“My hair is hauntedly long.”

– Akemi today, presumably comparing her hair to Ringu’s creepy crawling Sadako.

I spent much of the weekend going over the director’s cut of episode #101 (directed by T.J. Scott, edited by Paul Day).  It’s pretty awesome – and will be awesomer still once they’ve addressed my persnickety notes (“add/trim head/tail”, “swap the wide for a closer shot”, “swap the close up for a wide shot”, “slug for insert”, “More ship!”).  I’m in for main unit call tomorrow so I can catch as much of the corridor/airlock sequences as possible and do the production meeting before heading over to editing.

Today, I showed Akemi Alex Mallari Jr’s bo staff sequence.  Her first response was: “Kung Fu Panda!”  Her second response was: “Very cool!”

February 8, 2015: Reading!  Watching!  And, Oh Yeah, Producing!

This afternoon, I visited The Comic Pile in Kensington Market and picked up the above-pictured titles.  It’s been a while.  Following the conclusion of the under appreciated The Superior Foes of Spiderman, and Miles Morales’s recruitment by SHIELD, I rarely ever pick up single issues anymore.  The big event crossovers are just too damn tiresome.  Only a few trade paperbacks make the list: The Walking Dead, Saga, Alex + Ada, and, surprisingly, Afterlife with Archie.  Is there something I’m missing?

February 8, 2015: Reading!  Watching!  And, Oh Yeah, Producing!

Not that I’ll necessarily have time to check them out.  The production has seriously cut into my reading time.  I definitely won’t be getting close to the 180 books I read in 2014 (check out my top titles of the year in this blog entry: https://josephmallozzi.com/2014/12/31/december-2014-top-books-of-2014/).  But that won’t stop be from trying.  I’m presently reading The Rosie Effect on set between set-ups and picked up the above-pictured books today.

February 8, 2015: Reading!  Watching!  And, Oh Yeah, Producing!

I have little time to read and even less time to watch television, so the shows I actually check out are few and far between.  There’s Game of Thrones (premiering April 12th), and there’s The Walking Dead premiering – Hey, whaddya know! – tonight at 9:00 p.m. on AMC.

What are on your watch lists?  Besides Dark Matter of course.

27 thoughts on “February 8, 2015: Reading! Watching! And, oh yeah, producing!

  1. I do love Walking Dead. Do you realize on the promo pic you show they have the date wrong? It’s actually Sunday February 8th. I have to admit I am anxiously awaiting Dark Matter.

  2. Dang it – I need to see if I can find that Archie series, without paying a bunch for shipping from online. There’s one comic store in Saint John I keep meaning to check out, but forget when I’m around there. Maybe this week!

  3. The Musketeers. The Flash. Grantchester
    I just started watching Season 1 of Justified on Netflix. It is pretty excellent.

    Once Game of Thrones starts up again, I’ll be watching that.

  4. I have been admiring Akemi’s hauntingly, beautiful long hair.

    …“add/trim head/tail”… Dip, clip, de-flea?

    They want to change out my centuries old satellite box by May. You better hurry with Dark Matter because I am seriously considering chunking it all and going TV free. It would be soooo nice and quite.

  5. Not reading or watching much myself. ILike Sparrowhawk, I’m watching Grantchester. He’s dreamy! 😀 Not quite as intriguing as *my* Sergeant (now Inspector!) Hathaway, but he’s certainly filling a much-needed-to-be-filled void right now. 🙂

    I am also watching Agent Carter and loving it! LOVE the time period! It brings back so many ‘memories’ – not mine, of course, but those of my mom, with all her stories from that era. I also grew up watching movies from the 40s, so everything feels very familiar to me, from the clothes to the cars to the typewriters. 🙂 It’s also a pretty decent show – exciting, suspenseful, and easy to follow (unlike Agents of Shield which was a confusing mess in the beginning).

    The rest of my shows are NCIS, NCIS: NO, Forever, Elementary – the usual middle-aged fare. Oh, and Black-ish – the only sitcom that has been able to make me laugh out loud in years! 😀

    As far as reading goes, I’m still cuddling up to the odd Hamish Macbeth story, and Pendergast, of course. Just picked this up, too: http://www.amazon.com/American-Mystery-Stories-Nineteenth-Century-ebook/dp/B00HK3F1IG

    Otherwise I’m still reading a few trades like The Shadow and The Spider and other pulpy characters. As I said in a comment here a few weeks back that my favorite ongoing story is The Massive. Intelligent, thought-provoking, and just a damn good bit of storytelling, without the need for excessive gore or shock-value sexual situations to stimulate interest. It’s just a solid story for those who don’t need titillation to get them through a book. I highly recommend it, especially for anyone who is environmentally-inclined. (Which probably leaves you out, Joey. 😉 )


  6. Akemi’s hair would look beautiful any length! I can understand if she’s looking for a change. Hair will grow back.

    You must be a very organized person to keep juggling everything. I’m overwhelmed just reading about your day.

    I’m not watching as much tv lately. When I do have time, it’s usually something I’ve recorded on the DVR. Shows like masterpiece theater, Blacklist and Grimm. I’ve been spending more time at the dojo learning to be a score keeper at the next tournament. Also, I’m not taking the Bo class but Hubby is showing me his Bo kata after hours. It’s fun learning something different but I’m fighting my own lack of coordination. Repitition is the key for me.

    Hug the pups for me please!

  7. As can’t miss shows go, my watchlist includes Banshee, Helix, Necessary Roughness and The 100. I love the concept of Walking Dead but 95% of the time it bores me to tears. GoT when it comes back is a definite much watch, as is Lost Girl!

  8. @sparrow_hawk the Margo Martindale season of Justified was some of the best television EVER. Such a complicated character

  9. I have too much TV I’m watching. Current watch lists include:

    Sunday: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Monday: Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion, Daily Show, Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

    Tuesday: Masterchef Jr., The Flash, New Girl, Mindy Project, Daily Show, Nightly Show, Forever.

    Wednesday: American Idol, Arrow, The 100, Empire, Daily Show, Nightly Show.

    Thursday: American Idol, Backstrom, Project Runway All Stars, Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man, Daily Show, NIghtly Show

    Friday: 12 Monkeys, Helix, Hawaii Five-O, Glee,

    Saturday: Black Sails

    Soon to add: The Following, Game of Thrones, Falling Skies, Defiance, Dark Matter, The Last Ship, So You Think You Can Dance and return of Once Upon A Time in March, The Messengers, and I’m sure there are some I’m leaving out. Homeland later in the year. Cedar Cove, and the Librarians when it comes back.

    Akemi’s hair looks fabulous.

  10. I come to realize that I primarily watch Canadian tv series and I live in the US. I LOVE the series Lost Girl. This show has great meaning to me. Second, is Orphan Black. Both shows are currently on hiatus.

    Those are the only shows (besides Dark Matter) that I am interested in. I just love Canadian produced tv series.

    Other than that I just watch/read the news online.

    I am totally stoked to see Dark Matter. I just can’t wait to see Zoie’s character as an Android.

  11. the only thing i watch regularly is NCIS: NOLA. the amazing race is starting up again on feb. 25, so i might watch that.
    this time it’s all dating couples, including 5 couples that are meeting for the first time. possibly the worst blind-dates ever, depending on how the race goes.

  12. Ok, I admit I had to google Ringu’s sadako and in no way does she resemble that, she has beautiful hair and I know you tell her so.. if she is not happy, just trim it a little, that always makes me feel better.
    ~~ hmm, and what am I watching…Mike and Molly, Big Bang,NCIS and NCIS New Orleans, Murdochs murder mysterys, Miss Fishers murder mysterys, Death in Paradise, The Librarians, I know there are more shows, but having a brain freeze right now…,not really a lot on tv,, looking forward to DM..

  13. Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, Forever, BBT, Elementary, Person of Interest, Chopped

  14. Hey Joe,

    My reading and show watching has been curtailed by my busyness as of late; work, college pre-launch activities with my middle child, and personal projects have all cut into my spare time for leisure. In fact, when I try to read in bed I usually only manage a few pages before it’s “lights out”. So my reading list has been severely limited. Still in the last 6 months I managed to read or I am currently reading:

    Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia
    He’s supplementing Clive Cussler as a “fun pulp book” for my various travels.

    Just Plain Weird by John Upton
    I don’t remember where I got this from (it appeared on my Kindle so I read it). This novel is a little like a Michael Crichton novel set as a teenage coming of age story. Strange but somewhat compelling.

    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    An autobiographical account of Louis Zamperini’s life (see the recent film of the same name).

    Stonewalled by Sheryl Atkinsson (ex-CBS reporter)
    An inside-Washington/New York political reporting account…

    Dark Energy by Shan Gao
    A physics commentary on the Dark Matter/Dark Energy debate (not the TV show!)

    On my plate, which I haven’t read yet:

    Identity by Ted Dekker
    A psychological thriller, see:

    In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
    Polar exploration at the end of the 19th century, see:

    Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
    I’ve heard that this was not as good as the Foundation Series, so I’ve put this off, but I’d still like to get to it at some point.

    For TV shows, I’ve been working through Fringe on Netflix, and following up on NCIS online (when the new episodes become available), and I’m also DVRing Agent Carter (waves at Das. I also enjoy the 1940s set and themes). I tried to get into NCIS New Orleans, but after a couple of episodes, I just lost interest. It doesn’t feel as “real” to me as the regular NCIS; perhaps that’s due to the accents? Many of the local accents on the show seem a little forced and unnatural to me, and I keep getting distracted by that (it disengages me from the story-line).

    I don’t really plan on adopting any new shows until Dark Matter comes along! 🙂

  15. @ Airelle – Doh! How could I forget – I, too, watch Murdoch Mysteries (a.k.a. Artful Detective US). Great show! I’m so in love with George it’s not funny. 😛 What a terrific character! But the rest of the cast is pretty good, too. I In the States we’re a season behind, I think, but I have heard recent spoilers for the current series running and I can’t wait!

    I’ve only caught one of the Miss Fisher’s Mysteries an liked it well enough, but I’m never sure when it’s on (I think here it’s on at 2 am, or something…I should check). Just started watching The Doctor Blake Mysteries – that one seems promising. Even though half – if not more – of my tv viewing during the week is on PBS (Public TV), I sometimes forget those shows because they’re not first-run US shows, but a season – sometimes seasons – behind their original airings. Murdoch/Artful airs on a different channel – Ovation – but I forget about that one too because I just have my DVR set on auto-record, so never actually have to tune into the channel.


  16. Not watching a lot, although I did watch Walking Dead today. Just finished reading the Expanse series, the same mentioned on Talking Dead by Chad Coleman (Tyreese), who said he’s joining the series.
    I enjoyed the books, although the last one of the four I didn’t like quite as much.

  17. Last night’s The Walking Dead was fantastic, and Better Call Saul is going on the must see list. Downton Abbey, Madame Secretary, The Good Wife, Sleepy Hollow, NCIS, NCIS: NOLA, Person of Interest, Scandal, Blue Bloods. I watch Gotham but it’s pretty uneven. Keeping an eye on it. Gave up on Supernatural… 🙁

  18. My TV watch list has been getting pretty sparse these days: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory. I watched the premier of Better Call Saul last night. I’m not sold on it yet.

    I’m reserving spots for Dark Matter and Sutter’s new The Bastard Executioner.

  19. Hey, it looks like your buddy Cas will be working with Chad Coleman on The Expanse.

  20. Forgot about Forever. Very enjoyable show.

    I went to work this morning, slipped on black ice in the parking lot and banged the back of my head on the ground. Luckily I have a hard head, although now I have a goose egg back there. The swelling has gone down after icing it (oh, the irony) but I’m feeling the after effects of the impact through my neck, shoulders and back. Spent two hours at the hospital, filled out the requisite paper work with the boss and now I’m home eating Cheetos, watching Criminal Minds and feeling sorry for myself.

    Weirdly, my cat kept following me around before work, fussing and head butting my legs. I wonder if he knew something was going to happen? Couldn’t he have just told me? In words? 🙂

  21. at the present time, I’m watching SG-1 season 7. Now on Fallout. As for the other shows I watch, they are NCIS,NCIS:la, NCIS:nola. The Walking Dead and Gotham. My wife watches (with me) The Arrow, The Flash, Agents of Shield, Agent Carter and we love Sirens. Hoping HBO Go will offer Game of Thrones so I can get it on my iPad. SOA has been watched twice and will go a third time as I love the way it’s shot. I want to learn how to shoot like that. Oh, almost forgot the show Manhattan, another show that has incredible photography. We watched it (from iTunes) and no sooner did we watched the last episode we started it over again after the credits.
    Dark Matter is gonna be by next addiction I assure you.Back to “Fallout”
    also, WordPress fixed my subscription!!!! I now have you back in my email.

  22. My hair is also haunted unfortunately by Bob Dylan who I blame for the frizz.
    I watched Raze and I’ve ruminated on it for days, the fights were fantastic, a bit gory but still glorious, especially the Big Battle at the end. But a major plot point was forgotten in the quest for higher high kicks. It was surprisingly good up til til the predictable ending; they must be saving stuff for the sequel. Zoe Bell and Traci Thoms were awesome, very Kill Bill-ish.

  23. I forgot to say how much I liked Transparent, it just goes there, and then it keeps going, but I admire how crazy the family is, I love Jeffery Tambor and Gabbie Hoffman is a genius.

  24. Speaking of TV, Syfys Friday block has collapsed. Helix pulled a 0.1, and 12 Monkeys a 0.2 in the 18-49 recently.

    As for what TV shows I’m following, I can’t really be bothered writing a list, but most have been mentioned by other people anyway. 🙂

  25. Oh and speaking of The Walking Dead, Episode 9 was really well done, and quite emotional. Said character will be missed, but you can see why he had to go, he should have died a long time back as per the comic. Although the show tries to be different from it with who lives and who dies, it just seemed like the right time for him to go.

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