Thursday, December 2, 2010

About Me: Television

Okay, so most of you know that I like old movies, Robert Montgomery and have a thing for silents... but I thought it was time that I introduce myself beyond what you already know... Every now and then I will share 5 things about myself that you don't already know. I will try to give them a bit of a theme so they don't come off quite so random:

I thought for my first About Me entry I would jump over to that other screen medium... Television

1. Shows I came to late- The first is Mad Men. I love this show! I kept seeing people go on and on about how good it was and had to try it for myself. And it wasn't all just hype... this show is fantastic! I like how the writers don't overload the audience with dialogue. So much is conveyed through movement, the way a scene is shot. And when dialogue is spoken, nothing is thrown away. Its a very poetic show with its rhythm and style. I am absolutely hooked! Another one I came to late was Dexter.... thanks to Netflix on Wii! I never thought I would adore a serial killer, but this guy makes you feel for him in a way I didn't think possible. He almost reminds me of Hamlet, tortured, alone. I am only in season 2 of both shows... but I am loving them!

2. The Good Wife- This show was a surprise. I originally started watching it because my cousin asked me to (She wanted someone to talk to about it) and I must say... its the sexiest legal show I've seen in a long while. It's sexy without being all about sex. There are more than one cat and mouse plots going on and the ensemble cast is perfect. None of the characters are simple or clear cut. You are constantly seeing different sides to them. Its a fascinating character study and constantly turns you on your head.

3. British TV- The BBC has always held a special place in my heart, ever since that delightful Pride and Prejudice mini series (you know the one I'm talking about... Colin Firth in the pond... Hello Mr. Darcy!). I have particularly enjoyed their latest Austen reboots (the newest version of Persuasion is pretty wonderful!) Also, thanks again to instant Netflix, I am slowly getting into shows like Doctor Who and Torchwood.

4. Comedy television always seems to be the rub with people.... either you love the show or you hate it. So here it goes.... (you are either going to love me or hate me!) I like Glee. That was a bit of an understatement... I love it! I am a sucker for musicals and have a history in the theater, so this show appeals to me on many levels. I mean, come on, they did a mash up of Singing in the Rain and Umbrella. It also addresses issues that I know I struggled with growing up, getting bullied, that wonderful, unbearable sometimes painful journey to find out who you are and where you belong, first love. I call it a comedy because it always makes me laugh out loud! Other favorite comedies include: The Big Bang Theory (Bazinga!), and Raising Hope.

5. Finally, I always seem to get invested in shows that don't make it. Two prime examples are Firefly and Pushing Daisies. Firefly appeals to the sci-fy nerd in me. Meshing western elements with outer space was brilliant (Hollywood is trying the odd combination again in a movie coming out this summer called Cowboys and Aliens... looks interesting!) Malcom Reynolds is the man! He is protective, sarcastic, stubborn, loyal and good looking... now if he were only real! Alas, it didn't make it very far on TV (two episodes I think) before it got axed. Thanks to a hefty cult following, they made a movie called Serenity and put all of the episodes out on DVD. If you haven't seen it.... Get your gorram booty to Netflix! Pushing Daisies was another show gone way too soon. It was truly a unique original show. Kristen Chenoweth and Lee Pace were particularly wonderful in it. I think the odd but fantastic nature of the show coupled with the high special effect budget probably was its downfall.... that doesn't stop me from watching my DVDs though!

This post turned out longer than I thought. I promise I won't do this often. This blog is dedicated to my love for old movies... but I think its important for a reader to know about the author so that they can understand why they are the way they are. In this same fashion... tell me something about yourself... it can be related to television or not... your choice! This writer wants to know more about you readers! (P.S. Let me know if you have a blog! I would love to read it!)

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