kate h wrote:
I'm on to the second season of Anne with an E and while I adore the girl cast as Anne, and enjoy it in a kind of "whatever, I'll watch it," kind of way, I'm non-plussed by the pedantic revisionism, by trying to make an early 20th century classic kid lit story in the culture of rural PEI Canada (written by a religious woman) comport with 21st century notions on race relations, and the sexual spectrum. You know, it's not like those things aren't main stream now, every piece of literature doesn't need to be turned back in time to reflect what we wish people understood earlier than now. So I'm giving it a C- this season.
Also rewatching all three seasons of The Durrells in Corfu — it truly is a Masterpiece!
Watched Into the Wild which I've been wanting to see for some time. I found it sublime and compelling and extremely well done on all fronts. I don't love narration, but I put up with it for this one. I then read all that stuff surrounding controversies around the guy, but in the end I found him to be a truly unique soul if not a bit extremist and obsessed in his way, but for a somewhat forgivable reason — I too long for Alaska and for wilderness and for solace from the absurdities and excesses of this era. The movie is on Netflix now and it's well worth watching, very thought provoking.
Hi again, kateh!!!!! At my house we were so amped for season two of Anne With An E. But now we can barely look it in the eye. You may remember that I'm the person who reads aloud with her family every evening. While waiting for season two, we enjoyed the first Anne book, and read a fair chunk of the second one, too (We also read Pollyanna, by Katherine Anne Porter, for comparison).
What a letdown. I speak for my family here. We had mixed feelings about the stupid gold-in-Avonlea story arc. Even though it was stupid, we liked not being married to the events of the book. The book really embraces the simple. We realize it's not filled with drama and suspense such as people always want to see on tv. So we are ok with taking liberties, even great ones, with the plot. We love those characters, and the well-chosen cast who play them bring them to life. We enjoy seeing them in different plots, if they could just not be so ridiculous.
We like the Gilbert plot line in some ways. However, we found the idea of Gilbert delivering a baby in a foreign country (and breech!) completely absurd from start-to-finish and done in the most sloppy and unrealistic way possible. I mean, I know we're not watching Call The Midwife, but the entire scene seemed like it was written by the type of men who would wait in the lobby while their children were being born. It turns out that the writing team for the show is mostly women! A bunch of women conceived the idea that this Trinidadian woman needed some white boy to come along and tell her to push her baby out.
There are more complaints than I care to write about, such as poor character consistency. Yet we still watch the show on occasion. We have only gone through half the season so far. We love the actress who plays Anne. We adore Matthew.
You watched the Durrells In Corfu? We had read and LOVED the Corfu trilogy in our reading time, so we watched season 1 a while back. That was all there was then. I loved the show. My kids were a bit sour, as they'd hoped for more focus on Gerald's nature observations and interactions with non-humans. So, looks like I've got two more seasons!
nto The Wild? Great idea, thank you. It's ON! Why have I not watched it already? I enjoyed the book when it came out.
What else have I been watching lately?
Better Off Ted
The Thin Man