thoughts on pretty little liars first three seasons

Fool me once? Shame on you. Fool my best friend? You’re dead meat.
-Hanna Marin

The fact that I jumped off the Pretty Little Liars train back in high school has never escaped me. I had to live with it for years as my friends gushed about the newest clue they were being fed. After being a fan for the first two seasons, watching religiously every week, I just got tired of nothing ever adding up. Mid season three I decided I was done with it and joked with my friends that they would be watching it till they were thirty.

Occasionally, I would hear a tidbit about the show and wonder if I should have stuck it out, but quickly squashed it. About a year ago, I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something new to binge watch and came across the show. I didn’t start it then, but I added it to my list and made a deal with myself: I would watch it when it had ended. I felt this way, I would know it had a definite end to the story and I wouldn’t have to be bothered by feelings of it never going anywhere.

Well if you aren’t a fan of the show then let me fill you in – the show ended, finally!

Now that the show is over, I decided it was time. I needed a good guilty pleasure show to watch and this one was a prime candidate. I began all the way back in season one a couple weeks ago and I just started season four yesterday. It turns out that although the story is totally and completely far fetched and dramatically cheesy, I am really enjoying it! I have come up with two reasons why this could be:

  1. I am not watching it with my mom, so I don’t have to hear her commentary about how that girl shouldn’t be sleeping with her teacher and blah blah blah, but instead I can swoon and watch in pure bliss.
  2. I no longer have to wait a week between episodes. With binge-watching and accessibility (thanks Netflix!) comes better understanding – the clues make more sense, because they are fresh in my mind. I’m able to speculate more on who I think is “A” and try to piece together my own theories in peace and generally enjoy the show more.

I will admit that the show still makes me think WTF!? like every episode, but I can’t help it and I definitely can’t quit watching!

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movie review: home alone 2

They’re kind of the same thing. If you won’t use your heart, who cares if it gets broken? If you just keep it to yourself, maybe it’ll be like my rollerblades. When you do decide to try it, it won’t be any good. You should take a chance. Got nothing to lose.
-Kevin McCallister

Home Alone is a classic holiday movie; I would even go as far as to say it is on majority of people’s top five holiday film lists. I can honestly say that I watch it at least twice a year and get a genuine laugh everytime! The story never gets old.

Well, I always knew that Home Alone had sequels, but had never given them a watch until last night. Last night I watched Home Alone 2: Lost in New York for the first time… and while watching I had many comments, concerns, and questions.

How Do You Forget Your Kid Twice?
Not just twice – TWO YEARS IN A ROW!! I feel like Kate McCallister is the most irresponsible mother on the planet! If I was in her shoes and I had left my kid at home the year before while taking a major trip, I would be physically making sure I see all of my kids in the car before I left the house, then physically gripping his hand as I ran to the terminal, and then physically checking to make sure he was in his seat before that plane took off… Like how does she not check?? I hope she got some questions from CPS on why she can’t keep up with her kid.

How Can You Be So Naive?
I am specifically referring to the conflict between Buzz and Kevin. I understand it to a point, because I have an older brother, but this is just ridiculous! We see it in the first movie with Buzz eating the cheese pizza he knew was for Kevin and then making a tacky remark to get a rise out of Kevin; obviously Kevin shouldn’t have retaliated, but really is no one going to punish Buzz for causing the conflict to begin with? Then we have the same kind of thing at the church concert. Kevin has a solo and Buzz starts doing dumb things behind Kevin getting the audience to laugh [which by the way in what world are people so cruel/stupid that they would laugh at that] then Kevin realizes what is happening and pushes Buzz causing all of the other students to fall; once back home Buzz says the most pathetic, fake apology and his mom buys it and gets mad at Kevin. Woman are you blind??

How Can You Let Your Family Speak To Your Kid Like That?
It has always bothered me about how Kevin’s family speaks to him in the first movie… they make fun of him, call him names, and really demean him (you’re a little jerk, you’re a disease, you’re incompetent). If my family treated me like that, I would want them to disappear too! Nobody listens to him and they blame him for everything – real talk: the kid is nine/ten! I understand that kids can be annoying or inconvenient, but that is no reason to bully him. I mean his grown uncle joins in; why are his parents not putting a stop to this familial bullying?? Then to think that after he gets left behind and almost dies, they still don’t put a stop to their rudeness? Unbelievable!

How Are They Not In A Rehabilitation Center?
I know it’s a movie and I’m all for the good fun and unrealisticness of the first movie, but, seriously, how are the bandits not in some kind of rehabilitation center? They would have had wounds and scars and broken bones from the beating they took robbing the McCallister home, yet they weren’t even hurting when they got arrested and they looked good as new when they broke out of prison… ya I’m not buying it.

How Was The Airline Not Sued?
Again, I know it’s a movie, but how does this family not sue the airlines for letting their kid on a flight without checking for his boarding pass or make sure he finds his seat and/or family? He’s obviously a kid, maybe not an unaccompanied minor, but he does get on without a parent. I know the lady drops the boarding passes, but for a ten year old you don’t double check to make sure and then you don’t physically take him to his family after the pilot tells you to make sure? Really? Although the McCallister’s don’t need the money, I would definitely be talking to someone!!

Okay, so I have an obvious disgust for the McCallister family and I think his parent’s need to take a course on how to be responsible parents, but I think my biggest issue with the film was the fact that it is completely unoriginal and uncreative. It’s basically the same storyline from the first movie just not in New York… I just feel like they could have gotten a bit more creative with the story.

Although I didn’t think it was a fantastic story, I still think Macauley did a wonderful job and I got some good laughs in when the bandits were be tortured again! Overall, not the best sequel, but not a complete bust either!

| Lauren Grey

Originally posted here.

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!