The Top TV Moments of 2012

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Happy New Year’s Eve, dear readers!!  As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on the year that was.  Television in 2012 was chock full of feels…angry ones, hilarious ones, swoon worthy ones, triumphant ones and (sometimes literally if you are part of a show produced by Steven Moffat) jump off the roof of a building ones.  I’ve picked out my top 12 TV moments of 2012 because I refuse to be limited to only ten.  I refuse to rank them though.  That’s like ranking my friends.  And I don’t do that. 😉

1) Kristen Wiig says goodbye – Saturday Night Live

We all knew it was coming after Bridesmaids was a massive hit that resulted in an Original Screenplay Oscar Nomination for Kristin Wiig.  We knew all season that this would be her last on SNL, even if she never came out and said it explicitly.  Kristen left an indelible mark on SNL and this was a lovely and touching send-off for her.

2) McKayla Maroney’s Near Perfect Vault – Summer Olympics

I still don’t see how this didn’t get a perfect score

3) Kristin Bell Loves Sloths – The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Proving that celebrities can have fangirl meltdowns too…

This may or may not have been how I reacted (internally, obviously) the first time I met Joel McHale this year.

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Fandom Presents Are The Best Presents

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Listen: The holidays are awesome. All the best movies of the year come out within the same two-week span; you can start drinking at pretty much any time of the day that you feel like it; and people you like GIVE you stuff. They just give it to you!

For those of us who wear our hearts and feels on our sleeves, we can assume that at least some of that stuff will be fandom-related. And fandom presents are the BEST presents. How could socks and underwear possibly compare to the ThinkGeek catalog or the creme de la Redbubble?

We put out the call to our Twitter followers and, as always, they came through like gangbusters. Check out the plethora of geek gifts the Head Over Feels family got this year!

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“Those were the days.” – Doctor Who Recap

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Posted by Sage

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate, and happy Who-mas to all of us!

BBCAmerica treated us to a Doctor Who marathon yesterday, airing most of the Christmas specials from the modern era. They didn’t include “The End of Time,” though. Maybe it’s too depressing or something.

While these event episodes aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be (“The Next Doctor”, anyone?), last night’s new installment was THE. BOMB. My emotions are too sophisticated to be put into words, so this recap will be entirely in gifs.

Spoilers ahoy.

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Do You Hear The People Sing? – Kim on Les Miserables

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Do you hear the people sing?
Lost in the valley of the night
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies,
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

I feel like most musical theatre fans of my age really cut their teeth on Les Miserables.  While my parents had taken me to see other shows (including the other 80’s British Behemoth Phantom of the Opera), Les Mis was the first musical that I would listen to for hours on end.  Oh, how I wanted to be Eponine when I was a teenager (which is interesting, because as an adult, my tastes lean more towards Fantine)!  I would listen to the CDs in the car, often having a MAJOR solo singalong to “One Day More” in which I would do all the different voices.  So needless to say, when it was announced that the musical was FINALLY coming to the big screen, I had high expectations.  I devoured each little tidbit of news…Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean!!  Russell Crowe as Javert?  Hmmmm.  Annie Hathaway as Fantine?  Hey, she can sing.  Amanda Seyfried as Cosette?  Meh, nobody likes Cosette anyway.  HOLD THE PHONE TAYLOR SWIFT IS GOING TO BE EPONINE?!?!?!  NO.  No no no no no no.  WAIT…Eponine is NOT T-Swift but is instead West End Actress Samantha Barks, who was good enough to play the role in the 25th Anniversary concert?  WHEW.

The trailer was amazing.  All the art work was amazing.  Word that came out of advanced screenings was rapturous.  People were weeping and then giving it standing ovations.  They declared the Oscar Race for Best Supporting Actress over before it even started…everybody else go home, cause Anne Hathaway has this in the bag.

All the online chatter did not help temper my expectations.  Could Les Mis possibly live up to the hype?  I dragged my family along with me to the first screening on Christmas Morning to find out…

Obviously, there are spoilers.  But what do you care?  You know the Cast Recording inside out, don’t you?

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6 Tragically Underrated Romantic Comedies

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the current state of the romantic comedy is not so good. It’s been steadily deteriorating since the rise of the soulless overstuffed ensemble holiday movie and the beginning of the dark reign of Katherine Heigl. Meg Ryan has been ritualistically sacrificing her face in protest for years.

Romcom junkies like myself mourned the passing of our patron saint, Nora Ephron, by breaking out the classics. When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle are the gold standard. But there was a time when Hollywood was kinder to us, and also churned out a series of relatively cheap and mostly inoffensive romantic comedies that are now largely relegated to the Wal-Mart $3.99 DVD bin. I’m here to point out a few of those films that deserve a better fate. Read on for six romcoms that I deem tragically underrated.

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If you watched Just Friends once and thought it was just okay, I beg you to watch it again. And then watch it three more times. And from that point on, you will think it’s the funniest goddamn thing you’ve ever seen. It’s just that kind of movie.

Just Friends has everything you need in a Saturday afternoon Comedy Central movie: Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit; Anna Faris as a psychotic Britney-esque pop star (“You and I are gonna be the greatest musical manager team since Jessica Simpson and her father. Only you and I get to reooowr and they can’t, ’cause it’s illegal. I looked it up.”); the mom from What About Bob?; and some ruminations on whether we can ever truly escape high school.

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It’s also immensely quotable, both in surprisingly clever one-liners (“You’re Chris Brander. You’re Hollywood, you date models. He’s Jersey, he skis in his jeans.”) or nonsensical outbursts (“TJ!”) And bonus for this time of year: it’s a Christmas movie! That means it will be on cable thousands of times over the next week, and you can quickly knock out the recommended number of viewings. PS: …Anna Faris.

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Return to Me movie poster

Bob’s beloved wife Elizabeth dies in a car accident. Grace (Minnie Driver) is very sick, but gets Elizabeth’s heart in a transplant. Bob is completely destroyed until he meets Grace, who basically brings him back to life. The premise of this one is saccharine for sure (it’s the SAME HEART THAT LOVES HIM ALL ALONG), but don’t let it put you off. Return to Me is so simple and gorgeous, it’s stuns me every time I watch it. It’s a charmingly old-fashioned film completely devoid of irony and cynicism.

That’s not to say that Return to Me lacks raw emotion. Nope, nope, nope. Elizabeth’s death is brutal, and the movie lets poor Bob (and their dog, sob) mourn her. My favorite part is after Bob has first meets Grace and he makes an excuse to go back to her family’s Irish-Italian (yes) restaurant where she works. He gets on a step stool, takes a box down from a closet shelf, brushes off the dust, and puts on his good shoes for the first time in who knows how long. All my creys. No movie like this would be greenlit today, and that makes me incredibly sad.

Return to Me‘s other charms include: David Alan Grier and the fabulous Bonnie Hunt; signing gorillas; a Dean Martin-heavy soundtrack, obviously; the cutest old people YOU WILL EVER SEE; and permanent entry on my Common Law Top 5: David Duchovny.

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6 Tragically Underrated Romantic Comedies

Posted by Sage

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the current state of the romantic comedy is not so good. It’s been steadily deteriorating since the rise of the soulless overstuffed ensemble holiday movie and the beginning of the dark reign of Katherine Heigl. Meg Ryan has been ritualistically sacrificing her face in protest for years.

Romcom junkies like myself mourned the passing of our patron saint, Nora Ephron, by breaking out the classics. When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle are the gold standard. But there was a time when Hollywood was kinder to us, and also churned out a series of relatively cheap and mostly inoffensive romantic comedies that are now largely relegated to the Wal-Mart $3.99 DVD bin. I’m here to point out a few of those films that deserve a better fate. Read on for six romcoms that I deem tragically underrated.

Just Friends movie poster

If you watched Just Friends once and thought it was just okay, I beg you to watch it again. And then watch it three more times. And from that point on, you will think it’s the funniest goddamn thing you’ve ever seen. It’s just that kind of movie.

Just Friends has everything you need in a Saturday afternoon Comedy Central movie: Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit; Anna Faris as a psychotic Britney-esque pop star (“You and I are gonna be the greatest musical manager team since Jessica Simpson and her father. Only you and I get to reooowr and they can’t, ’cause it’s illegal. I looked it up.”); the mom from What About Bob?; and some ruminations on whether we can ever truly escape high school.

Ryan Reynolds you're going down

It’s also immensely quotable, both in surprisingly clever one-liners (“You’re Chris Brander. You’re Hollywood, you date models. He’s Jersey, he skis in his jeans.”) or nonsensical outbursts (“TJ!”) And bonus for this time of year: it’s a Christmas movie! That means it will be on cable thousands of times over the next week, and you can quickly knock out the recommended number of viewings. PS: …Anna Faris.

Samantha James forgiveness



Return to Me movie poster

Bob’s beloved wife Elizabeth dies in a car accident. Grace (Minnie Driver) is very sick, but gets Elizabeth’s heart in a transplant. Bob is completely destroyed until he meets Grace, who basically brings him back to life. The premise of this one is saccharine for sure (it’s the SAME HEART THAT LOVES HIM ALL ALONG), but don’t let it put you off. Return to Me is so simple and gorgeous, it’s stuns me every time I watch it. It’s a charmingly old-fashioned film completely devoid of irony and cynicism.

That’s not to say that Return to Me lacks raw emotion. Nope, nope, nope. Elizabeth’s death is brutal, and the movie lets poor Bob (and their dog, sob) mourn her. My favorite part is after Bob has first meets Grace and he makes an excuse to go back to her family’s Irish-Italian (yes) restaurant where she works. He gets on a step stool, takes a box down from a closet shelf, brushes off the dust, and puts on his good shoes for the first time in who knows how long. All my creys. No movie like this would be greenlit today, and that makes me incredibly sad.

Return to Me‘s other charms include: David Alan Grier and the fabulous Bonnie Hunt; signing gorillas; a Dean Martin-heavy soundtrack, obviously; the cutest old people YOU WILL EVER SEE; and permanent entry on my Common Law Top 5: David Duchovny.

Bob and Grace Return to Me

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Your Weekly Dose of Rose and Ten Feels – Playlist Post #9

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It’s no secret that Sage and I are big music fans….the fact that this playlist is 535 songs (and counting) should make that fact abundantly clear.  The wonderful thing about music is that you can hear a song and you can instantly be transported to the movie or TV scene it played in or the moment you heard the song for the first time.  We’ve got some songs on the playlist that will forever be associated with something else.  But that doesn’t mean they can’t apply to Rose and Ten or Doctor Who in general.  Let’s take a look at a few, shall we?

Rose and Ten New Earth

“Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

“Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol

“I don’t quite know
How to say how I feel.

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough.

If I lay here,
If I just lay here,
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

“Chasing Cars” is FOREVER linked with the Season Two finale of Grey’s Anatomy (“I thought I was a surgeon, but I’m NOT.  So I quit.”) but very much applies to Rose and Ten as well.  Look at that gif.  In my head canon, Rose and Ten had many days like that…peaceful days where no trouble found them.  No monsters.  No threats of imminent destruction.  No need to save the universe.  Just days where they were together laying on the ground with his overcoat spread out beneath them while they talked and snuggled and watched the world go by.  Yep.  It happened all the time.

And “I don’t quite know how to say how I feel.  Those three words, they’re said too much”?  Nope.  Not at all relevant to their relationship.

OH WAIT EXCEPT IT TOTALLY IS RELEVANT.

#nevergonnagetoverit

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Your Weekly Dose of Rose and Ten Feels – Playlist Post #9

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Posted by Kim

It’s no secret that Sage and I are big music fans….the fact that this playlist is 535 songs (and counting) should make that fact abundantly clear.  The wonderful thing about music is that you can hear a song and you can instantly be transported to the movie or TV scene it played in or the moment you heard the song for the first time.  We’ve got some songs on the playlist that will forever be associated with something else.  But that doesn’t mean they can’t apply to Rose and Ten or Doctor Who in general.  Let’s take a look at a few, shall we?

Rose and Ten New Earth

“Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

“Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol

“I don’t quite know
How to say how I feel.

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough.

If I lay here,
If I just lay here,
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

“Chasing Cars” is FOREVER linked with the Season Two finale of Grey’s Anatomy (“I thought I was a surgeon, but I’m NOT.  So I quit.”) but very much applies to Rose and Ten as well.  Look at that gif.  In my head canon, Rose and Ten had many days like that…peaceful days where no trouble found them.  No monsters.  No threats of imminent destruction.  No need to save the universe.  Just days where they were together laying on the ground with his overcoat spread out beneath them while they talked and snuggled and watched the world go by.  Yep.  It happened all the time.

And “I don’t quite know how to say how I feel.  Those three words, they’re said too much”?  Nope.  Not at all relevant to their relationship.

OH WAIT EXCEPT IT TOTALLY IS RELEVANT.

#nevergonnagetoverit

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