Top 5

Today, the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life is Movies I’m Dying to see in 2014, part II.

Two of the three movies I’m most looking forward to this year have already come out. Luckily, both X-Men and Captain America were great and I really enjoyed them. Hobbit is still a long way off. I already mentioned Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy in my previous post so the rest of my top 5:

1, Jupiter Ascending
This looks like very cool super effects CGI movie. Sadly, the plot doesn’t seem so cool but I’ll likely see it anyway.

2, Interstellar
Nolan’s SF movie seems interesting, too.

3, How to Train Your Dragon 2
The first one was surprisingly entertaining so I’m willing to give the sequel a chance, too.

4, Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2
I enjoyed the first two.

5, Maze Runner
Another SF movie which could be interesting.

Yesterday, the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life was Favorite Couples in TV and movies.

This was surprising hard but I managed to narrow them down to five.

1, Olivia and Peter
From Fringe.

2, Angela and Hodgins
From Bones.

3, Maid Marian and Robin Hood
From the 1980s Robin of Sherwood.

4, Tessa and Duncan
From Highlander TV-series. And it only lasted for the first season. Sob.

5, Zoey and Wash
From Firefly

Today, the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life is Movies I’m Dying for in 2014.

I love superhero comics and I’ve been really impressed with Marvel’s movie line so:

1, X-Men: Days of the Future Past
I’m really, really hoping that this will live up to my expectations.

2, Captain America: Winter Soldier
The first Cap movie was a pleasant surprise so my expectations are pretty high with this one.

3, Guardians of the Galaxy
I have more mixed feeling about this one. Hopefully it will be as good as the other Marvel movies, though.

4, Hobbit: There and Back Again
More Smaug and Legolas? Yes, please!

5, Maleficent
A movie about Snow White’s evil step-mother? Could be fun.

Yesterday, the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life was Favorite Re-Told Fairytales.

1, Robin McKinley’s Spindle End
This is the retelling of Sleeping Beauty

2, Jim C. Hines’ Princess series.
The main character in the first book “The Stepsister Scheme” is Cinderella along with Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Other tales are explored in the next books.

3, Once Upon a Time TV-show

4, The comic book Fables by Bill Willingham
Fables transports a lot of fairy tales and myths to the current day.

5, Deerskin by Robin McKinley
The most haunting book I’ve read from McKinley.

Rinn Reads is hosting Science Fiction month which has all sorts of awesome posts! Yesterday she listed Favorite Science Fiction Films.

Here’s my list:

1, Avengers
I allowed myself just one comic book movie on this list, so naturally its the Mighty Avengers. It’s got pretty much everything I want from a movie with an ensemble cast (although I would have wanted the team to be half women).

2, The Incredibles
So, okay, there’s one animation and one live-action superhero movie on the list. 🙂 It was an agonizing choice between the Incredibles and Megamind, but the animated superhero family wins this time.

3, Terminator 2 – Judgment day
Yup, I’m a fan of the Terminator franchise, despite the existence of movies 3 and 4.

4, Star Wars IV, V, and VI
I can’t really separate these. Each of them have stuff I love and stuff I really don’t care for. Classics.

5, Gravity
I’ve seen it just once but it’s such a gorgeous movie.

6, Gattaca
Not an action film but far more realistic one and the premise might even come true: that people are assigned work and life based on their genes.

7, Alien
Another classic.

8, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
A small and underrated movie which is a lot of fun.

9, Back to the Future
Another film series which I enjoy rewatching. My favorites are the first and the third movie.

10, Star Trek: First Contact
Of course, I have to give a nod to one of my favorite franchises. I don’t think any of the Trek movies are as good as the best episodes, but First Contact is the best of the bunch for me.

Rinn Reads is hosting Science Fiction month which has all sorts of awesome posts! Yesterday she listed Top Five Spaceships in Science Fiction.

It’s of course quite a difficult to choose just five but here goes:

1, Enterprise-D (Star Trek: TNG)
With replicators and holodecks I think the Enterprise is one of the easiest ways to travel in space, especially with such a capable crew making sure you get where you want to go. (Instead of, say, a parallel universe ;))

2, Moya (Farscape)
I’ve long been fascinated by the idea of a living ship, ever since I encountered the space whales in the X-Men comics. Moya is as much part of the crew as anyone else there.

3, Battlestar Galactica (the new series)
The old and reliable Bucket!

4, Whitestar (Babylon 5)
The more powerful Minbari ships. Although sleeping in an upright position might need some getting used to.

5, Serenity (Firefly)
Small but looks quite comfortable and doesn’t need a huge crew.

Thanks very much for Joachim Boaz for pointing out the need for space ships in books!
Here’s my list of favorite book (and comics) ship:

1, Pride of Chanur (C. J. Cherryh’s Chanur series)
The Pride is another quite small space ship which requires only five (or is it six?) crew members.

2, Nobody’s Business (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
Rusch has excellent space ships and I had difficulty choosing between them so I took two. Nobody’s Business is a very small ship so that its solitary captain can pilot it herself and she also locks it down tightly so that nobody else can get in.

3, The Ivoire (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
Pretty much the opposite of Nobody’s Business. A couple of thousand people live and work aboard the Ivoire which can travel for months without needing to resupply. It has also a fold space drive which gets the crew into trouble.

4, Acanti (the Space whales from X-Men comics which were collected in the Essential X-Men Vol. 4)
They’re an ancient dying species which the Brood use to travel in stars and the X-Men freed them.

5, Ariel (Lois McMaster Bujold)
The Dendarii mercenaries have a lot of ships so they don’t feel very individual to me, but somehow I’ve always associated Ariel with her commanding officer, the hermaphrodite Bel Thorne. Ariel isn’t the biggest ship is the fleet but I seem to remember that it’s one of the fastest.

Today, the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life is Best TV/Movie Sidekicks.

I tend to have as soft spot for side characters so I have a lot of these.

1, Lwaxana Troi from Star Trek: TNG

2, Jack Dalton from MacGyver
Jack was always dragging Mac into trouble with his crazy schemes.

3, Dr. Brennan’s interns from Bones
They are a varied bunch and I like them all.

4, Lennier from Babylon 5
Delenn’s assistant was unquestioningly loyal to her.

5, Juxer from Xena the Warrior Princess

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