Sitting in Felix’s hospital room for the last eight weeks, I’ve had plenty of time to consume media. Since our internet access is limited, we’ve had to resort more to books and DVD’s, which is all good.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson. This book is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud like an idiot on numerous occasions. It is also rambly and filthy and has the word “vagina” in in WAYYYY too many times. It will also make you want to swear more, so watch out if you spend a lot of time around children and conservative Christians. But I can’t deny that Jenny Lawson is one of a kind. And if you only have the chance to read a chapter of it, jump to “The Dark and Disturbing Secrets HR Doesn’t Want You to Know,” about her years as a human resources rep (Think Toby from The Office). I died.
Yes Please – Amy Poehler. I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs written by celebrities lately, and Poehler’s is one of the best. It seems to be fashionable in humour writing to go on constant tangents and ramble on and on, providing ridiculous footnotes and prefaces as if trying to prove how eccentric and whimsical the authors are. (Lawson, above, is guilty). I find it exhausting to read. Poehler doesn’t mess around with that. She writes like a professional. She’s not out to prove anything. She’s the most no-nonsense humourist I’ve read in a while. And I still laughed. And I delighted in the chapter on Parks and Recreation, because we’re long-time fans of the show, and it’s always exciting to read behind the scenes stuff.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Volume 1 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A friend gave me a copy, and I was surprised to find how thoroughly I enjoy these old stories (some of which I’ve read before). They’re quite exciting! I have always adored all incarnations of the Sherlock Holmes character (starting with Basil from The Great Mouse Detective), so I don’t know why I was surprised to love the original so much. I enjoy spotting all the places where my favourite version (BBC’s Sherlock) got its inspiration. So much goodness.
The Problem of Pain - C. S. Lewis. This man never ceases to bring me to my knees in awe. This book has helped me through some hard times this month.
I have learned that reruns of Corner Gas are on ALL THE TIME on The Comedy Network. And once I got to know the characters I found I loved the show. The humour is unique and wonderful. None of the expected story arcs involving sex between different characters. (Can you believe it?! On television??) And Wanda is the best. And also Davis. Okay, I love everyone.
We’ve also been re-watching The Office (the American version) from the beginning on DVD. Man. What a show. So original and funny. And painful. Michael Scott is one in a million.
Into The Woods – Every few years, I try to see whether I like filmed musicals yet, especially if one is critically acclaimed. So we gave Into the Woods a shot one afternoon to get our minds off of the nightmare we’re living.
Turns out, I still don’t care for them. Even though there were lots of fun musical numbers and phenomenal performances, I still got tired of all the singing. I also found it creepy and weird that Johnny Depp as the Wolf still looked like Johnny Depp. His interest in Red Riding Hood felt a lot more like pedophilia than the hunger of an anthropomorphic carnivorous beast. The ending is kind of depressing and ends with a big focus on a baby boy, so I walked out of the theatre sobbing. Not exactly what we had in mind when we bought our tickets.
Boyhood – We watched this (and the following movies) on DVD on a laptop in Felix’s room. It was astonishing. The dialogue was so believable I really, truly felt like I was watching an actual person’s life. Such a touching story of beauty and healing coming out of very ordinary brokenness. But it is long. Make sure you have the time to commit to watching it. (We had to watch it in parts.)
The F Word – Positively delightful from beginning to end. Very funny dialogue. Daniel Radcliffe is amazingly believable as a normal guy. It only took me about twenty seconds to get over seeing a scruffy Harry Potter drink beer and say swear words at a slummy party.
Safety Not Guaranteed — Weird and wonderful. I was distracted during the last part because Felix was showing a slightly higher temp, but I think I liked it.
The Giver – I think this movie received poor ratings from critics, but I thought it was lovely and moving. I didn’t think Jeff Bridges was the right choice as the Giver, but he did okay. (And Taylor Swift as Rosemary? What the what?!). I rather liked the liberties they took with the ending, especially with Fiona, thought it felt kind of like cheating and pandering to the crowd. I didn’t care. It made me happy.
But given the circumstances while watching it, I felt like I would totally rather live in a perfect, black-and-white world without music and art than live in a colourful world where babies can get sick and die. Is that just me?
Speaking of babies, here’s a picture of ours with his Bamboletta named Jasper:
Let’s end with that happy, cute little face. (PS – If you haven’t heard, he’s actually doing a lot better this week.)