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 I am not really loving life right now, to be quite honest. For one thing, middle age SUCKS - I have a needle biopsy coming up and I really hate the CPAP (not really a surprise). I'm not actually giving up on the CPAP or anything, it's too early for that. Also apparently I have REALLY SEVERE sleep apnea so I need to just suck it up on that. I'm just bitching, mostly. Also it was kind of stressful at work today - it's that that time of the month, so to speak - we're always busy when the month turns over. So I really just need to go to bed, probably, but I'll say a couple of things first. 

Bumblebee ended up being the only movie I saw in January. Rob went by himself to see Glass and Vice, and maybe a horror movie too, I forget. There was just nothing else I really wanted to see. We did rent Once Upon a Deadpool (I already bought Deadpool 2, and they're too similar, I don't think we need both) and it was fun - and an interesting concept, too. Maybe it'll become a trend, I don't know.

Let's see, I'm still watching The Expanse, I'm well into season 2 now (hi Bobbie! I was really excited to see Bobbie). On the books, I paused after the third book to re-read The Curse of Chalion for the umpteenth time. Now I'm trying to decide whether to go on to Paladin of Souls or go back to the Expanse series (I think the next one is Cibola Burn, or something like that). I also have a ton of other unread books on my Kindle, of course. I'll get around to... well, most of them... eventually. - Oh, also (back to TV now) we're three or four episodes in on the Lost In Space re-do. I like it more than I expected to. (I kind of like the old one even though it's really terrible. But this one is pretty good, actually.)

Have I mentioned that I have decided I am no longer even pretending to be a football fan? I used to be, but I've been losing interest for years. I would periodically re-gain some interest when the Texans or the Longhorns did something, but really I'm just not very interested. I think we're going to go see Into the Spiderverse on Sunday instead. (I love to go out places during the Super Bowl, it's so blessedly quiet.)

(Almost time for baseball, woo! Apparently we signed another pitcher in the last few days. I'm not sure if we ever got another catcher, but eh, we have some guys. Nobody can really replace McCann, I think.)
mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (m15m - polarbear)
 I'm pretty sure that I've only seen these three movies this month:
  1. Spider-man: Homecoming
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Valerian (& the city of 1000 planets, whatever)
(I even looked at Box Office Mojo's list to make sure I wasn't forgetting anything. I did go see Wonder Woman for a second time but I believe that would probably have been in June.) 

Valerian is the one I just got home from seeing so I'll talk about that first. And I waited awfully late to do this so I'll have to hope I remember to talk about the other two later.

So, we had done some negotiating and we were going to see Valerian last Saturday and Dunkirk last Sunday. Rob wasn't super-happy about putting Valerian first - I was afraid that Dunkirk would have sold out on Saturday, and as it turned out they had it in the smallest of their theaters when we went Sunday so I may have been right about that, go figure. But then I was feeling under the weather on Saturday - allergies, I guess - and I knew Rob wanted to go see the Planet of the Apes movie, so I said "go ahead and see that instead" and he did. So Valerian got put off until this week. Since its box office is said to be terrible I didn't figure it was safe to wait any longer, and anyway next week I'll probably want to go see The Dark Tower (unless the reviews are terrible enough to talk me out of it) and we'd have that problem all over again. And I'm glad we went.

(In case you somehow get this far without seeing the title: there's at least ONE BIG SPOILER below!)

I said to Rob on the way home that the first half of the movie had most of the pretty CGI and the second half had most of the plot. That's oversimplifying but the first half had most of the 1000 kind of aliens stuff and then it sort of settled down to the plot after that. It's not really a great movie overall, but it's pretty and it's funny and I enjoyed it. Col and I were talking before I left (because he had already seen it so he was trying to tell me stuff without being spoilery) and we talked about Valerian (the character, that is, the male lead) being a letdown and whether it was the fault of the actor or if it was something that came from the director - and having seen it now, I'm inclined towards the latter opinion. Mostly that's because I didn't like him at all in the first half of the movie and while it's not really fair to say I had a huge turnaround in how I felt about him, I definitely quit thinking "what an asshole" quite so much in the second half and I wasn't completely unhappy with the fact that he appeared to have gotten the girl at the end. (Or at least he was about to get laid.)

mellicious: pink manicure (Buffy quote: subtext)
OK, ok, here's the damn sci-fi meme. Actually I had read more of them than I would have guessed - albeit, for many of them, so far back in the mists of time that I barely remember them. (And a couple of them were sort of wild guesses - "Well, I'm pretty sure I read that one.")

My customary procedure when asked "Did you love this book/movie?" is to use my initial reaction to it. So a star may mean I loved it when I was 13, not necessarily that I love it now.

It might be instructive to add to this, "Which of these have you read more than once?" Let's see, for me that narrows it down to 1, 2 (I think), 3, 5, 13, 23 (to my shame), 26, 27, 29, 30, 39, 41, and 50 - a considerably shorter list. (Also, I have been wanting to read #43 again, but I can't find my damn copy. I'm gonna end up buying it again, I know it.)



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