Kim’s Entertainment Blog

September 27, 2009

“Eat the wasabi!”

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Yes, tonight marks the premiere of one of my favourite reality tv shows – The Amazing Race!  Airing Sundays at 8pm on CBS, the show has teams of 2 racing around the world to earn a million dollars.

From the very beginning, this race starts off differently than most.  One team is elimintated before they even start during a license plate challenge at the start line.  I thought the license plates were a good idea – it got the teams used to paying attention to detail right off the bat.  Hopefully this will help the teams down the road when other clues require them to be very observant!

I LOVED the fact that the first stop in the race was Japan.  My sister has been to Japan before, and I’m sure she could tell you that Japan is an amazing country filled with wonderful sights and sounds!  The fact that the first road block involved a Japanese game show that required contestants to eat a wasabi bomb while the audience cheered them on was so freaking cool!  The Japanese are reknowned for their crazy game shows, and the energy coming from this particular challenge was a great way to kick off the first episode!

Right off the bat, I have a couple of favourite teams.  The basketball players, Flight Time and Big Easy, are totally cool, not to mention really, really tall!  I also like the brothers Sam and Dan, and Mika and Canaan (they seemed to be trying to speak Japanese, which is really respectful). 

I can’t say I’m too crazy about the poker players, Maria and Tiffany.  I don’t like the fact that they lied to the other teams about their jobs.  Right away they’ve been arguing, and I just don’t see them getting too far if they continue to argue and lose focus.  

So, readers, what do you think?  How do you think this season will play out, and who are your favourite teams?

September 22, 2009

House in the House!

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Eeeek!  Last night’s season six premiere of House was AMAZING!  Kudos to Hugh Laurie for a fantastic and nuanced performance.  He’s always amazing in the title role of Dr. Gregory House (and I still maintain that he was ROBBED of his Emmy on Monday night!), but last night he went above and beyond!  For two hours I was caught up in his emotional journey at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital.  I was also blown away by Andre Braugher’s performance as House’s psychiatrist.

There were definitely un-House-like elements in last night’s episode, and in this case, they definitely served to strengthen the episode.  Seeing House challenge the system and try to wreak havoc with the patients was classic House, but then watching him open up and actually make an effort to change his life was beautiful.  Seeing House open up and become vulnerable took me on an emotional journey along with the character.  I am so, so glad that the episode focused solely on House’s emotional journey!  To take away from that journey by showing the team working on some case would have cheapened House’s struggle and weakened the whole episode. 

I can hardly wait to see where season 6 goes from here!  If you haven’t yet become a fan of House, I encourage you to check it out, Monday nights at 8pm on Fox.

September 21, 2009

My Quick Thoughts on the Emmys

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First: Neil Patrick Harris did a wonderful job as host!  The opening number was great and really set the tone for the whole show.  I particularly liked the Kanye West reference!

Second: Dividing the show into genres was a good idea.  It seemed to flow much more nicely that way, and the unifying themes made sense.

Third: The speeches were blissfully shorter than I expected!  That was so nice!!  I thought Jeff Probst (spelling?) speech for best reality competition host was good, even though I though Phil Keoghan should have won!

Fourth: Having the colour commentary on the winners as they came up to get their award was really funny.  I hope they guy was just making stuff up ‘cuz that would have been totally hilarious!

Fifth: Hugh Laurie was totally ROBBED!  He should have won best actor in a dramatic series!  Season five of House was some of the most superbly acted television I’ve ever seen!

Sixth: House should have won for best drama too! 

Seventh: Neil Patrick Harris’s bit after he lost to Jon Cryer was great!

September 15, 2009

Top Five Shows I’m Looking Forward to the Premiere Of!

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Okay, I’ve been meaning to sit down and type out this post for ages, but as usual, life has gotten in the way!  Oh well . . .

The fall tv show is once again upon us, and I’ve got to say, there are some shows I’m definitely excited to revisit!!  Here’s what I’m most looking forward to seeing:

5. 90210 (Tuesdays at 8pm, The CW) – Okay, so technically this show premiered last week.  My bad!  I really want to see how the whole Annie storyline plays out!  I’m also curious to see what happens with Naomi and Liam . . . and how long “No More Drama Adriana” can handle a drama-free life!

4. One Tree Hill (Mondays at 8pm, The CW) – Yeah, it premiered last night!  It’s strange watching the show without Lucas and Peyton, and I’m not sure how well it will fare without them as they were the backbone of the first 5 seasons!  I have to admit though, I did enjoy hearing Haley sing during the episode!

3. Bones (Thursday, 8pm, Fox.  Premieres September 17th) – I’ve gotta know how Booth’s memory loss plays out!  I also have to know if the show will “jump the shark,” particularly given how stupid I thought the Stewie appearance was!  From what I’m given to understand though, the relationship between Booth and Bones is going to deepen this season, which I’ll look forward to watching!

2. N.C.I.S. (Tuesdays, 8pm, CBS.  Premieres September 22nd) – What happens to Ziva??!!  Will the relationship between Ziva and Tony survive?  I. Have. To. Know!

1. House (Mondays, 8pm, Fox.  Premieres September 21st) – Yeah, like there was ever any doubt that this would be my number one pick!  Oh my god I can’t wait!  I have to know about House’s experience in the Psychiatric Hospital and what the long-term consequences of his hallucinations will be.  I have a feeling the first episode will make me bawl, and if Hugh Laurie doesn’t win an emmy for his worrk in season 5, I will scream!  

And you, dear readers?  What shows are you looking forward to watching this fall?

September 8, 2009

Crazy About Vampires!

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I just finished watching the season finale of season one of True Blood – amazing!  It took me longer than I thought it would to make it through the first season due to the DVD releases of season 5 of House and season 6 of NCIS!

Talk about an addictive show!!  The characters are so compelling, and the storyline had be glued to the edge of my seat all season!  Some of the twists I’d kind of figured out already (don’t want to give anything away for anyone who hasn’t yet seen the show), and others had me completely blown away – the way all the best shows end up! 

I’m very much looking forward to season 2 (which I’ve already started downloading) – hopefully the magic continues!

September 6, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

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Okay, I have to be honest here . . . to the best of my memory, this is the first Quentin Tarantino movie I’ve ever seen.  I did see that episode of C.S.I. he directed, but have never seen any of his movies.  Based on what little I know about his movies, I have to say that I doubt I’d like many of his movies.  I LOVED Inglourious Basterds though!

Initially, I didn’t want to see this movie.  My ethnic background is German, but I doubt that had much to do with not wanting to see the movie.  I like Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, but not enough to make me feel like I HAD to see the movie.  I also really, really find the spelling mistakes in the title of the movie to be super-irritating.  Like so irritating that I would have continued to stand on principle alone and not seen the movie.  Honestly, I saw it only because a friend at work saw it and loved it so much that she saw it twice.  That told me it had to be good, and since she recommended District 9 to me, and I ended up loving that too, I decided to check it out.

The movie, for those who don’t know, tells the intersecting stories of several different people in Nazi-occupied France during WWII.  The movie tells these stories in a series of chapters, each one revealing more of the connections between the characters.  The movie is violent, and takes great pleasure in its violence.  Aside from the first 20 or so minutes, the movie is fast-paced and makes no apologies for its in-you-face-ness.  The actors and actresses are clearly enjoying themselves, and it comes through in their performances.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the movie for me was listening to the different languages.  There’s of course a lot of French and German spoken, along with English, and some Italian.  As I mentioned earlier, my heritage is German, however I don’t really speak any German (after 3 years of Saturday German school that I had to be dragged to, kicking and screaming, but that’s a different story).  I don’t even care for the SOUND of German, usually.  But listening to the German in the film was a pleasant surprise for me because I ENJOYED it, and I found that I did understand more than I thought I would.  Having taken French all through high school, I expected to enjoy listening to it being spoken, and wasn’t let down at all. 

I found that all the actors and actresses in the movie did a great job.  Brad Pitt, last seen in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, follows up the role of Benjamin Button with another truly memorable character – Lt. Aldo Raine.  The man is handy with a knife and he isn’t shy about showing off those skills! 

Diane Kruger, playing a German actress by the name of Bridget von Hammersmark, owns the role!  Being German herself, it was a great pleasure listening to her speak her native tongue and hold her own with the men.  This character, compared to her character in the National Treasure movies, is way more interesting and well-utilized.

Melanie Laurent, as the young Jewish woman Shosanna Dreyfus, was a revelation.  She was captivating to watch, and I found myself cheering for her at every turn.  I couldn’t help but think that I recongized her from somewhere, but after reading over her credits on imdb, I can’t say I’ve ever seen her in a movie before.  I hope, after seeing her performance in this movie, that I see more of her in the future!

Finally, I have to mention the actor who played the character Col. Hans Landa.  Before seeing the movie, I’d read reviews stating that Christoph Waltz was fantastic in the movie, and his performance exceeded my expectations!  His performance had me absolutely riveted to the screen.  If his work in this film isn’t recognized at the Academy Awards, it will be a crime!

What about you, readers?  Have you seen Inglourious Basterds?  What are your thoughts?

September 1, 2009

I am not sure how I feel about this

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I just saw this.  I grew up in the 80s and this was definitely one of my favourite childhood memories.  Actually, thanks to some well-connected German relatives, my sister and I gained quite a collection of these.  Having said all that, I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to this movie or not.  My first reaction was “cool!” but now I’m not so sure . . .  

PS: Jennifer, DO NOT click on that first link.  The second is safe for you, but clicking on the first will just take you to that page you don’t want to see 😉

August 29, 2009

The Time Traveler’s Wife

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I just got home from seeing the latest in chick-flick offerings: The Time Traveler’s WifeI’ve heard that the book is way better, which I guess I’ll have to judge for myself one day, after I’ve read it! 

Overall, I enjoyed the movie.  I think that was mostly due to the cast though.  Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana were great in their roles – believable and very likable.  Particularly Rachel McAdams.  The fact that this story centers around a guy who shifts back and forth through time was intriguing, if rather hard to believe!  I found it incredibly interesting that, while the Henry character can visit important times in his life and interact with the people during that time, he is powerless to change certain events.  He can win the lottery, but he can’t prevent his mother from dying.  It just doesn’t quite make sense to me, but I digress.

Overall, I would recommend this movie to romance fans, and fans of Rachel McAdams!

August 23, 2009

District 9

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Wow!  I have to say, this movie was one of the most original and intriguing movies I’ve seen in a long time!  I knew from the previews that it sounded kind of interesting, but didn’t think I’d see it in theatres until a friend saw it and recommended it highly.  I’m so glad I listened to her! 

I really liked the documentary style of the film.  It made the whole story seem more realistic and serious.  It really helped that the actors were unknowns (at least by “Hollywood” standards) as it made it even more possible to believe what was happening.  The lead actor in particular was quite impressive!  The special effects and action sequences were well done, though a few scenes made me cringe and cover my eyes!

Overall, I would absolutely recommend this movie to sci-fi fans and action fans.  Go see this movie!

August 18, 2009

How insane was that?!

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How many of you watched Big Brother tonight (8pm on CBS)?  How totally crazy was that episode?!  You know, I sometimes forget how much editing they do in order to produce three one-hour episodes per week!  I didn’t realize how many times Chima has been in trouble for not following the rules!  Personally, when she disobeyed the rules that final time, I thought she got what she deserved (sorry for the vagueness, I’m trying to type this with few spoiler alerts)!  I still can’t over the reactions of the other houseguests though!  These people need to take a chill pill and remember that they’re playing a game!  I suppose, in their defense, it is a game that totally f*cks with their minds!  I don’t understand why so much anger is directed towards Jeff though.  He was given the coup d’etat power by America.  Not using it would have been a total crap move!  Any of the others would have used it too! 

So I should probably apologize for my lack of posting lately.  It’s been a busy summer, and most of the tv I’ve been watching, with the exception of True Blood, has all been repeats, or DVDs of tv shows in anticipation of new seasons starting soon!  I’ve got some thoughts on a few different shows I’ve watched recently that I’m hoping to share soon!  Stay tuned . . .

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