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March 18, 2011

Weekend Watch – 3/18/2011

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011
Nerd News And Reviews

You may have noticed that we didn’t have a Weekend Watch last week… The week kind of ran into the weekend, which is exactly what we like to avoid. We’re making up for it this week with … Third’s Happy Friday Dance?!?

So you can’t see it right now, but I’m doing my Happy Friday dance. What’s that? You want to see me do the Happy Friday dance? Okay, I’ll just turn on my webcam and – oh wait, you said you DON’T want to see the Happy Friday dance. Okay, okay, your exact words may have been “Please for the love of God do not show me the Happy Friday dance.” Fair enough. We’ll just get to the awesome nerdy stuff we’re doing this weekend.


I’m about halfway through George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones right now. The hook of series addiction isn’t quite in me yet, but as I have said to Tom, I get the feeling that this is the kind of book I can’t pass judgment on until I’ve finished the whole thing. I will say this – Martin has a great way of throwing outs bits of lore and world history without immediately explaining them. He makes you wonder about things for a while, and then returns to them later – basically he has you ask the exposition questions yourself, and then answers them indirectly. It’s impressive how he’s able to do so much world-building so subtly. And for those of you who are thinking it, yes, I was prompted to read the book because of the upcoming HBO series. But don’t hate on me for it – I promise I’ll be just as excited to see the Starks and Lannisters on the small-screen as those of you who read the book “way back before it was trendy.”


I’ve got like 15 different things floating around, so I’m going to try and read/finish/win some of them this weekend. I have Fables sitting on my table, Fable III and Dead Space 2 on the XBox, and am probably going to pick up the slightly less nerdy The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.


The only definite on my weekend to-do as of now is finishing the film adaptation of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  Yes, I read all three books before I started the movies.  Now I want to make sure I see all three Swedish movies before I see the American ones.  That way my condescension can reach Inception-esque levels of complexity when the Hollywood version comes out.  “It’s not as good as the Swedish one…which wasn’t as good as the book”.  I will say that Noomi Rapace (who stars as Lisbeth) is a badass.  I’m pumped to see her in both the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel (alongside the coolest man in the universe, RDJ) and Ridley Scott’s maybe/semi-prequel to Alien, Prometheus. A worthy successor to Ripley, she is.

Also, I’d like to see Paul.  Based upon the strength of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Star Wars scene recreation alone.


I am too busy watching basketball to do anything else. But I really want Game Of Thrones to hit HBO soon.