zaterdag 12 september 2015

My list - updated

It's been a while since I updated my list. And let me tell you, it's a lot of work. There are so many good shows out there right now, that I can't even keep up. So my list of shows to watch grows longer and longer. That's why I thought for this blog, I'd update my list again. Especially since the new television season is about to start!

Currently watching

Rizzoli & Isles 
The Flash
The Big Bang Theory
Lost Girl (cancelled, but still have a few eps in the works)
Once Upon a Time
House of Lies

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  
Agent Carter
Game of Thrones
Orphan Black

Orange is the New Black
House of Cards
Penny Dreadful 
True Detective (just started watching it)
Carmilla (web series) 
Grace and Frankie
Marvel's Daredevil
Scream: the TV series (will finish first season, but not watching it after that)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
White Collar
Sleepy Hollow
Teen Wolf (seen first ep)
Scream Queens (new to the list)
Supergirl (new to the list) 
Lucifer (new to the list)
Quantico (new to the list)

On my to-watch-list

Elementary (seen couple of eps)
The Following (dito)
Grimm (dito)
Girls (dito)

The Originals (seen one ep)
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland

True Blood
Being Human (seen one ep)
Lost (seen couple of eps)
Flash Forward
Battlestar Galactica
Dr. Who (seen couple of eps)
Torchwood (seen couple of eps)
Smallville (seen a couple of eps)
The Lying Game
Alpha's (seen a couple of eps)
Switched at Birth (?)
The Walking Dead (one ep)
Black Box (?)
Dracula (seen one ep)
Ally McBeal (5x03)
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Star Crossed

Complications (already cancelled after one season, but still have to see it) 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (seen first ep, but appears to have already ended after one season as well)
Banshee (seen first ep, not sure if I'm gonna continue)
Dark Matter
How to get away with murder
Mr Robot
The Librarians
(and probably a couple more)

Started watching, but paused or stopped entirely with...
cos I already watch way too many shows and some of them really lost their way, but others I simply can't keep up with)

Merlin (?)
Supernatural (?)
McLeod's Daughters (8x07)
7th Heaven (grew up watching it and now I'm just curious about what happened with the characters)
Heroes (3x01)

Under the Dome (seen the first season, but stopped)

Pretty Little Liars (stopped at 4x16 - it just got to ridiculous) 

Awkward (stopped at 3x12 - also too ridiculous) 
The Vampire Diaries (stopped watching after season 5)
New Girl (up to season 4)
Grey's Anatomy (up to season 11)
2 Broke Girls (up to season 4)

Shows I watched that have already ended/been cancelled
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - BEST SHOW EVER
Veronica Mars (also seen the movie)
Play it Again, Dick
Kitchen Confidential
Joan of Arcadia 
The L Word
My So-Called Life
Gilmore Girls
Dawson's Creek
Point Pleasant
Tru Calling
The Playboy Club (just three eps)
The Sarah Conner Chronicles
Life Unexpected
No Ordinary Family
The Cape
One Tree Hill
Gossip Girl
Being Erica
Secret Circle
The Pretender

The Client List
How I Met Your Mother  
Warehouse 13
The Crazy Ones
Twin Peaks 
The Newsroom
Witches of East End  
Freaks and Geeks

Dark Angel

Video Game High School (VGHS)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (though I'm not entirely sure I've seen all the eps)

As with the list before, some are probably missing in all categories. I can't watch them all the time, but luckily now that I have Netflix I don't really feel I have to.
My request remains the same: If you think some shows are missing or should be added to my list, please let me know! I'm always looking for great shows to watch, especially during the holidays when shows are on hiatus ;-).

vrijdag 4 september 2015

Another year passes

It doesn't matter how much time passes
Or how quickly it goes by
Every year on this day
Time stops
There's a moment to cry

Seconds may turn into minutes
And minutes into hours
It's an ongoing rollercoaster
And before you know it
another year has passed you by

But on this day time freezes
We reminisce
On the life you led before 
The good and the bad 
Because having you here was bliss

Thank you for coming into my life
and letting me get to know you
I will always carry you with me
 Because you made my life richer 
in ways that I never knew.


For Tom

In loving memory

20 Mar 1989 -
04 Sep 2004

maandag 10 augustus 2015

Facebook live with Stephen Amell

I'm back! And boy, do I have news for you. If you follow Stephen Amell, this can't be news for you. But if you're a big Arrow fan and you're not, well you should follow him. Who else would find this interesting? Everyone interested in social media and more specifically: Facebook. Because last week they came up with this new thing, called Facebook live!

The beginning
On the fifth of August Stephen Amell, the awesome actor of Arrow, surprised us all with this new app called 'Facebook Live'. It's a new feature with which he can live chat with his fans/followers on Facebook. As fans of him might know, Stephen is known for spending time in between filming his scenes answering questions from fans during his break. He also inspires them to make fan-art and really takes time to acknowledge the viewers. By introducing this in a five minute video he's taking it one step further. Something he's actually been in 'cahoots' about with Facebook. Not only will he answer fan questions, he's also thinking about a lot of other options to put this new feature to good use. Oh, and another cool thing? You can actually see how many people are watching! It's like a counter that keeps going up and up. 

Check out his Facebookpage at:

The difference
I can hear you guys thinking, what's the difference? Whether he's answering in comments below the thread, or we're listing to him and seeing him? Well, the fact that you can actually hear him say it. Of course there's always the typing thing on Facebook, which can lead to typos or it's just taking longer. But the cool thing is, that by talking to him, he can elaborate a bit more. It's like taking part in a live talk on stage during a con. Though, sure, the first vid was mainly meant as an introduction, sharing that it went live. But Stephen has already mentioned several things he'd like to do with this app and he's already put some of those ideas into action.  

What have we got so far?
I can't even pick a favorite yet... Since this app was introduced, Stephen has done a twenty minute Q&A live, he's given Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak on Arrow) a gift, he's taken us to the set, having a looksy, while you can see a silhouet of Ramsey (Diggle on Arrow) walking by and he's even had a video where he shows his surroundings to encourage fans to come up to him and chat during the live chat! I mean, how cool is that? He has also mentioned live table readings, which I would just love love love to see. And I'm not theonly one. Because how many viewers have seen these? Well, one vid has about 200K viewers, another one 500K, but there's even one with 903K followers. I mean, that is insane! And I'll bet, that as words gets out, these numbers will only get higher.

Don't miss it!
One of the things I like is that as soon as he's live, you get a notification from Facebook. Therefore, if you're carrying your phone with you, it's impossible to miss it. Though yes, if you're in a meeting, like I was the first time, you might miss it. Luckily, you can still watch it back on his Facebook page. And... Stephen is also that considerate, that he'll give you a heads up on his page, so you can take it into account. Another thing I love is how Stephen keeps mentioning how many viewers there are at that exact moment. It's amazing how fast these numbers grow. Lastly, a live facebook vid will hopefully lead to some unexpected fun times as well. Because as we all know, when it's live it's out there. And a lot of stuff can go wrong, but it'll be real. Like Stephen not being able to speak (he kept messing up 'smell' and 'spell' in one of the vids). And as Stephen said: "Everything is better live."

So that's everything I wanted to say about it for now. If you're not following him right now, I can highly recommend it. I just wanted to make sure that this new app with all it's possibilities was known to everyone out there, cos it's gonna bring some amazing stuff. Especially with someone like Stephen Amell at the front of it. Now we'll just have to wait till his next one, which is tomorrow. ;-)

dinsdag 16 juni 2015

One word

All I have to do
Is think of you
The butterflies return
And I've lost all grip on reality

It's not about missing you
But about wanting to be with you
Every day
For the rest of my life

One word is all it takes
You know how to turn my world upside down
Make a bad day good again
Because you are the light in my life

maandag 9 februari 2015

The Veronica Mars Movie Review

On March 13th a Kickstarter project was brought to life: The Veronica Mars Movie Project. It's a site where all people with ideas can go to and other people who see something in those ideas can donate money to make it happen. For Veronica Mars it was a 'hail Mary'. The show, which ended with an open ending in 2007, reach their goal of two million in just one day. At the end they had actually reached 91.585 backers (people who gave their money) and with 5.7 million dollars the 'Go' was a definite and the crew could start making their movie. A little over a year later, Veronica Mars - The Movie, premiered on the 20th of March in the Dutch cinema (one time only). And a little over one month later, the DVD came out.


After having turned her back to Neptune and her teenage years of being a detective, Veronica is being pulled back. She's about to be a lawyer, has a good relationship with college sweetheart Piz and the prospect of a great job in New York, but returns to California. All because her ex, Logan Echolls, is the main suspect in murder case of singer Bonnie DeVille. And this is all just in time for her ten year high school reunion.

Remember this one?

For fans Veronica Mars (the movie) offers everything they could wish for and more. Hardly a minute passes without a reference to the tv show that everyone has grown to love. Cases Veronica worked on as a teenager will put a smile on every fan's face. At the same time the references are so subtle that a newbie to the fandom/show/movie will hardly notice. Like when Veronica walks into her dad's office and simply answers the phone, just like when she was helping him at the office in the show. One of the most surprising - and for fans heartwarming - things are the guest appearances. There's an overflow of familiar faces from the show which will surprise you every other moment. I squeeled when I saw Veronica back together again with Mac, Piz and Wallace! Mac's hair is amazing and Wallace's career choice heartwarming. Or how about Celeste, Weevil, Dick, Gia, Corny, Madison, Leo, Cliff (really, I could go on for a while) and of course my all time favorite tv dad: Keith! After ten years it's not unusual to wonder who would have kept in contact and what they would have been doing now. That's how Rob Thomas cleverly came up with the idea of the high school reunion. This way both friends and foes had a reason to appear in the movie.

New faces

Luckily the movie presents both familiar faces as new ones for the new viewers. The story centers around known characters, but the case itself is linked to some new names of the old high school. A case that goes deeper and deeper, which will increase the interest in the case as it develops. Both the tension and the rythm make for some scary moments that will catch you off guard. You'll literaly jump out of your seat. With all the new and old faces, there are also a lot of storylines in this movie. Because of this a lot is happening and it's all happening very fast. Together with Veronica you'll go from one situation to the next, while the real action takes place near the ending. Just as it should... at the climax of the movie.
Double the episode
Veronica Mars is a fitting sequel to the show, even though the case is not totally up to Veronica's abilities. In the show Veronica used to have cases that challanged her, took more research and for which she used more gadgets. A comparison isn't easy to make though. In the show you have more time for the plotlines and there's a totally different budget. This case is actually better for new viewers who are meeting Veronica Mars, P.I., for the first time. Having said that, it felt like the old days. Familiar faces and wonderful sarcastic remarks are inbetted in the fenomenon that is Veronica Mars. The music is also part of that. In the show it was always a vital part of the the vibe and all the wonderful moments to which it fitted so perfectly. And Rob Thomas simply uses this again. From the party music in clubs tot the darker sounds to go with the tragic and intense scenes. Thomas knows which music goes with every scene as no other. You feel like your simply watching a double episode of the tv show.
Of course you can't have the movie without some romance. Where you can feel the chemistry with Logan, by fans also put together as LoVe, right away, she's actually seeing Piz. The corn bread next door good guy, whose parents Veronica is supposed to meet. For fans there will be a definite tension whether or not Veronica can resist the charmes of Logan and stay with Piz. In the show this played on for three whole season, but in the movie it goes on a rapid pace. Therefore the chemistry will feel a little bit haste. Especially for viewers who don't have the all the background information. For them these moments won't be as convincing. However, if you do know them from the show, seeing them again will make you feel butterflies.
For the Marshmallows
As the movie was made possible with the money from fans, lovingly called Marshmallows, it isn't strange that all the fanfun is such a big part of the movie. The down side is that all the newbies will probably have more questions once the movie has ended. Some storylines are simply there to bring familiar faces back. But other than that the storyline doesn't really get solved, it just stays in the middle. Because of that - storywise - it doesn't add anything to the movie. It might seem more logical once you know that there's also a series of books coming, following the events of the movie. Two books have already been published (The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line and Mr. Kiss and Tell), which explains the open ending on some of the plotlines that never get explained in the movie. The open ending also gives the idea that the movie was truly made for the real Marshmallows who'll probably read the books, instead of the new viewers (who of course could also end up reading the books after seeing the movie and loving it).

The dvd
As a backer, I also received the DVD of the movie once it came out. Luckily for me, they made a European version as well. Not that I need the subtitles or anything, but it's still nice to know to be thought off.
There's also a flyer included with which you can download the movie with a code.

The looks
The cover has the same image as on the poster: Veronica holding a camera and photo negatives on the right side of the picture, which pictures different characters in different scenes. The only name on the cover is 'Kristen Bell', no director, no screenwriter, no editor and no other actors, leaving all the room for the picture. It's simple, just as the fond of the  title. On the back it has different scenes pictured as well, with a little remark about being able to download it, and all the names are mentioned. It also has a big box which mentions the hour long featurette.

As for the dvd itself: The dvd is just as simple, with just the title of the movie on it. The menu pictures the same image as on the cover. It gives you a scene selection (twelve scenes), language selection (dubbed and subs) - for which there isn't really a background - and the one extra featurette. Basically it's very simple. But honestly, with a movie like this, you don't really need anything more.
The featurette
The dvd has the usual specs, like trailers from other movies at the beginning. The one featurette for the fans is "By The Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie". It shows the beginning from when the Kickstarter Project goes online and the first backer donates money. Creater Rob Thomas shows how in about twenty seconds they make like a thousand dollars. You see how Kristen Bell wakes up to the news of already having 400.000 dollars in the project and the entire cast in clips, of their backer vids that were shown on the site, who are just overwhelmed. This featurette takes you from the first moments of the Kickstarter campaign, through the days on set where they meet the fans to Comic Con 2013, where the first sizzle real was shown.

Honestly, I'm not gonna spoil the entire featurette, cos you'll have to see it for yourself. But there's this one moment where Rob explains how the location got leaked and fans show up taking pictures. How much love the actors have for there fans shows in the fact that they actually went to them and took pictures with them. And that's what this featurette breathes. Because not just the fans are uberexcited, but the cast and crew as well. And hearing everybody talk about this show and what it means, it will bring tears to your eyes. It's simply that touching.

Veronica Mars (dvd, 2014) is everything a Marshmallow could wish for and so much more. The humor brings her character back to life, the cameo's create wonderful nostalgic moments and the case makes for the excitement. While a newbie could feel a little bit overloaded with all the info, they'll also be able to enjoy this movie. Whether you grew up with this blond teenager or not, it's wonderful to see her back at work (again) in Neptune. And if you missed all the excitement on Kickstarter and the value this project has, the dvd will give you the insight with the featurette.

vrijdag 23 januari 2015

New year, new place

First of all, let me apologize for the past TWO months in which I haven't blogged. I must say, I missed it dearly and had lots of ideas to write out. So hopefully I'll be able to pick it up soon (which I intend to do) and even though some of those topics might be far in the past, I'm already looking forward to writing about it.

The past two months have been crazy for me. Ever since I got promoted in September, I've been looking for a place for myself. While I already fell in love with my current appartment in September, it took quite some time to see if it was affordable and getting the loan. Pretty much all my free time went into finding documents, making a lot of calls and thinking ahead. As soon as the paperwork was as good as done, I could start planning what I needed for my own place. I had to get a couple days of work as well for the move, and I needed to find out if some of my friends and family could help out.

December 12th was the big date: I got the keys to my very own little appartment. Right before Christmas... cos you know, that's logical planning :P. Anyway, I wanted to be out of my own room (student house) by January first. Which I managed to pull of thanks to all the help I got. Everything went ever so smoothly, except that I couldn't get my All-in-One TV/Internet/Telephone thing to work. So that's why I had to spent about two to three weeks without internet. Aside from the backlog of all the shows I watch, it also meant that I couldn't blog.

Luckily I'm back online again (already caught up with about half of my shows ;-) ), my appartment is as good as done and this weekend my friends and family will come by for my housewarming. After that, I'll hope to be able to pick up this dear blogging thing and post more frequently.

So anyway, that's my start of the new year and another new years resolution to blog more this year, than I did last year. Now that I have internet again, I'm pretty sure I should be able to do so.