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Meme Explosion: Doctor Who

I always want to put a question mark at the end of that, like, Doctor Who? Yeah, yeah, it’s just ‘The Doctor’ but you know, grammar and all that…

I have to be honest. The show’s not what it used to be. But I guess I’m a Whovian who became a Renewvian, and there were some good times…really good times…

Here’s hoping the new season can reignite the passion that leads to memes like these.

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Jack...Rose...Mickey...The Doctor.........I MISS THEM SO FREAKING MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, Ten...

Rory and Amy Pond.

Dr Who: stars much of my beloved Harry Potter cast.

Doctor Who quote battle. Hilarious. Also, I've had these battles. With supernatural quotes, I will not be defeated

The Doctor

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Stay thirsty, my friends!

So You Think You Can Dance – Alien Robots!

I just had to share this.

Last night I saw what is one of my favourite routines of this cycle of SYTYCD, and probably one of my faves of all time. Virgil and Hailee are definitely two dancers I’m rooting for, but Hailee came in on the Stage team, while Virgil came in on my personal fave, the Street team. Hailee admitted just before the routine that she has training in Hip Hop. Boy does she ever! Check out their amazing alien robot routine below.

And because I can’t just give you one moment of amazing art, here’s a routine called the Hummingbird and the Flower, from season 3, which was just voted one of the all-time greatest routines on the show.

Stay thirsty–and keep dancing–my friends!

A Cannibal and His Food

This is a great article about the lady that styles the food on “Hannibal”.

“Hannibal” is one of my favourite TV shows, and one of the things I love about it is the luscious cooking and presentation of food–even if sometimes, that food happens to be longpork. Mads’ Hannibal Lecter is even more stylish and sophisticated than Sir Hopkins. In fact, I rather think Mads would have eaten Hopkins’ version of Lecter because he would have been just a bit too crass to let live, but interesting enough to taste good, you know?

Sure, it unnerves me sometimes that a show about an unrepentant monster that eats people works so well for me, but once you’ve seen the visually original way they shoot it, and the lack of apologies they have for taking their time with the plot, or throwing out the kind of twists that would usually kill any other show, you really can’t imagine this story being told any other way. Could any other show on television leave every major character at death’s door due to the villain–with the certainty at least one of them was a goner–like had Hannibal did at the end of season 2? Even Walking Dead fans would have rioted!

Anyway, it’s fascinating reading how she comes up with the meals and the fake meats that are so important the story. And it was really cool to find out Mads does his own stunts and most of the fake cooking. I did wonder about that, as he seemed so good at it in the show. Glad to know it really is skill and not just skillful editing.

Sadly, the show has already been cancelled (yes, it wandered a bit there at the start of season 3, but last Thursday’s episode picked things up immensely). Still, I’m hoping Netflix or someone else steps up to the plate and saves it. More than any other show in this golden age of television, Hannibal deserves to carry out it’s delicious vision to the possibly bitter end.

And this sick thing is, I’d probably show up. ‘Cause that man can COOK.

Stay thirsty–and hungry–my friends!

Meme Explosion: Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead

I’m a huge fan of both GOT and TWD.

And yes, I’m still a fan of Game of Thrones and waiting anxiously for next April, despite all the complaining about this season.

However, I can understand why some people are up in arms, so instead of getting into all the ways season 5 made you angry, let’s have some fun with some of my favourite memes from Pinterest. And since I have The Walking Dead to look forward to in October, let’s also look back at what made us fans of the Ricktocracy and beyond.

If you aren’t up to date on both shows, please leave now, because I will be indiscriminate about what memes I post and there may be spoilers.

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Game of Thrones:

#GameOfThrones Poor Robb Had No Idea | Red Wedding Meme | Game Of Thrones Memes and Quotes

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Game of Thrones (TV series): What are the funniest Game of Thrones meme images? - Quora

JK Rowling vs George Martin haha aww... fuck I really have been trying not to attach myself to characters knowing they're probably gonna die in Game Of Thrones

Joffery Batman  Game of Thrones Memes. No wonder he looked familiar when I first saw him on game of thrones

Robb and Ned Stark, Renly Baratheon, Oberyn Martell... the list goes on.

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Game of Thrones funny meme. Daenerys and her brown eyebrows

The Walking Dead:

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30 Hilarious Walking Dead Memes from Season 4 from Dashiell Driscoll and Memes!

Rick on the phone: | 46 Things You'll Only Find Funny If You Watch "The Walking Dead"

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LOL. I love this pin!!! I like how it brings humor into a situation that also shows that Daryll has grown. People are a product of how they were raised, so I can see how the brothers would both label Asians as "Chinese" out of ignorance. But I like how the show allows Daryll to evolve. It makes me love his character even more.

The Walking Dead more funny pics on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourfunnypics101

Introducing the Walking Dead to other people LOL!

I'd have a box for Nutella.

The walking dead

carl

Glenn

And that’s all she wrote.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

Games of Thrones and the Bocas Lit Festival

Yes, in my world, these two actually go together!

First, I’ve been gone for quite a while because my computer died on me and for several weeks I had nothing to write on. No blogging, no writing, nothing. This was me the entire time:

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Then, when I found someone who could fix it without demanding my first born child in return–literally the day I took it to the shop–I came down with bronchitis.

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After being nebulized and medicated to within an inch of my life and completely losing my voice along the way, I have emerged this week firmly on the tail end of this thing and getting stronger every day.

That’s when the world got awesome.

First off, while I was caught up in ‘no computer’ land, I found out that I had been invited to be a panelist at the Bocas Lit Festival, the premiere literary festival of Trinidad and Tobago. This is, by itself, a dream come through. But add to that I would be participating in several panels, over several days, and I was beyond jazzed.

Then they told me I would be on those panels with Karen Lord, Tobias Buckell and Nalo freaking Hopkinson.

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It’s okay. I’m much better now. It hardly even hurt, I promise. Anyway, I’m over the shock. But the awesome of it all just keeps growing, you know?

It’s also my birthday during the week of the Bocas Lit Festival, so I’d taken to thinking of my participation as my early birthday present. That was before I got the invitation from the Chilean Embassy for the cocktail reception in honour of the Lit Festival.

No biggie. I totally have a dress for that.

But then I got a phone call from my cable company yesterday. Normally, that is a phrase that would strike fear in the hearts of cable customers, but in my case, it was just the universe giving me a better birthday present.

I won a competition for two tickets to the advance screening of the premiere episode of season 5 of Game of Thrones.

That’s right. My awesome sister and I are going to see the new Game of Thrones season begin on a big screen on Saturday night–a day before most of the rest of the world.

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So you see, I have a lot to be thankful for.

And I think you will have a lot to read about here in the weeks to come as things get really exciting. If you so desire and all.

Nalo Hopkinson, people. Nalo Hopkinson.

And here I come, Saturday night!

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Stay thirsty, my friends!

The Leftovers–Or, How Do I Mourne Thee? Let Me Count The Ways…

Because make no mistake, there’s a lot of mourning and weirdness going on here, and precious little else.

I watched the second episode of the new HBO series The Leftovers last night, because very rarely do I give up on a series with any hint of spec fic about it without giving it at least two episodes. Also, HBO is a major source of my joy right now, and they could pretty much pitch me any show and I’d skip the trailers and tune in.

I have to admit, the trailers for The Leftovers confused rather than intrigued me, but I thought, hey give it a chance. After the pilot, I was one big, ‘Hmmmm…’ But a few seconds before episode two started last night, I think my sister called it.

‘This,’ she said (to paraphrase), ‘is pretentious crap that’s headed nowhere by the end of the season. Lost all over again.’

I fear she is right.

I know, I know, lots of people loved Lost. So did I, for about 5 and a half seasons. Then I realised that not only did they clearly have no plan for how to tie things up while explaining all the mysteries, they were starting to make characters do strange things like hook-up in bear cages because viewers really wanted the couple to do it, and it’s hard to find a place to be alone on a tiny island.

I’ll admit my flaws. I’m a plot and story girl, through and through. I love me some characters, but not without a good story. Sure, I was in love with the characters on Lost in the beginning. But when logic, story and plot were sacrificed on the alter of ‘we really like these people so we’re just going to dissect every bit of their lives until no one cares anymore and we ride off into the sun’, I jumped ship.

I think I’m going to have to jump ship on Leftovers early too. It’s not because it’s not pretty–it’s beautifully shot. It’s not because it’s badly directed–Peter Berg is one of my favourite directors and he does a great job with the first episode in particular. It’s not because the acting sucks–everyone does a bang-up job with what they’re given.

It’s because this is a story that hooks you with a central mystery and a bunch of questions and yet again, the creators are sending signals they may or may not provide answers to any of it. Now, for the record, I think Lost probably taught everyone the way to go down in history is to NOT chicken out on your own story. I do believe The Leftovers will actually address the reason for their missing people. But for once, the promise of story is not enough to hook me.

Because the characters are a real drag. I mean, a real, real drag.

There is not a single person in The Leftovers that I like, care to empathize with, or relate to. Everyone is depressed or fucked in the head or going through the motions, or all three. Everyone. Why would I spend an hour with any of these people if they’re not properly restrained in a padded room?

Well, except those very nice boys who let depressed, fucked in the head schoolgirls take over their car so they can tail a depressed Mom who lost her kid in the Departure. Those boys are nice. They even buried a dead dog they had nothing to do with.

Don’t ask.

My question is, when did it become okay to assume that we need all the characters to react the exact same way to stimulus because we’ve, you know, got a THEME! (capital letters, exclamation point)? And the reaction, in this case, is to unload buckets of crazy all over the place. It’s not that I don’t get that an event like 2% of the world’s population going missing would not  have a seriously depressing effect on those left behind. But not one single person appears to be just really freaking glad to still have their family. Or their friends. Basically people are like, ‘Oh wait. You’re still here too. Great. Don’t really care about that, but let’s go do something together. I guess.’

Which reminds me–what exactly is the major trauma that the police chief’s family suffered for mom, dad, son and daughter to have been so completely fractured? Seems to me they were the lucky ones, but maybe the real issues just haven’t been brought up yet.

I guess what I’m saying is that for a show that purports to be putting a lens to loss and grief, it has paid precious little attention to the other side of the coin. Humanity coming together in the face unimaginable tragedy. Just throw your thoughts back to the events of 9/11 and how many people helped each other and showed kindness to each other in the aftermath. I find it hard to believe that three years later, everyone in town–EVERYONE–is still stuck in the first 4 stages of the 7 stages of grief.

That’s some determination. We. Are. Very. Focused. On. Our. Psychological. Study.

Anyways, my hope is that the writers take pity on us soon and show us something about these people that doesn’t make us either roll our eyes (Could you at least *pretend* to be sane for your day job?), or look away in disgust, (Oh look, the creepy guys who likes to hug away the pain and sleep with only Asian girls is kissing a dead man), or just plain make me want to slap the silly out of them (Really, teenage girl, does your father not have enough to deal with? Must we be every teen from ‘The Breakfast Club’ all at once?).

Me? I think there’s way too much good stuff on TV right now to stick with something that is at once so well done, so boring and so in love with being unlovable. If you guys decide it’s a good show, drop by and let me know and I’ll Netflix it at the end of the season.

Now, where did I put my new episode of The Musketeers?…

Trailer Bonanza!

It’s trailer day! So here are some fun trailers to get you ready for the rest of the week.

First, the one everyone’s talking about. NBC’s trailer for the new show, Constantine. I did not grow up with the comics, so I rather enjoyed the much maligned movie. But this looks loads better.

You’ve probably seen it already, but I can’t wait for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The first movie was a welcome surprise. I don’t think anyone really wanted a remake of such a classic. I truly didn’t think it would be any good. I was so glad to be wrong. ‘Dawn’ looks to be just as intriguing.

I can take Tom Cruise, or I can leave him. But I am in love with Emily Blunt. And I am in love with this concept. Edge of Tomorrow is a must see for me.

This looks like one of those movies that set you laughing, and lift your spirit. Besides the fact that it’s about food, it’s got the wonderful Helen Mirren in it. The Hundred-Foot Journey looks like the kind of truly heart-warming film they don’t make enough.

This one is a red-band trailer for an upcoming comedy, so get the kids out of the room.  I’m not a fan of Cameron Diaz, but I loved Bad Teacher and this looks funny as hell.

Another red-band trailer. This one is a futuristic thriller that looks like revolution on a train. Chris Evans and one of my favourites, Tilda Swinton, star.

And finally, the trailer for Wolves, which is on this post for one reason only. Jason Momoa. That is all.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

 

GoT OMG!!!

I mean, you could have knocked me over with a feather, I so didn’t see THAT one coming.

If you haven’t been watching the new season of Game of Thrones, you really should walk away now.

I mean, this season has been chock full of shocks. From Joffrey, to the realisation that Littlefinger is behind EVERYTHING, to that damn rape. But am I the only one who felt this betrayal more than almost anything else we’ve seen so far? (The Littlefinger thing being number one, of course.)

I won’t get specific, but—DAMN! How could she play Tyrion like that?

Boy, my hats off to Peter Dinklage. That man is an actor with a capital A. I wanted to run up there and simultaneously hug him and run a sword through Cersei. I know she orchestrated this somehow.

But I just kept wondering–what the hell did they threaten her with to get that testimony?

Or is it something worse. Something unthinkable. Like, like…she was faking all along.

Nah. I can’t believe that. I WON’T believe that. Because that would be…

Damn.

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On the other hand…

Dragons!!

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That is all.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

New Game of Thrones Trailer

I’m obsessing again. I cannot WAIT for April. It’s my birthday month and I swear, after watching this trailer, it’s like HBO is giving me a new season of Game of Thrones, just for me.

So I’m posting the latest insane trailer and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIASaUUwklk

After watching that, I felt like:

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Because, baby, those dragons look AWESOME!!!

 

Game of Thrones Can’t Come Back Soon Enough

I mean, I’m on the edge of my seat here, I’m so ready for this show to start the new season!

My sister recently bought the entire series so far so we can start reading it. I tried to start the first book when it was released — I pre-ordered it for the husband of a friend who was constantly looking for new books, and I’d heard things about GRR Martin that made me think the series would be right up his alley. He read it, loved it and loaned it to me, but after the prologue, I realised there was no magic in the book and lost interest within the first chapter. I sort of felt like it had been a bait and switch. And the prose was so very heavy.

I have to say, the books benefited greatly from the television series because it’s made people like me think that maybe we judged too quickly. I’m not a fan of the endless sexual violence against women, or the way some of the women are portrayed in the book, as opposed to in the series (which often improves on Martin’s mistakes IMHO)–based on what I’ve heard, Tyrion’s lover comes to mind as an example of a woman that needed that makeover. But no book is perfect, and I think GRR Martin is doing something exciting and huge. So I’m giving the books another chance.

And in the meantime, I’m watching these trailers and longing for April!