What I'm Watching
- So, I finally finished watching The Following. On the one hand, it was certainly good enough to watch, but on the other, I really had to suspend my disbelief more than usual. How many times must Ryan Hardy go rogue when it's clearly dangerous and stupid to do so? Frankly, I was shocked at one point toward the end of the series when he actually included some other law enforcement in his plans. And the show seemed odd in its focus. Season one made sense, as it's centered on serial killer Joe Carroll. Season two was weird and less satisfying. And in season three the focus was quite scattered. I don't think the series could have sustained another season. After all, how many psycho serial killers in a row could reasonably be obsessed with killing the same guy? I also didn't love the show's final scene.
One thing I did like was how Ryan and Joe's relationship sometimes turned into a cute (albeit one-sided) buddy movie thing. On those occasions you could see something of Joe's allure, which was not obvious earlier in the series, even though loads of people clearly were attracted to him for some reason.
- Sully, unsurprisingly, was very good. I was surprised by the non-linear storytelling, and was briefly worried that we'd be cheated out of seeing the crash, but we're not. Tom Hanks is always great.
- True Memoirs of an International Assassin is a cute enough movie. Kevin James is a fiction writer who winds up living a life like the one he wrote a bestselling novel about.
Posted by Debra Hamel