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Winter is still coming, there’s no sign of a new claimant to the Iron Throne, but someone we know could win the game

February 02, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television No Comments →

Fugitive Tyrion grows a beard, Jon Snow’s beard is thicker, and Jaime Lannister chucks the book and heads off to Dorne to hang out with the Sand Snakes, which should be more fun than besieging Riverrun. There’s no sign of Aegon Targaryen, and Varys and Tyrion seem to be throwing their lot with Daenerys…who could be Tyrion’s half-sister.

We just got The World of Ice and Fire, a history of Westeros by George R.R. Martin et al, and the chapter on the fall of the Targaryens says the Mad King had a thing for Tywin Lannister’s wife Joanna, dangling the possibility that Joanna’s youngest child Tyrion was fathered by Aerys II Targaryen and is therefore in line to the Iron Throne.

It has been mentioned that Tyrion is very much interested in dragons. There’s also an old rumor that Tyrion was born with a tail, like certain Targaryens of old.

Three dragons, three dragon riders: Daenerys Targaryen, (R+L=)Jon Snow (This is hardly a spoiler, it’s been a popular theory for years), and now Tyrion.

Presumably the showrunners know how The Song of Ice and Fire ends, and who are the main characters on the series? Daenerys, Jon, and Tyrion. We like this theory.

Our beloved Watson breaks bad in Fargo

January 23, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Television No Comments →

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The snow is always falling in Fargo, cloaking the world in metaphysical confusion. A mysterious man named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton, whose smile portends bad things) has an accident in the snow and abandons his car, which turns out to have a naked man in the trunk. The man makes a run for it and soon freezes to death. Meanwhile, insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) is bullied by trucking magnate Sam Hess, the same thug who used to make him miserable in high school. He ends up in a hospital waiting room with Malvo, who puts ideas in his head and then offers to kill Hess for him. Lester thinks it’s a joke; it isn’t.

Read The Binge, our TV column in BusinessWorld.

Broad City: At last, a show by, about, and for girls

January 16, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Television 2 Comments →


Thanks to Deo for introducing us to the series. The second season has begun.

Millennials try to make their way in the world in Comedy Central’s brilliantly bizarre, often surreal Broad City. Creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson star as two college graduates in their early 20s also named Ilana and Abbi. They’re in the same demographic as the characters of Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls, but far less self-conscious and ten times funnier. Here at last is a show by, about, and for girls; where the girls do not obsess about their weight, wardrobe, or boyfriends; where they forgive themselves for not being perfect; where they are free to be themselves, and that includes being gross.

Read our TV column, The Binge, at BusinessWorld.

Is that the Phantom of the Opera in the Penny Dreadful trailer?

January 13, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television 3 Comments →

Ooh, more Victorian monsters.

Is Billie Piper’s Irish accent still alive? The Bride of Frankenstein doesn’t talk, does she?

Maggie Gyllenhaal rules The Honourable Woman as a drowsy baroness.

January 09, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television No Comments →

As Nessa Stein, the Anglo-Israeli title character of the BBC mini-series The Honourable Woman, Maggie Gyllenhaal looks like she needs a good, long nap. She enunciates each syllable carefully, draws out her sentences, slowly elongates her neck and stretches her limbs like a languid giraffe. She can’t even stand straight without clutching the rostrum, one leg crossed in front of the other as if for balance. It’s a wide-awake star turn that keeps us entertained throughout the labyrinthine turns and deceptions of the drama written, directed and produced by Hugo Blick.

Read our review at The Binge in BusinessWorld.

Our Top 10 lists for 2014: Books, movies, TV, taxi names, cat food flavors and more

December 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Movies, Television 6 Comments →

In no particular order

Top 10 Books that we read in 2014

1. How to be Both by Ali Smith
2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
3. The Children Act by Ian McEwan
4. My Struggle Volume 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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5. Life After Life and Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
6. HHhH by Laurent Binet
7. The Blue Flower and Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald
8. The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh-Fermor
9. Isabelo’s Archive by Resil Mojares
10. Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala’s Top 10 Books he read in 2014

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1. The Martian by Andy Weir
2. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
3. The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida
4. The Son by Jo Nesbo
5. The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go
6. For Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
7. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
8. Dusk by James Salter
9. The Twelve Children of Paris by Tim Willocks
10. The Fun Stuff by James Wood

Jaime’s Top 10 TV Shows he saw in 2014

1. Gracepoint (US BBC) and Broadchurch (BBC)
2. The Roosevelts – An Intimate Portrait (PBS – Documentary)
3. The Vikings
4. True Detective
5. The Knick
6. Wallander (both Swedish and British versions)
7. Hell on Wheels

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Martin Freeman in the William H. Macy role in the TV Fargo, which is different from the movie Fargo.
8. Fargo
9. The Bridge
10. House of Cards

Our Top 10 Movies from 2014 that we saw in 2014

1. Snowpiercer. How to choreograph a fight scene with axes.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt as Han Solo, and Captain America: Winter Soldier, a 70s conspiracy thriller with superheroes. We’re going to cheat and consider all movies from the Marvel universe as a single extravaganza, to make room for a movie someone just reminded us about.
3. Boyhood. Time travel for real. Who knew that the passage of the years, marked by the most mundane events, could be so moving?
4. Nightcrawler. Creepy Jake.
5. Stranger by the Lake. Like Nancy Drew with sex and death.
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel. The movie equivalent of a vitrine of macarons.

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7. Only Lovers Left Alive. Who but vampires can really appreciate the history of art, literature, music?
8. The Immigrant. James Gray (Two Lovers, We Own the Night) should be more famous.
9. Edge of Tomorrow. In which Tom Cruise gets killed over and over and over again, to the enjoyment of fans and non-fans.
10. Magic in the Moonlight. A better Woody Allen movie than the fluffy Midnight in Paris, which critics and audiences loved.
(Note: Norte was on our 2013 list. We haven’t seen most of the awards contenders, which just opened in the US.)

Top 10 Taxi Names

1. Ozymandias. Look on yon cab, ye mighty, and despair!
2. from Ricky: Shadow of the Almighty. Not a reference to Sauron.
10. Your choices

Saffy’s Top 10 Cat Food Flavors

1. Fancy Feast Seafood Feast
2. Fancy Feast Salmon Feast
3. Vita Pet Tuna with Prawn
4. Fancy Feast Cod, Sole, and Shrimp Feast
5. Canned food from Bow and Wow (basta mahal)
6. Fried chicken (human food)
7. Vita Pet Tuna Nuggets
8. Friskies Mixed Grill Paté
9. Friskies Salmon Feast Classic Paté
10. Sashimi (human food)

Send us your lists.