25 September 2012 @ 02:58 pm
press my nose up to the glass around your heart  
1. EMMYS 2012:
  • ModFam needs to sit down. Let's just admit that right now. I genuinely like the show, but it's won WAY too much, and it just seems like such a 'safe' choice--it's on ABC, it's wholesome, it's about a family, it's Diverse But Not Too Diverse...come on. And it's way less fun when it's not beating "Glee" and angering the stans. And I really really really wanted Hader to win :(

  • But obvs the dramas are way more important--HOORAY for "Breaking Bad" & "Homeland"; I love them both--though did Claire Danes just look kinda bored to win again? Because of Temple Grandin? Still don't think I like her personally, but she's perf on the show. "Mandy Patinkin...HOLLA." Love it!


    I was really R E A L L Y pulling for Giancarlo because he is sans all flaws ever and it was his only shot and Aaron already won BUT he was just so adorable about it and Giancarlo was clearly so happy for him that I was just like :'''''') anyway. That cast is too precious for this sinful world

  • Tim Van Patten!! For directing "To the Lost"! I stan for him now, of course, because of BE and "The Pacific" and being nice to me, so I was completely thrilled about that, and then Steve said "yay Tim Van Patten" when he got up to present. skdfjkdl babies

  • NOT ALEC BALDWIN. AHAHAHAHA YES GOOD. I can't even be all that mad about Jon Cryer winning

  • Hooray for Game Change and Julianne's faaaaabulous dress and LOL PALIN:

  • I'm not surprised "Luther" didn't win much; it hasn't really made that much of a splash over here, though I like it a lot. Pretty disappoint about "Sherlock," though I have to say, the insane stans' anger was pretty entertaining, and I say that as someone who likes the show. It's quite fun to annoy both the stans and the haters of this show. Hmmm. Strange

  • AND NONE FOR "COMMUNITY" BYE >___________________________<

  • 2. THE OFFICE: Well, we're in the home stretch now. And Philly Jim returns!! I knew it! SMH @ those ads trying to pretend that Jim & Pam are on the rocks; they're clearly equally bored with their lives at DM and will head off for more exciting things when the show ends. NBD, really. I was totally thrown by the acknowledgement of the documentary guys, though--seeing the mic packs and actually hearing the guys talk was weird, but good! Now we're finally know what the hell they're filming! Actually kinda into the Oscar/Noah Bennett affair thing, just because something is finally happening with that plotline (and I still secretly ship Dwangela, God help me). The turtle gag went on FAR too long and the Flanderization of Kevin's character has gotten embarrassing, I can't believe the actor's putting up with it this long. And I liked the Andy/Nellie stuff only because it reminded me of Pam's wonderful "Please don't throw garbage at me" line all those years ago. Heh. And I have to respect Rainn Wilson's commitment to that insane and painful-looking falling-off-the-slack-line montage.

    3. DOWNTON ABBEY: Okay, I'm starting to see what people mean. I legit liked S2 and didn't mind all the cheesy soap-opera stuff because hey, y'know what? THE GREAT WAR WAS MELODRAMATIC. Ask my sweet Richard, okay?? But now that the drama is all personal, some of the strangely ~convenient plot developments are making me roll my eyes a bit, particularly the magically-appearing Swire fortune and the other dudes happening to die of the flu as well. And controversial opinion: Mary & Matthew have never been my absolute faves, just because I'm petulant & the alpha characters are never my faves, and this plot's not making me like either of them much more. He's being annoyingly self-righteous--DUDE, YOU DID NOT ACTUALLY KILL HER; HOW DO YOU SCIENCE--and I'm not really down with her ~maintain tradition always~ attitude about keeping the house. I get it, and I still like them both, but still, side-eye, kinda. You really have to suspend your disbelief with the stakes on this show now--like, if you're not engaged with the fact that having the wrong shirt for dinner really IS the end of the world, you're not going to be that invested in the show. And for the most part I can do that, but every so often the upper-class madness of it all just becomes exasperating. It's quite a relief to have Martha there lampshading all that tradition-vs.-progress stuff. And of course Violet remains queen and I'd watch a show of just her & Martha ("I love the sun!" "Yes, we can see that") and I still adore Sybil and Anna, though I'm iffy on their husbands (Branson's posturing seems a lot less impressive when I think about, say, Owen Sleater actually blowing shit up). Edith/Strallan was sweet, kinda, though her throwing herself at him was a bit cringey, as was Martha standing up to Robert for her--be your own badass, Edith girl! Once again, it's the friendships that make it for me--LOVING Mrs. Patmore/Mrs. Hughes (nooooo!), and the Branson/Matthew bromance is pretty cute, and I am of course sad at the breakdown of O'Brien/Thomas, since they are my spirit animals. Those two need to work it out. And Thomas needs to get laid. I'd rather have Gwen back than Ethel, but since she's off in the mountains Knowing Stuff with Jon Snow, I'll take it; I like Isobel helping ~fallen ladies and stuff. (BOARDWALK CROSSOVER?! YES ALWAYS)

    4. BOARDWALK EMPIRE: "It's like...a noodle?" So basically I am going to be scared whenever Gyp talks to ANYONE EVER. Okay. Fine. Good to know. He is hilarious and wonderfully hammy, though. EVERYBODY GOT GUNS! And that was a refreshingly simple way of screwing up Nucky's liquor transport. This week's Unexpected Feels were brought to you by Eli; like with Van Alden last week I was actually going "awwww!" at him being all sad and angsty about missing his kids' lives and feeling inadequate and ~inútil and all that. And he read Shakespeare! ("There's a character named Eli?") And nice job with making Shea look all gaunt and prisony, too. I kinda love Mickey now; his ability to survive despite everything is rather wonderful. He's like Varys; he knows just who to ally with. I DIED at "how the fuck are you still alive?" Everyone seems to think that Margaret's going to bang this doctor because of their bantering, which seems pretty obvious to me; I'd like to see them just work together in a cool feminist fashion. Owen...well, that's another matter. Loved the weirdness of Stephen Root, as ever; for some reason I like goldfish imagery and his dialogue was charmingly Coenesque. And I love Billie. Dunno if that's unpopular, but she's spunky and funny and has a fab singing voice and while Nucky is a dick for daring to be jealous when he's the one cheating, she's adorable and I like her. And Maybelle White, coming out of left field with cool bohemian poetry-writing lady-dreams! I really hope that goes somewhere; I love seeing Chalky balancing being a gangster and being a dad. (Fave part of that early scene was Dunn--hey, buffet-line buddy!--pensively checking his own fingernails as Samuel 'diagnosed' Chalky. Hee!) And that jazz club scene was nuts; poor boring Samuel. D: Will Maybelle feel like she has to be with him now because of what happened? (Me, gaping: "Well, THAT escalated quickly.") Can we have lots more cool '20s black music, please?? I mean, Whitey did not invent jazz, lbfr. And if Stuhlbarg really made that crazy pool-table shot at the end of that scene, then he is officially invited to the pants party. OH, MAN. :9

    (Boo @ no Richard, of course, but I gotta say, I'm fascinated that no one knows who killed Manny--his wife didn't SEE him?!--and that they all think it was politically-motivated. I've never thought he really cared about any of the bootlegging business stuff; he was just loyal to Jimmy and that was it. All of his input thus far has been about personal stuff ["you would kill your brother?", "would you fight for me?", "he'll never forgive you," etc] and killing Manny was entirely about Angela. But now I think, in doing so, he may have just placed himself on the game board in a real way, on his own, instead of just being someone's sidekick. Which is totally awesome & I love it. )

    5. Went to a "Person of Interest" screening event last night with whoamelly_nyc--we saw the S2 premiere, which was super-fun for me because I usually watch it alone and hearing everyone gasping and cheering and stuff was hilarious. (Miles Straume and a dog! is all I will say about the episode.) Then there was a panel interview afterwards and while a lot of it was stuff I'd heard at PaleyFest, it was still adorable to see the cast bantering amongst themselves. Fusco is totally the funniest one. And Taraji isn't pushing the Carter/Reese angle too hard, which makes me happy; the lack of reliance on ships & romance is one of the things I like best about the show. Sadly, they all ran out as soon as it was over (to go back to filming, presumably), and as I've been trying to meet Emerson for like YEARS that was disappointing indeed. But I was in his adorkable presence for like an hour and a half, so I will take it.

    6. 50 pages to go in Anna Karenina! Got to the pivotal you-know-what scene this morning...while standing on the platform waiting for the D train. Trolololol, symbolism. AND THEN THE CASUAL VACANCY YEY

    7. obsessed with this album omg
    location: 10019
    mood: workingworking
    music: "Babel" - Mumford & Sons
    ( 14 Greendale Human Beings — hit me with your genie's bottle )
    I_llbedammnedi_llbedammned on September 25th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
    Modern Family is pretty funny, but some other things should get recognition.

    Boardwalk Empire has some great lines.

    Mumford and Sons has some catchy songs.
    extraordinary machine.: TV - Communityla_petite_singe on September 26th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
    I don't even watch P&R, and even I totally think Nick Offerman & Amy have been robbed repeatedly. And of course my beloved Community, but that's just never gonna get it. ;_____;

    I totally love the crackling '20s dialogue so much. :D It's fun to write too!
    Lily: bookslilypeters on September 25th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
    Just finished Anna Karenina! Vronsky's kind of a jerk and I really don't get Anna, but Levin/Kitty is adorable! The movie soundtrack is lovely!!! :D


    Edited at 2012-09-25 10:22 pm (UTC)
    extraordinary machine.: Film - Pride and Prejudicela_petite_singe on September 26th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
    Finished last night! Ugh, Vronsky. Maybe Aaron was properly cast after all. Levin/Kitty...oy, they were cute at first, but all his random jealousy got annoying, and I REALLY had no patience for his endless self-indulgent existential crises. I mean, good Lord. I thought it was interesting that the conclusion of the book was basically all about him & kinda left Anna and Vronsky's story behind after she died, though. It's almost like it should have been titled "Anna and Levin and Their Respective Drama." But that's a mouthful. Eh, at least I'm done.
    Lily: childhoodlilypeters on September 26th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
    It was originally supposed to be titled Two Marriages. If the soundtrack doesn't get an Oscar nomination, I will be very, very upset. And maybe cinematography since it just looks so pretty. Seriously, I have listened to nothing but the score for the past several days. Am I the only one that found Vronsky a little creepy.

    (Tolstoy, why the hell did you give your wife a diary of your pre-marriage sex life?!)

    extraordinary machine.: Film - Atonementla_petite_singe on September 26th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
    Well, it's Dario, and he's flawfree, so I'd say it's likely. And FUCK ME IT'S SEAMUS MCGARVEY--he's like my third-favorite DP! Awesome!

    Vronsky's just...immature. As are basically all of the men in this book, but he's especially egregious about it. Like, way to even fight for your kid, dude.

    Probably weird religious guilt, I would assume. I hope Levin wasn't just an author avatar; ain't nobody got time for that.
    Lily: timelilypeters on September 26th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
    Um...hate to break it to you, but he was an author avatar.

    The score does two or three things to me:

    1. It makes me want to twirl around in an 1870s dress. I NORMALLY DO NOT FEEL THAT WAY.
    2. Brings back nostalgic memories of Anastasia. It was a cinema experience that made a huge impression on me. Yes, that's Once Upon A December in Russian because it sounds better.

    extraordinary machine.: Film - Pride and Prejudicela_petite_singe on September 27th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
    Lawd, these Russians. I have very little patience.

    Well, I admit I've been admiring the huge dresses and top hats (TOP HATS!) on "Copper" lately, so I cannot judge. And that movie is perf. I always forget it's not Disney.
    Lily: palacelilypeters on September 27th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
    What is this Copper thing? Oh, it sounds good! I never watch TV.

    extraordinary machine.: TV - Boardwalk Empire - Margaretla_petite_singe on September 27th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
    It's quite enjoyable! It's kinds Gangs of New York, except no DDL and rather funnier. And everyone wears hats.
    eye never sleep: Jessetwilightthief on September 26th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
    I was so happy for Aaron! And ok: Did Aaron and Giancarlo not kiss on the mouth? O_o I think my brain kind of short circuited at that!

    Mary does kind of get on my nerves. She always has. And yeah the plot points do make me roll my eyes sometimes. It's all very convenient that Matthew is third in line yet the other two are mysteriously dying and or disappear.

    I do like the friendships a lot on DA too. Probably more than the romances, you're right.

    I'd rather have Gwen back than Ethel, but since she's off in the mountains Knowing Stuff with Jon Snow LOL. YES. This.

    I loved how Eli pointed out to Mickey (and the audience) that he keeps surviving and that he's still around when everyone else keeps dropping like flies!

    Im a little perplexed as to how nobody knows who killed Manny either. It would be cool if Richard stepped forward and admitted it. He probably would earn the respect from the others as a force to be reckoned with,

    Edited at 2012-09-26 06:18 pm (UTC)
    extraordinary machine.: TV - Breaking Bad - Walt/Jessela_petite_singe on September 26th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
    They did! No, like, that cast is just one big orgy of happiness. Which is hilars because the characters are so horrible to each other all the time. He literally yelled "YES!" when Aaron won; it was precious.

    Tbh I was a little disappoint that she didn't stand up for herself more with the Pamuk thing--I know Sybil's the feminist one and it's a sign of the times and all, but shit, gurl, you let him into your bed, don't be ashamed! While I'd totally be into her running off to America with Anna to go be awesome, part of me wanted her to kinda own it and not care what people thought. But at least she made sure Matthew still respected her and all.

    I am all about the friendships--and BE has precious few of those (because they DESTROYED THE BEST ONE, WHATEVER), so I have extra love for the weirdness of Eli/Mickey. :D Once again I am seeing Game of Thrones parallels--eventually it's just gonna be Mickey & Meyer left standing, isn't it. Lord.

    It does seem that Richard confronts Nucky soon, probably that "How many people have you killed?" "Sixty-three" scene (AAAAAHHHHHH) and I get the feeling he's going to straight-up tell him that he killed Manny just to make his position clear--obvs he won't kill Nucky, but I think he's gonna Take A Level In Badass and imply that he easily could. Which is SO AWESOME. Unless it gets him killed. That would not be awesome. But I have faith that he'll be around for a while.
    obstinate, headstrong girl!zombie_boogie on September 27th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
    I have decided that it's Aaron Paul's endearing qualities that will finally tip the scale towards me watching Breaking Bad, rather than all of the acclaim.
    extraordinary machine.: TV - Breaking Bad - Jessela_petite_singe on September 27th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
    YAY!! That is an excellent life choice. You will cry and claw at your face and your life will be ruined and you will love it, yo.
    ( 14 Greendale Human Beings — hit me with your genie's bottle )