Casually Judgmental: Movies I still NEED to see in 2014

I know, I know;  I’m a bit behind with my summer movies.
Plain and SimpleThese are the films I want to see this upcoming Summer… and Fall…and Winter.
Chef
There is no movie I want to see more this summer than Chef. I don’t know whether its the foodie side of my personality, or the fact that Jon Favreau is returning to his indie roots of “Swingers,” but this is a must see. The film follows a Chef (played by Favreau himself) as he unexpectedly quits his job at a hot LA restaurant, refusing to compromise his creativity for their mainstream dishes and arrogant owner. He returns to his home in Miami to reevaluate his life, which leads him to open up a Cuban food truck with his son, friends, and ex-wife. I’m really pumped about this movie. Favraue does a really great job of depicting the importance of striving for your passions in order to find love/happiness.
Word on the street: Apparently this film mirrors Favreau’s current state in life:  Ditching the big man in the industry to return back to his roots and original career passions. Hell yea Favrau. Stick it to the man.
Side-note: With a cast including– Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, and Sofia VergaRRAa…you can’t go wrong. So money baby and ya don’t even know it  (real awk right now if you’ve never seen Swingers..)
 
Neighbors
So I already saw this movie… I thought it looked hilarious in trailers. Seth Rogen has really been on his game with summer comedies the past couple years, so I figured this one would be no different. It wasn’t the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, but it definitely made me laugh a lotttt. lol.
Begin Again
You’ve probably began to slowly see these previews. New York City, subways, catchy indie song…why is Adame Levine here….wtf is the Celo Greene? why is he there? So many questions. What is this movie!?   Ignore the strange cameos. Directed by John Carney, this has a similar backbone to his previous film Once, of 2 musically creative individuals falling in love. Kiera Knightly plays a struggling songwriter who comes to the end of a long-term relationship from her BF Adam Levine, after the taste of fame goes to his head. When she meets Mark Ruffalo, a tainted record label exec, both their lives beging to change for the better. Beautiful.
Question of the day: hold up, can Keira Knightly actually sing? AND bend it like beckham?
Foxcatcher (Nov)
Starring Steve Carrel, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, this follows the story of Olympic Wrestler Champion Mark Schultz (Tatum). This isn’t your average sports film though, this focuses on the real events in which schizophrenic John Du Pont murdered Mark Schultz’s brother, also an Olympic champion, Dave Schultz. Very interesting and exciting casting choices for this movie. We’ve seen Carrel in serious roles before, but nothing like this. This goes the same for Channing Tatum–he impressed me in 21 Jump St, now I’m expecting big things from him in this film.  Director Bennett Miller seems to have a knack for casting unpredictable actors and completely transforming them, as seen in his other films Capote and Moneyball.
Word on the Street:   Whispers are goin’ around that this will be a big hit at the Oscars this upcoming year heyooo.
PS: HOLY HELL. take closer look at that nozee
Unbroken (December)
Directed by Angelina Jolie (have I got you yet?) she takes one of the most gripping novels of the decade and turns it into cinematic gold. Unbroken chronicles the biography of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Oh and before this he was stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Angelina’s past directorial debut seemed to really focus on raw emotion and the reality of violence more than exciting michaelbayish action sequences – which I believe will really bring this story to life.
What a SICK behind the scenes pic B. thanksss
22 Jump Street
If you saw 21 Jump St, how could you not want to see this. I don’t think it will be nearly as good as the first, simply because that seems to be an anomaly for comedies. Despite this, I still want to see it, and still think it will be entertaining.  21 Jump St made me have a new found respect for Channing Tatum.  I always thought, yeah he’s a beautiful man, but he is nothing more than a pretty face reading lines from a script while gyrating. He seriously proved me wrong. This guy can be really funny, which means he can probably do even more in the acting world.  As for you Jonah,  stfu we already know you’re funny and were an oscar nomineeee.
NO IDEA where this pic is from. But it looks like 90% of my tagged photos on facebook
Into The Woods (christmas)
Meryl Streep. Ma gurl Anna Kendrick. Johnny Depp. Emily Blunt. Am I dreaming. Maybe. This fairytale has a killer cast. This twist on some Brothers Grimm tales has Meryl playing the witch, and dis bitch wants to teach some these fairytale characters a lesson.
Bad news: We have to wait all the way until Christmas…
*Also, I will relax with the awkward hilarious behind the scene photos. sarry.
Boyhood (July)
To make a long story short: this movie was filmed across the span of 12 years. Same cast. Rated 100% fresh on rotten tomatoes.  Follows the story of a boy growing up. Literally. In front of your face. That is all. I want to see this. thx. bye.
Interstellar   (Nov)
This is already becoming the most talked about film of 2014. We all know Christopher Nolan is a genius (I just spelled genius wrong and had let autocorrect rub it in my face) when it comes to action films. He really knows how to put an audience at the edge of their seat for 3 hours straight. Props man.   We don’t know much about Interstellar. Let’s count what we do know: it stars Matthew Mcchonahay, involves the world running out of food resources, there will be space travel, and something with wormholes.  AND, that’s about it.  They are trying very hard to keep this film extremely quiet; which is awesome.

 

The Maya Rudolph Show is a dream come true….and we didn’t even know we wanted it

After the recent announcement by NBC, our prayers have been answered: MayaRudolph will have her own variety show. This is the show we have always wanted, but didn’t realize it..

“The Maya Rudolph Show” will air Monday, May 19, at 10 p.m. on NBC. No judgement here if you’re setting your DVR over a month in advance. People do that for blood baths on Game of Thrones or to see Lena Dunham naked, so why not for our gurl Maya. The structure of this show will bring us back to the vintage variety format of the Carol Burnett era. There will be song, there will be dance, there will be laughs, and there will be woman power. Can I get a hallelujah.

“The Maya Rudolph Show” will premiere as a one episode special, but doubling as a pilot. I’m making a big assumption here, but I think we can all agree that this has the potential to become a full series. Her guest list for this special is star-studded with funny people including: “Frozen” star Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, and a performance by Janelle Monáe.  I’m also assuming there will be several surprise appearances from our other favorite SNL alum (crossin’ my fingers for some Jimmy and Tina). Lorne Michael’s will also take his well deserved role as executive producer, no surprise there.

Living as a sappy, confused, 20something in NYC, there are moments when I can’t help but to feel so fortunate to have grown up in an era watching such talented, creative, and funny women on television. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, and Maya Rudolph have fully removed the words “woman are not funny” from existence. Carol Burnett and early SNL alum like Gilda Radner first proved to society how girls can keep up with the Kings of comedy. Growing up in the 90s & 2000s, I feel so lucky to have had these incredible role models to look up to in the media, who in the end inspired me to pursue a career in television. Funny women in the entertainment industry are the new fashion models and pop stars. Society is changing. Young woman are now looking up to actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, or Mindy Kahling. Talent, honesty, and humor are finally being noticed and praised over appearance or lifestyle. Times are changing. Fake is out, real is in. I’m blessed to be living among this ongoing change within society.

“The Maya Rudolph Show” is simply providing a very talented and funny comedian with a  variety show….who happens to be a woman…in what happens to historically be a very male driven genre & time-slot.   I think both men and women will be looking forward this special, and both hoping that it becomes approved for a series. In the end, funny is funny. Whether you are male, female, orange, black, orange is the new black, gay, puppy, or even a cat on the internet–funny will always triumph.

 

How I Met Your Mother Finale: We just got slapped with a REALITY CHECK

Some feel cheated.  Some feel ripped off. Others saw the final hour of How I Met Your Mother as a complete let down.  I however, believe it was beautiful. This 9 season sitcom became our favorite show through the hilarious characters, long-running jokes, strangely relatable friendships, and that famously addictive story arc. We waited 9 whole years to see what the hell was so damn great about Ted meeting his wife. What we received instead, was a curveball we never expected, and a beautiful depiction of reality.

First and foremost, let’s do a speedy recap how the series left off with each character:

Marshall & Lilly:  Our all time favorite couple ended up having a total of 3 children. They eventually moved into a larger apartment-out of the beloved home above Maclarens. Also, Marshall basically becomes state Supreme Justice. perfect perfect perfect, DUH

Barney:  Robin&Barney get a divorce just after 3 years due to Robin’s travel demands for her job. (This may be the only criticism I have on the episode: they dragged us through a whole season about their wedding, and spent maybe 5 minutes about the divorce.–I can’t be too mad though.This season wasn’t even supposed to happen. If television wasn’t about money, this finale happening in 2013 would have been flawless) After losing Robin, Barney realizes he will never love someone that way again. He goes back to his womanizing ways, and finally after performing the “perfect month,” he get’s a girl pregnant.  It finally happened. When Barney meets his daughter for the first time though, his life changes.  The only woman who could really change Barney for the better became his own baby girl.

Robin: After the divorce, Robin went MIA. She travelled the world for her career, as only Robin could. Seeing Ted happy with his wife really hurt her; witnessing the man she could’ve been with. Distancing herself from the gang was the only thing she knew to do.

Ted:  All within the last 15 minutes of the episode, we learn how much Ted loved his wife. We ALSO learn after 10 years of marriage, she loses a battle to illness…6 years before telling this story.

“It was at times a long, difficult road. But I’m glad it was long and difficult, because if I hadn’t gone through hell to get there, the lesson might not have been as clear. You see, kids, right from the moment I met your mom I knew, I have to love this women as much as I can and as long as I can and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second. I carried that lesson through every stupid fight we ever had, every 5 a.m. Christmas morning, every sleepy Sunday afternoon, every speed bump, every pang of jealousy or boredom or uncertainty that came our way. I carried that lesson with me.”

Ted’s kids call him out on the entire story- with the questions we have been asking the entire time. “I don’t buy it Dad” …. “Mom is barely even in the story”….“This is the story of about how you’re totally in love with Aunt Robin and you’re thinking about asking her out, and you want to know if we’re okay with it.” “Mom has been gone for 6 years now, it’s time!”  The HIMYN series ends with Ted, holding the blue French Horn, on the street outside of Robin’s window.

In a nutshell: The Mother has been dead the whole time. Ted actually ends up with Robin.  Ted’s kids are awesome.   NOW for the reality check:


Dear HIMYM Fans who feel betrayed,

Let’s TRY to take a different perspective on it all. Throughout those long 9 years, this show was about FRIENDSHIP and the unpredictability of LOVE.  These are the 2 most important things in life, and can come in all shapes & sizes. Admit it – HIMYM did not give us that fairytale ending you wanted. It did not give us a sappy, cheesy, comedic ending with a freeze frame of a bunch of friends fake laughing. This ending was REFRESHING, REAL, & quite frankly PERFECT. This is real life. People get divorced.  People die. Friends lose touch.  BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN LIFE. It’s what happens afterwards and how you handle it that matters.  The love of Ted’s life died, but that doesn’t mean he’s not allowed to find happiness again. And who’s better than someone he has loved both romantically in the past, but also as a truly life-long best friend. Tracy (the mother) found love again after her first true love Max passed away. She has now returned to this first love, just as did Ted.  It’s likeee a circle of life sortof thangg.

 

Ted Mosby never gave up on love. He also never settled for anything less than the perfect match who didn’t just tolerated his flaws, but actually kindof liked them. Robin was not Ted’s perfect match, but he never gives up on those who are special in his life. Robin did not fully compliment every aspect about him. There is no doubt in my mind that Tracy was Ted’s true love, and that he loved her more than he ever loved Robin.  But life is not a perfect fairytale; bad things happen. Although Ted lost the love of his life, she gave him 2 of the most perfect gifts he could have ever wanted. Ted Mosby was always meant to be the best Dad.  After losing Tracy, Ted is allowed to find happiness again. He was lucky enough fall back in love with one of his best friends. The bottom line is, Ted is happy.  Ted had a lot of shit happen in his life, but he ALWAYS dug himself out those holes and NEVER gave up on love. Although real life circumstances took his soulmate away from him, he was still able to resurface and find happiness again.

So STFU everybody. Try to learn something from Ted Mosby: 1. Don’t ever give up on love, it’s worth waiting for 2. Don’t let bad things in life keep you down 3. Keep those who are special to you close, forever 4. You can always find happiness again after enduring the darkest of times. Because that’s real life. You have to fight for what you want.

Thank you Ted Mosby. Thank you How I Met Your Mother, for taking a realistic approach on life and giving us 9 years of laughter, tears, and ongoing jokes we will quote for ever.

 

The Final Curveball of How I Met Your Mother

After 9 seasons of watching our favorite hopeless romantic and loyal friend Ted Mosby, we will finally get to see him meet the love of his life and live happily ever after. Or will we?

How I Met Your Mother has easily become this generation’s version of Friends. The creators came up with a brilliant concept that not only dragged viewers through addicting cliff hangers year after year…but provided us with lovable and hilarious characters. The trail of breadcrumbs and clues leading to the mother’s identity was just a perpetual bonus alongside the shenanigans of Ted’s memorable gang.  Barney, Robin, Lily & Marshal form a group of friends that although very distinct…relate just enough to your own clique of besties. I don’t think there is a single person out there who doesn’t want to live above the bar Maclarens with their best buds. A tear may be shed as we say goodbye to our favorite canadian pop-star, the Daddest architect, the best couple in the world, and the awesomest of awesome bro. Barney Stinson alone will go down in history as the woman chasing, suit-wearing, bro-code swearing, easily quotable character played by NPH. The point is, fans expect the series finale to be Legen….I hope you wanted milk with thatdary.

Alright, enough of the sob-story worthy compliments.  Let’s get down to the point. Two weeks ago in the episode titled Vesuvius, the writers gave us viewers the most bizarre hint…uhh reveal? (IDK what to even call it)  in HIMYM history.  In a flash-forward to a conversation between Ted and his future wife in 2024, he tells her one of his many stories from Robin/Barney’s wedding. When he tells his wife that Robin’s mother did in fact show up for the wedding, the mother replied “What mother is going to miss her daughter’s wedding?”  This then caused the revealing moment.  Ted broke down and cried. WHYY?  The mother immediately began to console Ted and try to make him laugh, as if to change the subject and take his mind off whatever this matter may be. Theories have been flooding the internet about why this may be.

Theory 1:  The BIGGEST question arising from this is: Has the Mother in fact been dead the entire time Ted has been telling his children this story? Is Ted crying because he knows his own wife will not live to see his daughter walk the aisle?? Is this the real reason why Ted has been telling the story to his kids the whole time? Many have theorized in the past the Mother has been dead, but this is the first time the show has actually hinted that this might be possible. Does the love of Ted’s life that he has oh so craved to find through years of heart break…really end up dying?  This of course is the most morbid theory…but the writer’s are definitely trying to plant this idea into our heads whether its true or not.

Theory 2:  Perhaps Ted is crying because he worries that his own wife might not live to see his daughter walk the aisle.  Key word in this theory: MIGHT. The writers probably want the finale to be just as much of a tear jerker as it is funny. So why not make us all believe that she might be dying. Perhaps we soon find out that she has a medical scare…and maybe this is why he is telling the kids the story. HOWEVER, she lives in the end. I really don’t think that the writers would create such a dark ending to such a positive show. Nor do I think CBS would be too jazzed with the idea that the mother dies. However, I think they LOVE the idea of tricking us all…making us cry our eyes out…then surprising us with the Mosby gift of life. Those jerks.

Theory 3: Something is happening to Ted. We all automatically jump to conclusion that something is wrong with the mother, but what if Ted is the one in fact striken with some sort of condition?  Ted seems to be on the brink of tears throughout entire episode (in the flashforwards).  A key line in this episode is when the mother tells Ted, “I don’t want you to be the guy who lives in his stories. Life only moves forward.”  For the 9 years we’ve known Ted, he is living in his stories from the past. He has a need to explain every detail of these stories to his children. Here’s a thought: Is Ted dying? No, I really don’t think Ted is dying. The emotions and interaction between Ted and the Mother did not seem like this was the case. As ridiculous as this may sound though…could Ted be acquiring Alzheimer’s? Or perhaps suffered from a brain injury?  Maybe eventually, Ted’s memories are really all he has.

For some reason, something in the future scares and sadden’s Ted. We do not know what this may be yet, however it clearly hurts Ted enough to make him cry. The writer’s could simply be trying to trick us, as they often do. This is a show known for its skill with misdirection. They successfully planted the seed to make us worry and theorize…kindof like Inception.  I’m confident that the ending will be nothing less than beautiful. Whether the Mother is in fact dead or not, the writers have been waiting to give us this ending for 9 years. They will provide a finale absolutely satisfying to fans; even if it ends in tragedy, they will find a way to make it perfect. As we say goodbye to the characters we love, and finally learn how Ted meets the mother, I know that the writer’s will find a way to let us leave with a smile.

P.S. There’s one slap left in Marshall and Barney’s slap-bet   I’ll bet anyone 3 slaps…that the finale ends in a slap so epic that it shakes the world. 

P.S.S  ….WHERE THE EFF IS THE PINEAPPLE FROM?

Fall’s Comedy Television Assessment

There’s really that many Ss in assessment? who does it think it is, mississippi?

Now that Fall has officially ended (this happens whens nj transit decides to just give up on us all and my puffy jacket causes an uncomfortably squished train ride)… let’s go over the good, bad, and the ugly of this seasons fresh comedic attempts.

In my previous post I judged the new premieres of the 2013 television season…and boy was I wrong. I don’t admit that very often, but wow, I was way off.  First shall we reanalyze a few newbies:

Brooklyn Nine Nine = Dissapointment. No LOL-factor. In its entirety however, not too shabby. My expectations were too high.  Lets be real for a second though, Andy Samberg is probably the least funny part of the entire show. What happened to ya man. Sorry, i’m not sorry. I’ll admit, that pic made me laugh though…

Michael J Fox Show = Straight up, not funny.  The previews/commercials broadcasted the only funny moments. The family interactions are simply not believable. I’m not sure whether this is due to the acting or the writing.  His wife in the showisn’t believable enough to me and I don’t feel a real chemistry in their marriage  and that’s distracting. MJF, just give the people what they want, and what they want is a Back to the Future IV.

The Crazy Ones = FUNNY.  Its evident that the director allows Robin Williams to add-lib and do whatever the f*ck he wants. And thank God for that. Amen. The other characters also stand out and aren’t hidden in his shadow which is very impressive. Way to go CBS, you may have another 9 season comedy program on your hands.

Gimme da goods:

New Girl – Attention World: Watch New Girl. This is hands down one of the best comedies on television right now.  Every character has truly come into their own, both unique &  hilarious. Schmit is brilliant. Seriously, start watching this show, because it has the LOLfactor. You will literally LOL. How many shows truly make you laugh out loud these days? New Girl does this.

How I Met Your Mother UGH. This gives me a sharp pain right to the heart. Don’t bother watching this first half of the season… Just start in the Spring. Every episode is a mildly funny filler. I’m not sure why they don’t do more flashbacks, to scenes the mother may have secretly been in. UGH.  Just stay strong, it will get better, I promise!  I just keep telling myself: when Ted meets the mother it will all be worth it.

Saturday Night Live – wow.  For all of you snl haters these days, you can shut your mouth this season. The cast is made up of all fresh faces…and the new future of comedy. The skits/writing  is different and original compared to the past couple years.  I’m so proud and can’t wait to see the new cast member’s talent noticed. Too sappy?

The Mindy Project – Has truly come into its own. They have grown out of their early stage blues, and now they know who they are. Very funny. Love the characters. Love the story lines  Love the jokes. At first I made the mistake to assume that Mindy would annoy me, but she comes across as a funny/intelligent girl…who’s just a little psycho…but aren’t we all?

Parks and Rec – keep doing you.

Modern Family – Do I even need to say anything? I don’t believe words are needed. Hilarious and will always be hilarious. Some say it feels redundant…but those people are crazy.  This is truly one of the funniest shows on television and I am ecstatic that it is now syndicated on USA. woo!

The le miserable fall comedies:

Mom   and Dads    Big surprise there!  no pics for you.

An honorable non-comedy RIP mention:    

Breaking Bad – This Fall brought the end to an era.  The final episodes to arguably one of the best written television shows, ever. And we can all agree, the end was perfect. And thats all I have to say about that.