Top 10 Favourite Internet Personalities

I decided to dust off my blog, and rummage through half-finished projects, and be productive for once.  I have been extremely determined to finish this Top 10 List, despite all that’s gone on these past few months.  My good computer died, and then I was using my evil laptop Charlie.  Plus I’ve also been sick lately, which has been a hindrance.  And then of course I took a little blogging vacation.  But I’d rather shave my tongue, run through my neighbourhood in nothing but a sparkly tutu whilst singing “Baby” by Justin Bieber, than let any minor hindrance prevent me from finishing this post. 

*Note – I actually had to look up what songs were by Justin Bieber.  Suffice it to say: I am not a fan.

I was at a loss as to what to do for my next Top 10 list, so to procrastinate I started to watch my favourite internet videos, catch up on blogs I’ve missed and such.  Then it hit me, I should share my Top 10 Favourite Internet Personalities with everyone, because they’re fun, entertaining, and they’re awesome.  I’m so smart – I’m amazed by my awesomeness.  Don’t worry, Ill punish myself for my arrogance later. 

So without further delay, here are my Top 10 Favourite Internet Personalities!

10. Jake Jarvi – Pineappleboy Films

Out of all the people on my list, this guy is probably the one that is least known, which really is a shame because he’s awesome.  Jake Jarvi is a filmmaker, and I was first introduced to his channel by Wheezy Waiter, who was in Jake’s youtube series entitled Platoon of Power Squadron.  Since the third episode, Jake has been doing a weekly update, telling us about how he makes films, the writing process, and occasionally doing interviews.  I just really enjoy watching his channel because I find filmmaking interesting, and I thoroughly enjoy his quirkiness.  I hope that his channel starts getting more subscribers, and he starts to become more noticed, because I believe there’s a lot of talent there.
Platoon of Power Squadron Episode 1: Part 1.

9. David Wong – Cracked.com

It says on his info page on cracked.com that his real name is Jason Pargin.  I’m not entirely sure if that is true or not, but I know him as David Wong, and he has written some of the funniest articles on one of my favourite websites.  This website seriously wastes more of my time than youtube (which is a real feat).  I suppose I had to pick him out of all the amazing writers from this website because he’s the senior editor, and he’s written probably the most articles on the site.  If you’ve never taken a gander at Cracked.com, I strongly suggest you do, you find out some interesting things there, and its a really great way to spend your time.
Some of his articles: 5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted, 5 Horror Novels That Will Shrivel Your Balls this  Year, 5 Things You Think Will Make You Happy (But Won’t).

8. Lewis Lovhaug – Linkara

First off, I’d like to state that I’m not a comic book fan.  I’m not anti-comic book or anything like that, I’ve just never gotten into comic books.  I know the characters that are famous decently because of films and other mediums, but when it comes to comic books, it’s all over my head.  Despite that, I really enjoy Linkara’s reviews of terrible comic books.  His narrative gives a funny explanation of how bad this comic is, while still having valid points to make.  He doesn’t just say “Oh gee, this is stupid”, instead he gives a very good analysis of the comic, based on some topics such as the overall story or the art.  I’ve also become a huge fan of his series The History of Power Rangers.  I admit, I used to love Power Rangers as a kid, so this was just really interesting and kind of nostalgic.  I also love how Linkara shies away from using profanity in his films – and though I’m not stranger to profanity, it is really refreshing.  He has a kind of etiquette that most internet personalities don’t have.  And like some of his internet colleagues that he often collaborates with, he has a number of different characters.  My personal favourite is 90s Kid.
Some of my favourite Linkara videos are: History of Power Rangers – Mighty Morphin’ Season 1, Ultimates 3 #1 and 2, Cable #1.

7. Lindsay Ellis – Nostalgia Chick/Antonella Inserra – Nella

I admit, this whole list is basically a sausage fest.  However, the Nostalgia Chick is definitely my favourite Internet Personality out there.  She reviews nostalgic films that are more catered towards girls.  She won a contest for ThatGuyWiththeGlasses.com, and is now basically his female counterpart.  I really enjoy her dry sense of humour, and like Linkara, the points she makes in her videos are well thought out and intelligent.  In her films she often has her friend Nella guest star.  I adore Nella = she reminds me of me actually.  The interaction between these two friends reminds me of how Saber and I interact.  They play off each other, they make jibes at each other in a playful fashion, that if you don’t know they’re joking, you may get offended.  Obviously this kind of sense of humour works for them because they are still making videos together.  I just really enjoy the dynamic between these two. 
Some great reviews to check out: My Little Pony, Armageddon Part 1 and Part 2, DragonheartShowgirls Begins, Showgirls The Revenge.

6. Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw – Zero Punctuation

Unlike a lot of the other people on my list, Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw doesn’t appear in his videos.  He uses animated characters to represent what he’s talking about, which I find really works with how his reviews are set up.  Yahtzee posts video game review videos for the online magazine The Escapist.  Now, most of the games he reviews I haven’t played myself, but what I really adore about his videos is how fast he talks.  He’s got an English accent, a very sarcastic sense humour, mixed with impeccable vocabulary and an extremely fast paced, never-ending rant.  Often I’m amazed that he can just keep talking and talking without skipping a beat, and sometimes I have to watch the video twice just to get all the points he’s making or to hear all the jokes that I may have missed the first time.  Even if you don’t like video games, I’d suggest watching one of his videos just to experience his unique style, it’s really quite entertaining.
My favourite reviews of his: Psychonauts, Guitar Hero III, Super Paper Mario, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Sonic Unleashed, Duke Nukem Forever, Bayonetta, Halo: Reach.

5. Brad Jones – Cinema Snob

This guy is just hilarious.  Absolutely, 100% my type of humour.  He’s sarcastic and a bit dark, and I find him so entertaining to watch, even when he’s not scripted.  He just seems like one of those guys that can totally keep a straight face while making an outrageous, dark themed joke.  Basically to me, he just seems really genuine, smooth, and cool.  He’s one of those guys you’d like to hang out with, or wish you could hang out with.  Out of everyone else on this list, I feel like he’s the least cartoony with his videos.  He doesn’t need to be dramatic, or to act silly or outrageous to make his videos interesting, he’s interesting enough as it is.  Plus he wears a suit, how awesome is that?
Some of my favourite videos: Piranha 3-D Review, Titanic II Review, Brad Tries Manson Family Cult-a-Cola, Brad Tries Edible Insects, Brad Tries Jones Soda Thanksgiving Pack.

Now this is the part in my top 10 where I had the most trouble.  The top 4 people are just so amazing, that I had a really hard time trying to rank them.  Like my favourite movies, it all really depends on my mood.  But with some very hard consideration, I think the rankings work – but keep in mind that they could easily fit into any order.

4. Toby Turner – Tobuscus

I started to watch Toby Turner because of Phillip Defranco aka sxephil from youtube, whom I used to watch every day.  One of Philly D’s channels is LikeTotallyAwesome, and this is where I was introduced to Toby Turner, who did gaming and other media news updates.  Toby Turner is very much the opposite of Brad Jones – he can be very cartoony, he’s extremely expressive, and a little bit of a spaz at times.  He puts a lot of effort into his Tobuscus videos, but he makes it seem easy.  It really looks like he just says whatever comes to his mind, and throws it in, and it works.  His videos range from funny videos about Facebook games, to the new series Cute Win Fail.  I thought when I started watching him that he was putting on a bit of a show, that he was just acting that way for the camera.  But his two other channels, TobyGames and TobyTurner proved my theory wrong.  His lazyvlogs show that he really is just a hilarious guy, who randomly goes into freestyle raps about anything, who walks down the street everyday talking to his eye phone about nothing in particular.  I can’t explain how funny he is until you watch him just basically talking to himself.  I used to watch Toby Sucks at Halo Reach, where he films himself playing Halo Reach and shows how awful he is, while giving a hilarious commentary.  I only stopped because I got too busy to keep up with how often he put up a video.  If you have the time, I’d really recommend watching one of the videos from this series, I have honestly never had more fun watching someone else play a video game.  Toby Turner is awesome, what else can I say?
Some awesome Tobuscus videos to check out: Trapped in a Vlog, Literal Twilight Eclipse Trailer, Literal Tron Trailer, Cute Win Fail #1 – Show Me Your Ding Ding, Eight O’Clock Coffee Day 1 and Day 2.

3. Noah Antwiler – The Spoony One

If I had to pick someone from my list that I had an internet crush on, it would be a tie between Toby Turner and Spoony.  I adore Spoony’s videos – he ranges from bad movie reviews, to video game reviews, to sketches, to his daily vlogs.  I find all of them really entertaining – he always brings some form of unbridled anger to most of his reviews, anger that is more rageful and pissed off than cartoony, like some of the other people on my list.  He reminds me of me when I watch a bad movie, because sometimes I end up screaming at the screen too.  Like others on this list, Spoony also has a number of different characters, but most famous of those would be Dr. Insano.  If you couldn’t tell by the name, he’s an insane doctor.  I really enjoy Dr. Insano’s shrill, whiny, spastic tone of voice, and just how insane he is.  What I also really enjoy about Spoony is that when he’s reviewing something, he gives a detailed explanation as to why he does or doesn’t like – it just shows he puts a lot of thought into every review he makes, and though sometimes I don’t agree with him, it’s hard to not be swayed by his opinion.  His vlogs are really interesting to watch, because he’s being himself, rather than the played up version of himself in his review videos.  He seems like a genuinely nice, funny guy, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like nice guys – they always finish first in my books (or in this case, very close to first).
Here are some of my favourite Spoony One videos:
Movie reviews: Rebruary – CAGE, Mazes and Monsters, Highlander 2 – The Quickening Part 1 and Part 2, Santa with Muscles.
Game reviews: Final Fantasy VIII part 1, Dirty Harry: The War Against Drugs (NES), Highlander – The Last of the MacLeod’s, Ultima 1, Lets Play SWAT 4 – Mission #1.
FMV Hell: Johnny Mnemonic, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Sewer Shark.

2. Craig Benzine – Wheezy Waiter

I’ve been trying to remember when and why I started to watch Wheezy Waiter.  I believe it was the summer of 2009 when I started watching him, around when I just moved into my first apartment, was still trying to find a job, and basically had nothing to do.  When I discovered his video randomly, I spent a good few days watching all 300-so videos on his channel (as of right now he’s over 477 videos).  Out of all the people on my list, I’m certain that Wheezy Waiter has the most inside jokes than any of them, ranging from: the sky bank, the whale tank, his clones, the alligator pit, breathing, the coffee being done, his hot dog suit, the thought microphone, his nemesis the eagle, Ty the Regular guy, and hand stands.  There are many more, but those are the ones I could think of just off the top of my head.  His style ranges from informative, to musical, to outright silly.  He knows how to balance his videos, and I know I can say for sure that I have never be bored watching his videos.  I had a very hard time not putting him on number 1, because he is just so entertaining, and my days always start out a bit better when I see a new Wheezy Waiter video pop up in my subscription box.  I’m a beard lover, and proud of it!
Some of my favourite Wheezy Waiter Videos: Every Wheezy Waiter Video Ever Made, The Trophy Thief, Neti PotsBreakfast #5: Flock of Bagels, Balance, Ba(n)d Practice, Legends of Anarchy (Driftless Pony Club Music Video), Tour de Beard #1, Tour de Beard #2: Omaha, State of the Beard, Life Off, H2 Uh Oh, Whale MunchiesCraig vs Canada, National Coffee Day?, Clones Lasers and Antimatter Oh My! , The Spy Who Drugged Me, Beards on the Run #1 – I Quit.

1. Doug Walker – That Guy With the Glasses

I’ve been a huge fan of Doug Walker for a few years now, and I have to say, his videos are something I look forward to every week.  Maybe that’s sad and sort of pathetic, but you gotta take the little joys in life where you can.  Doug definitely is no mere little joy though, he is definitely a very giving entertainer.  The first video I ever saw of his was a sketch video he did, going along with a the impersonation meme that seemed to hit the internet (especially youtube) for a while.  Being intrigued, I found my way to his website, and was opened up to a new awesome world of awesomeness.  Like others on my list, he has different characters as well.  My favourite being the Nostalgia Critic, where he looks at nostalgic films from childhood, and finding they aren’t as great as he remembered.  I love these videos, they can be so bitter and angry, but are extremely cartoony at times.  Doug says he gets some of his inspiration from Daffy Duck, and I can totally see that – he definitely works the cartoony rage well.  Another character of his is That Guy With the Glasses, where he plays a version of “himself”, where he is evil, smug, arrogant, perverted, and psychotic.  These videos are just so dark, I can’t help but love them.  This character gets asked weird questions and he answers them, and though it sounds like a simple concept, his answers are far from simple; they often range from nonsensical to completely deranged.  He also has a character named Chester A. Bum, who reviews current films.  And like his name, he is a bum, who is impressed by nearly everything, claiming that every film is the “Greatest movie I’ve ever seen in my life!”.  His final character is Dominic, who is in the newer series Video Game Confessions, where he plays a bartender at a fictitious bar in the Pixel Palace.  He retells stories of famous video game characters.  What I enjoy about this character is that the character is the straight man, and with this contrast to Doug’s normal characters, it gives room for the story to really come to life.  I’m a huge fan of all of his videos, and I think that he really has something for everyone to like.  He puts a lot of work into his videos, and I just really admire him.  I can tell he really respects his fans, but also does what he does not just for them, but because he loves it too.  I think proof of that would be the amazing 2 year anniversary film he made with the help of a bunch of his fellow reviewers (link to part 1 below).  I’m not ashamed to say that I actually bought the dvd to this either.  Though I had a hard time picking the order for this list, because I adore everyone on the list, I really do feel like Doug Walker deserves the number one spot on my list.  Here are a few of my favourite videos of his that I think at least some of you will enjoy:
Nostalgia Critic: Super Mario Bros – The Movie Review, Batman and Robin Review, Street Fighter & Mortal Kombat Review Part 1 and Part 2, Titanic the Animated MusicalAlone in the Dark (with The Spoony One and Linkara), Casper, The Room, IT.
2 Year Anniversary Special: Kickassia – Part 1.
Bum Reviews: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull, The Dark Knight, Twilight, Watchmen, Star Trek.
Ask That Guy With the Glasses: Episode 1.  Seriously, just watch the first episode, they only get more crazy from here.
Video Game Confessions: Mario, Pac-Man, Duke Nukem, Chell from Portal.

And yes, that is indeed him dressed up as Bison from Street Fighter. Awesome.

So there you have it, my Top 10 list that I’ve been promising for far too long.  It’s finally here, and I hope you all enjoyed it!



Top 15 Favourite Famous Manly Eye Candy

Before I begin my post, just wanted to let you guys know I finished a book on my Book Bucket List!  Hurray!  Here’s my quick review:
I Drink For a Reason – David Cross.  Finished: January 15, 2011.  Rating: 4/5
I thoroughly enjoyed this book – it was funny, and also at moments extremely smart.  I’m a huge fan of David Cross so it doesn’t surprise me that I enjoyed it so much.  It was slightly random, but in an awesome way – it was definitely my style of humour, a combination of silliness, wit, and sarcasm that David Cross does so well.  If you’re not a fan of his standup, you may not be a fan of this book, just as a forewarning.

Recently I was tagged in a note on Facebook in which the subject matter was 15 “walking temptations”.  After I picked myself off the floor (from which I slipped on from my own drool), I thought that instead of making a note on Facebook, I’d share my favourite 15 men to stare at.  Why?  Well, for starters I wanted a valid excuse to look at pictures of attracted men.  I also thought, “Well, it’s ok for men to ogle women, I think I’m entitled to some ogling action once in a while”.  And it’s not like I endeavour to meet a man like any of these (because a. that is not going to happen and b. just because a man looks nice, doesn’t mean he is nice, so it’s always good to go for personality and heart not looks!). Most people have celebrity crushes or fantasies, and these are my (current) top 15.  Remember, this is my list, so even if you think “Cherlyn, what on earth are you thinking?”, I don’t care, I likes em!  Also, I’m only including famous actors, though there are a few internet “celebrities” out there that I think are rather cute!  Oh, and for anyone weirded out, meh, it’s my blog, deal with it 😛

15. Bruce Boxleitner
It felt wrong having a list about my celebrity crushes without having him on it.  He plays one of my favourite characters from a TV series, and honestly, I have a thing for older men.  He’s such a dreamy silver fox.

14. Will Smith
I’ve always had a little crush on Will Smith – who isn’t attracted to a funny, charming guy with yummy arms? 

13. James Marsden
To me, he always plays such a sweet character in his films, and he just comes off as really sincere and charming.  Plus, I’ve always had a thing for underdogs, and he often plays characters that don’t get the girl, or who get shafted and the what not.  It’s because of this that I hate the film the Notebook (among other reasons).  Seriously, if I was the main girl in the film, I would not have picked Ryan Gosling’s character over his. 

12. Gerard Butler
THIS…IS…SCRUMPTIOUS!  Sorry, had to throw in a 300 bit into this, it’s like a requirement or something.  For anyone who hasn’t seen 300, I typed “Gerard Butler 300” in google image search, and below is why so many girls like this movie.  Plus, I love a man with a beard.

11. Sean Bean
Yeah, it’s not typical for a girl to have Boromir on her list, considering how many nice looking men are in the Lord of the Rings series.  However, Sean Bean, or Beanomir as I call him, is a really manly, ruggedly handsome type of guy.  He’s not “Hollywood Pretty”, as in he doesn’t look like a girl.  He definitely comes across as being a man’s man.

10. Hugh Jackman
Do you gotta ask?  He’s Wolverine!  He can sing, he’s Australian, he’s awesome.  ‘Nuff said.

9. Antonio Banderas
He definitely plays the mysterious type well, and it just makes him so intriguing and way more attractive.  The amazing accent definitely helps.

8. Anthony Stewart Head
Ah, it’s probably quite obvious that I’ve been rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Like I said, I find older men attractive.  He’s handsome in a much more defined, wise sort of way.  Plus, he’s English, so yeah, that helps.

7. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
I used to have a huge crush on him when I was younger and watched 3rd Rock from the Sun.  Then I’m not sure what happened, I suppose he wasn’t in as many movies that I watched or what, but I did kind of forget about him.  However, Inception joggled my memory as to why I thought he was so cute.  He’s kind of got that quasi nerdy thing going for him, that just makes him seem more real.  Plus, he’s so darn cute!

6. Ryan Reynolds
Well – first off, I think it’s like in his contract or something to have to be shirtless in every movie he’s in.  seriously, in Amityville Horror he’s shirtless for a good portion of the film, at least 1/3, if not a whole half of the film.  He’s got abs you can grate cheese on.  And that just comes in handy if you need grated cheese. 

5. Nathan Fillion
Another “man’s man” as I like to say.  This guy has arms that make my draw drop, and a butt that could kill. I don’t know what it could kill, but I’m sure it could do it if it wanted to.  Plus, he’s Captain Hammer.  And for any Dr. Horrible fans, we all know what the hammer is.

4. James Marsters
He really has that chiseled face that is just really unique and different from most Hollywood types, it makes it so much more memorable.  Plus he can pull off the bad ass thing really well, and the English accent he does for Buffy is amazing – I didn’t even know he wasn’t English until I saw an interview with him.

3. Keanu Reeves
This is my oldest celebrity crush, and to be honest I think it’s because my parents have so many of his movies.  To me he isn’t the typical hollywood attractive, he’s kind of a regular guy.  But that’s not to say “regular guys” can’t be attractive, they can be delicious too.  He just has that “real” look, if that makes any sense.  He doesn’t seem plastic or one of those types of cocky asshole pretty boy types – he looks like that once in a lifetime guy you see when you’re getting a coffee, and you make small talk with while you make your coffee, and then he leaves and you think “man that guy was fucking gorgeous” and you never see him again.  Yeah, I thought about that way too hard.

2. Kiefer Sutherland
Yeah, I know, I know, Kiefer has his problems.  But you know what?  I don’t care, it’s a well-known fact that girls tend to like bad boys.  Not that I think Kiefer is a jerk or anything, from what I’ve read he sounds like he’s really nice to people (you know, when he’s not headbutting them and stuff).  But he just has an edge that is just so appealing.  Plus he played Jack Bauer – so if I didn’t put him on my list, I’d probably be tortured for it or something.

1. Ewan McGregor
Ahhh….Yummy.

Top 12 Favourite Movies to Watch During the Holidays

I’m going to admit, during the holidays I can be a bit of a Scrooge once in a while.  With all the stress, extra work, and other stuff that seems to go on during this time of year, it’s hard to enjoy the “Christmas Spirit”.  And don’t even get me started on Christmas Music…However, there is one thing that can set me into the Christmasy mood – which is holiday films.  I love watching these movies, I look forward to it all year.  Something about cuddling up with a warm blanket in my jammies, munching on some popcorn with a hot chocolate, watching a holiday movie, just makes me all warm and tingly inside.  Because of extreme admiration of holiday films, I’ve decided to top a Top 12 list of my favourite movies to watch this time of year.  Why top 12?  Well, I suppose I was inspired by the 12 days of Christmas, and also because I couldn’t narrow it down to just 10.  Keep in mind with this list, this isn’t necessarily “Christmas” movies, but movies that I watch this time of year – though most are Christmasy in some way. 

So without further delay, my Top 12 Favourite Movies to Watch During the Holidays!

12. Love Actually
I was introduced to this movie a few years ago by my old roommate Saber, and I adore it.  I really enjoy the different stories going on at the same time, and how it explores various different degrees of love – from romantic to family to friends.  I just really enjoy the message this movie has to give.  And technically, this movie is set around Christmas, so for any of you Christmas purists out there, haha, take that – it’s a Christmas movie!

11. Edward Scissorhands
Now this may seem like a weird movie to watch around the holidays, it is a darker idea.  But what I really like about this film is the notion that those who are different, a bit off from the ideals, can be more human and more pure.  I suppose for me, I first saw this movie at Christmas, and I guess it just seems right to watch it around this time of year.  I love how the whole movie is centered around the story of where snow comes from, to me, snow is an integral part of Christmas.  I don’t know, this is just definitely one of those movies I really get a hankering to watch this time of year.

10. Home Alone
Ah here we go, a more traditional holiday film.  Now, I’ll be the first to admit, this is definitely not an amazing film.  The acting can be horrendous, the premise is a bit farfetched, and it is a bit childish for a 20-something to watch every year.  But I’ll also be the first to admit that I don’t care, I really have a lot of fun watching this film.  It really pulls together all of my own thoughts and feelings about Christmas – it’s about being with family and the people you love.  Though sometimes the acting is terrible, I love Catherine O’hara has the mom in this film – I think I keep coming back to see her; she really makes it believable that she desperately wants to get back home to see her son, and how terrible she feels about leaving him behind by accident.  Yes this film is cheesy, but it’s not the holidays for me without it.

9. While You Were Sleeping
I know this one may seem like it doesn’t fit much either, but really, this film is set at Christmas, so to me it makes sense.  And there’s nothing better than watching a RomCom by myself, it’s one of the few times I ever indulge in my hopeless romantic side.  It’s not the greatest movie, but it’s sweet, and I love watching it.  And that’s that! 😛

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Both the Cartoon and the Live Action)
Ok, so technically this is two films.  But they’re the same story so I counted it for the same number.  For the cartoon, I think most people can understand why it’s on my list – it’s nostalgic, and it’s a classic.  And while some people don’t enjoy the live action version starring Jim Carrey, I feel like they did a  really good job representing the original film by capturing its charm and its mandate, as well as creating something original.  Both versions have a great story, and I love Dr. Seus so it’s only logical that these films make it into my top 12.

 

7. Batman Returns
Another Tim Burton film on my list!  Now for anyone wondering why on Earth did I put this film on my list – it is set at Christmas, so yeah, it’s pretty much always on TV around this time of year.  So when I’m relaxing, watching the TV after a long day of work, this movie is definitely one that frequents a few different channels.  Though this one doesn’t really hold any of the typical holiday spirit, I try to watch this every year because honestly, it’s awesome.  I love the Tim Burton Batman films, so yeah, it makes sense why I’d watch this one every year around Christmas.

6. A Nightmare Before Christmas
I don’t think I could talk this film up, because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t at least somewhat enjoy this film.  I love strange, different and dark films, and mix that with Christmas, it just makes it something really intriguing and memorable to me.  I love this film! 

5. Die Hard
I think this film tops most guys’ Christmas movie lists – it’s one of the best action films of all time, and to boot, it’s set at Christmas, so by movie logic math, this makes this movie super-ultra-amazing.  Now, I do watch this movie multiple times a year because I love it and I adore Bruce Willis, but I always try to make time for Die Hard close to Christmas.  It’s just not Christmas without someone saying “Yippie Kay Yay Motherfucker”!

4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
I’m not normally a fan of comedies like this – you know, the ones that play off of awkward situations (example: most Ben Stiller films), but this one is a classic.  I can’t think of a more messed up, dysfunctional Christmas movie, and this one is just insanely entertaining.  This is one I usually watch on Christmas Eve with my family, and though it’s not the most typical Christmas movie, it’s definitely a tradition in my family.

3. A Muppet Christmas Carol
I don’t care how silly this makes me look, or how childish this makes me look, I love this movie.  No, no, no.  Love isn’t strong enough.  I adore this film.  A Christmas Carol is my favourite holiday story, and this version just brings me back to my childhood.  The silly songs, the silly jokes, and the fact that most of the cast is played by Muppets doesn’t phase me of make me feel stupid watching this movie.  A Muppet Christmas Carol has a lot of heart, and it is in my opinion, one of the best versions of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  It takes a very familiar story, makes it more entertaining than most versions, and creates a film that is heartwarming to multiple generations. 

2. The Ref
This is probably a film that most people haven’t heard of, yet alone seen.  My parents introduced me to this film about 4 or 5 years ago, and I look forward to watching it every December.  I’ve already watched it twice this month!  This movie is definitely not a typical Christmas film, and the Christmas “theme” is really more of a backdrop for everything else going on.  I adore Dennis Leary, and I adore Kevin Spacey, so putting them together into a film is a moviegasm at its best.  No, this film isn’t “oscar worthy”, but it’s definitely a Cochrane family favourite. 

1. Scrooged
Now I know I already have a version of A Christmas Carol on my list already, but this version is just so awesome that I couldn’t resist giving it its own spot.  Bill Murray is one of my favourite comedic actors, and this version of this classic tale mixed with his comedic timing and performance just makes it such a memorable film.  I love the different spins on the ghosts, on the classic characters, and how this film is both familiar to the Dickens tale, and yet is very original.  I have yet to see a holiday film that makes me laugh this much, makes such an emotional impact, and leaves me feeling so touched and heartfelt.  Scrooged to me is the best example of a Christmas film – it is continuously entertaining, so much so that I watch it because I want to rewatch it, not because it’s merely tradition.  It knows when to be funny, when to tug on your heartstrings, and when it’s ok to overdo the holiday-campy-cheesey-goodness.  I love this film, and I can’t wait to sit down and watch this film this holiday season.

So there you have it, my Top 12 Favourite Movies to Watch During the Holidays.  I know this probably doesn’t have some of the classic holiday movies you’d think would be on a holiday list, but, I’m not a typical Christmasy type of person.  To me, these films reflect my own values of the holidays, and who I am as a person.  And even though I don’t always get into the holiday spirit, I always look forward to watch these films every year.

Top 15 Favourite Songs from Musicals

For anyone who doesn’t know me, I really love musicals.  Something about the delightfully jaunty campy goodness that they encompass just makes me feel all warm and tingly inside.  Who hasn’t ever wondered “What would my life be like if it were a musical?”…well I’m sure a lot of people have never wondered that, but that’s not the point.  Musicals are the most unrealistic type of film imaginable, and that’s why I love it so much.  I don’t have to sit there and think about the message it’s trying to convey, because it’s all about the entertainment, and the emotions that it creates.  I had a hard time picking an order for these songs too, because I just love them all so much.  So let us get to it – my Top 15 Favourite Songs from Musicals!       

Oh, just as a note – the images will link you to a youtube video of the song if you’re interested – I didn’t want to have so many videos on my post today because I did that earlier this week.        

15. The Producers – Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop
I know a lot of people who didn’t actually like this film, and I can kind of understand why.  I know a few people who didn’t know it was a musical, or thought it was a bit long.  Despite it being a long film, I really enjoyed it,  mostly because Nathan Lane is just so adorable.  Will Ferrell is definitely an actor I tend to avoid, but I really enjoy him in this film.  He’s over the top like he always is, but this character really should be outrageous and over the top.  And he does a great job playing a secondary character, and this song is just so hilarious.  The glee all over his face just makes me laugh every time, with Matthew Broderick’s great physical comedy as well, this song just sticks out to me.       

Favourite Line (Since the song is in German, I just picked my favourite line during the scene): “Hitler – there was a painter.  He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon – two coats”.      

       

14. Chicago – Cell Block Tango
This is actually a film I’m not a complete fan of.  It was well done, and I thought the acting was great, but other than that, it’s definitely not my favourite movie.  However, I love this song.  I really prefer it over the original broadway version too (which is really rare).  It’s edgier, it’s sexier, and it’s darker.  I love the choreography and the overall momentum of the song.  I’ll pop this into my DVD player just to watch this scene.        

Favourite Line: ♫ And then he ran into my knife. He ran into my knife ten times. ♫      

       

13. Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life – Every Sperm is Sacred
I know some people wouldn’t consider this a musical film per se, and those people can bite me.  There’s quite a few musical numbers in this film, so in my books, it’s a musical.  I had a hard time picking between this song and The Galaxy Song – because both are great.  This song definitely gets stuck in my head though, so I have to give it props for being able to do that.  Plus it is just so raunchy and dirty, and that naughty part of me loves it.      

Favourite Line: ♫ Every sperm is sacred.  Every sperm is good.  Every sperm is needed, in your neighbourhood. ♫      

       

12. Sound of Music – Edelweiss
The Sound of Music is such an amazing film, anyone who hasn’t seen it needs a smack.  All things considered, a lot of films that came out in this era kind of bother me, mostly because I can’t relate to the mandates of the film.  This is one of those few films that just manages to be entertaining for a number of generations.  I had a hard time picking a song in this film too.  This is probably my favourite because I like the idea that it was written specifically for the film, and I think it’s a really romantic sounding song – it’s both content, and sad in a yearning sort of way.  Christopher Plummer sings it beautifully, and the romantic girl in me kind of falls in love with him when I hear this song.       

Favourite Line: ♫ Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow – Bloom and grow forever. ♫      

       

11. Hairspray – You Can’t Stop the Beat
I almost didn’t put Hairspray on my list at all.  I haven’t watched it since before I left for college three years ago.  Ryan used to play the soundtrack all the time, and I did get a bit sick of it.  Out of all the songs, this is one that I will still listen to regularly on my mp3 player though.  It’s a great climatic song, and the energy is just amazing.  The musical itself is really entertaining, and if you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend it.  Plus you know, John Travolta in a fat suit and drag – it’s entertaining.       

Favourite Line: ♫ You can’t stop my happiness cause i like the way I am – and you just can’t stop my knife and fork when I see a christmas ham!  So if you don’t like the way I look well, I just don’t give a damn! ♫      

       

10. Across the Universe – I Want to Hold Your Hand
Although all the songs are not original, and are in fact all Beatles songs, I think this movie was amazingly original.  I love how it took a different spin on the songs, but still managed to encompass the feeling of the Beatles with the imagery.  I adore this song, it is performed amazingly.  The longing and the yearning are just so evident, and I think you can really relate to the character.  I love how they used a female character (Prudence) singing about another girl, and I love how it explored homosexuality themes.  I love this song, there’s nothing more I can say about it.       

Favourite Line: ♫ Oh please, say to me you’ll let me be your man ♫      

       

9. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – La Resistance
Ahhh South Park, how I love you.  This movie is really a great one, and if you don’t like South Park, you won’t like this film, I’ll tell you that much.  Some people didn’t even realize that this was a musical.  I’m sure others would put “Uncle Fucker” as their favourite, but this is mine.  It’s a medley of all the songs, and it basically starts the third act of the film.  I just really like the excitement it builds, and how many different layers there are within the song.  I find that you need to listen to it a few times to really get all the words and to hear all the jokes.        

Favourite Line: ♫ They may cut your dick in half and serve it to a pig – and though it hurts, you’ll laugh and dance a dickless jig ♫      

       

8. Sweeney Todd – Johanna (reprise)
I think people are beginning to understand that I have a dark side of my creativity that I’ve been “feeding” so to speak.  I adore this film.  It’s dark, it’s gritty – well, it’s very Tim Burton.  I was sceptical that Johnny Depp was going to be in it, but he does an amazing job.  His cool, hard exterior hides both the rage and the sorrow he holds inside – but when he sings, you can hear every layer of emotion.  I really love all the songs, but this is by far my favourite.  It’s a wonderful reprise of the creepy stalkerish song Johanna sung by Anthony (played by Jamie Campbell Bower), as well as some insight into Todd’s yearning to know his daughter, but at the same time saying goodbye.  It’s sad, it’s hopeful, it’s sad, and it’s beautiful.       

Favourite Line: ♫ Goodbye, Johanna – you’re gone, and yet you’re mine.  I’m fine, Johanna, I’m fine. ♫      

sorry - couldn't find a video of the actual scene from the film, here's just the song.

 

7. Repo the Genetic Opera – Legal Assassin
This is a musical that is not for everyone.  I showed it to Ryan, and he adored it.  I leant it to one friend who hated it, one friend who fell asleep through it, and another who is still undecided – and I was sure all four of them would love it.  It’s definitely unconventional.  I know some who don’t like it because “the songs don’t rhyme”, which frankly, is a stupid reason not to like a song/musical.  Songs don’t need to “rhyme” to be musically pleasing to your ears.  However, to each their own.  I love it, so deal with it.  I almost picked Night Surgeon as my favourite, but I picked this one because I am a huge fan of Anthony Stewart Head (Giles!).  This song really illustrates how strong of a vocalist he is – his emotional range is amazing and this song is what sold the film for me.       

Favourite Line: ♫ The nightmare that she should fear is the father you left alone! ♫     

Video quality isn't the greatest, but it's not terrible either

 

6. Nightmare Before Christmas – Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Another amazingly weird and dark film on my list.  This is one of those movies I watch every year at Christmas, it wouldn’t feel right without it.  Kidnap the Sandy Claws is one I always get stuck in my head.  It’s creepy and yet the tone and mood of the song is fun and bouncy.  It’s just one of those quirky weird songs that just draws my attention.  I really enjoy the Korn version too, check it out if you’re interested.       

Favourite Line: ♫ Kidnap the Sandy Claws, throw him in a box – bury him for ninety years then see if he talks  ♫    

       

5.Moulin Rouge – El Tango de Roxanne
Yet again, another film I know a lot of people don’t like.  Yes, it’s campy and kind of cheesy, I don’t care. It’s my list so I can put whatever I want on it so there.  I have had a huge crush on Ewan McGregor since I was about 10 years old, so it’s really not surprising I put this song up here.  I almost put “Your Song” on, but this one is just the best of the film.  The tango within this scene is just really great to watch, plus Ewan’s addition to the song is just so powerful and gorgeous, that I can’t help but love it.       

Favourite Line: ♫ His eyes upon your face, his hand upon your hand, his lips caress your skin – it’s more than I can stand! ♫     

       

4. Rocky horror Picture Show – The Time Warp
Does this surprise anyone?  I sure hope not, because this film is awesome.  Tim Curry in lingerie?  Sure why not.  This is the best song of the film, and probably one of the most well-known anyways, I had to put it on my list.  It just wouldn’t be complete without it.  Actually, this video won’t have Tim Curry in lingerie, sorry, but I’ll shove an image of him in here to make up for that.  You’re Welcome! 😛       

Favourite Line: ♫ But it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane! ♫     

       

3. Once More with Feeling (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – Walk Through the Fire
I know, this isn’t actually a film.  But the musical episode is one of my favourites and really one of the most popular Buffy episodes ever.  You can tell that so much work went into it, and it really paid off.  I love every song within this musical too, and it was hard to pick one.  This one is probably the most known, and it’s really great to have participating.  The song really builds momentum, and is a really great lead in to the climax.  And yes, I love Anthony Stewart Head so much that he’s on this list twice.  He’s so sexy.       

Favourite Line: ♫ The torch I bear is scorching me, Buffy’s laughing, I’ve no doubt – I hope she fries, I’m free if that bitch dies!  I better help her out. ♫     

       

2. Mary Poppins – Feed the Birds
I love Mary Poppins.  I adore this film.  It’s been one of my favourites since I was a kid.  I’ve seen it so much I don’t think I can watch it more than once every few years anymore, but I don’t need to.  This song is beautiful, and really shows just how gorgeous of a voice Julie Andrew has.  This song is so hauntingly sad, and almost feels like it doesn’t belong in the film – but it wouldn’t feel the same without it.  I also just love the message – about being generous with your money, and to help out those who are less fortunate.       

Favourite Line: ♫ Although you can’t see it, you know they are smiling each time someone shows that he cares ♫     

       

1.  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog – My Eyes
Anyone who hasn’t seen this should be ashamed, because it is amazing.  It’s a musical about a struggling Super-Villain, how can it not be great?  I had a very hard time picking a favourite from this musical too, because they are all so amazing.  I almost put up Everything You Ever, but I didn’t want anyone to go listen to it and get the ending ruined.  I love the duet between Penny and Billy, the contrast of the light and the dark just really makes the song sound amazing.  Plus it is just amazingly well written.  I had this song stuck in my head for literally 2 weeks, and I still listen to it like every other day, that’s how amazing I think this song is.       

Favourite Line: ♫ Look around – we’re living with the lost and found.  Just when you feel you’ve almost drowned, you find yourself on solid ground ♫     

       

So there you have it, my top 15 favourite songs from musicals.  Yes, I like odd kinds of films/television shows, but when it comes to musicals, sometimes the more unique and different it is, the better.  Hopefully you enjoyed the list, and maybe it’s made you interested to see some of these musicals if you haven’t already!

Top 10 Favourite Television Shows of All Time

Upon my return home, and becoming accustomed to life back in the nest, I have realized that within the past three years my need to watch television has drastically declined.  It was slow at first, but now I find I rarely watch it, and if/when I do it is either because I am at someone’s house and they are watching TV, or because I’m honestly so bored I don’t know what else to do.  In one of my bored states, I asked myself “Why don’t I watch TV much anymore?”.  My eyes wandered over to my stack of DVDs, and I got my answer.  All of my favourite shows are over, or I don’t get the channel.  There are three of my favourite shows that are still creating new episodes, but I honestly couldn’t be bothered to wait for them to release the new episodes anymore.  With my collection growing, I’ve been purchasing my favourite shows so I can watch them whenever I please.  I suppose I still “watch TV” per se, however, I make my own schedule based upon the shows that mean the most to me.  And with that, here is my list of Top 10 Favourite Television Shows of All Time, which everyone should watch because they are fucking awesome.   

10. Star Trek: The Next Generation
I’m a huge fucking nerd so its no surprise that at least on Star Trek show is on my list.  Sure the original show is classic and full of campy-good-fun, but this is the show I grew up on.  I’ve been watching this show since I can remember – sure when I was three I had no idea what was going on, but I still watched it none-the-less.  If anything, I’ve watched this show too much.  This would probably be higher on the list if I could sit and watch an episode anymore, but like the Simpsons, I know all the episodes inside and out, and in that case I don’t really need to watch them.  I suppose its on my list for nostalgic reasons, and the fact that it is a really great show.  For anyone living under a rock or without a soul that have not seen an episode of this show, it follows the idea of “Problem of the week”, which of course (usually) resolves at the end of the episode.  It’s got sci-fi, it’s got action, it’s got romance, it’s got comedy – basically it’s got everything.  Watch it.  Like, right now.   

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 9. Penn and Teller’s: Bullsh!t
This is one of those HBO shows that I can’t actually watch on tv because I don’t get HBO, so I’ve been watching this on DVD.  What I like about this show is that it can be quite controversial, often they touch on areas that may likely offend someone from time to time, and I kind of like that.  I like challenging others, and I like how the questions they ask, and the facts the give may challenge my own beliefs and opinions.  Sure, I don’t always agree with them, but I don’t have to.  I enjoy hearing different sides of the story, and usually the way it’s presented is very humorous.  I think for any intelligent person out there, this is a really enjoyable show to watch.   

"You're Full of Bullshit" by Mrs-Crocker on deviantart.com

 

  

8. Cheers
I almost didn’t count this on my top 10, but I had to consider the fact that this is one of the few shows out there that I can literally rewatch time and time again.  Some of my favourite dramas (which are lower on the list) are great, but I don’t think I’d want to watch them over and over again every day – they can be too heavy.  Cheers is one of the few shows out there that are still very funny even after all these years.  Sometimes, but not often, there may be jokes or comments that are very dated, that are only really relevant within the time the show was aired; but aside from that, the show is about a group of friends and the humorous stories that follow them – and that’s something everyone can relate to.    

   

7. South Park
This is one of those shows that I believe you either hate it or you love it.  What I really enjoy about this show is how much it’s changed with each new season.  I’ve caught a couple of first season episodes on rerun lately, and man, is it ever tame. It’s just interesting to see what was considered “edgy” around the time this show came out.  First season South Park is about what Family Guy is now.  But what I like about South Park above the so-called “outrageous” comedy that is Family Guy – is that South Park keeps going places that people are either afraid to go, or wouldn’t even consider going.  They creators have pissed off so many countless people, and still create more and more fucked up episodes each week.  And on top of that, the pace at which these episodes are pumped out amaze me – something could happen that week within the media or the news and count on South Park to have an episode about it.  This show definitely isn’t for everyone, as there are episodes that are just completely fucked up and controversial (some that come to mind are: “The China Problem”, “Scott Tenorman Must Die”, “The Return of Chef”, “Imaginationland”, and “Eat, Pray, Queef”).    

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 6. Futurama
A much more “family friendly” show (well, sort of – compared to South Park at least), this is really one of my top favourite cartoons ever.  This show was cancelled for a while, and now that it has been brought back I’m a bit excited – I would be very excited but the new fucking episodes haven’t aired in Canada yet.  I can’t fully explain why I love this show so much, especially when compared to the Simpsons.  While the Simpsons have created a benchmark for all “adult” humor based cartoons, Futurama exceeds that benchmark in every possible way.  The characters are extremely hilarious, and unlike some shows, I actually enjoy all the characters – from Fry, to the Professor, and hell, I even love Rusty.  And the equivalant to “Meg” from Family Guy, the stereotypical character no one else really likes/pays attentions to – Dr. Zoidberg – is really funny.  Good enough to carry a few of his own episode story arcs.  With Family Guy and the Simpsons I can think of a number of episodes I really don’t like, and a few characters I don’t like.  With Futurama, I have a very hard time thinking of one character I don’t like; even characters like Amy’s parents who are meant to be unlikable are really funny.  And on top of the characters, Futrama goes further than just pursuing pure comedy – there are quite a few episodes that are emotional, and although only a few really explore deep emotions like sorrow, there are quite a few instances that kind of “tug-on-your-heartstrings”.  The two really famous (or infamous if you don’t like emotional shows) is “Jurassic Bark” and “Luck of the Fryrish”.  Futurama has great writing, great character development and is just overall a really enjoyable show.  If you haven’t seen it, shame on you.   

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 5. Friends
Yes, yes I know – pretty much half the female population in North America loves this show.  And although I think this is probably the cheesiest show on my list, there’s something about it that I really love.  Maybe it’s the fact that it is another one of the few shows out there with infinite re-watchability.  Maybe it’s the characters – who although can be clichéd, they’re generally likeable, likeable enough I wish they were my friends from time to time.  Although the writing isn’t perfect, it’s good enough for me.  Something about Friends just softens my heart, and I can’t really explain anymore than that why I love this show.   

   

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This is a show I watched a bit when I was younger, and then stopped for quite a long time.  It was definitely not my favourite show when I was 12, and now that I’ve rewatched it, I adore it.  Though it’s not always a very “deep” show, it does have some very dark story lines, especially later within the show.  Something about the campy feeling that comes with some episodes, and the other very dark episodes has a very unique mix to a show that I just adore.  It’s like it gives you a few heavy emotional episodes, then lightens the mood for you.  It’s like the show knows that too much at once can be bad, and like life, sometimes you need a mixture of dark and light.  Or maybe I’m reading too much into my own emotional attachment to this show.  The show is about a girl who fights vampires; it can be silly at times, but it has action, it has humour, and really interesting characters.  And with the new (and very annoying) vampire resurgence, I think this is a show that any so-called vampire lover should watch (considering Twilight tried to rip it off).  Plus, anything by Joss Whedon is at least worth a watch.   

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 3. Arrested Development
This is by far my favourite comedy ever.  If you enjoy the Office, then I know you’ll enjoy this show.  A faux documentary style show that was cancelled like many other great shows.  The Bluths are the dysfunctional TV family; if you don’t believe me give it a gander, and you’ll understand.  It’s hard to explain why this show is great in any way other than “It’s awesome”.  The show is exceedingly dry humoured, with so many “WTF” moments that you may have to rewind it and see if that actually just happened.  This show becomes funnier with each new episode, as with a close friend, the show develops its own inside jokes that only faithful watchers will understand.  I seriously hope they develop this into a film, because my god it will be fantastic.   

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 2. 24
I love action movies, and I love suspense.  24 delivers both, almost too much to handle some times.  And albeit some of the things that happen are a bit “soap opera” like, but what good show isn’t a bit unbelievable?  Don’t tell me a smoke monster is more believable than one man having 8 exceedingly terrible days.  What I really like about this show is the character development.  Usually there are at least five new characters within each season, with only a few recognizable cast members from previous seasons.  What I like about this factor is that they have to overly develop these characters within a short frame of time, so the audience can develop a quick opinion of everyone, and start to get attached early within the season.  I think with a show that is layed out in such a unique way, doing it this way makes the audience more involved within the story because they are almost forced to care (or hate) the characters early on within the season.  And yes, it’s a bit “theatrical”, but it’s entertaining, and anyone who says it’s boring probably hasn’t watch the show from the beginning, or are honestly just honestly too unintelligent to try to understand it.   

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 1. Babylon 5
I love this show so much, I would marry it.  This show has everything that I love about TV.  It’s got a really good story arc, it’s got characters that are well developed and deep, it’s political, it’s sci-fi, it’s action packed, it gives the audience questions and makes them wait for answers, it’s got recurring themes, and it can be very deep or very campy.  Albeit maybe this show isn’t for everyone, but as far as Sci-Fi goes, I really believe this is the best written.  Yes, it does have some cheesy moments, but so does every fucking Sci-Fi show out there.  The graphics are cheesy compared to graphics now, but this show had a very small budget compared to other shows of the same caliber, and with what they had, they did an excellent job.  The show at first gives enough to make the audience curious – just stringing them a long a little bit here and there, and once the second season hits and the larger story arc comes into play, it hooks you in.  I can’t even begin to explain how attached I became to the characters the first run through of this show.  And though some of the acting can be a bit campy, it’s charming in its own right.  I think if anyone enjoy sci-fi, this is a show that you should watch.  My recommendations – watch until the end of the 2nd season, if you don’t like it, you won’t.  If you’re interested and intrigued, keep watching because it just keeps getting better (until 5th season hits, then it’s back down to season 1 good, but still really enjoying to watch).   

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