Archive for the ‘Ewan McGregor’ Tag

Not Enough Time   Leave a comment

I won’t even mention my TBR pile.

Ok, I will.

I can look to my left and find 40 (I just counted, and that’s the real number) FORTY volumes of manga I haven’t read yet. And that doesn’t count the one I bought yesterday, nor my e-subscription to Shonen Jump, where I am three or four weeks behind.

E-books? Let’s not go there. 100? That I haven’t read yet? That’s a fair estimate.

Tree books? Let me count…one, two, fifteen, two more there, two shelves in the bedroom…45?

So. Not enough time. But this post isn’t about books or reading. It’s about one of my favorite time-consuming obsessions, and the most likely excuse for why my TBR piles are so neglected.

No. Not Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr.


black butler

I once had a list of all the anime I’d watched, and another list of all the anime I still wanted to watch. I’m trying to take it in lumps, watching only a few shows at a time (of the older, completed ones), until I finish them, and then moving on to another. Trying is the operative word.

Currently running shows that I’m watching right now include One Piece and Naruto. Bleach was cancelled, which made me mad, because the next arc, with Zaraki and Unohana’s story would have been fantastic animated. Maybe they’ll do a movie? (hint hint) I also catch an occasional episode of Gintama.

Older shows that I’m watching:

Black Butler – they’re making a live-action movie soon, and I want to be caught up!
Darker Than Black – I’m almost through the first season. Very good anime.
Fairy Tail – yes, I know it’s a current show, but I only just started watching it. I’m only about 10 episodes in so far.
Hero Tales – by the author of Fullmetal Alchemist. I don’t like how they translate ‘Hagun’ to ‘Alkaid’. It makes no sense. They do that with a lot of words in this show, and it’s very distracting.
Rurouni Kenshin
Gundam AGE – I love anything Gundam, I must say
Tegami Bachi – takes being a mailman to whole new level
Yu Yu Hakusho
Dragonball – yes, the original. No, I’ve never seen it before.
and every now and then an episode of Sgt. Frog, which has the cutest theme song EVER, and I’m including the themes from Lucky Star, Ouran High School Host Club and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Sgt. Frog wins the cuteness award hands down. I have it on my iPod. (Of course, I also have the theme from Ninja Turtles. Explain THAT when you have it on shuffle in the car with someone in the passenger seat you don’t know all that well…!)


And though not anime, but still taking up my time, I’ve been watching Endgame on Hulu, a seriously good show, and Long Way Down with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

I’m also re-watching, in occasional bursts – Bleach, Prince of Tennis, Mushi-shi, Trigun, Doctor Who, Firefly and The A-Team.

So, those of you that know me, now when I say in a braggy voice about how ‘I don’t watch TV’, you can slap me across the face (Well, not really).



Jack the Giant Slayer, feat. Obi-Wan Kenobi   1 comment

Went to the movies again today, this time to see Jack the Giant Slayer.


You all know the story. Jack trades his cow horse for a handful of magic beans. His mother uncle gets mad at him for doing such a stupid thing and throws the beans out the window. During the night As soon as the beans get wet, a giant beanstalk grows, which Jack climbs to see what’s at the top   to save the princess who was sheltering in his house, said house now being at the TOP OF THE BEANSTALK.

Okay, changes were made. But who knows what really happened. Only Jack and the Giants, and they’re not around to tell us what is truth and what is fairy tale. In fact, the lines blurring truth from fairy tale are actually a part of the story the movie tells. (BTW, that’s Stanley Tucci in the pic above, playing the treacherous Roderick. See the HAIR??)

It stars Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan McGregor. Well, he’s not the star, some kid named Nicolas Hoult as Jack, and some chickie called Eleanor Tomlinson as the runaway princess.

Hoult is not ‘some kid’, not really. He was the boy in About A Boy, which I loved, and as an adult he’s played in X-Men:First Class and Clash of the Titans. I must admit I’ve never seen anything Eleanor Tomlinson has been in, but she was in a couple of episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, so that gives her Doctor Who cred. And she was also in Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging, which I’ve neither read nor seen, but has one of the better titles of anything.

BUT.  Obi-Wan Ewan McGregor plays Elmont, the King’s Protector, but don’t tell me he isn’t channeling the Force. He managed to get the line in. You know the line. “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” Made me smile.


And he WAS rolled in pastry, which I have to admit, is a fantasy I never knew I had until I saw it.

So, go see it. It’s not Oscar material, but it was a fun romp. An adventure, and we should all be looking for a good adventure!


Rolled in pastry…see, now you’re thinking it, too, aren’t you?