Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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snurched from octoberland -- 30 day TV/movie meme!

This is a nifty meme where each day you cite something about movies and about TV for a month. I'll cover Day 1 today, Sunday 16 May 2010 (yes, technically, it's Monday the 17th, but as far as I'm concerned, it's not tomorrow until you go to bed and wake up), then answer Day 2 on the 17th, and so on until mid-June.

So here we go....

Movies: Day 01 - The best movie you saw during the last year

I'm going to pick an odd one: Secondhand Lions. Saw it on DVD and adored it. It's a lovely story about two brothers who are now old men, but who had greatness in their past lives, and now are taking care of a nephew somewhat against their will. It's more complicated than that, but the performances by Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and an excellent Christian Kane (as the younger version of Duvall) were simply stunning. I strongly recommend this one as a simply charming-as-all-heck movie that will make you smile.

TV: Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled

I don't like the whole "should" notion here. I mean, an obvious one would be Firefly -- except, honestly, it should have been cancelled because the ratings were crap and FOX was going to lose a lot of money if they kept airing it. Mind you, it was FOX's meddling and last-minute removal of the pilot episode, substituting it with a crap episode that was written over a weekend ("The Train Job"), that was responsible for that lack of viewers, but still, the cancellation itself was due to money factors that are all too common.

No, instead I'm going to go with Young Hercules. A kids'-show spinoff of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena, Warrior Princess, the show got great ratings and was a charming and fun prequel to the other two shows, with the same goofy charm as its adult companion shows. Plus it had lots of Kevin Smith as Ares -- always a good thing. The ratings were also excellent, but it was apparently the victim of changes in upper management at Fox Kids. Sigh.

(And this is only partly because the show was cancelled before my two YH novels came out, thus making their sales really really dismal....)

The rest of the meme questions for future reference:

Day 02 - The most underrated movie
Day 03 - A movie that makes you really happy
Day 04 - A movie that makes you sad
Day 05 - Favorite love story in a movie
Day 06 - Favorite made for TV movie
Day 07 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 08 - A movie that you’ve seen countless times
Day 09 - A movie with the best soundtrack
Day 10 - Favorite classic movie
Day 11 - A movie that changed your opinion about something
Day 12 - A movie that you hate
Day 13 - A movie that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 - A movie that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 - A character who you can relate to the most
Day 16 - A movie that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 - A movie that disappointed you the most
Day 18 - A movie that you wish more people would’ve seen
Day 19 - Favorite movie based on a book/comic/etc.
Day 20 - Favorite movie from your favorite actor/actress
Day 21 - Favorite action movie
Day 22 - Favorite documentary
Day 23 - Favorite animation
Day 24 - That one awesome movie idea that still hasn’t been done yet
Day 25 - The most hilarious movie you’ve ever seen
Day 26 - A movie that you love but everyone else hates
Day 27 - A movie that you wish you had seen in theaters
Day 28 - Favorite movie from your favorite director
Day 29 - A movie from your childhood
Day 30 - Your favorite movie of all time

Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best t.v show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First t.v show obsession
Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death

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