Show Review: Santa Clarita Diet

Are you baking cookies? -Abby
No, it’s vanilla extract and essentials oils, baked in the oven at 350. It’s an old realtor trick. Makes the house smell like home. -Sheila

The Santa Clarita Diet was… um… interesting. It was recommended to me by my roommate who had only seen the trailer. I thought it sounded pretty stupid, but Saturday night I was at Jeremiah’s and was going to just veg and watch one of my shows, but he made a fuss begging me not to watch Grey’s Anatomy or Criminal Minds, so in an attempt to irritate him, I clicked on the Santa Clarita Diet. The first episode was so awful that we couldn’t tear our eyes away. I am a fan of Drew Barrymore and he of Timothy Olyphant, so we felt that the show had potential, but it just went from awful to bad to worse to terrible.

The great thing about the show is that it doesn’t feel like the actors are trying to be amazing, it just feels like they are having a great time. So if you watch it with that attitude, it can be a lot of fun. Jeremiah and I found ourselves cracking up from how stupid the premise was and how dumb the actors were.

I don’t have much to say, because this wasn’t a show I would have picked. The storyline has potential, but the acting and execution is truly horrible. The season finale was a serious letdown compared to the prior episodes and I really feel this could have been a great one season only little online mini-series, but of course they want to milk it, so most likely this will get a second season. We can only hope for the best at this point.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a light, silly, comedy that isn’t trying very hard, then give the Santa Clarita Diet a chance. I got some great laughs and some good smirks from watching it. It can be binged in one sitting or drawn out, but just remember that it is awful, but run with it.

Show Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events… where do I even begin?

Let me start by saying that I never read the book series. During Elementary School I would always see kids carrying the books around, but I never desired to read them. With that being said, this series is my boyfriend’s favorite of all time, so while watching he fed me all the comparisons between book and show. Also, I did see the original movie, but not since like 2008 or so.

Now, I can only describe my viewing experience of A Series of Unfortunate Events as a tolerate/hate relationship. I only watched it, because my boyfriend begged me too. I fell asleep during the first episode, because it was boring, but really I felt that the way the script flows is really weird and the humor was more annoying than funny. I found not knowing where everything was taking place (like the United States) or what year it was (like present day) to be very frustrating. Nothing felt natural about the show; the children especially seemed bland and extremely scripted and Count Olaf was just plain disturbing and while watching him on multiple occasions I felt violated… I just did not click with anything about it. Oh and I also couldn’t get over how ridiculously stupid the adults were. I am sure there is some underlying reason to why that is, but I just couldn’t get on board with it.

With all that being said, I did make it through all eight episodes and they did start getting better toward the end. Through all of my irritation and dislike of the show, I did find some positives I will share. Making it a tv show was the best idea! For large and successful book series, fitting them into a few movies just doesn’t always cut it; we know this from the failed attempt at a movie series back when Jim Carrey was Count Olaf. I felt the movie was doomed from the start, because they went out of order instead of staying true to the series or making each book its own movie, so by splitting each book into two episodes, it is my understanding that all of the major themes were included and making it so that the story made sense (or as much sense as it can). I liked the air of mystery as well as the conspiracy I feel they keep hinting too.

All in all, this show has great potential! Although hesitant, I have no doubt I will be back to watch the second season.

Show Review: The Vampire Diaries

 

I started watching The Vampire Diaries three years ago on a lonely night after moving to college where I had no friends and just needed a night of guilty pleasure television and cookies and cream ice cream. I remember the first couple seasons being really great with a storyline that actually made sense. The show is based on a book series (that I never read), but it was painfully obvious that they veered from the original storyline to make the show last longer.

And it worked… for awhile… seven seasons (so far), but I quit watching after season six, because it got an ending that I could live with. It was a pretty stupid ending, but they didn’t have too many options when the main character quits the show, but honestly they should have stopped while the show still had dignity.

Okay, so about the characters: for starters, the main female character Elena was the most annoying, whiney person ever! Obviously she had to fall in love with a pair of brothers which is extremely cliche, but both Stefan and Damon had potential. Stefan, the good boy, and Damon, the bad boy; I liked Damon better, but both of them had lots of skeletons in their closet. Bonnie and Caroline both had good moments and some really irritating moments, but they were good supporting characters and the same with Matt and Tyler.

So if you are in the mood for a far-fetched fantasy, guilty-pleasure storyline, and remarkably dull characters than pull up a seat! Honestly, I enjoyed the show in sections. I watched the first few seasons then took a year break, then watched the next season, took another year break, then finished it. Some episodes drag on, but others are pretty action packed. It is worth watching if the above mentioned is your thing, but don’t expect good writing or dynamic characters, just enjoy the ride!

Movie Review: Before We Go

Before We Go is a movie that Chris Evans starred in and directed. I added it to my Netflix que a while back and just got around to watching it and I am pleased to say that I genuinely really liked it by the end! It has an indie film feel to it, but it also has a heartwarming charm to it. The beginning started off kind of slow, but after 20 or so minutes I was interested in the characters.

This is one of those movies that is based on New York City happenstance. There are a lot of movies that revolve around this notion that strangers meet in NYC and magic happens. Although I don’t believe in this, I will admit that it is a guilty pleasure plot that I enjoy.

Nick and Brooke both find themselves in New York on this fateful night and coincidently Brooke misses her train, but really needs to get back home and Nick is avoiding attending a certain event, so being a true gentleman he offers to help her. So as the movie progresses, the two get into all kinds of mischief while you slowly learn about each of their pasts and circumstances.

I like the mystery and the way it unfolds. I like the almost ending and how it doesn’t go the way you think it is going to. They were going for a “fill in your own ending” which always irritate me, because I like definite endings, but I am still really happy with the way it turned out and I am actually smiling while writing this. Definitely watch if you are a sucker for New York City movies, romance movies, indie love films… just watch it!

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed in this movie. I was already a bit skeptical about it, but I felt that the storyline had a lot of potential with the use of villains we had never seen before. But after the first 15 or so minutes, it started to go downhill.

Predictable is the first word that comes to mind. They had so many options, but of course they chose the classic “superhero” route and had all the characters band together to fight one not-so-menacing bad guy. There wasn’t even very much mutiny or rebellion which obviously would have happened when you force villains to do good.

The whole plot was confusing. There were so many holes in the storyline and pieces that were not explained. They would be talking to people who weren’t introduced and then all of a sudden they would be in some building for some reason, but we don’t know why. They just expected you to accept everything that was going on, because it was going on, but I like to have explanations.

Enchantress was pretty pathetic, especially as  the main bad guy. All she did was stand up in some rubble and dance around with weird mystical crap swirling around above her. Ummm feel a little like X-Men? Ya, I thought so. They could have picked someone way better, but the whole storyline revolving around how she became the big villain in the first place is where it doesn’t make sense and no one would be stupid enough to let it happen.

A joke was what the Joker’s character was. It was already too soon to bring the Joker back into the movies (RIP Heath Ledger– you will forever be the best Joker ever!!). Jared Leto played a horrendously awful Joker. It was way too out there and quite-frankly gross. His fifteen minutes of fame in this movie seriously needed to be cut. The only reason the character should have been in the movie was to explain Harley Quinn’s back story. They should be ashamed of themselves for letting this crap be in the movie.

The only part I enjoyed in this movie was by far the character of Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie did a wonderful job and I was super excited to finally see one of the best female comic characters come to life. I really hope the Harley Quinn movie comes to be, because that and only that will I go see.

They need to put a pause on making superhero movies and rethink them in general. I am glad that they are normally box office hits, but do we need to sacrifice the making of a good movie to create four a year. We used to wait two years to see superhero movies and back then they were good. Now they all have the same plot and are so beyond original and fun. They get worse and worse.

I suggest saving yourself some money and wait to see this till it comes out on Netflix or RedBox, because it is not worth seeing in theaters or at all.