And those things are?
TV shows and movies I have been watching.
1. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World – Amazingsauce. If you are a nerd and you like movies, music, comics, video games and any of the Culkins, you are set for life with this movie. It is enjoyable, it is funny, the music is great, the nerdery is prolific… just go see it. So far critics have failed at raving about it because they a) don’t understand comic movies b) don’t understand comic movies that do not involve Christian Bale c) they forgot what it was like to be a total dork or d) Someone took their sled away when they were children.
B. Planet Earth: The Documentary Series. Apparently there are two versions – the one from the Beebs, which features the dulcet tones of David Attenborough, and the Amrikan one, starring the sounds of Sigourney Weaver. I am currently obsessed/engrossed/repulsed by the British one, largely because it is much more satisfying to yell back at Attenborough whenever he shows me something I am 90% sure cannot possibly exist outside some mad cartoonist’s brainpan. Seriously – this planet is so weird.
I keep making the mistake of watching it before I go to bed, since I tend to think nature documentaries and think soothing, relaxing, screensavery. This is not that nature doc. This one features a lot of animals fighting and eating eachother – and it manages to get you caught up and invested in the Good Guy winning without anthropomorphizing or giving them funny voices or Shakespearean names. You’re also vaguely aware that this is how nature works – sometimes the sharp-toothed one has to eat the cute fluffy one, and that’s just how it goes.
And then sometimes there are these Australian flat lizards with colorful tummies who leap up into the air to catch black flies and it is pretty much the most hilarious, charming thing ever. Everybody wins! Except the black flies!
#. Life. As in the series starring Damien Lewis, not …you know… actual life. Life aired two season on NBC from 2007-09, and depending on how far they get in these two seasons, it’s well on track to supplant Defying Gravity as the best show not on TV right now that is not Firefly or Wonderfalls. For serious.
The premise is, a cop (Lewis) served 12 years for the brutal murders of his best friend, his bf’s wife and kid. Murders he did not commit. He found a noble hot lawyer to re-open the case, and now he’s out with a hefty cash settlement and bearing a detective’s badge. What I love about this series is the tone (light but not irreverent, quirky but not gawky) and the craft with which the writers are depicting not only a broken, hurting guy trying to zen his way back to life, but his ladycop partner, her lady-lieutenant boss, his lady-lawyer, and his sort of hapless ex-con business manager. Basically, lots of good roles for women, interesting cases, novel approaches to crime solving, general awesomesaucery all around.
Damien Lewis makes for a funny American…half Patrick Dempsey, half Kevin Costner playing Bahstonian.
They’re the two very attractive people in the middle, but the show avoids being Bones 2.0 (unlike Castle, which I desperately want to like but haven’t yet managed to do so far) by having a whole other character absorb the sexual tension so the cop-cop relationship is as buddy-buddy as it should be instead of giving the viewer an incessant "when are they going to just start makking" inner monologue.