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Thanksgiving media consumption scorecard

Nope, didn’t watch a single game. And didn’t read any children’s books. Here is what I imbibed instead.

 

Movies:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Hated the title; loved the performances and was with the plot for almost the whole movie. I did see Frances McDormand play this part better in Olive Kitteridge, however. B+

Murder on the Orient Express. I never saw the first one and have never finished an Agatha Christie novel. Pretty but talky. I must have snoozed during a crucial moment as I felt lost during the entire second half. C+

God’s Own Country. Clearly a corrective to Brokeback Mountain, set on a Yorkshire sheep farm, and with a happy ending. A few of those, I guess. B

T2 Trainspotting. I don’t know how I missed this in the theater, as I am a big fan of the original movie and you’d think I would have spotted this sequel. Loved it (but was happy for the captions) and I admire how it ended with reasonable optimism without feeling cheap. Great soundtrack. A-

Books:

Not My Father’s Son. Alan Cumming’s memoir of his abusive father, honest and funny but burdened with a framing device (he’s making a TV show about his ancestry) that adds artificial suspense to the story and/or makes him seem extremely full of himself. C+

The Murder of Mary Russell. Do I need to read this series in order? I do enjoy wandering into the Holmes universe at random. B

Kristin Lavransdatter. Once I got into it, I really got into it. Best accompanied by Norwegian train videos. A

 

 

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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  1. I am a lifelong Agatha Christie nut, but I agree with you Roger that this film was mediocre. Nobody can ever touch David Suchet anyway. BILLBOARDS is also losing steam with me the more I think about it. I did think GOD’S OWN COUNTRY was excellent, and thought T2 a solid effort.

    Over the weekend I saw what may well be the film of the year, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (neck and neck with the Emily Dickinson biopic A QUIET PASSION) for #1 and another very strong work, THE DARKEST HOUR with the most magnificent male lead performance by Gary Oldman as Churchill.

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