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Archive for January 2009

Painted Black, Soundtrack drama and other excitement

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Mad Men is so cool. I can understand why the BBC have chosen to tease the British public with a season trailer soundtracked to the Rolling Stones Painted Black. But it’s just so heavy handed and c’mon this is a show where the characters live and breathe illusion and advertising, somehow the show deserves better, not to mention that Painted Black wasn’t even written until 1966. I know Season Two skips ahead from where we left it in late 1960 but 6 years? That’s Desperate Housewives territory. Anyway, this is seriously exciting.



There’s not much I can add on the topic of the return of 24, Charlie Brooker’s summed it up perfectly. My only concern is I don’t think they’re going to catch anyone or avert any terrorist acts unless they get Chloe back on coms. Frankly anyone would be better than these fools in the FBI who can’t even get a satellite link up. I predict two things from Day Seven though – Jack’s going to fall in love with FBI agent Walker, or she’ll die. She’s currently buried under a plastic sheet and some dirt but this is 24, she’s nowhere near dead yet.

Fashion Police

The SAGs Fashion Police was much less bitchy than the Golden Globes. One of the most peopular searches for my blog was Taylor Swift, mentioned in last years FP post, so hey, I’m going to go for tags:

Tina Fey’s looked pretty in her Bryan Reyes dress, but.. hey I don’t want to be namechecked when she collects her next award, the fashion police can ‘Suck it’.

tf1To summarise – everyone from Desperate Housewives looked awful but Peter Perfect has a crush on Dana Delaney so he’s forgiven her green leather! Kate Winslet looked amazing but she got a mixed reaction. Angelina on the other hand was praised for more chic (read boring and back to front) frock wearing. Brad Pitt was claimed the spitting image of Cary Grant. Finally the Mad Men cast – how weird is it to see them a la 2009? Christina Hendricks in David Meister and January Jones in Luxotica. Fashion forward people.



Written by Victoria

January 29, 2009 at 12:17 am

Beach Philosophy

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I love Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies), does anyone else remember him in Spanking the Monkey or even Twister? He’s such a brilliant actor, and he’s key to this season of Lost. I’d been worried that he was stuck on the boat off shore from the Lost Island when it time travelled, but no, he’s just fine.
I remember being really peeved by the flash forwards but now that Sawyer and co are bouncing backwards and forwards in time I can’t complain. You can sense the storyline really gaining momentum as there’s more answers than questions in this pentultimate series and the next.
In some ways I feel sorry for all the people who stopped watching – catching up on DVD is convenient but you can’t beat having a show on TV that you actually can’t wait for.

Ian Lee’s on location special was even funny in parts – because of the cast and crew though. I’ve not forgiven Lee’s attempt to replace Joel McHale yet.lost

Written by Victoria

January 26, 2009 at 1:48 pm

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Motorway meals

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Big Chef takes on Little Chef

Is it just me or has both Heston and Little Chef boss Ian missed the point? Blue Sky is fine but people travelling just want good quality reliable food – and yeah not for more than £10.  There’s no point having meals that cost more than a tenner at Little Chef – it’s a convenience restaurant not a destination one.

That said, I am hoping Heston can bring in better quality produce for that tenner and I like the diner style look of the new Little Chef, but will it be rolled out across the board? Our local one could definitely use a facelift.

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January 22, 2009 at 7:02 pm

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Live from the Red Carpet

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Red Carpet

Well I’m avoiding Fearne Cotton and the Anglo-filter by watching the live footage of the Golden Globes on E!
Yeah you have to put up with Ryan Seacrest but there’s Stiletto-cam, Head to toes Glamcam, the Formula One cam. Guiliana is always so nice to the stars, and you can tell they like her, 30 Rock’s Tracey Morgan even calling her “Mrs Morgan in the next life, You are my woman! Our babies would be better lookin than Kimora-Lee’s” or even a sincere exchange with David Duchovny, “I’m thankful for my family, my wife and kids. My gratitude opens my heart up every day” and the stars mock Ryan – already tonight Alex Baldwin’s just stolen the show by asking Ryan who he’s been fondling recently.

“They had you on the cover of a magazine. You were groping some woman.”
30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin, chatting with Ryan Seacrest about recent reading material

They draw squiggly lines over the dresses and you can see who’s mingling with who on E! too. Don’t forget Fashion Police is on Tuesday at 8pm, “mark an effort, buy a mirror!”.

Awards season again though – hands up who is sick of the long interviews with Rainn Wilson? Fingers crossed for Kate Winslet to win this year. 

Brothers and Sisters
Started back with a worrying sappy monologue and didn’t quite hit the Walker family bickering high, at least the first episode back had a gorgeous location and the promise of another illegitimite Walker child.

Dallas - but funny and sunny. Photo

Dallas - but funny and sunny. Photo

A History of Scotland
Why isn’t this series presented by a historian? Because they all walked out on the series? The first show featured the battle of Brunanburh 937 which allegedly took place where I live in the Wirral! Neil Oliver should get down from those mountains and dig a trench in our back yard. I’m all for a history of scotland though, but do worry that it’s been disassociated with by leading Scottish historians as “Anglocentric”.