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Big Little Lies… so not Knots Landing (spoilers possible)

April 12, 2017 Leave a comment

I’d heard about this mini series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern and saw a couple of previews. I figured, rich women in California with perfect lives, let’s just give our awe and wish we were them.

Wrong. Dead Wrong.

Adapted from the best selling novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is the story of a group of women whose children are enrolled in the same first grade class in affluent Monterey, California. Despite the picture-esque landscape and the million dollar homes, each of them has crosses to bear, and some of those are very violent.

Sure, it ain’t Westeros with people getting their heads chopped off, but believe it or not, I had as much of a visceral reaction to this mini series with regards to depictions of domestic violence (be forewarned, it can be very triggering) as Game of Thrones. I won’t go into details much, but some of the episodes can be quite jarring. Funny, witty, dark, and dangerous… each episode has those qualities.

Do I recommend this series? Yes I do. The performances are top notch and the writing is amazing. Just be prepared to feel some kinda way at the end and realize you need to step outside and take a breather because of the intensity.

Let me just say: if Nicole Kidman doesn’t get at least an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Celeste, I would be in complete shock. She gave a tour de force performance in this series. Alexander Skarsgård also gave a very nuanced, charged performance as Perry, her husband. The man is so expressive, he doesn’t even have to say anything to be sweet, loving, dark, and menacing all at the same time with one glance, or one whisper. I’ve seen a lot of his movies and True Blood (he’ll always be Eric Northman to me), and he just impresses me every time.

What Maisie Knew – Official Trailer (and some Askars goodness)

March 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Alexander Skarsgard

As it will be a while before we see Eric Northman doing the dirty down in Bon Temps again, here is a trailer for Alexander Skarsgard’s new movie “What Maisie Knew”. It also stars Julianne Moore (always one of my favorites), and Steve Coogan.

What’s interesting about this film is it’s a modern adaptation of a Henry James novel. Ever read Portrait of a Lady? That’s the same guy. Sometimes  modern adaptations work (Clueless is one), and sometimes they don’t. I think this one will be one of the workable ones.

The Number 1 reason to watch True Blood

June 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Ahem:

Alexander Skarsgard

I’m not overly fond of the black tank tops Eric Northman tends to wear, but man, he’s smooth no matter what. I’d say in the vampire universe he’s the top of the charts, followed by Gary Oldman *swoon*:

Gary Oldman as Dracula… excellent movie. Well, except for Keanu and Winona anyway.

I don’t know how she resists, for real. Do you?

I’m really enjoying the HBO Go app for the iPad and XBox 360. Some of the content goes back 10 years + to my old favorites. Full seasons of Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and comedy specials, unedited, all great things. It’s also cool to watch shows I missed the first time around, like the Generation Kill miniseries. Normally I’m not one for war shows, but this one is pretty decent. The creators of The Wire also made it, and Skarsgard starred in it before he got the part in True Blood. I swear, to hear him speak you’d be 100% convinced he is American instead of Swedish.

The story behind Generation Kill is pretty simple: a Rolling Stone reporter is embedded with a unit of the 1st Recon Marines during the first wave of the assault on Iraq in 2003. Generation Kill chronicles his experiences with the men, and not just the good times either. It’s not as harrowing to watch as Saving Private Ryan, but there are scenes of gore (come on, it’s HBO after all).

Sure, he’s amazing to look at, but homie’s got his acting skills down too. He ain’t just a pretty face and body 😉

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