Archive for January, 2012

One of the reasons we continue to be such great friends is because we share a lot of common interests. You can see in most of our joint reviews that we have the same tastes, and we are also both big theater and musical fans. We were talking about how Glee did West Side Story songs for the first half of this season, and how it drew us back into the show because we’re such fans. Then we went ‘wait a minute, let’s watch the movie and talk about that!’ This started us on our musical kick, and you’ll be hearing about this a lot from here on. First let’s talk about the play that inspired us: West Side Story!

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Oh the Oscars. A night of pretty dresses, boring speeches, occasionally a good joke and/or dance routine, and more or less everyone knows who is going to win and is just hoping for an upset or two. Because people can tell by now what will be at the Oscars. I call them “Oscar Sniffing Movies,” movies that are clearly designed to get an Oscar. They typically have either very strong casts or completely obscure casts, they are about “profound” subjects that are intentionally emotionally manipulative, and they are usually not very popular with the mainstream. The critical darlings. Some of them absolutely deserve it. There are a lot of the same names that pop up in the acting category, again because they probably deserve it (Meryl Streep baby I’m looking at you), but sometimes you have to go “really? Again? Sigh.” Anyway here’s a look at the nominations and my personal reactions to them. The exciting thing is that Billy Crystal is finally back. After years away. He has been one of my favorite comedic actors for a very long time, and I always enjoyed his Oscar presentations. I’m not a huge fan of Eddie Murphy, although I’m sure he would’ve done fine as a host, but yeah I’m psyched to see Billy. He wasn’t asked to host for eight years before this for no good reason. Welcome back, Billy!

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Debuting in 2007, Skins is the BAFTA award-winning drama that follows a group of Bristol teens through their two years at college. It has become a phenomenon and even spawned an American version that aired on MTV. While the US version was canceled after one season, the original is still going strong and about to begin airing its sixth season.  I’ve been a fan of the show right from the start, and I’ve never regretted it. Let’s face facts, Skins can be pretty ridiculous. Throughout the course of the last few seasons we’ve seen the main characters get deported from Russia, take part in a car chase with a coffin strapped to the roof of the vehicle, run a foot-race with grannies clinging to their backs, and perform Spandau Ballet with a ukelele band. Realistic situations are often in short supply on this show. Yet despite all the madness and chaos, I think Skins also has the wonderful ability to get right at the heart of what teenagers are going through. Yes, the situations they use to portray them are wildly improbable, but they always manage to nail the emotions at the heart of it all. The fear, pain, insecurity, love, lust, stupidity, and joy of what it means to be a teenager. For that reason I feel like the show is both staggeringly over-the-top while also managing to be wonderfully understated. I love every second of it.  With series 6 officially airing next week, I figured now was the time to review series 5. Spoilers below!

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How is this season done already? Why are you torturing us Moffat & Gatiss? It is important to note that they did announce Series 3 is in the works. They were cruel enough to let the fans keep guessing, but it was actually planned at the same time series 2 was, thus letting them plot out two seasons at once. We weren’t that surprised since it would be foolish of the BBC to let go of this series. However, reports are that the actors and crew can’t get together to film until later this year, so we will probably have to wait until next year for it to air. How can we live without Sherlock? How many times will we have to rewatch the series and wonder where our beloved characters go from here? If you have any ideas, let us know, because we still have a box of tissues nearby. Spoilers below!

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Anyone who watches Glee knows that the show would not have much of its current popularity if it wasn’t for the music. In fact, it probably would have never made it past the first season if it wasn’t for the music. Fox makes a great deal of money off the constant albums and iTune sales. You would think that listening to covers of popular songs would eventually get boring, but somehow it never does. The best scenes from the show are all about the vocal presentation, and no matter if you love or hate the characters, you have to admit: this cast has pipes. Broadway worthy pipes (looking at you, Lea). Here’s our look at the music of Glee season 3 to go hand in hand with our recap of the show.

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One of the shows we both watch is Glee, and we’re hardly alone on that. This show rose to fame very quickly in its first season, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. People love or hate Glee, and sometimes feel lukewarm about it, but nothing changes the fact it is out there in the mainstream and everyone knows a little something about it. It is in its third season now, and there’s no new episode until January 17th, so we thought we would go over this season so far together. We are also doing a separate post for the music since it is such a major part of the show, and it deserves its own category. Spoilers below, be prepared!

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It’s difficult to know there are only three Sherlock episodes per series. We want so much more. There has been no official reporting on whether or not the show will come back for a third season. It was difficult to get all the actors and creators together for these two, but noooooo, we need mooooore. Anyway the second episode just aired, titled “The Hounds of Baskerville.” It’s based on one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories, and this episode was more horror than crime focused. Spoilers below!

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