NEWSROOM: NEWS NIGHT 2.0 T.V. Review

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKkr29EGc-Y (Radiohead High and Dry)

Hello and welcome to this week’s t.v. review of Newsroom.  Since I saw the first episode of Newsroom I was hooked.  The acting, story lines, and characters drew me in and the dialogue was fast paced, but by this second episode I understood it.  Okay so let’s get started: this episode starts off with Will in his lavish apartment until the neighbors above him make a ruckus  because they are redecorating their apart. So much so that a piece of a selling falls on his desk. He appears to be reviewing profiles of various producers.

Will has a meet up with Reese which appears to be a little confusing because I couldn’t tell what it was about. So, Charlie wants to put a stop to it, and from that request it seems that Reese has ulterior motives.  Next, Will goes to a meeting and  Mackenzie  played by Emily Mortimer is brainstorming ideas of how ACN can have better content. This episode focuses on the Arizona immigration act SB 1070.It basically consists of: U.S. federal law requires all  over aliens the age of 14 who remain in the United States for longer than 30 days to register with the U.S. government,and to have registration documents in their possession at all times.   So it’s clear that this show is taking place in 2010.

Meanwhile, Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn)  who is a economist joins the team, and Mac complements her on her accomplishment. Sloan tells Mac that she thinks that Will is an asshole for cheating on her. But little do we know that Mac was the one he cheated on him. No sympathy for her character, in a high school cliche way, an email spreads to the whole newsroom, and everyone knows Mac’s secret.

Now Will finds out and he is highly pissed! they have a quick meeting about it, and she tells him that after she cheated, she fell in love with Will. Once again no sympathy for her at all, Will is about to go on air after learning her mistake. He doesn’t go with the advice she gives him over the mic, and the segment goes awry.

Mac gives Will a big speech on how he messed up the show, and she apologizes to him about her wrong -doings in their relationship. She asks him if he’s in or out  (referring to her being his executive producer) he gives her a cold look and walks out. He goes  home, and he finds a gift basket from the neighbors apologizing for the incident.

Margaret makes a mistake and Jim takes the fall for her Mac finds out she seems angry but doesn’t have a meltdown about it.  It’s the end of Friday night, and  Neil  (Dev Patel) asks Jim if he wants to go to the karoke bar and the whole crew goes there to hang out. Maggie is completely drunk, she talks to Don and he supposedly breaks up with her. Jim comforts her but she is drunk out of her mind, so he gets one of the co-workers to take her home. Kind of interesting  that Maggie’s friend’s name is Don. Don appears to be a douche kind of like the Don on Mad Men but you like him anyway because he’s suave. Honestly I want Jim and Maggie to be a couple Jim is handsome, quirky, and smart.  He seems to genuinely care about her.

Finally, Will calls Mac and tells her that he’s in, and I love how Radiohead’s High and Dry plays in the background as Mac and Will are talking on the phone. I think that was a perfect choice of song because of how their relationship ended. I give this episode 4/10 I think this show still has ways to go in terms of what type of show it’s trying to be. But, it is sophisticated, and it does draw the audience into the characters.

Catch Newsroom Sundays @ 10 p.m. on HBO what do you think of the show?

Nora Ephron Tribute

Nora Ephron is a writer for memorable movies such as My Blue Heaven, When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn, and Sleepless in Seattle.   Sadly, she passed away this week at age 71 of Leukemia.  She spoke to women everywhere in When Harry Met Sally. In that movie she explored the possibility of women and men being friends. When it comes to relationships, it seems only logical to be friends first before becoming romantically involved with that person. In When Harry Met Sally, the main characters played by Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, become fast friends and go on a long road trip to New York.  Sally asks Harry if it’s possible for men and women and men can be friends.  Harry tells her it’s impossible because of the way men think. He explains to her that men have one thing on their minds when meeting a woman they find an attractive.  Through- out the movie we see the characters go in and out of relationships and eventually they find each other. This movie is one of the most romantic comedies on earth because it gives single women like me hope. Nora Ephron understood what women wanted to see in films.

Her films were  funny yet heartfelt, and always had an ending that impacted the audience. She paved the way for many other women writers in film today like Lena Dunham who is the writer, producer, director, and actress of the HBO series Girls. Nora is a legend that  will be greatly missed, and my thoughts and prayers go out to family, and friends that know her well.  I have read one of her essays in which she explains of what she will miss most in life. I loved how she talked about food, friends, and life in general. In that  essay I felt that the message that she was trying to get across  was  to embrace life, and cherish every moment, even the bad times.  Hats off to you Nora Ephron you will be greatly missed, and thank you for creating that world for us. Her films Sleepless in Seattle and Heartburn is streaming on Netflix. For nostalgia Friday I will review Heartburn I’ve  never seen it.

RUSHMORE (NOSTALGIA FRIDAY REVIEW)

It’s another review for nostalgia Friday!!! I just watched Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, and I must say it was a pleasant surprise. It’s very quiet, it has a decent pace, and it’s funny, so this movie is about a quirky teenager Max Fischer played by a young Jason Schwartzman, and he is involved in a whirlwind of extracurricular activities. He’s in the German club, Astronomy, writes and directs  his own plays, president of the Chess club, french club, and captain of the fencing team. The film had a lot more activities than that but from that list you can tell the character is pretty ambitious.

Max has a crush on the school teacher at Rushmore, and he tries to build her an aquarium in her honor. Unexpectedly she tells Max upfront that he’s too young for him, and that she finds him interesting. Through out the film he tries to pursue her, and it’s obvious that she wants nothing to do with her. This film is very charming and I always enjoy light comedies with quirks. I myself am considered to be a quirky person because I’m the only one out of my circle of friends know who Wes Anderson is. I like indie movies, and listen to unusual music.

I give this film 3/5 stars its a little slow in the beginning but it picks up rather nicely in the middle. After seeing this I got to give Jason Schwartzman props because  all of the other movies I’ve seen him in I couldn’t identify with the character. But with this one I could, minus the compulsive lying, and law breaking. It’s just that his character is different, and he doesn’t have a problem with it.  So if you can tolerate a comedy that’s simple, sweet, and entertaining then this movie is for you.  Thank you for reading, and feel free to comment, and re-blog.

Nostalgia Friday: 90’s Nickelodeon

First order of business I didn’t see any comments on the last blogs but that’s okay. For this edition of nostalgia Friday I want to talk about the 90s. Being a kid in the 90’s was heaven and I remember listening to music that no one else listened to. Let’s just say while everyone else was listening to Immature I was listening to Backstreet Boys. When I got older in the the late 90’s I started getting into the bands Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, and Nirvana. Just to name a few but when I was little I loved looking forward to T.G.I.F. on ABC. I remember watching Boy Meets World, Family Matters,  Full House, and the dinosaurs. I would get so excited to see the line up of those shows and then talk about with my classmates on Monday morning.

Then on Saturday night was SNICK on Nickelodeon and that was always a treat. I remember I would play with my friends outside, and  after a while I would watch SNICK. I remember Rugrats coming on before Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Clarissa Explains It All, and The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Pete and Pete had to be one of my favorites in the line up because it was about the misadventures of an awkward kid. Even though the main character is a boy I could relate to him I remember wearing plaid shirts before the show yes I was young but that’s what I liked to wear except for the summer time. I still look at the show now, and I thought that some of the themes were more adult like. But I loved it dearly because of the off beat jokes, the insults that little Pete made to authority.

My favorite insult would have to be “Blowhole” and “Wax my Nose Hair”!. If you were a kid in the 90’s then you knew who Artie was on the show. The strongest man in the world if that show were out today a lot of parents would find that scenario uncomfortable if you get my drift. Anyway, These were the things I looked forward to in the 90’s and it was heaven I tell you. Great shows, not worrying about getting a job, playing outside hours on end, and great music. Whenever I feel sad or upset I always think back to my childhood and what made me happy. Then it’s back to reality of responsibilities, and taking things more seriously.

MAD MEN Commissions and Fees, and The Phantom

SPOILERS:

Hello again its about that time for another review. This season of Mad Men has been a wild ride, we saw fist fights, affairs, weight watchers, suicide, and infantry landing. Let’s back track to the commissions and fees episode, Lane Pryce was caught forging a signature on a check. He used Don’s name but he never gave them out. Don finds out, and fires him. Lane becomes really depressed and withdrawn about what he’s done.  Meanwhile, Sally Draper decides to be grown and goes over to her fathers apartment while Megan’s there. Don doesn’t find out until later, so when Megan goes out Sally is home alone, and invites Glen over. They go to a museum by themselves, Sally isn’t feeling well, and she later discovers that she’s a woman.  She goes back home to Betty, and they discuss what she is going through. Lane Pryce’s wife buys him a Jaguar and she doesn’t know that he has been fired from the firm. He reluctantly takes the car without telling her the truth. He goes to the office, and writes a letter to his fellow colleagues. Later that morning, Joan finds Lane hanging against the door, and that was his horrible way of getting out. I was actually sad to see that character go. That was definitely a shock value for me. I also enjoyed the scene of Don and Glen exchanging a serious conversation on the elevator. Glen says that he is depressed and when one tries to become happy everything turns to crap. Don tells him that he’s too young to think that way. I’m glad Matthew Wiener decided to keep Glen on the show he is the most interesting. Don allows Glen to drive his car after Don asks him if he could do one thing that would make him happy would it be. That was a nice way to wrap that episode. Now on to last night’s The Phantom episode. Joan and her colleagues try to decide what to do about Lane’s office. She is still distraught about what happened. Elsewhere Megan keeps getting an annoying phone call but no one is responding. Megan’s mother visits, and Megan seems to be acting selfish, and childish when she doesn’t get the part she auditioned for. So she hides the news from Don, and her mother says you shouldn’t hide things from her husband.  Finally we learn that Roger has been the one that has been calling and ends up having an affair with Megan’s mother. Go figure! Megan reluctantly asks Don about the part of a commercial that Don is working on. He looks annoyed by it but he pulls some strings and allows her to do the commercial. To back up a little bit, Don is hallucinating and seeing his dead brother Adam. He has a toothache, and finally goes to the dentist, and he sees his brother again. We see Peggy doing well at her new firm I hope to see more of her next season because her character has developed quite a bit. She goes to the movies, and she runs into Don, and they have a small chit chat. I I want to talk about one more character Pete. Pete has become more and more crazy this season, he has an affair with a young woman who might be a manic depressive but he purses her anyway. He sees her husband on the train again, and they have a fist fight. Pete is always getting into trouble, he visits the woman at the mental facility and she has just had her shock treatment. She remembers nothing about the affair she had with Pete, and so he leaves. In the final scene, Megan is about to shoot the commercial, and once again Don doesn’t seem to care. He goes to the bar area, and he runs into Megan’s friend. She asks him if he’s alone, and he gives that famous look like he’s about to do something dangerous. This seems to be a foreshadow of what to expect for next season. If you watch and adore this show as much as I do please feel free to leave a comment.

Movie Review: Chronicle

 

This movie is about three teenagers named Andrew, Matt, and Steve, they receive superpowers.  The movie starts off with a troubled teen Andrew played by Dane DeHaan. This actor reminds me of a young Leonardo Dicaprio. This movie is shot in a mocumentary like style, but for the type of film it is it is brilliantly done. You actually feel like you’re watching real footage of what happens to these teenagers.  The develop telekinetic powers, and for some reason Andrew is the one who is the strongest. Their powers contain: ability to move objects with their minds, and of course flying. The force is strong yes!  The character development is really great, and the script is good. The movie has its funny moments, but it does leave you on the edge of your seat. I give this film 3/5 stars.  This movie is now available on Demand, and on DVD.