“Jane the Virgin” and you, the watcher

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 11.39.59 PMFun fact! I had never heard of Jane the Virgin until I came to college, and I decided to watch it after my new Lipscomb friends told me they wouldn’t add me in their group message unless I was caught up with the show (in a joking matter, might I add; my friends don’t bully me!) Regardless of the fact that they were kidding, I felt persuaded to watch the show anyway, and WOW am I glad I did!

The series centers around Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), a Catholic woman who promised her grandmother, Alba (Ivonne Coll), at a very young age that she would remain pure until marriage. She has kept that promise into her adulthood, even in her long and serious relationship with her policeman boyfriend Micheal Cordero, Jr. (Brett Dier). However, at a routine check-up with her gynecologist, Dr. Luisa Alver (Yara Martinez), Jane is accidentally artificially inseminated with the sperm of Raphael Solano (Justin Baldoni) who is not only Luisa’s half brother, but also the new boss and past crush of Jane. The plot thickens incredibly well throughout the series by including make-ups, break-ups, manipulation, discoveries, and so much more.

I do realize that the summary I just gave seems very basic, but please trust me when I say you need to watch this show. It always leaves you wanting more, which is exactly what television shows strive for. It does have its dramatic moments, but it’s also hilarious! This balance makes you develop a love (or hatred) for the characters, but thankfully it isn’t too emotionally investing.

The first two seasons of Jane the Virgin are available on Netflix, but the third season is currently airing on The CW on Mondays. I would recommend recording the new episodes and catching up on Netflix first, because you won’t want to miss a moment of the show.

Do you watch Jane the Virgin? If so, are you on #TeamMicheal or #TeamRaph? Per usual, I love getting feedback from my readers, so I encourage you to give me your thoughts on the show in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

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The friends on “Friends” and why you’ll want them to be your friends

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 9.54.27 AMIt’s pretty safe to say that Friends is one of the most famous television shows of all time, and rightfully so if I do say so myself. I got bored a few days ago and decided to start watching the series from start to finish, and I am so happy about it! I want you all to know the greatness of these six wackos who hang out in a New York coffee shop, so read on to find out what I think makes the show worthwhile: the characters themselves.

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Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is beautiful, ditzy, and a little spoiled. She joins the friend group in the first episode after leaving her fiancé at the alter, and is forevermore irreplaceable. She goes through a lot romantically throughout the show, and her character development is by far the most impressive. Friends would not be complete without Rachel, and most girls I know secretly want to be her.

2. Ross Geller

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Ross (David Schwimmer) is a paleontologist and won’t let anyone forget it (“Dr. Ross Geller!”) He is often the root of ridicule because of the several marriages he’s had, and they’ve all somehow ended hilariously (to everyone else.) He is awkward yet rational, but in some way we are all left rooting for Ross to find happiness.

3. Monica Geller

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Monica (Courtney Cox) is the younger sister of Ross, and their childhood stories are always fun to see resurface as they’re both still defensive about some things. Monica is not only a control freak, but also a neat freak, which her friends often tease her about. Perhaps the funniest thing about Monica is her “fat” days, as seen in high school and college flashbacks. Although Monica sometimes gets on the friends’ last nerves, they wouldn’t be anywhere without her, as she is the “mom” of the group and takes the reigns on big decisions. We all need a Monica.

4. Chandler Bing

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My personal favorite character, Chandler (Matthew Perry), is brilliantly sarcastic and awkward (in a less sad way than Ross.) He makes jokes in serious situations because he truly cannot handle them otherwise. I really can’t do justice to the great character Chandler is on here, so you’ll have to watch and see for yourself. 🙂

5. Phoebe Buffay

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Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is the, for lack of a better word, dumb girl of the group. That is a harsh way to put it as Phoebe actually has a lot of intelligent realizations, but she often puts her friends at a loss for words when she says something completely and comically crazy. She has had a rough past that she is able to explain lightheartedly, and she truly doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her, which is amazing in itself.

6. Joey Tribbiani

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Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is an aspiring actor who is totally goofy all the time. He is also constantly eating and asking the whereabouts of food, and wondering if anyone is ever willing to buy him some. Joey is also obsessed with women and hits on one in practically every episode, but he makes it worth watching with his strong desires expressed so vigorously.

These six personalities are all very strong and work so well together. Throughout the series, they all fall in love and some marry while others have children. You will feel like you’re growing up with the cast of Friends, and that is why I highly recommend it.

Do you love Friends as much as I do, or have you never really been interested? As always, I would love to see what you have to say in the comments below!

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“Fuller House:” Fun or Flop?

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 11.23.38 PMA quick disclaimer about this week’s review: I have only seen the first season of Fuller House, so the following post will be directed at that with no insight on the second season.

Let it be known that I grew up watching Full House, a family comedy show that ran from 1987-1995. I own all the seasons on DVD, have seen every episode over and over again, and can recite most of the script from the majority of the episodes. I credit Full House for giving me my love for television, since all I practically did in the countless, lengthy car rides I went on as a child was watch the show on my portable DVD player. Even as a 19-year-old, I still love the show and what it stands for (the comedy and the heartfelt messages conveyed in almost all the episodes.) Therefore, when I found out there was a spin-off of the series coming out in 2016, I was at first overjoyed at the thought of seeing how all my favorite characters had turned out 20 years later. However, it is almost always true that the sequel is not as good as the original, and knowing this, I began to question the series. Would they just ruin the sincerity of Full House? Would the characters be too annoying to even stand? Are they even still good actors? Well, there was only one way to find out, and that was to watch the series when it premiered on Netflix.

Fuller House is centered around D.J Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron-Bure) and her return to her childhood home with her three sons after her husband tragically dies. As the first episode progresses and we see all of the old gang reunite, it is confirmed that D.J and her children will be moving back into the San Francisco house along with her younger sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), her life-long best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and Kimmy’s teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas) to assist her in the raising of her kids. We can already see here the parallels to Full House, which starts with Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) asking his life-long best friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Couiler) and brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) to move in and help raise his three daughters after his wife unexpectedly died. It is pretty obvious that D.J is a parallel to Danny, Stephanie to Jesse, and Kimmy to Joey, because they have extremely obvious traits that were shown in the original series. I kind of like this, because it’s familiar and nice to see the loyalty of Stephanie and Kimmy after all these years. It’s also fantastic that the majority of the original cast has returned, because seeing someone else play these characters wouldn’t be the same, and also a little disturbing. Not to mention, the fact that D.J’s married name is “Fuller.” Very PUNny, Netflix. 😉

While the basis of Fuller House is very well done, there are some parts of the show that are disappointing. One thing is seeing D.J, Stephanie, and Kimmy drink and swear when they go out. Now, I completely understand that they are all adults and they are responsible, but one of the great things about Full House was that they didn’t need to have any crude humor, it was all family appropriate and still great. Granted it was a little cheesy, but Fuller House is no stranger to that either. The episodes always try to teach a valuable life lesson, but it’s painfully obvious and kind of over-the-top if you ask me. Not to mention my least favorite part of the show, which is the fact that they try SO hard to be relatable. They make several references to iPhones, selfies, Instagram, etc in so many episodes, and it is way too much. That humor to me just isn’t funny; I know what year it is, stop reminding me, you know?

Honestly, I don’t have a clear opinion on this show. While I don’t think it’s incredibly funny, I am overwhelmed with nostalgia when I see these adults that I watched grow up. I do not regret watching Fuller House, and I would actually recommend it to anyone who ever loved Full House! It provides the closure we never really got because the series finale of Full House left a lot unsaid. With that being said, I wouldn’t suggest watching it if you never cared for the original, because it’s nothing too great or groundbreaking.

Did you watch Full House when you were growing up? Did you think it was wholesome or corny? Did you see Fuller House, and did you like it? Lots of questions this week, I hope to see your feedback in the comments below!

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10 things you’ll love about “10 Things I Hate About You”

As much as I love binging Netflix series, sometimes a good movie is just what my mood calls for. I know that’s true for other people too, so today I’m going to talk one of my favorites available on the streaming site: 10 Things I Hate About You. There are several great qualities to this film, so this week’s post is going to be about why you should watch this romantic comedy (in no specific order!)

  1. The Sweetness of Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Let it be known that I LOVE Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He is such a wonderful actor and just nails every character he plays. With that being said, he makes Cameron, a new student who falls in love with the popular Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) to die for. He goes to great lengths to impress her, help her, and persuade her to fall in love with him too. Cameron shows Bianca that he has good intentions and he is a true gentlemen, which is becoming more and more rare. Trust me, you’ll really appreciate Cameron and how Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays him.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 1.02.43 PM.jpg

  1. The School

The school this movie is set in is seriously gorgeous. Now, don’t get me wrong, this movie has a very strong, petty high-school aroma (the popular girls, the bullies, the nerds, etc.) However, the outward shots of the school will make your jaw drop. Seriously, most colleges aren’t even that nice.screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-1-03-55-pm

 

  1. The Ridiculous Dad

Bianca and her older sister Kat’s (Julia Stiles) father (Larry Miller) is not only a single parent, but an obstetrician,  which makes him extremely paranoid that his daughters’ can and will get knocked up in high school. Therefore, he enforces the very strict rule that the girls cannot date until they graduate. Because Bianca is much more popular than her older sister, Kat, she is often pursued by boys whereas boys are scared of Kat. This gives their father the idea to make the rule that Bianca can’t date until Kat gets her own boyfriend. Yikes.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 1.04.55 PM.jpg

  1. The Guidance Counselor

We meet Ms. Perky (Allison Janney) at the beginning of the film when Cameron meets with her to discuss his first day at school. Cameron is stunned at the crudeness of Ms. Perky from the start. I won’t give it away, but it’s kind of alarming and hilarious when Ms. Perky opens her mouth. Her character honestly isn’t very important, but she definitely adds to the comedy in the film.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 1.05.22 PM.jpg

  1. Heath Ledger (!!)

Heath Ledger plays Patrick Verona, the intimidating Australian kid who happens to look much older than the rest of his peers. He is tough as nails and isolates himself from everyone. After being approached by Cameron’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) new friend Michael (David Krumholtz), Joey (Andrew Keegan) pays Patrick to ask out Kat. As the movie progresses, Patrick becomes sweeter and kinder, and not to mention charming. Ledger does a phenomenal job as the lead, as well as his other notable roles in film (the Joker!) He will always live on as a fantastic performer. *tear drop*Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 1.05.52 PM.jpg

  1. Kat’s Fearlessness

Kat is an independent, strong, and fearless teenager. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her and she is absolutely not afraid to stand up for herself and whatever she believes in. Although she can be mean and a lot of how she acts is a mask so she won’t get hurt, her courage is pretty inspiring.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 1.06.26 PM.jpg

  1. The Musical Number

Going off of the incredible talent Heath Ledger has, he also performs the iconic song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” as an apology to Kat. You’ll have to see the movie to understand the greatness of it, but it just makes you fall even more in love with Patrick (and Heath.)Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 1.07.27 PM.jpg

  1.  The Prom Attire

The prom scene in this movie is important, but the outfits are what kill me. This movie was released in 1999, so obviously times were different (meaning that the clothes were… um. interesting.) I’ll just let this photo speak for itself.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 1.09.10 PM.jpg

  1.  The Poem

The poem Kat writes and reads to her class toward the end of the movie is truly what makes the entire story so meaningful. This is where we as an audience begin to feel for Kat. Although she is catty, rude, and selfish at times, she is still a young girl who has had her heart broken- and she displays this beautifully.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 1.09.40 PM.jpg

  1. Patrick Verona

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Seriously, Veronika? Haven’t you talked about Patrick enough?” The answer is no, I have not. He is one of my all-time favorite characters. Getting to know Patrick throughout this film feels personal, and I really applaud 10 Things I Hate About You for that. Also, just look at him!screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-1-10-44-pm

If this list makes you excited to see the movie, please let me know and please go check it out! Or, if this list makes you want to delete you Netflix account, let me know why! Until next time 🙂

 

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‘The Office’ vs. ‘Parks and Recreation’

This week, I thought it would be fun to talk about two of the most popular Netflix comedies, that many have deemed binge-worthy: The Office and Parks and Recreation. Both series are fictional documentaries- mockumentaries, if you will- revolving around a workplace with insane situations and ridiculous employees. Also, the two shows have a cast of comedians who make the typically boring location they are set in so significant to the fans. Ultimately, The Office and Parks and Recreation are both well done shows that have greatly succeeded, which has caused an everlasting debates between their two fan bases: which show is better?

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Let’s start with The Office. This series follows the lives of the employees working for a paper company called Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The branch’s manager, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) always has good intentions but makes everything awkward and bad with his interferences and inappropriate actions/comments. His right-hand-man, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is possibly the strangest character I’ve ever seen in my life. He is extremely serious about everything he does (including his job, his beet farm, and his volunteer sheriff duty.) He is also the target of Jim Halpert’s (John Krasinski) pranks, which make Jim and his love interest Pam (Jenna Fischer) have fun in the office and contributes to the show’s comedic feel. Other characters include the sarcastic Stanley (Leslie David Baker,) soft-spoken Phyllis (Phyllis Smith,) and Andy Bernard (Ed Helms,) who is stuck in his college days. As the nine seasons go by, there are people that come and go, relationships that form and dissolve, and several other tactics that contribute to an amazing series finale and overall fantastic show.

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Parks and Recreation is also noted as a feel-good show in its series entirety. The show’s main character is Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler,) an extremely dedicated Parks and Recreation Director of Pawnee, Indiana. She blatantly outshines her less-than enthusiastic coworkers such as Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman,) who has a pure hatred for the government. Perhaps the least enthusiastic is April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza.) She is extremely morbid and negative, being the complete opposite of her love interest, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt,) a goofy yet goodhearted guy who somehow keeps his job. Along with the egotistical Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari,) materialistic Donna (Retta,) unanimously unliked yet sweet Jerry (Jim O’Heir,) and Leslie’s love interest Ben (Adam Scott,) the parks department serves the ungrateful Pawnee and it’s several issues. Every episode in this series is hilarious and leads to its deserving success.

Now, for what each show excels in. In my opinion, Parks and Recreation has an overall better character development. The Office does well in this with Jim and Pam’s relationship, but Parks and Recreation has advancements for everyone and shows their “happily ever afters.” I personally really liked seeing how everything worked out, as it was satisfying compared to other shows that leave it up in the air as to what happens. Parks and Recreation also isn’t as awkward as The Office. There are some seriously cringeworthy episodes of The Office (and yes, I am referring to ‘Scott’s Tots,’) whereas Parks and Recreation is always funny. This doesn’t mean that The Office hasn’t been completely hilarious, because it sure has! The Office is far more iconic than Parks and Recreation, as its humor is brilliant and never gets old. It also is in a more boring setting, which makes the employees’ nonsense even funnier. Parks and Recreation is a more adventurous job, so their situations are almost more expected. However, both shows have an abundance to offer, and both are binge-worthy.

So, tell me what you think! If you’ve seen both shows, or just one, or which you’d be the most interested in, let me know and we’ll see what’s more popular!

 

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‘Gossip Girl,’ the grand disappointment

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-4-09-39-pm“You know you love me… XOXO, Gossip Girl.” That same sentence is said at the end of Gossip Girl’s theme song, in every episode. For the most part, that statement is accurate, as Gossip Girl is an extremely popular television series. So popular, in fact, that when I break the news that I did not like Gossip Girl, everyone is shocked! It’s about the same reaction someone would get if you admitted to stepping on a puppy, or tripping an elderly person. So no, I do not want my very own Chuck Bass, and no, I do not desire to have any of Blair Waldorf’s clothes- and I will explain why.

I knew that when I got my Netflix account, I’d have to be up to date on all the popular series. Gossip Girl is extremely common and highly praised by everyone I know who watched it. In fact, I know several people who have re-watched all six seasons multiple times. They just don’t get tired of it! It seems that the antics of Serena Van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf are endlessly entertaining. So after all my friends begged me to watch Gossip Girl, I finally gave in.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I came into the show with a positive attitude. It had a strong storyline of Serena (Blake Lively) returning to New York City, highly upsetting her prep school and mainly the most popular girl there: Blair (Leighton Meester.)

The series follows family struggles, mental health, and relationship problems that surround each of the main characters. The plot not only revolves around Lively and Meester’s characters, but also their friends/lovers: Nate, Dan, Jenny, and Chuck to name a few. The catch about this show is that all of their personal lives are exposed through an anonymous blog called- you guessed it- Gossip Girl. The characters literally spend the whole series trying to find out who exactly is Gossip Girl, while going through their crazy, messed up lives. Not to mention that as the show progresses, Chuck (Ed Westwick) forms a rocky relationship with Blair- which is notoriously know for being “goals” these days. This is where I begin to really not enjoy the show.

You see, Chuck and Blair are both very twisted characters who constantly play games with each other’s minds and hearts. To me, their relationship is disturbing and unhealthy. They lie, cheat, and make each other sick. I actually became disappointed when their scenes would come on, because I knew it would consist of something petty and dramatic. Now I know that’s how dramas are supposed to be, and truly, I don’t like dramas unless there is comic relief (and believe me, Gossip Girl has none.) However, this just seemed totally unfair and like nothing happy would EVER happen. My mood actually dropped when I would watch the show.

That leads to my point of the show being way too dramatic. Yes, it was a little interesting at first, but only because I didn’t know the characters yet, and I was intrigued to learn about who they were- as I am in any show. However, time went on, and I just became more and more annoyed. The main deal was that I couldn’t stand seeing these kids constantly betray one another, and then sleep together, and then do it all over again. I found myself thinking about the situations being real, and how different they would really go over. It got to the point where watching Gossip Girl became a chore to me; I didn’t look forward to watching it, ever.

So, here’s the part where I do the unspeakable. After watching four miserable seasons of these ridiculously wealthy teenagers ruin each others’ lives, I finally decided to give up, and find out who Gossip Girl was, once and for all. So, I skipped to the very last episode. I know, that was so lame of me, but I seriously couldn’t stand it! I won’t give away who it was for the sake of you who haven’t gotten there yet, but I will say it was very anticlimactic. I was actually mad I’d devoted so much time to this show that didn’t even end well!

To give the show some credit, the creators are extremely talented in the plot, as it is all well thought-out and ultimately connects. Also, the acting is done well too. Blake Lively, for example, is a wonderful actress whom I admire. The fact is, I simply did not enjoy Gossip Girl, and that is okay! The great thing about film and television is that we can all have different opinions on it, and even voice them. So no, Gossip Girl, I do not love you- but I’m glad so many other people do.

Also, to you, reading this blog. Please comment and let me know what you think about Gossip Girl! Feedback is always encouraged here 🙂

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‘Stranger Things’ dominates Netflix and leaves everyone wanting more

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 12.50.25 PM.pngOn July 15, 2016, Netflix released an original series that swept the nation, instantly becoming a common obsession in America: Stranger Things. It was a story about a 12-year-old boy named Will Byers who went missing as well as the lengths his friends and family went to find him and the place to which he disappeared. The eight-episode season was certainly binge worthy, which I can confirm, as I watched it in its entirety in three days. By the end of the season, I was almost angry because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next. “What happened with Eleven?!” “Why did they take Barb?!” “What even was that in the last scene with Will?! Is he a part of the Upside Down forever?”

Characters Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will and Eleven are all children, making this very impressive. We have Noah Schnapp playing Will Byers, who may not be in a lot of the episodes, but is what the entire series revolves around, as the Upside Down wouldn’t have been discovered without him. Schnapps really channels a fear on camera, making the whole situation scarier and makes the viewers want to find Will just as much as the characters do. Portraying Mike is Finn Wolfhard, who really does a great job at making us feel like the whole plot is real, with his passion to find his missing best friend. He also is the love interest of Eleven, who is played by Millie Bobby Brown, a British actress who completely nails Eleven’s mysterious yet selfless personality.  Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin,) who is also one of Will’s best friends, and takes a while to warm up to the random girl who is now joining them to find him. Of course, we can’t forget Gaten Matarazzo, who portrays the last of the bunch, Dustin. Dustin is the goofiest out of all the friends, but he is very serious in finding his good friend Will. Something else great about Matarazzo is that his real-life disease, cleidocranial dysplasia- affecting his bone and teeth growth, is also pointed out in the show and raises awareness for it. Stranger Things would not be the same with any other actors, and chasing these five was the best decision the show made.

The show is dark, which would usually only attract viewers who like suspenseful or scary things, yet it managed to grasp so many audiences in such a short time. Will’s mother is being thought of as crazy for discovering how to communicate with her son, and the detective who helps her doesn’t give up due to a personal experience he had. Will’s brother works on his own and with Mike’s sister, Nancy, to find Will and get to the bottom of the Upside Down. Steve, Nancy’s love interest who just makes everything harder to discover with his games, Stranger Things has several varieties of a plot to obtain any kind of viewer.

The best news about Stranger Things is that season two is coming, and it’s coming on Halloween of this year! The news of this came in the form of a Super Bowl commercial, which practically broke Twitter- and everyone’s minds. It looks like we may get answers, which is all anyone can hope for now! While it may be a few more months before we figure out the destiny of Eleven, Will, and everyone else, the confirmation of when it will happen is enough. This, in my opinion, is the best Netflix original ever made, and I will highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. I also suggest watching it before season two- I know I’ll be watching it again to prepare for then!

Have you seen Stranger Things and do you agree with me and have more to add, or do you disagree and think I’m crazy for praising it? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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