imwalde: (LOTS/Kahlan)
Bridget Regan is a treasure. I could watch her bait Kurtwood Smith all day long. You are welcome on my screen any time, Dottie!

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Only 3 eps left! I love this show so much.
imwalde: (XF/Scully/Smart)
That was kind of a mess. I didn't hate it, but I don't think it worked as an episode. It went from serious, domestic terrorism to a trippy episode within the span of minutes. But the mini-mes were cute and of course Mulder's trip was hilarious. Honky-tonk badonkadonk!!! And that's a way to have the Lone Gunmen cameo without enraging me, so bullet dodged, show.

Not sure who keeps trying to make Robbie Amell happen, but sorry kid, you are not your cousin. Although, to be fair, I think I liked him as Miller better than any other role I've seen him in.

The case (why do I bother) was weirdly short shrifted. Why is talking to a comatose guy the only lead? Like, can no one trace his cell phone and stuff like a normal detective? And were those actually DHS agents or were they someone trying to get to him? And I can't tell if I believe Einstein about the placebos or not. They sort of try to wrap it all up with the idea of the power of words, but they didn't stick the landing. Only one episode left! And it is surely mythology focused, so I am bracing myself.
imwalde: (ATLA/Sokka/Hmmm)
This weekend, I've basically made the setting.

I had to tape together 4 boxes to get the size I wanted. Then I added foam to be the basic shape of rock formations, then paper mach├ęd them.



Then I painted the background, and spray painted the rocks black for a start.


Then here is the rocks having been painted orange, plus the sand added. (I did not think through the idea that my box full of sand might appear to the cats as a giant litter box? I've been storing it up on top of things to play it safe.)



Here is Impeepator Furiosa.


And the finished Citadel.



The only other thing I did this weekend was see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I didn't hate it? But it didn't quite gel for me, because Darcy left me cold. I think he was all wrong for the part. But Lily James was quite good, and there were fun scenes, and Mr Bingley was the hot would-be-husband/son of Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending. But a PP without a solid Mr Darcy is just never going to be a homerun.
imwalde: (XF/Tardis)
That was weird, and not in a complimentary way, where I think they did it on purpose. Just weird that the Scully family drama and the case had nothing to do with each other, and tonally did not match and just random. I mean, I didn't hate it, like I did the premiere, but here's where I would paste the shrug emoji if I knew how to type it.

Glen Morgan said that the quarter necklace was nearly an exact replica of one he found belonging to his own mom after she passed, and he has no idea what the significance was. Gillian Anderson did good work, but I didn't really feel much emotion about any of it. Did we even know she had that other brother?? And they are yet again doubling down on the William stuff, which, sigh.

The monster was suitably creepy, though. RIP, Gaeta. (Does this mean they are filming in Vancouver?) The graffiti thing was kind of cool, and omg the "Downtown" scene was fucked up, even for X-Files! Killing everyone on the hit list, I guess that's one way to wrap up a killer's story? Way to go, Mulder and Scully.

Peeps!

Feb. 2nd, 2016 11:44 pm
imwalde: (HotFuzz)
Well fuck me, they've called this year's Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest!

But...but...entries are due on the 22nd???!!?!? IN WHAT WORLD IS EASTER CANDY WIDELY AVAILABLE BEFORE VALENTINE'S DAY???? Gah. I mean, yes, somewhere, if I look hard, there will be pink bunnies and yellow chicks. But the full spectrum of colors, shapes, and sizes will not be available until after the 14th. This should be an obvious truth to anyone who thinks about it for half a second. Booooooo. The deadline is creeping earlier and earlier each year, I think to give the judges more time as the contest grows in popularity, but COME ON. It's Peeps contest, therefore it needs to be held when Peeps are in stores!!!

Grrrrr. This year, I am pretty sure I know what I am doing already, though. I can picture the chase scene from Mad Max with Furiosa and girls in the truck being followed by several crazy cars, among them the one with Max strapped to the front as a blood bag. And the setting and vehicles will be complicated, so I guess I will have work to do whether or not I have the Peeps yet or not.

[Poll #2035613]
imwalde: (XF/Scully/Smart)
This one was hilarious. Darin Morgan is now 5 for 5. The twist was really funny and unexpected but also it just felt fun and like the actors were having fun. "Mulder, the internet is not good for you." "Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder." "But first we need to check out of this motel!" Return of the red speedo!!! "But I had a whole speech!" Hehehe. I hope Scully keeps the dog. (And awwww, that was a nice Kim Manners shoutout.)
imwalde: (XF/Mulder)
Well that was much better than last night's episode. I am a little o.O that they are fully credentialed FBI agents again, so quickly, and after Mulder was in HIDING but ok, whatever. It had to happen for the show to exist, so maybe I should be grateful I was spared the scenes of bureaucratic wheels turning. Also, hello, what's-your-name who was part of the Nerd Herd from Chuck. Never seen you so serious!

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Next episode looks good. *crosses fingers*

Lucifer was sort of dumb but also mostly entertaining, plus I think he's hot, so when my normal Monday shows are in rerun, sure, why not. And lots of actors I knew. Hi guy from Mad About You, Vicki from TVD, and Chase from BTVS!
imwalde: (XF/Tardis)
Yay, it's back? But that one was not very good. I was so excited to hear the theme song, but I genuinely don't get this episode. Read more... )

It looks like the previews have future episodes be MotW, and THANK GOD, because time has not made these chumps any better at crafting a coherent mythology. I do agree with the AV Club review though; that it sucked like a bad X-Files episode of old. It was its authentic old bad self, but hopefully it can be its authentic old good self too before the run is done.
imwalde: (MCU/AgentCarter)
Eeeeee, I am so glad this show is back. I enjoyed the heck out of that. It was super fun. The new additions and setting were good to keep things fresh, but without feeling like a carbon copy of last year. I am psyched.

Did she have a new lipstick shade, or did it just look that way in the sun? I loved how Dottie was wearing her lipstick, hat, and hair color. I am guessing the FBI is going to try to use Dottie as their asset and it's all going to blow up in their faces.

Can't wait for next week!
imwalde: (RobinHood:POT/Pissed)
I was saddened by David Bowie dying, but I am sooooooooo sad about Alan Rickman. I loved him. LOVED HIM. He had the sexiest voice, and was such a dynamic actor.



He will be immortally remembered as Snape and Hans Gruber, but was excellent in everything. A less known but wonderful movie of his is Truly, Madly, Deeply, which always made me cry, and I can only imagine what watching it this week would do.



Are there any other beloved, British 69-year-olds secretly battling cancer??! Because these things happen in 3s! Yeesh, what a week.
imwalde: (Labyrinth/Fabulous)
How sad! I didn't even know he was sick. Many imitators, only one original.

Bright Star

Jan. 6th, 2016 10:49 pm
imwalde: (Birdhouse)
Last weekend I saw a new musical Bright Star at the Kennedy Center. It's playing a limited engagement before heading to Broadway later this year.

Description: "From Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s."

It was ok. I didn't hate it, but honestly, I didn't love it either. The cast was very talented, but the material was sort of meh. Twangy songs are not my favorite thing, but more than that, the story/songs felt largely uninspired, although the cast tried its damnedest. It just did not feel like a story that needed to be told? My personal theory is that Steve Martin is gunning for the T in his would-be EGOT. I will give it credit, though, that several of the songs stick with you, which is more than I can say for some other musicals I've seen lately.
imwalde: (Calvin&Hobbes/Glee)
I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas have a wonderful holiday!!

(January is next week, y'all, I can't even??)
imwalde: (StarWars/Dodgy)
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! That was super fucking awesome. I am so happy, because it was just so fun, and it felt like Star Wars again. The new characters were awesome and I need to go get myself a BB-8 immediately. When the music started, I think we all got goosebumps.
imwalde: (Haven/Duke)
spoilers )

But seriously y'all, WHAT DOES THE CROCKER BOX MEAN?!?!??!?!
imwalde: (GK/NateBrad)
I am going to miss this show, I think. It had potential and was getting better as it went. It started out not quite knowing what show it wanted to be, but I liked it more and more as we got to know the characters better. Stark Sands is so appealing, I do hope he finds a show that lasts that showcases his talents. At least he got to sing! Show the world what they missed on Broadway.

And I am somewhat heartened that at least it didn't end on the milk bath vision cliffhanger that I feared it would. It still didn't wrap up, and it's not exactly a satisfying ending, but it's not the ending I've been dreading since word of the reduced season order came down. And satisfying endings are what fic is for I suppose (hahahah omg did LJ's autocorrect really just not know what fic is??!).

Sometimes what makes a hit or not is so arbitrary. Better luck next time, everyone.
imwalde: (Catwoman)


Butch wishes everyone a happy Halloween! I couldn't resist getting him a bandana. He actually tolerated it fine while sitting/sleeping. Only once he jumped down and started to move did it seem to bother him.

I went to a local pet parade of dogs (and a few cats) in costumes today, omg. Sooooooo cute. The winner of most creative costume was a spotted great dane as a Chick-Fil-A cow. Very clever.



Love it!

fall tv

Sep. 30th, 2015 11:35 pm
imwalde: (Muppets/Weirdos)
I've tried out a couple of new shows this fall: The Player, Minority Report, Limitless, Quantico, Blind Spot, and the Muppets. So far I am not in love with any of them, but none have definitively turned me off. I'll give them a bit longer, as my real shows (aka 70% of the CW's lineup) do not return until next week. As good as I am at recognizing actors typically, I impressed even myself when seeing a bearded profile of a mysterious lurking stranger on Blind Spot and knowing instantly it was AJ from Empire Records TWENTY YEARS LATER OMG.

I am sort of torn about the Muppets, because even as I mostly enjoy it, I feel conflicted. One the one hand, it's super distressing to see them acting like assholes (the show's relationship with Miss Piggy is super weird) but on the other hand, each episode has made me laugh, and it does feel very now in tone. I don't know.

I like the lead guy on Limitless. He carries off the premise very well and is very watchable. But last night's episode very complicated MOTW that needed his genius to solve made me realize how many shows there where the writers have to constantly come up with super complicated puzzles that only their geniuses can solve. Limitless can be added to Elementary, Scorpion, Sherlock, White Collar, Forever, and others I am sure. I bet those writers sneer at Law and Order writers, oh, the boyfriend did it, how SIMPLE, but secretly cry tears of envy.

We're due to get a soaking this weekend, with 3-6'' of rain falling, perhaps more. And then Joaquin might bring yet more later in the weekend. I am all stocked up on food, and have nowhere I have to be. I am sort of excited for a rainy, stormy weekend at home in my pjs. Just no power outages or terrible flooding, please!
imwalde: (VM/Logan/Hurt)
Last weekend I went to Arena Stage in DC and saw a new musical making its world premiere there this summer called Dear Evan Hansen.

http://www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/dear-evan-hansen/

It was so, so good. I saw it sort of on a whim (my aunt recommended it) having not heard about it, but I am so glad I did. It's the story of a kid having a hard time, who has no friends, who suddenly because of mistaken circumstances gets thrust into the center of attention. And he can have what he always wanted (people to listen to what he says! people who care and notice if he is there!) if only he lies. spoilers, but only for the premise, maybe the first 15-20 mins )

The lead character was played by Ben Platt, who was Benji in Pitch Perfect. He was phenomenal. There wasn't a dry eye in the house (except for heartless robots) during his climactic number. I was teary at multiple points, actually. And the woman next to me was SOBBING. Bring tissues! The cast was uniformly great, and I loved the music. I was disappointed there was no soundtrack available to buy, but apparently that won't happen until spring, when they move to Broadway. At least that is what the lady at the theater said, but then I read something that said they were going to be Off-Broadway, so I am not sure, but either way, I'll buy it one day!

Keep an eye out for it, if it comes your way.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/theater/review-in-dear-evan-hansen-teenage-angst-grows-complicated.html?_r=2

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/dear-evan-hansen-radiates-charm-and-wit-and-thats-no-lie/2015/08/03/9a263ee4-390b-11e5-8e98-115a3cf7d7ae_story.html

theater!

Jul. 31st, 2015 11:48 am
imwalde: (BTVS/RightHere)
Ever since [livejournal.com profile] biggieshorty moved away from NYC, I've been missing seeing Broadway shows. This month, I made a concerted effort to do something about that.

Book of Mormon (at Kennedy Center) -- Still fun and enjoyable, but eerily like when I saw it in previews several years ago? Josh Gad's performance was mimicked almost exactly; I wonder if that is mandated. My favorite thing remains the dancing of the Mormons. The dancers must be excellent and talented to be cast, but through genius body language and choreography they manage to dance like the stiffest, whitest, uptightest people ever, especially during I Am Africa. It's the funniest thing. A close second are the Starbucks coffee cups during Freaky Mormon Hell Dream and the fact that a Mormon bender is a couple cups of coffee and untucking the shirt. Heheheheh.

Fun Home -- OMG SO GREAT. It is original and heartbreaking and touching and everyone in it was so super talented. Loved it.

On the 20th Century -- Kristen Chenowith was my main reason for seeing it, with Peter Gallagher as a second. And both of them were terrific. KC is so funny, her physical humor is top notch. There's a reason this musical is obscure, though. As a showcase for KC and PG, it succeeds. On its own merits, I could take it or leave it. No great songs, and lots of ensemble standing and singing at top volume.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime -- Amazing. It was so good. The lead actor was captivating and heartbreaking. I had largely forgotten the book (certainly the resolution to the mystery) so it was a surprise to watch. The stagecraft was really stellar, too.

Once (at Kennedy Center) -- The music is just so wonderful. I talked my parents into going with me, and they really enjoyed it. Which I knew they would, since they liked the movie, except somehow both had blocked it from their memories and did not remember seeing it even a little. The actor who played the guy was a very talented actor with a good voice, except some of the notes he could sing, but not belt. Whereas Glen Hansard could sing them in chest voice, he had to sing them in head voice. It softened some of the songs or changed the tone a little. Not bad, but unexpected.

There's still more I want to see, though! Not sure when my next theater binge will be. Maybe when Hamilton tickets are not impossible to get.
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