Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rookie Blue

I'm obsessed with this show! If you don't watch it - please leave this blog and go watch every single episode right now because it is seriously the best show on television. Firstly, it's filmed in Toronto with a mainly Canadian cast, HOWEVER, it looks so un-amateur-like and even got picked up by ABC in the States. And the characters...you know a show is great when you can't even choose a favourite. Right now, my top three are Swarek, Jerry and Dov...plus Gail is pretty awesome. Oh, and Chris! (See what I meant about not being able to pick a fave). The show's relationships are getting pretty intense - I'm rooting for Andy/Sam (who isn't?) and Gail/Dov (even though most people love Chris). The Andy/Sam lead-up has been going on for so long now; they better get together soon after last week's almost kiss! Why are you still here? Go watch this show NOW!

Monday, August 15, 2011

It's Kind of a Funny Story

A great movie? Yes. A funny story? Not so much. While scrolling through movie choices, my family was looking for a light comedy to please everyone’s varying tastes, and after watching the laugh-out-loud preview set to upbeat music, we decided on It’s Kind of a Funny Story, starring Keir Gilchrist and Emma Roberts. The story follows Craig, a sixteen year old who checks himself into the mental ward of a hospital due to battling depression. Since the youth ward is under construction, he is placed with the adults, where he meets a variety of interesting characters, doctors and patients alike, who guide him along during his mandatory five-day visit. From the preview and title, I made the assumption that this movie would be comprised of some kooky patient jokes, a little bit of cheesy romance, and some predictable self-discovery. But in reality, this movie really had some dark and depressing undertones, as it covered topics like suicide, self-harm, and the hardships of mental illness. Oh yeah, and an impromptu musical number. Despite my surprise at the genre, the movie actually held up to my high standards, and is one the few movies in a long time that made me both smile and cry, and most importantly, left me feeling like I didn’t just waste two hours of my life. So I give this movie a four out five, because even though it featured some great acting, an honest and relatable script, and I most definitely recommend you see it, it really needs a new title.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

L.A. Candy Book Series

Going to post some of my reviews from now on :)

The L.A. Candy series is a collection of young adult books, consisting of three novels – L.A. Candy, Sweet Little Lies, and Sugar and Spice – written by Lauren Conrad. Yes, you read that right; Lauren Conrad. The reality television star has now taken her latest career venture in becoming a first-time author. Much to everyone’s surprise, the book series has done extremely well, with the first two instalments of the trilogy reaching the number one spot on the New York Times’ Bestseller List. The novels tell the story of sweet and innocent Jane, who moves to Los Angeles with her best friend to intern for a high profile event planning agency. One night at a club, the girls are approached by an up-and-coming producer looking to sign them on for a reality TV series, and when they say yes, the drama begins. The trilogy chronicles two seasons of the show, and all the gossip, fighting, and excitement that comes along with celebrity status. The L.A. Candy series is just like Jane’s personality – charming and sweet, but utterly predictable. Sure, there’s a plot twist here or there, a couple intensely heated confrontations, and even some cute romantic gestures, but as I flipped the final page and closed the cover of L.A. Candy, I was left wanting more. If you’re looking for a simple and light read, L.A. Candy has got you covered, but if you want something with a little more depth, I’d try a novel not quite as sugar-coated.