I’ve been thinking about doing a favorites list for a while, favorite movies, food, etc. I know majority of the internet couldn’t care less what some random fangirls favorites are but I will do one anyway (don’t worry it’s not this one…kinda) not to get approval from random people but more to find common ground with potential friends and because my brain panics when asked a direct question. Someone will ask me “Hey, what’s your favorite movie?” and my mind freaks out, goes blank and then comes back a minute later like ‘Movie? I’ve never seen a movie in my entire life. What are these movies of which you speak?’ and then wracks itself to think of a movie, any movie. Then once it finds a movie it’s like ‘ha! yes, a movie say that out loud quick they’re looking at you funny’ and pushes the speak function which makes me then say to the person “Dumb & Dumber”. Really brain? Really? That’s the first movie that pops into my head? I don’t even like that movie! If I write a list then maybe my brain when asked that question will say “check your blog!” before it says something stupid and runs away to hide from the evil direct question. Hopefully I’ll have internet when they ask or I’m screwed.
You know how I said this kinda wasn’t a favorites list? Yeah well, I lied. This is totally a favorites list. Today I’m going to talk about the famous boys (well technically men) that I love dearly and why I love them. If you’re more sexually attracted to the female of the species you might want to sit this one out or stick around for a good laugh and to maybe take notes on their awesomeness. I have three categories when it comes to men; ones I love and respect (the I want to be like them group), ones I love to pieces (the best friend group), and ones that, damn they’re sexy (the if they asked me to marry them today I would drop everything in my life and run to them group). I will probably write one post for each category. Lets start shall we?
Love and Respect aka The Role Models
BTW this isn’t in any particular order of favorites.
1. Sir Patrick Stewart
Isn’t he adorable? Most people know Patrick Stewart from his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation, I’m actually not much of a Trekkie/Trekker (I know shocker right?) but I have to say that Captain Jean-Luc Picard was kinda bad ass. Also, the dude was Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men he’s way up there in the hierarchy of the nerd kingdom. I wouldn’t say he’s the king of nerds (unless there can be more than one then he’s totally a king of nerds) but he’s gotta be like a duke or count of nerds. If I could only use one word to describe Patrick Stewart it would be, charming. Everything about Stewart is absolutely charming in every sense of the word. He has a delightful sense of humor that seeps into everything he does and gives his eyes that mischievous twinkle. My favorite roll for him was when he was in Robin Hood Men in Tights, but I’m a sucker for that movie anyway. His voice, one of the most recognizable voices in the world, is a spellbinding baritone with a to-die-for British accent (I don’t know what it is about British accents but everything about them is wonderful). However the thing that makes me respect him (besides his mad acting skills) is his activism. Anyone who was able to sit through my last post (props to you if you did because it was incredibly whiny) knows a little about Patrick Stewart’s activist activities. If you didn’t, let me shed some light. Growing up Patrick Stewart watched as his mother suffered under domestic violence. Today he works with the Ring the Bell campaign to speak out against violence against women. “The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touch many of us. This violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors it is shielded and hidden and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence – everyone’s silence. Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine — and change — the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other men and allies to do the same”- Patrick Stewart. All that plus his down-to-earth, humbleness and genuinely kind nature (haven’t met him but I’ve heard from friends that have), what’s not to love about Sir Patrick Stewart?
2. Steven Moffat
I don’t think love is the right word when it comes to Steven Moffat, I have such mixed feelings about the man. Can you say you love someone if you curse their name on a daily basis? Yes? OK, then I do love Moffat in that whole there’s-a-thin-line-between-love-and-hate-and-I’ve-got-a-foot-on-either-side-of-the-line kind of way. I know that he’s not responsible for every little thing that happens on Doctor Who but I know that he takes pleasure in making our lives miserable so I’m blaming him for all Doctor Who feels. Hell I blame him for bad things that happen in real life. Moffat to me is an evil deity who feeds off the sorrow and feels of others, you have to worship him and respect his awful power (and I do have a lot of respect for the man/demon/thing) but that doesn’t mean you have to have fluffy bunny feelings toward him. Still you’ve got to love and respect his (and everyone else who writes on Doctor Who) mastery of storytelling. That fact he (they) can interweave seemingly random events and then make them click at just the right moment so that the entire audience has to go rewatch the entire season to figure out how the hell they missed that, shows the unbelievable amount of skill that he has. I didn’t even know brains could work that way. So love? Eh, maybe. If I ever met Moffat I would probably slap him silly and then hug him. Respect? Yes, definitely. He challenges viewers and changes the way they think (though it ruins mainstream shows in the process because they become too predictable). Maybe he sold his soul to the devil or something because his knowledge of pacing, story, character building, exposition, etc. is a little too good at times. Though if he did sell his soul and isn’t an evil god himself I need to get a hold of him and find out the name of that demon. Totally would sell my soul for that kind of talent.
3. Joss Whedon
I’m not going to say I saved the best for last, they’re all the best, but Joss Whedon has a special place in my heart. Buffy was my first fandom, it was the first show that I watched weekly (before dvr, meaning I had to catch it on time and watch it… with commercials *gasp!*) and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. I was pretty young when Buffy started, lets see it started in 1997 so I was around 7-8 years old. I was fascinated by the show, I loved the witty dialog and the story they told me, it sucked me in and I became a lifelong Whedon fan. I have come to expect a certain degree of quality from a Joss Whedon show, and he has never disappointed me. I went from Buffy to Angel (mmm Angel) to Firefly to Dollhouse and while each of them have varying degrees of love (I have favorites) the point is that I love all of them. Since I was exposed to his shows at such a young age they have become part of my makeup, they affected my values, my sense of humor, how I problem solve, the type of guys I’m into (nerds, sarcastic, intelligent, British), the type of girls I’m into (Eliza Dushku was the first girl I had a crush on), etc. etc. It’s just a part of who I am now, I don’t sit around and think ‘what would Willow do?’ but if i took the time to analyze myself a small unconscious part probably did ask that question before I made my decision. I know by heart all the songs from Once More With Feeling and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I’ve seen Serenity at least 10 times. If Joss Whedon comes out with a movie or show, you can bet I’m going to watch it. Here’s a conversation my dad and I had right after Cabin in the Woods came out.
Dad: You should go see it its really good
Me: I don’t know I’m not really in to horror movies
Dad: It’s not a horror movie, well it is but it isn’t
Dad: Joss Whedon wrote it.
Me: I’ll go see it.
I don’t mean to gush about Whedon but he is a very important person in my life and I’ve never even met, talked to, or written to the guy. He has a way of picking the perfect actors and he knows the right moment of lightening the mood with a witty, dry, sarcastic remark/joke. I’m not even going to get started on the Avengers I already did a review on it. His shows and movies are the perfect blend of action, sorrow, sarcasm, humor, and fear. He raises the bar constantly and even though he makes me incredibly sad sometimes (I actually start freaking out if characters in his shows are happy for more than five minutes, Wash, Anya, Tara. I’m just saying man brings the pain) the Whedonverse is still one of my happy places, right up there with Hogwarts.
Honorable Mention for Amazing Skill and/or Storytelling:
Hayao Miyazaki: Best Children’s Stories, Best Subliminal Morals (strong women, pro-environment, inner strength, etc), God of Anime
Peter Jackson: Best Making a Movie Correctly (taking time, making things by hand, not all CGI, true love of what you’re making), Head Tolkien Nerd.
Guillermo Del Toro: Most Unique Way of Thinking, Best Completely Twisted Mind, Pure Imagination