Fandom 5: Favorite Current Shows

The television landscape is vast and never ending. Too many channels, too many shows swirling around everywhere. It’s rare that I ever get past the point of judging whether a series will be worth the time to where I watch a whole season. This makes the love that I have for the following shows a double miracle.

Claws

 

Claws is a beautiful neon crazy mess. It makes me so happy and I love everything about it. Jenn and Bryce’s newstyle debate and AA song this year are examples of how Claws spoils me rotten.

Barry

 

As darkly enjoyable as Bill Hader is here, Henry Winkler is the angel of this series that keeps on giving. Shit gets killer, balanced perfectly with ridiculousness.

Into the Badlands

 

Speaking of a tone beautifully curated: Action, Apocalypse, Anime Style, Sword Fighting, and Nick Frost. It melds. It works. It is fun as hell to watch.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 

An older and consistent favorite. This was a true show love from the first episode, and I am so happy that NBC is bringing it back for more seasons:)

A.P. Bio

 

Glenn Howerton is some kind of viscous in a robe. I have seen him in action before, but never has it felt like all of his talents were being tapped into. It’s so good.

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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.

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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
Legion
Preacher
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
Minecraft
South Park: Stick of Truth
Sonic the Hedgehog
Portal 1&2
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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.

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Fandom 5: Favorite Halloween Movie Fashion

Practical Magic

The clothes in this movie are the perfect cross section of witchy and 90s. All of the layers and textures and colors add up to a to die for wardrobe.

Bewitched

Nora Ephron’s Bewitched movie was actually pretty cute, and fun to watch. It’s lighter fare of a bygone era, but oh so charming.

Buffy

Every episode of the tv series has envious style choices, and not just on Buffy. Every character possesses the awesome. The movie I can not leave out because I looove those clothes too.

Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock movies are well known for the fashion, and if I had to choose just one to represent the best, it is this. Grace’s outfit changes just get better and better.

Laura

As the most glamorous of noir, Laura is a velvety Halloween treat. More of a suspense plot, but still a spooky and deadly one.

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Fandom 5: Favorite Speaking Voices

As much as I love movies and this golden age of television, there has been a lack on the part of the internet to give a nod to literal voices. Yes, it is a fairly superficial thing, since it a born with kind of quality. However, it can be one of the most mesmerizing traits an actor can have. At least for me as a viewer. Here are the five people that reel me in not only with their talent, but their way of speaking:

Shohreh Aghdashloo

She is a goddess, and her voice is so textured. I remember seeing her for the first time on 24, and falling in love with her voice.

Irene Roseen

She has this strangely beautiful way of speaking. It’s like a fairy tale gravel well.

Glynis Johns

If Tinkerbell could speak, she would sound like Glynis.

Idris Elba

Among all of his many talents, his voice is able to match his eye intensity perfectly.

Beth Broderick

The voice that I most wish to emulate. The aunts were always the best part of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to me, and Zelda was my virtual mentor.

Bonus Picks:

Kathleen Turner, Eartha Kitt, Kelly Bishop, Linda Lavin, Jeanne Moreau

 

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5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Animated Movies

I like my animated movies sweet with a side of grown up humor. These are the corny well-written winners of my heart:

Megamind

Megamind is an adorable professional evil doer, with a total subconscious at first crush on reporter Roxanne Richie (Tina Fey). Fab cast here, and I loves me a brilliant superhero parody.

Wall-E

Beautiful silent film comedy in animated form. Basically. So, so, hopeful and loving.

Penguins of Madagascar

Pengins’ is cute. Pengins’ is accidentally on purpose the best at covert affairs. Pengins’ is fuzzy and wiggly and witty.

Zootopia

Disney just keeps proving it is still in the game. Perfect everything.

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit

This is one of my favorite Halloween movies to this day. With the recent passing of Peter Sallis (Wallace), I need to do a full re-watch of the series to remember and respect the awesome.

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