Elf and Snow

Right. I’m calling it.

Kit Harington is the new Orlando Bloom.

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Not that Orlando Bloom is old news. I still enjoyed seeing him in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But the magic of Legolas was so 13 years ago, and he’s a dad now and stuff so I’m sure he’s got more important things to do. Kit Harington on the other hand, is relatively, just starting out. Hence, he can be my new obsession. 😀

You can’t ignore the similarities between them. They both became famous because of a fantasy series–The Lord of the Rings for Orlando Bloom, Game of Thrones for Kit Harington. And they’re arguably the two best fantasy series that exist (so far). And they play somewhat similar characters, both kind of quiet and brooding, despite one being an elf that has white hair and many white clothes and the other wearing all black clothes and using black weapons and stuff.

In real life, they’re both English, they both have dark curly hair, and… Well those are really all the similarities you need to be compared to each other.

Although it actually wasn’t LOTR and GoT that made me think of their similarities. I just watched Pompeii, where Kit Harington plays Milo. And I think because it’s a period piece, I was reminded of Orlando Bloom’s Paris in Troy. I know, their stories are very different. Troy’s scale is more grand and Pompeii is half a disaster movie. But I think you get my point.

Or if you don’t, that’s okay. Here is a picture of Kit Harington in Pompeii:

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That’s what matters. 😉

Now, after posting that photo, I realize that anything else I say may be deemed irrelevant, but anyway… I hope Kit Harington makes a movie like Elizabethtown in the future. I know that movie got bad reviews but it was one of the few movies where we got to see Orlando Bloom as a normal person (and not as an elf or a pirate or whatnot) and I really liked that experience. Here’s a screenshot so you know what I’m talking about:

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Interesting note: Orlando Bloom was 27 when the movie Troy came out, and Kit Harington is 27 this year that Pompeii is out. Coincidence? I think not!

Hence, I feel like this quote (from another fantasy series) encapsulates the whole point of this blog entry about Kit Harington of today and Orlando Bloom of 10 years ago:

It… feels like it did before.” – Sirius Black

And I don’t even care that Sirius Black was actually talking about how there was going to be a second wizarding war.

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My Geeky Love @-‘-,–

Time to fan girl.

You have been warned. 😉 Hehe.

Not that it’s a secret, but I don’t think people know the extent of my geekiness. No, seriously. I guess the problem is that I’m not as geeky as most when it comes to the real geeky stuff like video games, gadgets, and (ugh) Star Wars. But, in general, I think I’m a big enough fan of the fantasy/sci-fi universe of TV and movies that I can call myself a geek. Or if not, I know for certain that I’m a big enough fangirl of the geeky characters on TV and movies. Don’t believe me? Read on to see my favorite

Geeks of Hollywood!

Oh and just in case some of you want to object, I really mean the word “geek” as a compliment. I’m not making fun of them or anything. I totally love these guys.

(P.S. It’s limited to Hollywood stars because Asian shows don’t normally have these stereotype characters, at least, not in those that I’ve seen so far. Oh, and

P.P.S. Sorry if the pictures are sucky. I used Paint. Yes, Paint. I’m a graphics idiot.)

10.  Sean Astin

Sean Astin

Believe it or not, I really did first see Sean Astin as the adventurous albeit asthmatic pre-teen in the “kid movie” Goonies. I wouldn’t see him again until he was older, in Encino Man, along with Brendan Fraser and Pauly Shore, and he looked totally different then, but his character was still the same shy-around-girls but all-around nice guy, sort of. Of course now, more people know him as the hobbit Samwise Gamgee, or Frodo’s sidekick, which admittedly doesn’t fall under the stereotype but come on, you can’t get any geekier than getting cast in The Lord of the Rings.

9. DJ Qualls

DJ Qualls

I don’t remember anymore where I first saw this guy, but I do remember where I first started to like him. Oddly enough, it was in a movie that I just randomly saw in Cinemax, Chasing Holden. He played a guy who was obsessed about Holden Caulfield and so lived his life similar to that of the character (Yes! It was a dramatic role!). I guess it’s not the best movie in the world, but it did get me interested to read the book that the movie was about, The Catcher in the Rye.

He also played a genius boy in The Core (who if I remember correctly, asked for Star Trek DVDs before he went to help the scientists) and has already guested in The Big Bang Theory. The episode was even named after his character Toby Loobenfeld, The Loobenfeld Decay. And thanks to IMDB, I find out now that he was also a guest in Numb3rs, another geeky show (I don’t know why I can’t remember that episode).

So he’s not really who you would call a “good-looking guy”, but he did clean up nicely in The New Guy. Sort of. Hehe.

8. Jerry O’Connell

Jerry O'Connell

I know what you’re thinking, football star Cushman from Jerry Maguire can’t possibly be a geek! But did you all forget where he started? He’s Vern from the 1986 movie, Stand By Me. And mind you, Vern was the dorkiest of the bunch in that movie. He was “the fat kid” then. Of course, that all changed when he got cast the lead role in My Secret Identity. And come Sliders, he was known as a heartthrob. Of course that was still a science fiction series, so it didn’t last too long and well he didn’t really get cast in other geeky roles after that. But still, I will always remember him most as Quinn Mallory — the absolute perfect person to get stuck traveling through parallel worlds with.

7. Giuseppe Andrews

Giuseppe Andrews

Giuseppe who? Right. I’ll make it easier for you. His real name is actually Joey Andrews, but he goes by Giuseppe. Anyway, he plays a lot of strange and different characters, but is in this list mainly because he was a Denominator in Never Been Kissed, but wait a minute– he played a bass guitarist in Detroit Rock City, too, and that’s pretty cool. I guess. Although in that movie he did wear a Kiss belt buckle, and actually let himself get beat up by his friends to get into a rock concert. Hehe. Plus, he is Tobey Maguire’s friend in Pleasantville and Germ in Two Guys and a Girl, so yes, I think he fits into this category quite well. 🙂

6. Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

I mostly just like him because whenever I see him guest star in shows I remember the good ol’ Star Trek: The Next Generation days, which is actually a bit weird, because I can hardly remember what happened in an episode of that series. I mean, I remember some scenes here and there, I remember Wesley because he was a kid, but the truth is, I was too young to understand what it was about exactly, I didn’t even know that Wesley was supposed to be annoying. I like Wil Wheaton just the same, or maybe because it was him who I liked in Stand By Me. Yes, back then, I liked him more than River Phoenix. (I know. What was I thinking?! Haha!)

He has since been a guest star in The Big Bang Theory, playing himself, or rather, an evil version of himself. And although I didn’t really like the episodes he was in, I’m happy he was there. Way to represent the actors in the sci-fi/fantasy genre! 🙂

5. Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

Well, surely you know this guy by now. His character in The Big Bang Theory, the annoying child prodigy genius physicist, is really great. So great in fact, that it got him an Emmy. 🙂 So yeah, hopefully we’ll see more of him, and maybe even in roles that aren’t geeks, too. He made a pretty good knight in Garden State after all (even if he was just a fastfood knight 😉 ). Oh, and I really want to mention that I love watching his interviews. He seems real nice and down-to-earth in real-life and just all-around likeable. 🙂

4. David Krumholtz

Probably one of the most underrated actors, (ah, but aren’t they all underrated?) I really like David Krumholtz because he plays a lot of different characters (although recently he’s mostly just Charlie Eppes), but each character will make a lasting impression on you. Although I was mooning over Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in 10 Things I Hate About You, I never forgot that his friend Michael was a pretty fun character, too. And although I think Rob Morrow (Don Eppes) has one of the best smiles in Hollywood, I still love Charlie Eppes to bits. 🙂

3. Jay Baruchel

I first liked him as the other genius in Numb3rs, Oscar Kittner. I loved that he became a recurring character and wished he had more to do, but he didn’t. So imagine my delight when I found out that he got cast as the lead in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. 😀 Though it turned out to be not the greatest movie in the world, I still love it simply for the fact that Jay Baruchel is there. My favorite scene is the one where he and the lead girl were in his lab, listening to the One Republic song and he said, “which is nerdy!” and then he pointed to himself. It was so adorable. 🙂 Plus, he’s the lead voice actor in the first (and so far only) Dreamworks animation movie that doesn’t suck. Need I say more?

2. Jonathan Brandis

Right. I’m probably one of the only 10 people in the world who still remember SeaQuest, so let me introduce you to Jonathan Brandis. He played Lucas Wolenczak, genius boy extraordinaire who can talk to dolphins aboard SeaQuest, a submarine-like ship but way way better. Anyway, the show was cancelled after only 2 and 1/2 seasons, but guess what, majority of its audience were teenage girls. A sci-fi series that was originally marketed for a male audience, because of the hi-tech gadgets and sea exploration going on, garnered a female audience instead. Because of Lucas Wolenczak. Yes, he was that cute. Unfortunately, Jonathan Brandis passed away in 2003. I really miss him.

1. Zachary Levi

Oh come on, surely you saw that coming. I have been fangirling about Chuck for several months now so it’s no surprise that Zachary Levi is currently number one in my list. Oh, and his picture is different from the others because I’m just that biased (at the moment). But really, the reason he’s #1 is because he doesn’t just play a geek on TV, he is an actual geek in real life. 🙂 He has said in interviews (yes, I’ve scoured YouTube for everything Zachary Levi) that what he misses the most now that he’s a moderately busy guy is having the time to play video games. And he said that his ideal lady is one who can stand watching him play video games (I can do that! Choose me please!). And he quoted Little Mermaid in one of his interviews. Little Mermaid! And he’s tall! And he has a cute smile! And he used to be shy around girls. OK, I’ve apparently been reduced to just spouting random things about him so I better wrap this up.

I can’t wait for Season 4 of Chuck.

And there you have it. But actually, you still don’t. There are tons more I would’ve wanted to include — Zachary Quinto (He’s both Spock AND Sylar, don’t you know?!), Adam Baldwin (hooray! token tough guy of the sci-fi/fantasy world), my favorite vampire but now FBI Agent, David Boreanaz, and you know, tons more. But they’re really more the jocks of the fantasy world rather than the geeks, so I didn’t think they’d fit in this post. Maybe next time. 🙂

Happy Thoughts Time

And now, to balance out the emo previous entry, it’s Happy Thoughts Time! And what better happy thought than the cutest nerd on TV, Chuck Bartowski!

Dear Universe,

Thank you so much for creating Chuck, the show that is like a manifestation of all my dreams — a nerd for a lead character, but he’s also a spy, and has a love story with a beautiful girl, but she’s also down-to-earth, and they’re best friends with a seemingly stiff as a board veteran military guy, but has a big heart and is also funny in his own way, and just… everything I’ve ever wanted in a show: comedy, action, mystery, drama, and best of all, romance! 🙂

It’s a very stiff competition between Chuck and Sarah, and Booth and Bones, as the best TV couple for me. On the one hand, Chuck and Sarah are the “more fun” couple. I think they laugh a lot more. And Sarah’s more expressive with her feelings. But… Booth and Bones are also just so perfect opposites that… I can’t decide right now. Anyways…

Again, thank you universe, for TV, in general. It keeps me alive. No, seriously.

Keep it up,
I

Posting this from Seattle’s Best Coffee in Greenbelt 3. I didn’t really have anything to write, but wanted to take advantage of the free internet and thought, hey! Why not post a picture of Zachary Levi on my blog? 😀

On 2012

So, I don’t want to be all girly girly on account of this being a movie about the end of the world, and people are going to see it mainly for its special effects, but there’s sure to be about a million reviews on the net about said effects and the movie’s story and direction and cinematography and all that jazz (musicians), so can I just say that whoa— there were so many cute guys in this movie! 😀

Seriously, I expected to fangirl only for John Cusack (whom I’ve loved since his Lloyd Dobler days), but then you got the pilot and the Chinese/Tibetan (??) worker and some extras and well, Hollywood is full of good-looking people, what can I say? Well, I’m not going to be saying anything about the story. It’s an apocalypse film, after all — world reknowned sites crash and burn (in a way that looks really cool (although totally improbable — what are the chances of the cracks on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to be in that exact spot?!)), people die, you know the drill. Not that I want to be insensitive about the apocalypse, just that the Mayan prediction really creeps me out so… yeah, let’s talk about the cute guys now. 😉

John Cusack plays Jackson Curtis, the main protagonist who represents the “average person”, although he’s a published author, too, so to me that makes him accomplished and not at all “average” but anyway… His character actually reminded me a lot of Tom Cruise’s character in War of the Worlds. I mean, he’s separated from his wife, and he found out about the end of the world while he’s spending the weekend with his kids. And then he ends up saving their lives and thereby earning their trust and love (trust me, this isn’t a spoiler, or were you under the impression that nobody survives at the end of the movie?). Pretty ok, though since this character has been played before, I guess it’s not really all that notable. But I love John Cusack (come on, who doesn’t?) so I felt for Jackson Curtis and rooted for him all throughout. 🙂

Jackson Curtis and daughter Lily

Jackson Curtis and daughter Lily. John Cusack isn’t very cute in this photo, but I chose it because it totally reminds me of War of the Worlds.

See what I mean? They even both have snow. (Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds)

Johann Urb plays Sasha. The pilot. And I guess pilots in movies are usually extras, but he had his moment of heroism. And that just made him way way cuter than he already is.

Johann Urb

Johann Urb apparently started out as a model. Go figure.

So, as I watched the movie, I’d been thinking and thinking where I first saw him, and couldn’t remember, so I looked it up and according to IMDb, he’s in The Hottie and the Nottie. He plays the “seemingly perfect but turns out to be an a**hole” guy. And I had to think twice about putting this reference because it meant admitting to seeing The Hottie and the Nottie, but what the hey. Honesty is the best policy, and I have to say that the ending of that movie wasn’t so bad. Of course, the hour and a half before it didn’t make sense at all, but you know, a lot of movies are crap. At least this one had a cute guy in it.

Chin Han is Tenzin, one of the workers who built the ships (you know, to save humanity). And he’s really sort of an extra, I mean, his time on the movie is probably only 15 minutes (cumulative) and he barely had lines, and he lost a leg (I’m not telling you how he lost it so this doesn’t count as a spoiler either), but he really did look very good, and next to John Cusack, I’d say that’s hard to do, but he pulled it off, and made me more interested. Unfortunately he hasn’t done a lot of films yet. He was apparently in The Dark Knight but seriously, you can’t notice anyone else in that movie except for Christian Bale and Heath Ledger (and Edison Chen haha! but maybe that’s just me), so yeah, I hope he makes more Hollywood films, or even Chinese romantic comedies w/ maybe a little action movie stuff (like Love Undercover) because you know, I think he could play a nice romantic leading man role but with fight scenes, like Kyle Reese in Terminator 1.

Chin Han

Chin Han – Image from here

So, haha, shallow me only cares about the cute guys while the tectonic plates are shifting and tsunamis are bringing about the end of the world. It’s just a movie anyway, and the message is pretty much the same as all disaster movies (because really, what else can you say when the world is about to end?) — Don’t take life and the people you love forgranted, because we can all die in a matter of minutes. Not that you didn’t already know that.