Nov. 28th, 2011 11:08 pm
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Just in case anyone wonders: the State of me:
I am still soooooooo busy at work I can barely think about anything else! My apologies for the less than scarce presence on LJ nowdays. I am alive and all is great, but the work is eating me up.

And today I had a HUGE disappointment : NO NEW EPISODE OF "THE GOOD WIFE" THIS WEEK. The Good Wife is probably the only show I am in serious love (and obsession) with at the moment. It took me a few rounds of thinking to realise that this is because of Thanksgiving. I must note: I do not approve of this habit of USA-based Network companies of not showing new episodes during USA holidays. I DO NOT APPROVE. Surely, this is the prime time for people to sit around the telly and watch their favourite shows? At least British networks understand this and do Christmas specials and such!

Few months ago I promised to myself that I am going to watch at least a film a week? I am still sticking to this, and I have seen some really good films I haven’t had a chance to post about, like Norwegian "The Bothersome Man". This was a great film!

But today is a "No New Episode of Alexandra’s favourite show" day, so I will tell you about "Warrior" instead.

Warrior: or A Clash of Tattoos

Having seen mostly "OMPH, this is awesome" reviews, at the beginning I was completely in a mood to love this film. And to tell the truth, there were some good emotional scenes between The Estranged Father (Nick Nolte) and his two sons in the first half. And there even was "Moby Dick" mentioned (although I still don’t understand why).

But it all went completely downhill in the second half. Let me tell you a little about the plot, especially about the point I found to be the most ridiculous. Brendon (late 30s, early 40-s) used to be an "Ultimate Fighting Championship" fighter. But now he is a teacher, with a beautiful wife and two daughters. He is behind his mortgage payments and about to lose his house. What does he do? He goes back to fighting, where he could be killed/injured/leave his family with nothing. Why? Because he doesn’t contemplate the thought of losing the house, the most important thing in his life. His wife objects at first, but later relents (as a good wifey should) and starts cheering for her hubby when he is smashing other people to a pulp in the Championship. Oh, and his brother Tommy (played by rather delectable Tom Hardy) is in the Championship too and the brothers eventually have a teary re-union..

There was, of course, an awful "Russian" character, the defending champion Koba (by the way, the name is of Georgian, not Russian origin).

Oh, and all the fighters were, of course, white, and the movie wouldn't have passed Bechdel Test. There was one guy of colour at the beginning but he has lost in the first round.

PS: I am especially miffed that the creators dared to use the song of one of my favourite Russian singers and songwriters, Vladimir Visotsky, as the background song for the awful character of monstrous Koba. Visotsky was the voice of freedom in the 80s Russia.. He died really early - conspiracy theories still abound, and to tell the truth his early death seemed terribly "convenient" for USSR government. I could not believe it when Visotsky’s song was used in this way. I am sure the director didn’t bother to check the lyrics, or the singer’s biography.

Date: 2011-11-28 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] endlessdeep.livejournal.com
Everyone watches football (and by football I mean American football, NFL and College) on TV on Thanksgiving or they are asleep because of too much turkey and alcohol. Or they are watching the Buffy marathon. :) Why do you think the US doesn't have Christmas specials?

Date: 2011-11-28 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
Because the shows I seem to like always have a hiatus during Christmas time? I don't remember any Christmas specials of The Good Wife, for example?

PS:I am just complaining. :D I was looking forward to a new episode of The Good Wife. It might have been the football thing? I didn't know about the football. They do it in UK too, TV usually dies out during the World and European football Cups. But I do like my World Cups, so I don't usually mind..
Edited Date: 2011-11-28 11:56 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-29 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
They have Christmas specials but it's not for regular shows (e.g. there is no special for Good Wife), it's separate Xmas-themed things.

There are no new eps on Thanksgiving and Christmas because nobody would watch them - on Thanksgiving, people are with their family, then either watching football or shopping. Nobody really watches TV. Plus, there is a huge amount of travelling (it's a holiday all about extended family) so even if you are not shopping/football-watching, you are supposed to catch up with family and also tyou get 30 people in the same house who normally watch 6 different shows so it wouldn't work out. Largely same for Christmas - people are with family, want something different (not same shows), there is a lot of travel both to families and as warm getaways, nobody watches much TV, Same reason not that many movies open on Xmas.

Date: 2011-11-29 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] endlessdeep.livejournal.com
Yep. I think a lot of people actually go out to the movies Christmas day. I'm seriously thinking about it this year because Warhorse opens Christmas day. And the new Sherlock Holmes movie comes out Dec. 16th.

Date: 2011-11-29 09:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
We went to see "Sherlock Holmes" on last Boxing day (everything is usually closed on Christmas per se, i think it is traditionally so that EVERYONE can have a day rest) and it was GREAT. The movie theatre was packed.

Date: 2011-11-29 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
You see, it seems the situation is somewheat different here in the UK. May be because of less travel and such, but it is a good "Christmas tradition" for many folks to be with your family and watch the Christmas specials of Top of the Pops and Dr. Who (for example). But many other shows do it too : even Misfits had a Christmas special.

It is different in terms of movies too: many new films open on Boxing day (many places are usually traditionally closed on the Christmas day per se) and the movie theatres are usually very busy. We went to see "Sherlock Holmes" last Boxing day and the place was packed.

Date: 2011-11-29 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] endlessdeep.livejournal.com
Ah. I see what you mean. That TV series have Christmas specials. Some shows do have Christmas specials. For instance Warehouse 13 has a Christmas special. Some do Thanksgiving and Halloween as well. Like Buffy has a Halloween and a Thanksgiving episode. I think there is a Christmas one as well.

Date: 2011-11-29 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
I think they do specials, but I have noticed that the shows that air on Friday-Saturday seem to always have a lapse during Thanksgiving. This doesn't work for all the shows - I think it must largely depend on the Network (as you mentioned previously - most likely some network show something "traditional" during the holiday weekend, like American football).

Date: 2011-11-29 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lage-nom-ai.livejournal.com
Heeee. It's because the holiday is so short and the travel so ridiculous (many people flying/driving halfway across the country) that no one's around to watch tv over Thanksgiving (or, they're watching football).

Date: 2011-11-29 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
It might be the travelling part.. I do like it the way they do it in the UK , though, where they show Christmas eps of the favourite shows. some of my favourite memories are watching Dr.Who Christmas specials with the family. Even "Misfits" had a Christmas ep. :D The way I see it, Thansgiving is huge in USA (must be somewhat close to Christmas in it's hugeness, this is why I am comparing).

Date: 2011-11-30 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildtiger7.livejournal.com
I adore the fact that British TV like Doctor Who comes with holiday specials. Especially since there's nothing on in the US at that point. And I hear you about The Good Wife. I watched an older one instead.

Date: 2011-12-05 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
Yes, more I think of it, I can't really remember a USA show that I watched that does Christmas Specials, but in UK? it is a bit of a Chritmas tradition for many people to watch Doctor Who on Christmas day together.

I hope the new installment of "the Good Wife" will wait for me today!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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