Monday, April 15 – Sunday, April 21
This Week in the Kardashians: First off, I can’t even believe I typed those words but…a new person in the gym turns on Keeping Up With the Kardashians while she is working out and that makes me a captive audience. I don’t follow the Kardashians. The sound is down so I can’t hear them and I don’t know what’s happening. It looks like a lot of intense listening, flashes of dramatic movement, and unbelievably clean houses. It also looks like a master class in how to manage eyebrows. I may be missing something.
The Week in Mustangs: In 2015 the movie Mustang came out. It was a decent internationally produced, Turkish-set movie about 5 orphan girls making their way in a conservative society. This week I saw The Mustang, a 2019 film about a prisoner who finds redemption training horses in prison. I can’t wait to see what my next film called Mustang will be about.
The Mustang (2019) stars my Belgian crush Matthias Schoenaerts as a long-incarcerated killer who has a connection with a particularly difficult horse. There’s nothing new in this film where plot points are telegraphed miles away, but it’s well-acted and directed and the main characters, some based on real prisoners, are charming in their unique ways.
The Week in Book and a Beer: The beer is the Rhinegeist’s Truth. The book is Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu which I stopped reading because it’s more about Mali history and politics than librarians and books. Very disappointing. This beer…I finished!
The Week in Local Breweries – 16 Lots: Local breweries are everywhere, even in the far suburbs, like Mason. I stopped into 16 Lots to see my friend’s band the Artificial Hipsters – a terrible name until you realize it’s in honor of a former bandmate who had an artificial hip and passed away (not from the hip replacement). 16 Lots has decent beer, nothing exceptional but just good beer. I liked the Peach City beer and I tend not to like fruit beers. It’s not on their website so I can’t check out the details. They serve pizza by Mad Monk and it’s the same thin crust style pizza that a lot of breweries are passing off as the food option. It’s fine because there’s no such thing as bad pizza, but it’s not good.
The Week in English: A couple weeks ago I opened my Kindle to realize I’d downloaded the Italian version of Hotel New Hampshire. It was from the library so no financial hit, but I couldn’t read it. The Half-Price Books I went to this week had a cheap, English edition. I snapped it up. Viva la Irving.
The Week in Weak Drinks: People keep handing me LaCroix soda and I keep thinking I must not be in the mood for this, because it isn’t doing anything for me. I don’t love it or hate it, it’s just dull. Today I tried it again. Folks, La Croix is to soda as Zima is to beer.