Back to TV Season
On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks I’m giving a little rundown of all the shows I’ll be watching this year, new, old, and asking for recommendations, too. A short little episode to preview Fall TV. And for more on this year’s TV schedule, be sure to visit Nerdy Girl Notes — the actual inspiration for this post. Listen to the podcast above.
An itty bitty analysis on why episode three of A Discovery of Witches is such a gorgeous hour of television.
It’s been a solid four weeks since it’s aired, plenty of stunning footage followed, and yet, I can’t stop thinking about how the untitled episode ends.
Cue, Lissie’s “Go Your Own Way” the most stunning cover of Fleetwood Mac’s original hit I’ve ever heard. Maybe throw a ton of bricks at me, I’d feel less than I did during the scene I’m going to discuss. There’s so much to be said about why this is the episode that sets everything into motion beautifully. (And the episode that had me officially hooked.) Where there’s a formidable hindrance in any relationship, the result of overcoming and giving in to the resistance could go a number of ways, and A Discovery of Witches may have just set the bar too high to meet. Matthew dropping to his knees as an immaculate effort to comfort Diana in a position of overwhelming uniformity showcased his very intentions with her beautifully. Intimacy is more than a physical touch or in this case, a breathtaking first kiss. Intimacy is the choice to share oneself with another — mind, body, and soul. Intimacy is the exhibition of complete and utter vulnerability, gorgeously validating that Diana has, in every way, captivated Matthew to his core — awakening the disposition to love that’s long been dead inside of him. Intimacy is a man with great strength and in this case, a threatening reputation, revealing himself in the form of pure humility in front of a woman he’d risk everything for. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her and the physical showcase of malleability brought his heart to life impeccably.
Lost in LA ft. Maneh Sar
On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, I’m joined by my beautiful tropical fish Maneh Sar to talk about our raw, unfiltered thoughts on living in Los Angeles. We dive into mental health, our heartaches, pressures, and the overall city’s energy in an attempt to figure out why we’re so often drained by it.
Captain Marvel Teaser Trailer Thoughts with Morgan McNair
On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, Morgan’s back to talk all things the Captain Marvel teaser trailer, a little bit of Avengers 4 speculation, and the usual fangirl emotions. [Edit: In the podcast we mention Oscar winning stars and get it completely wrong. In my defense, I think I was thinking of the Avengers?! Lol! So, before anyone points it out, we know. Oops. That’s 100% my bad for spacing. My facts weren’t straight. (Gissane’s.) Also, Okoye and W’Kabi’s marriage confirmation was from a deleted scene! Who else remembers facts when it’s no longer recording!]
Autumn at Trader Joe’s
It sounds like a Hallmark film doesn’t it? Good, because that’s what I was going with when I chose this title. The real time of new beginnings and cozy feelings is finally upon us again and all is right in the world now. And hello yes, I’m that one person in your life that perhaps loves pumpkin everything a little too much, but when did pumpkins ever hurt anybody? Ugh. A mood. On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, I review all my favorite fall/pumpkin goodies from the greatest place on earth, Trader Joe’s, from cheeses to crackers, the most heavenly salsa, and all the cookies, too.
Fulfilling Wanderlust and the Importance of Traveling with Marian Sarkisian
On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, one of my best friends/sister joins me in talking about the importance of traveling, our favorite places in the world, packing essentials, and getting super real talking about how much we’ve changed from our experiences. If you’ve ever wondered about whether or not you should take that trip you’re thinking of, we’re here to convince you that it may be one of the best decisions you make. Our opinions are from our own experiences so please be mindful listening.
And all the feelings I can’t seem to hold back.
How’s it going? Did you wake up today thinking of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, too? Same. I don’t know where I’m going with this article, I don’t have an outline like I normally do, no notes, nothing — just an almost annoyingly overpowering desire to write something. I mean is that not who I am? Your friendly neighborhood geek, the Goose often needing to just ramble about why she loves the thing she loves so much? And yes, most of us here have reached day six of crushing on Peter Kavinsky, and swooning about it all over social media, but there’s so much more. At its core, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a story about gut wrenching vulnerability and absolute sincerity. It’s the kind of story I wish I was exposed to as a teenager in high school because in truth, it’s the first in a number of ways. Now here’s the thing, by no means am I trying to put down any of the rom-coms that came before this treasure — I live and breathe a John Hughes appreciation life, 13 Going on 30 is still the gift that keeps on giving and I will never stop loving A Cinderella Story. Plus, don’t get me started on The Princess Diaries. As a rom-com that features an Asian American lead, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before set bars impeccably high. (Seriously, though, my Asian American friends can finally see themselves in a lead as gorgeous as this, and I can’t seem to stop beaming over how amazing it is because a lot of them aren’t movie fanatics thereby, the excitement says it all. So yes, hello, here’s proof of how powerful diversity is! Yes. A thousand times yes!)
It did something not many have done, it brought in the greatest trope of all time, fake dating into the picture. Don’t even dare come at me, this is the best; sorry not sorry, I don’t make the rules. Now here’s the thing that makes each of the films mentioned above incomparably special — there’s undeniable authenticity in all of them, but with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before especially, there’s a greater sense of it due to how Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky fall in love. Fake dating. Fake dating. Fake dating. More time together. But I think, dear readers, my favorite thing about this film is ultimately the valiant display of vulnerability — both on Lara Jean’s end and Peter’s.
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
— Jane Austen | Emma
Chawton, Alton, U.K. a quaint little house that inspired noted 18th century English novelist Ms. Jane Austen. The house Austen finally finished publishing her first three pre-written novels while the inspiration struck to continue creating. When I learned that the actual house was converted into a museum open to the public, it became the number one place I wanted to visit in England. And earlier this summer, I was given the opportunity to do so, which resulted in an unforgettable experience.
Marvelous Geeks Podcast Episode 10: Christopher Robin Review
Disney’s Christopher Robin was one of the most darling films of the year — a time for celebration for any of us who’ve grown up with the noteworthy stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. It was a film about the struggles in life and the most significant part of it, love. It was a film meant to inspire in every way, shape or form. And it did, it definitely did where my own life is concerned so be sure to check out our brand new podcast to hear more.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”
“Do you suppose it’s possible for us to belong to someone before we’ve met them? If so, I belong to you or you to me, or me simply to the spirit I found among you in Guernsey. […] And hope that if books do have the power to bring people together, this one may work its magic.”
Yes, yes I do suppose – and that’s certainly the case with a film as remarkably captivating as this one. If you know anything about me, I hope it’s how much I adore a story of triumph and adventure cobbled with a romance that’s to be treasured for all eternity. I’m a complete sap, that’s a given, but The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is the first period-drama film I’ve ardently adored since Jane Austen adaptations. And that seems oddly fitting because the film’s very own hero/writer is a fan of the beloved Miss Austen, too. Win win. The film takes us on the kind of enamoring adventure of finding oneself through another’s story, and isn’t that how we all find inspiration every now and then? The stories we hear, the people we meet, and the journeys we embark on. The film adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow’s novel of the same title is an exquisite masterpiece filled with a stunning cast and pleasant twists to the story’s original format. The riveting cinematography, astounding performances, and thought-provoking themes have given us something truly great to hold onto.
P.S. let’s just go ahead and declare the summer of 2018, the summer of Lily James, because she’s doing it all, captivating our hearts one wanderlust evoking movie after another. (The first I’m referring to is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again if that wasn’t obvious.)