Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #53 + Teaser Tuesday #14

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic? Top 10 Favorite Movies/TV Shows! I guess we all need a break from something other than books. Except me, because a lot of my choices are based off books. So I'm going to go 50/50 on this. I'll have my Top 5 Favorite Movies and my Top 5 Favorite TV Shows!

Top 5 Favorite Movies

  • Inkheart: That's right - based off the book by Cornelia Funke. I know a lot of people were disappointed with the movie, but I thought they did a splendid job. They stayed true to the spirit of the book, their casting was excellent (especially Dustfinger), and I think they were smart in ending it with no plans of a sequel. The changes they made worked for the movie, and I appreciate their making it a reasonable length. Inkheart is a comfort movie. I watch it whenever I'm stressed.
  • Little Dorrit: The very long BBC mini series with Matthew MacFayden, Andy Serkis - et cetera. The best representation of book-to-movie adaption on earth. They could not have done a better job with it. It's the best Charles Dickens movie out there.
  • The Book Thief: Another terrific book-to-movie adaption. They shored a few things up, but overall it's extremely close to the book, and they cast it extremely well. I only recently fell in love with this story, and now it's a favorite - in both book and movie format.
  • Master and Commander: The best seafaring movie ever made. It's got a great cast, they did a terrific job with being authentic, and cinematography - just wow. It's great. It has drama and humor and adventure.
  • Gladiator: It will always be a favorite. I'm no longer a Russel Crowe fan (I'm sorry, but what has happened to his acting?!). But I do love Gladiator - he was good in that. And it's just an awesome story, with great characters. Not the most historically accurate movie, naturally, but I think of it as more of an alternate history. A "what if". And it is loosely based off some real historical events.

Top 5 Favorite TV Shows

  • Sherlock: This has to be at the top for a lot of reasons. 1) I'm a Sherlockian; it would be a disgrace not to. 2) It's currently the best made and best acted and best written TV show out there. Sorry, but it is. If you haven't seen it, please don't pass judgment on it based on the weird fangirls you encounter. It's not like that.
  • Downton Abbey: Because who doesn't love Downton Abbey?! With all its drama and its amazing costumes and filming locations. You never know what Downton Abbey is going to bring next, but it's always guaranteed to be dramatic.
  • Grimm: There are several American TV shows I like, but not many. Grimm is my favorite. I love the characters and the concept and storyline are just fun. Also, it's actually filmed where it's supposed to take place; not some back lot in Toronto.
  • Doctor Who: Okay, I admit it - I like Doctor Who. I'm not a Whovian - I'm not that crazy or that fangirlish. But I do enjoy it. It's fun and entertaining.
  • Merlin: How can you not like Merlin?! Even if they use a lot of the same filming locations for different places. Even if some of the acting isn't totally up to parr (Katie McGrath). Even if it ended too abruptly. Even if the plot has a ton of holes and the villains aren't all that terrifying. It's still fun.
  • Atlantis: A new BBC series created by the same people who did Merlin. It's even sillier than Merlin, but I have a great affection for it. It's just too much fun. :)
  • Stargate SG-1: I know; this is a 6th one, but I can't leave out the TV show that actually got me into watching TV shows. It's silly, it's so totally filmed in Canada, the cast is so totally almost exclusively Canadian, it doesn't have much of a budget to good props or CGI, and it tries to take itself seriously when it really shouldn't. But it's fun. And it got me into TV shows. So, yes, I like Stargate: SG-1. But I never did get into Stargate: Atlantis, and I was immeasurably happy when Stargate: Universe was canceled after only one season. I think everyone was.
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading

- Grab the book you are currently reading.
- Flip to a random page.
- Share 2 teaser sentences from that page!
He sighed, running his hands through his curls. "Laurence invited us to Gravelley Park for a Saturday to Monday. I was - well, I was not at my best, shall we say. My father and I had just had another falling out. I had brought several bottles of Highland whisky as a gift for Laurence. Needless to say, I drank the whole of them. I hardly remember that weekend, but from what I understand, my behavior was reprehensible. I first led Laurence's sister to believe I had serious intentions toward her, only to throw her off for Charlotte Templeton. Another lady toward whom I had no serious intentions. I was a rake, and there's no denying it. I am only now trying to make amends for my behavior toward Miss Templeton, though understandably Emily Maddox wants nothing to do with me."Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed (pg. 220)


  1. Sounds like it wasn't his best weekend!
    My Teaser today is from Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter.

    1. That's what he gets for getting drunk. ;)

  2. I laughed at the part where he drank all the whisky lol. This is my teaser: http://betwixtthesheets.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/teaser-tuesday-aurora-sky/

  3. I don't think this is a book for me.

    My TT is here:

    1. It's not for everyone, but it's definitely one I loved. :)

  4. Well, at least he recognizes his shortcomings! But will the rake really be able to change?
    My Teaser Tuesday is from HEARTS IN RUIN.

    1. I'm afraid it might be a bit of a spoiler if I told you, Sandra! But let me put it this way: I don't like rakes, but I did really like Alexander. :)

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    1. Thanks, Tribute! I actually just finished it, and it was awesome!

  6. If he acts like a rake, and sounds like a rake... lol but what an interesting perspective for a story! I like it. Here’s my TT!

    1. One could say that his actions were somewhat grossly exaggerated, though. ;) It's a fun book. If you like DOWNTON ABBEY, you'll love this trilogy.

  7. I've been meaning to watch Little Dorrit! It looks pretty good, and it has Matthew MacFayden. :)

    1. It's wonderful. The best Dickens movie adaption ever. They cast it perfectly, they kept everything in - it's just awesome.


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