You got that Dane DeHaan as James Dean look in your eye | Film Review: Life (2015)

Last week, instead of preparing for my thesis progress report, I watched Life, the 2015 movie starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pattinson played Dennis Stock, the photographer who took the iconic photos of James Dean, played by DeHaan, back in the 1950s. I have never heard of Dennis Stock and while I know who James Dean is, it’s more like, oh-that-super-handsome-actor-Taylor-Swift-referenced-in-Style. I haven’t seen any of James Dean’s few movies although I’ve already seen these iconic photos of his. So instinctively, if we were going to be honest, which is my rule here in my blog, I would have never even touched this movie with a ten-feet pole. It’s just that, I’m not really into biography-like films and all that. I’m a fiction girl, I like them made-up stories.

But who do we have here? WE HAVE DANE DEHAAN AND I WATCH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WITH DANE DEHAAN. Hello, I took a selfie with his poster of Life After Beth outside a fastfood restaurant. I mean:

I did that. If that doesn’t convince you that I’m obsessed with him I’m a fan, then I don’t know what else. So obviously, I watched Life even though I was sure I’d get bored.

But see, I DIDN’T. While I didn’t know how James Dean moved or spoke but I do know that Dane definitely didn’t resemble him, I thought Dane did a fine good job being that rebel James Dean evoked but still having that boyishness to him. He’d go loud one second then real quiet the next. It was like the less psychotic version of his Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings and I had fun watching him.

And while Dane DeHaan was amazing (AS ALWAYS HELLO, BB IS GREAT), it was actually Robert Pattinson who took me by surprise. I’ve never seen any of his projects post-Twilight but boy, did he held up his own against Dane DeHaan. In a film where the plot revolves around a photographer convincing one of the icons of that decade to be his subject, it’s easy for the audience to see just the subject in the story. After all, that’s also who we know, James Dean. The director specifically mentioned in his interviews that the film was about Dennis Stock but I thought for sure it’s gonna focus on James Dean. But coupled with the team’s intention of making a film about Dennis Stock and Robert Pattinson’s performance, Life turned out to be really a film about Dennis Stock.

Robert Pattinson was a revelation to me in here. His scenes with his son? HE NAILED IT. He desperately wanted to connect with him but he just can’t. He’s trying but he can’t. The quiet frustration, the determination and passion, he embodied the character. They were a pair, these two.

As for the cinematography, it was the right mix of bleak I always imagined Hollywood behind-the-scenes would be. Who am I kidding, I have to study more technicalities in film making to be able to comment more on the cinematography, editing, and sound. But I thought the film had done a great job in presenting its material.

So that’s my mini word vomit on Life because I like sharing what I think about shows and films even though I’m the only one who cares. Kthxbai.

You got that Dane DeHaan as James Dean look in your eye | Film Review: Life (2015)

Too rom and not enough com | Review: The Mindy Project Season 1

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Last weekend, I finished the first season of The Mindy Project and I certainly did not expect that I will end up disappointed. Because:

  1. I loved Mindy Kaling’s books: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) and Why Not Me?So it’s kinda safe to assume that I like Mindy’s humor and I find her inspiring too.
  2. I love Chris Messina as previously established. This is the major reason, probably 70% and the prior reason only cashes in 30%.

I never thought I’d find too much romance in a romcom-sitcom to be a negative point against it but here I am. I want my romcoms to be funny and The Mindy Project fails to make me laugh.

Moreover, it’s almost all about Mindy’s lovelife. I don’t feel like I fully got a look into her character even though the first season has 24 episodes. Girl, you’re a doctor. And while there have been few plot points regarding her practice, I feel like the show is still too skewed on her lovelife. And I don’t buy that she’s able to date that much, okay. There were so many guys! I sound so bitter here but I just can’t suspend my disbelief.

Sure, there are also female friendships and work relationships and work ethics but nothing grabbed me the whole of the first season. Which was majorly saddening because I never thought that I won’t love this show…

I also know that the title of the show is THE MINDY PROJECT so the focus is on Mindy but I just wish the other characters had more depth. It’s also weird how some possible plot points and/or relationships were not tapped yet. I feel like there were so many wasted opportunities?

I could forgive the show for not being able to make me laugh (ack, I haven’t written my post about Mozart in the Jungle, which is another case of this-is-not-funny-to-me) but it has to make me care. Or since it’s so full of romance, I should feel giddy from the romance of it all. Sadly, I don’t care and I only feel giddy because of Chris Messina (and the little bit with BJ Novak!) but not with the script or the plot. T_T

Ultimately, the more disappointing/disturbing aspect in this whole debacle of mine regarding THE MINDY PROJECT is that I still want to watch it because I WANNA GET TO MINDY’S ROMANCE WITH CHRIS MESSINA. And I even wanna get to the third season because I want to see how leaving Fox and being picked up by Hulu changed the freedom and thus, the liberties the show would take.

And so, I am destined to watch this show because I am putty with Chris Messina and he’s the freaking reason that I’m watching this (seriously, for the first two episodes, I squealed every time he was onscreen, which was ALL THE TIME) but I’m not interested in rushing it. In due time, in due time. Which sounds like never at this point. Gah. We’ll see!

Too rom and not enough com | Review: The Mindy Project Season 1

Review: The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Finale

Now that the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries is premiering in a few days, it’s time to weigh in my thoughts on the previous season’s finale. I just finished the last few episodes of TVD’s Season 3 last, last (last?) week (I know it’s too late but blame school!) and color me shocked with what happened! Granted, I accidentally read a spoiler that made me postpone watching it because I was sorta pissed that I read it but I didn’t see things coming! Beware, SPOILERS AHEAD!

I didn’t get it immediately that Elena’s now a vampire. Everything was happening fast and I didn’t immediately understand it when Meredith said that she helped Elena. So my thoughts on the finale in bullet points because bullet points are love!

So it might be shocking (or not) that Elena is now a vampire after three seasons. If show decides that there’s a loophole and I see a very non-vampire Elena on season four’s first episode, I will hack this show with a virtual saw. I mean, you finally decided to turn her into a vampire and I do think it’s inevitable since what, everyone’s a vampire, and then you go chicken balls on me and you want to keep her a “human” (She’s still THE doppelganger!), I will get mad show, I will.

However, I do think that a vampire Elena makes for a less interesting show. Some of you might argue that it will actually make it more interesting. She’s now a vampire so how will very moral Elena adapt to it. What will Damon do now? Will Katherine show up? Will Damon break Stefan’s neck for letting Elena die? What’s gonna happen? Yes, those are interesting problems but I’m just curious what will be the general goal of the show now that Elena’s a vampire? It’s been all about protecting her since the first season and now that she’s sorta invincible (faster, stronger, immortal), what’s gonna happen? Ric’s dead (HUHUHUHU), I just don’t know where the show’s gonna head.

Of course, the Klaus-Caroline-Tyler front is MIGHTY INTERESTING but I will definitely miss Joseph Morgan. They didn’t show his body burn to ashes so I hope he can come back soon. Heehee. I haven’t published this long-standing draft of a villain review of Joseph Morgan’s Klaus but I will soon, in memory of him. Haha! Anyway, Klaus is now in Tyler’s body and I imagine it’s gonna be hard for Michael Trevino to act that one out but I have faith in him. So what happens is that both Team Forwood and Team Klaroline wins because we have Tyler’s body but Klaus in it. Haha! Now Tyler gets to be the big baddie and such a great and large role! But Joseph Morgan. Part of I stuck with TVD was Joseph Morgan, I’m serious. I mean, I never planned on dropping it but by Heart of Darkness, I was so busy with school. I only finished TVD the past few weeks because I miss Joseph Morgan and season four’s starting soon.

And now that Elena is a vampire, she’ll remember that memory Damon compelled and all other things and I am so excited. Delena forever! I do think Stefan is good but meh, Damon forever!

Anyway, my thoughts are everywhere. Point is, I will still watch TVD and I hope it’s still good!

Three days!

 

 

 

Review: The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Finale

Review: Baby Daddy S01E01 Pilot

So I heard from my dear friend Jean that Jean-Luc Bilodeau has a new show and I immediately hyperventilated. Jean-Luc Bilodeau? Headlining his own show? A comedy at that? Hooked, lined, sinkered. Sign me up, please! I can pretty much watch Jean-Luc Bilodeau reciting math equations and enjoy it. I was warned though that the plot’s a lot like Raising Hope.

So I rolled my eyes, thinking here comes ABC Family, trying to have their own Raising Hope. A guy getting a girl preggo and the girl leaving their offspring on him. It’s too Raising Hope! But I was also told that it’s nothing like Raising Hope and after watching the pilot, I do agree on that. The premise is no doubt like Raising Hope but the execution, the humor, the everything, are miles away. Let’s deconstruct it, huh?

Unlike Raising Hope where it’s pretty much “white trash humor”, full of Virginia’s deadpans and their dumber-than-dumb actions, Baby Daddy is more grounded in reality. Thus while Raising Hope sometimes goes over-the-top only to smack you down with all the warmth and love it can give and more, Baby Daddy feels more realistic. Like maybe it’s happening to your neighbor. That kind of feeling. So what’s happening in this, you might ask?

Ben (Bilodeau), a guy in his 20s, lets his big brother and I mean big, Danny (Derek Theler) to live with him in his flat he shares with his best friend, Tucker (Tahj Mowry). Then comes the bell on the door and the baby. Wah! There’s just a note that the baby’s name is Emma and that Angela, the baby’s mother, can’t do it anymore. So shenanigans get off as no one knows how to take care of the baby. In comes Riley (Chelsea Kane) to the rescue, formerly known as Fat Pants, now studying law and nowhere near fat. Seriously, boys, you should learn how to handle kids! Though, it’s really funny to see three grown men panicking just because of a baby. Haha! Anyway, Riley saves the day but Ben and Danny’s mother comes, Bonnie (Melissa Peterman), saying they should let the kid be adopted, but she’s mostly happy she’s got a granddaughter. Angela arranged for adoption but in the end, like in Raising Hope, Ben decides to keep Emma and raise her himself, with the help of Danny and Tucker and Riley. Mostly Riley. Haha!

Of course it isn’t complete if there’s no love triangle. Riley always had the hots for Ben but Danny always had it bad with Riley. For the record, I am shipping Riley and Danny. The look on Danny’s face when Riley said he had everything while Ben don’t and he said, after she left, “not everything”, looking longingly after her, that wrenched my heart out. So Riley and Danny it is. Hee.

On to my review. So it is funny but not as funny as Raising Hope since like I said, this is normal life people. No one’s hitting someone’s head with a TV here. (Gah, I love Virginia and Raising Hope so much.) The baby is so cute and they also use twins! Gah, kids, I love kids! Anyway, the pilot isn’t that funny, since they are still establishing the characters and the plot. But having watched the second episode, it gets better and funnier. I laughed a lot on the second episode. So I suggest you go grab the first two episodes and check it out. Hope this review helped and enjoy!

Watching it for you and I ended up liking it. So, uhm, thanks? For a new show.

Thank you to ABC for the photos!

Review: Baby Daddy S01E01 Pilot

Recap: Baby-Faced Beauty Episode 7

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Someone’s walking around in kissy-kissy shoes! And kissy-kissy shoes equals happy me! Jin-wook hasn’t realized it yet but his body is showing signs of L-O-V-E. Jealousy, spitting nonsense phrases strung together, telltale signs we’re gonna get there soon! We are also teased with the real-age discovery multiple of times which makes me sit on the edge of my seat! Read on! Continue reading “Recap: Baby-Faced Beauty Episode 7”

Recap: Baby-Faced Beauty Episode 7

Recap: Baby-Faced Beauty Episode 6

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We can see the love sparks between Jin-wook and So-young in this episode! The two seem to worry about each other beyond what normal friends and co-workers do and they’re getting more comfortable with each other. I love this stage in a love story, the creeping awareness of that someone’s presence and how that someone affects you more than what you’d allow yourself. We also see many jealous facets of Jin-wook. Jealous Jin-wook, for the win! BABY-FACED BEAUTY Episode 6 >>

Recap: Baby-Faced Beauty Episode 6

Recap: Baby-Faced Beauty Episode 5

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Hey, guys! This has been sitting in my drafts for so long. I was supposed to recap Baby-Faced Beauty for Dramabeans but then I wasn’t able to because of school. I became so busy that I wasn’t able to do the recaps on time. I’ve done recaps until episode 7 and I don’t think I can finish the full drama. So I’m just posting episodes 5 to 7 since they’ll just be rotting here so better to let the world see. And if ever someone reads this, maybe s/he will be interested in BFB, or better yet, kdramas, and watch the show or more dramas. So, enjoy!
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Recap: Baby-Faced Beauty Episode 5

Review: Up All Night S01E01 Pilot

A week ago, I was dearly missing Raising Hope. It was still on its winter hiatus and I just want a new episode because my Wednesdays were so lonely. No Raising Hope, no New Girl, no White Collar yet. So in my attempt to have another comedy ala Raising Hope, I downloaded the pilot episode of Up All Night, only knowing that it’s a comedy and that it’s about two parents raising a kid. What can I say, I love baby hijinks. Heehee. I was aware that it isn’t a Wednesday show but I just wanted a show somehow related to Raising Hope. Anyway, I watched it some days after while I was free and here are my thoughts.

With the tone set by the pilot, I don’t really think this is a comedy show. It’s pretty low-key for it to be one thought I did laugh at some scenes. Usually because of Maya Rudolph’s Ava. There were no laugh-out-loud moments and the scenes are more like amusing and grounded in reality. I guess what makes Raising Hope different from this show is that Raising Hope isn’t really slice-of-life and it’s actually over-the-top when you think about it. Maybe that’s why it’s so funny. But that show has tons of heart that you’re willing to forgo any unbelievable scenes because it just delivers. It’s great at what it does.

This show, however, operates in an entirely different manner. The pilot was sort of slice-of-life-y, in that there’s no plot yet. It wasn’t even showed that they always stay up all night. Well, maybe it’s because it’s just the pilot, so it’s just setting in and introducing the characters, so the episode isn’t plot-driven or even character-driven yet. I guess it’s just gonna show vignettes of their daily life. The pilot introduced us to our characters, to their work (or lack thereof) but until just that. I guess I need to watch more episodes to get to know the characters better and for me to love them. At this point, I like the characters, they’re easy on the eyes and on the heart. All of them are fun-loving and grounded people. No one’s crazy, well Ava might be but the good, funny crazy, so I am not irritated by anyone. I just wish Will Arnett’s Chris could have had more crazy scenes with the baby and I think that’s gonna make for some comedy fodder.

The performances of the actors were alright since I don’t think they have an intense role to fill. I mean, how hard could it be for Christina Applegate to be aaaaaww-inducing at the end when she just recently had a child herself? And how hard can it be for Will Arnett to hold a baby, push a grocery pushcart, play video games, be all sad and understnading and whatever he did in this episode? So I guess I expect them to deliver just that and they did. I just hope they can bring in the funny when they need to. And can I just say that Amy the baby is so cute!

Overall, the pilot was an easy watch, not ground-breaking at all, but not frustrating either. I guess I’ll just check back in when I finished watching the next episodes. I read that it gets better though it won’t get that funnier than I would love to. I guess that’s okay, if I’m just in it for a random easy watch. We’ll see.

P.S. I read that Up All Night had received positive comments from critics and even hailed as one of the best shows by some. I guess it isn’t that evident in the pilot? Or am I not getting it because I’m still, technically, a child? In the reviews I read, it really does get better so maybe I just really need to watch more. But meh, I wasn’t really all that impressed by the pilot so this will probably take the backseat for now since I have lots of shows to try and catch up on. I’ll prolly stock up on episodes and watch them all at one go. We’ll see, we’ll see. Only my crazily hectic schedule can tell. Haha!

Photos courtesy of NBC and the interwebs

Review: Up All Night S01E01 Pilot

Recap: Necessary Roughness S01E01 Pilot

I simply had to have an impulsive decision before the year ends, eh? Coming from another USA Network hit with me in the form of Suits, along with White Collar, Covert Affairs and Burn Notice, I decided to check out USA Network’s other shows. I readily downloaded the pilot episode of Necessary Roughness even if the download was slow just to see if USA Network is mah network. All I knew was that it’s about a divorcee therapist doing some tough love therapy. Premise looks okay, I know no one in the cast and I had faith with USA Network. So what’s the verdict? Read on. (Hee. You think I won’t make you work for it? Haha!)

Recap

We start with a life-is-like-football analogy voiceover with an actual football game in the reel. That there are winners, losers, superstars but that how much protective gear you wear, you’re gonna get the living crap kicked out of you at some point. And that day, was the persona’s turn.

We meet Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne), mother of two problematic kids, Lindsay (Hannah Marks) and Ray Jay (Patrick Johnson). She’s a psychologist who uses hypnotherapy in her sessions. With her voice-over during the hypnosis, we see how she discovers that her husband’s cheating (the guestroom’s bed sheets are done like hospital corners, not box pleats which is how she does it and that the pillows are not as she fixes it and the telltale sexy pictures on the phone) and throws his clothes from the window and asks for a divorce.

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Recap: Necessary Roughness S01E01 Pilot