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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite Movies and TV Shows!

We’re going a little of topic today and not talking about books or reading or blogging. We’re talking about movies and tv shows! We’re allowed to choose one or the other to talk about but I’m splitting it in half and doing five movies and five TV shows. I don’t know if these count as ALL TIME FAVORITE movies and TV shows but I do love them. I’ve seen all of them multiple times and will definitely watch them again in the future. I’m not sure what my choices say about me but I hope it isn’t too bad!

 

Movies

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: I love these movies. They have everything. Magic, war, love, friendship, humor, drama. As Legolas would say (with serious eyes), “They have feelings, my friend.” He also says things like, “The forest is old. Very old.” And “The White Wizard approaches.” So he speaks truth. I will continue to watch them over and over again forever.

Harry Potter: I readily admit that the books are my first love and the movies aren’t as good as I had hoped they would be. But I still love everything Harry Potter and if I’m looking for a quick fix, I’ll put on a movie. Most likely it will be number 3, 6, or 7. I don’t watch the last one much because I’m still mad about the Harry/Voldemort fight/death scenes. But whatever.

Clueless: Seriously, a classic. Has anyone not seen this? I love this movie so much. It’s how I first fell in love with Paul Rudd. And Turk. And Brekin Meyer. And where I learned the definitely of sporadically. And surfing the crimson wave. And that now gives me flashbacks to old cellphones and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and cassettes and chin pubes and Cliff’s Notes. I love this movie.

Pitch Perfect: This is a much more recent favorite. Obviously. But it has just the right amount of funny and serious and emotions and drama and silly. Plus it has great music. And I’m a sucker for the last scene with the big Breakfast Club finish. I can’t help it. I smile everytime.

An Affair to Remember: We love old movies here and this is one of my favorites. I can’t help it. Except for that weird singing scene in the middle (and who doesn’t like a little weird now and then) I love it. I always feel like Meg Ryan and Rosie O’Donnell in Sleepless in Seattle when I watch this. “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.” And the end kills me. I love how dramatic everything is in old movies. Plus, Cary Grant. I mean, really. I love it.

Honorable Mentions: The Hunger Games, Frozen, the new Star Trek movies, Elf, and Die Hard

TV Shows

Friends: Could there BE any other show listed first here? No. I will watch this show anytime. Whenever I see it’s on, I stop to watch it. Even though I own all of the seasons. I quote it all the time. It was the first show I was really obsessed with seeing every week. And way back then, there was no DVR. It was required weekly viewing. Or setting the VCR and hoped you had a blank tape somewhere. I still remember seeing Ross and Rachel’s first kiss. And always wondering if they’d finally figure out how to be together. And really loving Chandler and Monica together. Really, I could talk for hours about this show even though I haven’t really watched it in years.

Gilmore Girls: I didn’t watch this show until a few years after it started. My MIL and SIL recommended it to me. I picked up the DVDs and was completely hooked. My son was a baby and I could still watch TV with him the room so I seriously marathoned this show for days.  The only real question in regards to the Gilmore Girls (because we all know Luke and Lorelei are the best) is: Dean, Jess, or Logan? I know the right answer.

Dawson’s Creek: Yes, you know it wouldn’t be a post about shows without Dawson’s Creek on it. I can’t help it, I love this show. It was actually on when I was in high school and I remember catching the show every once in a while. Then I found it years later in my library on DVD and thought, why not? I watched it from start to finish and now I own the whole series and my husband laughs at me whenever I watch it but I just don’t care. It’s my show. And don’t even try to convince me that Dawson is better than Pacey. Just don’t.

Veronica Mars: I’m so glad we started watching this show. We picked it up just this year before the movie came out and both my husband and I loved it. Unfortunately, the first season is definitely the best, but the other two were still enjoyable. I think it’s going to be tough to find a better, snarkier MC than Veronica or a better supporting cast between Keith,Wallace, and Mac. But I’m not even going to talk about my pick of guys for her because I’m definitely in the minority there.

Parks and Rec: I love everything about this show. The sarcasm. The heart. The dry humor. The characters. Everything. (Except the new guy, Craig. I hate him.) But everything else is amazing. And in case you were wondering which character I am, according to some online quiz, I’m Andy. So that should tell you a little bit about me. But Ron is my favorite.

Honorable Mentions: Sherlock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Chopped, and College Football

Okay, that’s my top ten for this week. I’m surprised by my lack of any sort of fantasy or sci-fi elements in my favorite shows. I did just start watching Vampire Diaries a few days ago, so that makes me feel not quite so unbalanced. But with how much I love those kinds of movies and books, you’d also think I’d have some shows in those genres as well. So let me know, do you watch any fantasy/sci-fi shows? Do you have any to recommend? Let me know!

What are your favorite movies/tv shows? Do we have any in common?



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Veronica Mars: My New Favorite TV Show

Feb
03
7 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: TV

I’ve never done a post about a TV show before and for good reasons. I don’t really watch that much TV and there are even fewer that I feel like I really need to talk about. But my husband and I spent that last week watching Season 1 of Veronica Mars and I just NEED to talk about it. It was amazing.

I won’t stop! My husband and I talked about it for hours. It’s rare that we find a show that we both love so much. While I imagine some of his love is based solely on Kristen Bell, I don’t even mind. She’s adorable. But really, we talk about the cases and, since this was season 1, what happened with Lilly. Some things we figured out, some things not so much. But overall, the show was fun and gave us hours of things to talk about.

For me, Veronica Mars is a combination of Sherlock and Clueless. It’s not at all what I thought it would be. Veronica Mars’ dad is a private detective (long story) and Veronica works in his office. She’s taken up solving cases and does a really great job. Most of the cases were much more intense than I thought they would be considering she’s a high-schooler but the show actually tackles some tough issues. But the show also has a fun side. The relationship between Veronica and her dad is awesome and there is a good dose of high school antics as well as lots of pop culture references and banter similar to Gilmore Girls. Even still, it doesn’t feel as young as I thought it would and I’m honestly surprised at how much my husband likes it. He slightly grudgingly watched the first show with me and since then, we’ve both been hooked.

 
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*Warning: Spoilers Ahead*

Now I have to talk about what happened in season 1. That season ender killed me! I was on the edge of my seat for the whole episode! My husband and I spent hours trying to figure out who had done it and what had happened and I was happy that some of it we actually guessed correctly. Of course, there was really no way to figure out who the actual killer was since none of the evidence pointed to him. But still, it was a good end. And crazy creepy. We were yelling at the TV as she was leaving the party and yelling at Duncan not to let her leave alone. But the end when her dad stepped in to save her was awesome. He’s easily my favorite TV dad ever. And how messed up were all the other parents? Yikes. Logan’s dad has some serious problems. That whole refrigerator gasoline business was messed up. And I can’t even talk about all the Lilly stuff. Ugh. But it was definitely a worthy end to a great season.

Now, I must talk about Logan and Veronica. Going into the show, I knew they got together at some point just from hearing people talk about it but after the first half of the season I never thought I’d be a supporter of that relationship. Then, he shows up at the hotel to save her and I died. I was definitely okay with it from then on. I hope they work things out so we can get much more of them later on. Logan is a character that I have only really liked when he’s been with Veronica. Although, she doesn’t always treat him well. With the past that they have and everything that happened in season one, they have a lot to overcome if they want a relationship to work. I hope Veronica will be able to learn how to trust people.

I must also talk about one of my favorite moments of the whole season. When Veronica and her dad found Duncan and brought him back and Mrs. Kane wants Veronica to sign the papers about the money. The moment she and her dad have then totally made me cry. I still love it just thinking about it. Their relationship is definitely one of the best parts of this show and one of the best parent/child relationships I’ve seen on a show. It might even challenge Lorelei and Rory’s relationship. Though I do sometimes wonder at how much time Veronica is left alone, especially when they aren’t exactly the most loved people in town. But regardless, it’s nice to see a strong relationship between a father and a daughter.

Basically, I want Keith Mars to be my dad.

And can we take a moment to talk about all the cameos? Just from season 1 I’ve seen Adam Scott, Aaron Paul, Jessica Chastain, Jane Lynch, Max Greenfield, Tina Majorino, JTT and Zachary Ty Brian (the kids from Home Improvement), Leighton Meester, Alyson Hannigan, and Joey Lauren Adams. It’s fun seeing both faces from my childhood as well as faces that I know will go on to way bigger things.

Wallace and Veronica BFFs: Love this relationship

Favorite Characters: Keith Mars, Veronica, Wallace, Weevil, Cliff, Leo, Mac
Least Favorite: Duncan, Logan’s Parents, Logan’s Goons (Dick and Beaver, really?), Sheriff Lamb, Duncan’s Parents, Veronica’s mom

I’m still undecided on how I feel about Logan. It’s been very up and down for the two of us this season. I wonder if/how that will change next season.

We’re preparing to start the second season and now that we know the answers to all of the first season questions, we’re wondering what will happened this year. Will there be a season long case or will we focus more on characters and relationships with new cases week to week. What will happen with Veronica’s mom? Taking that check was a low blow. And now that we know about Veronica and Duncan, what will happen between them?

One last thing. Can we all have a laugh over Duncan’s “beard”? Good.

P.S. He’s not my favorite.

So, can you do me a favor? Let me know if you’ve watched Veronica Mars and what you think about it! I’d love to hear your thoughts.



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New Finds Friday: Sherlock

Apr
13
2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: TV

I decided it would be fun to start a Friday post about new things I’ve found throughout the week. Just someplace to highlight whatever new thing I’ve found, whether it be books, movies, shows, food, anything I want really. If you’ve found something new this week that you’d like to share, let me know in the comments! I love discovering new things!

Sherlock: Season One

My new thing this week is the show Sherlock. It’s not new to most people since it came out last year, but we were finally lucky enough to get it in at the library. The list was long! And now I know why. The show is awesome!

Admittedly, we’ve only seen the first episode so far. The shows are each 90 minutes, so by the time the kids are in bed and we can get the show started, it’s a bit late to get in three hours of tv time. But I can’t wait to see the rest of the season!

If you are a fan of the Sherlock Holmes character, you should definitely check this series out. It’s a modernized version of the Arthur Canon Doyle stories but it keeps much of the original style and feeling. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman (seriously, does anyonenotlove him?!) as Watson. They are both perfect. And it’s co-created by Steven Moffat! It doesn’t really get any better than that.

The second season will be released on May 22. We’ll definitely be checking it out. If you’ve seen any of the Sherlock shows, I’d love to know what you think!



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