Archive | February, 2012

Oscars 2012

27 Feb

Overall, this year’s Oscars were pretty meh. Serviceable, but not particularly exciting or memorable. But even blah awards shows have their moments, so here are a few things that I did enjoy (these are probably not in any sort of chronological order, since I am working off of memory here).

  • Jessica Chastain’s dress
  • Melissa McCarthy’s shoes
  • The fact that Sookie St. James was an Oscar nominee
  • The Cirque du Soleil people doing crazy Cirque du Soleil things. One guy did not stick his landing when they were doing the four guy spin-and-switch thing (the technical term for that move, obviously), but that was ok. Keeps them human.
  • Colin Firth, To Meryl Streep: “Meryl. Mamma Mia. We were in Greece. We danced. I was gay. We were happy.” Best line of the night, hands down.
  • Rose Byrne’s and Melissa McCarthy’s Martin Scorsese drinking game
  • The fact that either people finally decided to not be tacky and applaud during the In Memoriam, or the production people finally figured out how to mute applause. Either way: finally.
  • Jim Rash making fun of that weird Angelina Jolie leg thing
  • Emma Stone, who I thought was drunk when she first walked out. I was relieved yet disappointed when it became clear it was part of a bit.
  • The Artist winning for Best Picture! I love that movie.

That’s about it. There might have been some other good stuff, but I don’t remember it, so it couldn’t have been all that good.

Also, there is one lowlight that absolutely cannot be left out of any discussion of the 2012 Oscars, and that is Bradley’ Cooper’s mustache. This is the text that I sent to my mom when I saw him: “AH BRADLEY WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR FACE.” I really, really, really hope it’s for a role. Otherwise, someone needs to stage a misguided-facial-hair intervention like yesterday.

 

More good PaleyFest news!

25 Feb

Guess what! Now not only is Hulu going to air nine of the PaleyFest panels after the fact, but ALL of them are going to stream here! Oh, technology. I love you so.

Fringe: The End of All Things

24 Feb

Well, I’m officially done trying to figure out what is happening on this show. I am just going to go with my confusion. Here are the top things I am confused about right at this moment:

  • So, September messed things up by making it so Peter wasn’t cured in the Redverse, which led to his growing up on the wrong side, etc. But he was still always supposed to end up with Blue!Olivia? How does that work?
  • Is the Nina that’s being held by the Fringe team the actual Nina then? And the one who was with Olivia who we thought was the real Nina but who it turns out was the Red!Nina was the one dosing Olivia all along? Or are all the Ninas just in an evil league of evil with each other?
  • Seriously, why is Olivia remembering things, and is she our Olivia or not? Even if the Nina telling Olivia the story wasn’t really her Nina, it kind of underscores the issue I’ve been having with this whole thing: if Olivia is somehow morphing into our Olivia, then she’s losing her whole life, and the people who love her are losing her. But if she’s just having fake memories, then I assume we will eventually see Peter reunited with our actual Olivia…but what then? Do we just abandon this whole timeline and everyone in it?
  • Why is Fox making us wait a month to see the next episode???? Seriously, stop torturing me, Fox schedulers.

I guess that’s about it. I’m glad we finally (vaguely) found out who the Observers are, even if it led to Peter being even more depressed because he found out about Henry and found out that Henry doesn’t exist anymore all at once. And Olivia controlling the electricity and rescuing herself and Peter was a pretty awesome BAMF moment. That last scene though–what a depressing way to go into a hiatus. Ugh. Here’s hoping the next four weeks go by fast…

PaleyFest + Hulu = Yay!

23 Feb

Big news: Hulu is streaming some of the panels from PaleyFest this year! Happy day! I have been dreaming of being able to go to PaleyFest for many, many years, but sadly, the organizers don’t take my school schedule into account when they pick the dates, so I’ve never been able to go. So you can imagine my happiness at this development. The nine panels they’ll be streaming are Bones, Castle, Community, Modern Family, New Girl, The Office, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, and The Vampire Dairies. PaleyFest is March 2-14 and the streaming starts on the 15th.

Fringe: A Better Human Being

17 Feb

When this episode ended, I was pretty sure my brain had exploded. That is how confused I was. And I am still very confused, as I usually am with this show. But I will give explaining it my best shot. At first I thought that the Olivia we’ve been following was really a shape shifter and used the bathroom thing as excuse to skip town or something, and we were seeing real Olivia and real Nina for the first time. That would explain the awkwardness of the “I just have to go pee” thing (Really, Olivia? You choose the moment when Peter has finally accepted you and is ready to make out to do that? Really?), but now that I’ve had some time to calm down and use my brain I’m pretty sure that’s wrong. So here is what I THINK happened: Olivia was taken when she was en route to or from the gas station bathroom. She is now being held with the real Nina, and the Nina that has been dosing Olivia is a shape shifter. So presumably (and especially based on the previews) David Robert Jones has orchestrated this entire thing.

Now, I’m still not sure why DRJ has been getting his shape shifter minions to knock out Olivia and inject her with cortexiphan, but given the appearance of the light box thing in the previews (and also his previous actions this season), I guess that he has similar plans to the original DRJ, and wants to activate her or whatever. I am also still not sure why Olivia is remembering. I’m assuming that it does actually have something to do with the cortexiphan dosing, but Walter’s empath theory clearly wasn’t right, at least in its “empathizing with Peter” variant. I’m also assuming that she’s now our Olivia for good, because I doubt they’d have Peter get together with the wrong Olivia twice (which is another reason I moved past my initial OMG SHE’S A SHAPE SHIFTER reaction). But where are the memories coming from? And will everyone else remember? And will the person she originally was in this timeline just be wiped out? Because that would be sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that we apparently have our Olivia back, and that Olivia and Peter got to be happy for a second, but that’s just kind of a bum deal for Amber!Olivia. And if Olivia is the only one that remembers, then that’s also sad for Peter, because he still won’t have his Walter back. So he’ll have his girlfriend (/sort of wife) but not his dad. And at this point I really can’t see how everyone else would start remembering. In any case, I’m glad the story is finally accelerating forward.

So there. That is my explanation and my confusion. Honestly, I have no idea what’s going to happen with anything. But I kind of like that! Of course, I’d like it better if I could watch all the episodes right now. Next Friday is so far away…

P.S. The glyph for this episode was Henry. I have no idea why. But if Henry comes back, I will be pumped (the cab driver, not the baby).

P.P.S. Definitely saw something that said Mr. X in the previews for next week. Glad we’re maybe finally going to stop brushing past the whole “I think he’s the man who’s going to kill me” thing!

P.P.P.S. The acting in this episode was amazing. Good job, team!

Downton Abbey Trading Cards

17 Feb

These are the greatest. That is all.

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2012/02/downton-abbey-trading-cards-finale-christmas-special#slide=1

Gossip Girl: Crazy Cupid Love

13 Feb

At the risk of sounding like a crazy person, I am going to let you in on a little secret about me: sometimes, I make up little songs and sing them, usually about whatever is happening or what I am feeling at that moment. Tonight’s song, post-Gossip Girl, went something like this: “I don’t understand, but I am so happy!” (it was beautiful, trust me). (Also, that could definitely be my Fringe mantra as well after Friday’s episode…) The happy:¬† Dan and Blair kissed! The finally kissed and it wasn’t a dream or a freeze frame! The I don’t understand: The previews for next week, where suddenly Dan and Blair are apparently kissing all over the place even though they both know about the pre-nup situation. Confusing. But who cares! Dan and Blair kissed! They kissed for real! And are apparently going to keep doing so! A year ago I would have been so angry about this but now I am the opposite of that (see what good storytelling can do?)! AND it looks like the never-ending Charlie Rhodes plot is finally reaching an actual conclusion, now that the actual Charlotte Rhodes knows all about it! Hallelujah!

Other random thoughts:

  • So, Chuck is definitely still a skeeze. Good to know.
  • Nate has apparently become a creepy stalker. In normal world, bribing someone’s boss to get their number and then, when the phone call doesn’t go well, throwing a party specifically to see the person and then changing the venue when you find out that the person¬† requested not to work at your place of employ, aka doesn’t want to see you at all, would all be grounds for a restraining order. In Gossip Girl world, it is charming and will clearly lead to a relationship.
  • Are we seriously supposed to believe that Dan sent in that video to Gossip Girl? Seriously? I was convinced at the end of the last episode that it would be some big plot point where he was being set up and we’d have to wait to find out who really sent it and blah blah, but no. Apparently, it was just Dan. The end. But I don’t buy it. Dan sending that video completely goes against Dan as he has been portrayed for the whole show, and especially this season. Why would he want to ruin Blair’s wedding like that after he’s been doing nothing but trying to ensure Blair’s happiness for this entire season? It makes no sense. Not that an entire room full of people at a wedding (royal or otherwise) leaving their phones on and then actually ANSWERING their phones at said wedding makes any sense either. Basically, this whole video plot is stupid. As is the fact that Blair actually went through with the wedding at all.

Well great, now I’ve gotten myself all angry at this show’s stupidity again. But whatever! Dan and Blair kissed! I am going to now ignore all of my doubts that the writers will follow through well on this instead of sticking Blair back with Chuck and bask in my happiness at this development, and the fact that it will be continuing for at least one more episode!

P.S. Thank the Lord Georgina isn’t actually the original Gossip Girl, because that would have made absolutely zero sense. And now I can still hold out hope that if we ever see Gossip Girl for real, she’ll be played by Kristen Bell.