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Week in Review: 11/28/2010

Since this is my last chance to do a review for November I figured I should actually, you know, write a weekly review. I would like to start with a preemptive apology for any lack of coherency as I am falling asleep at my keyboard. Decorating for the holidays takes a lot out of a person.

Two things of consequence happened on “Hawaii Five-0” Monday night. First, we finally met the oft-discussed Rachel. Given that I’m a spoiler whore I was not surprised by her British accent. I was, however, amazed that I actually didn’t hate her that much. Well, at least once she started helping Danny out instead of pushing his buttons. It was a great insight into his character to see that the woman he loved had left him, essentially for a guy with more money. It was something that was hinted at but never outright stated and was all but said in last week’s episode. Scott Caan gave a great performance and I hope we get to see Claire van der Boom again.

The second thing? It was a passing comment, really. Steve was pulling a MacGyver and dusting for prints using vaccum dirt and a pillow feather. As he’s pulling the cleaning apparatus out, Danno says “There’s a cleaning crew to do that, babe” followed by a strange sound. That sound was the collective squeal of the slash fans before they promptly passed out from the overwhelming canon to support their favorite pairing. Seriously, the show is giving “Merlin” a run for its money in the not-so-sub text between their lead male characters.

Just when I thought “Glee” couldn’t top its past two episodes and I was losing faith in Ryan Murphy’s ability to write anything other than a tribute episode, out comes “Furt.” Everything from Finn getting over his lingering homophobia to Burt learning to dance and the looming dread of a Finn/Santana/Rachel blowout was perfect. The entire cast brought their A-game and I actually cried when Finn and Kurt danced together at their parents’ wedding as their friends sang and danced around them. Here, see for yourself and try not to cry:

This was everything an episode of “Glee” is supposed to be and I really hope they continue on this path (given what I’ve seen of next week’s episode, it looks highly likely).

Both “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” were repeats last week, so this gives me ample time to discuss the latest episode of “Merlin.” To be completely honest, I haven’t been impressed so far with the show’s third season. The best parts were mainly the introduction of new characters (namely, Gawaine) and a few epic moments of magic here and there. But “The Coming of Arthur” was the most intense, exciting and best episode of the season so far, for so many reasons. First, and perhaps most importantly, there wa actually a scene hwere Katie McGrath acted evil without smirking. I know, I was just as shocked as you! The scene where Morgana basically gives Gwen the choice of dying by going against her or living by staying by her side was chilling and pefectly played by both actresses. Perhaps even more chilling was the scene when Gawaine, Merlin and Arthur returned to Camelot after Morgause succeed in creating an immortal army and setting it on the city. Seeing these three men walk through the streets that two of them once called home, now strewn with bodies, was heartbreaking and none of them had to say a word. Basically I spent the entire episode on the edge of my seat and for the first time in a while I simply cannot wait for next week.

Week in Review 10/17/2010

Okay, so here is my late (but not quite so late as last week’s!) week in review.

After a weekend of being forced to watch “The Jersey Shore”, believe me when I say I am so frickin’ happy that The Situation was booted of Dancing with the Stars. If I see one more spray-tanned drunk idiot, I might just have to hurt someone.

 

Scott Cann as Danno

 

“Hawaii Five-0” was brilliant as always and as much I dislike Balthazar Getty, his guest-starring role was actually very well done. I couldn’t help but wonder the entire episode, however, if dying your hair with lemon juice and mayo actually worked. Anyone wanna be my guniea pig? Also, I was very surprised to discover that Scott Caan actually had an old injury flare up during shooting so they had to rewrite the script to accomadate his new accessory: a walking stick. Apparently he was supposed to play basketball with Steve against two inmates. At least Scott didn’t bust it dancing (I’m looking at you, Matthew Gray Gubler.)

Chris Colfer once again proved how Emmy-worthy he actually is. The only problem is his forte seems to be more in dramatic acting than in comedy (though he really excels at both) and he will always be in the comedy category with “Glee.” I did like the way his new relationship with Sam was handled, I hope this is the point where he starts to grow up a little concerning liking guys because, seriously? His stalker-like behavior with Finn was really, really creepy. Speaking of Sam, I am so not convinced he isn’t gay and that he actually likes Quinn. Chord had said recently in an interview that while it was originally set that he was going to be Kurt’s boyfriend, the creators saw his “chemistry with Dianna” and decided to go that route. While Chord may have chemsitry with Dianna, that doesn’t neccissarly mean Sam is going to have chemistry with Quinn. Also, Ryan Murphy had said several times last year that Idina Menzel wasn’t going to play Rachel’s mother. So until Kurt actually has a boyfriend, I’m not going to believe it won’t be Sam.

Sorry for my rant. Moving on.

I didn’t actually watch “The Defenders” Wednesday, instead I caught up on the “CSI: New York” I’ve missed so far. And apparently “The Vampire Diaries” was a repeat so I watched “Bones” instead. David Alan Grier was really hilarious and I had the theme tune to “Bill Nye the Science Guy” stuck in my head the rest of the night. Also, how cute was Emily Deschanel in that skeleton costume and tutu? Adorable! I was babysitting Thursday night and apparently “CSI” isn’t baby-appropriate so I wasn’t able to watch it. Thank God for Comcast’s On Demand!

Finally the day we were all waiting for: Friday. Why? Because it was Jensen Ackles‘ directorial debut and it was amazing both with the direction and the characters. Like the Winchester boys, I actually felt bad when I realized how we as an audience take Bobby for granted. He always shows up with the information and if he doesn’t already know it, he dutifully goes to look it up. I never realized what that would actually entail. I liked his cute next-door neighbor and I really hope we get to see her again soon. Plus, the return of Crowley! I absolutely adore Mark A. Sheppard and it was nice to get a little backstory on him as well. The biggest dissapointment of the episode? Bobby didn’t get to eat any of that delicious cobbler! Let the man eat his dessert in peace, you stupid hunters.

Until next week!

‘Easy A’ gets good marks

First, I’d like to apologize for my lack of week in review, I got Sims 3 for my birthday and essentially spent the past 72 hours playing it nonstop. I don’t know what’s so addicting about watching little virtual people live their little virtual lives. Maybe its the God-like powers it gives me: You want to take a swim? Too bad! Run until you pass out, minion!

But I digress. Here’s the gist of last week: Hawaii Five-O will never stop being amazing, Chris Colfer deserves an Emmy like whoa and Cas makes Supernatural awesome again.

When I wasn’t glued to my screen, I actually had the chance to go see a movie, something I haven’t done since “Avatar,” I believe, and I saw “Easy A. ” I wasn’t expecting a lot, I mean most movies, especially romantic comedies, set for the teen audience have very little in the way of intelligence or cleverness. They follow a basic formula and the acting is usually not stellar. This was not one of these movies.

 

Official poster for "Easy A"

 

“Easy A” is about Olive (Emma Stone) a clean-cut student who inadvertently starts a rumor that she lost her virginity to a
college-age guy. When she helps out a gay student who wants to convince everyone he’s straight so they stop bullying him, the rumors fly and soon grow out of control. And when her attempts to convince others they aren’t true fail, she decides to just let them run wild. This, of course, backfires. And while it isn’t exactly a retelling of “The Scarlet Letter,” the story is the main theme that runs through the movie.

What caught my attention and made me realize this movie was not like the other in its genre was the writing and not just for the main
character Olive (played to perfection by Emma Stone). All of the dialogue was witty and sounded like what real high school students would say, and while the characters as a whole are a bit more outlandish that I’ve ever met in real life, they still feel like they could exists outside the silver screen.

I also enjoyed the relationship between Olive and her parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson) as well as her favorite teacher, Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church). The adults all trust Olive to make the right choices and not in a naive way where they don’t truly understand what is happening in the teen’s life, but because she has made all the right choices so far.

Another thing that caught my eye was the cinematography, since in movies like these the the shots in a scene are usually pretty simple. However, there were some spectacular camera angles and dramatic lighting (like when Olive when to confession) that stuck with me after the movie ended.

It wasn’t a completely perfect film, however. The young supporting cast was disappointing, though I’m not sure if the writers sort of
tapped out after creating Olive or if the actors just somehow couldn’t bring anything to their roles. Disney Channel darling Alyson Michalka as Olive’s best friend Rhiannon, Amanda Bynes as Marianne, the extreme Christian student determined to right Olive’s ways and Penn Badgley as Todd, the boy Olive has had a crush on since the eight grade (and eventual love interest) all seemed two-dimensional which is disappointing, especially when Bynes has proved she’s an amazing comedic actress.

There were some plot loopholes as well. I didn’t understand why Olive  didn’t go to her parents when everything started to grow beyond her control, given their close relationship. She eventually tells her mother everything at the end, but I felt like with all the scenes showing us how cool her parents would have been with her situation and would have helped her, it was strange she didn’t come clean to them soon. I also didn’t understand exactly why Olive was best friends with Rhiannon. It was her insistence that Olive actually slept with the guy in the first place that started everything, she never believed Olive when she insisted all the rumors were lies and she eventually joins Marianne’s crusade. She just isn’t a good friend and it doesn’t seem like she and Olive had that much in common so their friendship was a confusion for me.

Overall the movie was entertaining and I suggest it to anyone who is tired of the same old romantic comedy and wants something that harkens back to the Brat Pack movies of the 80s because this movie delivers.

Week in Review – 9/25/2010

Ok, so there must be balance in the universe, thus a late Week in Review…all right, all right, I was tired, I have visitors and the blog has a had a lonely, neglected week. But better late than never right?

*I have decided that Jonathan Rhys Myers has the opposite problem of Orlando Bloom – he is a much better actor when he keeps his own accent. That being said, watch From Paris With Love anyway because John Travolta is a total badass in it.

*If you didn’t watch last week’s Hawaii Five-0, you totally missed out. Catch up on Hulu tonight and watch episode 2 tomorrow. You can check out my review in an earlier post if you need more nudging.

*I hate to admit it, but I think I might be getting sucked back into Gossip Girl – despite the epic Chuck/Blair moment in last week’s episode note being all that epic. I’m still a sucker for Chuck Bass though.

*One Tree Hill may be on the verge of jumping the shark with this whole Ghost-esque Clay/Quinn storyline. I can’t watch Clay wander around the hospital pining for another two episodes. On another note, Jamie is the most adorable kid ever and they need to give Brook and Julian a kid before this season is over. Anyone want to put money down now as to whether they’ll be able to get CMM to come back for the finale?

*I’m so happy I can do the Glee dance on Tuesdays again. It just makes my day better knowing that it’s Glee day.

*Modern Family is still the best comedy on TV right now. Can’t get enough Mitch and Cameron.


Season 2

*I remember how much I hate Thursday nights again. I’m STILL trying to catch up on all the premieres. Here are the cliffsnotes – Grey’s was lame and predictable; Private Practice had its moments, though still just a meh episode; Bones was better than I thought, but I still hate what they’re doing to Booth and Brennan; The Mentalist was worth watching just for the few solid Jane/Brisbon moments that were epic; The Office was actually funny again and worth watching just for the random music video ad in the first five minutes; and The Vampire Diaries still continues to be awesome this season with all the heartbreaking Damon moments…is it wrong to want to punch Elena?

*Supernatural finally premiered this  week after what felt like the longest summer break ever…and I have to say it was kind of anticlimactic. Their grandfather and creepy cousins are uber shady and something just isn’t right about Sam.  I did enjoy Bobby’s reaction to Dean showing up on his doorstep and that Lisa called Dean an idiot. The show is still crazy well-written and Jared and Jensen still have chemistry that can’t be bought. I just hope Sera Gamble and pick up the pace. On a semi-related note, I hate when they show things in the preview that don’t end up being in the actual episode.

All right, all. Have agreat week and buy the Glee version of Billionaire on iTunes. I love the new kid. If I were a twelve year old girl, he would so be my type again.

Mel

Week in Review…Early Again – 9/18/2010

Dean Winchester

Image via Wikipedia

So I may or may not be leaving the state for a much needed mini-vacay, but I didn’t want to leave the blog hanging, so the review is a day early again this week.

*I am definitely going to need an iTunes budget with all the upcoming new music, plus Glee. For those of you who missed it, iTunes posted all the Glee Season 1 tracks on their service, including some that were previously unavailable like Accafella’s riveting version of “I Want to Sex You Up.”

*I made the best discovery ever this week. Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester from Supernatural for those of you playing the home game) can totally sing. Simply because I can, enjoy his cover of The Band’s “The Weight” below.

*While I’m not sure One Tree Hill came back with a bang, it certainly came back with a bite. Given that this season picks up right after the finale last season, it seems awfully miraculous that every female character has a completely different hair color. The Clay/Quinn thing was completely contrived and predictable, yet still managed to make me yell at my TV when Nathan walked away from the house. Favorite line of the night came from Julian when he told Brooke’s mom to “Get Alexander’s dingo out of your wallaby and fix this!”

*I can already see Life Unexpected is going to frustrate me this season since we now know that Ryan has a dirty little secret named Julia tucked away in his past. And once again, Baze gets screwed…granted if he would start thinking with his brain instead of his libido, he may also get to win occasionally.

*The Vampire Diaries is still amazing. The writers are showing no mercy this season to any character. I enjoyed the scene between Damon and Jeremy and hope that they explore that dynamic as the season goes on. I am also loving Caroline the vampire. Not that we need more Stefan’s in the world, but I don’t want Matt to get his heart broken again.

*While I’m not sure how riveted I am by Nikita herself, I am completely fascinated by Lindsey Fonseca’s character, Alex. Hopefully, they’ll keep pushing her out there more. And for the record, I disagree with the critics’ assessment of Shane West’s performance as stiff. I think he’s just warming up.

All right, I’m outtie. Everyone go see The Easy A and watch Ghost Adventures tonight. They’re in Gettysburg so it should be interesting.

Peace!

Melissa

Check out Tyler Hilton’s awesome cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” to jump start your weekend 🙂

Week in Review – 9/11/2010

The time is finally upon us, my little tv addicts, the fall season is finally upon us. Breathe it in, really enjoy the salty sweetness of time well wasted. Let’s begin shall we…

Josh Gorban - Illuminations drops November 2010

*Josh Groban‘s new album, Illuminations, drops in November. If you happen to stumble onto his website, you might just be able to download his new single, “Hidden Away”, for free. I’m just saying…

*Avatar in 3D IMAX = best 14.50 ever spent. The Deathly Hallows trailer in IMAX also worth the 14.50.

*Casting lesson #30,978: Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher are better in theory than in practice.

*After a long, impatient summer, Sons of Anarchy came back with a vengeance, quite literally. I am continually amazed at Kurt Sutter‘s genius way of balance raw human emotion with the violence of a life spent serving Samcro. I can’t handle week after week of this emo, numb Jax. Hopefully, his outburst in the final moments of the premiere will lead to less brooding and more doing.

*Vampire Diaries is back! Vampire Diaries is back! Did I mention Vampire Diaries is back? I don’t think I have ever said “oh my God” so many times during a television show before. Kevin Williamson is showing a Joss Whedon-esque lack of fear in his execution of this new season of TVD. Ruthless is the word that best describes the premiere. I love that Stefan remembered he was a vampire over the summer. And Damon continues to be heartbreaking as ever. The man just needs a hug and probably some kind of vampire valum. Someone has to love him best…The true winner of the night is Nina Dobrev who proved she was more than just a pretty face by channeling her inner sadistic bitch. Katherine is a force to be reckoned with and I imagine she shall be all season long if we’re lucky.

*Nikita is worth a watch. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before and it certainly isn’t going to blow anybody’s mind, but it has potential. And for a CW show, that’s really all you can ask for.

*The CW finally released a real trailer for the upcoming season of Supernatural, which I have watched approximately 3,219 times. Check it out below and watch the Season 6 premiere of SPN September 24.

*Jane Lynch made the best cameo ever as Sam’s crazy deadbeat mother on iCarly tonight. If there ever was a time to watch Nickelodeon, now would be that time.

*Why are Spencer and Heidi still news?

*Holy crap, Psych! If you haven’t seen the summer finale yet, I’ll just say this, DO NOT MISS THE LAST FIVE MINUTES! You were warned…

*Ditto for White Collar.

*Ditto for Drop Dead Diva – apparently this is the summer of the cliff hanger.

All right, back to my Merlin induced stupor. I should have known I’d get sucked into this show from the jump…Is that my goodnight’s sleep disappearing into Camelot?

And because I can – the new Glee Season 2 promo:

Week in Review – 9/4/2010

Okay, so I’m cutting it a little close, but I did post two things in one day so that has to count for something, right? I actually don’t have a whole lot to say this week because not a whole lot has happened, but let me see what I can muster…

*Dancing with the Stars should rename itself Dancing with the Reality Stars since that seems to be half the new cast anyway. And to quote the great Joan Rivers “Bristol Palin’s going to be on DWTS with the guy from Jersey Shore? Perfect! The Situation will be competing against The Embarrassment.” I’ll watch a little bit just to see Jennifer Grey and Margaret Cho. Nobody puts Baby in the corner!

*So excited for White Collar next week. I loved how they cut this week’s eppie right before they opened the music box. Suspense is great and all but WHAT’S IN THE DAMN BOX?

Preview for the White Collar summer finale airing September 7th

*Weird freckle faced little boy is still playing Young Shawn on Psych. Where is my Liam?

*Emmy’s = LAME, what a let down. The only highlights of the night were Ricky Gervais‘ waiter trying to hand Matthew Perry, an alcoholic, a beer and Eric Stonestreet winning Supporting Actor. Everything else was just predictable…HBO wins, Mad Men wins, Bryan Cranston wins, Jewell is still lame…shall I continue?

*ATWT has official lost my respect and my viewership with the impending death of Doctor Reid Oliver. The Young and the Restless and I are now exclusive – especially now that half the cast of As the World Turns and Guiding Light are now on Y&R anyway. Holla for the upcoming entrance of Paul Leydon. Soap operas can never have too many Australians.

*Maroon 5’s new album Hands All Over is up for Pre-order on iTunes. The Lady Antebellum collaboration alone is worth the money. Also, my beloved Gin Blossoms also have a new album on the horizon. I need to stop iTunes stalking before I go broke.

Ok, so apparently there were interesting things that happened this week. Not to steal Sarah’s thunder, but since she’s gone this weekend anyway, I don’t think she’ll mind, but I need to Sons of Anarchy, which premieres next week on FX. Despite Charlie Hunnam’s unfounded whining about Kurt Sutter’s tight lipped story methods, Katy Sagel will be brilliant as always and Charlie Hunnam is still a damn good actor despite his unfortunate need to bite the hand that feeds him.

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