ceebee_eebee: (Nikki)
My obsession with Emilia Fox has reached Defcon 1. Which means it's time to post about it here where I can flail at some length. Yes, I so clearly have a type which seems to be blonde British actress over the age of 35 who probably plays some kind of law enforcement officer and you know what? I am SO ok with that. SHE IS PERFECT AND I LOVE HER.

Well, I love Nikki Alexander, which is kind of the same thing. I've been told (by Em, of course) that I fall in love with a character and then imprint on the actor and yeah. TOTALLY not gonna deny it. Nikki is SUPERB and Silent Witness is just BRILLIANT and I am happy, happy, happy. Of course I ship her with Leo because that's just how I roll, but it isn't even about that. The character is magic all on her own and I just want to eat her up with a spoon. I should have suspected I would fall for this show since long-running procedurals tend to appeal to me, but this woman. She is everything I look for in a character. Strong but damaged, brilliant but flawed, strong but vulnerable. I LOVE HER SO MUCH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

I should have suspected Emilia Fox was something special when all of tumblr appeared to have a collective orgasm over her playing Portia to Alex Kingston's Blanche on Upstairs Downstairs (and yes, that was INSANELY hot, thank you, BBC) but I didn't realize just HOW special. ::happy sigh::

So, time to add her to the list of lady loves. <3

PS. And if you haven't seen Silent Witness, you totally should. I've only watched the later seasons so far but I love it.
ceebee_eebee: (Zev)
I loved Lexx. I mean I really loved Lexx. One of my favorite series ever to the point where I named my gecko Xev and it was the first series I ever bought on dvd. But I hadn't watched it in years. I kind of figured it would be one of those shows that would live better in memory, that my love for it was so wrapped up in a particular time in my life it would lose something if I tried going back.

But I was thinking about it today and started discussing it with my beloved Em and she saw it was on Hulu so we watched I Worship His Shadow and Giga Shadow and I watched Norb and you know what? I love it just as much now as I did then.

I HAVE ALL THE LEXX FEELINGS and god this show kills me in so many ways. But in all the best ways. I am going to enjoy the hell out of this rewatch.
ceebee_eebee: (Alison Mundy)
I can't stop gushing about Afterlife because it is JUST THAT GOOD. And not only because Lesley Sharp gives a performance that is so over-the-top brilliant I can't even find the words to adequately explain its perfection. But, as usual, Em has done a better job than me of expressing things:

READ THIS NOW, PLEASE.

And then go watch the show.
ceebee_eebee: (Alison Mundy)
1) I made it back from Cambodia and it was one of the best trips I've had in a VERY long time. What a gorgeous, fascinating, welcoming, delightful country. Couldn't possibly recommend it more highly. I'll post some pics once I've gotten my shit together.

2) I have fallen back down into the Afterlife hole. This show is one of the most powerful series I've ever watched. How everyone doesn't know it, how it wasn't a humongous success...well, add that to the list of inexplicable mysteries of the universe.

3) Speaking of mysteries of the universe. HOW THE FUCK IS LESLEY SHARP NOT ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ACTRESSES WORKING TODAY. Her acting abilities are breathtaking. Her range. Her EVERYTHING. She should be a household name on par with like...Meryl Streep or Emma Thompson or some shit. Fucking travesty.
ceebee_eebee: (Ruth)
Here's a lovely update on all the things going on in my life right now, both the exciting and the banal. Wheeee!

The most best exciting bit is that I am leaving for a trip to Cambodia and Laos in less than 2 weeks. I am so thrilled I almost can't stand it. It's one of those places I've always wanted to go and when I was in Vietnam a couple of years ago we tried to do a side trip to Siem Reap but couldn't quite fit it in. So this time it's all Cambodia (hopefully with a side trip to Luang Prubang, Laos if we can work out the flight).

The slight snag in all this is my guts. They have been acting up again something fierce so I had to have ANOTHER colonoscopy yesterday, 2nd in 2 years and really, it's not fun enough to warrant the repeats. The prep is horrendous and the actual main event isn't that delightful either. Way too much plastic tubing and things being stuck in me. And what is it with anesthesiologists? Do they get a special lesson in med school on how to be douchey? It's like they are caricatures of arrogant, golf-playing, country club medicos. My genius guy yesterday thought it was a funny little piece of trivia that the drug he was about to give me was the same one that killed Michael Jackson. Yeah. Barrel of laughs, that one.

Hmmmm...what else? TELLY! I've watched an insane amount of telly the last few weeks. I saw Inside Men which was quite good with amazing performances but with an ending I think was a bit TOO unresolved. What I found kind of charming was how the creators had pretty much hijacked the entire cast of Luther to be in it. Not to mention Nicola Walker and her smile that could light the world. And I gotta tell you, Kierston Wareing is a WAAAAAAAY better actress than I thought she'd be given her...well, given the way she looks. Seriously, though. She was amazing in Inside Men and she was also great in The Shadow Line which was SOOOOO complex and had a cast of thousands and I ended up watching in one go. All seven episodes. I looooooooooooooooooooved it. Well, I loved everything about it but the last 2 scenes. I honestly think if they had swapped those it would have ended on a much more powerful note. But I couldn't recommend it more highly.

I also watched Marchlands which was delightful. A bit creepy, a bit excellent. I actually watched it twice which is a pretty big indicator of my enjoyment levels on that (and I didn't ONLY enjoy it because of Alex Kingston.) Via Marchlands I discovered the absolutely STUNNING Shelley Conn and then a quick tumblr search showed me that she had some hot lesbian scenes with Anna Torv in Mistresses so I watched the first series of that. And considering it had Sarah Parish, Raza Jaffrey, Max Brown, and Shelley Conn and Anna Torv in gorgeous sex scenes, I can't believe how much I wanted to knock myself unconscious by the second ep. What a god awful show. Holy CRAP is it melodramatic and awful. What a waste of talent.

Finally, I watched a couple of episode of Accused and Chris Eccleston was his usual mindblowingly amazing self. I also watched the ep with Peter Capaldi who absolutely broke my heart. I'm forcing myself to watch PramFace because I love Anna Chancellor so much (don't worry, I ffwd to her scenes and avoid the rest) and Upstairs Downstairs has me shipping Blanche/Agnes so hard I can't see straight.

So, there you go. Massive post of a whole lotta nuthin'. <3

ETA. I forgot I also finally watched The Borgias and I can't stop thinking about it now. I want to wear those dresses and do my hair with one of those snoods with the pearls and I want it to come back for a second series ASAP. Good shit. Dirty bad wrong and delicious in its potential incestuousness, general lewdness, and perfectly bad ass female characters.

Afterlife.

Mar. 4th, 2012 02:29 pm
ceebee_eebee: (Alison Mundy)
So I'd wanted to see this show Afterlife. I fell in love with Lesley Sharp thanks to an obsession with Scott and Bailey and I saw some caps from the show on tumblr and it looked promising. Searched around for download links everywhere I could think of to no avail but I ended up lucking out and finding some wonderful human being had uploaded all the eps to youtube. Not the best quality picture but what can you do, I'm certainly more grateful to her than I can possibly say for making it possible for me to watch the series.

But here's the thing. I knew Lesley Sharp was an amazing actress and after watching the first episode I knew the show was going to be brilliant and painful but I didn't realize just how brilliant and painful. And after staying up watching episodes until 5am and then waking up to finish the show out I've now been crying for 2 straight hours. When I tell you this series was one of the most gutting, gorgeous, horrible things I've ever watched, I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. I've always had issues with death - with fictional death, character death. I tend to avoid ever watching episodes of even my most favorite shows when a character I love dies in it but this was just...watching these characters break apart and then find some kind of peace in the end. It was written so quietly and so perfectly and acted so heartwrenchingly it's difficult for me to really explain how beautiful it was. Or how painful. And I mean honestly? I could barely see the last 2 episodes through my sobbing.

I suppose the point I'm trying to make is that if you are an emotional masochist like I am, or you just love incredible acting, give the show a try. It's difficult for me to imagine drama getting much better than what I just watched.
ceebee_eebee: (Gillian at Princeton)
The Boardwalk Empire soundtrack is SO FUCKING GOOD. (Thanks, hot stuff). This show is eating my brain. It's all Em's fault and I know she isn't even vaguely repentant, but UGH. I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. About Gillian. About Jimmy. About the Darmodys generally and how much I want Nucky to be destroyed and how satisfying what happened to the Commodore was and how much I loathe the show-runners for the finale and GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. Eating my brain.

If you haven't watched this series, I can't recommend it more highly. Brilliantly written, brilliantly acted, complex characters, it's the kind of quality we just don't get enough of from US television. Love, love, love, love, love.
ceebee_eebee: (AU: Inessa Demidova)
I just watch Scandal in Belgravia twice through. I am BESIDE MYSELF WITH LOVE. I have to force myself not to watch it again right NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW.

PS. Yes, Em. I know you called it. But today my brain really is all SHERLOCK SHERLOCK SHERLOCK. Or, more accurately, OH MY GOD IRENE YOU ARE SO FUCKING FABULOUS EEEEEEEE.
ceebee_eebee: (Gillian)
I can't fight the truth and the truth is I am enjoying the hell out of Boardwalk Empire. It's a good show! I'm shocked as shit about it because (a) I hate anything about gangsters; (b) I tend to find HBO series monumentally over-rated and generally crappy; and (c) I don't really do period dramas as a rule.

So you can see why I'm shocked by how much I'm enjoying it, right?

Really, it's all about Gillian. She is criminally underused so far in S1. And I love Eli. And I love that psycho freakazoid federal agent guy. And yeah. I want to go home and watch more eps is what I'm saying.
ceebee_eebee: (TV)
Ok. I've run out of shows to watch again! I'm hoping you all might have some suggestions. Here are the series I've watched recently (or rewatch ad nauseum) and maybe some of you have seen something excellent I've missed?

Doctor Who
Spooks
Wire in the Blood
Luther
Kingdom
The Hour
The Fixer
Waking the Dead
Scott & Bailey
The Fades
Thick of It
Sherlock
Jekyll
Whitehall
Ultraviolet

I tried but didn't like: Touching Evil, Being Human, Fortysomething, and Survivors. And I hated Outcasts. What a fucking WASTE of talent.

Have I skipped something awesome? HELP! HELP!
ceebee_eebee: (S&S)
I'm already bored with the Who news, so onto something decades old.

Sapphire & Steel kicks massive amounts of ass. I knew it would, given that 3/4 of my flist loves the hell out of it. I wasn't sure, however, the exact levels of awesomeness it would reach. I'm giving it a SERIOUSLY FUCKING AWESOME at the moment. But as I've only seen 3 assignments, that level might increase.

I love Sapphire and the way that she can strike a pose and how sexy she looks in all those outfits and how much confidence she has and how she isn't put off by Steel's bad attitude and how very ALIEN she is. I love Steel and how god damn grumpy he is all the time, particularly when Silver shows up and he has to share Sapphire's affections. And I looooove Silver and his mischievousness and his ability to wind up Steel with nothing more than a look.

I also love how they had absolutely no budget but manage to creep me right the hell out. Cerebral, low-budget, old school British scifi can not be beat.

I am hoping like hell that I love the audios as much as I love the show because...well, it's Big Finish.
ceebee_eebee: (telly)
I don't believe I've ever mentioned how much I love the BBC show Waking the Dead. Many years ago I started watching it when it premiered on BBC America. But that channel is always shuffling shows around and this was before I knew anything about alternative means of acquiring telly so I sorta forgot about it around S3-4. In an extremely roundabout and ridiculous way I was reminded of it again recently so I downloaded S4 to start catching up.

I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH IT'S ABSURD.

It's like the best parts of CSI, Without a Trace, and whatever other US procedural you can think of all thrown in a blender and turned into something so fucking delicious. I love Boyd and Grace so much it's stupid. Trevor Eve is oddly sexy. Spense looks mad hot in a suit. Frankie is probably my favorite character in the whole damn thing and I know I'm going to miss the shit out of Mel once I hit S5. Not to mention the fact that I can't get enough of how damn grumpy everyone is all the time.

Does this show have a fandom? British flisties, is this series completely uncool to be a fan of in the UK or what? I'm so curious now. TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW!

ETA: I give up. I want Boyd/Grace and Boyd/Frankie smut and I want it now. Why the hell can't I find anything? There is like one old comm for this show on LJ and nothing there worth looking at. Fuckin' A.
ceebee_eebee: (Eye)
So, I am obsessive and impatient. We all knew this already. I couldn't deal with not having screencaps of my favorite Keeley moments in Tipping the Velvet, so I gave it a shot myself. The results are kind of crap, but it was my first time. How do people get their caps looking all gorgeous, anyway?

[livejournal.com profile] prettyquotable are you there? What's your secret for making your caps look SOOOOOO gorgeous?

Anyway, if you want to see a few mediocre caps of Keeley looking magnificent and engaging in hot girl-on-girl action, follow me this way... )
ceebee_eebee: (Keeley)
I apologize for spamming your flists today, but DAMN if I am not ridiculously in love with Keeley Hawes right now. I finally got the chance to sit down and watch Tipping the Velvet and it totally blew me away. I was SO F-ING AMAZING. And not just because it was hot as hell. It was actually a really fabulous adaptation of the novel and I was completely hooked from beginning to end. However, I shall spare any spoilers until after the cut.

And in honor of the fact that I am now undeniably head-over-heels in love with Keeley, I bring you...

A mini-picspam of sexiness )
ceebee_eebee: (Keeley)
I just read this:

Filming on series two will begin in the summer and Ashes to Ashes will return to BBC One in 2009.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

A year? A fucking YEAR?!?! Oh god, why.

I weep.
ceebee_eebee: (Keeley)
Ok. I surrender. I watched 3 more episodes of Ashes to Ashes last night and I am totally hooked. The costuming, the music, the cinematography, the acting, all fantastic. The writers fascination with being as offensive as possible is still pretty pathetic, but the characters and actors manage to overcome that and be incredibly compelling. I absolutely ADORE the fact that Alex is drunk all the time, and dresses like a tart, and sleeps with random losers, and calls her co-workers "figments", and is so desperate for her mother's approval, and EVERYTHING really. I just love Alex Drake.

I have also discovered that Gene Hunt is a more complex and sympathetic character than he appeared at first glance. He's still a complete fuckstick most of the time, but he's interesting and engaging and has flashes of being a better man. This show totally has me. I mean, shit. I've got an icon already. I think that really says it all.

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