TV of 2013

Self is not a critic, but not knowing anything has never stopped her from airing an opinion!

So, let’s see. Which TV shows had her absolutely riveted? Hanging by her fingernails till the next episode?

Game of Thrones.  Self and The Man were down south for her son’s graduation ceremony at Claremont, and self cleared the decks and made everyone leave her alone so that she could watch Episode 6 (The one that followed “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”). Also, for the finale, son invited a friend over to watch. So there were all of us, in the living room, watching. Speechless. Horrified. And afterwards son revealed that he had read all the books and knew what was going to happen. But remained totally poker-faced until the very last cut. Aaaargh!  Michelle Fairley!  Aaaargh!

Another show that self absolutely loved was The Killing, with Mireille Enos and, as a guest this season, Peter Sarsgaard.  She also loved the theme this season: the mysterious murders of street kids. She couldn’t believe they actually off-ed Sarsgaard. He was probably the hottest Death Row inmate EVER. EVER.

She also loved the mini-series adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s World War I novel, Parade’s End. Rebecca Hall was such a hoot, and adding to the fun was that she was playing opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays straight arrow like nobody’s business.

Self also loved watching Stephen Colbert, and Saturday Night Live.  She spent one weekend watching back-to-back episodes of Walking Dead, and loved every episode.

Of course now, she is crazy about Sleepy Hollow because of Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison.

She just now caught a hilarious video of Jessica Lange in a powder-blue dress dancing to “Banana Fana” — from American Horror Story.  Too, too funny.  Apparently, some TV critic thinks it is “the most memorable TV episode of the year.”

She tried watching a couple of episodes of Boardwalk Empire, but interest flagged whenever Jeremy Wright or the man with the 1/2 artificial face was not on-screen (She recognized him immediately in American Hustle, as Jennifer Lawrence’s gangster seducer.  That actor should be better known, he is good)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Alexandra Wolfe, Weekend WSJ: Sarsgaard, “Blue Jasmine”

Mr. Fabulous:  Peter Sarsgaard

Mr. Fabulous: Peter Sarsgaard

One of the biggest things about the current season of “The Killing” (self’s current TV fascination) is Peter Sarsgaard.

Self caught the episode where he sneaks a razor blade out of a bar of soap and into his mouth during a prison shower (He plays a Death Row inmate) and was smitten for the rest of the season.  This weekend’s WSJ has an Alexandra Wolfe interview with the actor.  Most of the best parts aren’t about “The Killing,” though: they’re about Sarsgaard in Woody Allen’s new movie, “Blue Jasmine,” which frankly self wasn’t planning to watch until she read this:

Friday marked the opening of the new Woody Allen movie, “Blue Jasmine,” in which he plays a role new to his repertoire — a pretentious, distracted diplomat who is the love interest of the fallen socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett).  He spends most of the film blissfully unaware that she is having a nervous breakdown.

This passage was frankly hilarious:

While filming “Blue Jasmine,” there was no rehearsal and no talking on the set.  Everyone just showed up to work, leading to the sort of existential angst often evoked in Woody Allen movies.  “We’re so used to being led around by directors, producers and everyone else that, if you’re suddenly empowered by someone like this, it can be alarming,” says Mr. Sarsgaard.  The cast would ask, “But who am I?  Where do I come from?”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Reasons Why

Reasons why tonight is a most excellent night:

  • It is the last night in June and tomorrow is the first day of July.  July is self’s favorite month of the year.  Mostly because it is self’s birthday month.  And son’s birthday month.  Also, it starts off with a bang (the Fourth, of course).  The man takes Thursday and Friday off.  It is now the right time for barbecue.  Self loves barbecue!  Especially steak barbecue.  And mesquite charcoal.
  • There are still a few episodes left in Season 3 of “The Killing.”  Self loves, loves, loves the performance of Mireille Enos.  Her bulldog ethos.  Her wrinkly forehead.  Her total lack of embarrassment about sinking her chin into her neck, thereby creating the (misleading) illusion that she has a double chin.  Even Holder, who turned her off initially with his Benicio del Toro-like slurring, has won her over (He is played by a Swedish actor.  That’s right:  a Swedish actor named Joel Kinnaman who is well known in his native country.  It’s his first American role.  And he pulls off lines like “Rabbits are da bomb!” and “What’s up, Mama-san?”)  Luuuv that scene where Linden (Enos) gets right up in the face of her superior, whose name is Skinner (Very “X-Files” — nice touch!)
  • She has now reached p. 320 of Sister Carrie.  Only 100 pages more to go!  Please God let it end before Carrie has to sacrifice her very last dollar (eked out by being a member of a chorus line in a musical) to that miserable man, Hurstwood.  The man who pretended to marry her just so Carrie would consent to live with him.  Who has so little sense of shame that he thinks nothing of asking her to hand over her every dollar (while he sits at home reading the papers and pretending to job hunt).  Carrie needs a new pair of shoes!  That’s right, Hurstwood, you jerk!  Is that too much to ask?  Carrie, don’t wait to get permission, you just run along and spend your hard-earned dollars on shoes, clothes, whatever your heart desires!
  • It is 8:59 p.m.  It is still light enough to see outside.  Oh happy happy joy joy!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

“The Killing”: Season 3, Episode 4

Dear ones, self is re-viewing Season 3 Episode 4 of “The Killing” (AMC, Sunday nights at 8 p.m.), self’s new TV addiction.  Detective Linden (Mireille Enos:  love this woman’s hair!  It is perfect for the show’s moody cinematography.  And by the way, Seattle has never been shot to such dramatic and menacing effect — it has more than a little in common with Stieg Larsson’s Sweden) is questioning a “Mother of the Year.”

(P.S.  Dialogue’s a little rough.  Do not read unless in the mood for “dark”)

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