We’re getting a poor excuse for winter here in western Ohio. We’ve had only a couple measurable snow falls, and nothing more than an inch or two. Temperatures have been way up, it’s 60 degrees today. That is a travesty. I long for snow, ice, and cold, and there’s only about two more months for it to happen.
I introduced my daughter to Princess Mononoke this week. She had seen most of the other Studio Ghibli films and loves them, but I’d help off on Mononoke because of the slightly more frightening tone and visuals. She loved it.
I watched two Natalie Wood films these week–Marjorie Morningstar and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. The first was melodramatic and unimpressive, but I enjoyed the Paul Mazursky picture, awkward though it was at points. Elliott Gould was as good as ever, and the screenplay was thoughtful. Also, Robert Culp was an attractive man in his prime. Wood was as radiant as ever, though her acting was a bit stilted, as sometimes happened.
I also watched two Guy Maddin films–My Winnipeg and Brand Upon the Brain!–both of which I enjoyed. Clever though they are, his work can sometimes be a slog, but My Winnipeg is a new favorite. I absolutely loved his exploration of his childhood, his obsessions, his nostalgia, and the way he blended fantasy and reality in his ode to his hometown.
Last night was my final Craft Beer Education Series class before I leave GPL, though I will continue to lead the class after a two month break. This last round of classes focused on winter seasonals, and every beer was a hit. We evaluated and discussed Anchor Our Special Ale 2016, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, MadTree Thunder Snow, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, and Delirium Noel. I’m still formulating the new schedule and topics for the class when we pick back up in April.
This week I published my list of every book I read in 2016, and a review of the charming little zine Cuspian #1. Over at Fourth & Sycamore, I shared my favorite 2016 books.
The title of this weekly recap is a line taken from Hayao Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke.