‘The Newsroom’ Recap: NEAL RUN! Hallie, GTFO!

The Newsroom proved once again that Mac and Will are incapable of going 24 hours without debating the purpose of journalism – to report news within accepted guidelines or to protect democracy – in the third season’s second episode, “Run.”

While Will (Jeff Daniels), Mac (Emily Mortimer), Neal (Dev Patel) and Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) were arguing about whether or not it’s a journalist’s job to sacrifice his or her freedom to inform the electorate and ensure a working democracy (aka, Mac’s journalistic call of duty), Reese (Chris Messina) was stuck in the conference room with his younger half-siblings: twins Blair (Kat Dennings) and Randy, who are planning to take over the family company after their 25th birthday.

It’s clear from the very first scene that Blair is the brains of the operations and Randy is just along for the ride. Blair is more than willing to go toe to toe with Reese, and she is clearly holding onto some ancient family grudge against Reese and his mother. She’s going to share her and her brother’s shares of ACN to another company, that will then own a controlling interest in ACN and likely dismantle it and sell it off in parts. Reese and Charlie (Sam Waterston) both try to reason with Blair and Randy, but it’s useless until Leona (Jane Fonda) arrives. Leona breezes in and cuts to the chase: if what Blair and Randy want is money, she’s willing to pay two dollars more per share than the rival company, and she’ll get them the money before their birthday. Now we have a new problem: Leona needs to raise $4 billion in 10 days or the company is lost.

Continue reading “‘The Newsroom’ Recap: NEAL RUN! Hallie, GTFO!”

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An Open Letter To The Writers Of ‘Jane The Virgin’ – Let’s Talk About Raf

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Confession: I thought I would hate Jane the Virgin. The premise – a virgin gets artificially inseminated by accident – was just too wacky for me to wrap my head around, but I gave it a shot. It’s now one of my favorite new shows, along with Selfie (RIP) and How To Get Away With Murder. And, while I’ve gotten over the crazy premise (aforementioned), the larger-than-life characters (I’m looking at you, Rogelio) and the all too convenient coincidences (Raf is Jane’s babydaddy/boss/first kiss), one thing that I can’t get over is the ridiculous idea that Raf could actually be worthy of Jane, and here’s why:

1) Why did Rafael ever marry Petra?

Seriously, the girl has no redeeming qualities. Sure, Petra’s clearly skilled in the art of manipulation, but how did she manage to tame pre-cancer/playboy Raf? It’s gotta take more than some silky lingerie and well chosen words to get a rich Hugh Hefner wannabe to put a ring on it – just sayin’.

Follow up questions: Was Petra always a gold digger? Was her mother always in the picture, or did she something happen to her after the wedding? (Yes, these are more about Petra than Raf, but in my defense Petra is more of an extension of Raf than her own character.)

2) What is Rafael’s problem with Michael? Continue reading “An Open Letter To The Writers Of ‘Jane The Virgin’ – Let’s Talk About Raf”

‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Save Neal Sampat!

The Newsroom is back for its third and final season, and, with only six episodes left in the series, Aaron Sorkin is making each one count.

“Boston” found ACN jumping through hoops trying to keep up with the breaking news of the Boston Marathon bombing while Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) chased their own stories on the side.

First, Mac (Emily Mortimer) and Will (Jeff Daniels) are still happily engaged and arguing about bridesmaids and groomsmen – Mac has nine bridesmaids (looks like someone finally got some female friends), but Will only has four guys he feels comfortable asking to stand up with him. Mac suggests Brian Williams, but Will shoots that down – he’s worried Mac will ditch him for Bri-Wills at the altar. Their pre-marital bickering is interrupted when Mac spots an explosion on one of the monitors – a bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Continue reading “‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Save Neal Sampat!”

5 Reasons Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Is the Best

It’s been almost TWO whole weeks since the last new episode of The Mindy Project–and I’m slowly falling into a pit of despair without it. Thankfully, Hulu just uploaded the show’s entire Paley Fest panel, which has provided me with my Chris Messina fix.  After watching the panel, I was inspired to start watching the show from the beginning…again. Looking at the early episodes, I was reminded why I fell in love with the show in the first place, and I want to share those reasons with you. RIGHT. NOW.

1) Mindy Kaling, the creator/writer/star of the show, is fabulous.  Not only is she a trailblazer for women of color, but she also crafted a character who is desperately trying to be ‘the perfect woman’–and is constantly failing, making her someone you can relate to.  The character of Mindy may be cooler than you, it’s true, but she’s not so much cooler than you that wishing you were her will make you depressed (*cough* Serena van der Woodsen *cough*).  Plus, she’s hilarious and narrates her life…out loud…to strangers. Let’s face it–we’ve all wanted to do that at one point in our lives.

2) The show is grounded in a humorous examination of romantic comedies.  Not an episode goes by without an allusion to You’ve Got Mail or Sleepless Seattle (two of Mindy’s favorites), and it’s fun to see how the expectations movies inspire clash with Mindy’s reality in the show.  Like how going to the top of the Empire State Building or ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza is actually just a lot of waiting in line. Now I’ll know to cross those off my romance bucket list… Continue reading “5 Reasons Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Is the Best”

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Hello fellow movie/tv watchers!

I just wanted to check in and announce to the word that this blog still lives! Yes, I know it’s been quite a while since my last update, and, for this, I apologize.  What have I been doing with my time, you ask? Well, when free from work, I have been furiously powering through both films and television shows, including the first 12 seasons of Law & Order: SVU, the entire 2 series of Sherlock, and the cancelled-too-soon Firefly, and many many more.  

This new winter season,  I’ve become an instant fan of FOX’s new series, The Following, and am overjoyed by the long-overdue return of NBC’s Community–aka ‘Abed’s Happy Community College Show’.  More thoughts coming soon!  And, if you’re interested in getting more regular updates from me, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

 

‘U Don’t Have to Call’ (or spell, aparently) — Thursday Throwback

Remember when Usher was a ‘true player for real’?  Yeah, me neither, but, man, those famous abs never fail to remind me…  Not only does the 2001 video for ‘U Don’t Have To Call’ open with a P Diddy cameo via a videophone screen (fancy tech in those days), but it also features a boxer-clad Usher sticking his hand under his waistband in the first 30 seconds…Now, that’s something–whether disturbing or hot–it is something.  The video also has Usher dancing like a boybander without the boy band and, really, just Usher being Usher singing a classic Usher song.  What more could a girl ask for?

OUAT 2.02 Recap at tvforfreaks.com

Hey everyone!

Don’t forget to check out my Once Upon A Time recap at TV For Freaks!  Remember, please feel free to post in the comments if you want to discuss the episode.

It was a pretty great episode, that focused on Charming and Regina, as the two struggled to make their place in a magical Storybrooke.  Definitely not an episode you want to miss!

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ — A Timeless Story of Adolescent Hell

Last weekend, I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower with a few of my close friends.  I had just finished reading the book–the author, Stephen Chbosky, acted as screenwriter and director of the adaptation–and, even though I was prepared for the emotional trauma experienced by all the characters in the film/book, I was blown away by the raw power of the film.  It was, by far, one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had at the movies–and I’m the girl that cried throughout the first half hour of The Hunger GamesPerks shows high school as it is: an unrelenting sphere of awkwardness, with occasional fun thrown in.  While many high school movies fail to take teenagers seriously, in Perks the problems the characters have are treated with respect, no matter how small they may be.  High school hasn’t been represented like this since The Breakfast Club.

The film follows Charlie (Logan Lerman), a quiet high school freshman, as he navigates the complicated social waters alone.  He, quite literally, has no friends in school other than his senior sister, Candace (Nina Dobrev), and his English teacher, Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd).  But then, he meets Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), two misfits who embrace him and expose him to a life of parties and music and fun.  I won’t spoil anything else for you, Continue reading “‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ — A Timeless Story of Adolescent Hell”

Once Upon A Time — The Curse is ‘Broken’ 2.01 Recap

Hello iWatchiAm readers! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or have explored it a bit since you’ve stumbled upon it, you know that I started writing recaps of ABC’s Once Upon A Time towards the end of last season.  Well, in an exciting twist, I have been asked to contribute to tvforfreaks, a website that brings multiple authors together to write on many many shows and films, and will now be posting my OUAT recaps there.  Of course, this does not mean that I am abandoning my blog here at iWatchiAm.  I will only be posting the OUAT recaps on tvforfreaks, nothing more, and I will always post the link here as well.

So, click here for the link! Please read it and tell me what you think! You can post thoughts and reactions in the comment section here, if you’d like me to get back to them faster.  And, as always, don’t forget to contribute your theories on what might come next!

‘Your Body’ Video Turns Xtina into a Man Killer

It’s here!! Christina Aguilera released her new music video this weekend, and it almost makes me like the song even more.  When I reviewed her new single, I was already obsessed, but the wild video that accompanies it makes it much more than a club anthem.  While Xtina sings about wanting a man’s body, the sexy song turns deadly as she begins to kill the men who fall at her feet.  The colorful video is violent, but super fun, with cars going up in pink flames and men bleeding pink glitter.  Check it out above and let me know what you think!