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The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon Action Figure

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I don’t normally fawn over toys but being a fan of the hit television series The Walking Dead, well, I must admit that the Daryl Dixon action figure got me excited.

Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) is my favorite zombie-killer so having my own lil crossbow-wielding hero on my bedside table will be awesome. It’s just too bad that the Daryl figures sold like hotcakes and the ones available on Ebay and Amazon are priced five to ten times the regular price. The Walking Dead action figures are originally priced at $15+ and now sellers are asking for more than $100 for unopened boxes.

The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere

And The Walking Dead is Back. I already have this season’s latest episode but I didn’t watch it yet. I have to be somewhere in a few hours so I think I have to prolong the anticipation just a little bit.

I watched the first half Season 3 with lots of trepidation. Honestly, I was afraid that they would kill off Daryl. Daryl is my favourite character in the zombie-infested series so the slightest possibly that his head gets chopped off automatically translates to increased blood pressure and heart rate for me.

I hope that I won’t see much of The Governor and Andrea this episode. They make me mad in so many levels. Watching The Governor makes me miss Shane terribly. And oh, I’m expecting a lot of zombie action because the mid-season finale was riddled with human vs. human conflicts. I’m all for depth and heart and stuff but I don’t think the show needs to drown in drama.

Modern Family

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In a blog post I’ve written in December 2010, I mentioned that my knowledge of US TV series is very limited to The Office and Just Shoot Me.  And now, more than two years later, I can say that I have improved immensely as I’m now a passionate fan of a number of shows.

One of the sitcoms I really, really love is Modern Family.  It’s a mockumentary focusing on family life and relationships and revolves around  Jay Pritchett, his young Colombian wife and stepsons, and  two grown children and their respective families.  Jay Pritchett is played by Ed O’Neill while Sofia Vergara plays Pritchett’s gorgeous Colombian wife.  Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, and Jesse Tyler Fergusson are also part of the outstanding main cast.

Modern Family is currently on its 4th season and I recommend it to everybody because its fun, smart, engaging and has very relatable characters who find themselves in relatable situations.  It’s easily one of best TV shows out there.  So if you’re not watching Modern Family yet,  it’s DEFINITELY worth a try.

New Girl

Season 1 of New Girl was so good that I became an instant fan after watching an episode.  I loved Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) even though their weirdness mades me cringe sometimes.  And though I hate to admit it, even the douchebag Schmidt and his womanizing ways make me laugh.  But now, I don’t know, the show has gotten so bad that sometimes I do wonder why I still watch it.

New Girl Season 2 is boring.  It seems like they ran out of good material for jokes.  Or maybe they changed writers.

I guess it’s time to move on to another  sitcom.  Any recommendations?

 

To Catch a Thief by Alfred Hitchcock

I’m not really into classic films but once in a while I pick a title and watch it out of curiosity.

I think I may have watched at least six classic films in the last three years — Gone with the Wind, 12 Angry Men, Psycho, Wizard of Oz, Rosemary’s Baby, and most recently, To Catch a Thief.

To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, is a 1955 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In the movie, John Robie (Cary Grant) is a retired American jewel thief who is living peacefully on the French Riviera. Unfortunately, a jewel thief who uses the same modus operandi as Robie’s, hits the resorts and mansions in the community.  Since all evidence points to him the police begins to track him down and to prove his innocence, Robie  starts his own investigation to catch the real thief.  It is during his investigation when he meets and starts a romance with Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly).

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The Convenience of Buying Tickets Online

I love the movies but I rarely watch them in cinemas. Most of the time, I just wait for it to become available in DVD. Not that I don’t appreciate the cinema watching experience, it’s just that I find watching movies at home much more convenient.

If you think about it, watching movies in the theater usually involves a lot of annoyances. There’s the long queue at the ticket booth, those loud and noisy teenagers, and that know-it-all movie nerd who feels it’s his responsibility to explain every scene to his companions and everyone else who had the misfortune of being seated close to him.

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Criminal Minds

One of the  US TV shows I’m following is Criminal Minds.  Oh I admit I started watching the series a few years late and it was sheer boredom that made me give it a try. But all it took me was  a full  episode and I wasn’t just hooked, I was roped in.

L to R: Reid, Prentiss, Garcia, Hotcher, Rossi, Morgan, and JJ.

Sometimes, I ask myself why I would like I crime show so much.  I’d like to think I’m not a hopeless nutcase when it comes to police procedural drams.  I watched CSI for a while and I wasn’t  whipped.  Ever.  But Criminal Minds is a different story. The whole criminal profiling thing really intrigued me.  By the third episode, my vocabulary included terms like unsub, MO, blitz attack, victimology, organized offender, and signature.

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The Vampire Diaries

My knowledge of US TV series outside The Office and Just Shoot Me is very limited so it is very uncharacteristic of me to watch The Vampire Diaries.  Thanks to my friend Miah, I got interested in The Vampire Diaries and got hooked enough to purchase a copy of the dvd.

Well,  to state the obvious, the Vampire Diaries is about bloodsuckers.  But it’s not  just another vampire story.  Because it totally trumps Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse combined. And probably Vampire Academy if and when they finally decide to make a movie or a TV series out of Rachelle Mead’s novels.  I might change my mind about this if Ian Somerhalder plays  Belikov.

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The First 20 Days of 2010

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I just love my notebook planner and my desktop planner!  Because I took time to buy both last year, I am now able to keep track of my activities, appointments, tasks, errands, and even my expenses.

I scanned the entries in my planners earlier and I was all smiles because I was reminded of all the things I did in the past 20 days- the movies I watched, the places I’ve been to, the books I read, and even my mood when I wrote the entries.  It’s like reliving the experiences all over again.

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On TV: American Idol Season 9

I don’t really watch TV a lot.  And if my memory serves me right,  the last time I used the old TV set in my room was in March 2009.

But today, the telly has enough reason to rejoice.  Because it’s that time of the year again when TV-watching will be 2-3 times a week habit for me.   Why?  Well, another season of American Idol just started.  That’s why.

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