lizzardgirl: (LBD/Darcy)
So, I thought I'd do this monthly, because there's not that much variation really. I watch tv series mostly, and movies very often are re-watches, where I just watch a particular scene or two before I fall asleep.

Also, I watch too much tv. That's no surprise.

Anyway, highlights of January included:

- How I Met Your Mother - I absolutely love this show, I have to admit. I try to catch the new episode every week. I can't believe it'll all be over in March. I'm a bit put off by some of the filler episodes this season, but then the non-filler ones are so awesome it seems to hardly matter.

- Hart of Dixie - I still like this show, but I'm not sure I love the third season the way I loved the second. But I still watch weekly.

- The Big Bang Theory - Similar to Hart of Dixie, I feel like some of the gags are getting repetitious and I think I liked earlier seasons better.

- Elementary - I caught up on this season during the Christmas holidays and find it very enjoyable normally, although for some reason I don't feel in the mood to watch yesterday's episode right now.

- Call the Midwife - perhaps my favourite series at the moment. Loved the Christmas special, love how the new season is getting on. Also, I'm learning loads about pregnancies and babies! The other day I read a book where a breech birth in the 1930s was mentioned and the midwife - who had to deliver the baby alone, because of snowstorm - was like 'I couldn't save the mother, I could barely save the baby' and the father blamed her and I was absolutely furious for the midwife's sake because hello-o, babydaddy, it was a breech birth!

- Sherlock - I must say, I'm not really missing it all that much, and I had mixed feelings about this season. I absolutely loathed the second episode, found the first a bit wtf and only the third really up to scratch.

- Downton Abbey - I tried a rewatch, after the conclusion of season 4 last month, but I'm not really all that into it right now, and lost steam sometime in season 1, not continuing right now.

- The West Wing - So I mentioned I was trying to learn more about American history and politics, and this seemed to be a nice complement to that, but I'm really liking the series, much more than I anticipated. Of course, I'm not really very far into it, so I hope it won't get boring any time soon.


I didn't watch any new films that I can recall.

I also had this vague idea that I'd start on listening to some podcasts (particularly interested in Welcome to Night Vale) and I did get an awesome list of recs from [livejournal.com profile] asoulinbliss' journal, but somehow, I haven't begun on that project yet.
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Valkyrie was on telly last night and I watched it.

I didn't like it.

It seems that for the makers, the #1 priority was to show as much of Tom Cruise in a Nazi uniform and with an eye patch as possible and that's just not my porn.

Tom Cruise just couldn't act the part of Stauffenberg and the screen-play and its horrid lack of any real characterisation or depth just made things worse.

The only bit worth seeing it was Kenneth Branagh as Henning von Tresckow, who had just so much more presence than Stauffenberg and should have been the focus of the movie, because Branagh really could have brought out the discrepancies in a complicated character and his struggle between conscience and duty.

It was funny though to see so many famous German actors as little more than water carriers for Tom bloody Cruise. I mean, there were Wotan Wilke Möhring or Robert Stadlober who've both done amazing movies and starred main parts, and now they were reduced to saying little more than 'Yes, Oberst Stauffenberg' and 'No, Oberst Stauffenberg.' Bah.

And then I had weird dreams where the history of the German military resistance was mixed with the Twilight snarks I had been reading and it was really nasty and bad.
lizzardgirl: (Inundo)
So I was catching a bit of Notting Hill on telly this afternoon and I realised something:

When the journalists ring the door-bell, first they see William in boxers and a t-shirt. Then they see Anna in an over-sized shirt. Then they see Spike in nothing but grey y-fronts.

And yet ... nobody ever links Anna with Spike! Or thinks that Anna has gay friends who let her sleep on their couch. Or that she was involved in a three-some. (which, come on! One lady and two gents in equal states of undress, it would be the logical conclusion. If you want to go the route of 'someone's been having sex.' I bet in RL the journalists would all be 'Read all about Anna Scott's sordid sex-life. Here she's getting it on with two dudes.') But no, in this movie, even though William was easily the most-dressed of those, *of course* the journalists would assume that he's been having it on with Anna, and not the naked dude flexing his muscles. Because Hugh Grant's prettier, I suppose, and Rhys Ifans is just the comic relief who'll only ever be in a relationship with another weirdo?

Oh Hollywood.

How I love how you tell us that a heterosexual relationship between two pretty people is the norm, and everything else is somewhat quirky and oddball.
lizzardgirl: (Inundo)
So I was catching a bit of Notting Hill on telly this afternoon and I realised something:

When the journalists ring the door-bell, first they see William in boxers and a t-shirt. Then they see Anna in an over-sized shirt. Then they see Spike in nothing but grey y-fronts.

And yet ... nobody ever links Anna with Spike! Or thinks that Anna has gay friends who let her sleep on their couch. Or that she was involved in a three-some. (which, come on! One lady and two gents in equal states of undress, it would be the logical conclusion. If you want to go the route of 'someone's been having sex.' I bet in RL the journalists would all be 'Read all about Anna Scott's sordid sex-life. Here she's getting it on with two dudes.') But no, in this movie, even though William was easily the most-dressed of those, *of course* the journalists would assume that he's been having it on with Anna, and not the naked dude flexing his muscles. Because Hugh Grant's prettier, I suppose, and Rhys Ifans is just the comic relief who'll only ever be in a relationship with another weirdo?

Oh Hollywood.

How I love how you tell us that a heterosexual relationship between two pretty people is the norm, and everything else is somewhat quirky and oddball.
lizzardgirl: (Inundo)
So I was catching a bit of Notting Hill on telly this afternoon and I realised something:

When the journalists ring the door-bell, first they see William in boxers and a t-shirt. Then they see Anna in an over-sized shirt. Then they see Spike in nothing but grey y-fronts.

And yet ... nobody ever links Anna with Spike! Or thinks that Anna has gay friends who let her sleep on their couch. Or that she was involved in a three-some. (which, come on! One lady and two gents in equal states of undress, it would be the logical conclusion. If you want to go the route of 'someone's been having sex.' I bet in RL the journalists would all be 'Read all about Anna Scott's sordid sex-life. Here she's getting it on with two dudes.') But no, in this movie, even though William was easily the most-dressed of those, *of course* the journalists would assume that he's been having it on with Anna, and not the naked dude flexing his muscles. Because Hugh Grant's prettier, I suppose, and Rhys Ifans is just the comic relief who'll only ever be in a relationship with another weirdo?

Oh Hollywood.

How I love how you tell us that a heterosexual relationship between two pretty people is the norm, and everything else is somewhat quirky and oddball.
lizzardgirl: (Default)
... and other producers of Sherlock Holmes II.

Heilbronn, as any quick search on wikipedia will tell you, is in Northern Baden-Wuerttemberg, on the banks of the river Neckar.

Things you're likely to find around Heilbronn:

- forests
- vineyards
- meadows and little hamlets
- hills (the highest point in Heilbronn is just above 300 metres.)

Things you're not likely to find around Heilbronn:

- highland plains above the forestation line
- glaciers
- alpine mountains
- snow-topped mountain peaks
- ravines

No, not even in 1891.

In fact, I *can* sort of buy it that a train from Paris to Berlin would come through Heilbronn. It would be more likely these days that it go through Cologne and Hanover, but then, the lines might have been different in 1891, so, as I said, I can buy that.

However, said train is *not* going to go through the Alps. There is *no* border territory between Germany and France that is full of Himalayan mountains. Not even in 1891. I know that the borders were different then, but Alsace-Lorraine is not the Alps. Trust me.

That said, I otherwise really enjoyed the film. Stephen Fry was pure gold, John and Mary were very sweet, Holmes was wonderfully obnoxious and Moriarty suitably evil. I really liked the plot too although I could have done with fewer scenes of Oh Wow Machine Guns but to each their own.

However, I can't get over the fact that Baden-Wuerttemberg looked like a highland plateau.
lizzardgirl: (Default)
... and other producers of Sherlock Holmes II.

Heilbronn, as any quick search on wikipedia will tell you, is in Northern Baden-Wuerttemberg, on the banks of the river Neckar.

Things you're likely to find around Heilbronn:

- forests
- vineyards
- meadows and little hamlets
- hills (the highest point in Heilbronn is just above 300 metres.)

Things you're not likely to find around Heilbronn:

- highland plains above the forestation line
- glaciers
- alpine mountains
- snow-topped mountain peaks
- ravines

No, not even in 1891.

In fact, I *can* sort of buy it that a train from Paris to Berlin would come through Heilbronn. It would be more likely these days that it go through Cologne and Hanover, but then, the lines might have been different in 1891, so, as I said, I can buy that.

However, said train is *not* going to go through the Alps. There is *no* border territory between Germany and France that is full of Himalayan mountains. Not even in 1891. I know that the borders were different then, but Alsace-Lorraine is not the Alps. Trust me.

That said, I otherwise really enjoyed the film. Stephen Fry was pure gold, John and Mary were very sweet, Holmes was wonderfully obnoxious and Moriarty suitably evil. I really liked the plot too although I could have done with fewer scenes of Oh Wow Machine Guns but to each their own.

However, I can't get over the fact that Baden-Wuerttemberg looked like a highland plateau.
lizzardgirl: (Default)
... and other producers of Sherlock Holmes II.

Heilbronn, as any quick search on wikipedia will tell you, is in Northern Baden-Wuerttemberg, on the banks of the river Neckar.

Things you're likely to find around Heilbronn:

- forests
- vineyards
- meadows and little hamlets
- hills (the highest point in Heilbronn is just above 300 metres.)

Things you're not likely to find around Heilbronn:

- highland plains above the forestation line
- glaciers
- alpine mountains
- snow-topped mountain peaks
- ravines

No, not even in 1891.

In fact, I *can* sort of buy it that a train from Paris to Berlin would come through Heilbronn. It would be more likely these days that it go through Cologne and Hanover, but then, the lines might have been different in 1891, so, as I said, I can buy that.

However, said train is *not* going to go through the Alps. There is *no* border territory between Germany and France that is full of Himalayan mountains. Not even in 1891. I know that the borders were different then, but Alsace-Lorraine is not the Alps. Trust me.

That said, I otherwise really enjoyed the film. Stephen Fry was pure gold, John and Mary were very sweet, Holmes was wonderfully obnoxious and Moriarty suitably evil. I really liked the plot too although I could have done with fewer scenes of Oh Wow Machine Guns but to each their own.

However, I can't get over the fact that Baden-Wuerttemberg looked like a highland plateau.
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Dear Steve Kloves,

I believe that there are a great many terms that you could use when describing the upper left area of the torso, depending on what you are aiming for. Ribcage, for example. Breast. Chest. Bosom. Lungs. Left boob. Rump. You get my drift. If absolutely necessary, even 'heart' would do.

So why, oh why, do the characters in the HP movies point to the general body area described above and say things like 'Harry, he will live on / you will feel it / I will always be / etc. IN HERE'??? ALL. THE. TIME.

It feels like they're constantly talking to four-year-olds. I fully believe that an averagely intelligent young adult like Harry Potter, who has seen quite a bit of the (magical) world, will be aware of the symbolisms generally associated with that roughly fist-shaped, blood-pumping organ usually found in the left side of the thorax.

Sincerely, etc.
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Dear Steve Kloves,

I believe that there are a great many terms that you could use when describing the upper left area of the torso, depending on what you are aiming for. Ribcage, for example. Breast. Chest. Bosom. Lungs. Left boob. Rump. You get my drift. If absolutely necessary, even 'heart' would do.

So why, oh why, do the characters in the HP movies point to the general body area described above and say things like 'Harry, he will live on / you will feel it / I will always be / etc. IN HERE'??? ALL. THE. TIME.

It feels like they're constantly talking to four-year-olds. I fully believe that an averagely intelligent young adult like Harry Potter, who has seen quite a bit of the (magical) world, will be aware of the symbolisms generally associated with that roughly fist-shaped, blood-pumping organ usually found in the left side of the thorax.

Sincerely, etc.
lizzardgirl: (hogwarts express)
Dear Steve Kloves,

I believe that there are a great many terms that you could use when describing the upper left area of the torso, depending on what you are aiming for. Ribcage, for example. Breast. Chest. Bosom. Lungs. Left boob. Rump. You get my drift. If absolutely necessary, even 'heart' would do.

So why, oh why, do the characters in the HP movies point to the general body area described above and say things like 'Harry, he will live on / you will feel it / I will always be / etc. IN HERE'??? ALL. THE. TIME.

It feels like they're constantly talking to four-year-olds. I fully believe that an averagely intelligent young adult like Harry Potter, who has seen quite a bit of the (magical) world, will be aware of the symbolisms generally associated with that roughly fist-shaped, blood-pumping organ usually found in the left side of the thorax.

Sincerely, etc.
lizzardgirl: (darnedest)
Did I mention yet I saw The King's Speech last week?

Well I did.

You should go see it too if you haven't yet.

It deserved every darned Oscar it got, and more.

If anybody wants to discuss it, at the risk of me droning on and on and on about English Royal history until I start foaming at the mouth and keel over backwards, do ;-) Just have to warn you, the last time I did this, I kept blathering about English constitutional history and succession laws for two hours, and my friends can only be thankful I was sober then, because otherwise it would've happened with a horrible fake Scottish accent.

(Sad but true fact: when I drink and then speak English, I start faking a Scottish accent. Think Harry Denton in Gosford Park. That bad. And then I start crooning, but that also happens when I'm sober.)
lizzardgirl: (darnedest)
Did I mention yet I saw The King's Speech last week?

Well I did.

You should go see it too if you haven't yet.

It deserved every darned Oscar it got, and more.

If anybody wants to discuss it, at the risk of me droning on and on and on about English Royal history until I start foaming at the mouth and keel over backwards, do ;-) Just have to warn you, the last time I did this, I kept blathering about English constitutional history and succession laws for two hours, and my friends can only be thankful I was sober then, because otherwise it would've happened with a horrible fake Scottish accent.

(Sad but true fact: when I drink and then speak English, I start faking a Scottish accent. Think Harry Denton in Gosford Park. That bad. And then I start crooning, but that also happens when I'm sober.)
lizzardgirl: (darnedest)
Did I mention yet I saw The King's Speech last week?

Well I did.

You should go see it too if you haven't yet.

It deserved every darned Oscar it got, and more.

If anybody wants to discuss it, at the risk of me droning on and on and on about English Royal history until I start foaming at the mouth and keel over backwards, do ;-) Just have to warn you, the last time I did this, I kept blathering about English constitutional history and succession laws for two hours, and my friends can only be thankful I was sober then, because otherwise it would've happened with a horrible fake Scottish accent.

(Sad but true fact: when I drink and then speak English, I start faking a Scottish accent. Think Harry Denton in Gosford Park. That bad. And then I start crooning, but that also happens when I'm sober.)
lizzardgirl: (menace)
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/confirmed-martin-freeman-will-play-bilbo-baggins-in-the-hobbit

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield? How awesome is that???

Oh I hope it's true.
lizzardgirl: (menace)
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/confirmed-martin-freeman-will-play-bilbo-baggins-in-the-hobbit

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield? How awesome is that???

Oh I hope it's true.
lizzardgirl: (menace)
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/confirmed-martin-freeman-will-play-bilbo-baggins-in-the-hobbit

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield? How awesome is that???

Oh I hope it's true.
lizzardgirl: (shrubbery)
I went to see Milk in the open-air cinema yesterday. Fan-bloody-tastic. There's no wonder about the Academy Award. Sean Penn was uber-brilliant in a brilliant picture. It was exceedingly well done.

Caroline, it also has Diego Luna, FYI. But he has a fugly sort of beard thing going on. (Well, they all have, really. It's the seventies.)

No, seriously, it was very moving but not at all sentimental.
lizzardgirl: (shrubbery)
I went to see Milk in the open-air cinema yesterday. Fan-bloody-tastic. There's no wonder about the Academy Award. Sean Penn was uber-brilliant in a brilliant picture. It was exceedingly well done.

Caroline, it also has Diego Luna, FYI. But he has a fugly sort of beard thing going on. (Well, they all have, really. It's the seventies.)

No, seriously, it was very moving but not at all sentimental.
lizzardgirl: (shrubbery)
I went to see Milk in the open-air cinema yesterday. Fan-bloody-tastic. There's no wonder about the Academy Award. Sean Penn was uber-brilliant in a brilliant picture. It was exceedingly well done.

Caroline, it also has Diego Luna, FYI. But he has a fugly sort of beard thing going on. (Well, they all have, really. It's the seventies.)

No, seriously, it was very moving but not at all sentimental.

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