Monday, October 31, 2011
Parks and Rec
I watch more than these (30 Rock isn't airing until the new year), but this is just a sampling of some good television. Revenge is a guilty pleasure with some of the worst voice over narration to ever hit the small screen, but it works! It's a deliciously well thought-out soap opera with more depth than what you find in the daytime.
Ringer is a silly stolen identity story about twins run amuck. But it has Sarah Michelle Geller, who will always have a soft spot in my heart as she is Buffy. She belongs on television, and I'm glad she's back.
Being Erica is one of the best shows on television. It's set in Toronto, and its quirky blending of science fiction, drama and comedy is a hit every week. It doesn't hurt that I sometimes, if not all the time, feel like I'm Erica.
Castle has Nathan Fillion, and if you're a Joss Whedon fan then that's enough.
Grimm just aired, and I think I might love it! It's dark and fantastical, but at its core it's also a detective show.
The Walking Dead is still going strong. Just when I think it's losing steam, or is too boring in parts. Wham! It gets ya when you least expect it.
Parenthood is a wonderfully rich, and well written show about a family. It's dramatic and funny in a very natural way. I got to the show late, as I missed the first season, and almost half of the second season, but I stumbled upon it one night last year and boom! I was hooked.
As for comedy shows it's Parks and Rec, The Office and Community (not to mention, how i met your mother, 2 broke girls, happy endings, up all night etc) as they embody wit and sarcasm, and an overall sense of joy.
So that's my short list. Take it or leave it. But I hope you at least watch one.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
I wasn't sure if I wanted to see this film. It was on my radar, but I wasn't entirely convinced, and not because I didn't like the trailer, or the storyline. I actually didn't know much about the film, and I'm glad I wasn't spoiled either. It's an excellent ride to be taken on.
Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver and mechanic who gets involved in a robbery that goes horribly wrong, and as he tries to set things right, things spiral out of control, but not in a contrived or predictable manner. The film starts off in a way that you think is one film, but it builds and builds into another kind of film that is darker, and grittier and full of tension and surprising moments that are so realistic that I had to sometimes look away.
I highly recommend this film. It's one of the year's best. I also don't want to reveal anymore of the film as I think not knowing too much about it is its secret to success. It's not about twists and turns. It's a film that is so quiet and visually engrossing that makes it timeless, and every word is perfectly uttered, and each performer (Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, and Ron Perlman) is perfect in their role.
If you don't drive then run to see this film. It deserves a wider audience. I'm off to buy the soundtrack, as the music (instrumental and songs) was sublime, and was its own character.
9 out of 10
Screenplay written by Hossein Amini from the book by James Sallis.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
When describing the romantic female lead, please refrain from using the term, Femme Fatale, or bombshell. Find a way to make the female lead unique and intelligent with descriptive words about her mannerisms, the way she holds herself in a way that also describes what she could look like.
Most movies about cancer are tragedies. Gut wrenching stories about mother who die (One True Thing), or daughters who die too young (Terms of Endearment), but rarely, from my recollection, have there been movies about friends who get cancer and their journey told through humor with a positive end result. 50/50 is that kind of movie. Adam, played by the adorable, delicious (and my sometimes pretend boyfriend) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He's in his 20's and shocked by this diagnosis, and the prognosis of a 50/50 shot at beating it. His best friend, Kyle, played by Seth Rogen who is basically playing Seth Rogen tells him that 50/50 are great odds, and he vows to be there for his friend, which basically consists of telling jokes, trying to get him laid, and ridding his friend of his spineless, weakass girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard).
This movie works so well because it feels real. I didn't sense any false moments. I think there is humor when going through a life or death situation. The humor comes naturally from these situations. I laughed out loud throughout, and I also cried. I held back most of the tears since I was in a public place, but there is one moment in particular that just about did me in. The scene involved Adam and his mother, Angelica Houston doing a great job once again, at the hospital. I had to stop myself from going into the ugly cry. It was just one of the most genuine moments that I've ever seen on screen. The actors are these characters, and as with good acting, it rings true. I also enjoyed the scenes between Adam and his therapist in training, Katherine, (Anna Kendrick doing a good job in showing her character's nervousness and imperfections)
The film was written by Will Reiser who based his script on his own real life story. He battled cancer and beat it, and Seth Rogen, yes, the real Seth Rogen, was there to help his friend through it all.
I highly recommend this film. Please see it. It's one of the best of the year. It's funny, heart warming without talking down to its audience, and it hits its target without being sappy.
9 out of 10