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14 December 2011 @ 04:19 pm
What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]
So many to choose from! Die Hard! White Christmas! Love Actually! The Holiday! Star Wars (for no other reason than it's cool.)
13 December 2011 @ 11:38 am
What is on your holiday wish list this year? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]
The usual mix of media and money.
27 May 2010 @ 12:24 pm
Wow did I get distracted. Oh well, I'm determined to finish this thing, even if it takes a little more than 30 days.

Day 13: Favorite childhood show: Clarissa Explains it All

I loved this show when it was on. Clarissa was just too cool. And she had a boy use a ladder to get through her window who was her beau and no one really blinked... And her parents were neurotic and amusing. I liked the style and the humor and I liked her pet alligator. Oh pre-teendom... I do not miss you at all but I can look back fondly sometimes.

There are not really any good clips of the actual show... which may be for the best...
Mood: workingworking
16 May 2010 @ 01:25 pm
Day 12: An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times:

The Eleventh Hour from Doctor Who

When I first heard that Tennant was leaving, I was pretty sad. And the first photos of Matt Smith as the Doctor made me wonder if someone over in Cardiff didn't need their head checked. I'll admit, things started looking up when I saw the first previews that came out. I just like the concept of Doctor Who and so I decided to be more open minded about the new team.

And wow, did Matt Smith have me by minute ten of the Eleventh Hour.

Some more picspam loveliness and thoughts on the episodeCollapse )

Runners up:
- Pie-lette from Pushing Daisies, I actually watched it twice in a row when I first saw it because I was so charmed by it
- Rising from Stargate Atlantis, it's still an episode I go back to because I really like the introduction and it's SGA at it's... well, purest. I like the concept more than the actual execution of Atlantis and so I sometimes go back and watch Rising to just imagine where it could have gone from there
- Window of Opportunity from SG-1, my father calls this the "fruit loop" episode. I love this episode, it's funny and cute and it's got a nice emotional moment at the end with Jack. It's an episode I don't get tired of. Also, great use of Teal'c. The man is funny and very droll.
- Pilot from Life. I clearly have a thing for pilots, especially pilots where the show already knows who it is at the core even if it's later not sustained in the series. Some shows take time to find their voice and others know their voice right away. I thought this episode was a great introduction to the characters and used the interviewer/documentary stuff as exposition very well and it never felt overused as a device. I love seeing Charlie connect with the families and watching Dani having her patience tried by Charlie's strangeness.
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
15 May 2010 @ 06:13 pm
Day 11: A show that disappointed you

I'm going with Chuck for this one. I know lots of people are huge fans but really, I couldn't stick with it in the long run. I found a lot of it funny and quirky and I liked a lot of the cast. But after watching a season and a half, I got really bored with the premise. No one really got a chance to develop as a character and lots of opportunities for character development were dropped entirely. I know they've changed the premise a bit so there's been some movement on that front but I honestly have no desire to tune back in.

I think we're meant to be attached to the idea of Chuck and Sarah but it was all textual instead of subtextual or organic-feeling. I felt like the script was telling me, "Look UST, look!" instead of UST being created by the actors or the situation. And as much as I want to like Sarah as a kick-ass female character, I feel like she sorta fails and is instead a bit of a fanboy's dream come true rather than a real genuine character. She was more interesting whenever she had to interact with Bryce but I much preferred her and Chuck when they didn't give each other oogly eyes.

So, yes. Chuck started out strong. I liked the geek shout outs and the juxtaposition of Chuck's normal life with Bryce's insane spy one. I liked Chuck's twenty-something not-sure-what-I-want-to-do-with-my-life storyline with the twist of giving him an out from deciding by making him the Intersect. I love Adam Baldwin. I just felt like I was waiting for the show to go somewhere with its concept and it just never really got there.
13 May 2010 @ 07:42 pm
Day 10: A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving: Leverage

I wasn't sure about this one when I saw it advertised but I gave it a chance anyway because of Christian Kane, who I knew from Angel, and Gina Bellman, who I knew from Coupling.

And of course, I loved it.

It's clever, quirky, silly, and fun. The ensemble cast is wonderful. My major love is the 0T3 of Parker and Hardison and Elliot. These three are ridiculously cute. Parker is awesome and insane.

The first season is more consistently good but the second season had a great season finale that made up for the mediocre season. I'm really looking forward to the next season.
12 May 2010 @ 09:17 pm
Day Nine: Best scene ever: Becoming, Part 2 from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

11 May 2010 @ 05:18 pm
Yes, I missed a day. I started my internship yesterday and was a bit distracted. It went well, if you're curious. Should be an interesting six weeks.

Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show

I'll go with Boo from the second season of Dark Angel.

I'd admit it, Dark Angel is a show that's more interesting in concept than actual execution. But I still love it and own in on DVD. Season one is the stronger season, as far as writing and production values but does not have Alec. Season two has Jensen Ackles as Alec. While season two has a more thought out story arc than just Max looking for her siblings, it is a story arc that I find sort of lame and wish they'd stuck to their design of Max surviving in post-apocalyptic Seattle with her mates over Max as savior of all from evil breeding cult. Yes you read that right, evil breeding cult.

Alec and to some extent Joshua make Season two bearable but the season definitely had some duds. Including Boo, which was a complete waste of an episode as it turns out to all be a dream. I hate that device. A lot.

Moving on...

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch

The first two seasons of the West Wing

I think they are the most solidly written twenty-odd length seasons of television I have seen. It's ensemble cast, which is my personal favorite, it's got great dialogue, interesting storylines, and great characters played by a stellar cast. If you haven't already, you should give it a try. The rest of the series is less consistent in quality but still mostly good. There are some great episodes in season three and four before Aaron Sorkin left but I still think the first two are the best as a whole. I've seen all seven but I usually reserve my rewatch for the first two seasons.

Episodes to recommend: Celestial Navigation from season one, Noel and Two Cathedrals from season two. They are great examples of a kind of storytelling that you don't see that often in mainstream television. You can watch these out order and still appreciate the story telling but to get the full impact (and emotional resonance) you'll need to start at the beginning
09 May 2010 @ 05:58 pm
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show

I've decided not to use the same show twice. Because frankly, I have a lot of favorite shows.

So today I'll talk about my favorite episode from the sadly cancelled Life with Damien Lewis and Sarah Shahi: the two parter conclusion to the first season was Dig a Hole and Fill it Up.

This episode is great and really captures what makes this show great. The first season was only eleven episodes thanks to the Writers Strike but it was a very solid season (which tells me that maybe more shows should have short seasons so that they can all be a little better written and more cohesive as a season rather than many that are 22 to 24 episodes long.)

More analysis and a small picspam beneath the cutCollapse )
08 May 2010 @ 12:30 pm
Day Five - A show you hate

Hmm, there are a lot of shows I choose not watch and many that I cringe at whenever their promos appear on tv, but I guess I'll just talk about a show I hate and yet still can't seem to help but watch anyway.

True Blood.

I can't stand this show. I fast forward through most of it. I'll occasionally go back to make sure I've seen enough to know what's going on. But mostly I don't care. It only has about one good thing going for it, and that is Eric. And Pam. And the guy who played Eric's sire. Okay, three things, but the third is dead now so it doesn't matter. Other than that, I couldn't care less about what's happening in the show. Although I do enjoy Jessica. And she's not even a book character.

It's not that I have great loyalty to the source material or anything. I can appreciate the difference in mediums and the chance that HBO gives the show to be... different. I don't mind the gore or the soft-core porn. I just don't care. And some characters I actively hate.

more on True Blood if you're interestedCollapse )