Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Y...

I will be awakened at midnight when Ryker hears the fireworks going off. Sigh.

I tell this story every year. When I was in junior high/high school I babysat. A lot. I always babysat on New Years Eve. Back then (the 80s), they played the same three movies every year:

Top Hat (1935),

Show Boat (1951) -- probably because there's a New Year's Eve scene, and

Casablanca (1942).

So I was thinking what I would pick for myself if I were watching movies tonight because things are pretty much available online immediately via Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. I'm going for quirky movies I love:

Gosford Park (2001). My all time favorite movie.  The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (1990). Two minor characters from the play, "Hamlet" stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. Love Tim Roth and Gary Oldman in this.

and Local Hero (1983). An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. Just a lovely quirky film.

And maybe throw in Casablanca for a bit of good nostalgia. :) But what may happen, I may watch some Netflix series instead. It was around this time last year that I got hooked on Broadchurch via Netflix and started the slope of binge watching. I could continue in NCIS or Supernatural; I'm in season six of both those. Or  ....

Torchwood. I keep meaning to view this series. Captain Jack! The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. A spin off of Dr. Who.

Daredevil. A Netflix original. Marvel. As a child Matt Murdock was blinded by a chemical spill in a freak accident. Instead of limiting him it gave him superhuman senses that enabled him to see the world in a unique and powerful way. Now he uses these powers to deliver justice, not only as a lawyer in his own law firm, but also as vigilante at night, stalking the streets of Hell's Kitchen as Daredevil.

Jessica Jones. Netflix original. Marvel. Ever since her short-lived stint as a superhero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic private detective in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need... especially if they're willing to cut her a check. David Tennant as a bad guy. :)

 The Fall. A psychological thriller that examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast and the other is a talented Detective Superintendent from the MET who is brought in to catch him. Has Jamie Dornan. Mmmmm.

Tomorrow night -- at long last -- is a new episode of Sherlock on PBS, a holiday special set during Victorian period

"The Abominable Bride"
Sherlock and John investigate a ghostly bride who appears to have committed murder. Why is Thomas Ricoletti a little surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown? Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life... Mrs Ricoletti's ghost now appears to be prowling the streets with an unslakable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes, Watson and their friends must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave, and the final, shocking truth about... the Abominable Bride!

So I will probably maybe do a post tomorrow on the books of the year tomorrow. And so forth. 

 Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

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