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five favourite silly films

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Sometimes days are tough. Sometimes you go too long without smiling, or laughter. It’s impossible to completely distance yourself from negativity blasting out from every direction – tv, radio, newspaper, internet… And when things get to be too much, I sometimes turn to a comfort that isn’t reading, or music.

There are a handful of silly films that never fail to make me laugh, no matter how often I have watched them. Some of them I own, others I need to remember to buy so I have them on hand when I need it. I thought I’d share five of the films that I adore regardless of how cheesy or silly they are.

The Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor’s New Groove

(Disney, 2000) I think this is possibly my most favourite Disney movie even though I have always said Snow White was my favourite. There’s something about TENG that makes me gasp-for-air-laugh every single time I watch it. There’s not one character I don’t like. The villains are hilarious. (“Why do we even have that lever?!”)  I think it helps that I have always found llamas amusing. But this movie is my ultimate feel-better-about-life comfort comedy, from Kronk’s self-sung theme music, to Kuzco’s silly llama shenanigans, to the the little old man who warns you beware the “groooooove”. This movie is just giggles galore. (IMDB link.)

Bring it On

Bring It On

(Beacon, 2000) If I’m not watching The Emperor’s New Groove to cheer myself up, I’m probably watching Bring It On. I fell in love with this movie the second I saw it. I’ve even watched all of the other sequel-type cheer movies, but this one is my heart movie. I can’t ever watch this one too often. It is so much fun! (except for the barfing scene. Ugh.) (IMDB link.)

Josie and the Pussycats

Josie and the Pussycats

(Universal, 2001) So much camp! So cheesy! So punny! But So! Much! Fun! This is a total parody movie, but by golly does it make me laugh. I also bought the soundtrack because I kinda love the music from this movie. This really isn’t the most intelligent of movies, but it’s sugary fun. And you sort of have to tune out any idea of the comic book group, because this is so far off from that creation that you wonder why they even used the name. Still, it makes me laugh. A lot. (IMDB link.)

MegaMind

Megamind

(DreamWorks, 2010) This movie joined my top 5 favourites by total accident. I had avoided watching it for so long, and then when I was off on med leave a few years ago, I put it on since it was free on Netflix. I had zero expectations of getting through the movie, let alone liking it. It’s a surprisingly hilarious movie. I have only watched this twice, unlike the other movies that I turn to when I need a laugh, but it’s coming up on time to watch it again. The humour is a lot more subtle than I thought it would be. There are many laugh-out-loud moments in this film, too. One of the best things is finding a delightful movie when you least expect it. (IMDB link.)

Tangled

Tangled

(Disney, 2010) If you had asked me the first time I watched Tangled if it would ever end up one of my favourite movies, I’d have laughed at you. The first time I watched the movie I was extremely underwhelmed. I didn’t like it much at all. And then I noticed people talking about it all the time, and quoting from it, and talking about Flynn Rider’s “smoulder”, and I’d laugh. And I’d think, “hey, yeah, that WAS funny” Not to mention I did love the horse. I eventually watched the movie again – and loved it. I loved it a LOT. I have watched it a few more times since then and each time I watch it I find something else more charming, and more funny that I missed the first time. I am now totally Team Tangled. (IMDB link.)

Hmm, I just noticed that these films all seem to have come out around the same time. Three between 2000-2001, and two in 2010. I guess those are golden years for humour. Most of the stuff that comes out now isn’t nearly as entertaining. But that’s ok. I still have these films to pick me up when I am home sick, or feeling blue. They all make me laugh out loud, and help me get through the blahs.

summer movies

I don’t know why I get so excited about summertime movies, because we’re not really huge movie-goers. The last few years though have had a bunch of exciting movies come out between May and July and this year is no exception. Only thing is that I didn’t realize movies I wanted to see were coming out this summer so, here’s a list of what I (we) want to see.

  • Iron Man 3 – saw that this weekend. It was SO much better than the horror that Iron Man 2 was. RDjr did an amazing job of making Tony Stark likable this time around. – MAY
  • Star Trek 2 (Into Darkness) – MAY
  • EPIC – MAY
  • Much Ado About Nothing – JUNE
  • Man of Steel – JUNE
  • The Wolverine – JULY

And these are my MAYBE movies:

  • Monsters University – JUNE
  • Mortal Instruments – City of Bones – AUGUST (maybe)

All through the previews before Iron Man 3 all I could think was…. man, it’s depressing not having any sort of preview/teaser for a new Harry Potter movie.

Seriously. Am I the only one who feels that way? Who longs for those first few notes of the Harry Potter music to start against a dark screen and then… MAGIC OH MY GOD IT’S HARRY POTTER! and all of the FEELS!

I miss Harry Potter movie previews. Sigh.

Are there any other movies I should be looking out for this summer? I’m letting Shawn see World War Z on his own since I can’t do zombie movies… but even the previews before the movie (aside from Thor in November!) were unforgettable and uninteresting (Lone Ranger just looks BAD.) Let me know what you’re looking forward to the most this summer in movies!

let’s talk revenge

It has been a long, long time since I have been enamoured with a tv show. I loved Buffy and I loved Angel (only after it went off the air though). I loved Due South. But there hasn’t been a show I have been excited to watch every week for what feels like forever.

Revenge is filling that void. (Also see: Pan Am) There is something about this show that makes me giddy. I can’t wait for Thursdays to arrive because I know there will be a new episode of Revenge for me to watch on CityTV!

The best thing about this show is how much you need to suspend your disbelief and just go with it.

Take for example, Sammy, the Magic Labrador. In the flashbacks, Emily/Amanda is what, 8 years old? For her 8th or 9th birthday she gets Sammy, a loveable puppy for a gift! And it’s said that she’s been away for 17 years (I thought I heard 18 in one episode). Yet, Sammy is still alive and well and very spry for a 17-28 year old Lab! I know that it’s possible for some dogs to live longer lives, but I think this is pushing it a little bit. This dog runs and jumps and although he has some white around his snout, he doesn’t look anywhere close to 13 years old, let alone almost 20!  Sammy The Magic Lab, I call him.

There’s also the fact that Emily/Amanda seems to be everywhere at once. I’m guessing that each scene is supposed to have some time passage between them, but it doesn’t particularly seem like there’s all that much, and yet, Emily/Amanda gets around. She kidnaps people, hides them in sneaky places that you’d think would be difficult to get to. She can hack computers, break into high security offices all within the blink of an eye. She’s like a comic book superhero! (Or, villan?)

Emily/Amanda (Emilanda?) also keeps all of this highly implicating information on her laptop and in a box – both of which are always in plain sight on her table or desk. WHAT IF SOMEONE BREAKS IN AND LOOKS FOR IT? They’d be all like “Oh, well, THAT was easy!” I guess it’s possible that Emilanda hides the box (that doesn’t lock) somewhere when she’s not in the house, but still. That Victoria Grayson is one suspicious lady and I am shocked that she hasn’t had her Frank (security dude) break in and search Emilanda’s house yet! She’s already had her followed!

There’s something about Emilanda that I love and hate at the same time. She’s so calm and calculated all the time and just once, I’d like to see her emote. But still, she’s an interesting character to watch.

Nolan Ryan – now there’s a fun character! I don’t know what his deal is, but I don’t trust him. I do LOVE how oddball and unique he is. There’s got to be something in it for him when he helps out Emilanda with her schemes. She won’t let him in (I don’t know why, so this will hopefully be divulged in a future flashback) but yet, he still helps her.

Daniel Grayson – I actually really like this character, which is sad because if the way the pilot episode started is the real deal, he’s not going to be around after this season. The actor is a complete hottie though and when he smiles, I just get weak in the knees. So what if his parents are evil, it’s no reason to take it out on Hottie McHottypants.

Jack Porter – well, I like him only because he still has Sammy The Magic Lab. I guess he inherited him after Emilanda was stolen away by a SWAT team and her father sent to prison. Otherwise, I find him one of the least developed characters and sort of dull. Declan, his younger brother, is annoying and I can’t stand him.

Victoria Grayson – Madeline Stowe needs to find some extra facial expressions. As much as I like Victoria as the evil arch nemesis, I feel like both her face and voice need to fluctuate a little more. Like Emilanda, she needs more emption. There’s only so much cool and calculating I can take from a person before they seem uninteresting.

I am waiting for Emilanda to mess up, too. Each episode has been just a little TOO perfect. How is it that Emilanda is able to take down each of the people responsible for the downfall of her family so smoothly? (I might have to add Emilanda into my spell check dictionary, because it really doesn’t approve of my use of the name!) I see that this week’s episode might have found a crack in the perfection with the arrival and deviousness of Daniel’s Harvard buddy (whose name I can’t think of for the life of me. He reminds me of Reggie from the Archie comics. Ugh). For some reason that I can’t figure out (jealousy?) he is sabotaging the Emilanda and Daniel relationship. Of course, as the pilot episode shows, there’s a pending engagement between the two, so obviously something works out. But what are Reggie’s motives? I need to know more!

(Side note – Daniel is totally adorable when he’s drunk. That smile! *swoon*)

I really hope that this show does well and isn’t cancelled. It seems like a lot of people are liking it, so I have my fingers crossed.

PS – I just noticed that Television Without Pity has created an Emily/Amanda hybrid name, too! haha! They call her Emanda.)

(Unrelated PS – It has come to my attention that the fancy Google Fonts I am using for my post titles doesn’t work if you use FireFox. Looks the best in Google Chrome and IE shows the proper font, but no shadow. So if you’re using FF to look at my blog, then I apologize for the Comic Sans font that the post title shows. I’m using a much cooler font than that, yo!)

fall tv – take two!

That there list on the right is what I have in my TV bookmark folder on my browser. Turns out that iTunes was only showing the pilot episodes of new fall shows for free their first week out. I had to do some googling to figure out where I could see shows like New Girl and Charlie’s Angels. (Turns out Charlie’s Angels is on CTV, who knew?) Boy was I excited to discover CityTV, which I didn’t know about (I guess because I never had it as a cable station?)

Last week I spent much of the end of the week watching stuff online because I was mentally wiped. I tried Pan Am and was delighted to find that I sort of liked it. I just watched the second episode today and I have to say I do like the show. It’s got something that catches my attention. However, poor Christina Ricci doesn’t look very good. I used to adore her and I know she’s had eating disorder issues, and I guess it caught up with her. I wish she was used more in the show, though.

Another show I checked out, because I saw it was on CityTV, was Revenge. I honestly don’t recall who I saw mention this show but I remember it was positive, so I checked it out. Happily there were already two episodes and before I knew it, I’d watched both eager for more. So this is a must watch for me.

Because I am a season behind on How I Met Your Mother and I never finished watching last season’s Castle, I am left with a gap of TV viewing on Monday. I don’t want to watch Castle right now, knowing what I know about the end of last season. I’ll have to find it on DVD I guess. HIMYM is always a gift from Ravi, so until I watch last season (over Christmas. Hint, hint, Ravi) I won’t watch this season at all.

Doctor Who is done for the season, all that’s left is a Christmas episode. I swear, 6 episodes and then a huge, long break is just cruel. What’s up with that UK??

Obviously Grimm and Once Upon a Time haven’t started yet, though I hope they will be worth watching when they do. Thanks to CTV for having both.

Why am I still watching Ringer? I don’t know. I think it’s just because I need an SMG fix, even if her character(s) aren’t exciting at all and the show is so, so bad. I watch it and make fun of it while I watch it, yelling out stuff to Shawn who is trying to play his computer game. I am sure he’s thrilled I am sharing every little awful thing with him as the show goes on. That’s love.

I am on the fence about New Girl, too. The second episode wasn’t quite as awkward as the first, but Jess’ character really needs to be toned down. She’s a little too over the top for me and if they can even her out, I think it might work as a show. I don’t have much hope for it to stay on much past this year though.

Other shows I tried and won’t ever again – Whitney – what the hell was that?!!? Wow. I didn’t even last until the end of the 23 minute episode. Up All Night – I wanted to like this. I mean, it has Maya Rudolf and Will Arnet (whom, I might be crushing on and yet I started out loathing his character on Arrested Development). There was something about the show that rubbed me the wrong way. It doesn’t help that Maya Rudolf’s character isn’t likeable at all.

My one last grumble is that CTV’s video archive was messed up for Charlie’s Angels last week. Rather than playing clip 6 of 6 so I could see the end of the show – it started showing clip 2 of 6 of Vampire Diaries! Now I have no idea how CA ended and how am I supposed to know if they all made it out alive? How am I supposed to know if they caught the bad guy and saved the Russian First Lady! These are all pressing questions! 😉

Anything else new that you think I should try?

fall tv

I remember how excited I would get when I was a teen when we’d receive our Fall Preview TV Guide. My mum and I would  keep that edition around and figure out what new Fall shows we wanted to watch! I loved reading about each show and looking at the photos for the casts to see who was in it (if I didn’t recognize names, I’d recognize faces).  When I moved out, I would make sure to stalk the stores to see when the Fall Preview TV Guide would be out. It wasn’t long after the move that I noticed they weren’t being done as often, and now, I don’t even think there is a TV Guide printed in hard copy.

I grew up without regular cable. In the townhouse area we lived in, there was one big satellite dish that pulled in whatever it could. We got all the major networks both Canadian and US, but no specialty channels. I wasn’t able to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer for its first two seasons. I started on Season 3 when I moved out and bought cable for the first time. (It wasn’t that we didn’t buy cable, it was that we couldn’t in the complex we were in.) I remember being REALLY bummed about not being able to catch seasons 1 & 2 of Buffy.

Before Shawn and I moved in together, and after my ex moved out, I had cancelled cable. I wasn’t watching TV much anymore and it just wasn’t worth it to pay for something I wasn’t using. When Shawn moved in, we got it again. This past April we canceled it since we weren’t watching TV anymore (again). At least I wasn’t. Shawn would have it on in the background when he was on the computer, but once he got a laptop and joined me upstairs on the main floor, no one was in the basement where the TV was very often – except to watch news at dinner.

Shows that I watched and liked, I could get online on the station sites. It was nice to be able to watch a show when we wanted (and no, we never did get a PVR, couldn’t justify the price!).

Lost Girl, Castle, (and occasionally) The Glades, were three shows that I could watch on the Canadian network sites. Thing is, we never even finished Castle last season and haven’t watched more than one episode of the new season of The Glades.

How I Met Your Mother, well, I am always a season behind. I get this on DVD from Shawn’s best friend every Christmas. I won’t even start to watch this season since I haven’t seen last season yet. I will have seen it by the end of my Christmas break though. 😉

I’m still watching Lost Girl every week and I love how campy and horrible the show is. It’s Canadian, but a GOOD Canadian show. It fills the Buffy void nicely. It’s even playing in the US now (I think?) though I am not sure what channel – SyFy maybe?

I’m sort of at a loss for what’s new this year. Unless I have seen someone mention a show on Facebook or Twitter, I just don’t really know what’s going to catch my interest. So far I have tried 3 new shows and I am on the fence about them.

Ringer – While I was excited to see the return of Sarah Michelle Geller to the small screen, the promo for this show didn’t do much to rock my socks. It looked predictable and over dramatic. After watching the pilot episode (of which I saw pretty much all of in the 3 minute previews online) I was proved right. It’s badly written and acted and very much a cookie cutter soap opera/mystery. I gave it one more episode, but I can’t say it’s gotten any better. Will I continue to watch it? Probably, only because I can watch it for free on Global TV’s site and since I am off work for 2 months I’ll be looking for things to do. Do I think it will get better? Not a chance.

New Girl – I really enjoy Zooey Deschanel and the preview looked funny. Thing is, the three minute preview I saw was pretty much exactly what the 23 minute pilot episode was. (What was up with the previews this year??) Zooey’s character was a little too over the top for my liking though. She didn’t seem to have any depth. This one was free on iTunes this week, so I was able to watch it as it’s not on a Canadian station. It certainly made me laugh, but also, I was expecting most of the jokes since I’d seen them already. Will I continue to watch it? If it’s still free on iTunes for the week it comes out, then yes. I will give it a couple more episodes to see how the characters evolve. If they don’t, I don’t know if I can continue. Do I think it will get better? I certainly hope so.

Charlie’s Angels – Here’s a show I wasn’t planning on watching at all. I don’t think any old show that gets rebooted ever works out well. But, it was free on iTunes this week and I was bored. I am in so much pain these days that I can’t even hold a book, so reading has been limited. I was looking for mindless entertainment. I was delighted to discover that the pilot episode was just as cheesy and campy as the ORIGINAL series, only with better clothes (sort of) and technology. I didn’t think I would like it at all, but I was content after I watched it. It was just as bad (but a GOOD bad) as the old series. Will I continue to watch it? If iTunes continues to have it free the week it comes out, then YES! It’s nice eye candy, murder mystery, actiony escape. Do I think it will get better? I don’t know. I sort of like it the way it is. It sort of fills the void Charmed left with the watching the show just to see what sort of silly clothes the characters will be wearing and how they try to have us believe they can be action heroes in 6-inch heels and skirts so short you can almost see their hoohahs. heh

A show I am looking forward to, but that does’t start until near the end of October on CTV is, Grimm. I don’t know if this will be any good or not, but the preview looked interesting enough. It might suck, who knows.

One other thing I have started watching regularly is Doctor Who  (warning, video starts as soon as you load the page. How annoying!) this season because we can watch it on Space online. I am slowly becoming a fan of the show. Although I liked a different Doctor (um, two before this one?) this guy is charming and I like his bow-tie.

I don’t really know what else is coming out. I know I refuse to watch the CW’s Secret Circle because from the promos they have changed the books I loved COMPLETELY just to make it more like The Vampire Diaries, which pisses me off to no end. This trilogy of books that got me through my early teens is way too dear to my heart to watch the massacred attempt at a teen drama on the small screen. I am SO mad about this!

The one other show that looks possibly interesting is Once Upon a Time but it also starts at the end of October and unless iTunes is all friendly with the free, weekly downloads, I won’t be able to watch it since it’s only on a US network. (Hey, both creepy fairy tale type shows are starting the same weekend! Coincidence? I think not!)

I still am not watching enough tv to merit bringing back cable – especially since our income is greatly diminished due to this stupid strike. I don’t know if I’ll continue to watch many of these new shows for more than one or two episodes either. What I can get (legally) online I will make do with. Otherwise, I’ll watch for season DVDs to go on sale. Plus, who knows how long any of these shows will last?

What new shows are you watching and/or looking forward to? If you think I might like them, please let me know!