Saturday, May 31, 2014

Godzilla (2014): A Review

Godzilla
Directed By: Gareth Edwards
Written By: Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham
Genre:ACTION ADVENTURE/SCI FI
Rated: PG-13
Time: 123 min
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn
Plot: The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Comments: Godzilla was part of my childhood as it was and has been for many. Who didn’t make little lego cities or sandcastle towns only to rage and roar across them? Okay those might be just my lil brother and I. We have always dug the kaiju and I was very excited to see this new version

At its core Godzilla is a disaster film. Humans can only watch in horror as they would a tornado or a hurricane. There is no stopping a force that big let alone more than one of them. You can run, hide, hope to survive, and then rebuild hoping that it doesn’t happen again. Maybe that is what I like about it. Humans were just in the way.

Whoo hoo lved the battles, loved the CGI, loved the epicness of it all. It had enough nods to the classic films of my youth and yet breathed new life into it at the same time. Alexandre Desplat’s score was sublime, but I usually love his stuff.

I did have some gripes. One: Godzilla as the balancer figure. I totally love that Godzilla was the apex predator, that he has been slumbering waiting for his food to show up. I love that the Muto spent centuries and decades maturing using the radioactivity to grow. But then Godzilla needs to actually eat the radioactive meat. Don’t make him a Godlike figure. Don’t make him the hero because he balances the scales. Make him the predator who just happens to save humans though not on purpose. Granted the hero Godzilla is a nice touch, have him possess an intelligence, but not for this film. Also as I am highly anticipating the new Avengers film, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver should not be making out. That is all.

Surprisingly enough I didn’t mind that our big guy has less screen time than the other Muto. I had anticipation. I rooted for him. I couldn’t wait for him to inadvertently save the day. Like I said this is a disaster movie but instead of tsunamis, you have giant monsters. Humans cannot control this, they can only witness it. We are tiny, insignificant, and inconsequential to what is happening. It worked with the story. Its not a perfect film, but it was the perfect way to begin my summer.

Rent/Cinema? Cinema. The only way to see the big guy is on the big screen, granted he will still look pretty good on my small screen when I buy him at Christmas. Also can I have more kaiju films? Please.

4/4 popcorns

GAMER GIRL WEEKENDS: TOMB RAIDER

Surprisingly enough this is the first Tomb Raider game I have played all the way through. Everyone kept telling me how gorgeous the game was, how the story was fairly interesting, and that it is a great little game. Now I remember when the trailers first came out. Gone was the Lara Croft I knew. Where was the strong independent woman who looted and raided tombs and explored mythology? This was a beaten up Lara, broken and bruised, and in peril (not your usual peril). It didn’t appeal to me. Especially when the game company said they needed Lara to be in distress so that guy gamers would want to take care of her. Pfft.

And then people began to talk as the game came out, ladies who had the same issues I had. But they were loving it. Some had never played Lara before and now they were getting to know her, see how she became the woman that you know and love. So I decided to try it out…just a year later. When we first meet Lara she is in her cabin listening to music when her ship keels suddenly due to a massive and completely sudden storm. You try to get to safety, but fail. When you wake up you find yourself on the beach and try to find your missing crew.

The first real action scene is disturbing. Its kill or be killed. Now I know what the stakes are. But Lara doesn’t just shrug it off, she is visibly affected by what she does. Taking a life, even when you are fighting for your own, is not that easy. Even animals affects her. And admittedly so was I as the gamer (the sounds from the animals are what kill me). Along the way as I not only search for the missing crew, but try desperately to survive and get off the island, I find journals and clues that help make this world even more vivid. Lara goes through a lot, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes it is downright brutal, but there is a courageous strength to her. I didn’t always feel like I was the damsel in distress. I was fighting to save my crew. I was trying to save others from being trapped on this cursed isle.

The game is gorgeous to look at. That is the first thing you will notice. I would spend time just gazing around before I decided to tackle the area. You have mountains, you have the shoreline, ice waterfalls, and gorgeous forests. Seriously it is gorgeous. I also liked the redesign on Lara herself. She is a bit more realistic than previous games and though there were some minor hair rendering issues (by the way she would look adorable with short hair), she is quite purty.

The game mechanics aren’t bad. I used stealth a lot (a nice feature is that Lara automatically gets into cover instead of standing there like an idiot until you get her into cover) and my bow quite frequently. In fact one of the things I really liked was how Lara interacted with the environment. She shivered when it was cold, reached out to walls when she was close to them, and lit torches when she couldn’t see. This made the game a bit more immersive for me as she was reacting in a real world way instead of as a video game character. The weapon upgrades using your salvage was nice. I also liked that you constantly interacted with the environment from scaling walls with your pickaxe, setting things on fire to get to a new area, and ziplining all over the place. Whoo hoo. Overall it’s a nice blend of your traditional tomb puzzle solving, a survival action game, and shooter.

There are some minor annoyances. Lara’s death scenes are gruesome and sometimes over the top (yep you know what I am talking about pole through the neck…seriously). I will say that I dreaded those scenes so much that I did my best to make them not happen. I really wanted her to steal someone’s clothes so she wasn’t shivering all the time. I actually enjoyed playing around in the environments and forwarding the story more than I liked the shooter elements which is odd since E and I are definitely all about the pew pew pew.

Final thoughts: Sure there were a few tombs to raid, but this was Lara the hero. I saw the beginnings of an adventurer. I saw the beginnings of a total bad ass. It was great when a group of guys hollers, “She’s here. I need some help!” This was Lara the survivor. Amidst the mythology and the madness I felt like I played a pretty fleshed out character. Sometimes I needed stealth, sometimes brute force. I needed to be clever and adventurous. There was loss, there was peril, but there was also strength and hope. I seriously went from scared oh dear god Lara to damn right she owns it. And that is a great experience. I would not be disappointed if they continued in this vein. Let me see her become this bad ass. Let me grow with her. Because I loved it.

Friday, May 30, 2014

To Say Nothing of the Dog: A Review

To Say Nothing of the Dog
Written by: Connie Willis
Paperback: 493 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Language: English
December 1998
Genre: Science Fiction/Humor

From Connie Willis, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, comes a comedic romp through an unpredictable world of mystery, love, and time travel...

Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He's been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop's bird stump. It's part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier.

But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past. Now Ned must jump back to the Victorian era to help Verity put things right--not only to save the project but to prevent altering history itself.


+++++++++++++

Time travel is hard to do. Even Doctor Who tries and fails a lot of the time and I am a hard core Whovian. It’s a tricky subject and quite often there are lots of problems. It’s not like time travel is new to the world of fiction. In 1895 HG Wells’ came out with the Time Machine and let’s face it we’ve been hooked ever since (though time travel in fiction has happened long before that titular title). It’s hard to make both time travel seem realistic without falling into some familiar tropes. You know the ones that I am talking about.

But I really like the whole time travel shtick. It’s fun. I like that killing something in the past can make the Nazi’s win World War II (egads). I like when things fall into place and you realize that the seemingly insignificant object at the beginning was put there by the guy in the end in order to save the world. I like seeing the past and the future in ways that no one expects. I like the idea of being able to put $200 in that little known tech company and then coming back to the present and realizing you are a billionaire. I like doubles and paradoxes. I like the snippets of moments. Time travel is just cool. But like I said it can be messy and problematic as well.

This month for book club Jordan decided to go with To Say Nothing of the Dog and indulge not only the humorous thing we have going with our selections of late, but time travel. You see Ned Henry is a 20th century historian in the future. His task is to recreate a historic church before it was bombed because a very rich lady told him to. He and so many more members of his team have been searching for the elusive bird stump, but he needs a break. Ned has time lag and not only is it muddling his brain, but he’s just tired. He thinks he is taking a well-deserved vacation in Victorian England with parasols and lovely girls in boats far away from Lady Shrapnell’s demands. Good news he does get to Victorian England. Bad news, he is still on a mission to correct the little bit of a hiccup that occurred when someone brought back something they should not have.

Enter Verity, fellow time traveler. She wants to help Ned too because she happens to be the one who brought the incongruity into being. Ned is happy for the help as he is still too time lagged to remember exactly how to solve the problem. Will the time problems solve themselves? Will Ned buy yet another penwiper at a Jumble Sale? Will Cyril the bulldog learn to talk? Enter into a world of friendships, loves, cats, dogs, séances, butlers and fancy Victorian ladies, exotic fish, croquet, naiads, and more.

Things I loved: As I said I am a fan of time travel, mostly when it is neat and tidy, but sometimes when it is messy. Ned and Verity’s time travel is a bit messy. But in being so it is funny. I love the idea of some rich old lady hiring a slew of people just to recreate a Cathedral (that has been replaced by a shopping mall) down to the last detail before it was destroyed. Why is Lady Shrapnell doing this? Because she can. Since the Time Travelers cannot bring anything back they become the ultimate historians, documenting every little thing so that they can return to the present and recreate it. That’s is a great idea that the time travelers are historians because not only does the time machine correct itself, but you can’t bring anything back so there go your dreams of riches and glory. Everyone other than academics finds it dull and boring. That is certainly a new approach.

Ned is kind of adorable is fumbling sort of way. In fact it is his charm that kept me reading. But my favorite characters weren’t even human. Cyril the bulldog is adorable as any canine companion could be whether Ned is anthropomorphizing him or not. He has an adorable personality and I just love him to pieces. In fact I think he and Princess Arjumand should have been the leads. "Dogs are supposed to sleep at the foot of the bed”. Cyril had never heard of this rule. Princess Arjumand paid no attention to the regulations of animals on the bed either”.

Things I didn’t love so much: It kind of reminds me of a BBC show, wordy, trying so hard to be witty, and yet confusing and muddled. There were so many references to classic literature, history, quips, sayings, and in jokes that you feel a bit overwhelmed and you kind of want them to stop. Maybe that is just me. It’s not that I didn’t find it clever or funny. It was, many a time. And I love satire, really I do (In fact the literary genre satire was quite amusing at first). It just never stopped for 500 pages. Anything can wear out its welcome eventually.

Oh dear god how many times did I want to strangle Tossy with her ridiculous baby talk and flighty princess personality. Ergh. I know she was written the way she was written for a reason but I could care less if Tossy and the mysterious Mr. C don’t hook up at the right place and time in 1888 then the Nazis, win World War II. As long as she wasn’t around anymore I would be happy.

The book is also incredibly slow as mad cap as it is. I took me more than 100 pages to get into the novel and then another couple of hundred to lose interest which is unfortunate. I think if the book were trimmed down by about 125 pages it would have done the story a lot of good. Not only would the sense of urgency…be urgent (instead it dragged on), but I might have been more invested overall.

Buy or Borrow: Borrow. Overall it was a so so book. Despite being well written and having a nice little take on the time travel genre, it just wasn’t for me. But it may be for you.

Part of: Series

Also Recommended: For more time travel please try: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares, the Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, The Time Machine by HG Wells, Timeline by Michael Crichton, and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

2.5 out of 4 happy bibliosnark bookmarks 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAYS: GARGOYLES

I have come to the conclusion that I am getting old despite my valiant attempts at clinging onto my childhood. Did you know that Gargoyles came out in 1994? That was 20 years ago. Okay so you understand my conclusion. You may have grown up with the show as I did. Brought to us by Disney, Gargoyles began during the Dark Ages of Scotland where the gargoyles were stone by day, but flesh and blood at night. Chosen to protect the castle where they live, they are not looked at fondly by the people. Ultimately they are betrayed and cursed that they will remain stone until the castle rises above the clouds.

Fast forward to present day where wealthy billionaire Xanatos has moved the castle from Scotland to NewYork where he has placed it atop his skyscrapers. The Gargoyles are now awake once again in a world they know little of. Each of the gargoyles gets a new name in an effort to try and adjust: Hudson, Brooklyn, Lexington, Broadway, and Bronx (Goliath keeps his name because he is cool like that). They make friends along the way such as Detective Elisa Masa. Betrayed by Xanatos, the Gargoyles pledge to protect NYC as they once did their beloved castle.

It had a great voice cast that largely was Star Trek alumni. Jonathan Frakes and Mirina Sirtis were regulars, but Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Avery Brooks, and even Nichelle Nichols were guest stars. Keith David was Goliath and let’s face it his voice is kinda like butter.

So why do I like it and why do I have this sense of nostalgia for it? It was different from so many of the cartoons of that day. It helped that in 1994 I may have been going through a bit of a gothic phase so gargoyles were right up my alley. I actually liked the characters though. It was dark, characters were flawed, but I was hooked.

What did you think of the series if you watched it as I did? Is there another show you really miss? Do you feel old like I do? Please share in the comments.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Magic Under Glass: A Review

Magic Under Glass
Written by: Jaclyn Dolamore
Paperback: 225 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Language: English
February 2010
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Steampunk

Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir.

Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.


+++++++++++++

My friend and I were out and about shopping downtown when we stopped into the local ma and pa bookstore (yes they do still exist). Of course I suffer from the affliction of not being able to leave a bookstore without buying something and I saw this book in their bargain bin. It looked interesting – fairies, automatons, sorcerers, and a Victorian sensibility. Yep, sounds like just the thing for me. Man I am such a sucker.

Nimira grew up at court in Tassim singing and dancing like her mother, but after her mother dies and her family falls from grace she travels to Lorinar. Far from the prestige at court where singing and dancing were fine arts, she is reduced to an exotic “trouser girl” earning next to nothing and appearing right after the trained dogs. It is a dismal life and she yearns for something more. So it is no surprise that she jumps at the chance to escape when the dashing gentleman Mr Parry offers her a chance to accompany his automaton.

With Mr Parry she no longer has to share her room with others. She has access to gardens, libraries, and of course the famous automaton who plays the piano. Of course other girls have been hired as well but have fled due to the automaton which they swear is haunted. Nim enjoys this new life and even harbors the possibility that she might become more to Mr Parry.

Then she spends an afternoon alone with the automaton and learns the truth – it is alive, and his name is Erris. As she struggles to find a way to save the lost fairy prince, she falls in love, discovers that Mr Parry has been keeping secrets, and tries desperately to stop a war from happening.

Things I loved: Dolamore has created a wonderful little world with shades of Steampunk fantasy and Jane Eyre. This book has fairies, necromancy, sorcery, political machinations, automatons, different cultures and races, secrets, and corsetry. Not bad. Her characters are flawed even when they are good. I really like Nimira. She is strong, curious, and instead of being the damsel in distress is resourceful and saves the man in distress. She is also loyal and determined, proud of who she is, and a bit practical. I also liked that through her we get a taste of racism and how various characters deal with it…if at all or where it may come from. There are quite a few shades of grey with some of the characters (Hollin) and I like that. They truly believe that what they are doing is for the good of all or perhaps at least some. And then others like Smollings are completely one dimensional and disappointing.

Things I didn’t love so much: I am not sure if Dolamore intended for there to be another book, but I felt as if the relationship that progressed between Erris and Nim was a bit too fast. I know that this is a trope that happens far too often in romantic comedies, but I wanted more as I was interested in both characters but found their love progressing far too quick for it to be realistic for me. That being said I like the star crossed lovers thing. In fact I am a total sucker for it. Maybe I am a practical romantic, but I found it hard to believe that the two characters would fall in love with only a few paragraphs worth of exchange. Perhaps the montage scene wasn’t clear enough, but the progression of time didn’t seem like a whole lot…perhaps a week or two. Not a lot of time considering your love interest has no voice of his own and you’re jotting down small sentences to communicate. I wanted more, to understand how these two characters fell for one another. I needed more characterization. This is proven further when I felt like Hollin and Nim were actually falling for one another. I just found it hard to believe Nim and Erris as adorable as it was.

The characters are great as I have said but the pacing was so rushed that I didn’t get to really know them to make them full bodied characters that I fell in love with. I wanted to know more about Mr Parry, why he did the things he did, why his father had pretty much soul crushed him (though understandable), more about Nim, definitely more about Erris. The novel is good mind you, it could have been 4 bookmarks though. There is so much room to go further into detail a world and characters Dolamore carefully crafted. It just all seems very rushed which is unfortunate as there is some great stuff there.

Buy or Borrow: Borrow. I did at least fall in love with the world enough that I will read the next one, though I am not sure that this book would warrant many re-reads. But as I said I want to pick up the next one. After all I do need to see Erris become a real boy. *smirk*

Part of: Series

Also Recommended: If you are looking for some steampunkery please try: The Lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer beginning with Cinder, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger, and Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

3.25 out of 4 happy bibliosnark bookmarks 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

THURSDAY CRUSH: JOHN CRICHTON

Name: John Crichton
Born: 1969 in Mephis
You Know Him From: Farscape
Geek Cred: Being a giant fanboy with his sarcasm and quips, hella smart, and having the bluest eyes ever

” I try to save a life a day. Usually it’s my own.”


Ah Farscape. I love me some Ben Browder, who happily shares those gorgeous eyes and million watt smile, but it is the character he plays on Farscape that I crush pretty hard on. An astronaut from Earth, John Crichton gets catapulted through a wormhole during a test flight. He then finds himself on a ship named Moya (who is alive) full of escaped prisoners who eventually become his friends. Adventures and hijinks ensue.

The great thing about Crichton is he is a scientist and mathematician, not just a pop culture quoting smart ass. He is a good guy who likes to reason or charm his way out of situations at times instead of just shooting his way through it. He trusts his instinct, he loves the stars, and he adapts rather well and quite quickly considering he finds himself far from Earth and in a world full of spaceships, aliens, and creepy bondage guys. And he is flawed. This is a good thing. It makes me love him even more when he makes bad decisions, when he gets lonely and desperate, and kind of acts a little crazy.

Of course how can you not love Crichton when he shares his time with Aeryn Sun. Aeryn is an amazing character (not just because she is played by Claudia Black) who is strong and powerful, definitely a character to aspire to be. Their love is sigh worthy, yep sigh worthy. Their chemistry is palatable and seeing them fall in love, fall apart, and reunite may have had me all flustered a couple of times.

So yes, I crush on John Crichton and all of his nerdy fanboyness. I love his loyalty. I love that I can relate to him as much as I want to replace Aeryn with myself. He never bores me and I am so glad I got the chance to get to know him. Now bring on the Farscape movie!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

SUNDAY SEVEN: FICTIONAL VACATION SPOTS

Now that the kids have fled the University for the Summer, I can actually start planning our Summer getaways. While we will be doing rather mundane visits…filled with fun, I started thinking about where we would vacation if money was no object and if these places were actually real. Wish I could call my travel agent on all of these. What would be your vacation spots? Anything I missed?

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Umm chocolate waterfalls, everlasting gobstoppers, and a three course meal in a stick of gum? Why wouldn’t I try to find a Golden Ticket to go spend a weekend trying to achieve a sugar coma? Plus you have the infamous Mr Wonka at the helm who is snarky and odd. Admit it, you totally daydreamed about this as a child. I know I did. I was mesmerized by Gene Wilder’s Wonka, the Technicolor absurdity of it all, and yep…all the candy.


Rivendell (Lord of the Rings) Rivendell is located in a lovely valley full of waterfalls, springs, and miles upon miles of forested mountains. It is absolutely gorgeous. Oh and the architecture…look at that. Why wouldn’t you want to go hang out there for a week? Plus Elrond and his kin have lived there for quite a few centuries so the history, the library, the secret nooks and crannies must be amazing. Also I want to hang out with the elves.


The Citadel (Mass Effect) Why wouldn’t I want to spend a ton of time at the Citadel? Basically I could hang out with the crew of the Normandy, it’s a giant floating space station full of wonderful races. It has shopping, entertainment, game parlors, battle arenas and did I mention the Normandy crew. Any chance E and I could get to hang with Garrus, Grunt and Tali, count us in. Also…SPACE!


Hogsmeade (Harry Potter) Hogwarts is the easy choice and who wouldn’t want to spend their summer at wizarding school learning potions? Except if you want a mini vacation. I chose Hogsmeade as it is close by (read day trip to Hogwarts), has a beautiful view, and still has all of the fun shops. We could go have a butterbeer or two at the Three Broomsticks, grab some Hiccup Sweets from Zonko’s, enjoy some tea from Madame Puddifoot’s tea shop, and of course grab tons of candy from Honeydukes. A beautiful weekend in a little village in Scotland, yep it just spells romance and fun.


Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia) Minus evil Queens, it includes talking animals, dryads, mermaids, ooh and the stars are actual beings that dance across the sky. I would be okay with visiting for a few days especially if I get to travel through a Wardrobe to get there.


Asgard (Marvel) After countless comics and both of the Thor films’ imagining of Asgard, don’t you want to visit as well. You get to travel by rainbow (bonus), see amazing views of Earth and other magnificent places, and the clothing is top notch. Sit down for a feast, listen to the history being told, spar with Loki, and wish you could stay for more than a week.


Spooky Island Horror Resort and Amusement Park (Scooby Doo) Those who know me know that I am a big horror fan. A resort catered to scaring you, count me in. I mean someone needs to make this a reality already. Not only would I get my drinks with umbrellas but then I could go ride a rollercoaster that was Friday the 13th themed. Have some memorabilia, head to the souvenir shop for your very own Freddy hat and glove. Watch a Riff Trax version of Sharknado before going on a ghost tour or some ghost hunting. E would not go with me however as he is not a fan of horror films unless you count Tucker and Dale versus Evil.

Honorable Mentions Dinotopia (Dinotopia), Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland), Neverland (Peter Pan), Highgarden (ASoIaF), and Risa the Pleasure Planet (Star Trek)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TUESDAY TRAILERS: IF I STAY

I have not yet read the book, but it is sitting here in my to be read pile along with so many others. I figure if I am going to sob over The Fault In Our Stars, I might as well add this one to the list as well. What do you think? Plans to see it?


Summary: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. "If I Stay" is based on the best-selling novel of the same name... Opens August 22, 2014.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

SUNDAY SEVEN: BEST FICTIONAL GIFTS

My birthday is coming up soon, ahh mid thirties and I started thinking about what I would love to have if such gifts were showered upon me. Of course we are talking fictional presents, but admit that sometimes you find yourself watching a show or playing a game or reading a book and thought to yourself, yeah I would like to have that. I have spoken about this before with the TARDIS and Point of View Gun. Here are some other things I would mind having. How about you?


The Holodeck (Star Trek): This is virtual reality at its best. It can be my own personal gym where I want to run from virtual zombies to reenacting my own version of American Gladiators or Double Dare (you know I would). But the Holodeck can also be my own vacation home. Feel like spending the evening at a café in Paris. Done. Maybe some hiking in Rivendell for the weekend. Done. How about a act like a kid and ride every ride at a Six Flags Amusement park without waiting in line? The possibilities are endless. I could spend my free time inserting myself into a Jane Austen novel where I can picnic with the D’Arcys, where Katniss, Kate Bishop and I work on our bow skills, and I solve crimes with John and Sherlock. Seriously, why is this not real yet? Things I would do immediately once I was done with work: Eat dinner at Milliways (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe), Go blow off some steam with E and Garrus on the Citadel at the Armax Combat Arena, and maybe finish the evening off with some R&R lounging in a hammock with E on some secluded and warm island getaway. Sigh.


Dire Wolf Pup (Game of Thrones): E and I have been thinking about getting a furry child since we haven’t killed our plants. Plus you always ask for a puppy or a pony for your birthday. A dire wolf will protect you to the end, but also likes the snuggles on occasion. They are absolutely beautiful and huge when they grow up so essentially you are getting both the puppy and the furry pony all at the same time.


Replicator (Star Trek): Yep Star Trek has all of the awesome gadgets including a transporter, tricorders, and a space elevator. It’s a great little device. Of course for those of you who know and love Star Trek it was primarily shown used as a way to provide food and drink. Jean Luc wants his tea…voila. I want a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster…there you go. Or maybe I have a huge hankering for sirloin…it made it so. It means when I get home from work and have no real desire to cook a meal, the replicator does it for me. And the great thing is when E and I are done eating we put our dirty dishes back in the replicator and it recycles everything. Whoo hoo. A Replicator is also great for shopping. Want that dress in your size? Maybe need to buy a gift for your special someone? Or get a new piece of art for the home? All this can be done. And then when you outgrow those things, back in for recycling. I don’t think I can wait for the technology to show up in my lifetime. As in my birthday is in a month. Get on this.


Sonic Screwdriver (Doctor Who): It’s a great little tool. It fits in your purse or your pocket and can interface with any computer and control other electronic devices. It’s like having a universal remote to all things tech. Who wouldn’t want that as a birthday gift.



Holophonor (Futurama): In Futurama, the holophonor is a musical instrument that kind of looks like an oboe of sorts. Ooh an instrument for your birthday. Oh wait there is more. The music that is played triggers the projector part of the instrument allowing for listeners to view the music as well. Nobody is very good at it, but of course that is unlikely to stop me. I want to play and also my projected images would be completely bad ass. I would practice, practice, practice.



Hermione’s Time Turner (Harry Potter): I am always feeling like I need a do over now and again or sometimes I just need some more time. It’s nice because it is only short term time travel and sometimes that is all you need especially when you need to run those pesky errands and be at work at the same time. On top of that it is a beautiful little piece of jewelry which looks like an hourglass. All I would need to do is twist it depending on how many hours I want to travel back and then done. I would just have to take care not to run into myself.



Daemon (His Dark Materials): Ever since I read the books, I have always wanted a daemon which is your inner self in animal form. Dæmons have human intelligence, are capable of human speech—regardless of the form they take—and usually behave as though they are independent of their humans. When you are a child your daemon can change form voluntarily and can become any creature real or imaginary. Of course as you grow up, your Daemon settles into its final form. I wonder what mine would be.

Honorable Mentions:: Stitch (Lilo and Stitch), Cloaking Device (Predator), Babelfish (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Wand (Harry Potter), and Bubo (Clash of the Titans)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TUESDAY TRAILERS: IMMIGRANT

I really have nothing to say other than this looks beautiful. What do you think?


Summary: Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from Poland in search of a new beginning in America. When they reach Ellis Island the doctors discover that Ewa’s sister is ill and detain her. Unsure of where to go Ewa meets Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) who promises to help her reunite with Magda. Of course she never thought that his help would involve prostitution. Feeling lost and hopeless Bruno’s cousin Orlando (Jeremy Renner) restores her hope for a brighter future.... Opens May 16, 2014.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

SUNDAY SEVEN: 7 BRIT SHOWS YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING

Orphan Black began last week and Finn and I are totally hooked (we overdosed watched last week to catch up). Of course most of you who know me also know that I am a big Whovian as well. Here are Seven of my favorite BBC shows that you should catch up on that don’t include Doctor Who, Sherlock or Orphan Black. So, of course, I have to ask…what are yours?


Coupling: I will start off with a Steven Moffat show though. Following the lives of Steve Taylor (Jack Davenport) and Susan Walker (Sarah Alexander) and their best friends Jeff, Sally, Patrick, and Jane, it made me laugh far too much. It has a cast that you would recognize (Gina Bellman who plays Jane was also on one of my fave shows Leverage as Sophie), the wit is sharp, and the stories quite funny and even touching at times. There is even a science fiction store called the Hellmouths in it.


Primeval: I remember when it first aired I could not get into it. The concept is interesting…rifts in time allow dinosaurs and such to come into our world. But it didn’t really grab me. And then E started watching it and knowing my love for all things BBC asked me if I had seen it because he was really digging it. So I started watching with him and got hooked. The first few episodes are rough, but keep with it because it turns into something marvelous. Andrew Lee Potts is adorable. Season Two is crazy and I kind of miss it.

Spaced: My friend John had me watch Spaced mostly due to my love of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. Also as a fellow nerd, he knew it would make the girly geek very happy. And boy did. The show follows Daisy and Tim (Pegg) who meet at a café while they are both trying to find a flat. Even though they don’t know one another they pose as a young professional couple in order to get a cheap flat. A bit of an odd couple they discover what they want to do with their lives and go on plenty of surreal adventures. To date one of my favorite episodes involves playing far too much Resident Evil and starting to think that your friends and roommates might be zombies.


IT Crowd: I had heard about the IT Crowd but didn’t really get around to watching it until E and I started dating. Why on Earth did I wait so long? Seriously one of my favorite shows full of geeky awesomeness (I want Moss and Roy’s office), E says when I use my serious voice I sound like Jen, and we are constantly quoting the show. “I want to go back to being weird. I like being weird. Weird is all I've got. That and my sweet style.”


Mitchell and Webb Look: I blame this show on E. And far funnier than Snuff Box which I just couldn’t get into. Starring comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb this sketch show has sketches such as Numberwang, Ted and Peter (ooh and that’s a bad miss), The Helivets, Lazy Writers, and Wacky History. When we watched the Veronica Mars movie they even referenced a sketch (Are we the baddies?). Seriously funny.

Being Human What do you get when you have a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost be housemates. Sounds like the opening line of a joke right? What this show was (at least up until the last series) something touching and funny and heartbreaking. I fell in love with George, Annie, and Mitchell. I loved wanting to be normal despite being something preternatural. Mitchell broke my heart, George made me smile, and I desperately wanted Annie’s wardrobe. A great show.

Smack the Pony Another sketch comedy, this one was by the ladies. Featuring sketches like Dating agency videos and Irritating Flatmates, it also featured parody songs at the end of the episodes. I really wish I had this one on DVD.

Honorable Mentions: Misfits, Merlin, Jekyll, Luther, and Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan

Thursday, May 1, 2014

THURSDAY CRUSH: JENNIFER LAWRENCE

Name: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
Born: August 15, 1990
You Know Her From: The Hunger Games, X-men
Geek Cred: Being a giant fangirl, playing Katniss Everdeen, and being a bad ass chickie who speaks her mind (love that btw)


What is it about Jennifer Lawrence. She is everywhere these days as Mystique in the new X-Men films, As Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games films, and winning Oscars and Oscar nods in her turns in Silver Linings Playbook, Winter’s Bone and American Hustle. She is America’s new sweetheart and can you blame anyone for having a giant crush on her. She’s adorable, a giant fangirl, and the woman has some acting chops. But the reason I girl crush on her is her snarkiness, her humor, and her unapologetic way of just being herself. We’d bond over our nerdy sides, wonder if there is food somewhere, and maybe exchange some mix tapes.

Jennifer seems accessible and far from the starlet Hollywood wants her to be. Every interview I watch she leaves me smiling. She doesn’t apologize for not losing weight when Hollywood wants her to, she makes jokes about her boobs, and she gets starstruck all the time (one of my favorite gifs is her running away all squee like at an event because she was fangirling so hard) This is the girl who once stalked Stamos at a party (Uncle Jesse), asks if there is food at an event (The Oscars), loved Justin T just like everyone else did, and has an adorable friendship with her Hunger Games costar Josh.

Of course as an actress she is amazing. There is a reason why this woman has won an Oscar among her numerous other awards. She does a great job with every role she takes and personally she has become one of those actresses that I will go see the movie she is in because I like her that much (her role in Silver Linings is amazing and her character oh so relatable)

Acting aside, she is just herself. In her interviews she is not afraid to poke fun at her profession or discuss her life with a little bit of self-deprecation. She hates exercising (me too) and once said, “I hate saying, ‘I like exercising.’ I want to punch people who say that in the face.” Because let’s face it we do it because we should but rarely do I gleefully say I like it. She speaks sarcasm fluently. Photobombs just like Cumberbatch and is just plain cool.


These are why I love her. Admit it, you like her too.