06 March 2010 @ 08:04 pm
It's been one year, three months, and six days since last I used my journal. "So," I thought, "I better come back with something massive and shiny to distract people from the fact that I've been so utterly AWOL." Well, I did no recaps, MST3Ks, obnoxious fangirling, or pointlessly in-depth analyses during 2009. I missed a whole year of fandom-related fandoming.

In light of that, allow me to distract you all from my long absence with a massive, shiny picspam of everything I wasn't recaping/squeeing about/pointlessly analyzing during 2009.

This is long and will hurt your dial-up.

Angels & Demons

This was, essentially, The Da Vinci Code without Audrey Tatou. I enjoyed it, but beyond a couple hours of entertainment it didn't offer much.

District 9

This movie was very well-done, very timely, and all that. I'm glad I've seen it, I'm glad I have it as something I've watched, but I don't feel the need to watch it again. It did its job the first time. I haven't seen Avatar, but from everything everyone's told me, this should be the movie getting all the accolades and millions of dollars. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it.

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

I've seen this movie twice and enjoyed it both times. I'm honestly not sure why. Though my knowledge of the original cartoon series is limited, I will join a few others I know in hoping that the Baroness' "brainwashing" is merely an elaborate ruse to allow to to infiltrate the Joes. I like her better as a villain :c

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Though better written, this movie had the same problem as the fifth one: the subplot with the kids was a lot of fun, but the main destroying-Voldemort plot was boring and dragged the whole thing down. Also I'm so unbelievably sick of Michael Gambon. Bellatrix Lestrange should be the new Headmistress of Hogwarts. Oh wait, Snape takes over and that's nearly as good. I'm looking forward to the seventh movie, because I will never give up hope that the director will figure out what's he's doing and find something actually interesting in the main plot.

Inglourious Basterds

This was easily my favorite movie of 2009. I refused to see it for a long time because I'd seen Kill Bill, hated it, and assumed all Tarantino films were essentially that long and that boring. But when I finally gave in and watched it, I was pleasantly surprised. It held my interest for the whole film, that was the first surprise. The second was that I really got into some of the characters and the cast was really phenomenal (especially Christoph Waltz and Melanie Laurent). And the biggest surprise was that it had actual meaning beyond "LOLLL LET'S KILL NAZIIIIIS."

The International

Julie & Julia

I saw this movie because I bought it for my mom for Christmas. And it was cute, I guess. I like both Meryl Streep and Amy Adams a lot. But really, this is not my kind of movie at all.

The Princess and the Frog

Kudos to Disney for the hand animation. Not so much for the not-so-great songs. Hopefully their next big movie will have something more inventive than "goin' down the bayou, gonna take you all da way down." Also it was racist against hillbillies. Or maybe that's just me. Being racist against hillbillies.

Star Trek XI

I've been a big fan of J.J. Abrams for many years now, and I thought he totally delivered. In spite of my extreme and ever-growing dislike of Zachary Quinto and the relentless overexposure, I still managed to enjoy this movie.

The Taking of Pelham 123

I saw this in the hopes of killing a few hours while having an excuse to eat popcorn. I was not disappointed.


The opening ten minutes aside, I thought this was fairly standard Pixar fare, with the added bonus of a really adorable dog. I just... love Dug a lot. The first ten minutes were really pretty impressive. And this is totally taking Best Animated Movie home from the Oscars.


My reaction to this was roughly the same as my reaction to District 9: glad I saw it, no need to see it again. Unlike District 9, however, this was so aesthetically mind-blowing that I just want to devour the whole thing in a fondue of freeze-frame ecstasy. I'm not sure what that meant.


This was a very funny film. I thought it would be stupid and I'd hate it, but it wasn't and I didn't. I'm still no fan of Emma Stone, but she's better than Kristen Stewart. If you haven't seen this one, you should because Bill Murray has an awesome house. And some other reasons too.

Top 5 Characters

1. Alpha (Dollhouse)

Alpha: Because she abandoned you! She walked out on you when you needed her most. Things got a little tough, road got a little rocky, seas got a little choppy, and she thought, hey, I'll just go sleep! Night night! See ya in five years! She left you to the jackals. The wolves. The predators. Isn't that right, Caroline?
Caroline: She said I'd be taken care of. She said it would be safe--
Alpha: Yeah? You feel safe?
Blevins: What the hell were you doing?
Alpha: Hell? I don't understand hell.
Blevins: It's what you woulda caught if it'd been DeWitt coming around that corner instead of me.
[much later, when Alpha has regained his memories, he gouges out Blevins' eyes with his fingers]
Alpha: I understand Hell now.

2. Arthur Mitchell/The Trinity Killer (Dexter)

Dexter (V.O.): Lundy was wrong. I was wrong. Neither of us knew pieces of the puzzle were missing. Trinity's a husband, a father.
Arthur: You're like a child. You dream of a heaven you'll never see.
Dexter: I don't believe in heaven.
Arthur: Oh, but you do. This isn't your doing! This isn't your doing, this is God's plan. I accept that now. You have to do the same.
Dexter: I accept nothing. Nothing is inevitable.
Arthur: It's already over.

3. The Charles Sisters, Lily & Vivien (Pushing Daisies)

Vivien: It used to make you so happy, the water. I think it's brave to try to be happy. You've gotten so comfortable being unhappy. Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up in the morning and choose to be happy?
Lily: The way I see this, we both got something you want.
Dwight: What would that be, my... spicy cocktail?
Lily: I got my daughter's watch, and you got your insides where you want 'em.

4. Donna Noble (Doctor Who)

Ten: Vesuvius explodes with the force of 24 nuclear bombs. Nothing can survive it. Certainly not us.
Donna: Never mind us.
Donna: 'Cause I understand now. You said I was gonna die, but you mean this whole world, it's gonna blink out of existence. But that's not dying. because a better world takes its place. The Doctor's world. And I'm still alive! That's right, isn't it? I don't die? If I change things, I don't die? That's... that's right, isn't it?
Donna: Did I ever tell you? Best temp in Chiswick, 100 words per minute!

5. The Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who)

Ten: For a long time now, I thought I was just a survivor, but I'm not. I'm the winner. That's who I am. Time Lord Victorious.
Adelaide: And there's no one to stop you.
Ten: No.
Adelaide: This is wrong, Doctor. I don't care who you are. The Time Lord Victorious is wrong.
Ten: That's for me to decide. Now, you'd better get home. Oh, it's all locked up. You've been away. Still, that's easy.
Adelaide: Is there nothing you can't do?
Ten: Not anymore.
Ten: It's not like I'm an innocent. I've taken lives. Then I got worse, I got clever. Manipulated people into taking their own. Sometimes I think the Time Lord lives too long.


1. Charlotte "Chuck" Charles & Ned (Pushing Daisies)

Ned: Winter is my new best friend. We should move to the south pole. Although I don't know if they have any need for pie at the south pole, which puts a wrinkle in my freshly starched life as a normal guy who makes pies, but I'd give it up if I could hold your hand every day.
Chuck: What, the pie or the normal?
Ned: Either.
Chuck: Why? Why do we love something if loving something just makes us stupid and... just have more to lose?
Ned: Why love something? Because we can.
Chuck: Awwww.
Ned: Chuck, I try very hard to be a good boyfriend. I believe that every day, even in the smallest ways, I try to put your happiness before my own.
Chuck: Yeah, I agree with that wholeheartedly.
Ned: I've been lying to you. Not that it's any kind of excuse, but I think it's because I've been lying to myself too. If Lily and Vivien knew you were still alive, the only person in danger would be me. And the danger itself is a lie; it's irrational fear in danger's clothing, and it's whispering in my ear saying, 'Chuck loves her mother and aunt so much that there's no way she would want to spend her life with you if she could still be with them.' And so I put my happiness first, and... told everyone that no one could know you were alive again. Especially Lily and Vivien Charles.
Chuck: You didn't know what you were doing.
Ned: I do now. And now, I'm finally putting your happiness before my own.

2. Debra Morgan & Dexter Morgan (Dexter)

Debra: It doesn't matter what I do, or what I choose. I'm what's wrong. There's nothing I can do about it. If I'm not hurting myself, I am hurting everyone around me, there's nothing I can do about it. I'm... I'm broken.
Dexter: No you're not. I am.
Dexter (V.O.): My sister doesn't deserve to be in this kind of pain. But I know who does. Trinity hurt my sister and I'm going to hurt him back.
Dexter: It wasn't your fault, he wasn't your fault. If I'd never been in your life--
Debra: Fuck you.
Dexter: Fuck me?
Debra: If you hadn't been in my life, I wouldn't be who I am. You've given my confidence, and support. You've been the one constant-- the one constantly good thing in my life.
Dexter (V.O.) I'm good for her. No one would ever say that about Arthur. Maybe Harry's wrong. Maybe things could turn out differently for me.

3. Juliet O'Hara & Shawn Spencer (Psych)

Shawn: Okay, Jules, uh, how do I say this? You know how when we were kids, there were all those cool prizes at the bottom of cereal boxes?
Juliet: Yeah.
Shawn: Okay. Well. There were two kinds of kids. There's the kid who flipped the box over and opened it from the bottom and grabbed the prize right away. And then there was the kid who waited patiently and ate bowl after bowl of cereal until the prize just tumbled out on its own. There's also a third kid named Mikey who'll eat anything, including the prize, but he's not really important right now.
Juliet: Okay. And?
Shawn: I didn't wait. I didn't wait for my decoder ring, or my Frankenberry action figure when I was a kid. So what am I waiting for now? All I know is that I don't want to miss out on the prize.
Juliet: What are you trying to say, Shawn?
Shawn: That I... I dunno.

4. Seeley Booth & Temperance Brennan (Bones)

Narrator: You love someone, you open yourself up to suffering; that's the sad truth. Maybe they'll break your heart; maybe you'll break their heart and never be able to look at yourself in the same way. Those are the risks. You see two people and think they belong together, but nothing happens. The thought of losing so much control over personal happiness is unbearable. That's the burden. Like wings, they have weight; we feel that weight on our backs, but they are a burden that lifts us.
Booth: I love you. In a professional, you know, atta-girl kinda way.
Brennan: Atta-girl kinda way? ...Right back at ya, Booth. I love you too! Atta-boy.

5. The Tenth Doctor & Wilfred Mott (Doctor Who)

Ten: I'd be proud.
Wilf: Of what?
Ten: If you were my dad.
Ten: Look at you. Not remotely important. But me? I could do so much more! So much more! But this is what I get. My reward. And it's not fair! Oh.... Live too long.
Wilf: No. No, no, please! Please don't! No! Don't! Don't! Please. Don't. Please.
Ten: Wilfred, it's my honour.

Top 5 Episodes

1. "100" (Criminal Minds)

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." Friedrich Nietzsche

2. "Epitaph One" (Dollhouse)

Mr. Ambrose: I'm here to inform you that this is a service we now provide. Upgrades. We at Rossum now provide select clients with complete anatomy upgrades.
Adele: You're giving away our Actives?
Mr. Ambrose: No, we're not giving them away. We're charging a lump nine-figure sum.
Adele: This is wrong. You can't do this.
Mr. Ambrose: I think you'll find, in the coming months, that we can do whatever we want.
Mr. Dominic: I ran into a guy, business guy, very nice suit. It's three buttons again, who saw that coming? Guy asked me to help find his mommy, and did I want to play pretty princess with him? Said he didn't like kindergarten 'cause there's boys. So I'm thinking, 'God, some twisted freaks imprinted this poor guy.' But nah, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this poor sap saw what was coming and just decided, 'I can be whoever I want.' That's what this whole operation was about, right? Giving people what they want? No no no what they need.
Topher: Did I think of that? Did I? Oh. God. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. If I think I can figure things out, is that curiosity or arrogance?
Mag: They really thought they were helping, huh? Giving people what they needed? Is this what we needed?
Caroline: No. Kids playing with matches. And they burned the house down.

3. "The Goop in the Girl" (Bones)

Owen: A man died this week. By all accounts, he was a good man. Loved his mother, worked hard, shouldered his responsibilities. He was a man that any one of us would be proud to call "friend." I killed him. With this microphone. I killed him by going on these airwaves and sharing my rage with you. Spreading my rage. Now, you can say that it wasn't my fault, that it was a coincidence. I thought about that. Thought about it a lot. But that fact is... The fact is, if it weren't for me, he might still be alive. I'm so sorry for that. And I remembered something that I forgot over the last few years: that God is not only a god of anger and vengeance. Now, my religious beliefs tell me that Christ did not die in vain. That He died to redeem us all. And I intend to show that this good, simple man also did not die in vain. That he redeemed one angry, shouting man. So these are the last words I will ever broadcast. And I hope they're the words you remember best. Peace on Earth.

4. "Hello, Dexter Morgan" (Dexter)

Arthur: Let me ask you a question. What kind of man witnesses a child abduction and doesn't call the police? Who are you, Kyle?
Christine: Your dad was a cop, right? So you said, 'Hey, I'll be a cop too, maybe then he'll love me.' You know what I did? I shot you. I killed Lundy. I am so sorry.
Arthur: Hello, Dexter Morgan.

5. "The Leap" (How I Met Your Mother)

Barney: Say you went suit shopping, and you happened upon a suit. A beautiful Canadian suit. Double-breasted. Mmmm. You try it on, and it's not exactly the right fit for you, so you put it back. I try it on, and I don't really wanna take the same suit you had your eye on, but at the same time, I really like that suit.
Ted: Buy the suit, Barney. You clearly care about it. Tell the suit how you feel.
Barney: Okay! But Ted, remember that that was your answer, because.... The suit is Robin. I KNOW! Right?
Ted: That was the year I got left at the altar. It was the year I got knocked out by a crazed bartender, the year I got fired, the year I got beat up by a goat - a girl goat at that. And damn if it wasn't the best year of my life.

Top 5 Everything Else

1. "(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar?" (The Guild)
Top Cracky Music Video

Do you wanna date my avatar?
She's a star,
And she's hotter than reality by far.
Do you wanna date my avatar?

2. "Cold Snap" by Bryan Fuller (Heroes)
Top Attempt to Pull Heroes Out of the Toilet

Tracy: This is a breezy 68 degrees, and I've worked up one hell of a cold snap.

3. John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell (Dexter)
Top Performance

John Lithgow: It was a delicious role. I mean, I'm a character actor, a character actor looks for roles as different as possible from himself, and you'll be relived to know I'm very different from the Trinity Killer. But I also loved that Trinity's cover was the cover of a very nice guy, a very nice, very accessible family man with even a sense of humor. That's what made him so very very creepy, and they found the right actor for the part. I really knew how to creep people out.

5. Amy Acker as Dr. Claire Saunders (Dollhouse)
Top Complete Emotional Breakdown

Topher: Is this your idea of a joke?
Claire: You designed me, Mr. Brink. I guess it must be your idea of a joke.
Topher: I designed you to be a not crazy woman! You gotta stop messing with me!
Claire: I don't seem to be able to.
Topher: Maybe DeWitt would even reimprint your old identity. You've earned it.
Claire: I don't wanna die. I'm not even real. I'm in someone else's body and I'm afraid to give it up. I'm not better than you. I'm just a series of excuses.
Topher: You're human.
Claire: Don't flatter yourself.

4. "Mr. Monk and the End" (Monk)
Top Series Finale

Trudy: If anything happens to me, Adrian, I just want you to know: you are not just the love of my life. You are my life.
Monk: I just want you in my life, you know? I need you in my life.
Molly: I am in your life. I'm not going anywhere. I'm worried about your life. You can't quit, not for me. There are lots of other Trudys out there, and I think you're obligated to help them. You have a gift.
Monk: And a curse.
Molly: It's not a curse, it's a gift, can't you see that?
Natalie: What are you doing?
Monk: Just checking to make sure the stove is off.
Natalie: Good thinking. You wouldn't want to go all the way across town with your stove on.
Monk: I know. That actually happened to me a few years ago.

So. I hope that distracted you all thoroughly. I'm gonna actually try to update every once in a while now.

Also I did most of the caps myself and it took forever to clean them up so if you want to use them for anything that's cool just please credit me thanks!
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