Media Monday–The King’s Speech Monday, Oct 3 2011 

Getting back to the basics again, pretty much across the board (entertainment, writing, etc).  Part of that was going back to our semi-scheduled movie night, and this time around we chose The King’s Speech.

SO glad we did!  This movie was fantastic from start to finish. Colin Firth was brilliant as “Bertie”, as was Geoffrey Rush as Lionel.  I think what I enjoyed the most was watching history unfold as Bertie went from being the son who would never ascend to the throne to King George the VI.  Yes, I realize they tweaked the script to accomodate length, but they did it skillfully, and without directorial intrusion (with the puzzling exception of the reimagination of Churchill’s alliances).  Helena Bonham Carter was great as the Duchess of York/Queen Elizabeth I, even though her role was hugely understated.

The psychology behind the King’s stammering was subtly done, and made it interesting rather than a “profile”, and Lincoln’s use of nonconventional tools ranged from outright hysterical (the cursing) to blasphemous (sitting in King Edward’s Chair in Westminster Abbey).

In the end, this is something I would wholly recommend.  The time absolutely flew by and it’s a movie I’ll probably watch again.

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Media Monday…In Plain Sight Monday, Aug 29 2011 

Am blazing through In Plain Sight, and am liking it lots.  Yeah, there are some trite moments, but on the whole I’m very much enjoying it.  It gets much better as the first season progresses, as they characters settle into their skin a bit better.  It took me awhile to warm up to Mary, but now I like her, messed-up personality and all.  And at first I was kinda annoyed by Marshall (ha ha…US Marshal Marshall Mann) but again, as the first few episodes came to a close, I found myself digging him and all of his encyclopedic knowledge, and his laconic delivery of it.

If you have Netflix, I’d wholeheartedly recommend picking it up and giving it a try…just work through the first few episodes first!

Media Monday…Castle Monday, Aug 8 2011 

I picked this one up as one of the DVD options from my Netflix account (would have preferred it to be streaming, but oh well).  I fully expected to love this show for three reasons.  First, Nathan Fillion.  Second, the baseline story sounded cute.  Third, Nathan Fillion.

Unfortunately, even Captain Mal couldn’t make this a winner for me.  I think it was actually the way the heroine’s character was written that made me “bleh” more than anything.  I guess I just never saw the chemistry even begin to bloom between Rick and Kate, even on a platonic basis.  Yeah, I’m basing my “what this should look/feel like” on Bones, but still.

So, should I give it another chance?  If it’d been available streaming, I’d continue to give it a try, but since I have to wait for the DVD, and it’s hoovering up another of my choices, not so much.

Media Monday…Alphas Monday, Jul 25 2011 

So Monday nights have become my new happy place because of…drumroll…Eureka and Warehouse 13.

Alphas, the new show directly following Warehouse 13 is a bit of a conundrum for me.  I LOVE  the fact that the “alphas” are in fact betas, but I’m not quite sure if the series as a whole is going to hold me.  The premise is fabulous, but the baseline is little sketchy, and the chemistry of the characters isn’t quite hitting yet.  I WAS thrilled to see one of my favorite characters from Bones (Vincent Nigel Murray, played by Ryan Cartwright) in another role, so that’s a serious bennie.

I’m giving it two more weeks, and we’ll see what happens.

So what are YOU watching?

Media Monday…Eureka Monday, Jun 20 2011 

I’m not obsessive about too many TV shows. Right now it’s all Bones and Eureka for me, though I am dying to see where Warehouse 13 goes in July.  Netflix is releasing Season 4 of Eureka on 11 July, so of course I had to catch up on all of them, right?? LOL.

This is a fun series to watch, mostly for the lead character, Jack Carter and his dealings with the brainiacs inhabiting Eureka.  I love how he, the dumb guy in the crowd, invariably saves the world.  In the earlier seasons, Zoe was a bit predictable as the rebellious teenager, but I found myself really liking her as she grew up, so I guess the writers did it right!  I’m torn on Alison’s character.  I know Jack is over the moon for her, but I just don’t think she deserves him.  It’s not that I don’t like her or anything, it just makes me crazy that she can’t see Jack.  Joe Morton is FABULOUS as Henry.  I would call him the town’s moral compass, but if you’ve watched into season 2, you’ll understand why he’s not, but you still love him anyway.  And Stark?  I hate the smarmy bastard just as much as Jack does. Excellent supporting cast members round it out, to include Jo, Jack’s deputy, Taggart (played by Matt Frewer of Max Headroom infamy), Chef Vincent, and who could forget Fargo?

If you haven’t caught this show yet and like something that’ll make you think, but is still reasonably mainstream, I’d really suggest grabbing the first season and trying it on for size!

Movie/Music Monday…Crazy in Alabama Monday, May 2 2011 

Caught this one on cable Sunday night, and was more drawn by the cast than I was the storyline, and enjoyed it a helluva lot more than I expected.   The story was less about Lucille (Melanie Griffith) than it was PeeJoe (Lucas Black), tho Lucille’s story certainly was an amusing cutaway as we watched PeeJoe come to grips with race relations in post-Selma Alabama.  David Morse was fabulous as the moral center of the story, and the supporting cast was star0studded and hella-fun to watch.  Meatloaf was superb as the slimy, racist sheriff and Rod Steiger was great as the judge. All in all I found this to be a fun story, which was kinda weird given the dark overtones of both the murder and the civil rights storylines.

Movie/Music Monday…Soundtrack to Shoot to Thrill Monday, Apr 25 2011 

As you can tell from yesterday’s post, I’m jamming along with Shoot to Thrill, so I thought I’d share my soundtrack.  I listen to a TON of different music, so putting together a soundtrack is always one of the fun parts of writing a book.  Soooo, in no particular order:

  • Shoot to Thrill, AC/DC
  • Drift & Die, Puddle of Mudd
  • Wonder, Natalie Merchant
  • Bitch, Meredith Brooks
  • Baby Get Lost, Dana Owens
  • No Time to Kill, Clint Black
  • Sinner’s Prayer, Sully Erna (isn’t that the BEST name ever?)
  • The Warrior, Scandal
  • Invincible, Pat Benetar
  • (Don’t You) Forget About Me, Simple Minds
  • Enter Sandman, Metallica
  • Run this Town, Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
  • Sweet Surrender, Sarah McLachaln
  • King of Sorrow, Sade
  • What a Girl Wants, Christina Aguilera
  • Somebody Already Broke my Heart, Sade
  • Smooth, Santana featuring Rob Thomas
  • Here to Stay, Pat Methany Group
  • Human Nature, Michael Jackson
  • Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
  • Heaven, Los Lonely Boys
  • Turn Me On, Norah Jones
  • Cold, Annie Lennox
  • Sound of Madness, Shinedown
  • At Last, Etta James
  • Carnival, Natalie Merchant
  • Why, Annie Lennox
  • The Closer I Get to You, Fourplay
  • 183 Miles, Pru
  • Stranglehold, Ted Nugent
  • Boys of Summer, Don Henley
  • Guitars, Cadillacs, Dwight Yoakum
  • Twilight Zone, Golden Earring
  • Meet Me at Midnight, Diana Muldaur
  • Don’t Dream it’s Over, Crowded House
  • True, Spandau Ballet
  • If You Only Knew, Shinedown
  • Constant Craving, k.d. lang

Thoughts?  Anything I should consider adding?

Currently watching…Jericho Monday, Apr 18 2011 

Yeah, this series is hella old, but it’s been something in my Netflix queue for a good long time, and just became available “instantly”.

As a whole, Jericho is a bit frustrating for me.  I LOVE the character growth, the revelations that come from each episode and the continuing story arc.  What I don’t like so much?  That they all look like Housewives or the men from Housewives.  Seriously.  Everyone is perfect, unless they’re supposed to be roughed up, and then they’re purple on a monumental scale.  In one episode I noticed that one of the women still had a French manicure, supposedly months after the world blows up.  Made me giggle a bit, to be honest.

Now, having said that, I am enjoying the series immensely.  For a major network, this story is taking risks I don’t normally associate with non-cable TV, and I look forward to each episode.  I’m almost through the first season and can’t wait to see where they go with it…especially as I wait for Season 6 of Bones and Season 4 of Eureka…

Why do I do this to myself? Monday, Aug 23 2010 

Specifically, watch a movie I KNOW will make me cry like a little girl? Last night the Sixth Sense was on cable, and I was being fussy, not feeling much like writing, so I settled in to watch. It’d been awhile since I saw this flick, so maybe I forgot it’s ability to turn me into a blubbering mess. (Phenomenon with John Travolta has the same effect)

So now, this morning, my eyes are all puffy and I REALLY felt like rolling over and smacking the snooze a time or three. What movies get YOU right in the gut?

Movie/Music Monday: Dexter Monday, Aug 9 2010 

Thought I’d reprise my old Movie/Music Monday to talk a bit about our latest obsession…Dexter.

August and I started watching this about a month ago, and got totally hooked.  I’d actually previewed the first episode on my laptop when I was in Tennessee last year, but it took me waaaay too long to bring the hubster into the fold.

We now watch three or four nights a week as we’re eating dinner.  Weird dinner viewing?  Maybe, but we’re kinda freakish that way…our library consisted of true crime books and horror novels long before I ever started writing *G*.

Anyway, we’re totally hooked.  We’d probably watch an entire DVD if we let ourselves, but instead we’re exercising control and just watching one per night.

We both love Dexter himself, and are a little twitchy about Deb.  I think it’s her outright desperation…it’s almost uncomfortable to watch, but we’ve all known someone like her, I suppose.  The fact that in real life, she’s actually Michael C. Hall’s wife is just a little too weird *G*, but that’s kinda the watchword for this show, isn’t it?

My other fav character is Doakes.  There’s something going on there, maybe something with the CIA…I dunno (and don’t tell me!  LOL) but I can’t wait to figure it out.  My biggest fear now is that we’ll power through the episodes so fast we’ll “catch up” to the new stuff being released, and since we don’t subscribe to Showtime, will then be left dangling.

So what other great shows should we watch after we finish this one?

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