Archive for the ‘Movies & TV’ category

Maybe 2015 is the Year for my Royals, too

January 14, 2015

Gave up cable a few months back so I totally missed news of this upcoming show.

Coincidence or cool omen that it debuts on the first anniversary of when I started working on my NA royalty series?

The Originals

October 5, 2013

I just watched the first episode and it gets the rare thumbs up. I admit I never really got into the Vampire Diaries series since the first couple books ended up being a bit meh for me eons ago.

Since I haven’t seen Vampire Diaries I wonder if I’m missing something with regards to the Original crew backstory–the brothers on the ship the trio came to Louisiana on.

Are they gone, gone, have they previously made /might they make an appearance?

I’m thinking they may not be gone, gone because Klaus mentioned the sister having been daggered and boxed a few times.

I like Elijah, though his shirt collar kept bugging me. It looked ill-fitting and I wanted to smooth it down. ^_^

Sleepy Hollow

September 17, 2013

So…who watched the  Sleepy Hollow premiere last night (or this a.m. as the case may be)?

What did you think?

Me, I liked it enough to watch more.

Okay, okay so I really liked watching Tom Mison who has finally banished the geeky Disney image of Ichabod Crane from my mind.

There were a couple bits that pulled me out of the story such as Lt. Abbie placing the potential insane axe murderer in the front seat of her patrol car and a “known witch” being publicly buried in a churchyard, but I’ll forgive the goofs for now.

I never did get into Vampire Diaries but I am looking forward a little to The Originals. What”s not to love about vampires and witches in New Orleans???

Live! Kenshin

January 3, 2013

Snippet from the live action version of Rurouni Kenshin soon to hit the US on DVD *fingers crossed*

The fight stuff is phenomenal and so how I imagine my Kae from Falling Through Glass would have been when he took on the bunch in the teahouse melee scene.

New TV Love–Copper

August 27, 2012

Being a life long lover of all things historical you know I was anxious to turn into the premiere of BBC America’s COPPER last week. I knew The Powers That Be behind the show wouldn’t let me down since I’ve been missing their Homicide: Life on the Street ever since it ended.

Anyhoo, This show sucked me in with it’s great characterization by writers & actors in roles both large and small. And it sends the writer “What if” voice in my head into overdrive and dying to find out “What happens next.”

Well played BBC America for bringing us this show.

Live action version of a fav anime

June 27, 2012

I sooooo hope this makes it to the US. The anime of this is what got me interested in 19th century Japan which inspired me to write Falling Through Glass.

If you’re so inclined you can get a great 4th of July sale price on Falling Through Glass which was inspired by the real history that inspired Rurouni Kenshin. ^_^

For the Love of All Things Melodramatic

May 11, 2012

The Interwebz is all abuzz about the new Dark Shadows movie. Sadly, most of that buzz is not the good kind. At least not from the dinosaurs among us *raises hand* familiar with the original show or its 1990 reboot attempt.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m willing to give it a go when I get a few extra bucks–especially with the lure of awesome popcorn and the opening scenes that are supposed to be close to the magic that was the original DS.

As a bit of a consolation I decided to watch House of Dark Shadows. Once again, the story and original actors’ characterization sucked me in despite some apparent flaws (my guess in bits of scenes being left on the cutting room floor).

There was a certain depth there I was hoping Burton & Depp would showcase–Barnabas “finding” his reborn love. Dr. Hoffman’s scientific fascination turning to a crush, her jealousy and need for revenge when Barnabas, drunk on being “normal” once again, unthinkingly rubs her face in his love for the pretty young thing. His turning back into a monster when she tries to sabotage him.

The original writers of the series knew their stuff in terms of storytelling and the actors pulled off even the most “out there” plots by always playing it straight (this backed up in a recent interview with Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott). The writing and characterization imparted by both screenwriters and actors is what’s made the show so endearing and I’m sure helped to shape other writers as it did me.

Tim Burton was quoted as saying as much which makes it all the more disappointing that, for whatever reasons, he didn’t follow through with his vision of the Dark Shadows world.

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And now some rambling on what could be a Spawn of Dark Shadows—The Secret Circle.

This show has had some ups and downs and WTF moments but like my beloved Dark Shadows it’s got some great core plot and characterization that keeps me hanging on. The finale last night was a perfect example of that. They left a lot of unanswered questions and I hope we get a season two to get some answers.


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