How To Be Single – Or Not

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How to begin your Valentine’s Day? Of course with a showing of How To Be Single, it would be funnier if I saw it alone but I was accompanied by one of my good friends. Said friend was single but I am not. That part is funny right?

Besides a long winded review of the movie , that I honestly don’t want to write because I only remember a few things since I saw it a week ago, I broke it down to five things I learned, liked or disliked in the movie.

  1. Hiking is the thing to do to find yourself. Also I really want to go on that New Year’s Eve hike at the Grand Canyon, sounds super fun!
  2. Jake Lacey was hands down the funniest in that movie. His baby store scene was perfection even with the ridiculous spit take. He needs to be in more things and if you haven’t seen hm already in Obvious Child, go see it, it’s on Amazon Prime
  3. Apparently It’s hard to avoid people in one of the largest cities. How did she always run into one of her guys randomly? Sorry, not possible, I’ve lived in this city for almost three years and it has only happened to me ONCE.
  4. Rebel Wilsons character didn’t really bring much to the story but confusion. It’s like they forgot about her in the middle of the movie so they decided to bring a rift in the Dakota Johnson friendship randomly.
  5. Dan Stevens was supposed to be one of the leads, what happened? Was he suppose to play the honest single guy? He should of never left Downton Abbey.

It had it’s moments (mostly seen in the trailer) but the only funny part outside of it was Lacey’s baby store scene and it’s worth it to go for that scene.

Also random question, how did Dakota keep her job by being three hours late on her second day?

 

Best Episode of 2015*

With the New Year beginning my friend, Austin Lugar, requests a bunch of his friends to take a look back at all the TV episodes of the year and pick their one favorite to write about and then rank their Top Ten. I hate picking favorites because there are so many brilliant shows and I’m bound to forget one. *My top option was Parks and Recreation but it was already taken so I went with another show that mocks another style of show, Jane the Virgin. See my thoughts and ranked episodes below.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of everyones thoughts over at Austin’s Blog

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FYI – there are some minor spoilers. 

What telenovelas are good at are finales, so for my favorite episode I have to go with the most recent mid-season finale, “Chapter Thirty.” It has such a great pay-off and includes all the great things I love about Jane the Virgin: flashbacks, Jane’s thoughts and, of course, Rogelio.

The theme of this episode was trust and how to handle it. Rafael finally got his POV taken seriously over the lie he told to Jane. He does need a break, his life is now a popular story rightfully named Curse of the Solanos. How much can this guy endure? His sister’s mom is potentially a mob boss and his sister is talking to another mob boss who kidnapped his son! Rough life!

The love-ish triangle got some development this episode via Jane’s romance writing. We get a glimpse into her mind of who she thinks is her Knight in Shining Armor. To no surprise, it’s Michael which we all knew no matter how hot Rafael’s abs are. Will she act on her feelings??

One guy not in a triangle of love but in the search of his next project that isn’t a Mad Men rip off takes strides of his own. In this episode he goes from his typical celebrity acts to discussing unknown trust issues he has with Xo about Jane and appreciates his unpaid intern. I can’t wait to see what’s in stores of him because just this year  he had a ringtone to remember, his friendship with Michael ups and downs and his celebrity feuds (Britney Spears!).

One of the great parts about this episode is Petra’s storyline, she has really grown as a character who I can actually like (kind of). Her pregnancy has done wonders for her since her lies and scheming are effecting the babies (TWINS!), she goes through her own therapy and spills everything to Rafael and to her surprise he isn’t mad. Forgiveness is key to a healthy life, which her mom needs to learn.

So now I must wait five awful long winter weeks for the show to return so I can see how the cliffhanger gets resolve which I’m sure in soap opera fashion it will be resolve within an episode.

Like every year, I hate ranking things but here’s my list. Note, I’m not caught up on Hannibal, Fargo, The Leftovers and The Americans. Too much good television!!

Top 10 Episodes of 2015 

1) Parks and Recreation, “Leslie and Ron” (Season Seven, Episode 4)
2) Community, “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television” (Season Six, Episode 13)
3) Broad City, “Knock Offs” (Season Two, Episode 4)
4) Marvel’s Daredevil, “Daredevil” (Season One, Episode 13)
5) Mr. Robot, “eps1.9_zer0-day.avi” (Season One, Episode 10
6) Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Thirty” (Season Two, Episode 8)
7) Brooklyn Nine-Nine, “Ava” (Season Three, Episode 8)
8) Master of None, “Indians on TV” (Season One, Episode 4)
9) Doctor Who, “Heaven Sent” (Season Nine, Episode 11)
10) Mad Men, “Lost Horizon” (Season Seven, Episode 12)

TV in Review: Week of Feb. 1st

My Gilmore Girls binge is over and some of my favorite shows weren’t new because of this thing called the Super Bowl so I thought it was going to be a rough week but there were actually some shows which returned with new episodes this past week. So I wanted to let you know how I felt about them all, even though there was only one episode of Parks and Rec.  Let’s take a look at them in order of  my least favorite to the best. I don’t want to say worse because obviously it’s good if I watch it 🙂

The Pool*:

The Mindy Project – New Girl – Broad City – Justified – Parks & Recreation – Jane the Virgin – Cougar Town – Suits – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

*missing this week is Brooklyn Nine Nine, Girls and starting this week is The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

It was a comedy filled week but what can I say comedies are my favorite but I am trying to catch up on The Americans.

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9. Jane the Virgin: Getting a little to Soap Opera-y but it is supposed to be that way but the Sinrostro reveal, really? I’m going to need a little more background to believe that. Why be a murderer?

8. The Mindy Project: Adam Pally last episodes, it won’t be the same not sure how it will get it’s groove back especially after that reveal. Was it really needed but props it wasn’t saved for the finale.

7. New Girl: Nick and Schmidt being fools – nothing new here. Where’s Jess’ attractive boyfriend she is moving way to fast with?

6. Suits: This episode really lived up to Uproxx’s breakdown of every episode. Dammit. Someone knows my secret. They are some nice guys to look at.

5. Cougar Town: Does Travis still go to school? Why didn’t the office burn down with all those fireworks? Come  On! It was nice to see Ellie be nice to her husband for once.

4. Parks & Rec: Why wasn’t Anne and Chris at  Donna Meagle’s wedding? The missed the special guest which didn’t pay off so maybe it was for the best. Also we finally saw the triplets and  absolutely loved the return of Kathryn Hahn my favorite line  “I’m going to do whatever I want because I don’t have any kids”

3. Justified: The episode that is building up to the showdown abut what episode isn’t? I hope I never see Duffy tanning again. Not sure what Ava’s angle is going to be, how will it end?  All this mystery is why I love the show.

2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: I don’t usually watch this on a weekly basis because I just cannot handle that much dumb in a row but I heard about this episode because of its “tracking shot” which was an accidentally homage to Birdman. This episode was brilliant as the interior and exterior are filmed on two different lots! It really showed off Charlie Day who is my FAVORITE! You’re a goddamn bitch if you didn’t like this.

1. Broad City: Bags! Bags! Bags! Pegging, Illana’s mom and twerking. Perfection.

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SAG Award Predictions

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Are there ever really any surprises at the SAG Awards or in awards show in general? We’re at the point where almost every category is locked-in and may just have one winner come out of nowhere. Some predictable winners deserve it but makes for a boring award ceremony. I remember when Grand Budapest won over Birdman this year in Best Comedy Movie, I was cheering out loud to myself (its not like they can hear me). Here’s to hoping SAG can shake it up in some way and at least we have TV to keep us guessing.

I wanted to take a stab at predicting the winners and who I want to win. Keep in mind there are some movies I haven’t seen yet – Wild, Still Alice, Cake, The Judge, Whiplash, St. Vincent and also TV shows I don’t watch or *stopped watching – Boardwalk Empire, Big Bang, Modern Family, Downton Abbey*, The Good Wife, Homeland*, Louie, Shameless, Nurse Jackie*. I’m not even going to get into Television movie or Miniseries cause I’ve only seen Fargo and Sherlock.

Here we go, first up movies because they are superior, apparently.

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Male Actor Supporting:

WILL: JK Simmons

WANT: Probably JK Simmons, just haven’t seen it yet

Female Actor Supporting:

WILL: Patricia Arquette – you can’t say no to mom.

WANT: Jessica Chastain, oh wait she’s not nominated. I thought that was just the Oscar. Sorry girl, I’m in your corner

Male Actor Leading:

WILL: Michael Keaton – he essentially made a movie making fun of himself, the greatest comeback story but Eddie Redmayne can roll up on his heels.

WANT: Jake Gyllenhall – his calm but demented character who will do anything for a good shot. SCARY

 Female Actor Leading:

WILL: Juilanne Moore

WANT: can’t really say as I’ve only seen two of the performances. This probably doesn’t stop people voting for someone they haven’t seen their performance, it’s 80% campaign.

Outstanding Cast: 

WILL: Birdman – they have the most acting nominations, it’s only common sense

WANT: Grand Budapest – great ensemble and Ralph Fiennes was rob of an nomination

Now to the world of television!

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TELEVISION:

Male Actor Comedy:

WILL: Eric Stonestreet

WANT: anyone not from Modern Family or Big Bang so Louie. I don’t care that I haven’t seen all the episode the two I saw were great!

Female Actor Comedy:

WILL/WANT: Tie with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler, these government workers are hilarious. Fine I’ll choose, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She’s unstoppable.

Male Actor Drama:

WILL/WANT: Kevin Spacey – but Buscemi could have a chance since his series just ended.

Female Actor Drama:

WILL: Viola Davis

WANT: Tatiana Maslaney – SHE PLAYS SEVEN CHARACTERS IN ONE SHOW. THAT IS AMAZING.

Ensemble Drama:

WILL/WANT: Game of Thrones – it’s more of an ensemble versus House of Card which is heavy on Spacey and Wright

Ensemble Comedy:

WILL: Modern Family – I just don’t see it losing its streak

WANT: Veep – if only Parks and Recreation was nominated….

Male Actor TV Movie or Miniseries:

Will: Billy Bob Thorton

Female Actor TV Movie or Miniseries:

WILL: Frances McDormand

We’ll see if I can beat Tyler AGAIN in predictions. Until Sunday.

 

Netflix Binge: Gilmore Girls

 

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It’s Winter TV Season 2014, I quit watching Homeland, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead and only got into one new show, The Affair. I just finished watching Doctor Who for the first time and I was left with a void of time that needed to be filled. Tyler is watching football, so that’s when I noticed the Gilmore Girls icon on the Netflix homepage. I say to myself I’ll just watch a couple episode while I browse the internet, one month later I’m at Season 4 Episode 6 with no signs of stopping. In the course of the perhaps fifth time re-watching the series I’ve rediscovered many interesting things about the Girls and their friends. I shall list them below.

  • Communication: The Gilmore Girls hate communicating with each other on the important stuff which gets them into fights every season. Rory doesn’t tell Lorlei about meeting Dean or the reason why they broke up. Lorelei doesn’t tell Rory about Max, when they get back. even when Rory tells Lorelei about the Jess kiss,  together. Don’t get me started on the ups and down of Emily and Lorelei.
  • Disappearing Boys: Alex from Season 3 (Billy Burke) just never gets brought up again after Lorelei kisses Max. Dave also in Season 3, he goes to college but we got no aftermath of Lane losing her first boyfriend. Then the on-screen disappearing act of Jess, why do you have to be so mean!
  • Friday Night Dinners: Do they actually happen on Fridays? Some episodes the next day Rory is wearing her Chilton uniform. The jumping around in time always throws me. Rory invites Jess to the Gilmore dinner and then the next scene is the Friday night dinner. What happened in that week! The one thing that frustrates me is when you know time has past but nothing has changed between the characters.
  • Dean: He’s an idiot! Three months into their relationship, he calls it quits because Rory can’t say I Love You. Then he gets back together because Rory has an outburst at a town meeting. has a solid five months together. Then Jess. He continues to go out with her for roughly six or so  more months knowing Rory has a crush on Jess, he admits this in Season 2 episode 18 but doesn’t break up with her until Season 3 Episode 7. Continues to date her after another man crashes the car he made for Rory. Finally breaks up with her but keeps coming back as her friend. I swear he is in more episodes after they broke up.  He then starts dating another girl for a few months. Gets in a fight with Jess to defend Rory. Gets engage the episode later to the new girlfriend of only five months. Marries girl and doesn’t go to college. Seriously. Horrible choices Dean and theres more to come.
  • Luke: Also an idiot. I know it’s a TV gimmick to have the will they won’t they but why did you have to go get married on a cruise. Out of character.
  • Jess: He stood in there. Rory at first treated him like dirt, not in a relationship, and then he did, in relationship. Full circle.

I know when I get to the later seasons I’ll have more frustrating things to say as they make so many stupid decision but I love watching them.

 

 

Top TV Episode of 2014*

Every year my friend, Austin Lugar, asks a bunch of his friends to take a look back at all the TV episodes of the year and pick their one favorite to write about and then rank their Top Ten. I hate picking favorites because they’re are so many brilliant shows and I’m bound to forget one. To note, I did. I forgot one of my favorite TV shows Community, who can forget the MeowMeowBeanz episodes. I slammed my head on the table when I forgot. Alas see below, the choice I made for favorite episode of 2014 and check out the rest of everyones thoughts over at Austin’s Blog.

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Brooklyn Nine Nine

A lot of people want to punch Andy Samberg in the face. This is the common response I get when I tell people I watch Brooklyn Nine Nine to then I respond with it’s hilarious and Andy’s character gets punch in the face. Will that make you watch it? This show also offers so many other fantastic actors and character, this show introduce me to Chelsea Peretti and her awesome dance moves.

This “office” comedy started it’s run in 2013 and had a rocky start but then coming into 2014 it hit it’s stride and then even come back stronger with it’s second season. It gave us one of my favorites “will they won’t they” relationship and a great game called Kwazy Cupcakes. They have running plots, like the Halloween prank, the Pontiac bandit and Giggle Pig. It was hard to pick one episode because each episode as they all bring it, (especially the second season) but I had to go with ‘The Mole’ as this clearly showcases the comedic genius of Andy and Andre as most of the episode they’re stuck in a room, which is a occurring theme for Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Let’s for one second talk about the location, Brooklyn, where I live and love living. Conveniently the outside shot of the police building is in the neighborhood I live in Park Slope and another coincidence is Pawnee is based on a town I went to college. I’m predicting he makes his new TV show in Wisconsin, where I was born because he is obviously basing his location off my life

Essentially, who doesn’t love a dead pan Andre Bruaghner, also did I mention it won two Golden Globes, those mean a lot, well for this one show it does!

TOP 10 EPISODES OF 2014:

  1. Broad City: Apartment Hunters (Season 1, episode 9)
  2. Sherlock : The Sign of Three (Series 3, Episode 2)
  3. Brooklyn Nine Nine: The Mole (Season 5, Episode 5)
  4. Hannibal: Mizumono (Season 2, Episode 13)
  5. Fargo: A Fox, a Rabbit and a Cabbage (Season 1, Episode 9)
  6. Game of Thrones: The Laws of God Men (Season 4, Episode 6)
  7. The Leftovers: Cairo (Seson 1, episode 8)
  8. Veep: Clovis (Season 3, episode 4)
  9. Doctor Who: Listen (Season 8, Episode 4)
  10. Mad Men: The Runways (Season 7, Episode 5)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Parks and Recreation: Filibuster (Season 6 Episode 6)
  • The Affair: 7
  • House of Cards: Chapter 14
  • Broad City: The Lockout
  • Silicon Valley: Optimal Tip to Tip Efficiency

And the Nominees Are….

It’s 45 minutes until the Oscar nominations and I thought I would let you know who I would nominate out of the movies I have seen (disclaimer I haven’t seen Nebraska or Captain Phillips or many others yet). Here are the movies I have seen: http://www.pinterest.com/rakermb/2013-released-movies-ive-seen/

Here we go:

Best Picture:

  • American Hustle
  • Her
  • Philomena
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Frozen (if Pixar can do it, Disney can do it)
  • Gravity

Best Actor:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Matthew McConaughey: Dallas Buyers Club
  • Hugh Jackman: Prisoners
  • Oscar Isaac: Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Christian Bale: American Hustle

Best Actress:

  • Cate Blanchet: Blue Jasmine
  • Any Adams: American Hustle
  • Sandra Bullock: Gravity
  • Judi Dench: Philomena
  • Emma Thompson: Saving Mr. Banks

Supporting Actor:

  • Jonah Hill: The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jared Leto: Dallas Buyers Club
  • Michael Fassbender: 12 Years a Slave
  • Sam Rockwell: The Way Way Back
  • Steve Coogan: Philomena

Supporting Actress: slim pickings in this category

  • Jennifer Lawerence: American Hustle
  • Elizabeth Banks: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Lupita Nyong’o: 12 Years A Slave
  • Julianne Nicholson: August: Osage County
  • Cat: Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Special Effects:

  • The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
  • Iron Man 3
  • Gravity
  • Star Trek Into Darkness

These choices are only from Molly not Tyler, what are your thoughts on them? Who would you want to be nominated.

The Wolverine

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Let’s be honest, I love X-Men but Tyler doesn’t care for it one bit. I, on the other hand  love the first  two X-Men movies, made THIRTEEN years ago! Good god that is forever ago. Even with that much time Hollywood is still pushing out X-Men movies with the original actors; it’s insane. Although X-Men: First Class was a great film, it presented many plot-holes. If they were trying to connect with the first trilogy of X-Men (sadly X-Men: The Last Stand is still considered a movie) they failed, miserably. When they decided to do a sequel to the spin-off of X-Men Origins: Wolverine , I was intrigued. Origins wasn’t perceived as a decent film at all. The only thing I loved about it was surprisingly enough Taylor Kitsch. Lets not forget the fact they featured Emma Frost in First Class as a 30 year old mutant but a eighteen year-old in the prequel (Origin’s). We obviously know the film version of X:Men First Class has gigantic plot holes!

One thing The Wolverine got right is to make the plot holes even less prominent. They achieved this by taking Wolverine (Logan) to another country and not even referencing back to the MANY characters featured in Origins. But, that did not help the story-line one bit. Can anyone explain to me what the Vipers motives were in this movie? I’ll bet a trillion dollars no one can..see you’re thinking about it and you can’t come up with one reason why Viper would help this old man….you could say money but the old man had none after investing it all in this technology. Don’t even get me started on the archer dude, who doesn’t even deserve for me to remember his character’s name, he was solely there to be the Katniss of the film. I bet no one can explain to me why he even worked with the Viper and then after getting stab by what’s her name decided to go against Viper. They just thought of a character to switch sides to serve a purpose then murder him. His death meant nothing because he flip-flopped sides and the audience had no chance to develop what his end goal would be in this movie. What was I suppose to take out of this movie? Wolverine will get into bed with any old girl? People are attracted to shiny things (Viper) referencing the Adamantium robot?

I would love for someone to leave a comment to defend this film as a well-develop storyline and character development. I dare you?

It makes me sad I didn’t love this movie because I like the concept of mutants and their potential. I can only hope X:Men Days of Future Past has some better motive than The Wolverine. We all know I have an issue with it already because it has time-travel and Jennifer Lawrence. But, one can not judge without seeing it.

Until next time, keep on watching those god-damn movies.

Seen and Written By: Molly Raker

The Pixar Theory

Our minds are blown and we need to have a Pixar marathon soon!

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Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why.

Before we go further, I should let you know that The Pixar Theory is now a published book. Since writing this blog post in 2013, I’ve been working on completing the unified theory in what I hope you find to be a compelling and even more persuasive essay. Or not. It’s cool either way.

You can check out the book here. Or keep reading below to read the original theory. Just keep in mind that a lot of what you’re about to read has been vastly improved over the last few years.

Back to the theory!

In 2012, I watched a video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call The Pixar Theory

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The Way Way Back

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The Way Way Back was a joy of movie! This coming of age movie didn’t break any formulas but it was still a great start to end. Sam Rockwell brought a hysterical performance, it’s a mystery to me how Rockwell has not won an Oscar??? This performance won’t have a chance of a nomination but I can only hope before I die, I see him hold an Oscar statue. There were some lucky guys in this movie who are in possession of the golden man, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (no they didn’t steal them). These funny guys won it for The Descendants and that win can only explain how The Way Way Back finally got produced and assembled a brillant cast. Rash and Faxon had the screenplay finished before The Descendant was even written. It always amazes me the looong process some movies have to go through before being made (ex. Blue Valentine, it took ten years!)

This movie follows Duncan on his awkward journey in Cape Cod where he finds an escape from his make-shift family at a water park. He then finds charismatic and sarcastic Owen, played by Rockwell, who owns the Water Wizz (which is a real place). He makes his first friend, who can drive, of the summer and maybe his life. Duncan finds a love interest in the girl next door, a pirate, and a germophobe. TWWB is not short of interesting characters if you love them or hate them. What people don’t know about Duncan is he is always at the wrong place at the right time. It’s like he’s in Downton Abbey, always overhearing peoples conversation and knowing more than anyone. His knowledge eventually gets him in trouble and awkward situations but it all pays off in the end.

Even though this movie doesn’t break any rules it shows a fun journey of a fourteen year old kid finding his way and teaching others to believe in themselves. It was great making memories with this movie!

Key Learnings:

  • There should always be a Shawn Spencer like character (Owen) in every movie.
  • ALWAYS give Allison Janney a drink!
  • Jim Rash should never have a mustache, he should stick to his Dean costumes.
  • Sam Rockwell needs to be in more movies.
  • Do parents actually fall asleep when there fourteen year old or nine year old kid is not at home?
  • Who knew “Holding Out For a Hero” lyrics would work as an inspirational speech, kind of.