I took this holiday weekend to catch up on some TV shows that were in my queue.
Ja’mie: Private School Girl
I was a big fan Chris Lilley’s series “High School High” but “Ja’mie…” was a bit of a disappointment. The series was 6 episodes, but it felt like the entire series took place over a week’s time — but it was over a few months? It just all seemed a bit one note to me and really repetitive.
Boardwalk Empire – Season 4
I will try to forget this season ever happened. Chalky White is not really a complicated character, so to devote the season completely to him I found ineffective. After season 3 set the bar so high, I wasn’t sure how they would top it — but they didn’t. I found myself bored more of the time and scenes were predictable.
Law & Order UK – Series 7
I was unaware that Freema Agyeman left the series, but I still love the translation of the US series.
Downton Abbey – Series 4
I get the UK airing of shows because I am not patient enough to wait until they are released in the US. I am not going to spoil this for those in the US whom have not viewed it, but found the season to be pretty solid. I like how the family dynamic is changing. They lost three key characters last series (Lady Sybil, Matthew Crowley, and Miss O’Brien) but they managed to fill the void.
Shows I still have to watch: Orange is the New Black, Veep, House of Cards and The Young Doctor’s Notebook
Sometimes when I am over-tired, I do weird things. Last night, I starting doing these dance moves to a song playing in my head called “I Can’t Wait Another Minute.” I had no idea now I knew the song, but I figured that it has to be some song that heard as child. I was curious, so I looked up the song on Youtube. I found out that the song is by a British pop group Five Star aka 5 Star — and my dance move were surprisingly accurate.
I was doing the choreography from the chorus but I have not recollection of every doing this dance before. It’s funny what sinks into your subconscious. You would I would remember those outfits, but I do remember the sweaters they are wearing in the video for “All Fall Down.”
These sweaters are burned into my psyche and I will never forget.
When I watch these videos now I can’t believe how much the stole from the Jackson 5. The name of the group is a nod to the Jackson 5, the styling, the choreography, and the group is compromised of siblings and managed by their father.
I will have to take some time this weekend and look at all of their videos. And I think I may have to buy a couple of songs. “I Can’t Wait Another Minute” is a great pop song and I think I should add it to my collection.
I am counting down the days until this movie is released. The trailer show that they got a budget and the fire effects alone are head-and-shoulders above what we saw in the first Hunger Games film. I going to avoid all other trailers or news because I don’t want to be spoiled. I am starting to think that they should reshoot the first movie with Francis Lawrence and pretend the Gary Ross directed movies didn’t exist.
I finally jumped on the Tumblr bandwagon. Mostly to reserve the killervirgo username so that no one else can take it. I will be tumbling thing along on my new Tumblr:
I am probably more active on Tumblr than my own blog … sorry about that. I have lots of things to share, but can’t find the time or energy to sit down and (mis)type them out to post. When I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is look at my computer — as a result, there haven’t been many postings. Tumblr is quicker so there may be more activity there. And let’s be honest, Tumblr is mostly for porn, but I will more than likely not be posting any graphic material there. Once Yahoo! gets rid of the porn, most people will stop using the service.
This year’s Wimbledon was rife with upsets and injuries — and Marion Bartoli was able to take advantage without losing a set. I always thought Bartoli had a good game, but I also felt that her quirkiness would limit her potential. When she decided to relieve her dad of coaching duties, I thought this could be her year to do well. She was overpowered by Venus Williams when she made the final in 2007, but she did the overpowering on her way to her first Wimbledon title.
Congrats Marion Bartoli!
Gentlemen’s Champion: Andy Murray
Last year, I really wanted Andy Murray to win this year because it was hard to see him break down after his lose to Roger Federer. With the weight of his home country on his shoulders, he managed to win (in straight sets & against world #1 Novak Djokovic) his home Slam. I also thought he was a good player, but in the beginning he temper was causing him to self destruct. One he got the temper under control (somewhat), he began to rise in the rankings. In hindsight, I think losing Wimbledon last year help him win the Olympics and his first Slam the US Open. With the pressure off and the draw open up with upsets and injuries — this was his time.
Congrats to Andy Murray — which will probably soon will be Sir Andy Murray when he gets his Knighthood. I am hope life is easier now you finally have this title.
Another Wimbledon is complete, and have another year until these players have a chance to defend their titles.
I saw this commerical over a week ago, and it still it sticking with me. I originally shared my thoughts of the commercial on Twitter, but have to say again — well done, Cheerios.
I was watching The Wendy Williams Show on my TiVo while cooking, and I saw this commercial and I couldn’t compute what I just saw. I re-watched the commercial and noticed that the family was interracial, and my jaw dropped. I can’t recall any other commercial with a interracial couple, which is why this stood out.
Of course there some people making horrible things regarding this video — but I am glad that Cheerios hasn’t backed down and keep the video up because I think it is something people to see.
I wanted to share to video in hopes more people will share it.
My favorite show has return from the dead … via Neflix. I spent the entire day yesterday watching every episode because I wanted to get my fill of one of the best shows on television with it previously aired from 2003-2006 on Fox. I was chatting with a friend of mine who asked what I thought of the new season in word, and the word I chose was:
The first few episodes were slow, but when I finished the last episode, I now see how it had to be slow to build a base for itself. I would like to compare ths show to origami — it show that i very linear but it folds upon itself many times and the end result is something new entirely. However, I don’t find this season as good as seasons 1-3, but it is better than most show on television today.
Yes, it is good to see the all the character you know and love back on TV, but they are not who they once were. This is a good thing. They have evolved into something different, but to say if they are better or worse would be subjective on whom is judging. There are shades of who the characters once were, but with all that is happened to them in the 6 years since we last saw them, there is no way they could say the same.
The show could have relied on the all of the same running jokes it did in seasons 1-3 — some make a reappearance, but in a different form — but I like that the show’s creator/writer Mitchell Hurwitz decided to be a bit left of center with the show than to regurgitate the familiar just to please the masses.
I enjoyed the new season, but I will have to re-watch the entire season to see how I really feel because I am sure I missed some things during the first viewing. I think I didn’t like is that we got way too much Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli), Rebel Alley (Isla Fisher) and Herbert Love (Terry Crews). I am not sure if there will be another season, I am hoping it will be. Another thing that bugged me is that a show that is typically great technically (camera work, story telling, etc…), there was a minor flub when a scene show a film crew in the background:
So, the NBA has it’s first gay active basketball player. He is currently a free agent, and I am not sure how this announcement affect his future, but it is good to have another barrier broken. I am sure he will be all over the gay pride parade circuit this year.