Monday 12 May 2008

Leisure pursuits

I've been neglecting the recently watched movies a bit. That isn't because we haven't watched any...

Recently we have had:

"The Lookout" - about a guy with a brain injury and now short term memory. Certainly made me feel that my rubbish memory might not be so bad! It was an OK movie, reasonably paced and just about had a plot line. It was a bit drab though. I give it 6/10.

"The Man" - now this is quite an old film, somehow it slipped through the net. Pretty much entirely Eugene Levy (funny, funny guy) and Samuel L. Jackson... who is one of my highest rated actors, possibly ever. Also, since he started doing the adverts for Virgin Media's on-demand services... I kind of pay his wages!!! Good enough, this movie... a few chuckles here and there. I give it 8/10.

I've also managed to spend some quality time with my games consoles recently. I've been greatly enjoying some of my older PS2 games. I'm still sulking with "Lost: Via Domus" on account of it being too difficult... and Rich discovered that the Xbox games won't play on the 360 without an update. An update which you can only get via Xbox Live. Xbox live which I can't get as trying to connect to the internet via my laptop doesn't work (there is some sharing issue in Windows Vista Home Basic)... and the desktop is too far away... so I need a wireless adaptor or something. More money! Nothing but expense... and that isn't even taking account of the upcoming titles that I shall need to be buying (Indiana Jones Lego... Fable 2... and I'm pretty sure there must be others!).

Somehow in amongst this I've still found time for my library books. Not that I'd recommend most of them... but the one that I've just started "A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby. I think it is going to be a pretty good book. There aren't many of them. The last really good one I read was "Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom. I read that when I was staying in Kiev last year. I'd like to read it again, as sometimes I think that when you are away from home a book affects you differently... I remember three very influential books I read on holiday in Scotland when I was around twelve or thirteen... "More than Human" by Theodore Sturgeon, "Of Time and Stars" by Arthur C. Clarke and "Go Ask Alice". I've since read the first and the last again... "More than Human" didn't grab me nearly as much and "Go Ask Alice" I still found a very powerful and moving book. I'll let you know how the Nick Hornby shapes up.