Fictional 5: Favorite Hotels

Thanks to the Geeky Tourist for coming up with new Fictional Five prompts, and giving me a little bit of blogging push.

Here are my favorite fictional hotels:

The Raven Hotel


Altered Carbon is a fairly interesting Netflix series that is very pretty. So, so pretty. The best thing about it is the AI angel that runs the AI Raven Hotel. He is an amalgamation of what the Hotel programmers thought Edgar Allen Poe was like, and the most adorable creature in this world. In fact my main complaint about the show so far is that it has been a couple of episodes since I have seen him.

The Grand Budapest Hotel


Gods do I want to live in a Wes Anderson film. The colors, fun characters, and impeccable service at this fictional take on a real hotel make me envious for the lucky people inside them.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Turtle Bay Resort


Again, a sort of fictional take on a real resort. The movie brought in some nice Hollywood extras and of course Mila Kunis will not be there as a most helpful check-in desk person.

Bertram’s Hotel


This selection is more about wanting to solve a mystery with Miss Marple. Bertram’s is a corrupt murder and nazi ridden place, so it’s not very restful.

Fawlty Towers


Sybil is dazzling and Basil does not deserve her. Her nightie game is complicated and infinitely varied. She knows how to talk to people and do things like actually run the hotel. I love her. She is my hero.


SNL Dream Host List 2018

Here we go again:) It’s a rainy as hell spring here in Texas, so Stephanie is stuck inside and full of feelings.

This year there are no rules. I opened the list to all possibilities and people that have hosted before. Here is my pure I dreamed a dream host list for season 44:


Tiffany Haddish


My favorite host of the 43rd season so far, Tiffany is the brightest star in my possibility sky.

Margot Robbie


She opened season 42 with one of the best episodes in recent memory. She commits to the mayhem and I would like to see her become a new regular.

John Boyega


SNL needs some British humour every now and then, and so do I.


Kerry Washington


Please come back. It’s been so long.

Aubrey Plaza


Hey weirdo, wanna host the pre-Halloween episode?

Taika Waititi


Have you seen What We Do in the Shadows? He has to do Halloween.


Leslie Mann


She’s so cute and sweet and the right kind of crazy.

Donald Glover


Come on, man. Let’s do this.



Retta doing the Thanksgiving episode? Do it.




Lorne! Lorne! *poke* Lorne!!

Chadwick Boseman


This is a pretty sure thing. He’s talented and riding the high of Black Panther. If Chadwick hasn’t hosted by the end of the next season I will be very surprised and disappointed. (Bad Lorne!)

Jack Black


The Jumanji sequel was freaking hilarious and Jack Black was a big part of that. Christmas needs a showman, and I think that he is up for it.


Rachel Bloom


Sometimes I need to sing, dance, and watch something crazy.

Jay Chandrasekhar


Super Troopers 2 is finally going to be coming out. Finally. It’s going to have a heck of a publicity tour, and that should include SNL.

Oscar Issac


Along with the comedic actors, writers, and stand ups, there is a place for the dramatic and charming. It’s all about balance.


Angela Bassett


One of the most talented actresses of our time, and she has never hosted before. Let’s fix this.

Idris Elba


For Valentines week, is there anyone better suited?

John Cho


I wish to throw Cho at as many things as possible. I love him in everything.


John Early


Young. Weird. Writer.

Marisa Tomei


She’s Aunt May and she deserved that Oscar.

Trevor Noah


Is there anything that he can’t do? I’m thinking not.


Lupita Nyong’o


Luminous talent that just keeps shining brighter.

Billy Eichner


Difficult People had a lot of well-deserved goes at SNL over two seasons. What would be more perfect than giving Billy a host slot after that?

Michelle Williams


Who would go to the movies just to see Michelle Williams? That would be me, bitches.


Mindy Kaling


The Mindy Project has ended, and I miss her. Mother’s Day episode.

Alia Shawkat


Has everyone seen Search Party yet?

Keanu Reeves


Will never give up on this. The last of the John Wick trilogy will be coming out soon and he needs to SNL when it does.


The Geeky Girl Tag

I am definitely late to the game on this one. I saw this tag on Cateaclysmic and it looked so fun that I had to join in.  If you have not heard of this tag, please feel free to take the opportunity to make it your own.

Let’s get out some geeky basics and get to know each other:)

The Questions: 

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?

My Fire Tablet.

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

None. Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is what comes up when I do Buzzfeed quizzes. I guess I could rock that hat.

3. Who is your favorite Doctor?

The more the merrier, really. I like all of them, and look forward to seeing a lady in the role. I kind of feel that she might become my favorite, so I want to hold off on an official answer here.

4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

This is a difficult question because having a good time at a dinner table with someone that you have never met is a big ask.
Tiffany Haddish. She’s not a fictional character, but her stand up persona counts slightly and I am completely in love with all she is right now. If I could, I would add Tina Belcher and Leslie Knope. And Bumble the Abominable Snowman.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?

PC. It’s what I’ve always gamed on and it feels weird when I try to use a console.

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?

Invisibility. Sue Storm is one of the all time greats, and her powers have always made me the most envious.

7. What is your favorite fantasy world?

Ummmmm. Andalasia. It’s the musical fairy tale cartoon world from Enchanted, and living there would make me very happy. The LEGO movie universe is a close second.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

Vulcan. Strength, smarts, and pointy ears.

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Trek. I love both, but Trek wins out because of its’ positive influence on generations of people. Hope is important and powerful.

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.

Ok, I narrowed it down to seven tv series and five movies in no particular order:
Jessica Jones
Agent Carter
Ash Vs. The Evil Dead
Agents of SHIELD
The IT Crowd
Wonder Woman
Black Panther
Hidden Figures
Hot Fuzz
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

Diablo 2
South Park: Stick of Truth
Sonic the Hedgehog
Portal 1&2

Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season One

There is something about Mrs. Maisel that draws in pretty much everyone who gives it a chance. Actually, there are several somethings:

  • The Gilmore Girls Pedigree
  • The bright and beautiful Period Costumes
  • The cast
  • The story inspired by Joan Rivers’ start in stand-up comedy
  • The core of lady awesome

All of this has been noticed and adored internet wide. Rotten Tomatoes has it holding steady at 96% Fresh. These components are all, I agree, part of the charm.

Something has been missed, however. The thing that has held me addicted. The reason that I feel compelled to rewatch and maybe rewatch some more, is the glorious peerless gift of arguments well-made.

No one knows how to argue anymore; it is a skill lost in an screaming world. I grew up with it, though. My family discussed everything at the dinner table, and if you had an opinion you better back it up. There was no mercy for meaningless words. Winning an argument against someone who is also putting careful work into their reasoning is one of the best feelings. Heck, just the back and forth is exhilarating. I miss it.


This show brings it back. Midge and her parents live in a bubble of loving and understanding. And in this bubble they argue. Constantly. Not stupidly, or for no reason. It’s utilized for their main method of communication and I love it. The last show that made me so happy in the same way was The Newsroom.

Yes. Mrs. Maisel is my fluffier The Newsroom. It’s a sparkly, sweet, cotton candy version of the world. There is nothing too new about it. Familiar storyline (cheating husband, unsuspecting wife). Familiar kinds of characters. Nothing very revolutionary. But, so what?

There are nods and easter eggs aplenty for comedy nerds. Kevin Pollack gives so much to every scene and I adore him. Tony Shalhoub as Miriam Maisel’s father Abe kills me whenever he’s ranting. Which, thankfully, is a lot. Miriam is the star and it’s thrilling to see her come up with a set out of nothing, but you can tell she got this at least partially from her dad. Their sense of humor and intelligence connect them and basically every time they talk I get emotional.


Does this lifetime of learning how to point by point delve into an issue and sell her side of things give Miriam an edge on the stage? I think so. I believe that her kind of stand-up is arguing. Here’s why my day was insane. I’m not crazy, it’s everything around me. Here’s what happened, and why I am right. She presents a point, she backs it up, she builds, and hammers it home. She basically discusses with the audience, and any laughter or lack of it is the level at which she wins it. Her simply being on stage as a woman in the late 1950s is the beginning of an argument, and her crowd howling by the end is the resolution of that. She’s that good.

Warning: In the pilot episode, the writing for Abe is much harsher and almost cruel. Not to worry, because they fix it in the second episode making him much more grumpy papa bear. So if you watched the first ep and this put you off, please give Tony another chance. You won’t regret it.

Other Warning: If you are not a comedy geek who grew up on classic stand up records, Johnny Carson, and finds the construction of writing comedy fascinating, there will be references that you may not get. Do not worry too much about this. Amy Sherman-Palladino has made it so that you are learning right along with Miriam and no one gets lost. That being said … do yourself a favor and find clips of the comedians that are referenced, you might just find a new vintage love.

Verdict: You have to try it. You have to give yourself a chance to get caught up in this because if you do, it is pure fantasy fulfillment. If you don’t or you can’t I will understand. You poor dear.


Fandom 5: Hallmark Christmas Movies

Christmas ’tis the season of massive festive content. Between television specials, classic movies, and all of the accompanying store merchandise it can get overwhelming. So, I focus on my favorites. Favorite movies, songs, and holiday traditions help to guide me through the madness. One of my favorite places to focus is the Hallmark Movie Channels. They are full of cheesy sweet concoctions that keep any inner Grinch at bay.

1. Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery

The second of the Murder She Baked movies, and set right smack dab in the middle of Christmas. I mean, the mystery revolves around the Crazy Elf Christmas tree lot. How adorable can you get? Plus, anything with Alison Sweeney is a win with me.

2. A Princess for Christmas

Katie McGrath (aka Lena Luthor, Morgana) and Sam Heughan (aka Jamie Fraser) are the Prince and antique expert at the heart of this story. It is the cheesiest and most wonderful Christmas movie ever. Roger Moore (aka James freaking Bond) is the grumpy father that tries to put a damper on the holidays, but Katie’s light is so infectious that none can resist.

3. The Nine Lives of Christmas

Brandon Routh (aka Superman, The Atom) is a firefighter that unwillingly becomes adopted by a cat. He is helped by a lovely vet student/pet store employee that knows her way around installing a stove and has no wish to date until she has finished school. Kimberly Sustad is a refreshingly well rounded lady character for any romantic comedy, and her chemistry with Brandon feels respectful and real.

4. Ice Sculpture Christmas

These two are so damn cute. He’s rich, she’s a chef, they get drawn into an ice carving competition, he’s so into her and clueless, she’s kind of annoyed with his rich boy ways even though he’s sweet. It builds, and they just play off each other so well.

5. The Mistletoe Inn

Alicia Witt at her best, and I adore her. Ever since her days as Zoe on Cybill in my formative years, Alicia is my girl. Here she plays a romance writer at a Christmastime writing workshop to help complete her novel. She does not appreciate Mr. Man’s interference and type writer noises at first. Does that change? Of course, but the obvious play out is still way too enjoyable in these actors hands.


Review: Tiffany Haddish on SNL

For the first time since the 43rd season premiere with Ryan Gosling, SNL flew true.

42 was a magically numbered season, when co-head writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly led Saturday Night Live back into prominent greatness (and ratings). They not only had Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, but were not afraid to think outside the box with sketches. They got totes weird with SNL, and for that glorious year, it had never flown higher.

Which is why when word came out the these now beloved head writers were bouncing on to other things, I was worried. Worried that skits about expansive sinks, John George the book assistant, and a back pack fashion show would become things of only fond memory instead of freaky cogs in a brilliant whole.

Then came the season starter with Gosling, and it was so good. Ryan was confidant and nailed his second hosting, and the writing was delightful. My favorite was the Avatar font skit (Papyrus), a thing of pure and ridiculous beauty. The Gal Gadot, Kumail Nanjiani, and Larry David episodes that followed were not completely awful. The tone was off, certainly, but there were moments of SNL magic in each. This is not a criticism that the show has fallen off a log and into a chasm of badness. This is a note that I am worried that SNL has devolved. It is as good as it was a couple of years ago, which is fine. However, the ground gained over the past season seemed to be fully conceded. So imagine my happy giddy reaction to the Tiffany Haddish episode, a return to that brilliance. My expectations have been adjusted and I now know what you crazy kids are capable of, so you guys have to keep it going. That Haddish was the first female African American stand up comedian host is sad, but she killed. She better be the first of many to come, as there is much ground to cover and talent to tap into.


Saturday Night Live is captured lightning in a bottle. Or even a bug in a jar. A bug that has a lot of weird phases and likes to sum up the world around it. It’s like it just had a huge promotion at its bug job last year but then got fired, went on a bender, sobered up and threw up everywhere, and suddenly put on a dirty hilarious rendition of Hamlet that made us all cry. I know what you can do now, you freaky awesome bug. You better give me a Taming of the Shrew that will rip apart my soul but in a way that makes me laugh, or you are not living up to your potential.