Tuesday, February 28, 2012

If Talent Could Kill

The Geek Girls recorded a podcast today. It was an Oscar wrap-up and featured my friend Neil. During the conversation Susan and Neil decided that I must at some point…in the NEAR future watch Drive. Not too difficult a request considering I had a copy of it sitting on my desk that I just hadn’t gotten around to. Tonight seemed like as good a night as any.

This is why I love RyanGosling. Not because he’s attractive. I can admit that he is but really when it comes down to it he just doesn’t do it for me. It’s not so much the character itself that made me love him, although the dangerous bad boy with a heart of gold is an easy sell. It’s the fact that he chose this character.

Gosling is someone I’ve known about for years, and when I say “years” I mean as an eighth grader I would come home from school and watch the new Mickey Mouse Club. While it was understandably difficult to stand out in the crowd that included Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera, I was always aware of Gosling’s presence. His singing and dancing may have left a lot to be desired but his comedic timing was always spot on.

The next time I saw him was as sociopath Richard Haywood in Murder by Numbers – a performance that could rival Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman in American Psycho – but it was his turn as Noah in 2004’s The Notebook that made audiences take notice. It’s the sort of sappy love story that made me want to hate it because made me cry so damn much. While Gosling could easily stay on the rose petal strewn path picking up romantic leads all along the way it’s his decision to do just the opposite that makes him far more viable than many of his predecessors or peers.One could argue that everyone from Tom Cruise to Brad Pitt has varied their roles throughout their careers but they don’t stray too far off one way or the other. Even when their characters are bad they find a way to make them look good.

Half Nelson is the film that gave me hope for the next generation of “leading men”. There was nothing even a little glamorous about Gosling as the teacher with a coke habit. Seeing him, the very next year, give life to another fractured soul in Lars and theReal Girl may seem like a small step but it is actually quite a big leap.

I have yet to see Crazy, Stupid, Love and whenever I hear the title I think of the scene from the trailer when Gosling removes his shirt and Emma Stone cries out, “Seriously, it’s like your Photoshopped”. He’s a good-looking guy in the most traditional sense of the word, but it takes films like Drive to get me to see the attractiveness. His talent is mesmerizing. His talent makes him beautiful. His talent is sexy.


Monday, February 27, 2012

GGS 009 Did The Academy Get it Right?

In this episode, Susan and Amelia discuss the recent Academy Awards ceremony with guest film geek Neil Fox. We discuss what they got right, what they missed this year, and have one prediction for 2013.

Oops, we had audio problems in the beginning of the call. They disappeared after 4:41.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Character Reference - Senor Ben Chang

Since I miss Community, here's some information about one of my favorite characters on the show, Senor Ben Chang played by Ken Jeong. Our favorite study group met because of Senor Chang's Beginning Spanish class. Jeff wanted to meet Brita, so he told her about a fictional study group, to which she invited someone who invited someone else, and so on. Chang was also known as "El Tigre Chino" because his knowledge will bite your face off. Senor Chang's teaching style is sadistic towards his students, one reason being that he has a rocky marriage and an anger management problem.

His wife kicks him out during season 2 and he moves in with Jeff until Jeff can't stand living with him and kicks him out as well. . At the end of the first season, we learn that he has a fake degree, so he enrolls in classes with Jeff and his study group. After much campaigning, he is voted into the group over another student who makes homemade kettle corn. In the third season, Chang is living in Greendale's air ducts. When he is found out, the Dean offers him room and board in exchange for his working as a security guard.

In just a few more weeks, we'll find out what everyone did for the holidays and what they're studying this Spring. Community returns on March 15th!

EmCity 03 The Tribes Men Appeal

In today’s podcast Susan, Amelia, and Chris discuss the first four episodes of season 2, and a whole lot more...

The Tip
The beginning of season 2, getting to the truth about the riot, and what Robson loses.

Ancient Tribes
How is Em City like the island of LOST and The Muppet Show?

Great Men
How would Hogwarts change if Schillinger were there?

Losing Your Appeal
How many of the actors playing inmates went on to play detectives?

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

#EasyA's 33rd Birthday!

Yesterday was my 33rd birthday. I celebrated with friends and family at dinner last night and I hope fun was had by all. My geek girl was definitely represented...by the fact that my mom decorated the table with little boxes of Nerds (candy) or by the gifts I was given. A Doctor Who coffee mug and the first season of South Park were among the many generous gifts.

In honor of my 33rd year I thought I'd share 33 things that I geek out over. Some on the list I do more than others but all of them get my geekiness going. 

1. Back to the Future - My favorite film!

2. Scrabble - My best friend and I have spent many a Saturday night sitting at Denny's or Starbucks playing the word game.

3. The Big Bang Theory - Currently my favorite TV show!

4. Shaun of the Dead - The film that instigated my zombie love!

5. The Soup - I'm a "Soup" fan from way back...I started during the Talk Soup transition from Greg Kinnear to John Henson and while I have a bit of a soft spot for Hal Sparks, Joel McHale is by far the best.

6. David Cook - Yes, I'm still an Idol watcher. Have been since the first season. If you listen to Geek Girl Soup you've probably heard me talk about the show I started watching ironically and then got hooked on it. As a result my celebrity crush for the last four years has been self-described "word nerd" (and the absolutely beautiful) Cook.

7. Criminal Minds - Another of my favorite shows. I don't always get into "crime" dramas. I have watched CSI and gravitate toward the NY version more so than either of the others, but the one crime show that I can watch for hours on end is Criminal Minds. Perhaps because I've connected with the characters, they're all very different personalities but they fit together like a perfect puzzle. 

8. Books - Not much to say...I'm a total book slut!

9. The Partridge Family - It's true...I enjoy the fictional 70s music-making family. David Cassidy's was the first autobiography I ever read and I have their greatest hits on my iPod. It's hard for me to resist "I Think I Love You". 

10. Musicals - Growing up I was a theatre geek...still am, really. I think a good chunk of my student loans paid for theatre tickets when I was in London. (Okay, not really, but it felt that way at the time).

11. Chuck - Wow, there's a lot of TV shows on this list...be warned there's a few more to come. Chuck came about during those couple seasons that nerds were becoming cool on TV. Something we knew all along, right? It's easy to geek out over a spy like James Bond but Chuck was much more accessible. He was the everyday nerd who just happened to become a spy. The show itself may have been a nerd guy's (or girl's) wet dream but there was something undeniably special about it.

12. Superheroes - Okay, admittedly I don't have extensive knowledge of superheroes. I have 2 Superman comics in my possession that I have every intention of reading but haven't yet. I've seen many a superhero movie but still don't know enough to win a debate over them. But I do geek out over them. Particularly superhero-centric clothing. Love it!

13. Words - Kind of goes with #2 and #8, doesn't it? Oh well. I do love words individually. Especially really big words. Antidisestablishmentarianism, anyone?

14. Doctor Who - I had heard people mention this show in hushed tones during my teenage years and early 20's, like some secret society for those more intelligent than I. I heard about it again when it came back in 2005 from my hair stylist...gotta love a gay geek boy : ) I didn't start watching until David Tennant showed up and I was hooked. I've lagged since Matt Smith but intend to get back to it. 

15. Star Wars - I love it! I think this happened by way of my brother. He's a big fan. 

16. Harry Potter - Saw the movies before reading the books. Have seen all but the last film and have only read up to book 5. I still kind of geek out over it though. These are probably my favorite rainy day, sit on the couch with a big blanket and a milkshake movies. Why a milkshake? I have NO idea. My mind is a weird place.

17. Dancing alone in my room - I know what you're thinking. Does she really geek out over THAT? I do. I enjoy it. Mostly because I can't dance. But I like to and I like music so it's not so unusual to find me rocking out to some Killers and dancing at my desk.

18. Writing - I'm a writer. You hadn't guessed, right? I have been for as long as I can remember. I love to write. I don't always think I'm very good at it but I love it.

19. Libraries - Have you heard the Geek Girl Podcast #AmeliasEasy?? If you have you understand my fascination with libraries. If not...go listen.

20. Glasses - When I was a kid I was forced to wear glasses. Did I get made fun of? I'm not sure but if I had to venture a guess I would say yes because I eventually refused to wear them. Nowadays I wear reading glasses. I like them. Would I like and wear them more if they had a nerdier look to them? Absolutely! Until I get those my wire ones will have to suffice. And if I'm being totally honest...I've always found guys wearing glasses a bit more attractive. And if they don't need them and just put them on to do it...that works too.

21. Graphic Design - Few people know I actually went to school for graphic design. I love it and when I can I do it. Most notably with the Geek Girl Soup logo. One day I'll find more use for it. Particularly typography. I'm a total geek for typography!

22. Photography - Like writing and graphic design this is one of those things I've just always done. I love it. I wish I could do it more. 

23. Apple products - So if theatres in London got a portion of my student loans then the electronic fruit stand definitely got a portion of it too. 

24. Film - Most of my high school years I wanted to direct films. I eventually figured out I wasn't quite as passionate about it as I feel someone should be. Still a huge fan of it though.

25. Giraffes - I know, I'm like a six-year-old. I love giraffes! I have a giant plush one that sits on my bed at all times. If I could have one as a pet I totally would.

26. Art - In general. Part of my graphic design degree was spent in art history and art appreciation classes. It worked! I now have an appreciation for it. The Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and The Menil (Houston) are some of my favorites!

27. Pinball Machines - I'm not quite a pinball wizard but I love the games. Will take a pinball machine over a video game any day!

28. Blogs - Meta much? 

29. Vintage Cameras - In addition to books I collect vintage cameras. I don't know how they all work but I love them and love searching resale shops for them.

30. Bowling - I do love working out and being active but when it comes to sports this is my favorite. I love everything about bowling...not just the shoes, I do own a pair, that I wear, out in public, just because.

31. Graphic T-shirts - I think I've got two drawers full of graphic tees. They're just fun. I've heard fashion type people on fashion type shows say after a certain age you shouldn't wear them. You should dress your age and after age 20 graphic tees are no longer a viable option and to those people I say...screw you, my graphic tees rock!!

32. Magazines - Like books I'm addicted to these. Despite what I wrote in #31 I'm prone to picking up fashion magazines, what I really go for though are men's magazines. Typically Details because I like the writing. I also read Vanity Fair and Wired. Cosmo is rubbish (as far as I'm concerned) and I can do without tabloids.

33. London - I've lived there off and on during the last 5 years. There's a few other places in this world I'd love to live but this is the one that will always have a piece of my heart.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

GGS 008 Amelia's Easy

In this podcast, Susan and Amelia discuss food, television, and music. Do chocolate and fruit cancel each other out?

Amelia tells us about her perfect first date so that anyone interested can contact her if they can set that up. 

Do you remember the summer competition talent show on CBS, Rock Star? We do. Yes, we know it's a little strange that we talk about a song we love, then condemn people who do that in real life. Please don't interpret the song literally!!

If you tweet about this episode, use the hashtag #AmeliasEasy Also, let your freak flag fly!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lit Quotes 105

Happy Valentine's Day. Today we bring you a selection from Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore. Enjoy

I am a vampire. She allowed the thought to repeat and settle in her mind as she went to the bedroom and dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt.
A vampire. A monster. But I don't feel like a monster.
As she walked back from the bedroom to the bathroom to dry her hair, she spotted Kurt lying on the couch. He was breathing rhythmically and a healthy aura of heat rose off his body. Jody felt a twinge of guilt, then pushed it aside.
Fuck him, I never really liked him anyway. Maybe I am a monster.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

GGS 007 Our Geek Crushes

In this podcast, Amelia and Susan list their top five geek crushes and a few honorable mentions. Susan, the Geek Girl esthetician includes a P.S.A. for anyone who gets waxed. Who are your geek crushes?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lit Quotes 104

"I would sooner die than see my honor so defiled."

"Then, Miss Bennet," said Lady Catherine setting down her parasol and removing her coat,"die you shall." Upon this she set her feet for combat.

"Do you mean to challenge me to a duel, Your Ladyship, here in my family dojo?"

"I mean only to rid the world of an insolent little girl and preserve the dignity of a superior man lest Pemberly be forever polluted by your stench."

"If that be the case," said Elizabeth, dropping her parasol, "then let this be our first and final battle." Elizabeth set her feet in return.

Elizabeth Bennet & Lady Catherine, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, 2009