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.

——————————————————————————-

*(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.)

Murphy’s Law of TV watching

 

  • That one show you get super (and I mean SUPER!) excited about will get cancelled (see Veronica Mars).
  • That one show you loathe (and I mean LOATHE!) will stay on the air for gazillion seasons (see Two and a Half Men).
  • You sometimes eat while you watch TV? Proceed with caution. It is not advisable to eat before/during/after some shows as they will put you off your food. Or at least some food stuff (as is the case with Hannibal).
  • Most (if not all) people who do reality television are arseholes. If they weren’t arseholes, they wouldn’t agree to it to begin with.
  • Spoilers, yes? You might avoid all social media in order not to have your favorite show spoiled. BUT… even though you might have taken all (and I mean ALL!) the precautions, the spoiler will hit you from where and when you least expect it. See the Good Wife and THAT episode. And google freaking news *shakes fist*
  • Binge watching is great. Or rather it can be great? Until THAT moment. One more episode. Just one more. And then you are done. And then comes THAT moment when you realize you have just watched x number of episodes in span of 48 hours. And you now have to wait a whole freaking year for the next season. See House of Cards. And Orange is the New Black.
  • Truly awful shows will have at least (AT LEAST) 20 episodes. Truly great shows will have 12-13 episodes tops.
  • That said – it could be worse. Truly great UK shows have 6 episode tops. See the IT crowd. Or Luther. Or Sherlock (3!!!). Or any of the UK crime shows.
  • Trying to adapt UK shows for other markets? It rarely (if ever) works.
  • Put any of the cast members in fuzzy, cozy sweaters and make them speak any of the Nordic languages, and we will eat that sh*t with a spoon. On repeat. It does help that Scandinavian shows rarely (if ever) suck.
  • To save you some time – most sitcoms are utter crap.
  • That said – if the sitcom is not crap, odds are it will get cancelled.
  • TV shows adapted from comic books and/or complicated books that you thought never in a million years would work on television, almost always work. Surprisingly well at that. (See the Walking Dead. Also Game of Thrones).

 

  • If you are a fan of a soap, any soap, no matter how ridiculous the storylines get, you will eat that sh*t up and be all like – oh yeah, it totally figures. Also applicable for Doctor Who for example. Even though it is not a soap.

 

  • You might be at the furthest end of the world. If you switch the TV on at any given moment you are bound to come across an episode of CSI: Miami.

 

TV and fashion – TV shows with some damn cute outfits

Dear ladies and gents,

a while back I did a fashion post. Or shall we call it by its proper name – fashun? I mean I guess these can be worn ironically, but yeah, I refuse to take it all too seriously.

On a side note – I don’t believe in paying full price. Ever. Not even for investment pieces. God bless the Internet! What with online shopping, ebay, promo codes, ASOS and their free shipping, we are being spoiled rotten. However. HOWEVER. This can also lead to over-consumption. And that is something I am trying to be prudent about of late (the whole do I need it or do I want it internal debate).

Be as it may and what I’m trying to say – please don’t look at this post as oh-omg-so-pretty-want-need-to-spend! Some of this sh*t is expensive! It is more of “inspired by” post, if that makes any sense?

Anyhow, here is a selection of shows that have some damn cute outfits.

Scandal

I will admit I do have a big honking girl crush on Kerry Washington. But O!M!G! Olivia Pope’s clothes! So pretty! Now here is a situation where I’m well aware these type of clothes would never work for my lifestyle (I’d be afraid to wear any of her coats or bags (all Prada by the way) in case I spill something down my front. Also gorgeous and expensive cashmere doesn’t really mix well with cats and dogs), but doesn’t mean I can’t admire them all the same.

Also who knew (WHO KNEW) long leather gloves could look so appealing?

Additional sources: Pinterest board where you can find all of Olivia Pope’s outfits. Also here you can read an interview with Scandal’s costume designer Lyn Paolo (of course they will be doing an all Prada episode).

Images: Fashionista

Elementary

Elementary might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I get that. Hell, I prefer Sherlock myself! However. Lucy Liu’s character has some serious fashion game. I mean her coats alone… this Vince one is a beauty. And don’t get me started on this Ann Demeulemeester coat!

Images: CBS.com

Additional sources: Some great blogs where you can look this stuff up if you are that way inclined. Also some of these even offer great options for less – Joan’s Fashion Show; Pop Detour; Worn on TV; Shop Your TV
Here is the Entertainment Weekly interview with Rebecca Hofherr, Elementary’s costume designer

Parks and Recreation

I might have mentioned already I love me some gang from Pawnee. Also Leslie’s tops? So pretty! But I do have to agree with the comments on this Jezebel article, while I do think Steven Alan and Equipment come up with some really pretty stuff, you can easily find similar tops at the high street (yes, it’s true! And not all of it is 100% polyester!). Because yeah, almost $400 for a silk shirt? Not happening (Uniqlo has a nice range if anyone is interested).

Additional sources: Worn on TV

Images: NBC.com

French shows worth a watch

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s an never ending quest to find decent shows to watch. Like, I watched the IT Crowd and loved it so much. So I tried with Black Books (the logic being one of the writers was the same and because I’m greedy like that), alas it wasn’t meant to be. Then you have shows like Lost that only happen every couple of decades (if we are lucky, that is).

So we kinda have to look elsewhere. We’ve covered UK shows, we covered Scandinavian shows, we covered Australian shows, now here is a short selection of French shows that might be worth a look.

Spiral

Spiral (French title Engrenages) is a crime drama series produced by Canal+. Crime investigation is presented from the perspective of the different bodies of the French justice system (if we had to compare, it would sorta be like Law and Order with the Wire feel and some CSI thrown in for a good measure). In the UK the series aired on BBC Four, while in the US it is available on Netflix and more recently MHz Worldview. Fifth season was filmed last year, while sixth season has already been commissioned.

Braquo

Braquo is another crime series produced by Canal+. It follows the story of four police officers working at the Hauts-de-Seine police precinct in Paris. One of their colleagues gets accused for misconduct and subsequently commits suicide. They make it their mission to find out the truth and clear their colleague’s name, even if it means doing stuff that is not necessarily legal. And before you can say Bob’s your uncle, Internal Affairs in on their case. In the US the series is available on Hulu. Season three has been commissioned.

Les Revenants

Les Revenants (or the Returned) is a supernatural drama series produced by Canal+. The series is about a small mountain community where people who have died start reappearing. They look the same, they are not aware that any time has passed or that they have indeed died. But. To coincide with their return, a bucket load of strange sh*t starts happening that affects both the dead and the living. In the UK the series aired on Channel 4, while in the US the series was available on SundanceTV. Second season was commissioned and it will air in November of this year.

R.I.S, police scientifique

R.I.S, police scientifique is produced by TF1 and if we again had to compare it would be similar to CSI (mind you, not CSI: Miami, because obvs that cannot be compared to anything. Looking at you Horatio). It is based on the Italian series RIS Delitti Imperfetti. So far seven seasons aired.