— Landline by Rainbow Rowell
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Small world! The S & O smoked heff is sooooo good, you should try it if you haven’t already. I heard they ran out at the tap room, but I think you can still get it by the glass at the Paddle Wheeler!
you kids these days with your rapidly growing concern for the state of the world and your knowledge of important issues at increasingly younger ages despite having been told your opinions don’t matter by the adults who put you in these situations
Story is story, which is why this week’s prompt for The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday feature is Television and Movies. Here are five of my favourites in each medium.
TOP FIVE MOVIES
1. Stranger than Fiction
I actually wrote a blog post about why I love this movie so much on my poorly maintained author website, way back in 2012. Basically it boils down to my deep abiding love of cookies and puns.
2. Jennifer’s Body does amazing things with horror tropes, especially where they concern women and women’s bodies. Don’t let the poster design fool you — this movie, written by Diablo Cody, isn’t just another sex-and-gore creature feature. At its heart, it’s a story about toxic teenage friendships.
You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. Who do? You do. What? Remind me of the babe.
4. The Descent is a female-driven horror movie with crazy strong character development and absolutely horrifying physical effects. Even thinking about this movie makes me tense, which means Director Neil Marshall did his job right. (FAIR WARNING: Skip the sequel.)
5. Cabin in the Woods is a self-aware horror/scifi movie. There are a lot of genre films that play with tropes on this list, but I like Cabin so much because it implicates the viewer of the movie in it’s making, but not in a way that alienates the audience (which is a common criticism of the indie zombie film Pontypool, another favourite of mine that does not quite make Top Five). Cabin in the Woods succeeds because it still gives us what we want from a movie with a title like that— it just points out that we’re the ones who keep asking for it even as we complain about its formulaity.
TOP FIVE TV SHOWS
1. Dead Like Me
I was full-on obsessed with Hannibal earlier this year, but I’ve got to say — Dead Like Me is still my favourite Bryan Fuller project. There’s just something about life and death (and life after death) in the Pacific Northwest that keeps me hooked. Plus, Mandy Patinkin!!!
2. My So-Called Life
The nostalgia, it runs deep. This show was already a classic by the time I was watching reruns on late-night cable in 2003, but I feel like that 90s disaffected-youth thing is timeless (and Angela and Co’s wardrobes are back in in style, somehow). My So-Called Life is completely unafraid of feeling, which is something I think a lot of young writers can learn from as they struggle to be taken seriously.
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Though I will say, having rewatched the whole series with a non-fan last year, that there is a lot of it that doesn’t hold up. I still love it, but I wonder if I would love it as much if I was watching it for the first time now? I find Jenny Trout’s hilarious recaps often point out things about the episodes that irk me, and provide some great writing advice to boot.
4. Parks and Recreation
I’m a season behind, but this faux-documentary style show about local government employees in Pawnee, Indiana, is the perfect combination of absurd comedy and heart. All of the characters are just weird enough and just lovable enough that you don’t see the “type” they’re based on. The first season is rough, admittedly, but if you can stick out those six episodes and make it to season 2, you will be rewarded, friends.
5. The Mindy Project
A recent favourite, for a lot of the same reasons as Parks and Rec. If the NSA is tracking my internet usage, I hope they enjoy watching the last five minutes of season 2 episode 14 approximately a million and a half times in the last week. If I can ever write stories that give readers the feels this show has given me, I’ll die happy.
Chances are I already know what YOUR favourites are (this is tumblr, after all)! But I’m always looking for new stuff to watch (and get obsessed with), so let me know: What should I watch next!?
— Friendship by Emily Gould