Monday, December 19, 2011


One of the boxes I received a few days ago contained CDs and DVDs from Little Bro and my favorite SIL. They were mostly to include in gifts bags for my team (gift bags were helpfully included), but there were also a few DVDs and CDs that Philip explained had been sent especially for me.

I had seen an episode or two of Justified when it first came out in 2010, but my schedule didn't allow me to follow it as I'd wanted. When I actually started at the beginning, I quickly changed my opinion of the show from "pretty entertaining" to really good.

Timothy Olyphant starred in 2007's Hitman . I rarely expect much from movies based on video games, but Hitman was surprisingly entertaining. (Yes, I was a bit intoxicated, the first time I watched it, but I've watched it since. And I still enjoyed it.) He also played the villain in Life Free or Die Hard, the same year. In Justified, Olyphant plays a US Marshal forced back to his native Kentucky after a very public gunfight in Florida.

Olyphant is a good actor, and sometimes reminds me of Billy Bob Thornton in an "aw, shucks!" role. (If BBT ever played any characters that would warn you 24 hours in advance to get out of town or die, that is.) The gun handling is pretty good, the story lines are reasonably fresh, and the hero's nemesis is brilliantly played by Walton Goggins. There is some vulgarity, and of course violence. If you can handle those, I think you'll enjoy the show- I know I'm already most of the way through the first 9 episodes, and dreading reaching the end of number 9.


Peter said...

Blessings of the season to you and yours, and to your platoon. Stay safe out there, and come home with everything still attached and in working order!

J.R.Shirley said...

Wisdom and peace to you this year, Peter. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Walt Goggins was great on The Shield. As for Justified, Season Two is coming out in four days! :)

J.R.Shirley said...

Yeah, already preordered! :-D