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  1. I'm in the middle of Piranesi by Susanna Clarke and loving it so far. The mysteries of where we are and who's who and wth is happening are compelling, but the potential threats to the (at least seemingly) innocent and vulnerable protagonist are stressing me out. It helps that the book is relatively short. Meanwhile, the massive and still unread Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell sits accusingly on my bookshelf going on 8 years, so I should probably get to that soon.
  2. Peacock is finally available through Roku. I've been enjoying dipping into Monk and Murder, She Wrote and am happy they have some classic horror movies to watch in October, but I'm a little annoyed that a few of the movies I had on my watchlist are gone. I know rights can get complicated and expensive, but they launched so recently that I didn't expect them to be removing stuff so soon. Oh, well. At least a good number of Hitchcock's movies are still up.
  3. Ooh, I didn't realize that Suburgatory's free to stream on CW Seed--with ads, but whatever. I've missed this show and am looking forward to a rewatch to see if it's as good as I remember.
  4. ‘Melrose Place’ Actress Amy Locane Headed Back To Prison For 2010 Drunk Driving Crash.
  5. What a fun--and potentially frustrating--topic! That It's a Living opening brings back memories. I haven't gotten around to rewatching it yet, but I was excited to find that The Critic is free to stream on Crackle. The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and Homefront have already been mentioned, but I'd also love to see Brooklyn Bridge, I'll Fly Away, and Remember WENN again. The latter was AMC's first scripted show IIRC, and was pretty low-budget but was so clever and well-made. I'm still mad that it was canceled after ending on a cliffhanger.
  6. From Sarah Halley Finn, the casting director responsible for a lot of the major players in the MCU: Why Chadwick Boseman Was Always the ‘Unanimous’ Choice for Black Panther. I didn't know he had auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians. I didn't expect to be hit so hard by this, but damn if I didn't cry again after watching that Marvel tribute.
  7. I'm not sure when it was added to Prime. I just noticed that it kept coming up in my recommendations over the past month or so. Yes, Brother Jerome was the worst! I know he was supposed to be an unlikable character, but he was almost too successful at it.
  8. I haven't been watching much Netflix lately, but was excited to see that Criminal: UK is coming back for another season in September. I'll probably check out Young Wallander, too. It's a little odd that though it's set in Sweden, everyone's speaking English with a variety of accents, but that type of thing generally doesn't bother me. I'm enjoying a rewatch of Cadfael on Amazon Prime, but wish Sean Pertwee had been able to stay on as the Sheriff for the whole run.
  9. I see they've made another interesting song choice for the trailer. I don't think it works, but it's not as egregious as Believer was for Murder on The Orient Express though that also means it probably won't generate as much discussion. I can't say I'm excited about this adaptation, but I am curious to find out what's been changed from the book.
  10. I love Caroline Siede's When Romance Met Comedy series at the AV Club and today she reminded me about the existence of Keeping the Faith. The romance was probably my least favorite part of the movie, but I remember enjoying it well enough. It's weird that this is the first of only 2 movies Edward Norton directed because it seems so off-brand for him, but it's too bad he didn't do more roles in this vein because he's so likable and charming in it.
  11. I don't know why Amazon US doesn't have it yet since it's been well over a year since it aired in the UK. It is available on Amazon UK, but I assume it's region-locked.
  12. I missed it if this has already been posted, but Vulture published an interesting article about that at the time: What the Debate Around Black American and British Actors Gets Wrong
  13. I rewatched the first 3 Bourne movies on Peacock this week and got annoyed all over again about how they killed off Nicky Parsons in Jason Bourne. I know she was meant to be a supporting player, but they went to the trouble of bulking up her role in the third movie by suggesting a history with Bourne only to use her to kick off the plot of the fourth movie and then unceremoniously dispose of her. I'll always have a soft spot for Julia Stiles because of 10 Things I Hate About You, but I think the character deserved better regardless. ETA: Since that's more frustration than anything else, I'll add Johnny Smith in The Dead Zone for a devastating death. Christopher Walken gave a heartbreaking performance in that movie and I don't think it gets enough attention when people talk about successful Stephen King adaptations. At least Johnny succeeds in exposing Stillson at the end and was already dying because of his condition, but seeing Brooke Adams weeping over him still makes me cry.
  14. Have you given up on Death in Her Hands? This is my first time reading one of her books and I'm struggling with it a bit.
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