Between flight delays and yard work, I managed to squeeze in some pop culture this weekend. Here it is.
EDDIE THE EAGLE - We were stuck. The family wanted to go see a movie, but we were a week out on the DC movie (you know the one). We got a mixed review from the tweens on Zootopia, so we landed on Eddie the Eagle. Glad we did. A classic underdog story, Eddie the Eagle tells the story of British long jump skier, Eddie Edwards and his improbable path to Olympic glory. Taron Egerton is nearly unrecognizable in the title role. Hugh Jackman is at his maximum Jackman-ist. I vaguely remember Edwards, but I'm not an Olympics fan. The movie? Now that I'll remember. It will become one of those movies I will always stop on when I run across it on cable down the road. Just a really good movie.
HONKY TONK SAMURAI - Last week I talked about Hap & Leonard. That made me wonder if I'd missed any new books in the series. Lo and behold, the latest misadventure just came out. Besides having one of the best book titles ever, Honky Tonk Samurai catches us up with the East Texas troublemakers. Madness and mayhem follow wherever Hap and Leondard go. A simple surveillance job ends up as a whole bloody lot more. The ending casts doubts on further stories in the series, but we shall see.
CONVERGENCE - Last year, DC gave us Convergence. A being known as Talos has collected cities from across all of DC time and space. In the accompanying books, he opens up the cities and pairs the heroes from the various cities in battle for the lives of their cities. It was fun to see disparate superheroes wailing on one another in an effort to save their cities. Imagine the Legion of Superheroes taking on the heroes of Charlton comics. Yeah, that happens. So do other bizarre pairings. Its an interesting concept. Some of the pairing work better than others, but the stories are some throwback and free of continuity its hard not to like them.