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*

What I watched (so you don’t have to) Part 2

The Last Ship

I am well aware the Last Ship is a Michael Bay production. You can see it a mile off, the pilot looked extremely expensy. BUT as much as I loathe Michael Bay (blech), I actually enjoyed this one. Or the first two episodes anyway (sometimes I have an attention span of a gnat).

Be as it may a short summary – some sort of virus has wiped out 80% of the Earth’s population. And the captain and the crew aboard USS Nathan James have been tasked to a) find a cure and b) prevent the extinction of the few people left on Earth. No biggie. Eric Dane plays Tom Chandler, the commandeering officer of the ship. Look – I want McSteamy to do well because I’m a soft touch that way. Like me that old dirty mistress. Also I love me a good “viral” thriller. The Last Ship while not ground breaking, at least is a) interesting and b) looks more expensive than Helix.

Murder in the First

Another TNT production created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal. Steven Bochco might not be a familiar name to all of you fetuses born after 1990, but the dude was behind some of the most popular series in the 80s and 90s (L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blues and that all time favorite Doogie Howser MD*). So it was a safe assumption Murder in the First wouldn’t suck. And it doesn’t.

It stars Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson** as two San Francisco homicide detectives who are investigating two separate murder cases. But as it soon turns out the murders might be related after all and lead to a computer prodigy Erich Blunt who soon becomes the prime suspect (played by Draco Malfoy. Or if you want to be persnickety about it – Tom Felton).

Be as it may – I thoroughly enjoyed Murder in the First and it made it to the weekly viewing list.

The Leftovers

The Leftovers in based on the book written by Tom Perrotta and the script was written by Perrotta and Damon Lindelof. The pilot was directed by Peter Berg. So that’s loads of talent right there.

What it is about? Well… after watching the Leftovers there was a moment – what the what have I just watched? But in a good way.

There was a Rapture type of event and 2% of world’s population have been taken?/went missing?/disappeared into thin air? So the series explores how people who have been left behind are dealing with the aftermath. Because how do you explain/comprehend something when you don’t know what happened to these people in the first place? And it is human nature to need some sort of order. Our world view (no matter how warped our world view might be to begin with) needs to make sense, because that is the only way we can function. It’s fascinating to me.

But I digress.

Then there is some dude who unburdens with hugs (f*ck off?) and a cult like group of chain smokers who wear only white. I told you – what the what have I just watched? Also what the what (WHAT THE WHAT) with all the stags lately (looking at you Hannibal)?

It’s nuanced. It’s heavy. It’s messy. But interesting to watch all the same. Hopefully it will not turn into another Flashforward.

Dominion

Good God above, the Dominion! I’m sure it will have plenty of fans, but I didn’t care for it one bit. I’ll be frank with you – there is a scene at the very beginning with some crazy looking lady in control pantyhose that looked all sorts of awesome. And scary. And that is the only (ONLY!) reason I watched the pilot. The rest of it was meh.

The series is created by Vaun Wilmott and based on the 2010 movie the Legion (written by Scott Stewart and Peter Schink). The gist of it – 25 years ago the angels led by archangel Gabriel have started a war against the humans (something something they had to possess the humans so they can live something).

In the war archangel Michael sided with the humans (how dare he). Now humans live in fortified cities, one of these cities is Vega aka Las Vegas from the ages ago, the food is scarce and whathaveyou. The legend has it only “the Chosen One” will be able to end the war once and for all. The Chosen One turns out to be a soldier in the Vega’s Archangel Corps Alex Lannon (played by Christopher Egan).

tl; dr

Not impressed at all with Dominion. And I’m all OVER a good angel fight normally (file under years of watching Supernatural will do that to you).

* With Neil Patrick Harris or that dude of HIMYM. There I saved you the bother of googling that sh*t.
** Clare off Beverly Hills 90210. The proper one, not the CW one. Also she still looks the same. THE SAME. HOW is that possible?