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Game Of Thrones
The Walking Dead
The Vampire Diaries
The Mindy Project
Orange Is The New Black
About me, (as pertains to IMDB):
-Huge fan of sci-fi, supernatural, well-written comedy, character & period dramas.
-Prefer T.V. over movies, because you get to live with the characters longer.
-Firefly/Serenity is my all time favorite anything, and always will be.
-Can't stand posters who are single-minded, i.e. can't see the whole picture.
-Love reading those who have well-thought out ideas/opinions, even if we disagree. Civility is key.
-Lastly, I'm a unapologetic shipper. The more polar the characters, the harder I ship them.:)
Current Favorite Ships:
Sherlock-Sher/Molly, Penny Dreadful-Ethan/Vanessa, TVD- Damon/Bonnie, TMP-Mindy/Danny.
Past Favs, (and will always adore):
Firefly-River/Jayne, TB-Eric/Sookie, TWD-Daryl/Beth, TVD-Stefan/Katherine, Buffy-Spike/Buffy, Roswell-Kyle/Isabel, MSCL-Angela/Brian, Carnivale-Ben/Sofie
All time Favorite Character:
Life is *spoilers*
This gentle romance is about an anxiety-ridden children's book author, Henry Roth (Billy Crudup) who seems to suffer from simultaneous bouts of tourettes syndrome, paranoia, and OCD. Holding on to resentment for his troubled childhood and possessing a great disdain for life in general, he has no problem bringing those around him down to his level of desolation.
When his only constant, long time friend and more optimistically inclined illustrator Rudy Holt (Tom Wilkinson) dies and leaves him alone to deal with himself, Henry is forced to work with a new illustrator, Lucy Reilly (Mandy Moore) because of a contractual obligation. She is the epitome of the "nice girl" Rudy had wished for his undeserving friend, and naturally, Henry wants nothing to do with her.
When scaring her away with his cutting personality succeeds, he finds, thanks to a series of conversations with his dead friend, that despite his resentment of having to work with Lucy, he actually likes her. The question is, can he get over himself enough to make it work? I have to admit, I almost turned the film off towards the beginning when Henry Roth says something completely obscene to a little girl during a book signing, but I gritted my teeth and reminded myself that I'm not supposed to like this character, not yet, because he doesn't even like himself.
The soundtrack and art direction in this film are worth mentioning as is the wonderful performances of the supporting cast, Tom Wilkinson and Dianne West as Lucy's almost bipolar mother. I loved the constant metaphor/parallel of Henry and Lucy's relationship and the book they are trying but failing to write. I also appreciated that Henry never uses the truth about Lucy's fiancé as a means to win her affections. There is also a scene in the diner that deals with child abuse in such a truthful way that I'm gutted every time I watch it.
Dedication has a quiet depth to it that most mainstream Hollywood movies lack. Within the dialogue you will find truth in the tagline, life is what we make it. It's easier to push happiness away in fear that it will reject us, thus living in a constant yet comfortable state of misery. Throughout the movie Henry dismally refers to life in a pessimistically dramatic fashion with lines like, "Life is nothing but the occasional burst of laughter rising above the interminable wail of grief." But towards the end of the film his friend firmly rejects that viewpoint with the greatest line in the film, "No
Life is a single leap for joy." Because it is, even if most of us are too scared to leap.
Fox could of at least let it run for a full season!
I have recently watched all the episodes that originally aired. After viewing each one, I grew sadder knowing there will be no more. This show is so damn entertaining! I was never a fan of Angel or Buffy (but my hubby is). I believe this show had the appeal to attract a brooder fan base. I just can't understand why the Network couldn't have just pushed it through on faith. I mean didn't they watch it for themselves? Granted, I only discovered the series after watching Serenity. This show is as entertaining as the first 2 seasons of Alias. We can only hope the show is miraculously revived, or sequels to the movie are in the works, but somehow I doubt it.
Favorite Character River Tam, very original!