valkyrieza: (armchair review)
I feel silly, missing the build-up to the Golden Globes and now the Oscars. The Golden Globes ceremony is a nice way to gauge the the Oscars and I was quite surprised to see Brad Pitt nominated as well as some actors from "Tropic Thunder". Now, I had not watched "The Curious case of Benjamin Button", but have to remark on Tropic Thunder. It is funny, pokes fun at everything within Hollywood and absolutely refuses to take itself seriously. I almost did not recognise Tom Cruise as the repulsive, sexually frustrated, overweight and bald producer. Nice to note that "Burn after reading" got a kudos at the Golden Globes, but I am a fan of the Coen brothers so I am not the most objective judge:)

Poor Heath Ledger received his posthumous nomination, I wonder who will receive the award on is behalf. Thanks to his death (if one can use that phrase), the Batman franchise received an unprecedented prestige, taking it out of the league of the 'big budget blockbusters based on comic books and spurned by critics'  to the league where the "real" movies  and actors are rated, not just the special effects. I still do not think that "Dark knight" was that good, but obviously I am in minority.

Of course, as probably one of two people on my list, who watches "Mad Men" I mentally applauded the genius of Matthew Weiner and also Jon Hamm and January Jones for their nominations. This for me is truly the series that simply does not disappoint.

Also saw that a new series, called "True Blood" was nominated. It is supposedly about a clairvoyant and a vampire falling in love, but the detailed synopsis reads like the bloodier version of "Days of our Lives". Has anyone watched this? If you have, is it better then it sounds from reading recaps?


valkyrieza: (armchair review)
I finally managed to allocate some time to watch the much talked about TV show, Moonlight.

Well, the overall  impression is the following: The stories are ripped off from some badly written crime drama by those, who had not touched a criminal procedure textbook; the extremely bad acting from almost everyone in the show; the cliched lines and characters. The inexplicable need to insert some very bad special effects that make "Star Trek: The Original Series" look like the "Matrix" in comparison.

On the up-side, the lead actor is good-looking enough to forgive a great deal in the series, although I would imagine that the devotees of the vampire genre would not be impresses with the 'super powers' of these vampires. Seriously, a vampire not needing an invitation or being able to stay in daylight? Bram Stoker would be turning in his grave!

Just had a bizarre thought, if this TV series was made in the 80's, it would have gotten a cult status quicker then one can remember that Johnny Depp started off in "21 Jump Street".

In conclusion, I can see why this show was cancelled.

P.S. If it was made in the 80's, maybe they could have replaced the lead actress with someone who could actually act.
valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett quote)
Stolen from the f-list.
 The Top 10 Most Popular Things I hate.

1. Being geek for the sake of being popular - I am aware that being labeled as geek is the new 'in thing' right now.  I just hate the fakeness of it. I don't need people to tell me how I am not a geek enough, just because I cannot remember the words to Monty Python's "Philosopher's song". I have the whole Monty Python on DVD, I don't need to remember it, I can just replay it. This does not make me any less of a fan, but I like Monty Python for Monty Python, not out of some obscure need to be identified with a social group.

2. Idols - any version really. No, I do not understand the obsession of people voting incessantly for those, whose voices frankly do not equal to Kylie Minogue's vocal range. I am not a huge fan of reality TV shows period, but the obsession and the constant 'prominence' in every media of the comings and goings of a bunch of amateurs irritates me. Seriously, I cold not care less if some hairdresser has to go back to their job, because their squeaky voice finally got too much for people.

3. Paris Hilton -  A spoiled rich slutty brat using Daddy's money to buy everything in the world and evade any responsibility for her actions. I think her very unattractive in both looks and what little personality one sees from all the entertainment snippets on TV.

4. Slash fanfiction imposed on me - Slash fanfiction for the uninitiated is fanfiction stories involving previously established characters of the same sex (mostly male) in various stages of relationships with each other. I do not mind it as a genre, but it is something I do not find appealing and thus keep away from. What really prompts me to get very aggressive is the constant harping of quiet a few slashers in the online communities that this genre is somehow better then any other genre within the fanfiction world and to be a real fanfic fan, one must enjoy slash fanfiction. Bad writing exists everywhere, fanfiction, poetry, original writing there is absolutely no need to differentiate something as better just because it features a same-sex romantic involvement.

5. 5FM - a popular radio station that used to be very good about 7-8 years ago. It has slowly degenerated as a representation of the most shallow and vain young people in the last two generations. A few DJs have kept their standards, but mainly there is nothing to listen but the promotion of the trash-talking, money-spending lifestyle as very cool and exciting to imitate.

6. Science Fiction series that are not really science fiction - I dislike anything with a supernatural/unexplained scientifically twist as being promoted  a science fiction series. "Lost"  - not science fiction, it is nice, has a cool supernatural bend (I only watched the first episode of the 1st season), but not SCIENCE FICTION. So those idiot TV execs should not market it as such

7. New cellphone services - I don't want to know if my partner and I are astrologically compatible, or get new pick up lines on my phone or pay an exorbitant amount of  money on a farting monkey polyphonic ring tone. I get spammed with this kind of crap at least once a week.

8. City Golfs - I hate this brand of Golf. It is overpriced, over-hyped and frankly extremely ugly car.

9. People offering me cash loans - I have ticked the boxes again and again that I do not want to be contacted about any new products and offers from every single company that wants to pay for the contact lists with my number on it . I have expressed my wishes clearly so do not be surprised if I get abusive on the phone after I have told you that I am not interested.

10.  The so-called technical journalists who write doomsday articles on how the new offering from Microsoft WILL DOOM Microsoft. Please, I have been seeing these articles for the past 10 years. Very often the wording is so similar, I would not surprised if the words were simply substituted from say Windows XP to Windows Vista. If people want to use Linux, then they should go for it, but don't make it your personal mission in life to convert anyone to it. Windows does what I wanted it to do, I am not going to switch to Ubuntu/Red Hat or any other Linux flavour just because some git, who does not know how to switch off Aero in Vista says so.
valkyrieza: (Default)
blatantly stolen from [personal profile] lyonza 
This meme lacks some way to show what you've watched more then 3 episodes of. Its creator probably didn't think anyone would do that, but they're discounting one-TV families. Fortunately, we had two tv sets:)

Rules:
- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

21 Jump Street
24
7th Heaven
8 Simple Rules
Adam-12

valkyrieza: (Firefly - Isn't that special)
Almost the end of the working day and I see that the f-list is a tad slow today. Seems everything is pretty okay with everyone.

I am without any Internet at the flats for 3 days now, their router which has not been the most stable in the past finally keeled over. Of course, they still stubbornly believe it is the service provider not their hardware, but hey, what can we do. Most of my colleagues suffer greatly being great devotees of online gaming and we all use the Net to keep in touch with our loved ones. Sigh, at least this has allowed me to make a significant  dent in my media folders. I have officially finished watching the last episodes of  "Supernatural". Wow, what a nice twist! I did not expect it from the writers, because this is taking a more long-term approach to the storyline. Hopefully, the show has gathered enough support to carry on in the same vein.

Several articles came from one of my news communities to broaden the horizon and slay boredom. I am concerned about the continual abuse of power by the Bush administration. Heck, if even right-wing radicals are getting nervous..., the article found here.

In other pleasant news, I just found out that to get to the French resort Montpellier will take me the whole of two hours and will cost about 30 EUR. Very reasonable considering the fact I am going to another country.

Now if they could only fix the Internet!!!

P.S. Yet another entertainer not liking the Net. Honestly, denouncing it from a pulpit won't get you anywhere.
valkyrieza: (Default)
Nicked from [personal profile] nimnod

(1) List 5 celebrities you'd shag at the drop of a hat.
(2) Put all of them IN ORDER of your lust for them. [I am not using that]
(3) Say which movie/show/thing it was that hooked you
(4) Supply photos for said people.
(5) Tag five people

I don't tag anyone but please, feel free.
All pictures are behind an LJ cut.

1) Michael Shanks, especially since I saw him all shaggy-haired and bubbly in the first episodes of Stargate-SG1 as Doctor Daniel Jackson.


2) Ryan Rynolds, ever since I saw him in Blade Trinity.


3) Sean Maher, he is just so beautiful in Firefly.


4) Richard Dean Anderson cause he's Jack O'Neill, leader of Stargate SG-1 team, a sarcastic, loyal and passionate son of a gun.


5) This list is hard, I mean really so many to choose from, but finishing the list is Gerard Butler. I mean this man can ride, wield a sword and look good no matter the hairstyle. I mean he was in "Beuwulf", "Timeline", "300", etc


And because I like to be different, I'll add one more. Really, Jensen is well...Jensen. A sarcastic hot male whether he is a genetically engineered soldier in "Dark Angel" or a demon hunter in "Supernatural".



Sigh, now I actually have to do something productive.
valkyrieza: (armchair review)
I have been playing around on tv.com and came across the pages of all the network TV pilots that will be subjected for network executives' scrutiny and the judgment of the numerous focus groups. Is it just me or do the plots seem repetitive to you?  Especially ABC and CBS?

Here are some of the 'bright ideas':

John and Jane Smith's marriage is not going well. The spark is gone from their marriage and their professional life is taking up most of their time. The only thing that may help their marriage is some action, but their life together is not containing a lot of it. Except, once they are out of the house, both have their own special job -- they are assassins.
 Hello, the movie story only held thanks to the chemistry between the two movie stars. Most people were banking on Angelina in this movie anyway. 'Lara Croft and husband' as an alternative title?

American Family follows a modern family who keep up the appearance that they have it all together, but behind closed doors their life is chaotic and full of challenges.
And that has never been done before?

This pirate-themed reality series puts contestants through a series of land- and sea-based challenges.
Yes Mark, the Survivor is no longer doing it for us.

A lawyer, Annie (Alyssa Milano of Charmed), and her infant son move from Boston to her hometown of Savannah, GA, where she must deal with her eccentric family while adjusting to her new job at her father's law firm.
They are hoping the 'Charmed' fans will gobble this one right up.


Zachary Levi (
Less Than Perfect) plays Chuck, a nerdy computer tech who has a database of government secrets downloaded into his brain. Chuck soon finds himself recruited by John Casey (Adam Baldwin of Day Break), a veteran NSA Agent, for espionage work with his new partner Sarah (Yvonne Strzechowski) -- leading Chuck to live a split life of computer geek and secret NSA missions.
Yes, because the NSA and CIA can never get anything done without the help of those accidental 'geniuses' - Jake 2.0 and Alias were canceled and now someone actually decided that the concept had potential. I am breathlessly waiting for the 'Spy kids' TV series.

A 35-year-old man is a newcomer to the world of dating when his marriage crumbles after more than 10 happy years.
Eh, does he not have two daughters by any chance ,going by the names of Mary-Kate and Ashley?

Stana Katic stars as Baker, an NSA agent who recruits Paul Fisher (Stephen Moyer), a normal family man as a spy against his will. Baker is described as a sexy, smart and tough woman in her mid-thirties.
NSA must really be desperate.

A New York City homicide detective is cursed with immortality.
The ABC channel has something similar about an immortal vampire turned detective. *Cough*...Angel ripoff....*Cough*

There is a vote button next to each plot and if like me, you like polls, most of those 'ideas' are vetoed by the Internet community. Of course, I forgot to mention the numerous chick flicks plots, mothers constantly struggling with careers and families(somehow everyone else in the world is coping okay with the idea) and some really bad ripofs of the BBC shows among many others.

Out of the numerous bad ideas, Fox and CW had some promising pilots with ABC and NBC scoring highly on the reject scale.

There were a few interesting ideas like:


The Terminator franchise arrives on TV to give us insight into the lives of Sarah and John Connor, as they hide from Skynet and its army of Terminators.
I am just fascinated to find out really what really happened, blame it on Arnie everyone.

Pushing Daisies
This romantic drama shows us the strange world of a man, Ned, who can bring dead people back to life through the power of his touch. The people he touches, however, can only stay alive for one minute, and if they don't die again, someone else nearby will die. Ned decides to use his ability to solve crime. He and a local investigator, Emerson, bring murder victims back to life and find out who killed them, to cash in on case-solving rewards. But, when Ned brings an old crush back to life, and decides to let her live, things start to get complicated...
Definitely has potential.

A twenty-something slacker finally scores a job as the devil's bounty hunter.
Yes, I know it's a 'Mort' rip, but it is still interesting.

The documentary looks very promising, but with those things one can never tell, especially considering Sci-Fi's past decisions.

“Destination Truth”, hosted by Josh Gates, takes viewers across the globe in search of answers. Every week Josh visits a different locale where he will interview witnesses in an attempt to get to the truth regarding some of the world’s most notorious supernatural mysteries, like the Chupacabra of Chile and the Mongolian Fire Worm.

A series of mystery books by James Patterson was the inspiration for this new series, which tells the story of four women who work together to solve some of the most confounding murder cases out there. Their jobs as a homicide detective, a medical examiner, a newspaper reporter, and an assistant district attorney give them a formidable range of skills, and their strong friendship provides basis for the teamwork that's necessary to crack each case.
I am a fan of the books and I like female cop shows, well, mostly. I think that the concept is not as repeated as some others ones.

I am also quite tickled about the 'Life on Mars', the American version of a BBC show that had a detective in our time suddenly wake up in the 1970's - still, worth a peek since the British version was excellent.


There are a few others, some supernatural and some comedies as well as one or two dramas, but I think it is most likely that those that sound the most inane will probably be approved by the focus groups. After all, if we could have 9 seasons of 'Walker, Texas Ranger' then a show with a title 'Cashmere Mafia' has a chance.

Here are the links to the TV pilots pages:
ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, Other.

All plot information taken from the tv.com website.
valkyrieza: (Firefly_quote)
I've joined the mob of those people who are addicted to the show "Desperate Housewives". It's certainly not an excuse to watch the poor Eva Longoria in skimpy outfits, well, for some, maybe, but I was pleasantly stunned to find a solid story, good acting performance and great production. Perhaps those who recommended the show to me, mainly guys at work, went on about poor Eva too much, certainly not a good way to get me to spend my time on a series that flaunts itself in the trailer as an on-screen version of Mills and Boon's for the middle-aged. I do like the parody, the biting and very subtle satire that is oh-so-correct and the incredible performances by Felicity Hoffman and Teri Hatcher.

Of course, the eye candy provided by delectable yet manly James Denton and Richard Burgi (remember the "Sentinel") is certainly well worth it, but the calm, sarcastic voice of the dead neighbour, narrated by actress Brenda Young is a sharp reminder this is not your average schmaltzy glitzy drama-wannabee soapie.

In short, I'm set to finish off the first season by end of the weekend. I'm hoping that the story will stay on par with the 30% of the series I've seen so far. Despite two assignments that are due very soon.

Just to vindicate myself, I have bought the first seaon of Grey's Anatomy to appear to be a more serious, literate viewer - at least to my mind:)
valkyrieza: (Sam_replicator)
Requirements:

Name 12 fictional characters you would have sex with (in no particular order) and tag five people to do the same.


Well, here is my list:

1. General Jack O'Neill (Stargate SG-1)
2. Colonel Cameron Mitchell (Stargate SG-1)
3. Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
4. Cyclops (X-Men movie)
5. Colonel John Shepherd (Stargate Atlantis)
6. Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)
7. Major Lee Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
8. Marcus Cole (Babylon 5)
9. Dr Daniel Jackson (Stargate SG-1)
10. Tony DiNozzo (NCIS)
11. Hannibal King (Blade Trinity)
12.  Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)

I won't tag but everyone is welcome to do the meme.

Marathon

Jul. 23rd, 2006 06:45 pm
valkyrieza: (Cranky RDA)
I'm feeling very ashamed right now, I was really looking forward to the marathon, Walk the Talk and I ended up not doing it. We had a work outing on Friday and obviously, the food did not agree with me, been suffering with food poisoning for the whole weekend.

Hopefully, I'll feel better for my birthday this week although knowing my luck, the darn food poisoning will last two weeks (has been known to happen).

At least I managed to finish the "Firefly" series, a small sense of accomplishment, still, I'll take it where I can:)

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