Top Ten Tuesday: Love Is In the Air

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Love is in the air for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl).  In honor of Valentine’s Day, this week is a “love freebie.”

My top ten this week centers on pop culture couples I’ve enjoyed.

  1.  The Taylors on Friday Night Lights.  The initial hook of the show was about football in a small town. But what kept me hooked for five seasons was the characters and the relationships. And the centerpiece of that was Coach Eric Taylor and Tami Taylor. They had their ups, their downs and everything in between.  And it always felt authentic. If you haven’t checked out Friday Night Lights yet, please add it to your “to be watched” list.
  2. Buffy and Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  While many fans hold up season three as the pinnacle of Buffy greatness, this fan prefers season two.  At the center of that was the relationship of Buffy and Angel.   Over the course of 22 episodes, the two get together, consummate the relationship, and then have it all go to hell, ending with Buffy having to sacrifice Angel to save the world.  I love season two and the roller coaster ride that is Buffy and Angel that year.
  3. Sheridan and Delenn on Babylon Five. One of the best sci-fi romances out there. If you haven’t watched Babylon Five, consider it a must-see.
  4. Bill Adama and Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica.  Another sci-fi show that gets the romance angle right. The slow burn between Adama and Roslin is just part of what makes this one of the best shows ever made.
  5. Sam and Diane on Cheers.  Cheers is a master’s course on how to do comedy — and how to do a romantic comedy.  I’ve been visiting the series again and I’m pleased with how well it all holds up, especially Sam and Diane.
  6. Lois and Clark on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  The first season is a screwball comedy delight and season three when Lois figures out that Clark Kent equals Superman has some high points.  The series really jumped the shark when they had the five-part wedding storyline that ended with the characters not married and Lois suffering amnesia and falling in love with her therapist (but I’m not still bitter…noooooo, not at all!) But even when the series got completely off the rails, the chemistry of Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher made this show.
  7. Hildy and Walter from His Girl Friday.  The perfect screwball comedy, this one is a joy to watch. I love the chemistry between the two divorced reporters and how we know from the first scene they share that they’re going to get back together.  If you haven’t seen it, consider this one the second add to your watch list recommendation from this list.
  8. Posey and John from Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick. Hard to pick just one couple from Sally Kilpatrick’s romance novels, but this one was the most recent and freshest in my memory. Part of it may be that Posey and John are both flawed characters with unique pasts but can still fall in love. It’s not a smooth road and the ending doesn’t wrap it all up with a nice bow. It leaves our lovers in a place that feels authentic and that there’s potential for a great future together.
  9. Rory and Amy Pond from Doctor Who. Notice that I don’t put Rose and the Doctor here. I won’t spend eighteen hundred words going into why I didn’t care for their “romance.”  Instead, I prefer Amy and Rory from the (superior) Moffat-era of the show.  While it’s not perfect and the two have their ups and downs, I couldn’t help but enjoy their relationship.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Longest on the TBR List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) takes a look at the TBR pile and asks which books have been languishing on there the longest.

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Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between UsAbout two-hundred pages into The Wife Between Us the unreliable narrator notes that there are three sides to a marriage — his side, her side, and the reality of the situation.

This thought occurred to me long before Vanessa pointed it out to her readers. I also found myself wishing that the cover blurb and marketing materials hadn’t teased that there were twists contained within the pages of the story and that we’d question everything being related by the narrator. It would have made the surprises much more unexpected when Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen begin pulling the rug out from under us and playing with our assumptions.

After her husband divorces her, Vanessa is left trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. She is apparently obsessed with the woman who will soon be marrying her husband and will do anything in her power to warn his next wife of the secrets she hid before, during, and after her marriage. Vanessa teases tidbits to come that led to the demise of her relationship as well as the truth of what was really happening in her life and her marriage. Continue reading

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January Wrap-Up

 

january A couple of weeks ago, I posted some resolutions for 2018.   As January comes to a close, here is the progress I’ve made on those resolutions:

Books Read in January:

  1. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King
  2. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  3. Annihilation by Jeff Van DerMeer
  4. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  5. Version Control by Dexter Palmer

Collected Comics Read:

  1. Saga, Volume I 
  2. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 15
  3. Paper Girls

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Read

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It’s easy to stick to our comfort zone when it comes to reading. I tend to gravitate toward favorite authors or genres when it comes to selecting items to read or for my TBR pile.

But, every once in a while, you go for something different.

The leads us to the subject of today’s Top Ten Tuesday: the books you can’t believe you’ve read. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked, But Don’t Recall Much About

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According to GoodReads, I’ve read over 3,000 books.  Which seems like a lot until I start to think about all the books I’ve read, enjoyed, and then forgotten to catalog on GoodReads (especially any from the time before I cataloged books in this way).

This week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday asks you about the books you’ve read, that you recall enjoying but when hard-pressed don’t recall much about them.  Here are a few: Continue reading

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Movie Thoughts: Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

jim&andyJim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

For a couple of years in the late 90’s, actor Jim Carrey seemed to be moving beyond the screen persona he’d honed in the Ace Ventura movies and The Mask and was really challenging himself (and his audience) as an actor. This period led to some great movies by Carrey including The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and the Andy Kaufman bio-picture Man on the Moon.

Carrey’s performance as Kaufman in Man on the Moon generated critical buzz and even had some speculating that he could get an Oscar nod for the year.  Carrey never got that Oscar nod (though he did joke about it on the Oscar broadcast that year) and, in many ways, those three films stand as some of the best work Carrey has done.

So, it’s interesting that twenty years after Man on the Moon hit theaters that a new documentary would reveal that maybe Carrey wasn’t so much acting in the film as channeling the spirit of Andy Kaufman.  Early in the documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Carrey tells us that he spirit of Andy Kaufman came up to him, tapped him on the shoulder, and told him that he’d be taking over for the duration of filming.

Behind-the-scenes footage seems to support this with Carrey not breaking character as Kaufman or his alter-ego, Tony Clifton.  That footage, originally banned by Universal because it made Carrey look like an asshole, forms much of the documentary along with a new interview from Carrey, looking at not only his time on the picture but also his career as a whole.   

In many ways, Jim & Andy feels like a lost extra from the DVD release of Man on the Moon.  The footage will also make you want to immediately seek out the original Man on the Moon and visit it again.

But the more the movie goes along, the more I couldn’t help but wonder if Carrey was pulling a Kauffman-like prank on that has gone on for these twenty years. The footage seems to indicate this could be the case, but it’s never entirely clear one way or the other. (Which, on some level, would make Andy Kauffman proud, I suppose).  

Focusing on only on Carrey, the film never allows us to see reactions or reflections from the rest of the cast and crew, except in the footage taken during production.  Part of me can’t help but wonder what certain participants made of Carrey’s dedication to the role and the craft and how they feel about it today. (It’d be interesting to see what Jerry Lawler thought of things, for example).

Unfortunately, the film doesn’t come up with any answers but instead leaves it to you to decide.  

 

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