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March 31, 2007

At least the clothes were pretty...

I just watched the first episode of The Tudors via Netflix. I don't have time to do the research necessary for a full review - I'm completed bogged down by schoolwork drama - but here are a few quick thoughts on my first reaction:

* I have heard that this is the most expensive TV show (to produce) ever. I'm not sure why, with such an astronomical budget, they couldn't manage to hire decent historians or scriptwriters. More about both of these aspects below.

* That said, the sets and costumes were quite impressive. Overall, I thought it did a pretty good job of conveying the atmosphere and environment of young Henry VIII's court.

* The script was pretty uniformly awful, although the computer on which I was watching had some volume issues, so I can't be sure whether the lines I didn't hear were as bad as the ones I did. There was a lot of very clunky exposition, of the "I'm a humanist, so I have an abhorrence for war" variety. (Yes, really. I laughed for about five minutes at that one.)

* I understand that certain liberties generally need to be taken with history in order to form it into effective television (or film, or fiction). I really do. But The Tudors seemed to just... mess up, at times. I understood why they made certain decisions to fudge the facts, but others seemed pointless and therefore just sloppy.

* Most of the casting was decent and believable, if not ideal. Katherine of Aragon was pretty good, and it looks like Anne Boleyn will be too. (She was only in this episode very briefly.) Most of the secondary characters were fine. The little girl playing Mary Tudor is adorable.

* Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry, though? I'm sad to say that it just doesn't work. And it pains me to say this, as he is usually one of my favorite actors. He's great at what he does, but this just isn't it. He's too slight, too waifish, too brooding, too quiet. I just didn't buy it. He's adorable, as always, (especially when he grows a beard partway through! But we all know how I feel about beards,) but he's not Henry VIII. And this was my main problem with the whole thing. I can forgive a lot in a historical drama, but I can't get past a completely unbelievable main character.

The actor playing the Duke of Buckingham would have been perfect as Henry. Perfect. Taller, bigger, reddish hair, assertive, more of a presence. Just as attractive, in a very different way. And I could actually believe he was strong enough to lift a lance, which helps. I can only assume that they felt they needed more of a "name," and it's really too bad.

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March 18, 2007

Review: The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers

The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers by Lilian Jackson Braun
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 2.2

I hate having to give any book such a low rating. I really do. But this one was... basically incomprehensible, I guess. I started reading this series when I was twelve, and even though I don't read as many cozies in general anymore, this is one series that I always read, out of loyalty, or nostalgia, or something. Some of the earlier ones really were quite good. Unfortunately, I think Mrs. Braun is overdue for retirement. Or at least needs a serious editor. Was there even a mystery in this mystery? Sort of vaguely, I guess. But there was no coherent plot, and the characters acted very out-of-character, and the writing was disjointed. It made me sad.

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March 07, 2007

Annoyed Wednesday Catch-Up Randoms

1. We're testing a new application at work, and let me tell you, this is up there on the list of least fun things I have ever done. The application itself, the process, some of the people I'm working with... I just want to scream.

2. Okay. Other than that, things are pretty good. I'm glad February is over. I don't know what was going on, exactly, but I just couldn't seem to find the time/emotional resources to post. Sorry. I think I'm back now.

3. There hasn't been much knitting going on recently - partially because I just haven't felt like it, and partially because Dewey is not terribly compatible with knitting at the moment, as his two modes are "attack anything that moves (or doesn't)" and "cuddle with Mommy."

4. Speaking of which, Dewey is doing very well. I have been taking pictures, albeit not posting them, so you'll get some soon, I promise.

5. I have been reading a fair amount. Must catch up on those book reviews...

6. Also? Totally obsessed with Buffy. I'm on Buffy season four/Angel season one. (Yes, alternating episode by episode. I'm that obsessed.) How did I not watch this until now??

7. I'm glad everyone's doing so well on the UFO Challenge. I'll try to catch up on the administrative stuff soon. I'll let you know. Thanks for your patience.

More soon, I promise...

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March 06, 2007

Teeny little socks

Look! Proof (albeit small) that I still knit!


I finished these last weekend and immediately gave them away. The pattern is the "Infant Socks" from this year's Knitting Pattern-a-Day calendar, January 12. (I have no idea what the yarn is. Some sort of red sock yarn.) I really like this pattern - I like actual baby socks much better than baby booties in most cases.

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