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Welcome back, “Glee.” It’s good to see you again.

The day that Gleeks all over had been waiting for finally arrived: Super Bowl Sunday. That’s right, the Super Bowl. And it wasn’t because they had a pool set up between the Packers and the Steelers, no. It was because after the football game came something much better: a super-special episode of “Glee.”
Now, in the past two years of being a fan of this show, I have learned to be cautious of the magical super-special episodes, mainly because while they have one or two of blow-your-mind moments, they are for the most part not that great.
Last Sunday’s episode, however, broke that pattern. This episode reminded me, and everyone who watches the show, what this show is about. It’s about friendship, sticking up for them because it’s the right thing to do, not because it will make you look cool or not. And most importantly, about being true to yourself.
Granted, this episode had its disappointments just as every episode of the show does, but for the most part it finally felt like “Glee” was back.
Last Sunday’s episode focused on the fracturing within the football team due to their constant bullying of the members also in the glee club, as well as member Karofsky being the reason  Kurt (Chris Colfer) had to transfer to a school with a strictly-enforced no-bullying rule.
When the fighting actually costs the team a game, the coach decides to force the entire team to join the glee club for one week in able to remind them they are a team and need to be united.
This leads to one of the most epic performances in “Glee” history: a mash-up of the Michael Jackson classic “Thriller” and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll.” The performance also aids to one of the best acting performances of the night by Max Adler, who brings the closeted-gay, homophobic football player Dave Karofsky to life.

The cast of "Glee" performs "Thriller/Heads Will Roll"

We finally got to see the potential of what a good guy Karofsky could be, if he just stopped being afraid of who he is. And, as with the entire bullying arc focusing on Karfosky, Kurt and Kurt’s potential beau Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), it was a moment for the kids watching the show who are struggling with their sexuality or just being comfortable with themselves, if they just let go of their fears they had the chance to be truly happy.
This episode also lead to a lot of character development with other characters, such as Finn Hudson (Corey Monteith),  and we finally got to see him be a leader in both groups, and helped in bringing them together, and some nice scenes with his ex-girlfriend Quinn (Diana Argon). But it was an even bigger character moment for Finn’s former best friend, Puck (Mark Salling), who has been in the background most of this season. In truth it was him who brought back the football team when they decided they didn’t want to embarrass themselves by performing the “Thriller” mashup at the halftime of the most important football game of the year.
When the show started two years ago, Puck was just like Karofsky: he picked on the geeks, he cared only about what others thought of him and he thought the glee club was a joke. But in the past few episodes, he has shown exactly how much he has grown: he loves glee club and doesn’t care who knows it, he’s protective of the people he used to pick on and he’s realizing his former habits aren’t good ones.
While every fan will have their favorite and their least favorite moments in this episode, there is one thing we can all agree on: “Glee” is finally back.

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Liveblogging the Golden Globes

First, I have to apologize for the lack of posts on here, I give the usual excuses of real life and holidays. Second, I apologize in advance for my lack of liveblogging abilities. I’m going to attempt to liveblog the Golden Globes while Mel handles the tweets but I think the last liveblogging I did was the Emmys, so we’ll see how this goes. Three minutes until the Globes start so wish me (and the nominees) luck and enjoy the show!

8:01 – I would really love to have an entertainment-industry event without the mention of Charlie Sheen. Apparently, so would the Golden Globe attendees. Ricky Gervais is falling flat. Ouch.

8:04 – Dear Ricky Gervais, if you see torches and pitchforks after the show, I’m pretty sure it was well-deserved. Also, run.

8:06 – I was not expecting Christian Bale to win, but that’s exciting. To quote Mel: “Holy hair!” I also wish I could understand a word of what he is saying. I think that epic mustache is getting in the way and alcohol might be involved.

8:09 – First award of the evening and we’re already sending them out with music and completely cutting sound. This is going to go well.

8:10 – Katey Sagal looks great and I know Mel is very excited for her win!

8:16 – I remember the Miss Golden Globes from an episode of “Criminal Minds“! She was amazing and she looks gorgeous. I am curious if all the sound-cutting is because of language or if they’re having sound problems. It doesn’t bode well for the rest of the evening.

8:22 – Somehow I missed that “Red” was nominated tonight. I’m sad I didn’t get to see it in theaters but it still looks awesome.

8:23 – Yay Chris Colfer! He looks so stunned and adorable. I predict crying in his acceptance speech. Aw, Lea Michele is crying for him! I love this cast.

8:31 – Apparently the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t appreciate Ricky Gervais’ brand of humor.

8:33 – Kevin Bacon is going to be in the new X-Men movie? How did I miss that news?

8:34 – What I love about these awards shows is they give me new things to put on my Netflix. So far: “The Pillars of the Earth” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Congrats Steve Buscemi!

8:37 – Apparently my decision to put “Boardwalk Empire” on Netflix was a good one.

8:43 – I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on Facebook who actually hasn’t seen “The Social Network.” Poor Andrew Garfield. Inspiringly isn’t not an easy word to type or say. And according to spell check, isn’t actually a word at all.

8:43 – “Bound to You” is a gorgeous song. I really hope it wins, though it is up against Alan Menken. “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” is a pretty song too and Cher did an amazing job with it, so well done “Burlesque”!

Side note: I am really looking forward to “Harry’s Law.” I’m really sad it’s on at the same time as “Hawaii Five-0.”

8:55 – That haircut makes Justin Beiber look about nine…so, his actual age then.

8:57 – Though I did not see “Toy Story 3”, the first “Toy Story” will always be a part of my childhood.

9:01 – This is why Robert Downey Jr. is awesome.

9:02 – More important than Annette Bening winning, I actually picked a winner! This makes me very happy, even though I would have loved Emma Stone to win for “Easy A.” I’m not a fan of Emma’s blonde hair, though. I love that Annette is thanking actors as though they were actually the characters.

9:12 – Tilda Swinton, that is a very ill-advised ensemble. For some reason when I was predicting my winners, I chose Dennis Quaid over Al Pacino. That was clearly very stupid.

9:15 – I love how much Temple Grandin and Claire Danes love each other. It’s very sweet. I am also digging Claire’s dress, though it’s a bit bright.

9:23 – It’s a little random to have Zac Efron introduce “The Kids Are All Right.” I’m just saying.

9:26 – Aaron Sorkin wins for Best Screenplay for “The Social Network” and I am awaiting the Oscars so I can do better with my winning predictions. I kill with the costume and makeup categories.

9:30 – Jane Lynch wins for “Glee”! Kind of obvious, but well-deserved. Now we will again be subjected to Ed O’Neill’s complaints on how Sofia Vergara should have won.  Awesome.

9:36 – Ricky Gervais may be a crap host, but he speaks the truth. Sadly no one in America really pays attention to the foreign films.

9:41 – I wanted Laura Linney to win but I never expected she would!  That’s very exciting.

9:46 – Jane Fonda what are you wearing? And that was a very random clip to show for “Burlesque.”

9:49 – Jim Parsons looked like he was stuck in a corner somewhere, so I was pretty sure he was going to win.

9:51 – Melissa Leo wins for “The Fighter” and is adorable. Who wouldn’t freak out if they were kissed by Jeremy Irons?

10:00 – Oh Matt Damon, you’re so cute. I didn’t know he worked on a movie with Robert Di Nero, so I was confused as to why he was presenting it.

10:14 – We’re coming to the point where all the big awards are given out! It probably shouldn’t take another 45 minutes, but it will. And usually the Best Director (in this case, David Fincher for “The Social Network”) wins, said movie will also win. As I have yet to see this movie, I’m not sure how I feel about that.

10:18 – Yay “Glee”! Again, not unexpected but very well-deserved. This show has done more for society than I think even it realizes. I love that even the newer cast (Darren Criss, Max Adler, Dot Jones, etc) are there too.

10:25 – What does it say about Johnny Depp that he was up against himself and he still didn’t win?

10:32 – I find it interesting that we have seen very little of our host all evening. I think the bigwigs are not happy with him.

10:34 – From everything I’ve heard, Natalie Portman’s win is well-deserved. I love her so I’m very happy she won!

10:39 – I expected “The Kids Are All Right” to win.

10:46 – Sandra, I am so not a fan of that dress. Or your Cher hair. And surprisingly Colin Firth wins! I thought given all the wins with “Social Network” that Jesse Eisenberg was a shoe-in. But awards shows do love their period dramas.

10:54 – I love moments like this, the entire room giving Michale Douglas a standing ovation. It gives you the feeling that this is actually a community.

10:55- And the final winner of the night? “The Social Network.”

And there you have it, the 2011 Golden Globes! It was an awkward night, to say the least, and I am looking forward to seeing what all the tabloids say about it tomorrow! So? What did you think?

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.

‘Glee’ breaks hearts and boundaries

As Mel said, I’ve been annoying anyone with ears (and eyes, just ask my LiveJournal friends) about my excitement over last night’s episode of “Glee.” And because it was so much more than I ever expected, I couldn’t wait to until my weekly review to share my thoughts. I do apologize if any of the following sounds disjointed, I’m still getting over a 24-hour fever/bug and my  brain is still on standby.

Before last night’s episode of “Glee” (entitled “Never Been Kissed”) aired, all anyone could talk about was newcomer Darren Criss and whether or not his openly gay character Blaine would be Kurt’s first boyfriend, or at the very least his first kiss. And today the name on everyone’s lips is Max Adler, whose Glee alter ego Dave Karofsky aggressively took the title of Kurt’s first boy kiss for himself.

Up to now, Karofsky had only been known as the two-dimensional jock bully who slushied various members of the Glee club,  and recently set his bullying tactics on the school’s only openly gay student, Kurt (he actually came this close to beating Kurt up in “Theatricality” last season).  After literally being pushed around by Karofsky one too many times, and bolstered by the mantra of “courage” sent by Blaine via text, Kurt stands up to his tormentor, calling him a “scared little boy intimidated by how extraordinarily ordinary [he is].” Karofksy’s response? He kisses Kurt, outing himself to both Kurt and himself, before punching the lockers and running away. He of course, denies it happens and his abuse on Kurt continues.

The kiss that shocked a viewing nation. Cap courtesy of rawr-caps.net

What was beautiful about this moment was not only the shock value (it was the kiss heard ‘round the world and if the world was anything like my living room, it was repeated cries of “Oh my God!”) but the message it sent to teens and adults like Karofsky, hiding behind what it expected of them because they are afraid or curious about their feelings for the same sex. The creators of this show know exactly how many people it reach and know they can use it to help those who are watching it.

This episode is very timely, and I’m sure that is no accident, given the nation’s attention on the recent increase in suicides in gay teens due to bullying. And, according spoilers, this won’t be the end of the bullying storyline for Kurt and the revelation of Karofsky’s closeted desires adds another sad yet interesting level to said storyline.

The main reason this moment, and the entire episode, worked was because of the amazing actors: Chris Colfer and Max Adler. The pain that flashes in Karofsky’s face when he shoves Kurt the day after the kiss and the defeated confession by Kurt to Blaine that “until yesterday [he] had never been kissed by a boy,” were heartbreaking and perfect. While I don’t look forward to the abuse Kurt is going to suffer at Karofsky’s hands, I am looking forward from the amazing performances by the two actors.

Kurt’s storyline wasn’t the only one causing tears last night. Puck’s return from juvie is played off as nothing by the teen rebel but we see exactly how much pain he is in when in the principal’s office, confronted by the principal, Mr. Shue and his parole officer, he reacts violently against going back to the teen penitentiary with the heart aching cry “No one cares about me,” before running away. Mark Salling has seemingly come out of nowhere, taking Puck from the sex-addicted carefree kid to the young man dealing with the loss of his child and the taste of what is to come if he continues down his destructive path.

Also tugging at heartstrings last night was Dot Jones as football coach Shannon Beiste. She shows her vulnerable side to her only faculty friend, Mr. Shuester, when she reveals she’s never been kissed. This after the humiliation of discovering the Glee jocks (and Tina) are using images of the coach to “cool off” when making out with their significant others. It was a well-acted scene by Jones and Matthew Morrison, though I felt that like Kurt, Beiste’s first kiss was stolen by someone who had no romantic feelings for her.

The only problem with a groundbreaking episode like this is that episodes like next week’s, in which guest star Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly has three numbers, look superfluous in comparison. However, this is “Glee” and while like its star Colfer its strong suit is starting to shine in its dramatic moments rather than its comedic, we can’t forget it is still a musical comedy. Fluff episodes are to be expected, however I think after last night no one will ever deny that “Glee” has cemented its place in television history.

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.

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