Binge-watching my life away

23 Jul

Hello, all! As much as I would like to spend my summer traveling from beach to beach, I’m just not that rich. And if I can’t do that, there’s really only one way I want to spend my summer: binge-watching. Here’s what I’ve been able to accomplish so far:

Breaking Bad: I mentioned this binge-watching experience in my last post, and I also promised a few thoughts on the show. My experience with it was a little strange. I went into it knowing that many people consider this one of the best TV shows of recent years if not of all time, so my expectations were high. I was immediately impressed with the writing and the acting, and I fell quickly for the relationship between Jesse and Walt. That being said, this is the only show I can think of where I genuinely love it without loving any of the main supporting characters. As far as I’m concerned, they could kill Walt’s entire family, and I would be OK with losing them. I’d even be alright with losing Hank and Marie. In fact, the characters I fell in love with — Gus and Mike — were the two that actually got killed off.

Now that I’ve brought it up, I have to mention my other issue with the show: How they killed Mike. Well, for one, I wanted Mike to win it all. He was my favorite. But when it came to killing him, I thought they didn’t do the man justice. At least Gus got half his face blown off. Mike was the ultimate badass, and you have him kind of get shot in the hip and then fall off a rock? No. I refuse to believe Mike would go out that way.

Regardless, I’m very excited for the final eight episodes that start on August 11. I wasn’t a big Jesse fan at first — he was just SO dumb — but I’ve grown to love him. I’m not sure exactly how I want things to end, but I will be pissed if Skyler and Hank come out on top. Clearly, I like the bad guys, and I’m OK with that. Hey, the show is called Breaking Bad, right?

Arrow: I had thought about watching Arrow many times before, but I don’t like to jump in on shows halfway through a season. So I recently went through all of season one, and it was rather enjoyable. It’s a great show to binge-watch, because just about every episode ends on a cliffhanger. Plus, have you seen Stephen Amell do this?! All in all, I think it’s a really fun ride to be on, and I would recommend it.

Orphan Black: I’m just starting to work my way through Orphan Black. I’ve literally only watched an episode, but I’m definitely feeling it. It has already managed to create a puzzle that I am dying to solve, and we all know that those are the best shows to binge.

My other favorite binge-watch that I did in the last year was Scandal. You will fly through it, and now is the time to catch up … trust me. What are some of your favorite shows to binge-watch? Any recommendations for me?

Coming Soon!

8 Jul

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Hey guys!

I realized today that I have left you all hanging for far too long, so I thought I’d try to get a little something up before I go pick up a friend from the train station. So here’s how my life is playing out at the moment/what you should stay tuned for:

I just binge-watched all of Breaking Bad. I had never seen a single episode before, so I will be sharing lots of thoughts on that very soon (cough, Mike’s death).

I also just saw Man of Steel, and based on what I had heard, I have lots of thoughts there that I cannot wait to discuss with you all. The first one being: Is Henry Cavill attractive or what?!

I’m currently marathoning The Vampire Diaries from season one all the way through until season five premieres in October. I do it every year (judge if you must), and it always gets me thinking. P.S. Poor Stefan is still as the bottom of the quarry.

This is way past its due date, but I just noticed that I never blogged about it: OneRepublic’s latest, Native, is pretty awesome. You should buy it.

And finally, I am currently JAMMING on BSB’s new single, “In A World Like This.” Between the beats and the harmonies, it’s a pretty reliable summer song.

Also, I seriously hope Juan Pablo is the next Bachelor.

I promise to fledge some of these things out as soon as I get a spare moment. Keep cool and wear sunscreen, guys … aka don’t leave your home and watch a lot of TV/movies/read books.

Talk soon!

Sometimes, I read books …

3 Jun

… I know. It’s hard to believe that I ever turn my TV off long enough to read. And in all honesty, it doesn’t happen often (I’ve been trying to read The Fountainhead for a full year. It’s not that it’s bad. I actually love it; I just never stop watching TV/movies.). Anyways, I have done a bit of traveling recently, which means train time, which means time to read! And the good news is I have discovered three books that I am going to highly recommend! Yay!

First up, Where’d You Go Bernadette. I got the chance to talk to the author, Maria Semple, after reading this book, and she’s incredibly funny, smart, fascinating, etc. as is this book. It’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time, which isn’t surprisingly considering Semple’s resume includes being a writer on Arrested Development

My second recommendation is what some people are calling “this year’s Gone Girl” — Reconstructing Amelia. If you find yourself dreading a five-hour train ride, grab this book and I promise you will wish it were a six-hour ride so that you could figure out the mystery.

And this brings me to my third recommendation, which I realize I am very behind on — Gone Girl. I’m two-thirds of the way through this book, and I am obsessed. If you need a good beach read, train read, bedtime read, whatever, look no further.

Alright, it’s about time for me to close my book and head back to my beloved television. I don’t care that it’s nice outside. I have binge-watching to do. Catch y’all later.

What I’ve been up to … entertainment-wise, of course.

4 May

It has been almost two months since I last blogged, which I honestly can’t believe is true. For those of you wanting proof that I haven’t been sitting around my apartment doing nothing, head on over to my author page at EW and check out my latest blogs. But while I have you here, I might as well catch you up on my entertainment findings as of late …

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Bates Motel: Watch it. Love it. I’m obsessed, even though (or perhaps because) the cops suck.

Scandal: LIVE IT. BREATHE IT. LOVE IT. Binge-watching this show might be the best decision I’ve made in the past few months.

Iron Man 3: Go see it. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s much better than two.

Grey’s Anatomy: Killing it this season. I cannot wait to see what Shonda Rhimes does with the finale. No plane crashes, please.

The Vampire Diaries: Elijah’s return was SEXY PERFECTION, and I think this last stretch of episodes has been top-notch. Between the tension that Silas builds and the fun that the show had with no-humanity Elena — not to mention Nina’s amazing performance when Elena finally did get her emotions back — I am very, very excited for what the next two weeks have in store for us. One last shout-out to the writing as of late. Just the right touch of humor. And P.S. Elijah’s cry face … UGH. EVERYTHING.

The Originals: I’m so into this show. It’s such a boy’s club and overall power struggle, but I love the darker, more mature vibe it gives off. And hello, Marcel! Charles Michael Davis is captivating in this role. I like him much more here than on Grey’s. And you all know that as far as I’m concerned, the more Elijah the better.

Nashville: Deacon and Rayna finally gave into their feelings for each other, and I could not be happier. But am I the only one hoping her father would just die already? Also, I do not care about Avery at all.

The Voice: For me, it’s all about Team Adam’s Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons.

New Girl: The virginity episode might be the funniest of the season. And I heart Nick and Jess. Who knew Nick was such a good kisser?!

Parenthood: Renewed! Yay!

Southland: Things don’t look good in terms of a renewal, but this last season was beyond powerful. In my opinion, no actor deserves an Emmy more than Michael Cudlitz does right now. He was simply breathtaking this season. And I’m obsessed with Ben McKenzie’s final scene of the season. I think it’s the best work he has ever done (along with the great Shawn Hatosy).

Okay, it’s Saturday, which means I have to go have a life, aka re-watch this week’s Vampire Diaries. See y’all later!

TVD Speedy Recap: The introduction of Silas, the return of Katherine and the departure of Jeremy

14 Mar

AAAHHHH!!! That was a mix between my excitement for tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries along with my stress about how busy I’ve been. I know that I have sucked at recapping the last few episodes, so let me start by saying that I loved them. Trips are always fun on TVD, especially ones that include love squares, cute butts and hottie hunters with accents.

Here’s a very brief account of what the last three episodes have meant for the people (rather, person) and supernatural beings of Mystic Falls:

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Rebekah, Stefan, Elena, Damon, Jeremy, Bonnie and Shane headed to a remote island off the shores of Nova Scotia to find the cure. There, we discovered that Shane had been manipulated by Silas this time last year, and the entire bringing-back-the-dead thing was basically fake. Emotions were running high as Damon admitted he didn’t want Elena to take the cure, Jeremy was kidnapped, and Damon grew more suspicious of Shane’s intentions. And after Shane (and his witch friend) kidnapped Bonnie and Jeremy to go raise Silas, it appeared that for once, the gang should’ve listened to Damon.

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On the search for Jeremy, two new faces appeared: Shrek, the newest hunter, and Katherine, who was as feisty as ever. After taking down Elena, Katherine fed Silas Jeremy’s blood to wake him up and ran off with the cure. And to double-up on the bad news, Silas drained Jeremy and then snapped his neck. In good news, Stefan and Elena are friends again! Yay?

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And finally, we get to the most emotional episode of the season. Kudos to Nina Dobrev, who KILLED IT. Basically, Elena spent the first half of the episode thinking Jeremy’s ring would bring him back (aka being in denial). Stefan took Elena and Jeremy’s body home, while Damon tried to find Bonnie, who was busy hanging out with “Shane” who is either Silas in Shane’s body or purely a hallucination. Either way, Damon found her (and they hugged!!), and then she started talking crazy. She wanted to organize another sacrifice, lift the veil to the “other side,” and save Jeremy. But as Bonnie planned to save the day, Elena accepted reality.

Elena’s plan? Burn down the house with Jer in it. After all, there’s nothing left for her there anymore. But it was only after Damon told her to turn off her emotions that she went through with it. And Jeremy, Elena’s journal, the kitchen of murder and the porch of memorable moments went up in flames. SO MANY FEELS.

OK, that’s about it. Let’s see what no-humanity Elena has in store for us tonight … other than nudity, of course.

I love Paul Walker: Check out the trailer for his new movie ‘Hours’

12 Mar

I will not apologize for what I’m about to say: I love Paul Walker. Yes, I am obsessed with the Fast & Furious franchise, and yes, I own copies of Into the Blue and Eight Below. I enjoy staring at his blue eyes and ripped abs for hours at a time, and I am not ashamed. That being said, I never expected him to take on a role like he has in this new small film, Hours. In Hours, Walker plays a newly single father, who, after his wife dies during child birth, has to try and keep his daughter alive in New Orleans during the wrath of Katrina.

And yes, I will be seeing this one as well. Who’s with me?

Apologies + A Badass Trailer

22 Feb

You guys, I am SO BEHIND. I promise during this brief hiatus from TVD to get you a recap of all things I’ve missed (and LOVED) from the past two weeks or so. And I owe you like a million movie trailers and other things, so I’ll be repaying that debt forever. In the meantime, I hope you will forgive me.

Here’s my apology:

This AMAZING Fast & Furious 6 trailer (Dom & Letty forever!):

And this sexy picture of Kyle Chandler, who is returning to TV!

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I’ll talk to you all SOON.

P.S. Megan Fox in the new TMNT movie?! I don’t know how I feel about this, but I don’t think it’s good.

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