We talked the other day about Dissonance about Erica O’Rourke and how much we loved it. We’re so excited to have a guest post from Erica. In the post she talks about her favorite TV shows and movies.
Let’s be honest: I have three kids and no babysitters close by, so it’s rare for me to go see a movie – and when I do…they tend to be animated. More often, I watch movies after they come out on DVD. I’m also partial to summertime TV: binge-watching, or shows that premiere just as the regular TV season is winding down.
Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 9pm, it’s me, Alan Cumming, and people who solve horrible tragic murders with keen wit, a British accent, and endless cups of tea. Miss Marple, Poirot, Inspector Lewis, Endeavour Morse, Sherlock Holmes…choosing between them would be like picking a favorite child.
The Avengers: Summer is the time for superhero movies, and the Avengers is my current favorite – funny and perfectly paced and not so violent I have to send my kids out of the room, it’s perfect for summer viewing. Now if Marvel will just make me a Hawkeye movie, life will be complete.
The Incredibles: Speaking of superheroes… My family quote this movie almost daily. I’m in love with every aspect of it: the design, the story, the characters…the whole package. It’s my favorite Pixar movie, hands-down, and one of my top five all-time faves. Listen to the director’s commentary, if you can: it’s fascinating stuff.
Better Off Dead: This may be my all-time favorite movie. Its old and deeply weird and even though it’s set at Christmas, it’s also set in California, so it still feels summery. Lane Meyer’s girlfriend dumps him for the captain of the ski team, so he decides to kill himself. But while he’s trying – and failing – to do so, he’s also falling for the adorable French exchange student living next door, fending off the paperboy who just wants his two dollars, and trying to avoid eating his mother’s appalling food. I can quote this entire movie word for word.
National Treasure 1 and 2: I don’t know that these are good movies, per se. And I find Nicholas Cage unsettling. But every time they come on TV, it’s like I go into a trance and can’t get off the couch until they’re done. Totally implausible, but totally addictive. Don’t try to fight it.
Covert Affairs: I suspect that very few spies look or behave like Annie Walker, the Gorgeous Spy Who Can Do No Wrong And Runs In Giant Heels. But it is the perfect action-y summer series, with great music, plenty of high-speed chases, gorgeous foreign locales and a long-simmering romance between Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham. Also: Christopher Gorham. That’s all the reason you need.
Some Kind Of Wonderful: My favorite of all the John Hughes movies! Working class guy loves rich girl who doesn’t know he exists – and he has no idea that his best friend is secretly in love with him. Love triangles done right and a killer soundtrack that I still listen to, all these years later. You’ll thank me when you see That Kiss.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Look! I actually saw a movie! In the theater! And I LOVED IT. Black Widow and Falcon are both awesome, the special effects and fight scenes are amazing, I firmly believe that all movies could use a healthy dose of Nick Fury. Someone on tumblr suggested that if the sequel was not named: Cap and Falcon: We’re Up All Night To Get Bucky, it would be a miscarriage of justice, and they are right.
Firefly/Serenity: I will never stop mourning – or quoting – this series. Or That One Death You Know Which One I Mean. *shakes fist at Joss Whedon*
Doctor Who: I will cheerfully watch Doctor Who year-round, but summer is as good a time as any to catch up on the backlog of episodes, if you’re new, or rewatch your favorites, if you’re a long-time fan. People often ask me where they should start, and my recommendation is either with Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor (you’ll have to sit through some less-than-sublime episodes, but stick with it!) because it allows you to see his relationship with Rose in its entirety. Conversely, jump in with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, because you can start with a new Doctor and new Companion all at once. If you don’t have time to catch up, Peter Capaldi’s kicking off his run as the Doctor this August.
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