My 5 Favorite British Comedies

Hi everyone!

If you don’t know by now, I watch a lot of television. A couple of years ago I went through a phase where I was only watching British comedies and period dramas. I became a bit of an anglophile and learned to love and appreciate the TV industry in the UK. Today I wanted to list some of my favorite British comedies in hopes of introducing you to a show that you may have heard of but haven’t checked out yet!

Without further ado and in no particular order, these are my five favorite British comedies…

1. Spaced (1999-2001)

Alright, I’m going to be honest with you. I know I said in no particular order, however, Spaced might be one of my favorite shows of all time, so it was the first one I wrote down. It’s only two seasons (or series as they say in the UK) and it features a young Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who you may recognize from the Cornetto Trilogy and stars Jessica Hynes who is absolutely amazing and hilarious in her role as Daisy. Also, every episode is directed by Edgar Wright who is well known for the Cornetto Trilogy, Scott Pilgrim, and Baby Driver. The show is about Tim and Daisy who find themselves living together and getting through life while being surrounded by the quirkiest group of people. The show has some great nerdy references too, including Star Wars, so it’s definitely my jam.

2. The Thick of It (2005-2012)

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All hail Malcolm Tucker! The Thick of It was created by Armando Iannucci who is also responsible for HBO’s Veep (a favorite of mine). This show is the British equivalent to Veep and it’s just as hilarious and amazing. I didn’t think I’d care for a British comedy about government but the show is pure satire and the characters and jokes are what make it so GREAT. Peter Capaldi stars as Malcolm Tucker who is the Director of Communications for the government and is a crazy, vulgar man who is feared by all. It’s a really fantastic show that may teach you a few things about modern British government or how to tell someone off using the most perfect of British insults.

3. The Office (2001-2003)

Classic. If you are a fan of the US version of The Office then at one point in your life you have been told to check out the original UK version of The Office created by Ricky Gervais. I’ll admit it took me a few episodes to get into but once I fell in love with the characters I couldn’t stop watching and binged the entire show in one night.

4. The Mighty Boosh (2004-2007)

THE MIGHTY BOOSH. This show is weird and surreal and comical. I had seen sketches from The Mighty Boosh on YouTube but had never seen the show until I watched it on a streaming service. The show features Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt as Vince Noir and Howard Moon respectively, two failing musicians trying to pursue fame. I will say it’s not for everyone. If you are into sketch comedies like Portlandia or The Kids in the Hall, or maybe if you’re into talking Gorillas, this might be your thing.

5. Black Books (2000-2004)

Black Books is another really great series that is often considered a sister show to Spaced. It’s about Bernard Black who runs a little book shop and hates all of his customers. Bernard is accompanied by his shop assistant Manny and his friend Fran who try and get Bernard to be more social. There are several actors from Spaced who make appearances throughout the show’s run, which is pretty cool. I will say Black Books does have a laugh track and it can be bothersome at times, but I’ve learned to accept laugh tracks from older shows because they’re still funny and great at the end of the day.

Life Update: I graduated, now what?

So, I finally graduated college.

Yup. It’s been a stressful five years but I did it. When I started college I knew exactly what I wanted to do and thought that because I was so passionate about it, it would be easier for me. Then I realized that what I wanted to do was difficult to get into and if I really wanted it, I had to step out of my comfort zone and fight for it. A lot of other personal things happened too and every semester became a little harder to complete. But I did it, I fucking did it.

Now that I have my degree, my main focus is finding a new job. The job hunt has not been easy because I need experience and a lot of companies don’t believe in paying their interns. Sorry, but I don’t have the luxury of working for free. The job I work at now has been utterly miserable and I look forward to the day when I can wake up and be happy about going to work.

In other news, Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out very soon and I am very excited. I have a feeling we are all in for a couple of surprises and lots of laughs. Donald Glover recently hosted SNL and his sketch as Lando was hilarious! I highly recommend watching it because it actually covers some issues that are being discussed right now, like the lack of representation in Star Wars, both in front and behind the camera.

Check it out below:

Hopefully the next time I check in I will have gone to a couple of job interviews or have some new opportunities. I’m nervous about the future but I’m ready to fight for what I want!

 

 

May the 4th Be With You!

Hey you.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Time to celebrate by wearing your favorite Star Wars t-shirt, eating Star Wars themed food, and watching Star Wars all day long. This is a pretty average day in my life just with more puns and a whole lot of appreciation for the galaxy far, far way.

One thing I like to do every year is reflect on how much Star Wars has changed my life for the better. I’ve written about it here and there on the blog that Star Wars isn’t just another film series that I love. It’s something that came into my life at the right moment and provided me with solace and hope. A bit much, I know. But it’s true, I have never quite loved something as much as I love Star Wars. I fall in love with TV shows and movies and fictional worlds all the time, but Star Wars has always been consistent and it always feels like home. Not to get too personal but Star Wars has saved me on occasion by simply existing and the sequel trilogy will always feel like a present I get for staying here and choosing to live my life. What I’m trying to say is I love Star Wars a lot and everyone should take the time to think about what the series means to them. That’s what is so wonderful about loving something like Star Wars, everyone has their own story and they are always so fascinating to hear.

I hope everyone has a great Star Wars Day, no matter how you feel about certain films or books or games, remember your Star Wars story and celebrate it. There are so many amazing and creative ways you can celebrate today, feel free to tell me how you celebrate your Star Wars Day in the comments!

May the Fourth be with you.

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Five Things: April 2018

Five Things is a series where I list five things I liked, loved, or geeked out about during the month.

In no particular order, here are this month’s five things…

1. Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover visited the Star Wars Show and spoke with Andi Gutierrez all about Solo and it was pretty great. I love the fact that Glover said he bought a pizza and went home to watch Empire after he found out he was cast as Lando. Too real.

2. Looking For Leia reached their funding goal and will now officially be able to move on into post-production. Yay! It was really cool to see so many people support the project and I cannot wait to watch the docu-series in its final form later this year!

3. A new featurette for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released yesterday and it made me really excited to watch the film. I have come a long way from the time it was announced to the film now being 1 month away from release. It’s going to be great, and if not great, FUN.

4. Avengers: Infinity War came out just a couple of days ago and is now the biggest opening weekend of all time! It surpassed The Force Awakens and I ain’t even mad. The movie was fun and surprising and I’m still thinking about it. Highly recommend.

5. Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to Vaginal Fantasy. What the heck is Vaginal Fantasy? Well, it was a fantasy romance book club hosted by Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont, Bonnie Burton, and Kiala Kazebee that officially ended this month. Every month, for six years they read a book and discussed it live on Google Hangouts. If you’re interested in checking it out, every hangout has been archived on YouTube and the book club is still going on at Goodreads. Felicia, Veronica, Bonnie, and Kiala were really cool and funny to listen to, I’m going to miss them a lot!

 

Featured Image: Lucasfilm

Infinity War: Thoughts, Concerns

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW.

If you haven’t seen the movie and do not want to get spoiled then kindly move along.

On Friday I saw Avengers: Infinity War.

I thought it was fucking great.

I will admit that recently I have not been the biggest MCU fan. I remember sitting in the theater when Iron Man came out and absolutely falling in love with the movie and Robert Downey Jr. and even getting into AC/DC for a little while. It was the film that got me into reading comics and superheroes in general. After a couple of years I moved on from Iron Man to Captain America. Steve Rogers was less annoying and a sweet heart. Also, Agent Carter FOREVER. Post-Avengers I just stopped caring about everything. I know. I was so done with Iron Man, I didn’t care for Thor or his films, and I fell asleep multiple times throughout Guardians of the Galaxy. This was also during the time when I moved on from superhero comics to indie comics and I didn’t really look back.

Winter Soldier and Black Panther were the last Marvel films I cared about or remembered. Then, just last week I managed to watch Thor: Ragnarok, which I absolutely adored. It was weird, funny, different, and put Led Zeppelin to good use. I seriously think it’s my favorite Marvel film and made me actually LIKE Thor. And now after Infinity War, I think I love him? It’s weird.

Infinity War is fantastic. It has its flaws, of course, but I don’t really put on my film critic hat with these movies. They’re big blockbusters meant to entertain and hopefully recruit nerds into reading more comics. Also, money. So, it’s never going to be a Casablanca and it either entertains me and makes me want to keep watching or it bores me to death. It didn’t bore me. My SO and I went to go eat after the film and I could not stop talking about the movie. I couldn’t stop thinking about it until we got home. In the end, Thanos retrieves all six infinity stones and with the snap of his fingers cuts half the population in the universe, including some of our mightiest heroes.

The ending was compelling yet, I’m smart enough to know that half of the people who died have sequels coming so, I knew that they weren’t really dead. I have not gone down an Infinity War theory hole yet, but I did manage to read about pocket universes and wonder if maybe that will come into play in the future.

My most hype moment was at the very end. The post credits scene. Nick Fury sends out a distress signal to none other than CAPTAIN FUCKING MARVEL as he disintegrates into thin air. I love Captain Marvel. I read the comics written by Kelly Sue DeConnick a couple of years ago and she is BAE. I am so fucking excited to see Brie Larson as Carol Danvers on the big screen. 2019 can’t come soon enough.

This movie renewed my love for the MCU. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed seeing all the heroes come together and meet for the first time. It made me want to get back into reading superhero comics. I know I will be rereading DeConnick’s run of Captain Marvel soon and hopefully watch Spider-Man: Homecoming one of these days. I think I really like this version of Peter Parker. He’s young and full of hope and pop culture references, I think I’ll probably enjoy his movie a lot too.

If you are an MCU fan you have probably already seen the film and I don’t have to try and convince you. I think if you are like me and you’ve seen a good amount but don’t care that much, you should try and check out Infinity War. I also found A LOT of Star Wars inspirations peppered throughout the film, so be on the look out! It’s a lot of fun and the ending is pretty great. Even if you’ve spoiled yourself, I still think it’s worth watching!

 

Ita Bags, Enamel Pins, and Pinstagram

So, I have a new obsession.

Over the past few months I have been collecting enamel pins. You’ve probably seen them around on bags or jackets or lanyards, usually at conventions or most famously, Disney Parks. I don’t have a crazy collection because it can be a very expensive investment, but I have definitely collected quite a few since January of this year and I wanted to share how I started collecting and how I style my pins.

First of all, my new obsession is technically not new as I have been buying pins from Disney World since I was little. However, within the last year or so a lot of little shops online have started releasing originally designed pins that feature some of your most favorite characters, movies, shows, and pop culture phenomenons. It’s crazy how there can be a pin for literally anything these days. As soon as I started to see Star Wars pins that weren’t from Disney Parks pop up on Instagram, I was hooked.

Towards the end of 2017 I decided to bite the bullet and start collecting. The fact that people were wearing pins on their jean jackets and backpacks made me really fall in love with the whole idea. I liked that you could style your pins with a regular outfit and still give it a nerdy flair and I’m all about that subtle nerdy look.

Most of the time I wear my pins on my jean jacket and I switch it up almost weekly depending on how I’m feeling.

 

Now that summer is approaching and I won’t use my jean jacket as much, I’ve decided to put some of my pins on my Ita Bag. It’s whimsy and cute and stylish and something I bought specifically for Disney World and Comic Cons. My bag is from Lantern Pins, who now has a handful of colors (that I hope to purchase in the future), but you can find Ita bags all over the internet, including Amazon. I believe Ita Bags started as a phenomenon in the Anime community and have now taken over the pin community because it is so ideal for displaying pins and not having to worry about them falling off. Last year for Star Wars Celebration, I put a couple of pins on my backpack was constantly checking to see if they were still there and actually had to retrace my steps to find my beloved BB-8 pin in the middle of the exhibit hall.

Never again.

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I decided to get a little DIY with my bag. I was inspired by Jackie from Lantern Pins who put a colored paper in her bag slot so that it could have a more colorful background and so that the pins didn’t ruin the fabric inside. It’s a really great idea, but I will admit it was kind of a pain to do. If you’re curious, I essentially measured the bag as best I could and cut craft paper I bought from Michael’s. Honestly, when it came to putting the pins on the paper, you have to kind of just guess and risk it for the biscuit. Maybe there’s an easier way that I’m not aware of but I got it done and it doesn’t look half bad.

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If I’ve peaked your interest in any way I would suggest checking out my Instagram where I have tagged all the pin makers and where I usually take pictures of my pin hauls. I will list below some of my favorite pin shops and where you can find Ita bags. I also suggest checking out hashtags on Instagram if you’re curious about all the pins that are out there or how people are styling their own pins. It’s a really fun and creative community that I’m happy to support and hopefully one day I can design my own pin!

Favorite Pin Shops (keep in mind I mostly buy Star Wars pins):

Lantern Pins

Utinni Bikini

Kate Gabrielle (amazing classic film pin shop)

The Floral Martian

Squadron Goals

Fandom Flair Pins

Places You Can Buy Ita Bags:

Lantern Pins

Amazon

Instagram Hashtags to Check Out:

#Pinstagram

#PinGame

#PinGameStrong

#PinLife

#PinsOfIG

#PinCollector

#PinCollection

The Son of the Suns

An open letter to any fans who may have felt disappointed with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi.

Dear Fan of Luke,

I’m guessing you had an attachment to Luke Skywalker growing up. I’m guessing you thought that one day you might be like him. Perhaps you dressed up as him on occasion and perhaps you were inspired by him to be courageous and full of heart as you got older. It’s okay. At one point we all fall in love with a character who speaks to us on a level no one else will ever understand. Especially when we’re children.

I’m guessing when you found out that Mark Hamill would reprise his role as Luke, you freaked out and maybe cried. You were going to see the hero you admired come back, older and wiser. You wanted to see him in action again. You wanted to see him ignite his lightsaber. You know, the one he threw to the side after the Emperor asked him to kill his own father. Luke proved himself, he’d never turn to the dark side. He believed it and we, as an audience, believed it.

The next time you saw Luke, he looked unkept and a little crazy. Why? What happened to the hero you once knew? Well, the story goes that he wanted to train his nephew who was strong in the Force. His nephew, however, was so attracted to the Dark Side that even Luke was fearful. Is it so hard to believe that one of the greatest heroes whoever lived, could be scared? The story continues that Luke became so fearful he decided to invade his nephew’s mind in the middle of the night. No, Luke would never do this… not our Luke Skywalker. And there it is. He isn’t our Luke Skywalker.

He’s a character in a series written by so many wonderfully different and talented people. Everyone has their own version of Luke Skywalker that they want to believe in. And that is okay. The Luke that we saw in The Last Jedi is the same Luke from A New Hope and on. Thirty years have passed. It is safe to say that Luke has seen some shit. He worked so hard and gained the knowledge he felt he needed to start training the next generation of Jedi. Can we really blame him for wanting to get rid of the person who was going to burn it all down? That moment was fleeting, but it was profound and it affected Luke for the rest of his life.

He knew what he did was wrong. He knew what he thought he was about to do was wrong. And because he felt ashamed and lost hope, he chose to punish himself by leaving everything and everyone behind, including the Force. Luke lost hope. When he was younger he was full of hope. He looked off into those twin suns and dreamt of a bigger and better life. He eventually got what he wanted, but sometimes those things that you dream of don’t even satisfy you in the end.

When Luke is eventually approached by Rey, he is in a mental state where he can’t even think about training another Jedi. He failed and he refuses to create another Kylo Ren. It’s understandable. It isn’t until Yoda reminds him of what it is to be a master and a hero and to never lose hope in those who bring light with them.

When Luke appears on Crait as a Force Projection he does it knowing that the feat could cost him his life. At this point, Luke doesn’t care. He needs to be there to inspire hope in the rebellion and the galaxy and us, yes, even us. He tells his nephew that he will not win and disappears into thin air. Did that disappoint you? Did you want Luke to actually be there and be weak and old and die at the hands of his nephew? Or did you want him to live and kill Ben Solo in front of his sister on Crait? It seems the best course of action was something we could have only dreamt up.

You don’t have to like The Last Jedi. You don’t have like old Luke. We as an audience just need to accept that the Luke who dies on Ach-To is the same Luke who kicked ass on Tatooine. His story, for the most part, is complete. He did amazing things when you were younger and he did some not-so-amazing things when you were older, but most importantly at one point in your life, he gave you hope. Never forget that.

Yours Sincerely,

Jedi Lore

 

PS: We are all Broom Boy.