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A Little About Myself Is a Lot of Words

August 23, 2006

Since I haven’t really done an “about” page or anything yet, I thought I’d rattle off a number of titles from TV, Film, Theater and Comics, the four media which I’ll most often be writing about in this blog.

TV:  Gilmore Girls (they are the Alpha and the Omega of television), Everwood, Eureka, Battlestar Galactica (new), Veronica Mars, Everwood (its cancellation broke my heart, too), Prison Break, Moonlighting (the later. post-boink episodes actual aged well, too), Northern Exposure (Best Buy had them on sale for $20 each last week!), The X-Files, Nip/Tuck, The 4400, The OC (whenever Summer is the focus, even if she isn’t wearing a comic book outfit), Buffy, Angel and Serenity (catch me on one of the extras, Re-Lighting the Firefly, for about 30 seconds six minutes into it, I’m the guy in the dark red tee doing all the whooping and hollering), Grey’s Anatomy, Farscape, Joan of Arcadia (where’s my season 2 DVDs dammit!), NewsRadio, The Tick (live-action, which was Seinfeld, but with Kramer as an idiot superhero), “V”, Greg the Bunny (watched The Jewel Heist just before having my dog neutered — it was hysterically sick).  Lots more, but you get the idea.

Movies:  Moulin Rouge!  (Elephant Love Medley should have gotten the Oscar for Best Song), Fight Club, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bad Santa (can’t beat Lauren Graham having a Santa fetish while wearing cleverly slutty outfits). All Three of the Matrixes — aka “Norton Antivirus: The Complete Movie Saga”, Donnie Darko (Director’s Cut Version as it restores a lot of scenes that should have stayed in the movie). all the View Askew movies, Jackie Brown, Memento, Quills, Marat/Sade, Grey Gardens (the Crazy Cat Lady documentary that’s one of the inspirations for Gilmore Girls), Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous “Untitled” version (the movie really needed the extra attention paid to the Band-Aids), All About Eve (there’s more than a little Bette Davis in Kelly Bishop’s Emily Gilmore), Galaxy Quest — really, the more Meta or nonlinear or expressionist, the better.

Oh, and Grease 2 is the best bad musical ever and I defy anyone to say differently.  Maureen Teefy is pure gold in that movie.  “Let’s Do It For Our Country,” indeed!

Comics:  hundreds of the standard superhero fare, but also, Strangers In Paradise, Cerebus, ElfQuest, Groo, Hellboy, Y: The Last Man, Fables, Gregory, Powers, Queen & Country, Bendis & Maleev’s Daredevil, Ranma 1/2, Lone Wolf & Cub, Ambush Bug, Nexus, Zot!, Age of Bronze (please pick up this astonishingly detailed adaptation of The Trojan War — it will stun you), Dawn.  Again, if it’s nonlinear and/or expressionistic, or surreal, I love it.

Theater:  Hair, Stand-Up Tragedy, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music and practically everything else Sondheim, The Doll’s House, The Crucible — which needs a restaging with Alexis Bledel as Abigail Williams before Alexis gets too old, Our Country’s Good, The Kentucky Cycle (I was the dramaturge for the second half of the cycle at my state university several years ago), Angels In America, Marat/Sade (again), Judevine (at SRT in 1998).  Again, the nonlinear and/or expressionistic and/or Meta, the better. 

Obviously, I like boundary-pushing work.  It’s fun to watch even the disasters as they help to explain why the rules and conventions work.  And when you have that foundation, you appreciate the more (“so-called”) conventional work even more than you might otherwise.  Because the genre-busters *force* you to think about what’s going on.  You get trained in thinking about what you’re seeing, and then you can see the very experimental stuff going on in the heart of the more seemingly conventional, like Gilmore Girls, which I swear to god is an art-house movie the length of a tv series.

So that’s a little about me.  What are your interests and why do you like?