God I love Cookie Monster. Have since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom, nom!!!!!! Who is your favorite muppet?
Before PBS shared this clip of how Cookie Monster Learns a Lesson from Tom Hiddleston, I was unfamiliar with Tom Hiddleston. Or at least I thought I was until I recalled him as Loki in Thor.
After seeing him interact with Cookie Monster, then seeing PBS Facebook team post clips & photos of him in The Hollow Crown, I'm really intrigued! Are you watching these Shakespearean plays turned TV series online or via cable TV? If you're not watching yet, aren't you just a little intrigued now?!
I never thought I'd be so infatuated by a TV Series based around women who worked in a Toronto bomb factory in the 1940's. But I am. I savored series 1 and then dove into series 2 as a marathon. I loved it that much. The writers must have spent time listening to living legend "rosie the riveter" girls talk about their experiences or found diaries, because the story lines reel you in so much that you feel as though you're at your grandma's knee hearing her tell her heroic tale of working at the bomb factory.
Every actor in this is utterly brilliant. There's not a weak link anywhere. Meg Tilly's performance is completely captivating. I've never seen her in such a serious role. I have huge respect for her after watching what she did with her Matron character. Huge! And each one is dealing with such heavy issues that even today we recognize, have experienced or know someone who has. If you ever wanted a chance to see what life might have been like for your parents or grandparents, or great grandparents, then give this series a chance.
Each scene be it the victory garden, the factory, the club, or the hotel with it's less than adequate, but oh so realistic lighting feel so real that you can imagine what it feels to wear the jump suit or powder your nose.
Every actor in Bomb Girls is utterly brilliant. There's not a weak link anywhere. Meg Tilly's performance as matron Lorna Corbitt is completely captivating. Such strength of character and creativeness. I love how we've been able to see her character unfold and develop. I've never seen her in such a serious role, only her "cutsy" roles. I have huge respect for her after watching what she did with her Matron character. Huge! And each one is dealing with such heavy issues that even today we recognize, have experienced or know someone who has. If you ever wanted a chance to see what life might have been like for your parents or grandparents, or great grandparents, this is an excellent start.
The dreamy Tahmoh Penikett joins the cast in season 2 of Bomb Girls and I tell you what... your heart flutters a plenty! His presence alone tells so much story, and then he gives just enough information as his character that it leaves you wanting more. Not over played, not underplayed... total Goldilocks.
If you'd like to catch a glimpse for yourself, try the promo video on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/rg/VIDEO_PLAY/LINK//video/screenplay/vi3157502233/
Or, watch full episodes on Global TV or Netflix Instant: http://www.globaltv.com/bombgirls/index.html
l love how many men (often through the women in their lives) have come to fervently love Downton Abbey to the point of:
It is very, very rare, that I see any man show an interest in Period Dramas such as Downton Abbey. Ladies - tell me how many of your husbands have watched Regency Era Pride & Prejudice? Or say Victorian Era Larkrise to Candleford?
If you pay close attention to the end of the Larkrise clip (right), you'll see Actor Brenden Coyle, known to Downton Abby fans as Bates. And, if you love Anna, you'll love Joanne Froggatt as Kate in the most recent Robin Hood. Oh was that ever good. How could it not be with actors like the hilarious and dastardly Keith Allan, the handsome and troubled Richard Armitage and the devilish and heroic Jonas Armstrong?!
And speaking of Richard Armitage. I found a tie between him & Hugh Bonneville when rewatching the fantastic Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special. God I miss that show. Dawn French & that whole crew were brilliant!
In addition to the fantastic crew and to writer Julian Fellows (who you should totally watch play Kilwilie),
I believe Men are also interested in Downton Abbey because it revolves around the Ninteen Teens, an era we hear very little about in modern TV.
There is much attention on the Victorian Era and the Gay Nineties, thanks to Sherlock Holmes. How can you not love Benedict Cumberbach as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Watson and the utterly and completely amazing Andrew Scott as Moriarty? The whole cast, crew and videography are totally brillant. Not a slouch in the group.
There is much attention on World War II as many of our relatives have been deeply affected by it:
The closest, most in-depth shows I can think of that delves into World War I / 1910 - 1919 era are
Joyeux Noel, one of my favorite Christmas Movies and the 1976 production, Duchess of Duke Street.
So, there you have it. My logical and movie critics reasoning behind why Men are captivated by Downton Abbey. But, all that aside, as long as they enjoy it, that's all that matters. :)
I'm feeling deeply emotional as I write this and am moved to tears continuously as I write. But, it's important to share with you for reasons I don't fully understand right now.
I haven't read, watched or even gathered knoweledge on the plot of The Hunger Games before tonight. My bookclub is reading it for next month, but I haven't even started. So, I write this based only upon today's listening, and brief reading of the plot on Wikipedia. Really, I felt no incentive to read or watch it. The title just sounded depressing and I spent so many years being unhappy with myself that I choose to fill my life with joy over sadness. It becomes too easy to get lost in fear, sadness and darkness and forget how beautiful and precious life really is, a magical gift.
While saying that (yes while, as in simultaneously) I thought, "What? Why?... Now wait, she just bought this for herself and hasn't even had a chance to listen. She's letting me listen first? Why am I more special that she is? It was her money that bought this. She should have the honor of listening first."
Mom shrugged and said, "My CD player isn't working. I forgot. You just need to listen." So home I went. Listen I did.
Next, in come the electric guitars of "Take the Heartland" by Glen Hansard. Intense. This feels like a good song to listen to when you need to release some pent up energy. I saw myself bouncing around and letting go of anger while dancing in a night club. Kind of a Back-off-and-don't-mess-with-me type of song. Ok... moving on.
Then, Adam Levine and Rozzi, well, Maroon 5 doing "Come Away to the Water". Haunting. Starting with Adam solo - I see fires across plains, dark fields of hay near a river. At first, I thought of Zombies coming after you, then in comes Rozzi (dig her song "The City" - did you know she was just signed with 222 Records, Maroon 5's label?) with the harmonies and I saw "The bad guys" hunting & stealing children from their "good" families. But, the more I listened, the more it felt like the "good people" the rebels, like in Fahrenheit 451 who memorized books, encouraging children to leave the collective pleasantville (read: bad in this case) for the good of life. What started out as haunting, left me feeling a sense of hope for those children to have a good future.
Now we get to Miranda Lambert. I've heard a few of her songs before and even tried to listen to this one on it's own, out of context of the full soundtrack. I couldn't get into it. At. All. Miranda has a cool voice. It's different and I like it. Today, though, my imagination went on a trip into the past. Visions of hot stoves on hot days making grits. Everyone barefoot. Shoes unaffordable. This song reminds me of scenes from The Color Purple. Can't quite put my finger on why ... I see a rough 1930's kitchen in a shack on stilts in a field. Several women, in aprons, are hanging laundry on the line, baskets on their hips, whites blowing in the breeze. It's a warm, slightly humid day with a gentle breeze that's blowing in the grass that turns sad when the scene pans to a girl letting the tears run down her cheeks as she watches her father leave only to be hurt before he can get away.
Finally, my heart opened back up and found hope again in "Rules" by Jayme Dee. Simple. Peaceful. I'm alive, I've survived. Life can go on even though there's hurt and pain in the world.
I can believe in hope again. We will find a way to be happy by going around the rules that society has imposed upon us. Something about Jayme's song made me want to know more about her. I love her voice. I don't even know how to describe it. I just want to listen. I want to harmonize with her adding my own harmonies to the ones she creates. In her live recording of Rules I really like the moment when the wind is recorded, then you see it moving things around her. I'm glad that portion wasn't edited. Reminds me of what my Mom used to tell me about making mistakes with my art, "Sometimes the mistake is the best part." Thanks mom. You're right.
So, I did a quick google on her name and found her cover of Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. I was fascinated.
Here she is singing - simple background, good song, guitar and voila. I've been searching for ways to have my own voice heard. I feel like I have a pretty great singing voice and I've been trying to find songs and styles that really enhance it. Right now, that small coffee shop/camp-fireside performance is what I'm inspired to do. I like to rock, but right now I'm feeling the acapella, chill vibe more.
Then, as I browsed her YouTube channel, I saw that she picked some really interesting songs like Brittany Spear's "Toxic" (below) and John Legend's version of Everyday People. The recording of Toxic was done in one take on a pier at 2AM. I love that. Raw, real, happenstance, spontaneous. Sometimes the best things happen in those moments.
What amazes me even more is that I didn't plan the topic, theme, or anything about this blog post. It was spontaneous. I allowed myself to tap into the universal flow and write from my heart. I let the tears flow, I felt the emotions, I lived each story the songs gifted to me thorough my deeply visual imagination (Thanks to Chuck for his encouragement and delight when I vocalized my visions in our Voiceover Class). And, I was given the opportunity to see many different ways to video a singer and her guitar. This gives me ideas of how I'd like to video myself, Birtha, and who knows what else. And, she even listed the mic's, tools, and software used to create the video. Yay! What fun. I'm so grateful for the inspiration and for following the thread that my mom & The Hunger Games lead me on.
I'll have you know that I did go into character as Birtha this week while writing and allowed Birtha to guest post on Calm Under Tension. I'd love to know what you think of her writing debut.