10/24-10/30

How is it already the end of October?! And yet, the new shows continue to arrive. With the gorgeous fall leaves and cooler weather happening, I’ve dusted off my Fitbit and I’m trying to get as many walks in as possible before the winter. Walking + yoga = less TV time, so I have to make it count. Thankfully, I don’t think I have to worry about adding any of the new shows debuting this week to my DVR.

New & Returning Shows This Week:

M: Man With a Plan

W: Rectify

TH: Pure Genius, The Great Indoors, Mom, Life in Pieces

F: Tracey Ullman’s Show, Good Girls Revolt

Movies:

The Accountant – (Theater) The reviews I’ve read have all talked about the ridiculousness of this film, but I have to say it’s one of my favorites of the fall. I have major superhero fatigue, and this felt like an original idea in a land of remakes, etc. I love a good thriller/mystery, and the twists and fake twists in this film were a lot of fun. (I’ll be vague so as not to hit you with any spoilers.) It’s meant to be a puzzle, and there’s quite a lot of different things going on, but it still worked for me. Yes, it’s probably not the most accurate depiction of someone with high-functioning autism, but I think we can suspend belief, folks. Overall, I thought it was a cool concept, fun plot, and a good afternoon at the movies.

Me Before You – (DVD) Sigh. I loved this book. LOVED. So, naturally, I was geeking out when I heard they were going to make a film. Sadly, much like an adaptation of another book I loved, One Day, this film was a big disappointment. Mainly because of the role of Lou, played by Emilia Clarke. Emilia Clarke is badass on Game of Thrones, but man, she is all wrong for this role…or she got some seriously bad direction. The plot is the same as the novel, and all of the other characters feel the same as they did on the page (even a watered-down version of Mrs. Traynor), but aside from the quirky clothes, film Lou doesn’t resemble book Lou at all. It’s a sad book, with some light moments, and I wish they had stayed true to that tone for the film. I’m curious to hear what others think who read the book, because Lou doesn’t feel like an upbeat character to me at all, and the ridiculous, over-the-top, cheery (even during a deathbed scene!), take on her in the film was so strange and all wrong to me. Book clubs: debate!

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