Monday, August 6, 2012

Why I love Netflix...

Before I had kids, I lived at the movies. Religiously, researched upcoming films and followed certain actor/ actresses career.  Befriended other movie buffs.   I was queen of DVR.  Well before DVR, I'd set my VCR and go.  Then I met a boy who didn't love entertainment stuff.  I'd drag him to watch movies after another.  Many times he'd get frustrated at the indie films I'd watch.  When I'd purchase tv series, I'd make him watch but he can only watch an episode a day while I can just lay in bed and watch episode after episode from morning to late at night.  I swear, I went in to the wrong line of work.  If I could get paid, watching show and movies, I'd be golden.  Instead, I'm filling prescriptions. humdrum...  anyway, we got married and then we started popping out kids.  I quickly realized even recording all my shows with a  dvr device, I just did not have enough time in the day to watch them all.  I rarely went to the movies so I could no longer  share my up to date analysis of movies to friends and family.   Friends stopped asking me what movie I would recommend because I was just not caught up with current movies and shows.


Now,  I have discovered Netflix.  Netflix is the best.  I love it.  I get to watch streaming shows and movies while I get discs delivered to my house.  I have pride in my queue. I am able to click on movies as they are released in to dvd and now I get to discover  shows.   And now,  I get to discover shows.  Like for instance... I have discovered in past ..

Nip/tuck:  an American drama series created by Ryan Murphy, which aired on FX in the United States. The series focuses on McNamara/Troy, a plastic surgery practice, and follows its founders, Sean McNamara and Christian Troy. Each episode typically involves the cosmetic procedures of one or more patients, and also features the personal and professional lives of its main cast.

The show began in 2003, and the sixth and final season started airing October 14, 2009, and concluded the series on March 3, 2010, with the 100th episode.[2] While the show was initially set in Miami, at the end of the fourth season the practice was relocated to Los Angeles and many of the characters have followed. The show had 45 award nominations, winning a Golden Globe and anEmmy.[3] Series creator Ryan Murphy has said that the medical cases on the show are "100 percent based on fact". (per Wikipedia)
- So witty, so hilarious..  I loved it.  The last 2 season got a little weird but Julian Mcmahon was genius.  

Vampire Diaries: supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. The series premiered on The CW Television Network on September 10, 2009. The series takes place in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a fictional small town haunted by supernatural beings. The main focus of the series is the love triangle between the protagonist Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and vampire-brothers Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) andDamon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). As the narrative develops in the course of the series, the focal point shifts on the mysterious past of the town involving Elena's malevolent doppelgänger Katherine Pierce (Katerina Petrova), and the family of Original Vampires, all of which have an evil agenda of their own.
- I am embarrassed that I got caught up in this teen show but it's so good. CW manages to get very good looking people who can act well.  I enjoyed it and I'm currently waiting on this past season to stream in Netflix.

Gossip Girl: still embarrassed that I watched this and liked it... It  started off so good but the last season and I"m sure this coming season (series final season)  will be okay...  Starting to get old.  But early seasons are really good.  Love Leighton Meester, she surprises me.  


Walking Dead: 
The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy[1] Rick Grimes who wakes up after being in a coma to find the world dominated by "walkers", resembling the zombies of George A. Romero's horror movies. He sets out to find his family and other survivors along the way. The Walking Dead premiered on October 31, 2010 on the cable television channel AMC in the United States.[2] Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes which premiered on October 16, 2011.[3][4] Two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season.[5]
The series has been well received by critics,[6][7] and has received many award nominations, including a Writers Guild of America Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series Drama.[8][9] The series has also attained strongNielsen ratings, beating various records for a cable series, including receiving 9 million viewers for its season two finale to become the most-watched basic cable drama telecast in history. ( per wikipedia)
-  So good!  EXCITING!

Mad Men: So good

Tru blood:  

Dexter:  So  good

Tudors: Started out so well but turned flat last two season.

Spartacus:Blood and Sand Original with Andy Whitefield.  So good!  The prequel, Gods of the Arena, I felt did not compare but the finale was very good.  I haven't yet seen the sequel to Blood and Sand but I'll let you know when I see it. 
The Killing: 

Downtown Abbey: 

Those are some to say a few...  I know, I'm late to the party but I still got to enjoy them! 






Monday, July 30, 2012

Hesher

Hesher is a 2011 American "dark humor" drama film written and directed by Spencer Susser and starring Joseph Gordon-LevittRainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman. First screened at the Sundance Film Festival January 22, 2010, the film was released in the United States on May 13, 2011. Most of the songs on the film's soundtrack are tracks from American heavy metal band Metallica and Britishhard rockers Motörhead.


movie info: Loud music. Pornography. Burning **** to the ground. These are a few of Hesher's favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father, Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he takes up residence in their garage uninvited. Grief-stricken by the loss of TJ's mother in a car accident, Paul can't muster the strength to evict the strange squatter, and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of nature, Hesher's anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more. --(c) New Market Films


This movie was very interesting.  Even though the movie takes you all over the place, it brings you along to end up in a place of sentiment.  The ending scene was very moving in an odd way.  


Great performance all around.  


2 out of 4



Sunday, July 29, 2012

JANE EYRE

Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë. The film was released on 11 March 2011 in the United States and 9 September in Great Britain and Ireland.


I am a HUGE Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte fan!  Ever since reading this book as a child, I loved it.  I believe it was my first love story that I have ever read.  I didn't understand in fullness the darkness that plagued Mr. Rochester but I was enamored by this story. 


The director,Fukunaga, had a great vision for this movie.  He gave it a sophistication and a elegance to this film.  I really enjoyed it.  Mia Waskikowska: I am amazed by her maturity in her acting.  She is choosing films that stretch her.  (Kids are All Right, ALice in Wonderland, The Girl with a Dragon Tatoo)  Michael Fassbender received nominations and even won awards for his depiction of Mr. Rochester.  Waskikowska nominated but didn't win.  They were not nominated for an oscar nor was Fukunaga nominated for best director but what do I know.   


Love this film!!!  


3 out of 4 



Something Borrowed


Something Borrowed is a 2011 American romantic comedy film based on Emily Giffin's book of the same name, directed by Luke Greenfield, starring Ginnifer GoodwinKate HudsonColin Egglesfield, and John Krasinski.

There are a few snippets of this movie that are good and funny.  But only a few,  and the rest of the film was TERRIBLE.  For me, it was the core of the film.  Ginnifer Goodwin's character sleeps with her best friend's fiancee and they try to cover it up until they find the courage to hurt  Kate Hudson's character, the best friend and fiancee.  No matter how annoying and self-centered they wanted Kate Hudson's character to be so that you could find an ounce of sympathy for  Goodwin's character,  you just can't. Colin Egglesfield , the male lead... I don't know where he came from but choosing him to be a lead didn't seem like a good decision.  I don't know.  I went back and forth.  liking him and then disliking him. ( A Tom Cruise without charisma)   The movie was just very soap opera-ish.  I felt really bad for Kate Hudson.  She was too good for this film.  Even though her character was unlikeable, she made her funny and fun to watch.  Ginnifer Goodwin (Mona Lisa's smile, Big love) seems so much better than what she did in this film,  I don't know what it was... her annoying bangs...  her poor chemistry with Egglesfield. The scene where she and Hudson had that sleepover and danced to "push it " by saln-n-peppa and they shared a moment together where you finally realized that  they are best friends, came and went and never returned.

The funniest scene had to be the badmitton scene: 




"What's going on?!"   This made me laugh out loud.

This scene reminds me when me and my BFF  would do dances and film commercials and movie scenes...



2 out of 4