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  • "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows". Beautiful "sets", and I liked the slow-mo of bullets hitting trees when they're running through the woods. It was a nice way to convey the chaos and danger without resorting to shaky-cam. But personally, I prefer Aspergers Holmes to Action-Figure Holmes. The British show makes it exciting to watch Holmes think, and the rapport between Holmes and Watson doesn't have a corny "buddy cop" feel.

  • "Little Miss Sunshine". Except for the last 15 minutes, it falls short of funny. I think I enjoyed it more than The Man did, because watching the characters pile into a semi-working VW minibus was like every family vacation from my childhood.

  • "Date Night" with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. I guess I'd call it an action comedy, a lot like "After Hours", but in this one it's a married couple on a date who get mixed up in a crime. I liked it, and they nailed the DIWKs arguments.

Also recently seen: my first and last episode of "Game of Thrones". Enough horrible things happened in the first episode, and even the good guys have to be brutal, that I don't need to go back there. I can just re-read Suetonius.

Still watching: "Foyle's War". Now into series 3, still awesome.

Recently read: Rosemary Kirstein's Steerswoman's Road and The Lost Steersman. How is it that I only recently heard of this author? She's great. Reminds me a bit of Janet Kagan. A vaguely medieval world, a society of mostly women scientists (but not exclusive of men), and "magic" that readers recognize as technology. The plots are not predictable; so far I've been pleasantly surprised by plot twists in both books. But I also have a sense of knowing things that the main characters do not, and that makes me eager to see how the characters figure this out. Because they're low-tech but clearly not stupid.

August 2016



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