Today I brought and watched The 5th Wave on DVD. If you don’t already know, I read the book version of this movie at the beginning of the year and loved it. You can find my review for it here. In the review you will find that I originally picked up the book simply because the movie was coming out and I wanted to watch it, so I brought the book and read it first and never did end up going to the movies to watch it. Fast forward 2 or 3 months and I have now finally watched the movie.
I don’t know how I feel about it. First of all it is very much in sync to the book, so you can’t complain about that people. Second of all and I think the most important part to know is that, there is a lot left out in the movie that I think is needed in the movie and it is not there. And thirdly the last thing I want to mention is that the ending is nothing like the book, although I understand why they have done that because there is another book and another movie coming and if it was done like the book it wouldn’t have made any sense at all.
In saying all of this I think that the most fundamentally wrong thing about the movie was that, I knew what was meant to happen and when it did happen it was done well and when it wasn’t done it felt like a big gapping whole was left in my chest. There are things that are left out like Cassie’s train of thought as to why she was doing what she was doing or her brother Sam’s terrible experience throughout the training camp which would have made the movie more interesting and lastly, I feel like the only reason I liked the movie was because I had read the book and could feel the gaps in by myself.
I watched this movie with my mother and she didn’t seem interested in it at all and I think it was because of the gaps and I had to keep filling them for her.
This doesn’t mean I won’t of course read the second book or watch the next movie, but it does mean I will write about it, because I can and also because people should know what to except from a killer book with an awkward sidekick of a movie.
I don’t know if this should be a movie review or a warning, but either way, you will like it whether or not you have read the book and because of that I am going to give this movie 2.9 movie stars out of 5.
Dc Legends of Tomorrow is a spin off television show that has come out of the Arrow and The Flash franchises. Essentially it combines all of the worlds and characters in a unique and funny way. There are some great elements in the show that make it interesting and there are also so boring bits in the show that make me wonder why I keep going back each week to watch it.
But there is one reason as to why I do keep going back and it is for Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold. Wentworth Miller is the actor who plays this character and if you don’t know who he is you better go and look him up and fall in love with him just like I have.
This morning as I traipsed around Facebook I found this amazing link/article from Buzzfeed:
And I fell in love once again. I can’t believe there are like minded people out there who are rooting for good old Captain Cold. His sarcasm is amazing and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to get the job done.
He is a once in a life time character and I think Wentworth Miller is exceptional.
This week SyFy announced that they will be broadcasting live from San Diego Comic Con. If you don’t know this already, SyFy is an American T.V channel/network. Yes that’s right, a live broadcast from inside the enormous event that is Comic Con. As a long time TV lover and appreciator this is great news, because without the ability of actually attending Comic Con myself in America, there are only so many ways to keep up to date with what is happening during the event. I can’t wait to see how this goes.
I found this link floating around my Facebook and I thought I would share it with you all.
I have only read one of the books on this list – Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. Her Outlander series is great, both book and tv adaptation. You should all watch it if you aren’t already doing so.
T.V showing watching is one of my hobbies and I am not afraid to say it. I have had to buy a bookshelf just for all of my DVD’s and they don’t even all fit onto it, so I have had to slow down with the buying and watching of television shows and be very fussy in what I watch. There are a lot of television shows out there in the world and they seem to be getting better and better as the years go by, but there are a few television shows that should never be forgotten about because of their pure genius.
So I have complied a list of 10 of the best COMPLETED television series, that I have watched (a number of times) and own on DVD. Trust me, it was hard to keep the list to 10 but if I didn’t I would just be naming my entire collection.
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill ran for 9 seasons. I wish that it went for longer because it is by far the best television show to have ever been created. I am very biased here because this happens to be my all-time favourite show. I can tell you everything and anything about this show and know everything about this show. I quote it, I sing its songs, I am inspired by it and I wish I lived in Tree Hill. Mark Schwahn is the creator of this show but also a lot of other television show out today.
2. Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls ran for 7 seasons. As some of you might know, it is being brought back to life for a Netflix revival, a four 90 minute episode for the fans. I am super happy beyond anything else about this, but I am also worried that they are going to ruin the masterpiece that was created and finished a while ago. The introduction credit song of Gilmore Girls is the best and whenever I hear it I think of Gilmore Girls straight away. I wish I had a mother-daughter relationship like Lorelai and Rory. Amy Sherman-Palladino is the creator of the show.
3. The O.C
The O.C. ran for 4 seasons, not long enough in my books. “California” by Phantom Planet is perhaps the most recognisable television show introduction credit song that every girl or even guy knows. I have watched this show, just like the 2 mentioned above about 6 or 7 time start to finish. I don’t know what it is about The O.C. that draws me in and hundreds of other fans, but I think because it did something that no one else was doing at the time, which was following the lives of poor and privileged teenagers at the same time got people talking and the way it was captured and written is so well done. Josh Schwartz is the creator of this show.
4. Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights ran for 5 season and is perhaps the real reason behind why I now love American NFL because before I watched I had no idea what it was or how it was played. Not only did this show teach me about football, it also taught me a lot about Texas and for a while after watching it all, I was obsessed with wanting to travel to America to see Texas in the flesh. Based on a book, then a movie, this television show is a teenage institution that should be watched by all teenagers because of all the lesson taught in it. And of course there is the knock out quote of the century repeated throughout the show that makes you want to be part of the team “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”. Peter Berg and Jason Katims brought the television series to life.
5. Rookie Blue
Rookie Blue ran for 6 seasons and it was 6 seasons to short. This show was cut before it even had the chance to grow and flourish, but the 6 seasons it did have, were perhaps some of the best police television I have seen in a while. Following the lives of recent police school graduate, Rookie Blue isn’t just about becoming a cop, but what it means to be a cop and how much it can effect a person’s life. The highs and lows and the epic emotional journeys all the characters go through show some pretty great acting. Tassie Cameron is the creator of the show.
7. Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars ran for 3 seasons. With the help of fans however, the show some ten years later was brought to the big screen and had a record breaking time at the cinemas. The show follows Veronica Mars, a teenager who likes to help solve crime for her fellow high school students. Some cases are simple and easy and some of them are very dangerous and suspenseful. I’m glad that the movie was made because this show deserved more than 64 episodes. Rob Thomas was the creator of this show.
7. White Collar
White Collar ran for 6 seasons and followed the life of an intelligent con artist who is made to work for the American FBI. During the 6 seasons Matt Bomer, the leading character grows and changes but also slips and falls and with the help of his trusty FBI Agent is always made to pay for his mistakes. This show is amazingly awesome as it shows just how intuitive and smart and cunning some people are and the lengths they go to, to retrieve items that don’t belong to them. If you don’t like crime shows, well this is the show for you because as crime-y as the show is there is a lot of humour and family and friendship and of course Matt Bomer to star at. Jeff Eastin was the creator of this show.
8. Private Pracice
Private Practice ran for 6 seasons before getting cut. Unlike Grey’s Anatomy, which it is the spin off show from the same creator, Private Practice follows a medical centre and the specialised doctors who work in it and the ups and downs that come with being a doctor and the dangers of the job too. Like Grey’s Anatomy but without so much drama and a better back drop as it is set in Los Angeles, the show is quirky yet intense and medically sound. Shonda Rhimes was the creator of this show.
Chuck ran for 5 seasons. It is based on a guy who by accident downloads a computer that hold all the secrets and files of CIA and NSA database into his brain and becomes a weapon for the CIA and NSA. He becomes a secret agent and works with a CIA agent and an NSA agent for run of the show to help stop crime and solve cases. The cases are big cases nothing small in this show and the stunts are cool. Nerds love this show and so do I, I think it is intelligent and interesting and somewhat new in a television show world full of the same thing over and over again. Josh Schwartz was the creator of this show.
10. Dawson’s Creek
Dawson’s Creek ran for 6 seasons. This one is an oldie but a goodie and I didn’t watch the whole series until last year and I have to say I was pretty impressed by the level of the show and what happens in it and the wonderfully rich scripts that are in it. We all know Dawson’s Creek and we all know the opening credits song, but what I didn’t know was that the song everyone knows and loves about the show is only used in for the first seasons and after that it is a different song. I skipped the introduction credits after season 1. Kevin Williamson was the creator of this epic show.
So there you have it, my top 10 completed T.V. shows, that not only do I own and worship and love, but also have watched a billion times. There are a lot of T.V. shows out in the world and this is my list according to me, but make no mistake I am open to change and suggestion as much as the next guy.
Let me know if you agree with my list or have a list of your own.
If you haven’t you don’t watch enough television. If you do know the name Dick Wolf, then I must applaud you for knowing which television show/s is worth watching.
Dick Wolf is a man, a legend and most probably a myth, but in honesty, I love him to bits. He is perhaps one of the world most renowned television show makers/ producers/ writer, who knows exactly the right words, camera angels and cliff-hangers to pull to keep audiences waiting for the next episode for as long as possible, sometimes as long as a month or two. He is master of his work and deserves all the praise in the world for it all.
If there is one television show that everybody on the planet knows about it is Law and Order. Well I must tell you that Dick Wolf is the creator of the franchise, the man that has made every possible spin off surrounding the franchise including Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent, LA and Trial By Jury.
As awesome and successful the Law and Order franchise is, Dick Wolf is also the producer of a number of films too. He is also the mastermind behind the hit new television shows set in the city of Chicago, USA – Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and in breaking news possibly with as much anticipation from Dick Wolf fans – Chicago Law.
In an article released by Hollywood Reporter written by Kate Stanhope titled ‘’Chicago Law’: Fourth ‘Chicago’ Show officially in Development at NBC’’ she has sent the hearts of fans and enthusiast all around the world racing, waiting for more news about this new development.
The article states: “The news comes a week after Wolf confirmed “there have been discussions” about a fourth entry at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour while promoting the other three series”
But there is more: “Earlier this month, Chicago P.D. dipped its toe into the legal world for the first time with the first three-show crossover between P.D., Med and Fire”
The three show epic cross over took place early this New Year, this January where it saw characters from all three show flex their muscles and dip into every bit of the wonderful world Dick Wolf and his team has created. It was a mini movie that blew the minds of all of Chicago fans.
The article finishes by saying that: “This would be the first time the prolific producer has five scripted dramas on one network ifChicago Law goes to series, and if SVU and Chicago Medare renewed. Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. were already renewed back in November”
Could you imagine? Imagine for a moment a week full of Dick Wolf masterpieces, all equally as good as each other. As you can possibly tell, I’m a huge fan of Dick Wolf and his work and an even bigger fan of the shows Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med and would honestly love to see and watch anything else Dick Wolf has to offer, and if it is going to be Chicago Law, and it blends well with the rest of the Chicago franchise, then all I have left to say is this – please hurry up and make this happen, we fans can’t wait any longer.
Thank you for all your hard work Dick Wolf.
You can read the article here for yourself in full.
Just brought Nashville Season 3 on DVD today. Can’t wait to get into it and find out what all my favorite characters are up too. I hate that I have to wait so long for American Television shows to come out on DVD and they are always so expensive to.
If you haven’t gotten the chance to watch Nashville before, get onto it, even if you don’t like music or even country music, because trust me, you are going to love this show. The creator and writers of this show are just fantastic at sucking people into the world they have made.
There is something that all four of these kind of people have in common – my current obsession. At the moment any discussion, television show, movie, article or image that includes one of the above, I turn into mush.
Let me introduce you to the world of television. I’m sure most if not all of you know of the concept of a box that you sit down and watch and what comes out of it can be either boring or life changing. I however look at television as research, a valuable resource of research for my characters, my settings, plot lines, conflicts and so on, so anything I can watch isn’t a waste of my time like some people would like to think, it is in fact a tool.
If you can name it, it is most likely that I have indeed watched it or it is on a long list of things I should and am going to try and watch before I die. Like reading I find that by watching movies and television shows I am able to absorb information and techniques that I can use in my writing, just like other writers do with books.
At the moment if it is about fire fighters, cops, superheros or even ballet dancers, I am hooked. Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Arrow, The Flash and Flesh and Bone are not only television shows, they are weekly bouts of excitement and intrigue that makes my pool of knowledge and resources grow larger.
Put a good looking man in a pair of green or red tights or in a firefighting suit and you no doubt have me hooked, line and sinker. I am a sucker for a great leading actor, either male or female, and if they just happen to be good looking men, then hello mamma. I mean I watch it for the story but hello, have you guys seen the face of the Green Arrow, I mean Stephen Amell is one fine specimen of a man. Don’t you agree? If you don’t know who I am talking about look him up of Google or Facebook or Twitter.
But most of all, the thing that I love most about these particular shows and many more that I have seen, is that someone out there has written them. They created them and worked their butts off to create and get it on television for people like me to eat up every other week. Marc Guggenheim is a great script writer who happens to be the creator and writer of Arrow and The Flash and numerous amounts of other television shows and movies, but he is also an inspiration for me and my writing goals. I look up to his as a human and also his writing skills.