Also, BAFTAs: Andrew, my darling! ♥
YES! (also Lara Pulver = queen) I'm sad that he & Martin were up against each other, since they're both wonderful, but oh my god, his speech was adorable. He is so presh. He's like an Irish Hiddles; he plays this crazy-ass villain and yet in real life he's basically just :DDDDDDD all the time. Awesome. (And Joe Gilgun's relentless stanning of him is making me stan him in turn. I love how that works. "He's fuckin' ACE.") It's fairly ridic that Benny didn't win, though; I hope S3 is awesome so he can legit get it next time. Awww, babies. Also: Sea Wall. For fuckin' realsies.
MODERN FAMILY (FINALE): Well, shit! I admit I did kinda see that coming; when Gloria was complaining of being carsick I was like "...oh Jesus, here we go." But I kinda expected that to dovetail with Mitch & Cam's thing a little more--like, I didn't think theirs would just end so sadly (but incredibly sweetly--"I'm lying next to my rock," d'awww)! I guess she can't just, like, give them her baby, but...still. It actually kinda makes their thing a little sadder. :\ But hey, there are other babies. And thank the Lord, Haley got into college (although, like...I guess she'll live at home so she can still be on the show?), and LMAO forever at Alex's "flashy" prom date. Heh. Also, Jay dancing with Lily was beyond adorable.
AWAKE (SERIES FINALE): ;_____; Farewell, bb show! You were too good for this rotten world! That was a mindfuck and a half, and I won't pretend I didn't have a lot of questions after it was over, but I like that it was somewhere between 'totally wrapped up' and 'totally cut off before it could finish its story.' Like, there was potential for another season there, but it didn't feel horribly incomplete. Not quite a "Pushing Daisies," but not "Rubicon" either. Personally, I never thought at any point that it was a matter of one world being imaginary and one being real; I thought it was either gonna be some dealie where he'd eventually 'master' the situation and become in control his movements between the worlds, or he'd have to choose in some way. And I think I always thought he'd choose the Rex-world--like, for a guy to lose his wife is horrible and sad, but for a guy to lose his child is just a whole other thing. And that's kinda what happened, it seems: he allowed himself to believe that the Hannah-world was the dream in order to catch Harper, and because of that he was allowed to 'create' another world in which they're both alive? I'm...still thinking about it. But this interview with creator Kyle Killen is very thought-provoking. Sigh. Another year, another television heartbreak for me. THIS IS WHAT I GET. Come back to TV soon, Jason Isaacs! Be another gun-toting DILF, please!
GAME OF THRONES: AWWWW SHIT, GET YOUR TOWELS READY, ETC
Thank GOD it didn't suck. Seriously. After all that build-up, the nerd-rage would've leveled the planet if it was a letdown. But it wasn't! It was Helm's Deep with fewer elves and a hundred percent more balls! (I mean, no offense to PJ & Co., but there's something to be said for that R-rating. Hoshit.) The effects were gorg; wildwife looked awesome; I was totally having Centurion flashbacks with all the head-chopping and whatnot. Which is fun. And at the same time they managed to fit lots of talky character moments in there too without dragging the pace down, and that's impressive. Hound feels!! What are all these Hound feels I'm having?! I never really had strong feelings for him before, but when he roared "come back with a clean sword and I'll RAPE YOUR FUCKING CORPSE" I was like "...OK, this dude's kinda growing on me." And his awesome/weird anti-bromance thing with Bronn! And his fear of fire! And his awesome "fuck the king" moment! Shit, man, it was all great. Though the moment with Sansa...I just cannot get behind that ship, not really. This is yet another time when my nebulous definition of "shipping" comes back to bite me: like, yes, I do love them together & I want to see more of their interaction, but not romantically/sexually. I just cannot see how that could not be kinda awful for her. Under other circumstances I'd be all over that, since I adore angsty/fucked-up/mismatched ships, but...no. But still. And holy shit @ drunk-and-bitter!Cersei; Lena NEEDS to submit this ep to the Emmys, because goddamn. She was alarming and unpleasant and cold as fuck and yet vulnerable, and completely right about all the warfare/gender bullshit ("a bit of a rape"?! REALLY?!), and still scarily clever and observant, like when she was calling Shae out on her identity (nooooo). Wow. Sansa continues to be flawless, calling Joffrey out on being a cowardly little shit compared to her "pretender" brother, and taking charge with the women (I can't believe I didn't realize that that scene would make a perfect 'prayer circle' gif) and just Playing The Game all over the place. YES. GIRL. ♥ And of course Tyrion/Shae/Bronn continue to light up my life; maybe it's just because I saw The Avengers for the third time yesterday (of course I did are you seriously surprised geez), but my body is totally ready for Bronn with a bow & arrow, tbh. Rowrrr. And YESSSS, Shae/Sansa friendship. Still my fave. And I loved Tyrion's rousing speech; I love the way you can't 100% root for any one king on this show, since the supporting characters are so great. Even if you hate Joffrey, as everyone does, you want to see Tyrion succeed. (I'm glad he didn't get, like, fully Tycho Brahe'd, if only for Peter's sake; that'd be annoying makeup/SFX to deal with. Ask my bb Jack Huston.) And even if you don't like Stannis, you kinda have to love Davos. It's all very complicated. I'm no big Lobster King fan, but when he was being dragged away roaring from the battle--wow. Intense shit. And Tywin strutting in there like a goddamn boss with Loras (!!!!) in Renly's armor (!!!!!!!!) was just one of those FUCK YES WAIT OMG SHIT I MEAN NO moments that this show does so well. Shit. Just...awesome all over the place. And next week is seventy minutes!...and I might have to miss it because I have a family wedding and idk when I'll be back home that night. DDDDDDDDDDDD:
BREAKING BAD: OH YES, I SAID I'D START. I watched S1 on Friday with my dear Jules (everyone said it was the perf show to marathon & they were right) and really, my only complaint is that Aaron Paul has distractingly perfect teeth. Basically everything else is perfection. Performances, tension, balance of humor/drama, the relationships between characters--good Lord, talk about Science Bros!--the fondness for How We Got Here/in media res-style episodes, etc. ♥ And I weirdly respect shows that can gross me out at this point, and oh my GOD, the dude in the tub with the thing and the acid and GAHHHH WHY. This is why science will kill you. I really loved that Skyler caught on to Walter's BS by, like, episode two, rather than being all oblivious until the third season or something. (Lbr, that's arguably the single biggest design flaw of "Dexter." Which I also love, but come on.) His long conversation with Krazy-8 might have been my favorite scene of the season; you knew it was gonna end really badly, and yet it was completely sweet and genuine. Which of course made it worse. D: I'm aware that it gets exponentially more crazypants after S1 (literally everyone at ONTD is like "OH GURL hold onto your damn hat" when I say I've started) and sadly I've already seen the S3 premiere; it was like the first thing I ever cataloged at my job. So I do know some big spoilers, but fortunately I forget a lot of the details because it was like two years ago. (I do remember the incredibly charming panel interview with the cast, with Cranston describing reading the pilot script and going "What the fuck is going on?!" in reaction to the opening scene. Hee!) Anyway, shall continue catching up & shall hopefully be done by 15 July in time for S5. \o/
Saw Moonrise Kingdom on Saturday, and it apparently had the highest-grossing opening weekend for any indie movie or something, which is cool. I liked it a lot; it didn't dethrone The Royal Tenenbaums/Fantastic Mr. Fox as my fave W.A. film(s), but it's very enjoyable. I still kinda think he's better at creating original characters/relationships than actual coherent, structured plots, but I do kinda respect that basically the entire movie revolves around two totally inexperienced and remarkably un-annoying and un-precocious kids (Sam looked so much like a bb Sean Lennon; it distracted me the entire time). His visuals are getting not only distinctive but pretty ambitious; the storm scenes were pretty impressive. And I still love that there's always a bit of a dark aspect mixed in with all the cutesiness (though I was fairly horrified that they [mild spoiler]killed the dog. D: Why?! What was the point?! Though I did kind of enjoy the ridiculously bloodthirsty kids). And of course the music was great. So that was good.
Then yesterday I sneaked into Men in Black 3 after The Avengers [was a little bitter that it took down TA as the #1 movie? Yes, yes I was] and it wasn't bad; better than the second, though of course not as good as the first. I'm always down for time-travel, and the banter was as great as ever; Josh Brolin was totally perf & inspired as Young K. I'm one of the four people who saw W. in 2008, and his Bush was pretty fab too. (Some people appeared to miss the joke of him saying he was 29, though. Er.) It's kinda worth it just for him, and for Bill Hader as Andy Warhol. And for Michael Stuhlbarg, too--is there such a thing as Manic Pixie Dream Dude? Because that's basically what he was, and I am totally HFT. And I kind of love Jemaine Clement now--I had NO idea who the bad guy was the entire time, and at the end I'm like "THAT'S who that is?!" It was just such a balls-out cray-cray performance that it kinda endeared him to me, I dunno. I like 'em weird. Emma Thompson was quite underused, though; I love how Nicole Scherzinger is doing all this press as if her part isn't (a) five minutes long and (b) entirely pointless. (She can werk them thigh-high Louboutins, though, lawd.) The plot kinda falls apart if you think about it too hard, but I was not prepared for feels at the end. I can't handle it when Will Smith cries, especially when it's [spoilers]Daddy Issues-related. D: Y'all remember that "Fresh Prince" ep; don't act like you don't. I did kinda call that as soon as the dude mentioned his "firstborn," but it was still kinda sweet, with Will's DDD': face and little bb James talking to K. And are we supposed to think that K was kinda keeping an eye on him and waiting to see if he could recruit him for all those years? Because that's kinda cute. A little retconny, but cute. Not impressed by the song, "Back in Time," however. They'll never touch the OG theme song. I blasted that on my iPod walking home from the theatre, and on my way I passed a pug tied up outside a store, which made me laugh because remember Frank the Pug from the first two movies? "You don't like it, you can kiss my furry little butt!" Heh. I am easily amused. And no, I did not miss Gaga and Tim Burton, among others, in the background on the screens at MiB headquarters. Dohohoho.