What I’m into Wednesday 1/6/16

Reading:

  • readingthisweekjan62016Fables, Bill Willingham et al.
    I got into this series late, after it had already started and ended. I’ve been borrowing the books from our local library and moving through it rather quickly, though, as it’s something I quite enjoy. I expect I’ll finish by next week, if not by this one. The series is a big, sprawling universe full of characters from fable and folk-tales, and there are lots of surprises.
  • One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia.
    This is a middle-grade book that I’m reading for a reading-challenge I’m working on with a group of friends for the year 2016. It’s not one I’m familiar with, and I’m just starting it, but I’m already enjoying the tone.
  • The Girl who Fell from the Sky, Heidi W. Durrow.
    I won’t say much about this one for now, as there’ll definitely be a whole post on it later. I should’ve already finished it, of course, but I got distracted because holidays and because Fables. Anyway it’s an interesting read, and it’s up for our Lazy Lambs book club.

 

Watching:

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  • Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World.
    I’ve long been fascinated by Giger’s art–he was already a tour de force in the art world when he started working on the iconic design for the creatures in the Alien franchise. The documentary is a nice look into his working world.
  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.
    Along the same lines (but much cuter), this documentary explores the workings of Studio Ghibli, using interviews with Hiyao Miyazaki and his staff to do so. By turns sad, sweet, informative, and humorous, it provides an intricate look at the incredible artistry and meticulous craftsmanship that goes into making a Ghibli film.
  • Making a Murderer.
    I can only watch one episode of this Netflix documentary at a time because it is so angry-making. The story is so well-told, and the episodes are engrossing, but they’re also highly emotional. The frustration of knowing what is going to eventually happen just adds more ire to what happens on-screen.

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  1. So what I was saying about the Jinx & Making a Murderer is the stark difference in how a a low income person is wrongly convicted while wealthy man admits to shooting his neighbor , then getting rid of body. He wasn’t convicted for the life he took he was only convicted of disposing of a dead body. As a reporter I sat in trials often. You’d be amazed at how little it takes to convict someone based on bias.

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    1. My husband and I were comparing the two because we’ve seen them both as well. Difficult to believe how Durst’s lawyers managed to convince a jury that there was reasonable doubt. My skin just crawled when they were questioning his nephew, too, because that was so obviously out of line and absolutely hinged on him being young, with a low IQ and from a family with little means who wouldn’t know they’d been wronged until the damage was done. SO sad.

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      1. I can’t shake the creepy feeling when I watch. It eats away at you. Reasonable doubt! Let me know where you are episode wise so I don’t spoil it. There is a lot I can tell that isn’t in the series. Overall , they did a good job as an editorial on this. However, there are a few things that had they been included could have sway on how you look at this case. I agree-just a mess. Horrible! I felt like I was watching a 7 year old boy being told what to say. A total manipulation. I was so sad . If you don’t have the means to get a proper defense you are stuck in the system . They took advantage of his fear. Making him tell his mom? Vile.

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        1. Yeah, we’ve seen all of The Jinx, but we haven’t finished Making a Murderer yet. Too difficult to watch more than an episode at a time, and we’ve been crazy busy, too.

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    1. I can only watch about an episode of the show at a time, because I get so frustrated with the way things were handled that I find I need a mood-shift or I Get downright cranky.

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      1. Me too. I’m very irritated because people in his life knew he was capable of this yet they didn’t report it. I get it-they are rich. For all know he’s a serial killer not just the victims they were discussing. His brother spoke up after the arrest to say I’m glad he will be held accountable yet never spoke a word prior to clear his name. I remember when that story broke years ago. Coincidence such as the discovery of note & his brother knowing more than we will ever know…sorry it’s pisses me off! I’m cranky with you. I almost wrote a rant about it. Still might.

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  2. I just picked up the book club novel “One Crazy Summer” and I’m starting on it this weekend. I can’t wait to read it, and I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Don’t even get me started on the Where’s Rey issue! *Steam jets from my ears*

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    1. It’s really infuriating to watch the show. Everything is so bumbled. And it doesn’t help at all that in many respects his little town reminds me of the one I came from. It’s a good show, but it wreaks havoc with the emotions.

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