Friday, October 23, 2009

Pop Culture Roundup

I'm still reading Home, and will be for a while. The book is beginning to explore the relationship between Glory and Jack leading up to and after his return home. Jack is portrayed as being much more awkward and cautious than in Gilead, but I'm still at the point where he's just returned and feeling things out, so this caution makes sense on his part, particularly given what readers familiar with Gilead already know.

I'm also still reading Keating, of course, but I've finished the assigned parts before my next book study meeting.

This week, in another instance of a movie being on TV and both of us being too apathetic to change the channel, we ended up watching The Devil Wears Prada. Anne Hathaway stars as Andrea, the Girl In the Big City Trying To Make It And Find Herself. In trying to Make It, she takes a job at a fashion magazine working as second assistant to Meryl Streep's Miranda, an icy dragon of a woman who sends her on ridiculous near-impossible errands such as getting the unpublished manuscript of the seventh Harry Potter book for her daughters. At first, Andrea scoffs at the fashion industry, but eventually is reeled in in no small part to her pining for Miranda's approval. This eventually leads to Andrea being seduced by The Life, as she loses touch with friends and her boyfriend, but in the final ten minutes or so she realizes what's happened, thus completing the Finding Herself arc of the film. The movie worships Miranda almost as much as Andrea does, and while it inserts a few token gestures to try to make her sympathetic, she is mostly an overbearing, demanding, spine-crushing wench. Streep plays it well, but that doesn't mean I liked her. Critics all gushed over this movie, and I'm trying to figure out why. But because I'm not part of the Sex and the City demographic, I'll probably never know.

Next Saturday, Halloween, Ghost Hunters will once again do their live show. This year they'll investigate Essex County Hospital, where over 10,000 people died. They'll do the usual setup of letting people submit questions to be answered live. I just hope they leave the ECW wrestlers at home this time...that's been a mixed bag at best.

I don't know if anyone else remembers this PSA that aired back in the early 90s. It's the Barenaked Ladies singing "The Ballad of Gordo:"