And…She’s Back! For Your Viewing Pleasure…

The crap is out of my lungs, and while I still sound pretty rough, I am cleared to go back to work. Thank goodness. The end of the semester is nigh, and I needed to get back. Tomorrow, I will concentrate a great deal on group work and board work.

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One of the things that happens to me when I am really sick is that my brain sort of stops producing, and I find that watching things is a great way to pass the time. I know I’m better because I have actually read stuff in the last couple of days, and I’m itching to write again. So, let’s talk about what I’ve been watching!

Sabrina (1995): In this case, the remake is better than the original. This movie places Greg Kinnear, Julia Ormond, and Harrison Ford in a snappy romantic comedy that is sharp. It’s the Cinderella story, but it has a great twist. It’s also a story of self-discovery for both Ford and Ormond. Beautifully filmed, with notable soundtrack by John Williams, it combines a modern sensibility with a tribute to old Hollywood style.

Pleasantville: Speaking of gorgeous films, watching the world of Pleasantville colorize and revolutionize is a visual treat. Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon put in sharp performances. I used to pair this movie with the teaching of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to talk about the emergence and changes in 50s society.

Life on Mars Seasons 1 and 2: Gene Hunt would be one of those characters you wish you’d written yourself. Angst-filled Sam Tyler is hit by a car in 2003 and wakes up in 1973. Is he insane, in a coma, traveled in time? You know what I like best about this show? You never, ever know. John Simm and Philip Glenister own the show in a dysfunctional, engaging symbiosis of the classic cop show.

Emma: I have a soft spot for the Gwyneth Paltrow Emma, and I watched it again with delight. Not inaccurate, but abbreviated, this Emma still captures the story’s chief moral dilemmas, and the development of Emma as a character.

Mission: Impossible Season One: I am about a quarter of the way through the season. I am ashamed as a spy fy fan that I have not yet watched this. What I find particularly amusing is that our main man keeps a folder labeled Impossible Missions Force in his apartment with files on all his operatives. Oops. But hey, the 60s, right? I’m not sure why Martin Landau gets to be a special guest star every episode. What’s interesting is that it took me a few moments to recognize DA Adam Schiff, terribly young, in Daniel Briggs. Important tips for being on the Impossible Missions Force: Know how to play the calliope. And remember that a bad ethnic accent will get you out of almost any bad situation.

Revolutionary Girl Utena: Eh. This deserves its own entry.

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In addition to Utena, I’ll be getting back to those research notes on Egyptian mythology. I’m working on a couple of interviews out there yet, and finally, I should write up an entry for this year’s Paradise Icon. So, adieu for now.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

3 thoughts on “And…She’s Back! For Your Viewing Pleasure…”

  1. Mission: Impossible is the innovative godfather of all modern spy TV shows. I’m not sure how well it holds up for modern viewers — a lot of people bounce off it now. But in terms of TV film technique and visual story-telling, I still think it’s groundbreaking stuff and still influencing shows today. (Happy to rec must-see eps if you get fatigued!)

  2. Nope. I’m hardcore. I’m determined to watch all 7 seasons, each episode therein.

    I like the show. And I could never get tired of watching Cinnamon’s hair and dresses.

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