ahkna: ([x3] kitty!)
I finished Season 5 of Buffy, which I think is my least favourite season. Now I'm watching Wilby Wonderful and it is. Because anything that stars Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, Callum Keith Rennie, James Allodi, Paul Gross and Maury Chaykin is AWESOME. Of course, I'm predisposed to liking Canadian, so I'm a bit of an easy sell.

Sometimes I get a little sad that Sandra Oh became all big with Grey's Anatomy because I totally adore her in these little movies that no one ever sees in big movie theatres. Also, I love how the phrase "double-double" automatically makes something Canadian. Oh, and Ellen Page really does look a ridiculous amount like Katie Stuart, who played Shadowcat in X2: X-Men United.

I also started watching this cute movie called Cake this morning. It also had Sandra Oh, with a surprisingly clothed Heather Graham, Sexual Chocolate and David Sutcliffe. I might have to catch it later.
ahkna: (ACT Teryl Cowgirl Bleached)
I'm completely in love with that new show on some MTV speciality channel, South of Nowhere. I saw it reviewed on afterellen which is usually enough to make me roll my eyes and never watch it but I downloaded the first four episodes and I liked it.

The show is cute and even if some of the camera stuff they attempt is stale, it's approached with such earnestness that I love it. Plus, the main character, Spencer, is so totally exploring her sexuality. And I'm pretty sure she's going to end up gay. Also, her adopted brother is dealing with being black (and very smart) in a white family in LA. It's kind of like America's answer to Degrassi. Let's see if this show is on it's ten trillionth incarnation in 20 years.

Also, why is Television Without Pity showing me ads for the CBC? Who cares! Yay Canadian television! ESPECIALLY Canadian television that stars Ian Tracey and Matt Frewer.
ahkna: (SG1 Sam Blue)
I finally made it through Season 5 of Stargate SG1. I know, I know, I'm wasn't supposed to watch it without Little Brother but I couldn't resist. I'm sending it home for his birthday next week, so I figured I would watch it first. Then we can watch Season 6 together when I go home for Christmas as it will be his Christmas present.

Anyway, I'm watching the "Ascension" commentary and at one point Amanda, Martin Wood and That Other Guy Doing Commentary start talking about how much Random Tech Guy looks like Ian Tracey. Then they explain to that Ian is on Da Vinci's Inquest. It totally made my little fangirl heart squee that they were unintentionally pimping DVI. Yay!

Yeah, I know, obsessively Canadian, yada yada.
ahkna: (Cally)
So, I'm watching Da Vinci's Inquest. This show makes me squeal with all the fucking awesome talent on it.

First off, Gwynyth Walsh fucking rocks. Remember when she was the Tok'ra mom on SG-1. And Jewel Staite is on it as Gabriella Da Vinci. She's so beautiful it actually hurts me. Sarah Strange, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Apophis...I mean, Peter Williams. It's weird because Sarah-Jane is playing Gloria in this episode but in later seasons she was a regular as Sargeant Kurtz.

And Colin Cunningham is on this show all the time, although he is so much prettier on SG1.

Picspam! Picspam!
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Why, I think it's Major Davis from SG1 and Petty Officer 2nd Dualla from Battlestar Galactica. Hee! Jeebus, that woman has beautiful eyes.

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And Apophis is alive and hiding in Vancouver! Possibly dating George's mom from Dead Like Me.

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It's Queen Egeria from SG1 and Leo's hot Indian nurse from West Wing.

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Venus Terzo is so beautiful it makes me hurt inside.

Anyway, speaking of shows shot in Vancouver that I love, I bought Season 2 of Dead Like Me. It was 30 bucks and I'm all vibratey because I will finally get to see the Teryl Rothery episodes.
ahkna: (Sam and Janet)
I feel like ranting a little about television right now. I keep reading and seeing several things that have just been rubbing me a little raw lately, so a rant, divided into three [mostly] unrelated topics. I have three topics: Character Development (or Stagnation), Why I Watch Science Fiction and Race in Television.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (OR STAGNATION)
Fandom people bitch about inconsistent character development all the time. "How she reacts in this Season Seven episode is so out-of-character for so-and-so", etc. The one that comes to my mind first is Sam Carter from Stargate SG-1. Even Amanda Tapping complains about her being inconsistent as a character.

Another example that springs to mind is Season 5 and 6 characterization on The West Wing. I don't actually think that counts though because Josh, Leo, CJ, Donna and Toby don't resemble themselves from the Sorkin-penned earlier episodes one single iota. This isn't bad characterization, it's really bad writing. There's a difference.

I, for one, try not to complain about how Sam is acting like a mooning school girl and Leo is short tempered and podlike. In real life there is no such thing as consistency. People never react the way you think they will. People are selfish and cruel and sometimes their personalities remain stagnant for years with little or no personal growth. Ideally, our television show characters would grow as people but come on, let's just take inconsistency to be a little bit of real life thrown in.

WHY I WATCH SCIENCE FICTION
I watch science fiction because anything is possible. It's great for the imagination but more than that, death isn't permanent and the heroes always find a way to save the world. I think that's why I'm not so obsessed with Battlestar Galactica as everyone else seems to be. I mean, I love it to pieces and I'm avidly watching it but it's a very serious show.

I want to see Buffy be resurrected because she's special. I want to see Teal'c risk his life to save Jack, Sam and Daniel from hell and have them be okay. I want to see Q fuck around with Captain Picard. I love whumping more than the average girl but I like it to be better. I want everything to be right in the end.

Seriously, killing off characters permanently just for the emotional upheaval is liable to turn me off of a show. Janet Fraiser, Tara, Jadzia Dax, etc. Blurp. I want to see UST and witty/sarcastic comments when in dangerous situations and victory in the face of overwhelming defeat and the occasional episode of hysterical silliness.

I've seen enough freak deaths like Janet's and Tara's (which were freakily similar to each other, oddly) and had to deal with the heartbreak and emotional upheaval that kind of stuff brings. I can't be the only one who feels this way or the most popular shows on television wouldn't be sitcoms.

and finally RACE ON TELEVISION
Uh, yeah, so for the most part only white people and black people exist on television. And even then it's mostly white people. What the hell?

Yay! Grace Park on Battlestar Galactica, a Korean! Is it just American television or American-produced shows? Asians are hardly ever shown as regular characters, with the notable exceptions of the aforementioned Grace Park, Keiko Agena on Gilmore Girls and Ming-Na on ER and people of Middle Eastern descent? Only in the past couple of years with Naveen Andrews on Lost and Parminder Nagra on ER has anyone brown made it on American tv. And, I feel it is necessary to note, that both Parminder and Naveen have British accents (yes, I think Naveen's shines through on Lost). English accents represent class and refinement to the North American public for some reason, so that reduces them to being foreigners due to accent as opposed to colour, like television is denying that brown people live in America.

I specifically point at American shows because Canadian television doesn't seem to fall into the same sort of traps. There are shows like Metropia which is for all intents and purposes a cheesy, low-budget night-time soap but represents cultural and ethnic minorities as they appear in Toronto. North of 60 was an entire show about being Native Canadian, for goodness sakes. Edgemont had several Asian characters. And one of them was gay. Gay minorities are highly underrepresented as well.

Jeez, the only thing more marginalized then Eastern races on television is Eastern religion. Maybe I don't have the right to complain as a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant - one of the majority but it really bothers me. Maybe I'm just naive too but I want to see everyone get represented.
ahkna: (Sam and Jack)
Meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] wickedlygilmore

Look at your LJ "interests" list. If you have fewer than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much.

fifteen obsessions: explained )

It's sad because all my favourite interests didn't come up. It would have been way more fun to explain my love of 'wordsex', 'leather corsets', 'boys in glitter', 'feather boas', 'gay hobbits', 'kates', 'ot3!', 'triple crosses' and 'thick rimmed glasses'.
ahkna: (Alexis)
Little Brother and I have somehow, independently, become obsessed with the same movie, Hatley High.

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It's a weird little Canadian movie about a town obsessed with chess. The losers are the basketball players and the jocks are the varsity chess team. All the characters are interesting and funny and likeable. So very tongue in cheek and cute. Especially the high stakes Dragonslayer and the illegal chess nightclub. Also, hello to the Rachel Lefevre.

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ahkna: ([sg1] dr. janet)
WHOA! How did I not remember that David Hewlett (Rodney MacKay on both Stargates) was in Cube, which is one of my favourite movies of all time? Probably because I was completely obsessed with the beautiful Nicole DeBoer at the time, who went on to be in my second favourite Sci-fi show of all time: DS9. I also forgot that David was a regular on Traders too. I love Canadian actors.

Hee! *watches Cube again*
ahkna: (Default)
And a big gay hello to the movie Where the Truth Lies. I want to have sex with this movie RIGHT NOW. My mind is all disjointed with the squee

Okay, calm down, Ahkna. Queerday.com is reporting that the Kevin Bacon/Rachel Blanchard/Colin Firth threesome "has the MPAA ratings board threatening to give [the movie] an NC-17 score." There is an Alice in Wonderland lesbian sex scene apparently but that doesn't excite me as much AS COLIN FIRTH IN A THREE-WAY. Colin Firth sends me into little orgasmic spasms just thinking about him playing Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Or in Bridget Jones's Diary. All I can hope is that Colin and Kevin GET. IT. ON.

Also exciting: the film is by Atom Egoyan, who directs great movies. Mmm, Exotica, starring Jenny from The L Word. Also, it has Alison Lohman, hopefully looking hot. She was the ONLY reason to see the train-wreck that was White Oleander (read the book instead - it's much better). Plus my favourite adopted Canadian, Maury Chaykin. And my favourite indie movie boy of all time: Don McKellar. And Kristin Adams, who was the cute, blonde ingenue sister in Falling Angels.

GIPGIPGIP

Jul. 24th, 2005 10:51 pm
ahkna: (Default)
Okay, I'm back and I've brought pretty pictures of pretty girls.

First off, this fucking hot picture of Teryl Rothery. It gets bigger when clicked.
OMG TERYL!


MROW! DRESS! UNIFORMS!

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This picture makes me both happy and sad. Happy because Amanda isn't wearing very much at all AND you can see tan lines from her what looks to be tiny bathing suit. But it makes me sad because she's wrapped in an American flag and I want my hot Canadian ladies to be wrapped in a Canadian flag.

two more Amanda behind the cut )
ahkna: (Default)
Why am I the last person to know that they are making a movie about Tommy Douglas? Here's the info. The father of the NDP and medicare! Voted The Greatest Canadian! And shouldn't Keifer Sutherland be in it, considering Tommy is his grandfather?

It has Ian Tracey, who I love. And Paul Gross. Playing John Diefenbaker. DIEFENBAKER! Come one, who watched Due South? Deifenbaker was the name of Paul Gross's character's dog. IRONY!
ahkna: (Electricity)
Sometimes I get really pissed off at myself for really liking obscure Canadian movies. I want Turning Paige on DVD but it doesn't seem to have been released yet despite having been made in 2001. And I've seen it on tv. Thank heavens for TMN. It's a very worthwhile movie and very Canadian art-house, if you know what I mean. It stars the ELECTRIC Katharine Isabelle and Brendan Fletcher, plus Nicholas Campbell and Torri Higginson (aka Dr. Weir on Stargate: Atlantis.

Falling Angels which stars Katharine again, plus the amazing Callum Keith Rennie and Miranda Richardson is at least out on DVD but I can't find it anywhere which is troublesome because I don't have a credit card to order it off the internet. :(

Ooh, I wonder if I can get The Last Casino on DVD? That one stars Katharine too. It's about math geeks that hustle casinos to help their professor. Very good.
ahkna: (Kittie)
Okay. So I was watching this movie, Wilby Wonderful this morning whilst I got ready for work. Stars the wonderful Callum Keith Rennie, Sandra Oh and Paul Gross. Canadian staples! It seems like I am still extra patriotic today!

Well, anyway, it had Maury Chaykin in it. I said that he was American but moved to Canada because we're better. She says he was born her. I imdb'ed it. I was right, she was wrong. And, weird upon weird, his wife in the movie is played by his real life wife, Susannah Hoffman. ALSO KNOWN AS JEN PRINGLE FROM ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Jen Pringle! Okay, I'll calm down. I was just/still am majorly obsessed with Anne of Green Gables book/movie. I even got extra excited when Megan Follows was on er playing a lez.
ahkna: (Chenzel is love)
Julie Stewart and Rachel Hayward, dopplegangers?

They look a lot a like: Julie. Rachel.

I must get back into Cold Squad reruns, especially since it just ended. Damn all the working getting in the way of the tv watching. I love Julie, we have the same last name. I also harbour Bad Thoughts about Joy Tanner from...season one? Also for Tamara Craig Thomas who played Mickey and is from the next GTA city over.

I am such a Canadian actor fangirl. Seriously. There was those couple of years that I obsessively fangirled the actors at the Stratford Festival. Canadian tv series' are the best: North of 60, Street Legal, Blue Murder, Da Vinci's Inquest (Sarah Strange, Venus Terzo and Sarah-Jane Redmond, MROW!), Cold Squad, Made in Canada, Degrassi, This Hours has 22 Minutes, Student Bodies, RadioActive, Corner Gas, etc. And those are just the ones I watch/ed on a regular basis. And that's not even mentioning shows that are just shot in Canada and have predominantly Canadian casts but are made for America like The X-Files, Smallville, Stargate SG1, Millenium, The Outer Limits, The L Word, Dark Angel and any number more that I didn't watch. Holy monkey, I watch a HUGE amount of sci-fi/fantasy shows.

Whoa, I have been extremely patriotic today. It's probably just that Canada is the best country ever.
ahkna: (Chenzel)
I watched Le Divorce tonight because it was on, I had nothing better to do and it had Bebe in it. There was very little Bebe actually in the movie but she made up for that by being completely fucking hot and adorable (at the same time) in the seconds she did have. Oh and Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts were there to fill the inbetween-Bebe moments with their cute blondness and crazysexyhot French speaking skillz. The movie was a lot better than I thought it would be. Very quirky.

And because of that here is a delightfully gay and domestic picture of Kate and Naomi. (I KNOW! Naomi all over a girl that is not Nicole!)
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I also watched Shattered Glass which was a very hot movie about Hayden Christensen or something. I really wasn't paying attention because it had CHLOE SEVIGNY, ROSARIO DAWSON AND MELANIE LYNSKEY LOOKING VERY HOT.
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See? Rosario with straight hair and glasses is like a wet dream. Mrow!

The movie also featured Jamie Elman whom us Canadians will remember as Cody from Student Bodies. Jake and I were obsessed with that show. I had a major crush on Flash.
ahkna: (Default)
Hey, site for Sarah-Jane Redmond. So many hot pictures there. I used to be completely obsessed with Sarah-Jane Redmond, back when I was obsessed with Canadian tv and movies.

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