Greetings one and all!
At last the weather has broken to a point of able-to-tolerate, precluding the need for special houses of ice or desperately seeking icebergs with spare real estate. I hope you’ve all made it to the Monday with a manageable hangover, but if you haven’t, here are some things that you can do without wanting to undergo brain removal.
On TV: The Supersizers Go
I’m so seriously serious about this. This is an older show (it ran from 2008 to 2009) from your favorite BBC, but it’s absolutely worth watching. It stars restaurant critic Giles Coren and comedian/broadcaster/lovely woman Sue Perkins, and follows their adventures eating their way through various parts of history, from The Medieval period, to the French Revolution, to Wartime Britain. It’s hilarious, it’s got all kinds of food that might make you swear off food forever, and you can watch it all in the name of history!
In Theaters: Despicable Me 2
Even if you haven’t seen Despicable Me, this movie is absolutely worth pretending that nobody is giving you the side eye when you enter the theater without a visible child. I haven’t laughed so hard during a movie in ages. It touches on all your favorite tropes and some you didn’t even know you were waiting for, and does it with incredible animation. The jokes are actually funny, and you will leave the theater feeling better about the state of the world.
For an hour, at least.
Read a Damn Book: Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
You may have seen the movie, but you haven’t read the book (don’t give me that look, you know you haven’t). And, as is often the way of things, the book is by far better than the movie – if only because you get the beginning of Bond’s story from the beginning, instead of as a last ditch effort to revive what was once a glorious staple of spy movies. Plus, the writing, being writing, doesn’t get to rely on a continuous stream of explosion tearing out your ear drums, and thus has to put effort into being really good.
And there you have it, my friends. You are now three steps closer to being the Most Interesting Person in the World. You’re welcome.