Here’s a random list of some of the stuff I’m hoping will entertain me in the new year:
Books: I’m on a long library waiting list for PD James’ Death Comes to Pemberley. It’s a murder mystery featuring the characters from Pride & Prejudice. Mr Wickham gets bumped off, and I’m sure everybody is a suspect. It fascinates me that the reviewers at Amazon are equally split between rating this book brilliant and awful. I myself have tried many P & P sequels and failed to finish them. I’m also looking forward to a book that’s coming out in spring, but I don’t even know the title or author. All I know is that the cover photo will be one of my images of Ireland, posted last year at the beginning of January.
Television: Downton Abbey Series Two begins a week from today. Also this month, Ian Tracey guest stars on Supernatural (January 6th) and in the pilot for the new Fox series Alcatraz (January 16th or 23rd, or perhaps both?). A friend just told me there’s a new Doc Martin series coming later in the year, as well as Sherlock, Great Expectations, Wallander, Endeavor, and Inspector Lewis. Finally, The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary at the Royal Albert will get a PBS airing.
Movies: 2012 will be a countdown to The Hobbit and the movie version of Les Misérables. While waiting for next Christmas, I am curious about The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, both actors I enjoy watching. For March, I have a hugely expensive ticket to the silent masterpiece Abel Gance’s Napoleon, restored by Kevin Brownlow. It will be shown on a triptych of three screens with a full orchestra. This five hour epic at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre includes a dinner break!
DVDs: February brings The Phantom of the Opera to the US, months after the folks in the UK got their DVDs. I’m looking forward to The Help, since I missed it in the theatre. Of course, that’s true for most of the other good movies in 2011.
Theatre: The touring productions of Les Misérables and War Horse are coming to San Francisco. I’ve got to get tickets, which means being more careful with my entertainment budget. Damn you, Amazon and ebay! No more impulse buying!
More New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Keep better notes for next year’s Wrap Up.
2. Read more, surf less. (I’ve been on the computer way too much lately.)
3. Get out to see more films in the cinema.
4. You may have noticed a change in how I’m posting photographs here. I’ve switched to slideshows in a effort to save on scrolling, but it also makes it harder for people to steal my images. My goal is to take more photographs in 2012 and to see less of them posted on other sites without credit.
This is my 200th post at The Ugly Bug Ball! I’m not planning to post more often in 2012, but I do hope to keep things going steadily along, with lots of new topics and not too much repetition. Suggestions are always welcome.
Please share some of your resolutions and anticipations for 2012!