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‘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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Weekly Preview – 10/4/2010

So I’m not so good with the punctuality, hence, my very first preview being what you might call…late. So without further ado, let’s check out what’s happenin’ this week in the world of pop culture.

Monday – I like the way this season of House is progressing, so that’s definitely worth a watch. The must see of Monday night is still Hawaii Five-0. It’s just a delicious blend of snarky, sexy goodness.

New Release Tuesday – If you don’t own it already, or if you’re dazzled by an upgrade from platinum to diamond, buy Beauty and the Beast on Disney Blu-Ray and DVD starting tomorrow. You won’t be sorry because Robby Bensen is sexy (two words: Ice Castles) and because Belle is my hero.

Not a whole lot coming out tomorrow in the way of new music. If you’re an American Idol junkie, Archie aka David Archeleta has a new album coming out tomorrow. Oh, and it’s always Glee day on Tuesday so there’s that…if nothing else, check out Finn’s version of “Losing My Religion”.

Wednesday is my Euchre night so I’m not so much with the TV, but I do take time later on to watch Modern Family, which you should already be watching. Yes, that is the sound of me judging you for not watching.

Thursday – I’m still behind on Fringe, Hart Hanson has managed to write two episodes of Bones in which the characters do nothing but mill around each other and Grey’s Anatomy is lame. Okay, so that leaves…watching Private Practice because even though Grey’s has lost it, Shonda Rhimes is still a genius; watching Vampire Diaries because Nina Dobrev is impressively bipolar playing two characters on the same show and Ian Somerhalder is heartbreaking; and watching Nikita because it’s just good junk food tv.

Friday – Cas is back! This Friday’s episode marks the return of Castiel to the Supernatural scene. Apparently Heaven’s in turmoil and the apocalypse left a few loose ends behind when thwarted. Just watch it.

Saturday is officially Merlin day and there is at least one solid Gwen/Arthur moment in this week’s episode so I am all over it.

Week in Review: 10/2/2010

So it’s a new month, which means Mel and I have switched! Yours truly will now take over the weekly reviews.

Monday: I’m glad that the writers of “House” have kept our favorite sarcastic doctor in character while simultaneously exploring his not-oft-seen softer side and his relationship with Cuddy. It’s also great to see Alyson Stoner in something not related with Disney.

Hawaii Five-0” is still, and looks to always be, a thrill ride. I’m loving the banter between Alex O’Laughlin and Scott Caan, and I love the family relationship between the four main characters. It’s probably the highlight of my Monday night.

Tuesday: My problem with “Glee,” so far is there hasn’t been a lot of direction. Last season you couldn’t go one episode without at least one character (usually Rachel) talking about the importance of an upcoming competition. I think that because the creators have decided to make this season more character-driven (which is overall a great thing) they lose the looming make-it-or-break-it performance to drive the episodes. So far there has been no substance to anything I’ve seen in the episodes aired so far, but it looks like this week might put an end to that.

Raising Hope,” on the other hand is probably the best new comedy of the season so far. This show is hitting all the right notes, be they family relationships or comedic timing. However, I’m not fond of the idea of Sabrina (Shannon Woodward)  having a boyfriend because she clearly likes Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and it’s just going to cause unneeded UST.

Wednesday: I thought I’d miss “Criminal Minds” more, but really I’m not feeling the absence. Maybe it’s because I’ve been gorging myself on the previous seasons’ DVDs during that time slot. “The Defenders” is looking to be a very smart and dramatic show and it’s nice that Jim Belushi hasn’t played his character as just the bumbling but brilliant lawyer, he has a deep side as well.

Thursday: There’s little I can say about “Vampire Diaries” because it’s hard to comment on perfection. Ian Sommerholder is hitting all the right moments with Damon and his struggle with his feelings for the women he can’t have. I am continually impressed by Nina Dobrev’s turn as  Katherine, often forgetting it’s the same actress. This was highlighted when the two characters briefly met onscreen. I’m really looking forward to more.

To be honest, I don’t remember a lot from last week’s “CSI” (I was distracted by outside forces otherwise known as my family) other than the heartbreaking departure of Wendy (Liz Vassey), mainly because her relationship with Hodges wasn’t resolved. We know they wanted to be with each other, they knew it and yet still nothing happened. I love the actress and I really hope she comes back.

Friday: My first ever “live” viewing of “Supernatural” and it was oh so good. Shapeshifting baby! Domestic!Dean! The return of the Impala! It finally felt like the show I quickly fell in love with and I think that episode, coupled with the return of Cas next week, will keep that feeling alive.

Review: Hawaii Five-Oh Hell Yeah!

Oh, furrowed Mick St. James brow, how I have missed you! Alex O’loughlin and Scott Caan put in a great performance in last nights series premiere of the revamped “Hawaii-Five-0”.

The case of the new Hawaii Five-0

Let’s start with the genius that is the cast of this show. First, you have Alex O’Loughlin as Det. Steve McGarrett, the delightfully dickish Navy SEAL who likes to throw his connections and his ego around to get what he wants…but he does it in such a charming way you can’t help but love him anyway. Then you have his new partner, Det. Danny Williams played by Scott Caan, who has found himself stuck in a tropical paradise in a happy hotel with a broken marriage and an adorable little girl. He plays by the rules and sticks to protocol like stripes on a zebra. The two have a crazy odd couple sort of chemistry that will carry this show into ratings gold. Through in the gorgeous surfer girl and the quirky old friend and you have the best Scooby gang EVER.And that’s a pretty timely reference considering James Marsters played the baddie in the pilot – a baddie I’m thinking is going to keep on coming back. Also loving Jean Smart as the governor. You really can’t go wrong casting that woman in anything.

Now allow me to rave about the action sequences because holy crap. If they keep this up, it’s going to be like watching an action movie every week and I’m totally down with that. If you haven’t seen it yet, pay particular attention to the sequence where Danny gets shot and prepare to have your mind blown.

Having never watched the original, I am looking at this as a completely fresh show without the context of legacy. All I know is the world has more than enough procedural cop shows. I just hope this one stays away from that pigeon hole of doom. Until next week, let’s just leave it at this show ROCKS and I can’t wait for more.

Check out next week’s promo:

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