Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What I Watched This Summer: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

So somehow I managed to squeeze in some TV time amidst my 14-hour work days and here's how I wasted my hours outside the office this summer...

HawthoRNe

Jada Pinkett-Smith's drama went from mediocre to soap opera to really really bad in just a few episodes. Granted I only chose to watch it because of Michael Vartan but while their were traces of a decent show in the first season I should have known it was going to go down to shit when Marc Anthony showed up. Serves me right to keep watching but I have a TV "problem" let's leave it at that! I also don't get why the R and the N are capitalized in HawthoRNe and I honestly don't care!

Verdict: Killing off Marc Anthony might give a microscopic hope for this show but I can't say I would shed any tears if it got canceled! Scratch that... TNT just canceled the show and made sure my misery ends! Thank you TNT!

So You Think You Can Dance

Season 8 of SYTYCD is very much like this year's US Open Women's competition. Just like we knew Serena Williams is going to win from her very first match, we all knew Melanie was going to win the show which made it not that exciting to watch to be honest. The choreography was sub-par this season in my not so humble opinion with the exception of some very very few routines. Perhaps the only highlight besides the Melanie and Marko pair-up was the concept of the guest judges.

Verdict: Glad I watched it because Melanie really is a revelation to watch but she was just so much better than the other dancers (Sascha included) that I really didn't see the point of the competition anymore.

Royal Pains

It took me by surprise because this third season was actually pretty darn good. There's something very soothing about Mark Feuerstein + the Hamptons. This show is nice change from your typical medical drama and the scenery is just uplifting. Paulo Costanzo is pleasantly annoying if that makes sense and I really hope it's renewed.

Verdict: Going strong and highly-recommended!

Weeds

I have to admit I thought Weeds was done. I hated the last season and thought this one was going to be a lame mix between crass and boring but I've been genuinely entertained by the whacky Botwins so far this season. While it's beyond me why Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) still insists on being a weed dealer when she is horrendously bad at it, everything else has been spot on! Even the random appearance of Aidan Quinn has been pretty cool.

Verdict: The show has redeemed itself and the ladies should be happy to know that Silas has truly blossomed :D The finale is September 26 so we still have three episodes ahead of us.

The Big C

There's just something very special about Laura Linney. It's like she's not even acting even though her character is pretty out there and far-fetched. Yes this show is about Cancer and yes it's actually funny. It has a very human aspect to it despite the nutty personalities on display. I'm absolutely in love with Hugh Dancy who plays Linney's cancer friend and it's strange how I secretly hope he turns ungay and has an affair with her. I miss Reid Scott (from My Boys) though, I hope they bring him back.

Verdict: simply put this is a must-see show. It's so good that even though some awesome characters keep disappearing off the show, they bring on new ones that make it much better!

Friends With Benefits

I don't know how many shows out there are about a bunch of friends trying to be funny and who have a lot of sex but for some reason I watch them all and I don't mind it. Featuring the often annoying Danneel Harris (Rachel on One Tree Hill) and a bunch of other relatively attractive people, this show airs on Fridays which is one of its main advantages... it has no competition, there's nothing better to watch!

Verdict: The geeky millionaire character of Zach Cregger is the highlight for me and the show has it's occasional funny moment but generally-speaking, this is just another Friends-gone-progressive attempt!

Melissa & Joey

For some reason the show started again in August, I don't know why but I am truly grateful. Arguably the best sitcom I've watched that is of the same class as How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. Love the "My Fake Fiance" pair Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, it's like they were meant to act with each other.
Verdict: Addictive, funny and unpretentious. Must-watch!

Entourage

The final eight episodes of Entourage have been a bit of a turn-off... up until episode 7. While watching Ari Gold cry is disconcerting, seeing E & Sloane break it off again without really understanding what happened is a snoozefest and typically confusing, and seeing Vince save the day for everyone is monotonous, I did enjoy the last episode but it's only frustrating because I know there's only one more left.

Verdict: They should have started stronger especially that it's a super-short final season but it is what it is. It's our last ride with the gang and we have to watch regardless. I'm looking forward to the movie!
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Matt LeBlanc's "Episodes" Not Looking Good

I watched the first 2 episodes of the new Matt LeBlanc comedy called Episodes and I've gotta say it's not looking promising AT ALL!

It's a show about a show, which is a concept I don't necessarily like. It revolves around a couple of British writers, Beverly and Sean Lincoln, who have a successful show in England and were asked by an American TV network to move to LA and adapt their show to the US.

When they get to LA they get Matt LeBlanc (starring as himself) get shoved down their throats for the lead role in their show and that's pretty much all I've seen so far. Other characters on the show are the head of the American TV network (John Pankow) and an exec in that network played by Kathleen Rose Perkins, who is as close to funny as Bradley Cooper is to ugly!

The British couple are the only hope for this show as far as I can see it, but other than that it's just a sad attempt to revive Matt LeBlanc's career and with that fake grey haired look, I don't think there's any salvation for our beloved Joey.

The show airs on Sundays at 9:30pm on Showtime and it started Sunday January, 9th.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

No one does "tortured" like Eminem...


"This morning, you wake, a sun ray hits your face
smeared makeup as we lay in the wake of destruction
hush baby, speak softly, tell me I'll be sorry
that you pushed me into the coffee table last night
so I can push you off me
try and touch me so I can scream at you not to touch me
run out the room and I'll follow you like a lost puppy
baby, without you, I'm nothing, I'm so lost, hug me
then tell me how ugly I am, but that you'll always love me
then after that, shove me, in the aftermath of the
destructive path that we're on, two psychopaths but we
know that no matter how many knives we put in each other's backs
that we'll have each other's backs, 'cause we're that lucky
together, we move mountains, let's not make mountains out of molehills,
you hit me twice, yeah, but who's countin'?
I may have hit you three times, I'm startin' to lose count
but together, we'll live forever, we found the youth fountain
our love is crazy, we're nuts, but I refused counselin'
this house is too huge, if you move out I'll burn all two thousand
square feet of it to the ground, ain't shit you can do about it
with you I'm in my f-ckin' mind, without you, I'm out it."

Just like the highlight of "Love The Way You Lie" was Eminem, the legendary rapper outshone his collaborator, Rihanna, once again in "Love The Way You Lie Part 2" which will be released on Rihanna's new album, Loud, later this month.

It's common knowledge that the most talented are often the most messed up. The ones who struggled through their lives, the tortured souls, the ones who experienced pain many of us are lucky enough to have never known. To me, no one does "tortured" like Eminem.

While rap could be the ultimate means to demonstrate ones demons or struggles, afterall the emphasis in a rap song is on the words more than anything else, I think amongst rappers, Eminem is in a league of his own. And I don't even think he has peaked yet.

His lyrical ability is mind-blowing considering he failed the 9th grade 3 times before dropping out of school.

It pisses him off that some people say that nothing rhymes with the word "orange". He quickly cited "storage" and "porridge" as simple examples. How dare they, I say...?!?! Then again, the angrier Marshall Mathers is, the smoother his rhymes get. So we'd better throw at him as many non-rhymeable words as we can, cuz I can't wait to see what he's got next.

Enjoy the song above... You can skip to minute 3:13, cuz that's when Eminem starts singing.
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Finally a return date for Friday Night Lights...





TV addicts, your Wednesdays have just become more fun because come October 27th, the final season of Friday Night Lights shall commence and it promises to be awesome. Simply because almost everyone is back and grown up and looking way hotter according to the promo above. So mark your calendars, 9pm on the 101 Network, October 27th. Season 5 of Friday Night Lights!!
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Why is One Tree Hill still on air?

The day has come, where I, an avid One Tree Hill fan, am begging the CW to end the hideousness that is One Tree Hill. Seriously the shittiness has just gone too far.

It's terrible when awesome shows get canceled in their prime (Reunion, FlashForward.. that kinda thing), but you know what's worse? Having a show that you love keep going after it loses everything that ever made it a great show to begin with. Not knowing when to stop is sometimes worse than getting canceled early. Because now it's hard for me to remember why I loved One Tree Hill to begin with.

We all knew it was going to be a disaster when Chad Michael Murray (Luke) and Hilarie Burton (Peyton) left, but still as a fan I couldn't help it and kept watching. The only thing that barely salvaged season 7 was the wait for Brooke and Julian to finally get together. Everything else was a snoozefest, despite their efforts to spice things up with Jana Kramer (Alex Dupre). They even managed to transform the hotness that is Robert Buckley into a sappy, corny guy who smiles way too much that I want to punch him. And please don't get me started on the storyline between the annoying British music producer and the bartender that can guess what you drink... Kill me now please!

So if season 7 was a snoozefest, then what can we call season 8? Pathetic!!! I mean between the Clay-Quinn scenes that are barf-inducing, the never-ending story of Nathan and the NBA (all of a sudden he doesn't wanna play now?!?!) and the freakin' golf match between Chase and Alex. Seriously? I think watching actual women's golf may be more interesting to watch than that.

So despite the recent revelations from Watch with Kristen at E! that Lucas and Peyton might return for a couple of episodes some time this season, and the cross over episode with the wonderful Life Unexpected next Tuesday, I still think nothing can save One Tree Hill from its inevitable demise. Am just worried they'd mess up Life Unexpected for me with this one episode.

So please CW, end our misery and just go for season one reruns or something.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

I Love The Way You Lie - The Genius that is Eminem



"High of a love,
Drunk from the hate,

It's like I'm huffing paint,
And I love it the more that I suffer,
I suffocate,
And right before I'm about to drown,
She resuscitates me,
She fucking hates me,
And I love it..."

"But you promised her,
Next time you'll show restraint,
You don't get another chance,
Life is no Nintendo game,
But you lied again,
Now you get to watch her leave,
Out the window,
Guess that's why they call it window pane,"

These are just a few lines from Eminem's I Love The Way You Lie. We've all been listening to this song for several months now but the beauty of Eminem is that you keep falling in love with the genius behind his lyrics over and over again. It never gets old. The Rihanna chorus could easily get old, but Eminem's rap is timeless.

Four talented artists came together to create the music video. Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan (Charlie from Lost) did a disturbingly authentic job portraying Eminem's relationship with his ex-wife Kim. The combination of Eminem's lyrics, Rihanna's voice, coupled with Fox and Monaghan's dramatic scenes produced such a believable, smack in the face video that I myself could never relate to yet still felt overwhelmed by it.

For those who have listened to the song but never really listened to the lyrics, I urge you to do so. For those who listened to the lyrics but haven't watched the video, I also urge you to do so. This song is a complete piece of art, and should be experienced accordingly.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

How lucky is Amanda Seyfried?

I just watched the movie Letters to Juliet and the first thing I thought about once it ended, was how damn lucky Amanda Seyfried is...

First she gets to go to Greece for months and shoot Mamma Mia! and then she goes to Italy and shoots Letters to Juliet?!?! How awesome is that job?

Letters to Juliet is perhaps one of the corniest movies ever created. The dialogue repeatedly included stuff like "seize the day", "follow your heart", "it's never too late" and countless clich├ęs but still you feel great after having watched it just because it was shot in Italy. It's like Under the Tuscan Sun or The Shadow Dancer, where the storyline is basically some noise against a beautiful background.

Am certainly not going to act like I don't enjoy such movies. They are feel-good movies and the setting just does it for me.

I just wanted to take this moment to express my envy towards the strenuous career life of Amanda Seyfried. What's next? A romantic comedy with Jude Law set in Rio de Janeiro??
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