the telethon runner

I watch TV and write about it. Sometimes I watch movies too.


December 2015

Happy Holidays!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and also the season where there’s nothing to watch on TV because you’re supposed to be out there enjoying yourself, celebrating with family, partying with friends … and none of it involves being glued to the screen unless you’re watching classic Christmas movies you’ve seen a thousand times before.

Which exactly what I intend to do over the next few days, so there will be radio silence on the Telethon until 2016 rolls around. 

Coincidentally, yesterday’s post was #100 on this blog, so it’s nice to leave 2015 having hit a milestone.

Meanwhile, allow me to shamelessly plug my baking blog and show you my festive gingerbread house (filled with a glorious Christmas chocolate cake!) …

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… and to wish you all a very

Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

xoxo Telethon Runner

TGBBO Christmas Masterclass

One of the best parts of Christmas TV for me is that, while my favorite shows are on hiatus, I can binge-watch cooking show specials like the Holiday Baking Championship. The one I was really looking forward to, however, was the Christmas tradition of The Great British Bake Off Masterclass special.

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The Affair season finale: Atonement?

Well, we finally got the finale we were waiting for, and this one came with a couple of unexpected twists.

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Ash Vs Evil Dead: oh hell yeah.

Was I the last pulp-horror fan in the world to discover this little gem? Ash is back to battle some Deadites and kick ass?!? Sign me up!

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Top Chef: Palm Springs, solar cooking, golf courses and overcooked corn

Another week, another location for the Top Chef contestants. This time they’re off to cook in Palm Springs – or, as Jason puts it, the Gay Mecca: lots of gays, lots of old people, apparently. I’m really taking a liking to Jason – his discomfort at being surrounded by the macho-group of chefs in the hot tub was adorable.

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If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look…

… you can’t get rid of The Babadook.

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Well, at the very least you can’t get rid of the terribly catchy little rhyme.

This little independent flick kept popping up on various ‘best of‘ lists of scary movies I was checking out; some reviewers even went so far as to declare it one of the scariest movies of the decade, so I figured it’s worth a shot.

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The Sisterhood of Night

This one popped up on my suggested movies list when I was browsing horror flicks so I figured I’d give it a shot. Although it quickly became evident that there was zero horror element to the movie, it wasn’t half bad for a drama/mystery film. It just happened to be mislabeled as a thriller, rather than a teen movie that’s pretty much the equivalent of an unfunny Mean Girls with a mystery added in for suspense purposes.

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Who’s the biggest jerk on The Affair?

There aren’t too many shows on television where practically every character can compete for the Biggest Jerk title. House of Cards is an obvious contender, where the title keeps changing hands between Mr. and Mrs. Underwood, as is Game of Thrones, which is notorious for giving its heroes a mean streak and its villains a few redeeming qualities to balance the scales.

On The Affair, the lines keep getting blurred and everyone seems to be vying for their share in the overall douchiness, with Noah being the odds-on favorite so far. And I’ll admit, he’s done a lot to earn that title, but are things really that black and white? If there’s one thing that this show makes blatantly clear over the course of its two seasons, it’s that everyone is flawed and entitled to making (sometimes huge) mistakes and utterly selfish decisions.

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Just finished watching Crimson Peak, and I honestly don’t get what the fuss was all about. The first half was like a slow period piece; I kept expecting the twist in the second half but alas, it never really happened. The cinematography and the effects were excellent, but not enough to keep my interest… peaked (excuse the pun).

Also, that ‘I heard you the first time’ line at the end? Totally something an action hero in a cheesy movie would have said. Come to think of it, being able to fight/run/climb stairs despite severe injuries is also straight out of the action hero playbook and just felt bizarre (and cheap) in this case.

Verdict: eh.

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