Avengers: Age of Ultron

Dear ladies and gents,

the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron dropped this week. Well. It was leaked online and then Marvel just posted it anyway.

Sure there is plenty to parse here – Hulk and Iron Man and Captain’s broken shield and whathaveyou… But it’s really about Ultron for me. It’s great to see James Spader being up in our faces once again. Now if I could just stop falling asleep while watching Blacklist (facepalm)

How to Get Away with Murder

Dear ladies and gents,

so. Shonda Rhimes has got me again. With her How to Get Away with Murder. Yes, I know she is just the producer and Peter Nowalk is the dude behind the show, but this has Shonda’s fingers all. over. it.

It’s ridiculous. Absolutely bloody ridiculous. ALL the cliffhangers. I mean – come on! And ALL the flash forwards. And ALL the smart interns who will stop at nothing to win that damn trophy. And then there is Annalise Keating. Who is scarily brilliant at her job and never loses, but her personal life is a bit of a mess. What with the cheating husband and the now ex detective boyfriend and the crying and the pleading and whathaveyou. And then there are all these other characters and it’s kinda hard to keep track of them all… and… and…

BUT…

The thing is all of Shonda’s shows start like that. Remember Grey’s back in the day. Remember Scandal.

In the beginning I’m all like this bastards and bishes all be crazy and what the what is going on. And then a couple of episodes in I realize I’m hooked and I can’t stop watching. *sigh*

See, Shonda knows. Shonda knows how to get us hooked. Resistance is futile.

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.)

Random thoughts – Divergent

Dear ladies and gents,

so I was watching Divergent the other night. Decided against seeing it in cinema, because well… I loved the first book. The second book was meh. I didn’t even bother with the third.

And it’s not the type of movie that I simply MUST see on the big screen. Unlike Guardians of the Galaxy. Or Avengers. Or the Hunger Games.

Be as it may – there I was watching the movie and the most random thoughts kept popping in my brain like so:

- these dauntless people, yes? What the what (WHAT THE WHAT!) with them running everywhere? I am all for getting your 10.000 steps a day, getting some cardio in and whathaveyou, but this was excessive. They like jogged all.the.freaking.time. Seriously, what is that about?

- Four, yes? NOTHING as I imagined in my head. Don’t get me wrong, Theo James is a handsome guy and all that (Kemal Pamuk what!), but he (in my opinion) lacked dunno charisma? Edginess? Something.

- Kate Winslet, yes? Good job on trying to hide her pregnancy with a folder. With A FOLDER! Come to think of it, it could have been worse. They could have made her hide her baby bump with a handbag. Also what the what with the hair? Was that a wig? It was super distracting.

- Divergent supposedly takes place in the dystopian Chicago, yes? Third most populous city in the United States? So what the what (WHAT THE WHAT) with all the white people? Ok there is ZoĆ« Kravitz. And then you have Mekhi Phifer and Maggie Q who between them appear in maybe 5 scenes altogether? You’d expect the cast would be more racially diverse and all. Seriously.

- also the dialogues? It’s like something I might have written. And that is not a compliment.

It’s official – I is grumpy b*sh *sigh*