1. The Tudors
So I think that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is one of the prettiest men out there. He's got the most gorgeous eyes. But when I heard he'd be playing Henry f*cking VIII on Showtime, I was skeptical to say the least. I mean, have you seen portraits of Henry VIII? 'Portly' doesn't even begin to cover it. Since the show runs on a premium cable channel, I couldn't watch it, so with one thing and another to distract me I just got around to starting the first season earlier this year.
Man, talk about great costumes. If I wasn't already convinced that romping around in Elizabethan couture was the best idea ever, The Tudors would have convinced me.
So far Rhys Meyers is doing a fine job as Henry VIII, but am I the only person hating the actress they picked for Anne Boleyn? Besides the fact that she doesn't look at all the way I imagine Anne, her acting often seems stiff. But mostly I'm just hung up on the fact that she looks completely wrong for the role, and it bugs me irrationally.
But it's still an awesome show. When I watch it with Seanie, I have to explain a lot of the characters since he wasn't exposed to much English history and the show throws new faces at you constantly since months or years are compressed into a single episode.
2. Avatar: The Last Airbender
Did you think I meant the movie? Ah, hell to the no. We already know how I feel about THAT Avatar. I'm referring to the kid's show from the mid-2000s. I don't know why I like it so much, but I do. It has surprisingly complex stories, with many different stories running at the same time. The effects from some event in the third episode will pop up again ten episodes later, rather than self-contained, singular episodes.
The animation's an interesting fusion of the anime-style and American animation. How to explain this...the way that facial expressions are drawn is definitely American, but the overall appearance of the world would be considered anime if not for the American origin.
Plus, at only twenty-two minutes a pop, this TV show is easy to squeeze into a busy day for quick relaxation. If I want to watch The Tudors I have to clear some space into my schedule for it, but if I find myself with a small break I can pop in Avatar and enjoy it, then get right back to work.
3. Lady Gaga
I hate her.
I love her.
I don't know what I think of her.
Her music is entertaining. I was first exposed to her at Lush, through my coworkers' play lists, and her omnipresence on the radio means I can't go a single day without hearing her music. It's catchy, and gets stuck in my head.
As a fashion icon she's fascinating because she wears the most random outfits. I love that someone's bringing those crazy runway styles into 'real life', so to speak. She takes the crazy to a Grace Jones-level, and it's nice to sit down with popcorn and watch.
Her music videos are bizarre. Just...bizarre.
If she disappeared tomorrow and never recorded another song, I wouldn't miss her. But as it is now, whenever I see her pop up on Go Fug Yourself or catch one of her songs on the radio, she often makes me smile.
I've been using Paperbackswap.com to read craploads of manga. I'm getting caught up on all the series I missed in the later half of the 2000's, when I was buying established series and not seeking out much in the way of new stuff. But since I'm trading for books instead of shelling out cash, I can take more of a chance with series I might not have otherwise tried. Some of the series I wouldn't have picked up if not for Paperbackswap:
- Death Note
- Fool's Gold
- Prince of Tennis
- Cantarella (no, I probably would have gotten to this one eventually...)
- The Wallflower
I'd say a lot of these series aren't top-tier choices, but if I can get them through Paperbackswap I'll read 'em.
5. The Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn
It's pretty friggin' awesome.
That's all I have to say about that.