Things I learned watching the Trip (and the Trip to Italy)

  • Everything can be made better with a Michael Caine impersonation.
  • That said – did you know it’s possible to get into a pissing contest over a Michael Caine impersonation? Men. Sheesh.
  • She was only 16 years old… You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off? That line? I still don’t know which movie it is from.
  • Also? Small man in a box makes everything better.
  • Did you know you are not having sex, but having a summit? Or a congress? Yes, well, there you go.
  • Did you know some old people, not all old people mind, seek aggravation? Anyone who has ever tried to fight them for a seat on the bus/tram/metro can vouch for that. Not that I have. My mum would be displeased. Manners and all.
  • Did you know that between looking like Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond it’s worse to look like Hammond? Also – hm NO (have you seen Clarkson’s pouch lately?)
  • It takes a really confident restaurant to serve something with spew in it.
  • Also conversely – did you know you can be introduced to cheese?
  • Number of thank yous per episode? Round about a million. Same for grazie and grazie mille.
  • I don’t know why this makes me laugh so hard. But it does.

  • Greatest gift for any actor? Sparkling blue eyes.
  • Also conversely – did you know it is possible to be a reasonable villain?
  • I disagree with the statement that anyone over 40 who amuses themselves by doing impressions needs to take a long look in the mirror. Because where would get our funnies otherwise?
  • The correct answer to where do you stand on Michael Bauble would be – on his wind pipe.

Once a blonde, always a blonde – anyone else baffled by Intruders?

Image: BBC America

Dear ladies and gents,

I consider myself a person of reasonable intelligence. Oh will you stop sniggering, I said reasonable! Obv I won’t build a rocket ship any time soon. BUT… normally I can keep up with what’s going on on a TV show.

Until Intruders.

What the effing what is that about?

I can’t decide whether a) I am so dense and as such not able to understand what is going on OR b) the show is moving at such a slow pace that indeed nothing is being revealed and there isn’t anything to understand really?

So there is this dude. Played by John Simm (and I LOVE John Simm). And he is a former cop and an author. Married to this lady Amy. Played by Mira Sorvino. Which you know… meh? So Amy goes missing.

So he goes to look for her. And hooks up with a cabbie who helps him look for her. And then there’s her dodgy/creepy boss. And then she is back home, speaking Russian for some reason. And listening to jazz.

So there’s that.

Then we have this kid. Who has nightmares and drowns her cat in the bathtub (I know! Just ugh). And is just all sorts of creepy for a 9-year old kid.

So there’s that.

Bill Anderson. Whose wife and son were killed. And he is missing.

So there’s that.

And then we have this Shepherd guy who goes around killing people. And showing people number 9?

Also – Because in the beginning, there was death? Or so they keep saying.

So that’s that in the nutshell.

Now this is a synopsis from BB America website:

From writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the eight part series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines – a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run – begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, the series is based on British novelist Michael Marshall Smith’s ‘The Intruders’.

Source: BBC America

Yes, even with that explanation, it still makes little to no sense.

Please tell me – am I being a total blond, which you know fair enough? Or is anyone else baffled as much as I am?

Fall movies I am super excited about

Dear ladies and gents,

autumn is here! (although judging by the weather we’ve been having there was no summer to speak of? Not that I’m complaining mind, I abhor heat)!

Anyhow. ANYHOW. You know what autumn means! Boots! Jackets! New TV shows! And movies! Because this summer the movies have been well… sh*te, no? I liked Guardians of the Galaxy, but that was about it?

There is plenty of movies coming out in the next few weeks and here is a short selection of a few movies that will get my butt in the seats. If there is anything you are dying to see, please share, I am always looking for recommendations!

Birdman

Looks promising, no?

Interstellar

I still don’t know what the what is Interstellar about, but will be seeing it anyway.

St. Vincent

I would see St. Vincent for Bill Murray alone (conversely I would also love to hang out with Bill Murray. I had some odd (one way to describe it) nights out, but I’m fairly certain this one would top all of them). Add Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd to the mix… well… a must see for me since I love all three.

The Imitation Game

Oscar bait-y obv. Also Cumberbatch obv. Also for the love of everything that is holy – just no. NO. If there is anything that will put me off this man for good, then this craziness will.

Gone Girl

Read the book and enjoyed it immensely. Hopefully the movie won’t disappoint (fingers crossed and all that. Screenplay was written by Gillian Flynn herself and it does deviate from the book so yay an element of a surprise there).

Foxcatcher

The reviews are really (REALLY) good. And I like Tatum, Ruffalo and Carell.

You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

Dear ladies and gents,

Robin Williams passed away less than a month ago. We will never know the extent of his suffering. And he must have suffered so badly.

The outpouring of support for his family and the tributes from regular people like you and me has been nothing short of… astonishing? Is that the right word? But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. For some it was Mork & Mindy. For others Dead Poets Society. Good Morning Vietnam. Jumanji. Aladdin. Awakenings. Good Will Hunting. Mrs Doubtfire. The Birdcage. The Fisher King. Hook. Man of the Year. *

He was so brilliant at comedy. But his dramatic roles… ah!

It will be a while before I’ll be able to see What Dreams May Come. And many of the dramas he starred in.

The only stuff that I can watch at the moment is his stand ups. And Birdcage. I would love to give you the reason why, but I don’t know. So here is a short list of stands up that you might want to check out in case you haven’t had the chance to see them before.

Robin Williams Live on Broadway (2002)

Hands down Live on Broadway is still one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life. If you need a laugh, if you are experiencing the mean reds, if you had a stressful day at work… just give this a watch.

Robin Williams: At the Met (1986)

Oh the joy! The joy you’ll experience watching this is indescribable. Also – f*ck it! :)

Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2008)

Watch it. And love it. There is a reason why this particular tour was sold out.

An Evening with Robin Williams (1982)

Ah now this! THIS is the stand up where you will be able to see Williams do what he did best – improv. He dives right in there and doesn’t stop. Or stand still. For a second. Genius at work.

Rest in peace Robin, rest in peace finally. And we’ll miss you terribly.

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*(On a side note – first ever review I wrote for the school’s newspaper was for Mrs Doubtfire. Good Will Hunting I saw on my first trip to Dublin. Dead Poets Society was just… no words. Standing in line to get the tickets for the Fisher King on a rainy afternoon because it was THE movie to see at the time. And it was worth getting the feet wet. It is pointless to try and explain how some of his movies are connected to specific events in my life. And I know I’m not the only one who had the same experience.

I am adding this as a side note because this tragic, immensely sad thing happened and we lost a brilliant man who made us weep with laughter. It is about him. Not about my navel gazing.)