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23rd-Aug-2016 09:36 pm - An Evening of Stage and Screen
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Longwood Opera presented An Evening of Stage and Screen tonight. The singers' voices were excellent (as always).I was expecting to really like Vanilla Ice Cream (sung by Grace Allendorf), but Rhymes Have I (sung by Stephanie Mann & Tom Frates) was a close second--I'd never heard so many of the clever lyrics before.

I had to google Skyfall and Boum!

Here's the complete program:
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22nd-Aug-2016 10:50 pm - Limitless (2011)
We've been watching the Limitless tv series, which is clearly somewhat of a sequel to the original movie, so we figured it would be a good idea to record and watch the movie. The DVR unfortunately cut off the last scene, so we may try to re-record it at some point.

The ongoing story in the tv series is quite similar to the movie but at least now we know how it got there. Nice to see Anna Friel in yet another different sort of role. And Bradley Cooper's eyes are as blue in the movie as they are in the tv series.
22nd-Aug-2016 10:35 pm - How I Met Your Mother, season 9
It's been less than two years since we started watching season 1 of How I Met Your Mother. Oddly, it seems longer than that. It's been our 'go to' short amusing show to watch at the end of the evening after darker, more complicated shows. We finished the last two episodes of season 9 tonight. I'd actually heard about the ending when it aired in March, 2014.

In season 9, it was fun to see Roger Bart as Curtis, and Cristin Milioti was excellent as the mother. Other highlights:
Mom and Dad (#10): musical numbers with Neil Patrick Harris, Ben Vereen and John Lithgow
Bedtime Stories (#12): all in rhyme, including Lin-Manuel Miranda's rap; nursery rhyme style of credits music
How Your Mother Met Me (#16): episode 200; opening credits with Tracy; all the near misses we've seen in previous episodes; Tracy (Cristin Miloti) singing 'La Vie en Rose' playing ukelele
Vesuvius (#19): 'What mother doesn't come to her daughter's wedding'
Daisy (#20): H.M.S. Pinafore
19th-Aug-2016 11:58 pm - Eureka, season 4
I finished season 4 of Eureka tonight. It took an embarrassingly long time to recognize Ming-Na Wen as U.S. Senator Michaela Wen. It was fun to see Wallace Shawn as Dr. Warren Hughes, and so nice to see Felicia Day as Holly Marten. Some other highlights:
  Founder's Day (#1): 1947! Sepia tones, music (including the theme), costumes
  The Ex-Files (#9): The very snarky exes
  O Little Town (#11): Chris Parnell as Dr. Noah Drummer; special holiday credits
  Glimpse (#13): Stan Lee!
  Up in the Air (#14): Eureka can't even have a normal bank robbery.
18th-Aug-2016 10:32 pm - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently running in London, written by Jack Thorne and based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. But it will be a long time before we get the chance to see the play, and I enjoyed reading the rehearsal script.

It has been a very long time--five years--since we saw the last Harry Potter movie, and of course even longer since I'd read the books. So I didn't quite get all the references. I liked the timey-wimey time travel, and it was so nice to see Snape again.
18th-Aug-2016 10:13 pm - Angie Tribeca, season 2
It was very nice that the second season of Angie Tribeca followed so soon after the bingeathon of season 1. The second season wasn't quite as great as the first, but still fun. It is very surreal and full of puns.

Some highlights:
  You've Got Blackmail (#4): a la Mission Impossible
  Boyz II Dead (#7): Saul Rubinek and James Franco!
  Electoral Dysfunction (#10): surprise mask removals; James Franco 'just there as a favor for a friend'---very meta
5th-Aug-2016 07:10 pm - Jason Bourne (2016)
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We saw Jason Bourne last night with Debby at the Super Luxe in Chestnut Hill. Including dinner at our seats, which was convenient.

The movie didn't make a lot of sense but was fun and very energetic. It never stopped moving. I especially liked Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander.
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I just finished a three-book reading project:

  1. Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, by Curtis Sittenfeld

  2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

  3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

All three books start slow, and pick up about halfway through (when Elizabeth and Darcy start 'accidentally' meeting during walks (or runs, in Eligible). My favorite parts of Eligible were the sibling texts and the reality show. I liked Lydia's Ham, and finally figured out that his name came from Wickham. The zombie bits of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies were somewhat disconcerting insertions in Austen's text. And I believed more in the zombies than in the Bennett family taveling to China to train.

I may watch the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie once it reaches cable.
1st-Aug-2016 04:39 pm - The Joneses (2009)
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The Joneses was fun and a bit scary and a bit sad (Larry). I liked watching the fake family become a real family, sort of. And it was fun to see David Duchovny (Steve Jones) and Gary Cole (Larry Symonds).
28th-Jul-2016 10:07 am - Death of a Salesman
Last Saturday we saw our last play of this year's subscription at Vokes: Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller. I'm glad I finally saw this classic play, though it's not my favorite, of course. And it was very long---over 3 hours!
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