Tag: 90’s

FAVOURITES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

It will come as no suprise to many that one of my favourite characters on TV at the moment is ‘Adam Sackler’ from HBO’s Girls and played by Adam Driver.
Not a show to watch if you are easily offended!

Take a look at this little mashup from Youtube.
It shows the evolution of Adam from season 1 through to season 5.
Notice the lovely thick black hair in the last clip. He went from filming this to filming for Star Wars episode VIII so I would say that Kylo still has his glorious locks for ep VIII.

Anyway, seeing this clip got me thinking about favourites old and new which has given me my little project for the day.

I don’t watch as much TV as I used to, I tend to stick to films as there is more of an immediate gratification in the end of a movie.
You know the outcome in around 2 hours without having it dragged out over 13 or 24 weeks with a hiatus in the middle!!!

Except of course for Star Wars that likes to drag a story over a 3 film arc and makes us salivate for the slightest hint of what’s in store for our favourite character….. but I’m not bitter about that one at all!!!!

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………. anyway! Let’s see.
Another show that I have been keeping up with over the last few weeks is ‘Lucifer’
It’s another cop/buddy show with a bit of a twist in that the buddy happens to be the Devil who’s taking a vacation from his usual job, much to the chagrin of God.

The British actor, Tom Ellis, has taken on the role and with his looks, his charm and his verbal diarrhoea, he does a brilliant job!

Joel Kinnaman is another current favourite but he likes to keep us waiting between projects!!
Suicide Squad is his next movie which I’m hoping will do big things for his career.

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He has, however, broken his current drought season with his appearance on Season 4 of House of Cards.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing his character do battle with the Underwoods in Season 5 and August 5th cannot come quick enough for Suicide Squad.

Right, time to get the brain in gear and think of favourite characters of the past.
I was still very young in the 70’s but I remember catching re-runs of Star Trek on BBC2 in the early evenings.
Chips was another favourite from a Saturday afternoon and Starsky and Hutch was one to stay up late for and watch with Mum!
So some of my earliest favourite characters were…. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Poncherello (Eric Estrada) and Hutch (David Soul)

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There are two honorable mentions from the 70’s
After the success of Star Wars at the cinema, two TV shows jumped on the band wagon.
Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

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Starbuck and Apollo made a fantastic team and Captain Buck Rogers was a cutie.
Battlestar Galactica has since had a wonderful re-boot although for some reason, Starbuck wasn’t quite as attractive to me! Apollo on the other hand………

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We are sadly still waiting for someone to re-boot Buck Rogers!!
It’s a shame because it would be fantastic with today’s special effects.

Then along came the 80’s and by now I had my own TV. A little black and white portable 14 inch!
It was easier for me to watch what I wanted as I was not restricted to watching what my parents were watching.

The 80’s were…. not exactly something to be proud of!
The fashion was dubious, the acting was…… dubious….. the special effects were cheap!
All that said, it had some of the most iconic TV shows ever!

The ‘A’ Team, Airwolf, The Fall Guy, ‘V’, Simon and Simon, Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Magnum, Automan, TJ Hooker, Street Hawk and just making it in the tail end of the 80’s was Quantum Leap.

Some of my favourite characters from the 80’s were.
Face – The ‘A’ Team (Dirk Benedict), Stringfellow Hawke – Airwolf (Jan Michael Vincent), AJ Simon – Simon and Simon (Jameson Parker)

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Crockett – Miami Vice (Don Johnson), Automan – Automan (Chuck Wagner), Vince Romano – TJ Hooker (Adrian Zmed)

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Mike Donovan – V (Marc Singer), Thomas Magnum – Magnum (Tom Selleck), Sam Beckett – Quantum Leap (Scott Bakula)

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Then at the tail end of the 80’s something magical happened.
They re-booted Star Trek!!
Star Trek the Next Generation made it to our screens and my early earning days were spent at coventions and collector fairs.

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My first real TV crush/obsession was Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes)

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The 90’s were just filled with amazing shows and science fiction/fantasy seemed to be the order of the day. This was music to my ears!!
All the more reason to attend conventions and collector shows!

The first incarnation of The Flash, X-Files, Friends, Xena-Warrior Princess, E.R., Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Stargate SG1, Earth Final Conflict, Babylon 5, Charmed, Farscape, Highlander, Hornblower, J.A.G., The Pretender, Space Above and Beyond.
These are just the ones I can remember right now, I’m sure there were loads more!
All of these shows spawned some little crush or slight obsession.

David Duchovny in the X-Files was just lovely, David Boreanaz as Angel/Angelus in Buffy the Vampire Slayer was simply amazing but Angelus was always more intriguing.

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Robert Leeshock in Earth Final Conflict was attention grabbing (and bottom grabbing, but that’s another story entirely!!), Michael O,Hare in Babylon 5 was a mature lovely and Michael T Weiss as the pretender was just brilliant.

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Highlander spawned not 1, but 2 obsessions. Adrian Paul and Peter Wingfield.
So obsessed was I at the time that I actually ran the UK side of the Peter Wingfield fan club for a while, until work and family became too much, so I had to give it up, but not before I had the chance to interview him for the club magazine and organise a group meeting with him at a convention down in Felixtowe.

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Hornblower, J.A.G. and Space Above and Beyond also have major mentions from this decade. J.A.G ended up running for 10 years after a bit of a rocky start but unfortunately Space: Above and Beyond was a bit ahead of it’s time and got cancelled after it’s first season. Had it come just a few years later, it may have been a different story.

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Now we reach the naughties and TV watching kind of went a little silly.
We still had some cracking shows but I didn’t watch them quite so religiously. There were just too many to keep up with.
I think that around this time they also got a little more sophisticated. Audiences expected more from their viewing.
Heroes, John Doe, CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York, NCIS, Prison Break, Stargate Atlantis, Smallville, 24, The Killing, Lost, Rome, House, The Tudors, True Blood, Psych, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Firefly, Chuck, Jericho.

Heroes was a show that took off like a rocket. It had so much potential but after getting caught in the middle of a writer’s strike, it lost it’s momentum and never really recovered.
John Doe was a fantastic show about a man with no memory of who he is but he has the knowledge of the world stashed in his head. This show ended after just one season and frustratingly ended on a whopping cliff hanger!!! The star of the show went on to star in Prison Break.

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Historical dramas like Rome and The Tudors where a ‘must see’.
The Tudors in particular was memorable because of the casting of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the future Superman, Henry Cavill.

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Smallville brought us the teenage years of Clark Kent and ran for 10 years and went on to spawn current favourites, Green Arrow and The Flash. Firefly brought us the crew of Serenity. An amazing show that stunned it’s audience after it was cancelled after it’s first season. The troops rallied and although they didn’t get a series continuation, they did get a movie to tie up all the loose ends.

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Speaking of shows kicking fans into a frenzy, Jericho was one such show.
It told the story of a nuclear attack on the US and the survivors and residents of a small town called Jericho.

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When this show got cancelled after it’s first season the fans got organised and started a campaign that eventually lead to a second season to tie up the loose ends.
The campaign was fenomenal!!
As stated in a past blog….

In the finale to the season when asked for the towns surrender Skeet Ulrich simply replies. ‘Nuts!’
So when the show was cancelled some bright spark on the Jericho forum came up with the slogan ‘nuts to CBS’ for cancelling the show.
Outrage on the forum turned into a letter writing campaign that suddenly turned into a bombardment of CBS at their New York and LA offices……but not with letters!
No no no, the fans were a little more creative and started sending peanuts.
They got organized and started pooling their money on a site called http://www.nutsonline.com/jericho
This company started sending truck loads of peanuts to CBS on a daily basis along with letters of support for the show.

We’re not just talking a few bags of fan mail here, we’re talking serious amounts of ‘Nuts to CBS’
To date they have had a grand total of over 20 tons delivered…..yes you did read that right.

20 TONS!!!!!
The one day record stands at 10,000 pounds that hit CBS on the 29th May.
The campaign was swift and decisive and successful.

Click here to read the full article… https://mumofthreedevils.com/2013/06/12/i-remember-that/

This blog is becoming incredibly long and could keep on going but I think it’s time to start wrapping things up.

So, we are now in a world where special effects allow us to do anything and as an audience we have come to expect our special effects to be good but we also expect good story telling.
So occasional romps into fantasy are interspersed with cerebral shows that make you think.
Arrow and Flash as opposed to The Killing and House of Cards.

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There are of course, so many more than have been mentioned here.
I can hear some of you now….”what about Vampire Diaries?, what abour Enterprise?, what about Eureka?”…etc.
I could quite literally keep writing and searching for pictures all night but I think this gives a good idea of the kind of shows I grew up with and the kind of things I like to watch currently!!
It’s a bit eclectic but that’s me and right now anything that takes my mind off of Star Wars is very welcome.
Seriously!! My mind is mush thinking about all the possibilities for the next movie and as you can see from my countdown clock at the top right of this blog, we have a gut wrenching 21 months to go!!

HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – PART 5

OK, this one is going to be a little different.
Instead of doing TV or movie camparisons I’m going to go back through my own life and look at all the things that have turned me into the ‘Fangirl’ I am today.

It’s going to be snap shots because I could sit here writing for weeks otherwise!!
You will need to follow some of the Youtube links directly to Youtube because they won’t play direct from my Blog.

I call myself a ‘Rabid Fangirl’ but my husband just calls me a ‘Stalker’
He keeps quiet though. He knows what’s best for him!!
He has crossed off a few places from our holiday hit list. Places like New Zealand, Sweden and Vancouver.
He says if we went I’d probably end up getting arrested….. he’s probably right!

OK, where to start?

During the 70’s I was and outdoor kid.
Music was what I could get off the radio.
TV was whatever my parents were watching because we only had one TV and no VCR
Movies were again, whatever my parents were watching or took me to the cinema to see.

During the 80’s after I started to earn a bit of money from a weekend job, trips to the cinema were definitely my thing.
The odd trip into London to Tower Records to pick up a soundtrack album were becoming more and more regular.
By now I had my own TV but again, TV wasn’t a priority to me.

During the 90’s the Geek inside me got out.
TV, Movies, Internet, Conventions… this is where the Fangirl started to evolve.

2000 onwards…….. Fangirl midlife crisis has struck!

Seems I started young.
Way back in the mid 1970’s when I was around 7 years old, I was given my first vinyl album by my Aunty Kim.
Rollin’ by the Bay City Rollers!

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I loved that album!
They may look a bit weird now but back in the 70’s they were the bees knees!!
Their songs were also really catchy.

It wasn’t until the late 70’s and the early 80’s, when I was becoming a teenager, that I really started to have crushes on boy bands.

2 bands in particular, dominated my early teens.
Adam and the Ants and Duran Duran.

Adam Ant was just so flamboyant and his videos where to die for and fun.
I particularly loved his Kings of the Wild Frontier look.
Adam Ant was so pretty!

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Stand and Deliver had probably the best video.

Duran Duran were something else.
They were ‘New Romantics’
They were pretty boys and were all about the clothes, the hair and the makeup!

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In this case however, I was not in love with the lead singer, Simon Le Bon!
My crush was most definitely John Taylor.

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My bedroom walls used to be covered with posters of both bands.
I even had an Adam and the Ants lamp shade.
This obsession was all before the internet.
I had to get whatever I could from magazines and video recordings and I used to spend my Sunday evenings with my fingers poised over the record button on my cassette radio to record the songs I wanted to get on tape from the top 40 countdown on the radio!!

Anyway, music was never my ultimate thing.
Beyond Adam and the Ants and Duran Duran I never really got ‘into’ music.
I loved the music of the 80’s and loved albums such as ‘Faith’ by George Michael and ‘Kick’ by Inxs and ‘So’ by Peter Gabriel, but I never really obsessed about anyone.

No, my ultimate interest during the 80’s was films.

Sunday afternoons were the highlight of the week when you could catch old movies like ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ or a John Wayne classic or even an Epic like ‘Ben Hur’ or ‘The Ten Commandments’.
Getting to the cinema was a real treat and back in the 80’s we had some amazing films.

Goonies
Breakfast Club
Footloose
Princess Bride
The Big Blue
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3
Top Gun
Blade Runner
Dirty Dancing
Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
E.T
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Robocop
Ghostbusters
Rain Man
Gremlins
The Money Pit
Terminator

I could go on forever!!
Actors had taken over from the boy bands.
Harrison Ford was a particular favourite.

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Jean Marc Barr from The Big Blue was just stunning!

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The Brat Packers like Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez.

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I had an obsession back in 1987 in the form of Peter Weller! and none other than the ‘original’ Robocop!
This man has ‘amazing eyes’ but it was the lush lips that did it for me in the Robocop suit.

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He made a bizarre film in 1984 called ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension’.
It’s now a cult classic and is still fun to watch although it is one of the strangest films I have ever seen and should only be attempted whilst slightly drunk!

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Movies in the 90’s took a very different turn.
They weren’t so naïve and CGI began to rear it’s head and change the ball game completely.
Whatever you could imagine was now possible without the need for expensive sets and extras.
Green screen was now so much more convincing and seamless.

Titanic
Legends of the Fall
Lethal Weapon
Regarding Henry
Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Silence of the Lambs
Schindler’s List
Forrest Gump
Independence Day
Matrix Trilogy
Leon
Saving Private Ryan
Se7en
Terminator 2
Braveheart
Jurassic park
We’ll forget the new Star Wars Trilogy!!
Good Will Hunting
Galaxy Quest
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Sixth Sense
Mom and Dad Save the World

If I thought Buckaroo Banzai was bizarre, it had nothing on ‘Mom and Dad save the World.

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The first time I saw this film I nearly peed myself laughing.
For this one I would say you need to be completely drunk!

Actor crushes in the 90’s consisted of people like Brad Pitt, Jean Reno, Mel Gibson, Keannu Reeves and Harrison Ford was hanging in there.

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My bedroom walls were now plastered…. literally…… with magazine scraps.
There wasn’t an inch of wall space available for anything else.
My bedroom walls were, back then, what my computer has become to me now.
I would rip a picture or an article out of a magazine or newspaper and wallpaper paste it onto the walls.
My Dad never forgave me for that one when I left home!!
It took him days to scrape it all off.

At the beginning of the 90’s I was earning pretty good money with my first full time job.
I had just become aware of Star Trek the Next Generation.

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My inner Geek was beginning to bubble.
I had always watched Star Trek when I could and had always loved it but as none of my family and friends were into it, nothing really came of it.
Nothing that is, until I started earning my own money and when Next Gen appeared I joined a club of like minded fans and went to my first convention!

This is where I met my soul mate, Ian, and my life changed forever.
We both loved movies and shared interests when it came to TV.

Together we spent the next 15 years going to conventions and collector fairs.
We didn’t just stick to Star Trek Either.
We both had interests in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate SG1, Babylon 5, Highlander, Charmed, Roswell……

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The internet now meant I could find out whatever I wanted about actors from my favourite shows.
Movies had taken a bit of a back seat.
I suppose my first real TV crush was Jonathan Frakes as Riker in Star Trek the Next Generation.
6’4″ with beautiful eyes.

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Adrian Paul from Highlander was particularly luscious.

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But my heart was lost to a Vampire.
David Boreanaz was incredibly intoxicating as Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and for some reason was always more attractive as his darker alter ego, Angelus.

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But as the kids came along, getting to the shows became harder and harder until we finally had to give up altogether.
This is when I started to spend more time on the internet.
More time watching my favourite shows.
It went a bit haywire.

Castle
Hawaii Five-0
Warehouse 13
Hart of Dixie
Bones
NCIS
Private Practice
White Collar
Alphas
Criminal Minds
Psych
CSI Vegas
Cougar Town
Chicago Fire
Supernatural
Grey’s Anatomy
Vampire Diaries
The Mentalist
Person of Interest
Elementary
Suits
CSI Miami
Fringe
CSI New York
Army Wives
Trueblood
Walking Dead

It was mind boggling and trying to keep up with it all just sent me into overdrive.
Then something happened.
I don’t know what exactly but keeping up with it all just made no sense anymore.
So I picked just a few favourites like Suits, The Vampire Diaries and Elementary and just gave up!

My interest in movies started to come back.
My kids were old enough to enjoy a lot of them with me.

In 2012 my Fangirling took a bit of an obsessive turn.
I remember the date exactly.
September 7th 2012.

I went to the cinema with my husband to see Dredd!

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OMG.
Karl Urban had arrived in my life and for the next 15 months I couldn’t get enough of him.
Collecting his films, watching his TV show ‘Almost Human’ and collecting photos.

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I mentioned my bedroom walls earlier, well now my Flikr account stores the photos I would have plastered to my walls.
800 photos later and my obsession with Karl Urban has cooled off while I wait for something new from him to arrive.
Karl Urban is from New Zealand and films Almost Human in Vancouver….. holiday destinations hubby is reluctant to take me.

However……

Another man has taken his place.
On February 7th this year I saw a film.
A re-make of one of my teenage favourites.
Robocop.

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The lead actor was very striking and I quickly became overwhelmed with an urge to find out more about him and his work.
Joel Kinnaman.

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I am already up over 300 photos.
I have just about seen everything I can see.
My life over the last few weeks has barely had a day where I didn’t watch something with him in.
I ‘HAVE’ to have a daily fix.

Speaking of which, I need my fix for today so it’s time to round up.

Joel is from Sweden and is currently filming The Killing, series 4 in Vancouver….. Sweden is another holiday destination struck from the list by the hubby!!

There you have it.
My life in a nutshell.

Now I can watch what I like, when I like, on cable TV and Netflix.
Music is at the touch of a button on my PC and phone via Spotify.
The internet is my playground.

When my kids have Flown the coup and we are retired, I can see a return to conventions.
I plan on being a cougar when it comes to my obsessions and I couldn’t care less!!