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Media Diary - May 2017

Willful Machines - book - Eh. It seemed like this book was custom-designed for me: closeted gay nerdy teen protagonist meets self-aware robots and considers what truly constitutes life while solving a mystery and angsting about not living up to the expectations of his successful family. But the writing never grabbed me; I never felt immersed into it, not once. I found myself skimming a lot. Sorry, author Tim Floreen, you and your partner and your twin baby daughters seem cute but this book didn’t do it for me. :(

Westworld, eps 6-end of S1 - TV (HBONow) - After finishing the season, my thoughts were: “We've now finished the first season, and it was fine. I definitely empathize with the Hosts. There's one scene where Maeve says, "Oh Felix, you really do make a terrible human being. [long pause] And I mean that as a compliment." The human beings in this are awful.”

Secret Life of Pets - movie (Netflix) - Cute and silly. Didn’t really make sense but it was fun.

Moneyball - movie - People using facts to show up swaggering ‘we know best’ types, aka, my jam. They exaggerated the bifurcation of statistical analysis and personal negotiation (the “price” of a player isn’t a sticker price; it’s always going to be influenced by the other team’s perception of your interest level), but I can see how it was done to juice the drama. Also done to juice the drama: approximately nine gazillion scenes of Brad Pitt’s face as he considered things silently. Any other actor in the world and the audience would have fallen asleep, but it was Brad Pitt after a professional stylist had wiped the grime off, so it wasn’t boring. Blatant, but not boring.

Star Trek V: I don’t know the name of it - movie - This was a watch-together with Bironic and Ignazwisdom. Oh my god this movie was so boring. We snoozed our way through it. Iggy’s going to blog it on her Star Trek Tumblr if anyone’s interested in my “witty” comments throughout.

The Flash, Season 2 - TV (Netflix) - This series is like candy to me. Delicious every minute of indulgence but doesn’t linger with me later. Felicity Smoak remains my favorite character even though she’s only been in one episode each season.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 - movie - ADORED it. Funny, great-looking action, lots of found-family and friendship to put a warm feeling in my heart. Drax continues to be the best. I pointed out to my son (who watched with me) that it’s rude to call someone ugly, especially as much as Drax called Mantis ugly, but that all the rest of his behavior toward her was what real-life women appreciate: acknowledging that looks are irrelevant to your value as a person. (PS. I will probably ask for this on DVD for Christmas, thereby adding to my accidental collection of Kurt Russell & Sylvester Stallone fun flicks.)

Riverdale - TV (Netflix) - Watched all 13 episodes in two days. Liked it. I had thought it would be teen comedy but instead it’s a mystery story a la Twin Peaks (though less supernatural). Thumbs up. Cole Sprouse continues to be my inappropriately-young-for-me dapper-woman crush. See photo evidence here:

The President Show - TV (Comedy Central) - The pathos of this show really gets to me. It’s funny, and I hope cathartic for the guests, but very unexpected to feel the moments of connection and empathy.


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