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Unfortunately most of my favorite musicals are no longer available on Netflix. I haven’t had time to watch all of the below films but they are in my queue and I plan on checking them out in the future. Plus I’ve heard good things about them.

Footloose (2011)
footloose 2011


I have not watched this remake yet. I do enjoy Julianne Hough and dance movies (ala Step Up though). Hot Donna told me it was decent and I will eventually get to watching it. It’s a remake of the 80’s original. You probably know the gist, teens aren’t allowed to dance in some weird hick town, so they rebel by dancing.

Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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Yes, I fucking adore Velvet Goldmine. I went into it with a love of Ewan McGregor and gay men and just came out someone even more awesome, if that’s possible. It taught me about glam rock and Oscar Wilde and accessorizing with copious amounts of glitter. Plot, you ask? Christian Bale plays a young reporter tasked to find out what happened to a supposedly dead bisexual glam rock star Brian Slade (basically a fictionalized version of David Bowie). Yes, that’s Ewan rocking out above as Curt Wild (inspired by Iggy Pop). The amazing cast also includes Eddie Izzard.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Have you ever been inside of a Hot Topic? Yes, then you’ve probably seen Jack Skellington before. So you know his visage but have you seen the movie? Well hopefully, it’s been out for fucking ever and it’s amazing. Tim Burton’s stop motion puppet musical is a gothic love tale about Halloween Town. Halloween Town is home to a bunch of awesome ghoulies. The movie is about how the sweet Jack Skellington stumbles onto Christmas Town and tries to bring their traditions back to his town. He also meets Sally, whom he falls for.

Footloose (1984)
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Yes, this is the original Footloose starring Kevin Bacon. Yes, it’s about a town that’s outlawed dancing. I was born a year before this film’s release. I grew up with it being overplayed on TV and Bacon even goofing on his performance on other shows. So I’m not like a big fan or anything but he sure could dance.

The Muppet Movie (1979)

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Plot: “Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.” (via IMDB.com) I haven’t watched The Muppet Movie since I was a small child but Miss Piggy is an idol of mine so I really need to get on that.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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Plot: “A hapless inventor finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself.” (via imdb.com) I’m never watching this movie again. That’s not an insult, I just watched it so much as a child that I couldn’t do it again. Yeah, my dad is a big Dick Van Dyke fan.

Carmen Jones (1954)
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Plot: “Love, passion, betrayal and tragedy. Carmen Jones is an adaptation of Bizet’s legendary opera, Carmen. It tells the story of a young, free spirited woman called Carmen Jones whose great beauty is the object of many men’s desires. However, Carmen sets her sights on young army officer Joe, who is engaged to his sweetheart, Cindy Lou. Joe quickly succumbs to Carmen’s charms , forsaking his Cindy Lou, thus beginning the tragic love story.” (via IMDB.com) It seems wrong that I’ve never gotten around to watching this as it’s considered a classic film but I’m so behind on anything pre-1960s. Not a great excuse, I know.
Stars Dorothy Dandridge.

There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)
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Plot: “Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.” (via IMDB.com). Okay it’s not really my cup of tea but you know I love Marilyn Monroe. She performs the following songs in this film, Lazy, Heat Wave and After You Get What You Want, You Don’t Want It.

A Star Is Born (1937)
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Plot: “A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.” (via IMDB.com) Okay, this is one of three versions of A Star Is Born and I haven’t seen it yet. I’ve only seen the Streisand version because, c’mon I love her. I am totally going to give this one a try though. In case you are curious, no I haven’t seen Garland’s version yet either, which is insane.

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Hemlock Grove cast

Bill Skarsgard on Hemlock Grove

When I first viewed the new Netflix original series Hemlock Grove my plan was to put together a full list of songs played on the show. I got busy though. By now many have already done so much legwork in this area and I’m not ready for a rewatch yet. So please enjoy these playlists and tracklist that I’ve found online. I went through and tried to find as many videos for the songs that aren’t included in the 8tracks playlist as I could. Hemlock Grove is scored by Nathan Barr, who also scores True Blood.

Enjoy!

hemlock grove from spicebox on 8tracks Radio.

features the following 11 songs:

Make Me A Bird-Eletrik People
Use Me-Beans & Fatback
Love Song-Hooded Fang
You Do It Well-Saint Motel
Bad Ritual-Timber Timbre
People That You Must Remember-Zulu Winter
Who Needs Who-Dark Dark Dark
This Ready Flesh-Trust
Pays To Know-MyPet
Come Back-Teen
Sister Song-Perfume Genius

The following playlist can be listened to on Spotify, click the link to the Spotify free trial on playlists.net to check it out:

Tender Mirror-Jolie Holland
The Dog is Black-UNKLE featuring Leila Moss
Geri-Superhumanoids
Pays To Know-MyPet
This Ready Flesh-Trust
Who Needs Who-Dark Dark Dark
Bad Ritual-Timber Timbre
Come Back-Teen
People That You Must Remember-Zulu Winter
I Love It (I Don’t Care)-Tribute to Icona Pop
Sister Song-Perfume Genius
Heart Attack-Ivan Ives
Make Me a Bird-Eletrick People
LOVE ABLAZE-Phedre
You Do It Well-Saint Motel



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWfJ0BNOTdA

via tunefind, according to episode

1-1 Jellyfish in the Sky
In the Morning-Branches

1-2 The Angel
In Decay-Phedre
Geri-Superhumanoids
Mississippi Mud-Black Blood & The Chocolate Pickles
Busman’s Holiday-Allah-Las
Cranky Moon-Sam Shelton
Love Ablaze-Phedre




1-3 The Order of the Dragon
Sister Song-Perfume Genius
Tender Mirror-Jolie Holland

1-4 In Poor Taste
Did You-The Morrie Morrison Orchestra with Alyce Hauser
Maybe We’re In Love-Nathan Mathes
Use Me-Beans and Fatback

1-5 Hello Handsome
Come Back-TEEN

1-6 The Crucible
Pays to Know-MyPet
I Follow You-Melody’s Echo Chamber

1-7 Measure of Disorder
One Little Kiss Will Do It-Bob Kelly
The One Thing I Could Lose-The First Times
This Ready Flesh-Trust

1-8 Catabasis
Dreary Moon-Big Black Delta

1-9 Peter’s Hierarchy of S… He Can Live Without
Bad Ritual-Timber Timbre

1-10 God Doesn’t Want You to Be Happy, He Wants You to Be Strong
Come and Get It-Problem Child
I Love It-Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
You Do It Well-Saint Motel
Who Needs Who-Dark Dark Dark

1-11 The Price
Love Song-Hooded Fang
Loneliness Ends With Love-Al Lerner & Margaret Whiting

1-12 Children of the Night
There’s A Sadness in My Heart-Legs
Green Sea-Fear of Men

1-13 Birth
Sister Song-Perfume Genius
Make Me a Bird-Eletrik People
People That You Must Remember-Zulu Winter
In the Morning-Branches

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with Joss Whedon at a convention in 2005, umm, I'm not at all drunk

with Joss Whedon at a convention in 2005, umm, I’m not at all drunk

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This post is not just an excuse to post pics of myself with Joss Whedon online, yet again. However if you had one, you’d totally do so as well.

Last year I mentioned that I wanted to start a Netflix Streaming series on this blog entitled, Mini Netflix. The idea was that since my usual Netflix posts are so time consuming I would sometimes write a shorter post focusing on one talent or niche genre, most likely including a small number of titles.

Today I finally decided to focus on the super talented Joss Whedon. However I was not content to just go with his well known work that pops up on your casual Netflix search. Oh no, I had to go deeper. So after looking through his whole filmography I’m still ending up with a long ass post, c’est la vie!

Simply click on the title to be taken to the movie or show on Netflix!

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
(co-writer)
cabin in the woods
After checking out the Thor panel at last year’s Wizard World Philly Comic Con I had to see The Cabin in the Woods ASAP. Chris Hemsworth (and his fans) made it sound super interesting. They were right! I went in not knowing much more than that the basic plot was about some college students in a horror movie scenario in the woods that is turned on its ear. So if you don’t know “the twist” I’m not ruining it. The movie was penned by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. It was also directed by Goddard. I met both Whedon and Goddard years ago at a convention and they were both awesome. Since both worked on Buffy and Angel, seeing Whedonverse favs including Amy Acker and Tom Lenk among the cast wasn’t entirely surprising but was totally cool.

Thor (2011)
(portion directed by)

with Chris Hemsworth and Hot Donna

with Chris Hemsworth and Hot Donna

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8jXepCjlJc
Did you know that Joss Whedon directed the after the credits scene in Thor? Neither did I. As you can guess from my attending the aforementioned panel, I’m definitely a Thor fan. This action flick about the Greek god and his dashingly evil bro Loki features an amazing cast.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
(consultant)
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I was jazzed when I first heard about Captain America because it stars Chris Evans, whom I may have a tiny crush on. It’s yes, another one of the Marvel Avengers pre-The Avengers (by Whedon) flicks. This origin story is fun, though a bit long. Whedon was a consultant on this film which according to the net means he did a bit of a writing touch up on the screenplay.

Glee (2010)
(director)
dream on
I have 0 interest in Glee. However I must let you know that Whedon directed the 2010 episode, “Dream On”. “Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, causes trouble for the glee club. Meanwhile, Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue, and Artie’s dreams take him on an adventure” via imdb.com

Dollhouse (2009)
(creator/writer/director/producer)
dollhouse cast
I’m such a fan of Dollhouse that I can’t even explain it. I used to look forward to it every Friday night. The show had such an innovative idea. I’m still crushed that it only lasted two seasons. Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Bring It On) stars as the active Echo, just one of many. Actives are people who’ve had their memories erased. They are then replaced regularly with new memories as directed by the Dollhouse’s clients, the very wealthy. Over the course of the series Echo finds out about her past life and the secrets of the Dollhouse. Many Whedonverse stars appeared during the series run, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Summer Glau and Alan Tudyk.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)
(writer/director)
dr horrible
This musical miniseries was written during the Writers Guild of America strike. It’s not really my thing but does star the awesome Neil Patrick Harris and Whedonverse actors Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day.

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with Jonathan Woodward

Firefly (2002) & Serenity (2005)
(creator/writer/director/producer)

Yep, Firefly was the quickly canceled Western space drama starring Nathan Fillion. I’m not a Western girl so though I’ve seen the series and it’s big screen movie adaptation (Serentiy), I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’m not a Browncoat, sorry.

Angel (1999-2003)
(creator/writer/director/producer)

with Mercedes McNab and Julie Benz

with Mercedes McNab and Julie Benz

Though Angel was Buffy’s spin off I prefer Angel. It’s definitely my favorite Whedonverse series. Angel (Buffy’s ex and a vampire) works with his own team to help those with supernatural problems, who live in LA. Ostensibly he runs a detective agency but it doesn’t really turn a profit.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2002)
(creator/writer/director/producer)

with James Marsters and Hot Donna

with James Marsters and Hot Donna

with Clare Kramer

with Clare Kramer

I didn’t get into the Buffy series until it was well into it’s run. This was for two reasons, it was popular (hey, I was a teen, I wanted to like what was unpopular, like me) and I love the movie. I’d read articles about the series in movie magazines featuring Whedon (who wrote the movie) commenting on how he was disappointed with the movie and that the show was better. So being a huge fan of the movie, I just ignored it. However once I actually watched the show (starring Sarah Michelle Gellar) I became a fan. Buffy is a slayer of vampires who happens to also fall for vampires and have to defeat other creepy monsters as well. She’s aided by her watcher and a group of friends, The Scooby Gang. You didn’t ask but Season 6 is by far my favorite, it’s dark and realistic. I mean, c’mon Buffy even works in fast food!

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
(story)
atlantis
It’s animated which isn’t really my bag, so I’ve never seen it. “A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.”-via imdb.com

Titan A.E. (2000)
(screenplay)
titan ae
Ditto about this animated flick. “A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity.”-via imdb.com

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Kris Holden-Ried is a good-natured actor who is currently known for his portrayal of Dyson on Syfy’s Lost Girl. I was lucky enough to catch his Q&A and later meet him at the 2013 Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con. Lost Girl recently finished airing its third season. In case you aren’t in the know, Lost Girl is about a succubus who learns that there is a whole world of magic within our own. Kris plays Dyson, a police detective/werewolf. He mentioned that the cast is gearing up to film the fourth season this upcoming week. He just managed to squeeze this con into his schedule. The Q&A was moderated by Rebecca Housel.

Filming was allowed at this Q&A but Hot Donna and I had some technical issues. So while we were only able to film a few snippets of the Q&A, which you can watch below, we also took notes.

A few choices anecdotes:

fan: “Who was the biggest practical joker on set?”
Kris: “I’ve been known to walk onto set without my pants on.”

Kris: “I would definitely do superhero roles.”

Ried loves playing Dyson.

He has great on and off screen relationships with both of the main actresses, Anna Silk and Ksenia Solo (who play Bo & Kenzi).

While he doesn’t feel that he’s been typecast thus far as a werewolf in both Lost Girl & Underworld: Awakening (2012), he wouldn’t take a similar role in the very near future.

He is a fan of Games of Thrones. He’d like to appear on the show if it weren’t for scheduling issues with Lost Girl.


“I like everything from classical to rap”

on the episode “Original Skin”

also concerns and shows his his Dyson posture/walk
Hot Donna later told me that her initial thought when watching the show was “This guy (the character of Dyson) walks like a jerk”

“they’ve been inside each other literally…but not the p in the v kind”

kris sat pics coll

Hot Donna and I both purchased photos with Ried at his table on Saturday and Sunday, as he’s fun, friendly and sexy. The first time I mentioned he was hilarious at the panel, which he seemed to like. The next day I complimented him on his hat. He replied that it was his bad hair day. I said “Nah, you don’t have bad hair days” and he said “self inflicted”.

both kris sm

His convention manager, Holly Evans, was personable and even remembered us when we returned for another photo on Sunday. She told him that we were back, it was slightly embarrassing but funny. I said “yeah, we’re here every day” and he said “me too”.

Hot Donna would like to mention how huggable Mr. Ried is and I fully concur.

A press pass to the convention was provided to me gratis from the awesome PR team at Wizard World. For more info on upcoming Wizard World conventions please visit the Wizard World site.

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I turn 30 tomorrow. I’m super excited.

allen 22

As an ASD individual I feel the need to explain the above was (obviously) sarcasm.

I think Lily Allen sums up my feelings perfectly. By the way-don’t put huge expectations on your children when they are young just because they get good grades. That shit will haunt them forever.

Yours in loneliness/mediocrity,
Mary (my real name)

22
by Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin

When she was 22 the future looked bright,
But she’s nearly 30 now and she’s out every night,
I see that look in her face, she’s got that look in her eye,
She’s thinking how did I get here and wondering why,

It’s sad but it’s true how society says her life is already over,
There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say,
‘Til the man of her dreams comes along,
Picks her up and puts her over his shoulder,
It seems so unlikely in this day and age,

She’s got an alright job but it’s not a career,
Whenever she thinks about it, it brings her to tears,
Cause all she wants is a boyfriend, she gets one night stands,
She’s thinking how did I get here, I’m doing all that I can,

It’s sad but it’s true how society says her life is already over,
There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say,
Til the man of her dreams comes along,
Picks her up and puts her over his shoulder,
It seems so unlikely in this day and age,

It’s sad but it’s true how society says her life is already over,
There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say,
Til the man of her dreams comes along,
Picks her up and puts her over his shoulder,
It seems so unlikely in this day and age.

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