Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

'Tis the season for over dosing on saccharine holiday movies. You are presented with the same schmaltzy tales repeated ad nauseum (ABC Family, I'm looking at you!).  Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance and feel good humanity piece but I'm also someone who thinks Gremlins and Die Hard are classic holiday movies. For every White Christmas you need a Scrooged. The sames goes for holiday themed books. For every magical snow globe mismatched romance you want something funny; something a little perverse. Perhaps something featuring The Stupidest Angel and Zombies. Thank you, Christopher Moore.

The story is about an angel who is sent to Earth to grant a child's wish. In the course of helping the child, who thinks he saw Santa murdered, the angel inadvertently unleashes a Zombie terror just in time for the town's Christmas party.

The Zombies develop a strange obsession with IKEA.

"Suddenly we are all gluttons, are we? Well, I have always enjoyed Danish Modern Furniture for its functional and modern design, so once we have consumed the brains of these revelers, I feel compelled to seek out one of the furniture boutiques I have heard so much about from the newlyweds in the chapel. First we feast, then IKEA."

How brilliant is that line?

There are more moments after this passage but I highly recommend you pick up the book yourself.

Excerpts are all copyrighted and reused without permission  of the author/publisher.
The Stupidest Angel, Christopher Moore, HarperCollins Publishers, 2006

Saturday, November 26, 2011

"Because you're the best thief I have ever seen, I couldn't risk anything less."

My countdown to the return of Leverage Sunday night on TNT continues. Today are the one offs throughout the 2nd thru 4th seasons*.
Season 2, episode 5 in the tabloid journalist's office there is a NOT floor lamp.

Season 2 episode 12 in a conference room in "Russia" there is a 2x2 EXPEDIT and KASSETT boxes. (And Parker just appearing out of no where like she does.)

Season 3, episode 6 in the sound booth of the bar where Eliot is performing 2 JANSJÖ work lamps.

Mid-season finale of season 4, in the hotel room in Dubai, EDLAND nightstands and dressing table.

And finally in the same mid-season finale, the chess tournament is being played on VIKA AMON table tops with VIKA CURRY legs.

*(I'm doing this while traveling so I think there are a couple of pictures I left at home.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"You stop stealing, you stop drinking, and you move upstairs from a thief bar?"

Season 2 of Leverage finds the team coming back together and settling in to a new home base. By settling in, I mean taking over Nate's apartment, eating his food, using his ice to soothe their bruises (Eliot mostly) and disturbing his calm. The ground floor is divided into a living room, kitchen, dining area and office area.

Filmed in Portland, Oregon (set in Boston) the art department apparently found the local IKEA convenient and inspiring. Let's take a tour of Nate's apartment.

Underneath the mess of papers is a BENNO tv stand.

On the breakfast bar is a DROPPAR oil & vinegar set.

EXPEDIT 4x4 unit up in the office area.

FOTO pendant lamp & another view of the EXPEDIT up in the corner.


SEBASTIAN stools (discontinued) by the breakfast bar and HENRIKSDAL chairs by the dining room table.

TIDAHOLM cabinet doors (last chance / discontinued)

A wider view of the kitchen cabinets.

Green RITVA  throw (green discontinued) on the sofa.

In season 3 we see a shot of the back corner and there is an IKEA STOCKHOLM SOFA TABLE

Season 2 was quite fun. Frankly, as slick as the cons are, I watch the show for the interactions between this motley band of thieves. The dynamic of the team was thrown off a bit as the writers came up with ways to cover for Gina Bellman's pregnancy but we were still treated to some great interactions.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sometimes bad guys make the best good guys.

I've been neglecting the blog for a while and I'm sorry. When I started this blog last year I was one of the many unfortunate ones who were laid off from work and to counter the depressing task of job hunting I watched a lot of TV and spotted a lot of IKEA. I am thankful to say that a couple of months ago I became gainfully employed. However, the blog has suffered for it. As you can imagine, this has severely cut back on the time I can dedicate to watching shows and writing posts but I am determined not to give up the blog all together.

One of the last intensive viewing sessions I had before rejoining the grind was the show Leverage. I fell in love with the show and plowed through 3.5 seasons in only a couple weeks. To countdown the return of the back half of season 4 on November 27th I begin with the spotting in season 1 (2008).

The team moved into their swank offices in episode 2. The flash conference room had a GLIMNT ceiling light (discontinued) .

There are also EMU containers in one of the outer offices. Here is a clean shot from episode 12.

In episode 10 the team goes undercover in a rehab hospital. Throughout the hospital are various IKEA lamps. KNAPPA KLOVER pendant lamp (discontinued) in the group room.

KNAPPA pendant lamp and ORGEL VRETEN floor lamps in the hall way.

 TULPAN floor lamp (discontinued) also in one of the hallways.


A LUNS writing board in a common area.

In the final episode of the season (one of the best*) the team organizes a heist within a museum. EXPEDIT units, LEKMAN boxes, and BESTÅ shelving units are used to in the coat room set.

In their temporary base is a KVART worklamp.

Seasons 2, 3 and 4 hold even more goodies. Stay tuned.

*The whole double episode is incredibly slick and smart but what makes it the best is the brilliant elevator scene.

Friday, October 28, 2011

"So, a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire decide to live like humans do. "

I recently saw the original UK series Being Human. I'm not particularly fond of anything to do with domesticated Vampires but seeing as Aidan Turner is going to be in the upcoming Hobbit movie and Russell Tovey is connected with Doctor Who I thought I would give it a try.

In the first episode of the first season I spotted a red LUNNA chair (discontinued).  It disappears for a while after George tears up the living room but it shows up again a couple of episodes later. 

After most of their furniture was destroyed, Mitchell did say "I'm sensing a trip to IKEA. And you know my feelings on that".  Considering that the new furniture wasn't IKEA, it looks like Mitchell managed to avoid a trip to IKEA.

They did have several colors of DINERA mugs.

In Owen's apartment, episodes 3 and 5, there is a FRÄCK mirror in the bathroom -

and STOCKHOLM CIRKEL cushions (discontinued edited: still available) in the living room.

I don't know if I will continue watching the 2nd and 3rd seasons. I wasn't as engaged as I hoped to be but I liked the concept of them trying to be human.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"We're not using the "zed" word!"

It's that time of year. Cold creeps in and the darkness falls earlier and earlier. We revel and embrace the creepy crawlies; anything for a shiver and a chill. For me, and my documented dislike of horror films, the best I do is the horror suitable for basic cable.

The Walking Dead, season 1 episode 6, in the CDC rec room there is KARLSTAD sofa and chair, STOCKHOLM coffee table and a STOLMEN system with drawer units, posts and open storage unit.

In the background are FRANKLIN stools (discontinued).

On one of the units are CELEBER jars with lids (discontinued).  On the left is a green weave POÄNG chair with footstool.

Ten geek points if you can name the movie referenced in the title of this post. Next up a werewolf, vampire and ghost live in Bristol.