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Once again I am sitting on my bed with a sleeping Moose next to me (only taking up 1/2 the bed this time) and Yukon is laying down on the floor at the side of the bed. It’s nice to be surrounded by dogs… makes me feel safe. I’m pretty sure Yukon would eat somebody for me, if it ever came to that. πŸ™‚

I plan on getting back to work on my thesis proposal tomorrow. I hope to finish another section (at least) of my lit Review.

So, even though I am still epically tired (I haven’t slept well in awhile… hopefully tonight will change that), the battery on my computer is charged (we’ve got 2+ hours left of juice) and I promised some pop culture opinions…

Where to start? How about at the end… work our way back. I’ll try not to spoil any plot lines…

Art School Confidential – I just started watching this tonight. I have about 40 minutes left. I like Max Minghella, though every time I see him I think of his dad and how much I am sad that he is now deceased. Anthony Minghella was one of my favorite film directors of all time… sadness. Anyway, I started watching this b/c it was labeled an Independent Comedy and I knew that Adam Scott is in it. Scott plays another douchebag (see also Step Brothers), which is a shame because he’s at his best when he is the likable underdog (see Party Down). This isn’t laugh out loud funny, but I like it because it’s about an art school and I like art.

Living ’til the End – In all honesty, I totally only watched this because Sean Maher (Simon from Firefly/Serenity) was in it and I find him very attractive. This was not the best movie ever by any means, but it had its moments of okay-ness. The plot was a bit meh (guy is told by a psychic that he will die on his next birthday, so he lives life in fear of death, then meets girl who is all about living life to the fullest…), and I was not a huge fan of the woman who played Audrey, but I didn’t hate it. Tha’s probably overly harsh, but I don’t feel the need to see this again. But Sean Maher is still way good looking. There’s no denying that…

Dexter Season Four – Yep, I watched all 12 episodes within 48 hours. I friggin’ LOVE this show. Season Four was solid. I knew what the very last scene of the finale was well in advance (thank you Internet spoilers, as well as all the entertainment magazines I read… blah), but it was super interesting to see how they got there. There were a handful of plot lines or scenes where I let out an audible “WHAT?!” and I so wish that Season Five was out on DVD already and I could find out what happens next in the life of Dexter Morgan. Michael C. Hall is such a brilliant actor and was perfectly cast as Dexter… I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it, but his voice is beyond spot-on for all the voice over and internal monologue that he does for his character. And he’s so freakin’ manly… even though most of the other characters (like Quinn, etc…) write Dexter off as a geek, Hall balances out the science and technical aspects of Dexter with a very manly and authoritative way of carrying himself. I hope Season Five further explores the relationship between Dexter and his sister, in addition to his relationship with his children. I was really digging John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer… it was great to see him doing some more dramatic plot lines than the comedic ones I’m used to seeing him in (3rd Rock from the Sun and Broadway’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Also, I think Quinn is an interesting character… I feel there is a lot of wiggle room with him with regards to making him a good guy or a bad guy. Though, I kind of like how he sort of floats between the two… you’re rooting for him and against him at the same time. His character also has a dodgy family background, and I think that will play a part of his story in the next season. (Also, props to the wardrobe department for Quinn’s shirts… the blues and greens go very well with Desmond Harrington’s eyes…)

The Brothers Bloom – I’m so glad I finally saw this movie, as I am a fan of Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz. Was Brody’s character named Bloom Bloom? I think it was… Anyway, I loved how the characters of Bloom and Stephen dressed like they were from another time but it seemed to take place in the present. That was really unique. I also loved the brotherly dynamic between Ruffalo and Brody… both are super talented actors and it was great to see them do a film together. Ruffalo played a great showman, while Brody has the amazing ability to convey all sorts of emotions in his quietest/non-verbal scenes (see also The Pianist). I thought the ending was great… though I had a hunch his shirt was going to turn brown. “Tastes like tinfoil.”

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – I finally finished the show! On a whole I enjoyed it, though it got waaaaaaaay overly dramatic in the last several episodes. I didn’t like how there were no physical repercussions of Matthew giving up his pills cold turkey (No withdrawal? Come on!). And all of the plot lines wrapped up way too neatly. *And* I thought that Sarah Paulson (Harriet Hayes) overdid it with the Holly Hunter accent. I’m sure the writers were the ones to overkill it… and it was a solid accent, but it got way old way fast. Same with the Juliet Lewis impressions. It made Harriet seem like a two-note performer. And I thought Harriet was a singer who could act? Then how come she really only sang in one episode? I did like the working/friend relationship between Danny and Matthew (even though I still am not a fan of Bradley Whitford… I don’t think I ever will be). I also liked the Matthew/Harriet relationship… their ups and downs. I was rooting for them, but was glad that they each held their ground with regards to their religious opinions and whatnot. I also really, really liked Nate Corddry as Tom Jeter. Why hasn’t this guy had a bigger career by now? He was so good in those K&R episodes… man tears are either done poorly or just right. And Corddry’s were beyond just right… they were downright heartbreaking.

Glee Season One Volume 2 extras – LOVED THEM! I dug the behind-the-scenes making of the Madonna episode. But I really, really loved the “Making of a Showstopper” bit when they showed you how the “Bohemian Rhapsody” number got put together – Jonathan Groff!!!!!!!!!! I love how he is just a natural when it comes to the choreography. In a way, he’s kinda like Gene Kelly… able to make dancing a very natural and graceful, yet incredibly masculine action.

Glee – “Theatricality” – I rewatched this episode (well, I rewatched a lot of them, but let’s focus on this one…) and I love the “Bad Romance” number. But the standout scene in this episode is the one among Finn, Kurt and Burt. It’s so powerful… all three actors handled this extremely touchy and vulnerable material very well.

(btw – I am BEYOND excited for Glee to start back up again on Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!)

Well, I am off to sleep. Gotta rest up to work on thesis junk tomorrow.

Don’t forget, LOTs of season premieres this week… check your local listings πŸ™‚

Have a good one

P.S. Jon Hamm is hosting SNL on October 30th. WOOT!!

Well, I got a swell dream about Jon Hamm being crossed off the Glist by Quinn and Santana… and then Jon Hamm waiting for me outside of the Litchfield locker room after he asked me if I wanted to go to his office and talk about the Glist incident…

Too bad I woke up right before I got out of the locker room…

So, first off, I didn’t get any school work done today. I had a massive headache, plus I had Moose sitting on my bed next to me while I was supposed to be working and it was easier to pet her and watch the latest “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” than actually get any work done…

I’m horrible, I know. But I will get some work done tomorrow, for serious yo!

This morning I drove to Minneapolis to pick up Molly J and we went back to my house. I showed her the photo albums/scrapbooks that my mom made for me (awwww, pictures). Then we went and picked up some cookies and pizzas for lunch. We watched the pilot episode of Glee

Pilot – So, remember when this aired right after American Idol last May? I do… I remember seeing the commercial for it and knowing that this was going to be one of my favorite shows of all time. Sure, everyone was hooked on the Glee version of “Don’t Stop Believing,” but I was just happy to see a successful combination of comedy, drama and showtunes/musical theater-esque singing on television. I was never in a glee club (I was in choir in high school, but never anything close to a glee club), but they sure look like loads of fun. The pilot is great because it introduces Mr. Schue, Rachel, Finn and Sue brilliantly πŸ™‚

After Glee, we went downstairs to work on school stuff. Molly J got school stuff accomplished, but I totally just read EW.com for awhile and watched some viral videos while petting a sleeping Moose. Then we went back upstairs and watched Episode 2 of Glee: Showmance

Showmance – Another great episode… it’s the first appearance of Brittany, there are some great music numbers (“Golddigger”, “Push It”, “Take a Bow”), as well as one of my favorite Finn/Rachel scenes… I think it’s hilarious when she’s helping him try and reach some of the higher notes and he’s all like “That was good.” (Of course I can’t find the clip anywhere… geez). My biggest beef with this episode is that during “Take a Bow,” Rachel sings into her hairbrush, but she sings into the long, thin part of it instead of the head of the brush. Who does that?

After Glee, we talked with my mom for awhile, then went to dinner at Applebees. I laughed because the last time I was at Applebees was when I was in Athens, OH. What a horrible time that was πŸ˜‰

Then I drove Molly J back to her house while we listened to Glee (I listen to Glee music everyday… yep, I’m a dork).

Though, on the drive back home, I put on my Spring Awakening soundtrack. I friggin’ LOVE that show! I’m so glad I got to see it on Broadway with the original cast!!

Anyways… it’s time for sleep. (And perhaps another dream about Jon Hamm? That’d be swell…)

But, remember how much I loved the Emmys opener? Here’s a video on Entertainment Tonight’s website that shows how they went about creating it! Jimmy Fallon is awesome, and the people in the opener were awesome for taking the two days to learn the dance routine and lay down the audio… I will be watching that opener for years to come!

Have a good one πŸ™‚

Thank God for Glee, that’s all I’m saying…

After feeling uber crappy yesterday, I woke up feeling still a bit off, but mostly incredibly sore on the left side of my body. Did I sleep wrong? Is my body just deciding to fail on me? Maybe… I wouldn’t have been surprised if my right arm hurt from playing catch with my dad the other day (I hadn’t thrown a softball in several years), but nope… the left side is the hurty one (yep, “hurty”. Not a word, but I use it all the time. Deal with it.)

So, after asking my mom to shoot me to put me out of my misery (she said no), I wandered back down to my room after breakfast to get working on my Literature Review… I did get a little bit more written, but I mostly misused my time by checking email, reading up about the Emmys telecast, and rewatching the Emmys’s opening video another few times. I still think this is the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen – props to you, Jimmy Fallon, for making my mind grapes explode with your inclusion of my favorite things (Glee, Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Joel McHale, etc… LOVED IT!)

After noon, my mom and I took a lunch break only to return to our respective locales afterward. (She spent the day vacuuming and straightening the upstairs and foyer… they look marvelous) I nestled back down into my oversized red recliner and watched the Emmys video another couple times. I did do a bit more work, but for the amount of time I was supposed to be working on my paper, I know I didn’t get as much done as I should have. For shame, Me, for shame.

At 2:45 Mom and I took a drink and Yahtzee break. After I returned to my room, this time to fold laundry. I got a few items folded but then ended up talking on the phone with Robin for awhile πŸ™‚ Talking to a friend about thesis stuff should count toward actually doing thesis work, right? Because we totally talked shop for an hour…

My dad got home from work early, so I ditched my laundry and went upstairs to see my parents. We watched the news with dinner (I almost teared up during a package about parents who returned home from the war!) then I finally finished folding my laundry. I caught the tail end of Entertainment Tonight and they said that on tomorrow’s show they would have video of the rehearsal footage from the Emmys opener… I will have to make sure to watch that at some point. Seeing Jon Hamm rehearse choreographed dance moves is probably going to be excellent television…

Around 7 I headed back upstairs and flipped on the television to watch the President’s address to the nation about the combat troops being pulled out of Iraq. I like the way he delivers speeches, but I was not impressed with the camera work. Every now and again there was a slow zoom that was super noticeable. I don’t know who is in charge of directing or filming these speeches, but it wasn’t as smooth as they probably hoped it would go, visually. Nice try.

And then, the highlight of the evening… two reruns of Glee (Glee-runs?)!!!!!!!!

Although “Home” and “Bad Reputation” are not two of my favorite episodes, both have brilliant moments in them that I love Love LOVE!

“Home” – So many musical numbers, so little time. I love the return of April Rhodes… Kristin Chenoweth is an amazing talent. I love her voice and that character is great. April and Mr. Schue’s duet of “Fire” is solid. But the musical highlights of the episodes are care of Mr. Burt Bacharach. Kurt’s version of “A House is not a Home” (w/a little help from Finn…) is a sucker punch to the gut, as is April and Mr. Schue’s duet of “One Less Bell to Answer/A House is not a Home“. And, anytime Mike O’Malley is on as Burt Hummel the audience is guaranteed some solid scenes between Burt and Kurt (and now Burt and Finn). Burt and Kurt bring the most heart to Glee, and it’s great to see their father/son relationship, as it is one that is not often portrayed very well (if at all) in the media. Another great thing about this episode are the messages about body image. Having Quinn befriend Mercedes like that was a great idea πŸ™‚

“Bad Reputation” – This episode showcases one of my most favorite musical numbers in all of Glee thus far, “Run Joey Run”

There are so many great things about this video… The cheesetastic wipes. The horrible, horrible over-acting (Puck on the bed… holy hell, that is funny stuff). The incredibly confused and pissed looks that Jesse flashes to the other guys throughout the video (LOVE Jonathan Groff! He needs to be on Glee all the time…). Just the utter camp-factor of it all. Oh how I love it so πŸ™‚

My other favorite part of this episode is the “Total Eclipse of the Heart” sequence. The jealous looks from Finn, the passionate singing and dancing from Rachel and Jesse (love the ballet part!!!), and the fact that even though this is a horrible ballad I love this song so much and sing it on a regular basis because it is so cheesetastic.

Glee is grand. I cannot wait until September 21st when new episodes air πŸ™‚ Although 30 Rock is still my favorite show, Glee comes a close 2nd. I am a Gleek, and I am proud of it πŸ™‚

More school work tomorrow, for serious.

Have a good one!

P.S. My thoughts about the Emmys:

– I’m glad Modern Family won Best Comedy. That show is amazingly funny and is a more traditional comedy than Glee is. Although I would have been happy if 30 Rock won again or if Glee took the prize, Modern Family is a worthy show and I’m happy that it won Best Comedy, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (LOVE Eric Stonestreet!) and Best Writing for a Comedy

– Yay for Jane Lynch winning Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy πŸ™‚ Sue Sylvester is iconic, Jane Lynch is brilliant, and she deserved it πŸ™‚

– I felt bad that Lost didn’t win anything, but I did enjoy Jimmy’s bit about Lost… especially when he said “We have to go back. We have to go BAAAAAAAAACK!” Note Perfect!

– Even though I love Mad Men and was glad they won Best Drama and Best Writing for a Drama, I am not a fan of that Matthew Weiner guy. I thought he was pretentious with his speeches. Blah him.

– Jimmy Fallon did an amazing job as host. His opening number and interstitial bits were great *and* the show somehow ended on time. Besides the opening part, my favorite Jimmy moment was when he introduced Tom Selleck πŸ™‚

– Even though I have only seen a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory, I was so happy Jim Parsons won Best Actor in a Comedy! Yay for him!! His speech was pretty cute πŸ™‚

– I need to watch Temple Grandin.

– This was the most entertaining telecast I can remember… yay Jimmy Fallon! I’ve been on the Jimmy Fallon bandwagon for many years now… I’m glad to see him doing an amazing job all the time πŸ™‚

How on EARTH did they know to put all of my favorite things into one sketch?

Glee, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Joel McHale, Betty White… singing and dancing. It. Was. Epic. And. Glorious.

Soooooooooooooooooooo good. I will be watching this a lot for many years to come!