• Culture and Entertainment

    What I Watched the Last Quarter

    This is all I have written down. I may have missed some, and I intentionally didn’t try to list all the Hallmark movies. I also watched a lot of Youtube, especially in the November and December, mostly goofy stuff like KnJ and their group of friends videos. I just needed that level of absolute nonsense and fun.

    October

    Country at Heart. Hallmark, can’t remember at the moment

    When Harry Met Sally. I actually think this one was kinda fun. But oh my stars the sexism/misogyny! I don’t identify as feminist for a variety of reasons because it’s a mess, and I don’t use those terms lightly. I think men and women are of equal worth not exactly the same (why would you want to be?!), but I also don’t think they fall into stupid, unscientific personality and taste categories/stereotypes. Any sentence that starts with or implies “all such and such are such and such” is usually an “if some then all” fallacy, and also just infuriating. And again, why does it feel like there is more accuracy/nuance/equality in the 30’s and 40’s movies and more sexism in the 50’s, 60’s, (and now in my experience), the 80’s movies and tv (I’ve not seen enough 70’s to get a feel)?!

    “Why are you getting so upset, this is not about you,”

    “Yes, it is; you are a human affront to all women and I am a woman.”

    Amen.

    Mystic Pizza. This caused me to think, yeah, most 80s movies are misses.
    St. Elmo’s Fire. I take it back, this is so much better/accurate than now. Actually this was pretty silly and shallow, it was just fun, also I loved Kevin, so.

    Alec, “Leslie has to marry me soon.”

    Kevin, “Why, you pregnant?”

    Started rewatching Friends. Initial gut reaction I love Chandler and I really, really hate Ross (not always, but man, he is such a pig sometimes; I mean not comedically). Example Ross being “generous and a nice guy” (sick face),

    “You know what, you know what, if things were the other way around there is nothing you could put on a list that could ever make me not what to be with you.”

    “Well, then I guess that’s the “differences between us. See, I’d never make a list.”

    Dude pines after and then does nothing, then gets into a relationship, then can’t decide. Can’t decide buddy boy?!!! That’s your decision right there, it ain’t me. Also while it was Chandler’s idea, he only came up with it because Ross couldn’t decide (again, ugh). Rachel is super annoying and an airhead the first season or two. But bimbo and jack*** are not in the same category, they don’t equal each other out. Anyhoo, for some funny quotes.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    “I don’t know what I know what I’m gonna do. What am I gonna do? I mean this this is like a complete nightmare!”

    “Oh, I know this must be so hard. ‘Oh, no! Two women love me! They’re both gorgeous and sexy, my wallet’s too small for my 50’s and my diamond shoes are too tight!'”

    His cadence and build up though, I’m crying.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    “Ding dong the pyscho’s gone.”

    ~~~~~~~~~

    Monica, “We’re not having birthday cake, we’re having birthday flan.”

    Chandler “Excuse me?”

    Monica, “It’s a traditional Mexican custard dessert.”

    Joey, “Oh, that’s nice. ‘Happy birthday, Rachel, here’s some GOO.'”

    ~~~~~~~~~

    Rachel’s extravagant barbie bridesmaid dress.

    “I think you should seriously consider the marriage thing, give Rachel another chance to dress up like princess bubble yum.”

    Later, Ross and Rachel come in,

    “I’m sorry, we don’t have your sheep.”

    ~~~~~~~~~

    “Hey guys does this look like something the girlfriend of a paleontologist would wear?”

    “I don’t know, you might be the first one.”

    ~~~~~~~~~

    “I knew it, I knew it, I always knew she liked him. You know. She’d say no, but here we are, right, we just broke up, first thing she does.”

    “You didn’t just break up.”

    “Hey it’s been like three weeks.”

    “You slept with someone three hours after you thought you broke up, I mean bullets have left guns slower.”

    ~~~~~~~~~

    Monica, “Man, I would be great in a war, I really, I think I would make a fantastic military leader. I mean I know would make general before any of you guys.”

    Chandler, “Before or after you were shot by your own troops?”

    Ross, “I know where Joey would be, he would be down in the foxhole protecting all of us.”

    Chandler, “Yes, if the foxhole was lined with sandwiches.”

    ~~~~~~~~~

    November

    See How They Run. Cute, but a bit blah. Except when she thinks it’s him and knocks him out with a shovel. That was great.

    December

    Hallmark aplenty, standouts were: Three Wisemen and a Baby (I’ve been a Tyler Hynes girl since It’s, Christmas Eve, before he was cool y’all, lol), Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas (Tyler Hynes again!), A Holiday Spectacular (which starred Derek Klena), and A Fabled Holiday (which briefly featured Lindsey Sterling and her gorgeous Celtic influenced rendition of Joy to the World).

    American Underdog. Interesting, a bit cheesy. And less dramatic than I thought since they aged the characters 20-10 years (events took place over a bit under 10). It is way more dramatic (impossible?) for a guy in his 30’s to get into the NFL for the first time than for a guy in his twenties which was the real case.

    Remember the Titans. My experience was a bit hampered by 1) (especially by) The fact that I mashed what I knew of this movie with what I knew of We Are Marshall. When they don’t all die at the end as expected, that does ruin the pathos one expected. 2) I think it’s overhyped. 3) It’s Disney and it shows, very much glossed over stuff and changed things for dramatic effect. 4) Which leads to being me, I had to look up the actual facts . . . many of the points of major significance were mostly false or changed enough to increase the impact.

    I watched two football movies yet, I’m remarkably ignorant of the rules, player positions, etc. of American football. Quite a feat for a big sports family and for someone who has actually played backyard football. I really feel like I should remedy that.

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    What I Watched August and September

    I didn’t do a great job at tracking everything, so I may have missed a few things, I feel like I watched 10 Things I Hate About You somewhere in these months.

    August

    Stagecoach
    McLintock!

    September

    The Makeover (Hallmark)

    “If I belonged to a younger generation, I would say,’Dang, he is fine!'” “Might I remind you that is the exact generation we are trying to rescue from such phrases?”

    The Terminal List. Um yeah, skipped a lot, probably should have stopped it early on. Beyond morally questionable. Went from understandable targeted vigilantism (but with unjustifiable methods, aka torture!) to “sucks if you are in my way.”

    The Expanse. Dad has been obsessed with this show since it’s been on Amazon, and so after the above show, I opted to try it. Less overtly, over the top violence, but still I can’t deal with that “amoral” and actually immoral, zero sum, dehumanizing choices and viewpoints. I didn’t pursue past the first episode or so of season two (wasn’t interested in the new people either). I was burned out with moral ambivalence (to put it generously) and violence.

    Cranford and Return to Cranford (a family friend/dad said there is also, “Sick of Cranford”). I got Britbox again, and after stupidly trying some violent shows (Rachel, do you ever learn?). I finally settled on fairly relaxing. I’d had these on my list for forever (aka, mainly because of Tom Hiddleston, hello). Wow, there is a lot of death though, but when I honestly thought about it, in the real time period, there actually probably was more! The last season felt really rushed.

    What If. I’d seen this on a post of Olivia’s and added a few from her list to my TBR. But sometimes those just sit there. I was searching for funny or something on Amazon Prime, and this popped up. And wow, this is a new comfort rom-com (up there with Leap Year, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You). My sisters make fun of me for rewatching my favorites very close together, but I seriously might just turn around and watch this again. Super cute and funny and minimal of the stupid miscommunication drama (and when it happens, real grown-up apologies from both parties). Just happiness and comfort. Also, side note, I might actually get a tattoo, I didn’t realize/hadn’t seen, actually feminine ones before. We’ll see. Who is this woman talking?!!!

    More Boy Meets World. I needed some funny, comfort, so I tried to pick up about where I left off in the Spring.

    “Feeny with an earring.”

    . . .

    “Shawn, he’s on to us, he singled us out on the first day.”
    “No, Cory, he singled you out on the first day, you singled me out.”

    ~~~~~

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    What I Watched December 2021 and January and February 2022

    • Watched Hallmark Christmas movies in December, obviously.
    • Started Hawkeye, remembered I needed to watch Black Widow in the middle, so I watched that (tear jerker!) and then finished Hawkeye (and I think that was a tear jerker too a bit).
    • Shang-Chi
    • Wedding Veil trilogy on Hallmark. I want the wardrobe of the lead in the 2nd on, I mean, like me to a T. I actually have saved to buy and bought patterns based off her style.
    • Rewatched Parks and Rec on Peacock (this definitely peaked by season 4 although there are still hysterical bits in that season, I was pretty much done before 5).
    • Brooklyn 99 (this meme crossover of Holt and Mrs. Bennet brought it back to my attention and then at my sister’s I got hooked on the show AND saw that episode, pretty awesome). I can’t say it’s a favorite, and I think I only got into maybe the beginning of season 3 (although I’ll pick it back up another time). I did enjoy it more than the first attempt (that Pilot is just not great). I think part of it, is I need found family on or in a genre, not just that (usually mystery, suspense, etc). And this didn’t really deliver anything else. Which just doesn’t hold me attention, and the found family part felt flat as well. (And I think it’s why I don’t love Parks and Rec like I love Psych for example). It did have great quotes, but I missed documenting a lot.

    Holt, walking into his office where Peralta is waiting:
    “Brief me on the hotel robberies.”
    “Helpful hint to the scientists that program you, most humans say, ‘Hello’ at the beginning of a conversation.”
    . . .
    “Keep me updated.”
    “Another helpful hint–”
    “Goodbye”
    “It’s learning! What?”

    Also, it’s awesome that the “Mayhem, like me” from the All State commercial is the Vulture.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Castle Notes

    Again, in my drafts since October.

    I’ve been on a Castle binge (and seriously, way more addicted than to any show that I’ve watched in awhile, years maybe). My sister introduced me to castle almost a decade ago, I want to say when season 4 or 5 was running, I think it was before it was on Netflix, because I think I was relying on the ABC app or something. I seem to be most familiar with season 4 (and I know I started with Gates as captain not Montgomery). I know I didn’t start off watching from the beginning, I’d seen some earlier episodes though. And I know I didn’t finish it, got bored waiting on the next seasons plus it was rather dark for me. But I started from the begining on Hulu this time, yeah, the earlier seasons, SO good. I feel like the writing is not quite as pithy and witting, but then I’m also not paying as much attention (also quote post coming).

    And SO many Hallmark actors, more than any other show I’ve watched (meaning Psych and Parks and Rec because the other few shows I’ve seen wouldn’t be likely to have Hallmark actors). I mean like multiple each season for the first few seasons. Also baby Chadwick Boseman. And Jane Seymour (who also is in Hallmark).

    I love the trio of Castles/Rodgers. The hilarious mother son relationship, the sweet and funny father daughter relationship. I love Castle vs Beckett (that Benedict Beatrice dynamic, always does it for me). I love the detective “siblings.” The older sister Becket followed by Esposito then baby Ryan. I love Ryan and Esposito, double trouble.

    I was too caught up in the show to bother to catch all the quotes, so I had to go digging to find some, and I still am not sure these are all the good ones.

    I’d skip “A Slice of Murder” and “Recoil”, the first I didn’t know about and didn’t skip fast enough, the 2nd put me off Castle the first time and was a lingering memory of resistance to rewatch.

    When I was starting to rewatch I was getting pretty jumpy (actually I still am) in the dark plus just too scared so I started skipping a lot of the beginning crime occurrence (nice of them to organize it neatly like that). I also think the music keys me up the most really. If you are like me, I’d advise this.

    Wild Rover. Where I first learned how to pronounce Siobhan as Espo does. I know the Irish mob pops up a lot and granted this show was two decades ago, but from what I can find it’s not (nor has ever been) one crime syndicate and it’s not active or very powerful in NYC right now. Apparently prohibition was the heyday and it was the first organized crime gang in US? Also learned that such gangs aren’t bounded by countries. I learned recently the Italian Mafia worked in Italy and U.S., I mean not just separate entities. The Mafia pops up in Castle too, but Seamus Dever/Kevin Ryan is Irish American, so I think they threw the mob more maybe in for that character and actor.

    I was just wondering how Ryan could have kept his secret from Bobby S. But then NYC is massive, I was wondering, what is the relative population to my state. 2x. NYC has 2x the people in my entire state. So yeah, I guess he could get away with that.

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    Castle Goes Sideways

    Also in my drafts since October.

    So I was going merrily along watching Castle into season 6 thinking, wow, no sour note, hey I can watch it to the end. Ended on a dramatic note, not anything out of character or style.

    Started on the sour note. Castle and co. have worked and known each other for years. C and B are committed. And now all of the sudden she doesn’t trust him, even after he’s been framed more than once before. Also there was a memory case before but this one is far too unbelievable and absolute than that one episode case. And trying to add in childhood trauma that Castle (CASTLE! the one who pushes Beckett to re-open her mother’s murder investigation, who is open and aboveboard) has? Um, no, if he’d had that it would have surfaced before (and its not needed, his story is just fine, he doesn’t need a copycat Beckett story, that is Beckett’s story). Adding something this late in the game is implausible.

    Then the “trauma” caused by this upside down mixed up plot twist causes them to A) Not want to get married . . . why? They’ve already committed. They’ve had MUCH MUCH worse things happen to them. And they are both serious about what they take serious (Kate is serious most times, Castle can get goofy, but when he means it, he means it). Kate is no nonsense and Castle only nonsensical when he’s being goofy, not soap opera nonsensical. This soap opera stuff is so unlike which leads me to B) Not only are they acting like they suddenly aren’t committed because of “trauma” despite actually previously experiencing real trauma and being MORE committed, they haven’t had sex. Really? Castle always wanted to sleep with her and Kate doesn’t have such a waffling sort of attitude once she commits. Suddenly they aren’t communicating. Sorry, they had that trope (and it fit then) early on about expressing interest (and it made sense then on her side, on his not as much). They’ve always been great at communicating.

    And then it just didn’t seem to get the tone right after that. Most of the previous episodes in the previous season were serious (some more than others) with humor as an aside, as extra. Now it’s goofy all through with “serious” as an aside. That’s not Castle. It’s Psych. And with Psych it works with the characters and that was the intent. It doesn’t work with Castle characters.

    And them sneaking off to get married. If they were going to do that, they wouldn’t have planned a wedding first and wouldn’t have done it so flippantly. I actually think eloping might not have been too out of character. But the way it was done certainly was.

     

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Bridgerton Thoughts

    When I saw the previews back in December 2020, I wanted to watch it and just should have immediately done so because after it came out, everyone on the internet, ew folks, don’t embarrass yourselves. So I will never fully rid myself of that icky feeling. And I couldn’t avoid it. I’ve actively avoid reading opinions, but this was just everywhere. Plus I already get a reversal of interest when things are too popular at times.

    I’m just going to touch on the fluffy stuff (i.e. most of it). Any mere mention of anything else is verboten, please and thank you.

    Yes, I know it’s not supposed to be historically accurate, but they did pick a time period, and I am a history person.

    When I was thinking about the costumes, particularly the Featheringtons (as they really reminded me of the step-sisters in Cinderella 2012) I realized that the difference between Cinderella 2012 being sort of historical fantasy and Bridgerton feeling a bit more like, bad history, is the attempt to set Bridgerton in a specific time. Whereas Cinderella was much more vague. I think that would have been a bit better.

    And as to the costumes, yeah, the Featheringtons obviously were totally inaccurate in every way. I think the Bridgertons and Marina Thompson (before Mrs. Featherington gets her clothes) were most accurate.

    And the corset thing, seriously, did they do some inaccuracies deliberately on purpose to be annoying? Tight lacing corsets as a common thing is a Victorian myth, and then they put that inaccuracy onto Regency during which such undergarments were called STAYS (like all the centuries before) AND during which fashions didn’t need small waists as they were hidden? Surely they are trolling.

    Which leads me to:

    Was it supposed to be as funny as I found it?
    The duel scene was when I really felt the ludicrousness, and I lost it. I mean the duel was so deadly serious, melodramatic, and stereotypical with the penultimate ludicrousness with Daphne’s dramatic entrance and tumble. All the Georgette Heyer duels play on the absurdity for humor. But this seemed like it was supposed to be serious?
    I was crying with laughter when the f-boys in 1813 meme bit came in.
  • Culture and Entertainment

    What I Watched in February 2021

    New to Me Movies

    While You Were Sleeping. Eh.

    Cheaper by the Dozen 1 and 2. Eh . . . except Tom Welling is so handsome (and I can say that, he was in his twenties), maybe I should watch Smallville . . .

    Ramona and Beezus. Super cute, and I teared up. This is one of those movies that really gets kids, sees through their eyes and emotions rather than showing them as one dimensional little brats (although, honestly some of them are). Such a cute family story.

    Rewatch

    Miracle. 3rd watch, SUCH a good movie. The real story is fascinating (Mom and Dad remember this), the acting, the cinematographic, the dialogue, the emotions, the sport details. Oh, and lots of handsome guys. Let’s be real that is a huge reason I joined in the first time, and then got the real treat of the entire movie.

    The Magic of Ordinary Days. Hallmark Hall of Fame (don’t confuse this with the fluff that is on nowadays). SO sweet, so interesting, touches on so many different details of the time period so compassionately. And her outfits, can I have them all?!!!

    TV

    WandaVision. I went into this blind which I highly recommend. I was a bit bewildered at the beginning, then fascinated, I loved the time period changes. Then with Agatha we took a turn into Wicked and then I guess the Blair Witch project. Okay, and I don’t like Wanda being in the wrong, but she wasn’t initially. I just wished that could be handled beter.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    What I Watched: December 2020

    This is very ’90’s early ‘0’s and Star Wars heavy. I of course watched plenty of Hallmark, but it peters out towards Christmas when one has been overdosing since November. I started using my Disney+ more this month than I did in November.

    Friends. I think I was still rewatching bits of Friends during my week long HBO trial.

    I’ll Be Home for Christmas. I think I saw the last bit of this movie years ago. I think I was surrounded by Jonathan Taylor Thomas growing up without having seen any live action movie he was in. Its been so long since I’ve seen The Lion King (need to rewatch that while I still have Disney+), that his voice didn’t trigger memories, he just looked familiar in that 90’s ’00’s way.

    10 Things I Hate About You. Rewatch. Again, ’90’s vibes and nostalgia, I was too young to have watched this anyway when it came out. But all the teens and tween around me growing up would have dressed like this. There is just familiarity in movies of this period even though I only have seen them recently.

    Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is NOT Han Solo. Also, way to make Lando look like an sulky idiot . . . that droid part, what the freaking what?! Han and Lando were both supposed to be that jaunty, bad boy, devil may care types. And sorry those types don’t spring from the non-entity (in the former case) and goof (in the latter case) types. Besides the script, I don’t like the casting for Han, but they could have given Glover a far better chance to shine, he had some good parts, it’s just the whole movie was so, well, blah (and that robot part, what the f people?!).

    The Mandalorian season two, I’d dragged my feet on watching The Clone Wars and Rebels and just went ahead and finished the Mandalorian. Luke’s appearance signified that they are dropping the non-canon absolutely absurd newest films. Glory hallelujah, I enjoyed aspects of them, but sorry, they ain’t Star Wars or rather they are Star Wars lazily and terribly repackaged.

    The Clone Wars. I love these, I love these, I love these! THIS is Star Wars at it’s full potential, this is the real, true stuff. I officially fell into true Star Wars fan with these, and it makes me understand the fury of the original og people at the absurdly lazily written new movies. I turned to these as something to watch while I worked on last minutes presents, and then I was sucked in and watched them on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

    I wish I’d watched the Clone Wars and Rebels before I finished The Mandalorian, it would have made the appearance of Bo Katan (presumably, I haven’t yet watched Rebels) and Asoka Tano SO much more significant, especially the latter, I saw she was in Clones, but that was just a slight thing, I knew nothing of the series, she could have been one of many random characters . . . then I actually watched it, and she’s Anakin’s padawan! I didn’t like her for the first few episodes but then it got better, so much better, I love the older brother/younger sister dynamic.3

    This show, oh, my stars, its SO cool, it so much better than the movies. And guys, Anakin is COOL in this, so cool. Not the whiny pretty boy he is in the movies. And oh, oh, it makes me so much more upset that he becomes Vader, I relate to his attitude so much.

    Also, his back and forth with Obi Wan is great. I remember I wanted to punch Obi Wan for his pompous legalistic rule following attitude and total lack of empathy for Anakin in the live action, I felt that he was partially responsible for driving Anakin away, that he wasn’t being a good mentor at all.

    Also, you want strong female Jedi, look to The Clone Wars. These are talented, TRAINED Jedi, same as the men, not Mary Sue’s like Rey was, sorry, you don’t just hope in, no training required.

    However, it bothers me that the “good” guys are producing clone armies of living humans while the “bad” guys are producing non-living drones. So who is getting more killed really? Lambs to be slaughtered is what it feels like the Republic is doing.

    The ’90’s and early ’00’s nostalgia is strong for me right now. I wasn’t allowed to watch anything I’m watching now or I freaked out (in the case of the Star Wars prequels), but I was surrounded by merchandise and advertisements and little bits of shows and previews and the styles, so a lot of things I don’t “know” have that vibe which I recognize.

    I was 8 when the first and 14 when the last prequel came out, so I was surrounded by prequels stuff. I feel like there is just so much vying for attention now, I don’t think the dominance of the prequels then can be compared to anything now. I think this is part of why I SO love The Clone Wars, it takes me back to what I was surrounded by growing up without the disappointment those movies actually turned out to be watching as an adult.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    What I Watched August 2020

    In July I forgot to include Miss Marple: The Moving Finger. The modern one, with James D’Arcy, which is why I watched it. It was one of my favorite Agatha Christie books, and when I randomly saw a bit with him in it, I knew I had to find it. The series is on Hulu. I loved James D’Arcy, but I think overall it was silly and the flippant comment at the end was in bad taste. I also think things were changed to give a different feel, but I usually forget most of each Agatha Christie books beyond my either negative or positive reaction almost instantaneously upon finishing them.

    I watched part of Oh, My Venus on Hulu as well. It was my first K-drama, and I didn’t realize they were so long. I assumed the English subtitles would immediately be on, but I had to turn them on, and then I still feel like I was so confused about a lot, and I don’t know where the cultural confusion started and the style of the drama confusion ended. I almost permanently quit, but then the funny parts started happening. There is one scene that was absolutely killer. Also, unlike Hallmark friends her ex was SUPER attractive, and while they weirdly feature his cheating affair, I was loving his smirking smile. And this is why women get in trouble with guys because of the “bad boy” trope. Anyway. I still have to finish this one. I’ve got a focus issue.

    Quibi the Fugitive. I’d been getting Quibi ads on Youtube videos, but since the two shows were scary or gross, I didn’t even pay attention to what Quibi was, I only figured it out later. However, The Fugitive caught my interest right away, that kind of thing is right up my alley, and I loved watching it during my breaks at work, it was a nice treat. HOWEVER, the pizzaz couldn’t cover the absolutely atrocious acting, writing, and oh, the SO many layers of ethical issues, as in, there would be no plot with everyone doing wrong.

    He’s Not That Into You. So I’ve not been into movies and television lately and when I have I’ve come up with some really pathetic ones, maybe so I wouldn’t have to think/pay attention much? Yeah, by watch, I mean skim, there was quite a been of sliding through stuff I didn’t want to watch (like you know, the cheaters, “what if he is the the ONE” see what that stupid pie in the sky fantasy concept gets you). It was boring, and for the most part too excruciatingly real to stuff I hear. You know, if you don’t want a jack***, don’t be one or don’t chase them. And when you find out that you are with one, don’t try for win that loser back, dump his/her *** the first time!!!! Also, Justin Long was super attractive . . . yet don’t date bad boys, sorry. I mean, if you are expecting a good one or to change him. If you are both openly bad to each other, have fun.

    The IT Crowd. So my IT brother-in-law introduced some of my sisters to this show. I’d seen Plant Based Bride do her husband’s bullet journal for one month with the theme of this show (although I can’t find the video, I’m starting to feel crazy but I’m sure she did one, edit, I finally found it after I commented on her Instagram asking about it, I’d looked and searched and thought I was crazy), and I may have heard of it another place. I needed something funny, I assumed I’d get lots of sarcasm as its British. I failed to account for a few things, I’d forgotten my brother-in-law’s family taste (Napoleon Dynamite and Elf both of which my sisters have informed me I’d hate) in humor, and I’d also ignored the fact that I don’t find most modern British shows/humor I’ve tried or tried to try all that funny. Actually, I also forgot to account for a type of British humor that I don’t even know how to define and which I forget about. I know if from Princess Bride but I think it also applies to Monty Python (and perhaps to Mr. Bean which my siblings love but which I’ve yet to force myself to watch more than like 30 seconds of). It is not at all dry. I don’t only like dry humor, but I like a particular kind of goofy, like Monkey Business (which also has sarcasm). This kind of humor is like intentionally bad parody. I like sharp poking fun or witty banter or real parody, but not goofy absurdism. The first episode featured more the style I liked, and Moss is darling, but I quickly got bored when goofy stuff unrelated to IT characterization dominated. Edit: also scatological humor which I HATE with a passion).

    New Girl, “We’re reverse Mormons.” There was a lot of cheap hilarity at first and then it devolved to being all about sex (or was revealed to be) and everyone and everything was boring, no one had any interests. The main girl who was supposed to be awkward and quirky just became basic. And I think Nick was supposed to be the chill, cool guy, not the needy, daddy, issues loser. Should be titled, “Trying to be Friends.” Yeah, failed at that.

    Rewatched both Apple Dumpling Gang movies and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Where is this wit now?! Psych, That 70’s Show, and Friends have it, but is that all that is witty in modern stuff?! I’m going to make myself hate those shows if I keep rewatching them.

    I rewatched Clueless twice, I needed to hear some clever burns and to see young Paul Rudd.

     

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    Liebster Award

    Catherine at Based on the Book tagged me with the Liebster Award. I always love any sort of tag, it means someone else did part of the brainwork for a blog post, lol. And continuing with my laziness, I’m not going to think of questions or tag people, but if you want to answer her questions, she included anyone who wanted in her tag.

    1. Which book have you re-read the most and why?

    I wish I’d kept better track of my rereads. I know I’ve read Pride and Prejudice at least 3 times I think. And HP too. But I’ve also read North and South three times, at least. And that is definitely more of an accomplishment I think. I want to read that one again, it is just so rich and ripe for analysis (I’ve written pages of my impressions of it). Plus its alway interesting to compare books with period drama adaptations (the reward of watching North and South was the catalyst of my first reading and rewatching inspired at least one if not both rereads).

    2. Which Hogwarts house would you put yourself in?

    Ravenclaw all the way. I’d be wishing for Ravenclaw like Harry wished against Slytherin. But I’d also have to wish against Slytherin as well. I’m not sneaky, but I’m not . . . well nice, good, whatever. I consider it a great accomplishment if I ever attain a neutral, bare minimum level of civility that would probably only be considered so in another unfriendly country.

    3. What is your favourite fictional friendship?

    I’m sure I have more but Sarah Jane and Mabel from Grandma’s Attic popped into mind, since their friendship was the main focus of those stories. Childhood best friends who get into scrapes together from tiny children to adults is always a fun plot.

    4. If you could bring back one TV show/series what would it be?

    Well, I think most shows need to end well before they do. And I don’t mean just are long US shows, Sherlock crashed and burned after two seasons, imho. So I’d prefer to go back in time and redo That 70’s Show, putting Jackie and Hyde together sooner. Cutting out lazy shock plotlines. Keeping Eric and Donna as good characters and sucking all the creepyness out of Fez and working in the truly good bits from the older seasons (there were some good burns). And fitting everything in 4 or 5 seasons.

    5. Which historical figure would you like to read a book about?

    I’m FAR more interested in time periods than individual people. Probably someone who had a mysterious end, I’d want to know what actually happened?

    6. Who was the last fictional character you fell in love with?

    I was in a little in love with the leading men in my some of my favorite Mary Stewart and M.M. Kaye books, but I think Max from This Rough Magic was my favorite.

    7. What’s your go-to karaoke song?

    Can’t sing and have never done karaoke.

    8. Which Disney princess/character was your childhood favourite?

    I watched Lion King, Pocahontes, Jungle Book, and Cinderella, were I think major features in my childhood. I know we owned Beauty and the Beast, at least I think we did. But for some reason, I don’t remember that one being watched as much. Maybe it was. But I think the first three made a bigger impression, which is funny, since I was already afraid of my own shadow as a child, perhaps that was the fascination.

    9. Listening to any good podcasts lately?

    Yes, sort of, I’m picky and moody. I have a podcast post in the works.

    10. Have you read any Charles Dickens and do you have any recommendations? (I feel like it’s time I read one.)

    I’ve read most of them. They do feel like a lot of work because they were serials and you definitely feel it. They are also very glum in setting, tone, etc. And well, it’s hard to like/relate to a lot of the heroines (usually the love interests of the heroes), namby-pamby or goody-goody Victorian as portrayed by a Victorian man.

    I also feel like everyone is very opinionated about their individual favorites, I mean it’s highly individual. You could always start with the more famous. Tale of Two Cities is a fav for many (I haven’t read it in years) and it’s short. But I personally think Nicholas Nickleby is a more fun one plus it has at least two recent adaptations one of which features a baby Hiddleston as a minor character. I think that Little Dorrit is also a good one with a wonderful adaptation, and less stereotyped, more full whole person characters including the heroine.

    I feel like I’m due a reread. I’m more of a Trollope person myself since starting the Barchester chronicles. I wonder why he’s not as famous? He is definitely more, refined I guess? More dry sarcasm, more realism in the gentry and nobility in the country rather than lowerclasses in London Less caricature and more foible based.

    11. Any fun websites you like to waste time on?

    Besides Youtube (probably could make a favorite youtubes page and post) which is a weak substitute for good old-fashioned blogs and my few favorite blogs (I need to update my list), and Instagram which is an excellent substitute for facebook, Pinterest, and ah, the WHO and CDC for obvious reasons . . . I resorted to my history which gave me shopping sites (from crafts and historical fashion to shoes and Amazon), banking and cc sites, and following my random interests/trains of thoughts on Google, apparently nothing very interesting. Oh, wait, Spotify (for podcasts mostly at the moment) and Audible (I should do a post on that soon too), have saved my sanity at work for most of my time there although I can’t focus on much at the moment).

    I should (I get to, I was listening to a podcast that said to reframe in grateful terms, I get to work, I get to learn, etc., especially apropos now) use:

    Seterra (that excellent geography site I keep forgetting about even though I have it bookmarked)

    Bluprint (formerly Craftsy, I have tons of purchased classes)

    Creativebug (I have few purchased glasses)

    Duolingo (I’m currently making Duo very sad)

    CodeAcademy (no time like the present to learn to new tech skills).

    Any suggestions? I know lots of services/sites/apps are offering free trials during this social distancing/quarantine period (and oh, it WILL be much longer, my sister keeps saying, “when I graduate” and “when I go back to school” her senior year is ruined). I’d like to make a list of those too.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    What I Watched: July 2019 (Mainly That 70’s Show Ramblings)

    Because of Endgame, I was inspired to watch Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. I preferred the first. I was annoyed by Ant-Man when I was first introduced to him in Civil War, and so I wasn’t inspired to watch his movies, but like almost everyone, he was amazing in Endgame, so I was intrigued and went back and watched his movies. They were quite fun, especially the first.

    Now, if you don’t care about fan-girling, you can skip this (I usually find it annoying too, but, well here we are), but really, watch That 70’s Show.

    I was still watching That 70’s Show well into August. I pretty much ended watching at the 6th season but skimmed for Jackie and Hyde parts in the 7th. I’d been skipping more and more starting with season 5. Then I turned around and started over skipping in all the seasons but increasing to end somewhere in 6. Man, I love all the good stuff in the show and am so disappointed that it could have been so much better. TV people have got to stop being so greedy and trying to add ridiculous plot-lines and heart-wrenching and/or petty drama that ruins characters simply to extend seasons.

    This doesn’t matter nears as much for a mainly episode based show like Psych (although it’s still annoying), but this show need more continuity. And everyone was SO old. Extending the show 5 seasons was quite enough of a stretch between age and plot-line.

    Jackie and Hyde should’ve gotten together in season 3, Eric and Donna should’ve gotten back together in season 4, Kelso should’ve kept goofing around and maybe gotten a job (he clearly wasn’t meant to pair off or grow up as fast as the others), and they should’ve let Fez keep his sweetness and sass instead stripping it from him and ramping up his pervy-ness and also, not made Caroline crazy, they were so cute originally. They should’ve rounded out everyone’s growth and set them on their first year out of high-school with happy hints for the future in season 5.

    I have so many words I wrote on Jackie and Hyde (and the whole show), but I’m going to keep it short since I will have to gather and collect them (and maybe next re-watch I’ll have a post including why I just love Hyde and their relationship), and because other people have already written some awesome posts such as this one on their relationship and all the depth (a must read). This one is good too.

    Here’s a light one from Playbuzz.

    Here is why we love Hyde.

    For any other heart-broken Jackie and Hyde shippers (Zenmasters), here are some playlists

    This one is on all their background sweet moments, like I mean, this was one of my favorite things, so natural and sweet, I’ve never seen anything like this in film or tv. I mean that sets the tone for everything.

    Here and here are compilations of them with music. I didn’t save this one, but there is also a video someone did using show clips to portray their ending as it should have been.

    Here and here are video lists of why they are an awesome couple.

     

  • Culture and Entertainment,  Reading

    What I Read and What I Watched: July 2019

    I didn’t read much in July. I brought several books on vacation and barely read at all. I was not in the mood, but my younger sisters started watching Psych and got me hooked again. I’d meant to rewatch those at some point. I remember one blogger recently asking if people preferred Monk or Psych. Since at that point I’d watched Psych 7 years ago and Monk recently, I wasn’t sure. Oh, it’s Psych all the way. I was SO thrilled that this show stood the test of time for me. The first time I watched it the 7th season was still airing, and between waiting for episodes and not likening the feel anymore, I quit in the early episodes of that season. This time, I quit sooner. I actually feel the show falls in quality in season 6. But before that, yes, just my thing.

    It’s also the first real adult U.S. television show I watched. I think Castle was next, but I didn’t really watch that in order, not sure that will have the same appeal either. Any show needs to end many seasons sooner than it does. Even ones I enjoy. The other shows I’ve watched in more recent years like Parks and Rec and Friends, well, I don’t think those will stand the test of time. I didn’t enjoy them near as much as expected. Television shows are such a “commitment” to me, that I usually (now anyway) see things on Pinterest or clips on YouTube and watch, then I have to feel like starting them.

    I’d seen clips and quotes from That 70’s Show years ago, but I wasn’t ready to commit, nor I think able to handle that humor then, don’t get me wrong, Fez almost always crosses the line so far he isn’t even in sight (why couldn’t they have focused more on his naivety and sweetness?!), and there are things the other characters say that bother me too, but oh, my, now, I LOVE this show. And by this I mean the early seasons plus Jackie and Hyde, there are only 6 (5 and 6 are a joke for most characters as they are overused, flattened, or made out of character and their plot-lines are mostly soap operatic) seasons, 7 is a joke (as Jackie and Hyde join the character and plot devolution and soap opera drama) and some stupid fanfic got made into a season unwatched, unmentionable, nightmarish. I think the show should’ve stopped at 4 or 5 after putting Jackie and Hyde together in 3. I don’t like everything in Jackie and Hyde’s relationship (all the drama which is such lazy writing, plus so out of character for Hyde), but wow, overall one of my (if not my) favorite couples ever, I knew they were going to be together before starting the show, and I was shipping them so hard. Of course the writing fell short of this couple’s potential starting at the end of 5 and reappearing again in 6 and then ruining everything later. All this sounds like I hated the show, but I loved the beginning plus Jackie and Hyde so much that the disappointment in the later seasons hurt. So much potential wasted.

    Dad bought Avengers: Endgame the day it came out on digital and we watched it that day. I hadn’t cared for Infinity War, I was barely paying attention by the end (probably shouldn’t watch dramatic/action films on my laptop), but I greatly enjoyed this one. And Thor, oh, my. The I got up the next day and watched Spider-Man: Far from Home which was the main reason I’d wanted to watch Engame, while I enjoyed it (although I got there 10-15″ after it started), it didn’t live up to my expectations (this is why I just CAN’T be allowed to look forward to movies!!!). I didn’t care for the plot, it felt kind of “filler.” Plus a bit disappointed in Peter and M.J.’s romance, it felt rushed and not as cute as it should’ve been, perhaps it should’ve been slower and resolved in the next movie.

    Now for the books.

    Then There Were Five and The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright. #2 and #3 of the Melendy family, very charming, possibly a bit lower than middle-grade? Except something sad/scary in #3, so parents should preview first.

    The Chief’s Daughter by Rosemary Sutcliff. Another short story, probably the shortest of hers yet.

    Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie. Not my fav.

    Thornyhold by Mary Stewart. Enjoyable, a bit different than her usual.