Category Archives: Movies + T.V.

Freaks & Geeks: A Look at Our Favorite Teen Misfits

I only recently started watching Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s Freaks & Geeks thanks mostly to the fact that school hasn’t been open for the last week (c/o: Super Storm Sandy). Also, I think it was way overdue. I mean, you don’t watch Bones  for three or four years without knowing that our beloved John Francis Daley was in this cult fave. Also, I was re-reading everything on the Rookie Mag archive and found this. Also, Rashida Jones guest starred. And so did a bunch of other awesome people.

Let’s have a look…

Freaks & Geeks. A List of Epically Awesome Characters.

The Weirs.

  • Mr. Weir: Dear Mr. Weir is Lindsay and Sam’s  super-strict, highly-opinionated father. He likes looking out for his children, and it is easy to tell he really cares for his children. I mean, he wouldn’t be as hard on Lindsay as he is for “falling in with the wrong crowd” (aka: the Freaks) if he didn’t care for her.
  • Mrs. Weir: Sam and Lindsay’s mom reminds me of Reba‘s Barbra Jean. That is to say, a goofball. She’s very much the type of mother who makes a big fuss over everything because  she’s afraid her children are growing up too fast. Especially with Sam in high school.
  • Lindsay Weir: Lindsay is Lindsay. She’s a geek turned freak. She’s as close to a Real Teenage Girl as you’re going to get from a TV show. And I say this not only because she’s so perfectly confused and Are You For Real-ish, but because she makes total sense as a person who is still trying to find the sense in the world.
  • Sam Weir: I have to admit that if  I had a younger brother, I would like him to be like Sam Weir. Heck, I kind of wish my younger Cousin Harry would kind of be like Sam: firstly, he (and his friends Bill and Neal) love SNL, which in my opinion is actually the greatest creation c/o the Gods of Comedy. Secondly, Science Fiction. Thirdly, who wouldn’t want a little brother who looks out for them like he does for Lindsay? I know I would.

The Geeks.

  • Bill Haverchuck: I admit, I’ve had a lot of fun at Bill’s expense. Like, in that episode when the Freaks coerce Lindsay into throwing a keg party, and Sam Neal and Bill switch their keg for a Non-Alcoholic one and Bill ends up getting drunk (with the real stuff) while watching Dallas. He’s very gawky and Out There. He’s the Geekiest of the Geeks. He’s also super allergic to peanuts.
  • Neal Schweiber: Neal has a really big crush on Lindsay. He’s also a self-proclaimed comic-genius and a ladies’ man. (Spoiler Alert: he really isn’t). He’s the most outgoing one of the three, and as a result always want to be the center of attention.

The Freaks.

  • Nick Andopolis: He’s probably the nicest of the freaks, and it seems he genuinely cares for Lindsay, as opposed to Daniel who in my opinion, is a jerk. He’s a pothead. He also owns a 27 piece drum set. He’s really a sweet guy.
  • Daniel Desario: He’s one of those people who seem really cool, but really are not-so-cool. I, frankly don’t see what Lindsay sees in him.
  • Ken Miller: Picture That 70’s Show’s Steven Hyde and yeah… that’s pretty much it. However, he’s considerably smart, and caring underneath the sarcasm, etc.
  • Kim Kelly: She’s a…uh… an interesting character. She’s Daniel’s on-and-off girlfriend. She has a reputation at school, for having sex and doing drugs. She also lives with her psycho mom, and her step-father. She and Lindsay become best friends as the series goes on. She is also (although to a far lesser extent) a personal hero of mine.
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Pond Life

Here, fellow Whovians, you can find all five installments of the Doctor Who pre-quel Pond Life, which focuses on the Pond’s life when they’re NOT in the TARDIS.

After watching the last one, I can’t help but feel like the world is on its head.

I mean, RORY AND AMY FIGHTING?

RORY STORMING OUT OF THE HOUSE?

RORY…POND?

THE ROMAN CENTURION WHO WAITED 1,894 YEARS FOR AMELIA?

WHAT?


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There’s Five Days until the Doctor Who Series 7 Premier, and Bones has a trailer out!

So I’ve been really looking forward to the Doctor Who Series Seven Premier, because it is FIVE DAYS AWAY!! It is even more special. considering it will be the first episode I don’t watch as a re-run for the first time, like pretty much all of the ones I’ve watched up until now. I am determined to savor whatever screen time Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have until The Dreaded Fifth Episode Of Sadness and Depression and Paranoia and Weeping Angels*. Back to the matter at hand, Series Seven Premier: Asylum of the Daleks looks absolutely AMAZING! I mean, the Daleks are back**! and the Doctor is (most likely) out to destroy them yet again.

Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks airs on BBC and BBC America and Space (in Canada) on September 1, 2012. Do Not Miss It!

As BFF and Fellow Bonehead Celine said in a previous post that Bones’ eight season is coming out soon: September 17, 2012. Words cannot fully express how high my expectations for the show are right now, after the  down-spiral-y mess that they called ‘Seventh Season’. I have seen the trailer about five times, looking at EVERYTHING and ANYTHING, in hopes that SOMETHING will stand out and make this The Best Season Ever, which in my opinion be a tough act to follow, after the First***, Third****, and Fifth***** seasons.

As far as I can see, we get our kick-ass Brennan back! And she’s been keeping in touch with Ange! and she’s blonde! and she looks great!

that’s from a few years ago…

Emily, in the season 8 trailer. BLONDE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

so, just keep glued to your TV. Also, BBC America is having a DW marathon on friday, starting at 8 am (ET).

*Not the episode’s actual name, of course; that really wouldn’t stick Market-wise, now would it? The actual name is “The Angels take Manhattan”. Check your local listings for time and stuff.

**I’ve been told that being that enthusiastic about the return of the Daleks is a bit alarming, if not creepy, mainly because Daleks are murderous misunderstood and adorable-looking  creatures. Also, it’s their first appearance since series five’s Big Bang. Now you get why I’m excited, right?… right?

***Where do I start? The Pilot? The Man in the Morgue? The Graft in the Girl?

****The Third season is awesome except for, you know, NO Zackaroni, and the fact that that psycho Pan Nunan had to go and kill Booth while Brennan was rocking out to Cindy’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. What the  FRACK. 

*****This is possibly the most Fangirl Shipper-Friendly season. And that lasts through the sixth season. Of course, these are two seasons of constantly wanting ti MURDER both Brennan and Booth. They were so FRUSTRATING! AND SO GOOD!******

******I sound like a maniac, don’t I? well, never mind that…

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The End of Summer (is almost here)

Just looking at your calendar you might have realised it was coming: The End of Summer.

It can’t be!

It’s only August!

When did this happen?

When did the months of doing nothing (or everyhing, if you’re that type of person…) go?

Is it true, that I won’t be able to wake up at ten a.m. and go to bed at midnight? that I won’t be able to spend the whole day watching Criminal Minds and inevitably falling in love with Matthew Grey Gubler? or watching (hideously DOBLY-ed) Bones re-runs with my Bonehead grandparents? Or yelling at BBC Entertainment (because they don’t get BBC America in South America…) for not playing Doctor Who, but instead showing endless episodes of Dragon’s Den, or The ‘F’ Word, or the mind-numbing Top Gear¹? Or actually just laying on the couch like a useless lump? Are you serious?

What?

Do I really have to start getting ready for SCHOOL? Getting ready as in going to bed at not-midnight, and waking up in time to go to the gym with Mom? and then walking the dog(s) and making breakfast and, like, studying? Has the world gone mad? I’m sure it has, but there really is very little you can do asides from becoming a hermit, or getting home-schooled.  If you have no interest in either of the two previously mentioned options, you can only make the most of whatever is left of your summer vacation, which in my case is about two weeks. Here are some ideas!

•Are you a Whovian? even if you’re not, be sure to watch the Series Seven Premier: “Asylum of the Daleks” sometime on the 25²th (of August). Have a viewing party with your fellow Whovians, or try to convert your friends.

•Read! you do know The Perks of Being a Wallflower is coming out as a movie in september, right? go to your library and find it! or The Hobbit! or even stuff you know you might have to read in school at some point, like say, The Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mockingbird or Franny and Zooey! there are so many good books out there that can get you back in the swing of things, so that come September you don’t feel like a drone looking at words on pages. If you don’t like classics try any one of John Green’s books (which will ideally make you ). Or Harry Potter, or Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker “trilogy” or really anything by Libba Bray and Maureen Johnson and Kathy Reichs and ALL OF THOSE AMAZING YA AUTHORS OUT THERE!

•Learn how to cook. I’ve learned how to make lasagna and Actual-Not-From-The-Box Mac & Cheese. I also might have food-poisoned my cousin, or he might actually be lactose intolerant, and should not pursue a carreer in acting. I go for the latter.

•Go all DIY Queen/King. Ellen posted some really adorable DIY’s earlier this month, so go check them out! You can also check out Rookie Mag’s Denim Jacket DIY, or this Brain Soap DIY, or THIS STRAWBERRY JAM one!or you could learn how to make ZINES!, or CARDBOARD ROCKET SHIPS! and even Saddle Shoes and Bee Hives and Hair Bows. Rookie has so many awesome DIY ideas! just search DIY and go through eleven months’ worth of archives. Personally, I’m very tempted to make a Nerd(fighter) Denim Jacket.

•Exercise. I’m not a big fan of this one, but I do know that after two months of doing Nothing, my body needs to get used to doing Something. And paying attention to What I’m Doing. Also, all this Doing Nothing hasn’t made me any less Neville Longbottom-ish.

•Study. Not a big fan of this one either, to tell you the truth. Especially when it comes to Math. However, this year I’m determined to get, at the very least a B. Maybe then I can convince my parents to let me go to Midnight Showings at the local Movie Theater, or you  know, LEAKY CON 2013!

•Write. I’ve been doing quite a bit of that, with this blog. I’ve also tried to get back into writing fanfiction, but unfortunately I haven’t had either the time or the inspiration, as per usual during The Most Dreaded Summer Hiatus Time. As soon as Bones starts up again, on a hopefully NOT SUCKY NOTE, I should have a few pieces up. Also, looking at pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jim Parsons being their adorable selves makes it impossible to write.

•Wait. Wait for your school  schedule (try saying that with a posh British accent!) to come out! wait for your favourite re-runs of Gilmore Girls or Star Trek  to come on. This is why my sister and I live glued to the iPad. WE CAN WATCH ONE SHOW ON THE TELLY AND THE OTHER ONE ON THE IPAD AND ANOTHER ONE ON THE LAPTOPS.

•Have Fun. You can do that by doing pretty much everything on this list.

Have any other ideas? LET ME KNOW!!!!

Also, READ THIS! I read it over fifteen times, at different points of my freshman year, when I was feeling very teen-ager-y, and moody and weird.

DFTBA♦

¹I don’t know very much about cars, except how to drive them. I’d be perfectly happy with a tiny, adorable car, without having to know how many horses it has, and how balanced, or whatever it is. BTW, If I had a Bug, I would get it eyelashes.

²The BBC America web page is giving me a headache. IT WON’T TELL ME WHEN IT AIRS!

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New Season of Bones!

So, as many of you may know, and as ALL of you SHOULD know, the new season of Bones starts on Monday, September 17th at 8/7c.

I have some high hopes for this season. Mainly this is because the last season ended, in my opinion, rather suckishly. I mean really, what kind of ending was that to the season finale?

This is what Fox has to say so far about the upcoming season:

“This past season, Brennan and Booth welcomed the birth of their daughter Christine. In addition, the season finale episode brought back evil tech genius Christopher Pelant (guest star Andrew Leeds) who mysteriously managed to manipulate the legal system to tie key pieces of evidence to Brennan in a murder investigation, with suspicion now falling on her.

Season Eight will begin with Brennan on the run with her father Max (guest star Ryan O’Neal) as a fugitive both from the law and serial killer Pelant, while Booth is determined not only to try to prove Brennan’s innocence but – with the help of Cam, Hodgins, and Angela – to place the blame where it belongs, on the murderous Pelant.”

–You can read the full article here: http://www.fox.com/programming/shows/?sh=bones

Okay, so quotes from Fox aside, I was really disappointed last season. While I laughed with the team and enjoyed BonesXBooth SO SO SO much, I thought the episodes were kind of jumbled. I don’t know if it was just me, but there wasn’t as much of a base story-line throughout the episodes… it was kind of just “Oh okay, so the first one or two episodes are going to have Pelant… then let’s have a bunch in between with random killers and not mention Pelant AT ALL and OOH can’t forget to mention Christine. She’s a cutie. Oh and BTDUBS there’s also a new squint but he kinda is going to disappear for a while and we won’t actually tell you why but we are hinting that Cam is afraid of his past but then he’s SUDDENLY back and OHMIGOD dating Michelle…. Oh and um. Now Pelants back, pinning a murder on Brennan, and Max, being the genius that he is, convinces her to run away with Christine, leaving Booth in the dust.”
See? I can describe the majority of the entire season in a few run-on sentences. But hey, that’s a writer’s style choice.

Anyways, I just wasn’t that impressed with the season. Season 6 was much better in my opinion. Although losing Vincent made me cry, the fact that it in some weird way brought Booth and Brennan to have a baby just made me love the season even more. I just felt that the episodes in Season 7 weren’t as fluid with the story. And I know that not every episode has the same killer. That’s what makes it interesting. But I mean, they completely strayed from other aspects of that basic idea and didn’t really tie together many things until the last couple of episodes.

All in all, I’m really hoping for Season 8 to be really strong. I’m also interested to see how they continue on from where they left off.

—Celine

Period Dramas that kind of make me wish I owned a TARDIS… (kind of!)

I love Period Dramas about as much as I love Bones and Sherlock and Doctor Who.

Period  Dramas that kind of make me wish I owned a TARDIS…(kind of!)

Downton Abbey

There are so many reasons why DA has become my Favourite Period Drama Above All! The brilliance of the story! The intricacy of the plots! The costumes! The talent displayed by the entire cast! The poise, the elegance! the fairy-tale-ness of it all! Maggie Smith’s wit! It’s all so wonderful!

I still remember accidentally stumbling on to what would soon become my must-watch-channel shortly after the premier of the Second Series on PBS’ Masterpiece Classic. Oh, I was instantly pulled in by the beauty of the set, by the costumes, by the drama between Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) and Mr. Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), heir presumptive to the Title and Estate. Oh, the banter was almost Bones-like music to my then Bones-hiatused ears! And then I realized that adorable/scheming little lady was Maggie Smith herself! My beloved Proffessor McGonagall was killing me with her witiscms and old-fashionedness.

If I had a TARDIS I would most definetly make sure to spend some time in Pre World War II England, frolicking about Downton’s picturesque gardens, etc. However, I’m afraid that the close-mindedness faced by the youngest Crawley sister, Lady Sybil faced as not only a feminist  but a political /civil rights activist would be a bit of a turn-off. It’s no wonder she couldn’t go back to just being a Lady, after the Great War.

My OTPs: MaryxMatthew, AnnaxBates¹, and CoraxRobert

The Young Victoria

This  film focuses mainly on the years before Victoria became Queen, as well as the earliest years of her reign. As it happens, this is also one of Julian Fellowes’ Masterpieces! (All hail Period Drama Julian Fellowes!!!)

Being a Fellowes Script, there is bound to be a lot of Drama. And so there is. There’s fights between Victoria (Emily Blunt) and her Mother, The Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), and the despicable Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong) who try to take Victoria’s power away from her. Then there’s also The Thing between Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) and Victoria… at first he was a tool trained by King Leopold I of Belgium to forge an alliance between the two countries, but then they actually fall for each other, and are all cute-sy.

I honestly do think that after spending some time in Victorian England fawning over the pretty dresses and suits, and architecture, etc, I might grow restless and wonder what people did before Televisions and J.K. Rowling.

My(RL) OTPs : VictoriaxAlbert²

Sweeney Todd

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you: after watching this with my uncles and my mom, my sister and I were unnable to sleep for about a month. We were also unnable to fully enjoy hamburgers and stuff for fear that we might be actually consuming human flesh. Thanks, Tim Burton!

I don’t remember a whole lot of the film, because I haven’t watched it in like, six years(?). What I do remember is watching Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp being their awesome/scary/talented  selves whilst wondering what crack-head would ever come up with such a story.

Having said all this, you might be wondering why I’ve even bothered putting this on the list, and here’s why: HELENA BONHAM CARTER. JOHNNY DEPP. ALAN RICKMAN. CREEPY MUSIC.

Titanic

I might not have been  old enough to have seen Titanic when it first came out in theatres all the way in 1997, but I’ve watched it so many times I die a little bit whenever I hear Celine Dion’s song, or see Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett togezzer.

Rose and Jack’s story is the ‘modern-day’ Romeo and Juliet. I mean, think about it!

The only reason I’d want to TARDIS my self out of there is pretty obvious, isn’t it?

Also, did you know… The First Episode of Downton Abbey takes place a couple of days after the sinking of the Titanic? HA!

So there you go!

¹Free Bates!!!

²Even after he died, she still set out his clothes in the morning. Also, she never remarried!

PS: I think it’s the British Accents. I honestly do!

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Doctor Who’s Matt Smith talks to Entertainment Weekly… YAAYYY!!!

I heard the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly featured on its cover someone (and something) I, personally, am incredibly fond of: Doctor Who and his TARDIS. THE DOCTOR AND HIS TARDIS! Inside (according to EW’s site…because I am currently unable to HOLD THE ACTUAL THING!) Matt, Stephen and the rest of the Who cast and crew spill on what’s to come this season (starting Aug. 25th!) incluiding the Most Awaited NYC/Weeping Angels episode (:O), The Ponds Leaving (:(), and The New Companion, of whom virtually nothing is known, although it has been widely speculated (and discussed during lunch with Maddy and Elizabeth…) that she happens to be the Doctor’s Daughter.

Anyways, in the ‘web exclusive’ interview  Matt talks about shooting in New York and Jenna Lousie Coleman (the New Moon Panic¹), and also Andrew Garfield. I’m actually not making this up. He does mention Mr. Spiderman Man.

Go Check it out! ♦

¹Moon Panic is an anagram of the word Companion. It was also the code name Karen Gillan had to use in her audition. HAH.

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HelloGiggles – The Badassification of Joseph Gordon-Levitt

HelloGiggles – The Badassification of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Joseph is pretty much the coolest actor in existence.

He’s also one of the most adorable/dreamy/CREATIVE  actors in Hollywood.

He’s also very good at fighting up-side down in Gravity-free hallways. (INCEPTION!!)

He also likes THE SMITHS.

THE. SMITHS.

and he sings*. sort of**.

AND HE DANCES***.

JGL is just too cool.

*It’s like watching (500) Days of Summer again. They’re kind of perfect together.

**I think my cousin can sing better than that, at least on The Beatles Rockband thingamajig.

***This was actually directed by Marc Webb, the director of (500) Days of Summer. It is LITERALLY the most AH-MAZING music video. Also, She & Him are my LYFE.

Happy Birthday, Benedict Cumberbatch!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday, Benedict Cumberbatch!!!

Today, Benedict Timothy Carlton  turns thirty-six! Hooray! Let’s wish him a long, satisfying carreer, filled with many more seasons of solving bizzarre cases, and BAFTAs and high-cheekboned grins!  

You can see him  in the upcoming The Hobbit (as the Dragon and Smaug! with Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman!) as well as in the Star Trek sequel coming out sometime in the FUTUREEEEEEEEE. Sadly, he won’t be playing Spock, although he would be PERFECT for the role (but what do I know, anyways…). Instead, he will be The Evil Guy Whom Everyone Will Undoubtedly Fall In Love With, as with Tom Hiddleston’s LOKI.

[*LOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKILOKI*]

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So Long and Thanks for All The Fish

The Dolphins are smarter than us, Humans.
Deal. With. It.
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