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January 23, 2010

Up in the Air

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Yes, I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything new.  It’s not from lack of anything to talk about, just general laziness!

Today I saw the movie “Up in the Air” starring the deliciously handsome and charming George Clooney.  Actually, it’s the second time I’ve seen it (yes, it was so good that I decided to see it twice in the theatres).  The movie is very well-acted by George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a man who spends most of his time, well, up in the air.  Joining George are the lovely and talented Vera Farmiga as Alex, and Anna Kendrick as Natalie Keener.  As characters, Alex is beautiful and confident . . . a perfect counterpart to Clooney’s Bingham.  Natalie is young and a little . . . tightly wound.  She’s on the irrritating side, actually.  But for the story of the movie, it works.  Jason Bateman also stars as Clooney’s boss.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more of him as I thought Bateman did an excellent job!

The movie has a distinct look to it – it’s not slick and “Hollywood”, it’s real!  I think I remember reading online somewhere that during filming, Reitman used actual recently terminated people to portray some of the people that Bingham fires.  Smart move!  The employees that get told they’re fired show real emotions and were completely believable and relatable! 

All in all, I definitely recommend this movie to George Clooney fans, fans of dramedies, and anyone who isn’t looking for a typical romantic-comedy!

November 28, 2009

The Good Wife

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So I’ve only seen a couple of episodes of “The Good Wife,” but I can see why it’s one of this year’s top-rated new shows!  Really though, how could it fail with Chris Noth and Christine Baranski?  Oh yeah, and Julianna Margulies is pretty good too!   😉

Other new shows I’ve been enjoying:

NCIS: Los Angeles (the formula is pretty fool-proof) for its two main characters – played by Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J.

Hmmmm, maybe that’s actually it for new shows I’ve been enjoying! 

Before I end this post, I just wanted to say that I read an article that said that Glee was going on hiatus from mid-December until APRIL to make way for American Idol.  I find this really, really annoying.  I love watching Glee.  It’s one of the best new shows out there, and one of the best shows on television right now, period.  The fact that American Idol, a show that loses viewers each season, is forcing Glee to go on such a long break is ridiculous, in my opinion!  I sure hope that Glee doesn’t lose its momentum with such a long break!  What do you think, fellow Gleeks?

November 22, 2009

I am a Gleek!

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Okay, I have to admit it, after watching only 3 episodes of Glee, I was totally HOOKED!  I’d seen the pilot episode last spring, but didn’t have time to watch any of the new episodes this fall.  I stumbled upon one last week sometime (I honestly don’t remember the circumstances that led me to watch episode 8; I think I may have been bored and decided to watch it online), and then HAD to watch Wednesday’s episode.  After that, it was official, I just had to watch them all!  So, of course, I downloaded all the episodes that I hadn’t seen, and now, after watching them right after the other, I’m all caught up, and officially IN LOVE with this show! 

I think it’s awesome that there’s a show out there that celebrates the differences between kids in high school!  They do a great job of representing racial diversity, and each episode really hits all the right notes (pun intended).  The storylines are compelling and the characters are well-written.  The standouts for me are really Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, and Lea Michele as Rachel.  As I sit here, I cannot wait for Wednesday’s new episode, and may actually re-watch one of the ones I downloaded, just so I can get my “fix!”

November 12, 2009

Damn, Russell!

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Okay, don’t want to spoil tonight’s episode of Survivor for those who haven’t seen it yet, but wow!  Russell sure knows how to play the game of Survivor, and I was quite impressed! 

Watching Grey’s Anatomy right now . . .

November 11, 2009

Thoughts on what I’ve been watching lately . . .

Yeah, I know, it’s been a while!  I’ve been busy watching a lot of things . . . just haven’t had time to do much posting!  Instead of individual posts on what I like and don’t like, you’re stuck with this giant post! 

Mondays

House (Global, 8pm): Still the best hour of television, in my opinion!  Watching House become more “human” has been an intense journey, and I really like the direction they’ve taken the characters so far.  Watching the “old team” work together while the “new team” drifted away, has filled me with nostalgia.  This past week’s episode had some great House-Cuddy scenes, and some great humour!

One Tree Hill (The CW, 8pm): Yup, the show is definitely different without Lucas and Peyton!  For the most part, I don’t really miss them too much . . . though the show has definitely lost its edge!  I like a couple of the new characters, particularly Nathan’s agent Clayton, and Brooke’s boyfriend Julian.  I can’t say I’m overly crazy about Quinn, Hayley’s sister.  The storyline involving the woman who accused Nathan of getting her pregnant was interesting, but didn’t exactly cover new territory.

Gossip Girl (The CW, 9pm): Yeah, I’m not so sure I’m feeling the whole college thing!  The show has become increasingly unbelievable.  Normally that would be okay, but this completely stretches the limits of credulity!  An 18 year old running a multimillion dollar company?  A college student still clinging to the idea of wealth and hierarchy?  Another 18 year old landing a job as a publicist?  I mean the list just goes on.  I still watch though – I do like Hillary Duff’s character Olivia, and Vanessa. 

Tuesdays

NCIS (Global, 8pm): I was so happy they managed to bring Ziva back to the team in a way that actually made some sense!  I was a little disappointed with their rescue episode, but overall, I’m enjoying this season!  The sexual tension between Tony and Ziva is still palpable, and the humour and camraderie is what keeps drawing me in!  It doesn’t hurt that Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly are so hot!

Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit (CTV, 10pm): While I don’t think this season is necessarily breaking any new ground, I still enjoy all the Law and Order shows.  The cases are usually borrowed straight from the headlines, and I enjoy figuring out which cases they are using and how they’re going to change things up a bit.  I am completely thrilled that Stephanie March is back as ADA Alex Cabot!  When they brought her back for a few episodes last season I was super-excited and had hoped they would bring her back permanently.  When the season opened and Christine Lahti was the new ADA, I was disappointed.  Having said that, I thought the storyline involving Christine Lahti’s character and her ultimate undoing was extremely compelling!

Wednesdays

America’s Next Top Model (The CW, 8pm): While the idea of having petite models was fresh, I’ve not really loved this whole season.  The format is starting to feel really stale, and I can’t really say that any of the models have been really compelling for me.  I think they’re all a little weak when compared to some of the previous winners.  I still love the Jays though, and for now, that’s enough to keep me watching.

Bones (Global, 8pm): How is it possible that the sexual tension between Brennan and Booth has gotten even stronger?  The real draw of this show is the characters, and I’m loving every minute of it!  I’m so glad to see that Stewie hasn’t made any reappearances – I was really concerned towards the end of last season that the show had “jumped the shark” and would have lost some of its steam! 

Thursdays

Survivor (Global, 8pm): Talk about an interesting season!  Having Russell on has given us a whole new evil genius villain in Survivor lore!  The guy is such an egomaniac – but whatever he’s been doing has worked so far!  We’ll see if last week’s “playing the idol” move ultimately proves to be his undoing!

Grey’s Anatomy (CTV, 9pm): I have to give credit where credit is due: the show has managed to become somewhat interesting again after last season’s sex-with-a-ghost debacle!  It’s not perfect, but definitely more watchable this season!  The storyline involving the merger with Mercy West has promise, though so far all it’s done is introduce a bunch of new characters who inflate an already large cast!  I’m glad to see Derek and Meredith doing so well though.  I miss George, but not as much as I thought I would!

90210 (Global, 10pm): Yes, I know the show airs on Tuesdays, but I like watching it on Thursdays!  The show has been good this season.  I like the new characters they’ve introduced, and I think the storylines are good right now.  I really feel like the show has created an identity and following completely separate from the original, and I now tune in not because I want to see members of the original cast, but because I care about these new kids!  I don’t care so much for Annie, actually, but I like Dixon, Silver, Navid and Adrianna!

Fridays

Law and Order (NBC, 8pm): The show is starting to feel a little tired, but it’s still watchable!  It’s nice to see a little bit of the character’s lives, which we get the most of with Lt. Van Buren’s cancer storyline.  I’m glad to see last season’s characters all back this season.  I like ADA Connie Rubirosa the best.

Ugly Betty (Citytv, 9pm): Last season’s heartbreaking conclusion for Daniel hasn’t really translated that well into this season, at least for me.  I believe that he misses Molly, but I don’t see the same strength of storytelling that I saw at the end of last season.  I am glad to see Betty working at her new job, and I think her makeover is cute!  The characters aren’t quite geling for me yet though.  The storyline with Wilhemina and her daughter Nico has promise.  I think they need to ditch Matt as a character though . . . all this tension between him and Betty is annoying!

Sundays

The Amazing Race (CTV, 8pm): I still love this show!  I love being able to travel to all these amazing countries and see the world without leaving my house!  The challenges are fun to watch, and my favourite team, the Globetrotters Flight Time and Big Easy, are still in it!  I hope they win!

Desperate Housewives (CTV, 9pm): Okay, we now know that Mike married Susan.  To me it seems like their marriage has already entered tired and boring territory though!  Granted they have the huge distraction of Julie’s attack and Katherine’s obsession with Mike to contend with, but I’m just not seeing reignited passion between them!  Bree is still as icy as ever, and watching her with Carl is a little like seeing a traffic accident – you’re disgusted but you just can’t look away!  I think it’s an interesting plot twist to make Lynette pregnant, but I think it’s time they start to reveal that she’s pregnant!

Well, dear readers, that wraps it up for me right now.  What are your thoughts on your favourite shows?

October 24, 2009

A Brief Rant

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Tonight I was out seeing a movie, and something about the whole experience really bugged me.  The movie itself, The Stepfather, starring Penn Badgley, Sela Ward and Dylan Walsh, was okay.  Not a stunning achievement in filmmaking or acting, but a decent enough couple of hours of mindless entertainment, which is what I wanted.

No, what bothered me was the stupid twits (and I’m trying to be polite here) who sat down next to me.  Since they entered the theatre after the lights had dimmed, it was hard to tell how old they were, though my guess would be between 15 and 19.  First, they couldn’t decide where they wanted to sit.  It was bad enough that they had to park themselves right next to me in a theatre that wasn’t at all full, but they couldn’t even settle into their seats without a loud discussion about which of them would sit closest to the aisle.  Seriously girls, you cam in at the last minute, so just sit down and SHUT UP!

Next came the loud conversation that continued throughout the previews.  One would ask the others a question about what was being shown on the screen, and the others would give a considered, thoughful response (note the sarcasm here, people)!  The questions they were asking demonstrated pretty clearly to me that these girls were pretty dumb.  But fine, I tried to keep an open mind thinking that maybe, just maybe, they’d shut up when the movie started.  Wrong!  But that was probably initially because they couldn’t figure out that the movie had started!  The Mensa candidate sitting next to me actually said, “oh, is this the movie?  I don’t get it!” during the first scene.  If that weren’t bad enough, in one scene early in the movie you see the bodies of a mother and her children lying around a house, clearly dead.  One of the girls said something like, “why are they sleeping on the floor like that?” and one of her friends had to tell her, “they’re dead!”

If all that weren’t bad enough, the girls would scream, loudly, when something “frightening” or startling happened.  I say “frightening” because the plot of the movie was very predictable, and it shocks me that anyone could be surprised, shocked, or scared at what happened on the screen!  But no, these girls would scream as though they were watching the most gruesome and shocking horror movie ever made!  I have to admit that by the end of the movie, I was getting way more amusement from listening to the guys sitting two rows in front of us mocking the screaming girls than I was getting from the movie!  Too bad the girls were too dumb to figure out they were being mocked!

In closing, I just want to say, once again, that talking during a movie is EXTREMELY RUDE and you SHOULDN’T do it!  If you want to talk, leave the theatre and let the rest of us watch the movie in peace and quiet! I know I’m not likely to get this next request granted, but if you are a stupid person who screams and doesn’t shut up during a movie, please DON’T SIT NEXT TO ME!!!!!!

October 18, 2009

Zombieland

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Yesterday I saw Zombieland with a friend.  I figured that I’d enjoy it, but wasn’t expecting just how much I’d enjoy it!  The movie was full of great characters and a lot of laughs.  It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed watching Woody Harrelson so much (I don’t think I’ve enjoyed him since his days on Cheers, actually).  Jesse Eisenberg was awesome as the main character, Columbus.  I also really enjoyed seeing Abigail Breslin in a non-little girl role. 

I don’t want to say too much more about the movie since I don’t want to give anything away, but trust me, this movie is totally fantastic!  Go see it!

On a side note, I have a little bit of a rant to make here.  Yesterday when I saw Zombieland, the theatre was packed.  My friend and I easily found seats, and that’s not what I want to rant about right now.  The two people sitting behind me would not shut up!  Worse yet, they were talking about the movie and revealing every major plot point seconds before it happened!  Seriously, it was really irritating!  I didn’t say anything because I was too busy trying to ignore them and enjoy the movie.  Readers I implore you, if you go see a movie that you’ve seen already, or can guess the plot of, keep your mouths SHUT so that others can enjoy the movie in peace!  Talking throughout the movie is rude enough, but to reveal what’s about to happen loudly enough so that others can hear you is just crossing all kinds of lines.  Grrrrrrrrrr

October 17, 2009

Ninja Assassin

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Sorry guys, I know it’s been a while since I posted!  What can I say but I’ll try to do better!

So I got the opportunity a couple of days ago to see a movie at the Vancouver International Film Festival for the first time ever.  The movie, chosen by a friend of a friend, was Ninja Assassin.

Now I’ll be honest, my knowledge of ninja films is fairly basic.  I saw a youtube clip of the movie before I went, and enjoyed the action aspects of the movie, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad.  Besides, it was an opportunity to try new things and meet new people.

Before the film started, we were treated to an introduction to the movie from the director himself, James McTeigue.  It was pretty cool to see the guy in person!  He was funny, and it helped having him explain his vision before we saw the movie.  It was also good to have him warn us about the blood bath we were in for!  Yes, I had guessed that the movie would be violent, but this movie takes violence to a whole new level!

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie!  It’s stupid, cheesy, and full of laughs!  I am nearly 100% sure that this was the intention of the movie, and I applaud them for doing it so well!  It was also fun having the friend sitting next to me whisper to me all the sarcastic things we were both thinking (I don’t think my friend enjoyed the movie nearly as much as I did). 

I definitely would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys ninja movies, action movies, and movies featuring particularly violent and bloody deaths!

October 11, 2009

Whip It!

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Yesterday I saw Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It!  I loved it!  The movie doesn’t necessarily cover any new ground (teenager has a difficult relationship with her mom, etc.), but it still entertains! 

The real treat of this movie is the actors!  Each takes their character and infuses that character with joy and humanity.  The standouts for me were Ellen Page as the main character, Bliss “Babe Ruthless” Cavendar, Marcia Gay Harden as her mother, Daniel Stern as her father, and Kristen Wiig as “Maggie Mayhem.” 

Personally, I could have done without the whole romantic storyline in the movie, but otherwise, the plot came together nicely for me.  I also enjoyed seeing the roller derby scenes, and it actually really makes me want to see a live roller derby! 

Altogether, I would recommend this movie to others, and definitely want to see it again on DVD!

September 30, 2009

I like to think they can see me eating

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Yes, my title is part of a longer Houseism from Monday night’s episode of House!  I really liked it, though I didn’t think it was quite as strong as the season premiere.  I roared with laughter when House was talking about watching “The Biggest Loser” marathon on tv though – it’s nice to know that our “kinder, gentler House” hasn’t completely overruled his impulse to say what he’s thinking!  This was also evident in all the “ball” jokes during the cooking class House attended with Wilson.

Overall, I can’t wait to see where this season goes!

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