30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 12

30 Days of Nerdy Hair Day 12 River Song from Doctor Who curly hair blog post

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Day 12: River Song from Doctor Who

Just waiting for The Doctor to come whisk me away on the TARDIS!

30 Days of Nerdy Hair Day 12 River Song from Doctor Who curly hair blog post

30 Days of Nerdy Hair Day 12 River Song from Doctor Who curly hair blog post

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

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If you are a die hard Jane Austen fan, like me, then perhaps you are or were skeptical about the merits of a book that adds blood, gore and the undead into the prim and proper world of Austen’s Regency Era story. Guess what…the resulting work is simply astoundingly fun! A match made in heaven or rather…hell!!

Let me assure you…the movie is no less awesome than the book! I was worried that the film adaptation might skimp on the story and go straight for the gory, but the sweeping romance of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet’s love story was not sacrificed.

The Highlights

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Mr. Darcy

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I was also skeptical about Sam Riley’s, Mr. Darcy. He does not have the countenance that I have come to expect from my Darcy’s. But I have to tell you on the scale from Colin Firth to David Rintoul…I’d place Riley above below Matthew Rhys, but above Elliot Cowan. If only because I’ve never met a Darcy I didn’t like and there are 10, in my estimation, that deserve ranking. Sam Riley definitely gave a solid Darcy performance and upon multiple viewings, I expect him to rise in esteem. The curious thing to me was the timber of his voice. It had a gravelly quality to it that at first I did not care for. But given the dark nature of the zombie apocalypse it started to fit in better than a more refined English accent. All in all, a very charming addition to the Darcy family.

Elizabeth Bennet

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As high as my standards are for Mr. Darcy, they are even higher for the second oldest Bennet sister. Perhaps it’s because I identify so closely with her that I hold her in such high and lofty esteem. Lily James has everything that an Elizabeth Bennet should have. A love of longs walks, a ready wit and oh yeah, she kicks serious zombie ass…a quality I never knew I always wanted in Elizabeth Bennet. Her chemistry with Sam Riley is tangible. Especially in the famous proposal scene, where Mr. Darcy makes his love and his reservations about their match known. Let’s just say Elizabeth, a trained warrior, doesn’t take the insult of his proposal lightly and more than just verbal sparring ensues.

Mr. Collins

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It’s the first time I was ever rooting for Mr. Collins, even if just slightly. The incomparable Matt Smith enters the scene as the silly, ridiculous, irreverent Mr. Collins. But where his predecessors have played the role with nauseating smarm, Smith manages to make Collins seem charming (the only other Collins who achieved a level of charm is Maxwell Glick’s Ricky Collins from the You Tube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.) It probably helps that I’m incredibly biased towards loving all things Matt Smith, seeing as he is Doctor Who and all! He will always get my vote. I was happy that Charlotte Lucas got to have such a delightful match, though Charlotte herself in this film is quite forgettable.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh

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I cannot go further without mentioning another powerhouse in the world of geeky fandom. Lena Headey, Cersei Lanister herself, rounds out this cast as Mr. Collin’s benevolent patroness, the Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Except once again, with delightful twists in store for the fan of this classic story. Lady Catherine is no mere aristocrat sitting on her laurels and passing judgement on the Misses Bennet. She is a hardened warrior who has slayed hoards of zombies and even has an eye patch to show for it (a patch used for necessity, not vanity.) When she confronts Elizabeth about whether or not Darcy has made her an offer of marriage, she does more than ask a few tough questions.

The rest of the players are aptly cast, though widely forgettable. Except for the nefarious Mr. George Wickham who is played by the very charming Jack Huston. So charming, in fact, that I was hoping Wickham would end up being as delightful as the man who played him. Alas, Wickham remains a scoundrel in this adaptation as with all the others.

The Walking unDead

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As a fan of all things zombie and all things Jane Austen…my standards on both sides are always very high. I equally expect my romance to be sweeping and my head shots to be brutal. So I am happy to say that I was as satisfied with the portrayal of these beloved characters as I was with the zombie effects. The shots were so resounding that I could feel them in my chest. The zombies were believable…the blood and guts visceral. And the action was fast paced and hard-hitting. It’s as much an action movie as it is a romance. What better way to get boys to appreciate the wonderful world of Austen…just add zombies!

All in all, a really fun movie. I watched the entire thing with a gigantic smile on my face. But, reader… I did not walk away unscathed…

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Thanks to Lootcrate for infecting me with the zombie virus!!

5 Fandom Friday

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Favorite Fictional Fashion Sense

I’m sure most of you, gentle readers, already know about my love of fashion. I studied fashion design in college and moved to New York expressly to pursue a career in fashion. I did my internship here and had big dreams of creating my own fashion label. As we all know, dreams change!

Here are the characters who’s fashion I love the most. I think the photos speak for themselves!!

#1 – Carrie Bradshaw

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#2 – Daenarys Targaryen

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#3 – Padme Amidala

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#4 – The Pink Ladies

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#5 – The Doctor

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 8: Rose Tyler from Doctor Who

To all the Whovians around the world, Saturday is known as Who day. Doctor Who is on it’s 13th Doctor (depending on how you look at it) but back in the days of 10 (my personal favorite) this lovely lady was his companion. Say what you want about Rose Tyler, but she will always be one of my very favorite companions of the good old Doctor!

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And this 50’s hairstyle from the episode, The Idiot’s Lantern is so much fun! You’ll need pink ribbon and a little hair teasing, some straight bangs and a T.A.R.D.I.S. if you can get your hands on one. And if you do…take me with you!!

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Check back tomorrow for another nerdy hairstyle. I have 22 days to go!!

A very special After Who

 

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Over the weekend I was invited to attend the screening and After Who taping for Doctor Who, Series 8. And incidentally the premier of the brand new 13th (if you’re counting correctly) iteration of The Doctor.

Host Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist, and proclaimed die-hard Whovian, had a panel of fellow nerds on his show, After Who, to talk about all things Doctor related.

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Including nerd captain, Wil Wheaton of Star Trek and Big Bang Theory fame.
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Also, Alton Brown from the Food Network, who is a big fan of Who as well.

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And Mark Gatiss, who comes from the all important world of Sherlock, but who also writes for Doctor Who.

 

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Dan Starkey, who plays Strax came on the show as himself and as the Sontaran commander and it was such a treat to see answer a few questions as his character. And finally Natalie Morales, from Girls came on the show to join the boys club.

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More on the episode later. I’m still digesting everything that happened in Peter Capaldi’s first episode as The Doctor. But I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Lots to be excited about in the new season!

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Special thank you to Josh Ricks for getting us in!

 

Sometimes you just have to…

I’ve lived in this city for 5 years now. And one thing you learn is how to ignore celebrities. They’re just like us… They don’t like to be bothered… and up here sightings are a dime a dozen. So you learn to get over your small town excitement at the sight of the famed elite.

Then along comes something that makes you abandon all that jazz. And you can’t help but be excited. For me, today, it was the filming of an episode of Doctor Who in Central Park. I read it on Twitter and had extra time on my hands. What’s a nerdy girl to do? Well, this is what she did…

The Doctor himself
Arthur Darvill aka Rory Williams aka my favorite companion!
Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and crew