I'm a bit late posting this, but...


Mine is a mink. :D
feeling: nerdy
calliope tune: "Safety Dance"-Men Without Hats
Supernatural is back for season 12, and while I'm a bit weary of the constant chasing Lucifer plot, Rick Springfield is surprisingly fun in the role, infusing a bit of life back into it. It's both wonderful and not what I expected to have Mary back, and while I enjoy seeing her with the boys, and relate a lot to her feeling lost in the current era, it broke my heart to see her walk out of the bunker, especially without hugging Dean; it's just like the early eps and my pain over the way John treated Dean, all over again. I do adore how Mary just accepted Castiel, and the scenes they shared, and it's such a delight to have Cas in the bunker, being offered coffee, and giving hugs. "American Nightmare" was excellent, even if the heartbreaking ending seemed like a cruel twist, but it was great to see old elements return, and Sam use his past to help people. "The One You've Been Waiting For" is something of a letdown after several good episodes - a ludicrous and somewhat annoying plot, that manages to pack in a few cute brother moments. "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox" was a fun, old-style episode, bringing back the always fabulous Billie, as well as Jody whose relationship with the boys is lovely. I liked the reunion with Mary at the end, too. "Rock Never Dies" was a quite fun, although predictable episode. I loved the boys' reactions to everything, and there were some fun, as well as touching moments. And Castiel saving the day with his memorable line was a great bonus. "LOTUS" was entirely over the top but weirdly enjoyable, with some evocative imagery from the scene of the priest possessed by Lucifer causing all the crosses in the church to spin, to the Bible burning his hands. I'm intrigued by the Nephilim child and where that storyline will go, and as crazy as the Winchesters being arrested is, I'm looking forward to Cas finding and saving them, as well as how they handle it. I also loved Sam being the one to send Lucifer back to the cage. "First Blood" was a gripping character study, with the imprisonment wearing on the Winchesters, and Castiel and Mary getting more scenes together, which I always enjoy. I teared up over Castiel saving everyone by killing Billie she was an intriguing villain, but I'm glad she's gone, and his speech right after. "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets" was a superb episode where all of Team Free Will got to shine. I adored the boys' determination to protect and save Castiel - especially Dean calling him family and refusing to risk him getting killed by blasting the evil angel away. Castiel completely broke my heart all episode, especially his mute acceptance of the angels mocking him - the line about his "ragged, old coat" was like a punch in the stomach - or Lily needing to take his life for revenge, and still being so determined to protect the other angels, all who seem to have rejected him. I was very intrigued by his comment that Benjamin was friends with his vessel - I've always assumed the human all but vanishes but this seemed to indicate that both could share a body and communicate somehow. On the same note, it was fun to see Castiel in a different, female vessel, and the backstory with the child who they believed was a Nephilim was completely heartbreaking. I found Lily and the concept of angel magic fascinating and hope both come up again in a future episode. I loved the boys reassuring Castiel, and telling him that he was strong for how he's chosen. "Regarding Dean" was a flawless mix of comedy and drama, offering a glimpse at a once more carefree Dean - I adored the closing montage and his response to being hunters being "awesome" when he loses his memory during a curse. I loved how, even having forgotten his own name he somehow remembers Sam's when he hears him cry out in pain, as well as Dean's interactions with Rowena who gets a surprising amount of depth and is the most likable she's ever been. Sam's no note on the grenade launcher was hilarious, and the scene in the mirror of Dean trying to hold onto his memories was heartbreaking and a stunning acting job. "Stuck in the Middle (With You)" was a stunning episode - one of my top five ever, definitely - with lots of Team Free Will feelings. I'm so happy with how far they've all come, finally telling Castiel how much he means to them and he telling them they're his family, and I got emotional when he teared up over their refusal to leave him. I adored Mary calling Castiel one of her boys, even if I'm slightly annoyed at her for not telling any of them about the Colt - which incidentally I'm absolutely thrilled to see again. I also liked the new mythos of the lance of Michael and the Princes of Hell, and loved Crowley saving the day. "Family Feud" was sort of a meh episode, but ties up the loose end of Crowley's son in a sad way. I did enjoy Rowena's comment about the boy being "not like" Crowley and she. "The Raid" is good, dangling the elusive regular life in front of the Winchesters again. I'm sad over Sam joining the British Men of Letters, but get why he did it, and I did love seeing him use the Colt. "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell" was satisfying. I loved seeing the boys being honest with each other, and Dean's character growth in accepting and respecting Sam's decision, as well as Dean knowing something is wrong with Castiel, even over the phone. I liked seeing hellhounds again, even if they felt a bit underused, and especially the glasses! It was also a delight to see the boys thank Crowley, and see him one step ahead of Lucifer. Castiel broke my heart, even if I loved the moment of him still holding his FBI badge upside down, and I'm so worried, now that he's returned to heaven. "Ladies Drink Free" has some lovely moments with the boys and Claire, as well as allowing them to see the darker side of the BMOL and a cure for werewolves. "The British Invasion" is emotionally devastating, making me like Mick just before his sudden and brutal death. But I did enjoy some things, especially Dean getting the colt back. I loved seeing Eileen again - she and Sam are precious - but am worried about her. The Mary and Ketch relationship, on the other hand, is repulsive. "The Memory Remains" was an excellent, early season in feel ep, highlighted by the gorgeous scene of the boys "leaving their mark" by carving their initials into the bunker. "The Future" was a sad ep, with Castiel taking an opposing side yet again. While his scenes with Kelly were cute - and I loved seeing him all powerful again, I'm not sure its for the best. Still there were some lovely moments, like the revelation that Dean made Castiel a music tape. "Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes" brings back the witch/hunter twins, paralleling them tragically against Sam and Dean's past. I was saddened but intrigued by the ending, and hope the twins appear again. It was extremely satisfying to see Mary punch Ketch - although I'm upset she didn't win the fight - and I'm glad she finally knows the truth about the BMOL now.

Sleepy Hollow has returned for an unexpected season four, and despite my reservations, I've completely fallen back in love with it. I miss Abbie - Joe, too, I'll never get over the senseless death of his character - but I adore Ichabod and the writing feels much tighter and more creative than it has, back to season one quality, if not better. Jenny is more enjoyable - I love her friendship with Ichabod - and Jake and Alex are far more likeable side characters than the bulk of any prior. I enjoy Diana and how she and Ichabod are quickly becoming friends. Molly is a delight (I adore that the new Witness is a child and not Diana as I'd originally thought!) and its a complete joy to see her scenes with Ichabod - I loved him coaching her soccer team and her bringing him back to this world by telling him to never give up hope. It warms my heart to see Ichabod getting to sort of be a parent, especially after the episode that seemed to give him a bit of closure, at least personally, with Jeremy. The villains are also quite intriguing this season.

Once Upon A Time is back with season 6 and its a complete delight, a return to the small town feel of season one. I adore Charming and Snow White being more like their original selves, and Snow even wanting to start up the school again. It's a delight to see how far their relationship with Regina has come, and despite my annoyance at the Evil Queen still being around - although thankfully split from Regina - I'm loving how they've made her family. Killian and Emma's relationship is a constant delight - with so many domestic moments! - and I adored seeing them getting to be normal - Killian teaching Henry to sword fight, Killian playing with Cinderella's adorable little girl, and Emma and Killian having a picnic. It's also wonderful to see Killian and Henry holding Emma together and believing in her magic, inspiring her to have the strength to overcome her fears. I love seeing old characters again - Archie, Whale, Cinderella, Thomas - and new ones like the adorable Gus Gus (although I wish the Count hadn't been killed off). I sad by what's become of Rumplestiltskin and Belle's relationship - although the oh so Scottish lullaby scene was beautiful, as was the flashback in Belle's dream state - but I'm so happy that Killian and Belle had a real forgiveness scene. Compared to the near perfection of episode 3, "Strange Case" is something of a let down. There are some lovely moments - Charming making Emma pancakes and then telling her how to make them for Killian, and the poignancy of Killian packing everything he owns into a single trunk - but the rest is a mediocre conclusion to the Jekyll/Hyde story, leaving all the potential wasted on Jekyll suddenly turning evil - and revealing he killed someone in his past. While I am intrigued by the storyline it sets up - of the only way to kill a double being killing the original - it feels as rushed as Snow's first day at school, something I enjoyed but felt less than satisfied with. Worse of all is the utter horror and manipulation Belle and Rumplestiltskin's once gorgeous romance has degraded into, leaving me uncomfortable with their scenes, even as I adore Belle and Killian's friendship. "Street Rats" brings me what I've always wanted - Aladdin - and while there isn't as much of their story as I would have wanted, I adored what there was - perfect casting, Aladdin rolling the apple off his arm, "open sesame", Aladdin saving Jasmine from the hourglass, him having magic, and the flying carpet. Aladdin and Jasmine were adorable together and I teared up at their reunion. I loved Emma calling Henry her magic, and although I know it will lead to problems, I loved Killian secretly keeping the shears of Fate. "Dark Waters" is an absolute delight, even with my high hopes - Killian-centric episodes are always a treasure - giving me what I've longed for for so long: a Henry and Killian episode. The steampunk/20000 Leagues Under the Sea storyline was fabulous, complete with a kind!Nemo, and I adored Killian meeting and reuniting with young Liam. It was wonderful to see some domestic moments - I giggled at Killian making Henry a "pirate" breakfast to prevent scurvy, and Killian's attempts to understand the modern world, but I teared up at Henry's initial rejection of Killian. I loved seeing their relationship grow over the course of the episode, from Killian being willing to sacrifice his life to save Henry, to Henry coming back for him. And I was so incredibly happy that Killian told Emma about the shears, and she accepted it - it's such a rare gem to see a stable, healthy, and mature relationship onscreen, and it warmed my heart. Despite missing Rumplestiltskin/Belle, and being happy Belle gave him the sonogram after all, I also secretly shrieked at the Evil Queen/Rumpelstiltskin kiss; it's been my crackship since season one, and I never imagined it would come to anything. "Heartless" was a fabulous Charming/Snow White episode with a distinctively season one feel, making me realize how much I've missed the two of them. Charming's dog was adorable, the parallels were gorgeous - particularly the true love's kiss. There was also a lovely scene of reassurance between Killian and Emma. "I'll Be Your Mirror" had a touching scene with the Genie's bottle, and I loved Henry figuring everything out and saving the day without blackening his heart, but I was saddened by Rumplestiltskin's imprisonment of Belle. "Changelings" confirmed my long held headcanon of Rumplestiltskin's mother being a fairy, but completely broke my heart otherwise as Belle sends Blue away with Belle and Rumplestiltskin's newborn son - the fractured mess of their relationship makes me both mad and incredibly sad - and Aladdin becomes a genie to help Jasmine. I did like Regina saving Zelena from her evil half, though. "Wish You Were Here" was a somewhat disappointing episode with a wonderful premise - I adored the AU world and hope to see more of it - and some excellent moments. Genie!Aladdin is wonderfully sassy and his interactions with the other characters were delightful. I also loved seeing Henry as a knight - even if his existence in the world made little sense - and Emma was adorable as the princess. I loved seeing Rumplestiltskin's manic persona return, and Regina's reactions were perfect. Best of all I teared up at seeing Robin again, and Regina's heartbreaking reaction. In the Storybrooke storyline, it was wonderful to see a glimmer of hope for Rumplestiltskin and Belle's relationship as she seems to realize she's been partly responsible for destroying them, too, and seems to believe Rumplestiltskin about the magic. I'd suspected from the beginning that their grown up son was evil - something about his interactions seemed awfully manipulative - and I'm eager to see where the story goes with him, even as sad as I am for his parents - and I wanted to see a baby!Gold growing up! "Tougher Than the Rest" was an excellent ep, revealing the sweet origins behind Emma's last name, and showing her lovely friendship with August. I adored their scenes - from the childhood meeting, to the hug, the wooden swan to the last scene - and I've missed August's smiling face to brighten up the show so much. I enjoyed Robin and Regina's scenes, too, despite the poignancy of him not really being Robin, and old!Hook was hilarious - I lost it at Emma's comments about switching him from rum to water and keeping him away from desserts. Rumplestiltskin and Belle's discussion was the most hopeful thing I've seen from their relationship in ages, too. "Murder Most Foul" gave me a Charming and Killian focused ep, something I've wanted for ages, and I loved seeing them being both hilarious - turning the potion - and heartbreaking - Killian comforting Charming. I loved Charming in it, and his breakdown toward the end was realistic and poignant. Killian asking Charming for permission to marry Emma was a delight, and I'm incredibly sad about the ending twist, even as much as I suspected it. I loved seeing Pleasure Island and puppet!August, as well as grown up!August. "Page 23" was cheesy but very touching, providing a lovely happy ending for the Evil Queen and Robin that made me tear up. It was wonderful to see Tinkerbell again, as well as Regina finally accepting her herself, and I loved Killian and Snow White's hug. "A Wondrous Place" was a frustrating mix of good - Aladdin free and happy with Jasmine who saved her city, Ariel friendly with Killian, Liam and Killian's hug - and bad - Emma so quick to give up and everyone thinking the worst of Killian, but Killian's beautiful "shell phone" message to Emma nearly makes up for it. "Mother's Little Helper", an ominous story foreshadowing the end of the book, adds depth to Gideon, revealing the Black Fairy has his heart, leaving me hope for his redemption. It was also a delight to see Killian slipping into a bit of his pirate ways, and meeting up again with Blackbeard, with their banter a highlight. "Awake" was a gorgeous episode, revealing a layer to the pre-Emma days in Storybrooke, an era I've long hoped they'd explore more, and spending a bit of time in Neverland, which I was surprisingly happy to see again. I loved Tiger Lily, and it was wonderful to see Killian and Emma reunited and re-engaged, as well as Killian and Charming make their peace, and the sleeping curse finally be broken. It was a beautifully filmed episode, too, with my favorite moment when Killian's shadow touches Emma's cheek. "Where Bluebirds Fly" was surprising lovely, giving insight into Zelena's background, and removing her magic in a heroic moment. "The Black Fairy" was stunning, revealing Rumplestiltskin was born the Savior, and his mother changed his fate. I also adored Killian asking Henry to be his best man. "The Song in Your Heart" was an absolute delight, the long awaited musical episode - I was surprised by the talent of the cast and how perfect the songs were - along with a gorgeous and perfect wedding for Killian and Emma. "The Final Battle" was a gorgeous and flawless season finale (really, should have ended the series) with happy endings all around, most surprisingly for Rumplestiltskin and Belle (with de-aged baby Gideon!) in a beautiful ending that made me cry. I loved Killian and Emma together (with Killian a deputy!), and the whole family together at Granny's. It was also lovely to see all of the relationships get a turn to shine, from Charming and Killian's adventure on the beanstalk, to the Charmings's true love's kiss paralleling the first episode, to the Evil Queen's proposal from Robin.

Teen Wolf is back with season six, its final season, sadly, and it's a complete delight with a fantastic new intro - I love the carousel and that the adults are finally getting their credits - and plot - I adore the creepy concept of the Wild Hunt, as well as the pack hunting for Stiles who they're not even sure truly exists. The baby pack is wonderful - Liam turning into an alpha in his own right, Hayden and Mason being pure sweethearts, and Corey finally getting an awesome role with his ability to render the Riders and objects left behind by those taken visible. Most surprisingly, villainous characters, especially Peter and Theo, who I've never cared for, got depth, and emotional redemption moments this season that made me love them.

I've rediscovered an old favorite in Charmed and am happily binge-watching my way through the seasons. Piper is my favorite and I adore Leo and their love story, but Prue is slowly growing on me, and Phoebe is a complete delight. I also love Cole - even if I recall getting my heart broken over his story arc - and his and Phoebe's romance hits so many of my favorite tropes. Also that late '90s/early 2000s feel is making me so nostalgic.

I have a renewed sense of love for Tarzan, one of my favorite childhood characters, lately, and I recently stumbled across the early 2000s short-lived Tarzan. Despite being an AU, shifted to the modern era, and combining elements of romance and police shows, the format works surprisingly well, thanks to the wonderful love story between John and Jane. Some of the characters, like Jane's sister, are woefully under-used, but others, like John's aunt, are fabulous, even in their little screentime. I love the other worldliness of John's behavior, such as being completely unaware of proper social behavior, and his constant touching of Jane's face and hair. I also love the delightful gymnastics he does.

I've discovered and fallen in love with The Originals which pulled me in with it's fabulous setting - I've long been interested in New Orleans - and made me stay with its surprising amount of emotion and interesting characters. I love Elijah and his constant attempts to save his brother, as well as his good heart, and baby Hope is too precious for words. I adore Klaus, such a complex and evolving character, and how, even when he's evil, there's still a glimmer of redemption beneath it all. I loved his romance with Camille - I have a soft spot for redeemed by love plots - and am so sad over her being killed off. Similarly, Davina annoyed me often - I'm not fond of teenage characters that try to become powerful - but I did love her relationship with Marcel and am sad to lose it. I'm not fond of Hayley, but I adore her romance with Elijah, and I'm so happy it's starting to creep back. I didn't mind Jackson, but was disappointed how he ended up nothing but an obstacle for Hayley and Elijah's relationship, only to be brutally killed off. Elijah, a perfect struggle between brutality and nobility, is such a fascinating and easy to adore character, and I love his and Klaus's ever-shifting, yet strong relationship. I'm fascinated by the fact that these vampires have beating hearts, compared to most vampire characters, and I teared up over the scene where Elijah gets shot and Klaus hears his heart start beating again.

I've started watching Bones, and despite being a bit put off by its daunting length (I wish I'd discovered it seasons ago!) I fell in love with it instantly. Booth and Brennan have a wonderful Mulder/Scully still partnership, and the setting and stories are entertaining. I also love the balance between tragedy/darker themes and humor.

Z Nation is back with season three, and it's a breath of fresh air after the somewhat disappointing and often depressing last season. With the cast much altered and the tone shifted from the mission of two years, there's new life in it, and the split stories of Roberta, Doc, Escorpion, and Addy - along with a new face in Sun Mei who's fine so far - continuing on the journey paralleled with Murphy's new role, is surprisingly effective and entertaining. Without the others holding him prisoner, or even their frienemies dynamic, it's a delight to see Murphy go entirely over the edge, setting up a kingdom of followers, even as he continues to edge ever closer to a zombie himself. And 10K, bitten by him but retaining some free will, gets a chance to shine, running off with Murphy's "cure" for humanity. "Doc Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was an absolute treasure - a super fun episode showcasing the sometimes missing offbeat charm of season one, while giving Doc and 10K's beautiful friendship a chance to shine. "Election Day" is a hilarious delight - Doc episodes seem to be my favorite - packed with clever jokes and quite a bit of emotion. "Heart of Darkness" broke me with its senseless deaths of Escorpion who was finally starting to grow on me, and Vasquez. I despise storylines where amnesiac/crazy characters are killed by their love interests - whatever happened to saving someone? - and it broke my heart to see Vasquez's story arc end that way, after all he suffered. "The Siege of Murphytown" is a dark and disturbing episode chronicling Warren's spiral into "ends justifies the means" that results in her beating 10K and brutally murdering a woman, only for the mood to swing entirely at the end of the episode. I did love seeing everyone meet Citizen Z face to face, and I was delighted to see both Red and 5K alive and reunited with 10K. "Duel" was an unusual, and dark episode, with Addy getting to be both a hero and antihero as she resorts to some dark things to try to save Lucy - I was saddened by her stealing the car from the lady, but I did love her returning the child. The scene where she and Doc reunite warmed my heart - the relief on both their faces! - and I loved both Lucy's innocent and slowly growing cleverness in trying to outsmart The Man. I was also very intrigued by Lucy's claims that the zombies can actually speak to her - I've wondered since the beginning if the zombies retain any awareness - and I loved Addy and her discussion about Serena. "Everybody Dies in the End" was, in many ways, a less nerve wracking season finale than prior ones, while still quite suspenseful. I love that Lucy can give zombies the ability to speak, as well as the revelation that Murphy is undead. 10K being saved was nail-biting but excellent. The ending was poignant, leaving me wondering whether Roberta will end up a blend next season.

Also new is Emerald City, a delightfully creative and unique reimagining of the Oz books, filled with whump and offbeat characters. I adore Lucas, and his relationship with Dorothy - I got so attached to them in the pilot alone that I teared up a little at his desperate "knock knock" at the ending.

Despite being the last person to discover American Horror Story, I plunged into season four, and am completely in love with it. The 1950s carnival setting, offbeat characters, and pretty cinematography hit so many of my tropes and favorite things, and I have a soft spot for creepy anthologies. Jimmy is my favorite character, sad but layered, but I love the complexity of the characters, even most of the villains.

I've been watching The Collector, an angsty and surprisingly emotional '90s sci-fi. The main character, Morgan, breaks my heart every episode, and the storylines are always fascinating.

In new movies, I finally broke down and watched Mad Max: Fury Road, and surprisingly loved it. The world building was fantastic and complex, the cinematography stunning, and I adored the amount of positive disabilities and mental illness (even possibly autism?) representation, as well as the message. The characters completely broke my heart, especially Nux, but I loved every moment.

I went into the 2016 version of Ben-Hur with extremely low expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover it wasn't nearly as bad as I'd assumed it would be. While Jack Huston doesn't embody the role as his predecessors did, and his model looks as distracting and ill-suited to the character, he did grow on me a bit throughout the film. Still he doesn't bring the simmering rage of Joseph Morgan or the brilliance of Charlton Heston, and utterly fails at the few emotional moments, lacking the range to pull of the desire for revenge that should drive the story. To me, the weakness of this version is it's desire to rush and combine elements, pumping action rather than emotion into every scene in order to appeal to today's audiences. There's no beautiful dialogue, no moments that tug the heart. Everything is straight forward, leaving it nearly impossible for me to care as much about the characters. While I've never been quite as impressed by the chariot race as most people seem to be, it fell incredibly short here, with the cgi and diminished length leaving it flat and even dull. Most curious were the deviations from the book/previous versions, such as Simonides not surviving. While I loved seeing Messala during the years he was away, as well as something of Judah and he when they were close - the opening scene of Judah's injury was beautifully framed with the blow Messala later deals him when he's accused - removing the entire Quintus Arrius storyline greatly weakened the script. Rescued instead by Sheik Ilderim - a grievously miscast Morgan Freeman - who is turned into a scheming, humorless and unlikable character, nothing like the amusing character of the original. Messala is given little to do except smirk, and his hatred for Judah comes so far out of left field that it made no sense whatsoever. Esther was complicated, more likeable than the miniseries's spoiled and somewhat bratty version, but lacking the warmth and sweetness of the '50s one. The scenes surrounding Jesus are also unusual, but I liked the human side portrayed. Tirzah and Judah's mother are given such a tiny role - and never released from prison - that I felt like I never knew their characters at all. The oddest choices start with having the attack on the Romans that leads to Judah's arrest being not an accident, but rather a deliberate assassination attempt by zealots, hiding in the house, that Judah had earlier aided. Perhaps the weirdest deviation is the complete AU turn of the ending, with Messala not only surviving the chariot race's aftermath - only losing a leg - but making amends with Judah and returning home to the family - along with a much implied nod to the idea that he'll end up with Tirzah. While I loved the "what if" exploration - and it was touching to see Messala and Judah hug again, alongside the flashbacks of their past, it completely wrecked the original ending in the strangest way imaginable. Still, it was enjoyable to see such an odd, and surprisingly happy version.

Fantastic Beasts came out and I went to see it in theatres and adored it. Newt was a delightfully sweet and atypical protagonist, and I loved his kindness and care for his creatures, as well as his adorable relationships with Tina and Jacob. Queenie was precious, and I loved Jacob and her - especially the hints that they'll get a happy ending after all. The details were fabulous, particularly the 1920s feel, costumes, and locations, but also the imaginative creatures, and little cute moments such as Queenie cooking or Jacob's creature inspired baked goods. I was sad about Creedence - although it appeared he might not be gone forever? - although the concept of his powers was fascinating.

In other new movies, I watched High Plains Invaders. Syfy movies are always a guilty pleasure, and I admit I checked it out solely for the actor, but it was a delightful fusion of westerns and science fiction, with a happy ending.

I finally got a chance to see La Légende du Roi Arthur with English subtitles and it was gorgeous, everything I'd hoped it would be! The visuals were breathtaking - I'm in love with the steampunk horse puppets especially, the costumes lovely, and the music perfect. The actors were all wonderful, and I loved the strangely happy resolution to the Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot love triangle. Even the villains were amazing, and I loved the unique portrayal of Morgan, as a traumatized woman haunted by what she witnessed as a child.
calliope tune: "Skin Divin'"-Avons
feeling: apathetic
I went to see Oz the Great and Powerful and it was amazing, the perfect Oz film I've always hoped for. James Franco was absolutely wonderful at the role and I fangirled so much over the 1904 carnival opening, both in awe over the sight of it as well as having it in black and white. The themesong was gorgeous and the opening and closing credits were lovely and old-fashioned. Oz was incredible, with just the right balance of CGI and real things, and I adored the music of the various plants and animals as Oscar sailed down the river as well as the butterfly trees, yellow brick road, and Emerald City. I wish the film had shown something of China Town before it was destroyed since it looked like such a sweet, fairytale place, but China Girl was the cutest thing ever! I loved her father-daughter-like relationship with Oscar and how gentle he was with her, and Finley was hilarious. I suppose I should have picked up on the clues but I was completely surprised when Theodora turned into the Wicked Witch. It seemed incredibly tragic, and I've never thought of the Witch that way before. The battle against the witches was amazing, with steampunk and carnival tricks, and I couldn't stop grinning ear to ear at the ending. I also saw Return To Oz and was pleasantly surprised to find it more sweet than scary, and very much capturing the feel of the books. Dorothy, a child as she should be, has an adorable innocence while still having a lot of spunk, and is quite the good little actress for a first role, and her wonderfully fairytale-like companions, especially the cute Jack Pumpkinhead, my favorite in the books, are fantastic and fit perfectly with Dorothy. Ozma is sweet and lovely, exactly as I imagined, and the special effect of her stepping through the mirror was my favorite among the rest, all very well done. While the Emerald City lies in ruins for much of the film, there's still plenty of magic and wonder in Oz, and I loved the creative and whimsical lunchpail tree as well as the glowing effect of the ruby slippers. Then I watched all of the silent Oz films and His Majesty The Scarecrow of Oz, actually written and directed by L. Frank Baum, was my favorite. Tiny and adorable Violet MacMillan was the perfect Dorothy and despite the film pairing up Pon with the Princess who does nothing except be bewitched and have characters fall in love with her, Dorothy and Pon were too cute together, making me want to rewrite the ending and have Pon/Dorothy be canon. Refreshingly, the Wizard wasn't just a "man behind the curtain" and truly had magic, helping the characters, restoring Pon from his enchantment, and making "preserved witch". There was also a quirky and adorable scene which I loved that had a mermaid swimming with an parasol in her hand.

Despite being the last person on earth to do so, I've finally seen Harry Potter, starting with the first Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I instantly fell in love with the world and the characters and the richness of imagination of it all, especially the living paintings and talking telegrams. Everyone and everything is fairytale-like and perfectly fantasy-like, and all fabulous. Then Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets, which while not quite as good as the first, was still fun and clever, even with a somewhat darker feel. I love the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione and it was even more evident in the second film. Then Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban and I adored Sirius, definitely my favorite minor character so far, such a wonderful and unusual character, and kind, too. My favorite part was the time travel, always fun and even more so here, and the happy ending for everyone. Next was Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, probably my favorite plot so far, and I loved the concept of the contests, especially the one in the water. Cedric's death was shocking and horrible, and I was actually surprised by how much I loved his character considering I'm not a fan of the actor. Daniel Radcliffe, as well as the others, keeps getting better and better at his role, and even the tiny parts are brilliantly cast. I especially am learning to adore Fred and George, and David Tennant was deliciously wicked as Barty Crouch Jr. Next was Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix, and while loving the character development, I was saddened by the gloomy tone. I hated the new professor, but loved the students forming their own school with Harry as the teacher. Severus Snape became more interesting to me with the glimpses into his past, as well as a surprising look at Harry's father when he was young. I adored the new character, Luna, a lovely mix of sadness and sweetness, as well as her touching friendship with Harry. I sobbed over Sirius's death which felt completely unnecessary and horribly tragic, but cheered when Harry was able to overcome Voldemort's possession. Still there was a lot of fun such as Christmas with the Weasleys, and Fred and George - growing more beloved to me by the film - gleefully destroying the school exams with fireworks and flying broomsticks. Next was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and the children are growing up so much, falling in love and everything! While I would have preferred Harry/Hermione or even Harry/Luna, Harry and Ginny are quite cute together, and Hermione and Ron seem sweet enough for now. The Weasleys are as wonderful as ever - I especially love Fred and George's shop - and I was sad when their lovely little house got destroyed. Ron scared to me death in the scene where he nearly gets killed, which made me realize how much I love his character. I was saddened by Dumbledore's death, as much as I half expected it, but I found the concept of the horcruxes fascinating. Then was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and I loved Bill and Fleur, so sweet and wonderful together. Harry's owl getting killed was too sad, as was George's ear, but I loved the way everyone rallied around to defeat Voldemort and protect Harry from him. I sobbed over poor Dobby, such a wonderful and brave little elf and one of favorite side characters, and it felt like one loss too many. On the fun side of things I loved Hermione's bottomless bag, and Ron/Hermione is growing more on me..they're actually quite adorable together. Last was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, an incredible and powerful finale. The destroying of his horcrux was powerful, showing the emotional effect upon not only Voldemort but Harry as well, and I loved the bits of mercy and closure such as Harry saving Draco from the fire after all he'd done. Snape's death was haunting and deeply sad, even if I could never quite grasp whose side he was on until the end, and I teared up over Lupin and Tonks lying dead side by side with their hands almost touching. Fred's death was the worst, though, since I adored the twins, and I couldn't stop sobbing with Ron when the scene showed him lying there. The flashback of Snape and Lily as children was poignant and deeply sad, but lovely in a bittersweet way, and finally made me understand Snape as well as providing insight into Harry's mother. Snape emerged as a deeply tragic hero, surprising me by how much I grew to love his character in those few short minutes. Harry being the last horcrux was stunning and haunting, as well as neatly tying everything together, and I could feel the weight on him having to go to his death. The epilogue was beautiful, though, very much what I'd hoped for and happily adorable. I loved their children and was impressed by how much older they made everyone look, very believable. All in all I adored the series and am very sad to be finished with it, even if I have rewatches to look forward to. The world was magical, the characters dearly beloved, and the cast were all amazing. Daniel Radcliffe impressed me the most - I was familiar with him and impressed by his performance in the incredible The Woman In Black but otherwise didn't know him - growing from adorable and innocent little boy to amazing young man.

I love and consider M. Night Shyamalan a genius with story and direction and I always adore his films, especially the ones I watched recently. The first was Lady In The Water, a lovely, unusual, and visually gorgeous fairytale with easy to love characters. I loved the mermaid-like air about Story as well as the world within the Cove with all the people's lives. The film was also refreshingly slow-moving and I adored how all the people banded together to help Story return home. I followed that with another one of his films, the unusual and creative Unbreakable. I loved the contrasts between Elijah and David, as well as the fascinating illusions to superheroes and comic books in plot and style. The twists in the plot were quite incredible, too, and the stunning final revelation took my breath away. Next was his chilling but amazing The Sixth Sense. Haley Joel Osment was stunning as the troubled yet deeply insightful little Cole, and my heart bled for him and all he could see and hear when no one else could. The final twist was jaw-dropping and deeply poignant. Last was the spooky but beautiful Signs which gave me everything I love in a sci-fi: aliens, family togetherness, stunning acting, and an amazing string of coincidences that added up in the finale.

I discovered the lovely pairing of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee who were perfect together with That Funny Feeling, an adorable and gently humorously silly romance. I loved the zaniness of the premise, as well as the happy ending. Then I had to see another film of their's, which turned out to be the cute and in many ways even more adorable If A Man Answers. They were fabulous together, and even played husband and wife instead of love interests, and the plot was just as zany and loveable as the first film.

In other new films I watched the 1980s gorgeous fantasy Starman, mostly because of my love for the spin-off tv series, and was impressed by the beauty of it, such a lovely, moving fairytale. Jeff Bridges was wonderfully sweet and innocent as the alien, and I loved his slow-growing and perfect romance with Jenny. Their moments were the best even as much as I loved the story, and I adored when he showed her the star that was his world and told her what their son will be like, definitely my favorite scene. The theme was lovely, too, very fitting. Then I saw the adorable The Water Horse, an incredibly cute and poignant fantasy. Crusoe was precious, and Angus was a wonderful character, as were all the others, especially Mobley, each richly detailed and easy to love or dislike. I had tears in my eyes by the ending but I loved it dearly. Next was Far and Away, a surprisingly lovely historical romance. Despite the slow-moving opening and originally somewhat unlikeable characters, I quickly fell in love with Shannon and Joseph and their story as they struggled in America and grew to care about each other. The scene where they pretend to be a married couple in a beautiful abandoned house was touching and the turning point in their building relationship. I loved the fascinating ending, like Joseph looking down on himself and then coming back through Shannon's love, and the beautiful way they claimed their land together. Following that I saw Beastly, the updated and changed version of Beauty and the Beast that still manages to capture the beauty and magic of the fairytale. Alex Pettyfer was superb as egotistical Kyle who is transformed by a witch into a scarred and disfigured man with one year to find someone to love him. I loved his slow internal transformation as well as his sweet romance with Lindy. The mixture of modern and faithfulness to the tale such as the roses and Kyle's fascinating and ever-changing tattoo was beautifully done, and as a big fan of the book I was thrilled with it's adaptation. Next was A Knight's Tale, an entertaining and curious mix of the Middle Ages and modern day that managed to fulfill my void of jousting, one of my favorite "knightly" things and so often overlooked or underappreciated in films. William was easy to love and root for, Chauncer was hilarious, and I loved all the other characters, too. Then was the beautiful Soul Surfer which I found deeply moving and inspiring. AnnaSophia Robb, always excellent, was superb as Bethany, and knowing it was a true story made it all the more powerful. Next was the '90s version of The Borrowers which, while not faithful to the books, was quite cute and fun. I loved the addition of a little brother, Peagreen, to the Clock family, and Spinner and Arrietty's friendship - I even found myself shipping them when they grow up - as well as the magical glimpses into the world of the borrowers. After that was the fun Van Helsing. I adored Hugh Jackman as the title character - and he looked very swoon-worthy with that long hair - and his high-speed adventures battling monsters. The finale, with Anna dying to save him and Frankenstein's Monster sailing out to sea, was poignant, and I wish there'd be more about Van Helsing's past as I was hoping for some flashbacks, but I enjoyed it, especially the steampunk feel and the amusing Carl. Next was the unusual The Others. The concept was fascinating right from the beginning, with the light sensitive children and moody, foggy English manor house, and I loved the inclusion of mourning photography as part of the themes, a rare thing I've always had something of an interest in. The ending twists were shocking but fascinating, and despite a few chills up my spine I liked the conclusion. After that was the gorgeous and heartwrenching Doctor Zhivago, 2002 remake, which I loved, surprisingly so since I've always disliked the original. Hans Matheson was stunning and shattered my heart as Yuri, the idealistic poet-doctor, and his poignant romances with both Tonya and Lara were heartbreaking. I loved the scenes with Yuri and the children, though, which were adorable, and I sobbed at the ending with little Yuri running, even with the voice-over telling me their child at least survived. The history, especially the newsreel footage, was fascinating, too, and I learned a lot from this beautiful, deeply moving film. I followed that with another Hans Matheson film, the somewhat fictional but stunningly beautiful Imperium: Nero with him as the title character, a sensitive, slowly twisting young man driven to madness. His relationships were poignant and tragic, and the ending made me tear up a little, mostly due to his powerful acting in managing to make Nero pitiable.

In new animated films I found How To Train Your Dragon and promptly fell in love with it. Hiccup was quirky and perfect, Toothless was adorable, and I loved the imagination of the story, as well as the setting. Next was the Arthurian adventure Quest For Camelot which, while far from perfect, was entertaining. I loved Garrett, a uniquely blind knight, and the hilarious chicken, and the ending was lovely. After that was the precious, heartwarming, and utterly adorable Arthur Christmas. I loved James McAvoy's voice work as the sweet and clumsy Arthur, and I laughed through all of the hilarious moments as everyone scrambled to deliver Gwen's gift. I loved how clever and imaginative everything was, as well as the touching, beautiful finale. Then was the humorous spoof of horror films Hotel Transylvania, and I loved Johnny and Mavis, their relationship, the amusing other characters, and the perfect ending. Next I saw The Prince Of Egypt, a stunningly animated film with gorgeous music, especially the beautiful "When You Believe", and a lovely, unusual take on the story with the focus on the tragedy of Moses and Ramses's journey from brothers to enemies, and an incredible nightmare scene in which hieroglyphics came to life.

I'm watching the eighth season of The Virginian and there's few changes this season with the exception of seven's David vanishing, and a new ranch hand, Jim Horn, played by an impossibly young and always completely wonderful Tim Matheson who brings some much-needed prettiness to the cast. He gets to shine in "Family Man", and he's incredibly sweet, especially with the baby. He even gets to sing later in the season! "A Flash Of Darkness" is an unusual episode, despite using the tired trope of blinding a character, if for nothing else than the Virginian finally expressing emotion, even fear, when he calls for Trampas after his injury, and suffers nightmares, cowering in terror from shots. I jolted and got a lump in my throat when he grabbed and hugged Trampas with a quiver in his voice, so unlike him and yet highlighting the friendship between the two that's so often hinted at and spoken of and rarely overtly seen. The season's best is the beautifully poignant "A Woman Of Stone" which takes the usual "white woman returns from Indians" plotline, and makes it believable, acknowledging the span of time and how the characters have changed while still presenting a hopeful, although not idyllic ending.

I'm on season six of Rawhide now, and after seasons of changing and worsening shows it's like finding an old friend back. Except for Clay's disappearance - no great loss - nothing has changed, giving the season a comfortable yet still fresh feel as the good stories keep coming. I like the new theme's look with the silhouettes, giving the show an even older feel. Excellent episodes include the spooky twist ending of "Incident Of The Prophecy", the haunting and poignant episode "Incident At Two Graves", the tragic and unusual "Incident Of The Peyote Cup", and the delightfully light-hearted "Incident Of The Pied Piper" which gives Wishbone a chance to shine as well as providing some adorable moments.

I've discovered the delightful Pushing Daisies, an utterly hilarious and completely adorable show. Ned is cute and precious, and I love his relationship with Chuck, and Emerson and his knitting never fails to make me giggle. Everything is so bright and colorful it looks like something out of the 1970s, and the sets, especially the Pie Hole, are lovely. Plus the narrator is just perfect. In the second season Ned's magician twin half-brothers get introduced and they're wonderful. I've been working through the whole series and have fallen entirely in love with it and it's characters.

I learned of and watched The Lone Gunmen this week, the fabulous spin-off series from The X-Files. Byers, Frohike, and Langly are wonderful as usual, and they're joined by a fourth member, the overly-eager and somewhat dorky but loveable Jimmy Bond. He quickly shot to my favorite as the heart of the group, even as much as I adore the trio. Yves, the other new character, is fascinating, a mix of friend and foe. My favorite episode was the powerful and unusually poignant "Maximum Byers" in which Byers and Jimmy go undercover at a prison to free an innocent man. The surprise twists and bittersweet ending made it just perfect. Other great episode include "Three Men and a Smoking Diaper" is a fun episode that let's the guys show their softer sides while taking care of an infant. Langly especially was adorable with the baby. Also "The Cap'n Tobey Show" which is equal parts who done it and humor with Langly the focal point. I loved the plot, the hilarious ending, and Jimmy and Yves's relationship in it.

In new shows I've discovered the fantastic Primeval and am loving the imagination and glorious fun of it all, as well as it's wonderfully geeky characters and adorable Rex. Cutter and Connor are my favorites, but I have a soft spot for Abby (all these characters and their dimples!) since I ship Connor and her. The whole team works beautifully together, though, and I'm loving the flavor of the series. I finished up season two now and am slowly learning to enjoy the new format, with the help of fun episodes that include raptors in a shopping mall. Claudia has turned into Jenny which is something of a slight improvement, but the annoying Leek and Caroline aren't welcome additions by any means. Still the team is wonderful and Connor and Abby get a beautiful and extremely shippy set of scenes in the episode with the merpeople. Stephen's death was completely horrible and heartbreaking, though, and I wish the writers had killed Helen off instead, since I can't stand her and I liked Stephen. Then season three, off to a great start with a spooky old house and decade old mystery, and Connor imitating Cutter's Scottish accent is the most adorable thing ever. New character Becker doesn't fill Stephen's shoes by any means but he's different and he grows on me more with each episode. But Cutter's death..I'm never getting over that. Stephen's hurt horribly. Cutter's completely shattered me. He was my tied second favorite with Connor and I loved him so much. I can't seem to warm to Danny, either, he's got a cold edge Cutter never had and for all his heroics something just rubs me the wrong way. Sarah, so far, is a lot of fun, though, and I'm grateful to see her replace Jenny. But Abby kissing Connor and their beautiful moment there more than makes up for everything else, and best of all Helen finally gets what she deserved - I've never been so grateful to see a character killed off! Onto season four then, with many format changes. New character Matt is the first intriguing leader since Cutter's death, and Jess is sweet enough, even if she'll never replace Sarah. Still Becker is there and Connor and Abby are back and shippier than ever. Season five was fantastic with an amazing storyline that kept me excited as well as sad that it was the last season. I grew to love Matt, especially when he returned to 1860s London in a steampunk explanation for Spring Heeled Jack, and he made a wonderful leader. Emily made for an interesting character, and I loved her romance with Matt and it having a happy ending against all odds. I grew to adore Lester, always a character I disliked, and he was awesome in the finale, finally leaving his office and standing up to the creatures. He almost never shows it but he loves his team, and I kept grinning ear to ear when he came back to work in the end. Despite the attempt to redeem him at the end, I just couldn't make myself feel anything for Phillip after the way he used and abandoned Connor. Connor broke my heart all season long with his naivety and doubting Abby, but he turned out to be the real hero at last. I loved watching his character grow across the seasons and see Cutter's faith in him rewarded, even if Connor always doubted it himself. His relationship with Abby became so beautiful. I loved how she pulled him back emotionally when he was ready to give up in the finale, and the fabulous proposal scene. Abby was wonderful all season, but especially so in the finale, saving Connor over and over. The ending was perfect except for the hanging thread of a storyline that never got resolved, but I felt happy with it overall, since otherwise it was a fitting last story for everyone.

I discovered and watched the odd and short-lived series Harsh Realm this week. It's an underrated little gem from the creator of The X-Files with a richly detailed, darkly dystopian virtual world that threatens to destroy the real world due to the plans of an evil dictator. The protagonist is Tom, a soldier forced into and trapped inside the world who has to stay alive and take out the corrupt leader to save everyone. I love his little team, and the unusual characters, some good, some bad, who surround him, and the episodes are often intriguing and always fun. "Reunion" is a fascinating and touching story with the focus on Tom and Pinocchio's friendship as well as Tom's with his mother. The scene with Sophie and Tom seeing each other through her eyes was amazing. The series' best is the stunning "Manus Domini", a breathtaking and haunting portrayal of faith and loss which made Pinocchio my favorite character. The ending is deeply moving and tragic, and Tom's voiceovers are especially poignant. While waiting for season nine of The X-Files I watched I Want To Believe. While I didn't enjoy it as much as the first film I still liked the secondary storyline, much better, in fact, than the main one which was a little too gruesome and disturbing for my taste. Scully's attempts to save little Christian were a poignant parallel with William. Mulder seemed a little off at first but fell back into character fairly quickly, and I adored that Scully finally said she loved him and that they kissed. His final line was beautiful and made me grin ear to ear. Also I liked the little bit of Mulder and Skinner friendship included, even if Skinner had a strangely small part.

Feeling nostalgic I watched an episode of Boy Meets World, the wonderful "Can I Help to Cheer You" which was a perfect mix of zany and hilarious humor and poignant sadness. I loved the storyline with Eric, since he was always my favorite - I loved his sweetness and quite amazing hair - and he was adorable with little Tommy. I wish he'd adopted him, but I loved that the two remained friends at the end, such a cute and perfect episode. In new tv series I discovered the Ray Bradbury Theater, adaptations of his stories that I've always loved. My favorite so far is the hauntingly beautiful "The Lake" about a man drawn back to the summer place where a tragedy happened when he was ten. The conclusion was poignant, and the episode was perfectly underplayed and acted, giving it a dream-like quality. I also found the '90s series Roswell this week, a fun story of aliens who survived the 1949 crash and pass themselves off as humans, undiscovered until one of them, teenager Max, heals the human girl, Liz, he has a crush on, when she's shot in the restaurant where she works. Max is a sweet character, with just a dash of mystery to make him seem alien, and I was shipping Max/Liz before the end of the pilot. Then, feeling nostalgic, I started watching season one of Highlander and found it as awesome as I remembered. It's quite a fascinating and often poignant series, and I love Duncan MacLeod and the glimpses that are given of his mostly tragic past.

I borrowed one of the early film "Treasures" from the library, too, and there was an amazing documentary on San Pietro, filmed during WWII with all the battle explained clearly. I've been fascinated by that battle since my obsession with The Gallant Men began, and now I finally understand it. I loved seeing so much of the once beautiful village, too, and the children who could still smile and laugh despite all they'd suffered.
calliope tune: "Here Comes The Star"-Herman's Hermits
feeling: nostalgic