cast is equally good. Of course the story is condensed somewhat but the friendship that develops between Louisa and Will feels genuine and the whole thing stays pretty true to the book.
Nashville. I’ve been meaning to watch this ever since our trip to Nashville last April and now that I’ve started I must admit I’m hooked. It sort of reminds me of Dallas back in the day except instead of a ranch and oil rigs it’s music. I love seeing the places in Nashville that we visited and the music is pretty good and, while it’s definitely an evening soap opera, it’s also pretty entertaining. It’s junk but it’s good, you know?
Have you watched anything good lately? I know a lot of you like to listen to books and knit but to me it’s television and knitting that go hand in hand so I’m always open to suggestions for good movies and shows.
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