current obsessions

The news on the TV is a farce and an unfunny one at that. The news in the newspapers is just plain unreadable because in twelve hours or less it will be contradicted. The news on the radio? No thanks. So I am going to ignore all of that and talk about things I current find interesting, instead.

Last week I wound up listening to the Hamilton Mixtape (Volume 1, as I understand it?) and seeing the Disney film Moana at the same time. What ties those two things together is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who basically created the musical Hamilton and who wrote songs for Moana. It was quite a day, I’m telling you, a day full of good music and great jokes. Who knew that the Rock (Dwayne Johnson) could at least carry a tune, and then rap? I loved the hell out of the movie — there were lots of jokes in there for the kiddies, and for the adults as well.

Pua is the cutest pig ever. Hee hee.

I honestly didn’t watch movies by myself for a very long time, and now that’s all I seem to be doing, and I find I like being the dope who grins and laughs and comments to herself while things unspool on the silver screen. I do miss having someone to react with, but I guess that just means I have to head home after the movie and get to talking on social media.

(Sneaky sneaky Lin-Manuel, getting Hamilton friends to sing on the Moana soundtrack. Hello Christopher Jackson and Philippa Soo.)

Over the past couple of weeks I have been avidly watching a BBC series called Call the Midwife. It’s a medical show, and specifically it’s a show about sex and pregnancy and childbirth, but it’s set in the East End of London after World War II — and the thing that really sets this series apart from all others is its sheer reliance on women. The main characters are midwives (well, as if you couldn’t tell from the title) and nuns, and they basically talk to each other about everything under the sun, and the men are literally satellite characters to the ladies with the glaring and adorkable exception of the Human Disaster known as Dr Patrick Turner.

Just look at their faces!! I want to smish them all, yes I do.

I’m just glad this show has gotten so popular that it will still be continuing for the next few years. I wonder what other topics they’ll be able to tackle, and about the new characters they’ll be bound to bring in.

Actually, it looks like I’ll have a lot of things to watch come Christmas. Holiday specials galore! Doctor Who and Sense8 and…oh, right, does Star Wars: Rogue One count? It’s an actual movie and not part of a TV series. Doesn’t matter. Have a gratuitous gif of Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe anyway.

Please don’t die please don’t die please don’t die.

But then again: Rogue One is the story of those brave fools who stole the plans for the first Death Star. We don’t hear much about them afterwards. It isn’t a spoiler to surmise that bad things might happen to them over the course of their heist. bleh.