A Housekeeping Update from the Critic

Woo, some housekeeping notes!

As you might have noticed, I’m trying to get a bit better about posting regularly around here. I don’t know that I’ll be able to maintain the weekly posting I’ve done for the past month, but I’m going to aim for at least twice a month (and hopefully both of those will be reviews).

Some reviews I’m hoping to have out soon (although not necessarily in this order):

1) Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
2) Voltron: Legendary Defender
3) Leverage
4) Parks & Recreation
5) Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

As I get further through my reading list this year, I will add other books to that list, and I can almost certainly guarantee that I will go see the live action Beauty and the Beast when it comes out in March.

On a somewhat more serious note, I may occasionally delve into politics, because, well, if you’ve paid any kind of attention to the news, you know that there’s a new slurry of ridiculousness coming out every single day. I will make an effort to keep it mostly the movie/book/TV stuff you know and love, but yeah, that’s likely a thing that’ll happen. Fairly be ye warned.

In totally unrelated news, I’ve started querying my first novel project. That it’s been four days and I’ve managed to only check my email, oh, 3,574 times should be a testament to my restraint.

*checks again just in case*

So what have you all been up to? Seen any good movies lately that I should try and catch before they leave theaters? Or are there any shows on Netflix I should queue up when I’m developing websites? Let me know!

3 comments on “A Housekeeping Update from the Critic

  1. Have you seen La La Land yet? I’m curious your thoughts on that one. (Clay and I enjoyed it, but we aren’t critics!) I’d also be interested in what you think of The OA on Netflix. Clay and I had differing opinions on that one and it’s definitely… interesting. Looking forward to your future posts!

    • Michelle says:

      I have not seen La La Land, but I’ve heard mixed things overall: It’s wonderful, it’s wonderful but the ending was blah, the beginning was great but the rest of the movie was blah, and then some people weren’t really comfortable with the “white dude saves jazz from black people (who, you know, invented jazz)” implications of the storyline. I might save that for DVD and then see it for myself.

      Stranger Things and The OA are two of the Netflix shows I’ve been meaning to check out. The OA is another one I’ve heard mixed things about, although the general consensus seems to be “good but could’ve been better.” I’ll let you know when I watch. 🙂

      • I fall in the realm of “wonderful but the ending was bittersweet”. Not what I hoped for in an ending, but, looking back, I can see how we got there and the commentary on Hollywood. And I didn’t feel at all the ‘white dude saves jazz from black people’ bit. Especially since most of the musicians he plays with are black and when he introduces her to ‘real’ jazz the musicians are black. And he never takes on the role of ‘well, yeah, they’re playing with me, but I’m better’. It definitely has the feel of ‘they’re playing with me because I wanted the best and they’re the best’. You know… when we get to that point. (Not spoiler.) If anything, it shows that you don’t have to be of a certain look/race/ethnicity/whathaveyou to step up for something you love, even if you’re the odd one out in the situation. If you’re passionate, you’re passionate. We enjoyed the musical side of it. It was a good throwback to musicals how I remember growing up on them. Much as I like newer stuff too, it was really cool to see a nod to nostalgia. =)

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