Admission: Tina Fey? Check. Love her. Paul Rudd? Check. Love him. Admission. CHECK! This sweet little dramedy about a college admissions officer should fire it's advertising agency. While it was made to look like a Horrible Bosses-type-comedy, this was much more of a 500 Days of Summer-esque commentary on middle-age, college admissions and adoption, of all things. Ryan and I really enjoyed the parts about adoption and birth parents, which rang true on all counts, a rarity for Hollywood. There was no fairy tale ending, and that alone felt very brave. There were some funny parts, yes, but they were all shown in the previews. (I hate that.) However, the deep emotional journey of Fey's character was more satisfying than a one-bit gag about a cow in labor. I highly recommend it.
Orange is the New Black: Orange is the New Black is the New Crack. Seriously. I started watching this on a whim, right when we got LittleM. We made a decision that we wouldn't have him around TV, and it's been so good for us, as parents, and is almost more for us than for him. With that being said, I can say: I miss the TV. So, the first month we had him, both Ryan and I had a show that we would sneak away to watch whenever we had a free moment, which was usually once every three days for 20 minutes at a time. He was watching Dr. Who. I was watching Orange is the New Black. I loved this show! Here's what I loved the most: the female characters. So diverse, bodies in all sizes, fascinating back stories, no one is the sexy one, or the stupid one... and not a one of them was cast purely for male pleasure. That's so rare! The writing was sharp, which makes a show for me. I enjoyed that the hero of the show, Piper, is not entirely likeable, or always reliable. The kid (still acting like a kid) from American Pie was absolutely the weak link in this show, and I'm hoping does not appear in Season Two. Also, Christian characters, stereotypes much? I could also use some better male characters, but isn't that what I'm always wishing for for women, so who cares?? Other than that, this show left me breathless for season two with a killer cliffhanger, and it hasn't even been filmed yet...waaahhh!!! I laughed, I cried, I can't wait for what's next. Netflix, between this and House of Cards, you are going change everything.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Since we now own this movie, ahem, Redbox return FAIL, I'm glad that we enjoyed it much more than we thought we would. \I love Steve Carrell, and I'll pretty much watch him in anything. The movie was pure kitsch, but it was fun to see Carrell put on a wig and act like Seigfried and Roy. Jim Carrey was a bit over the top with very little character resolution, but I appreciated how they targeted "Magicians" like David Blaine. Holding your breath or not peeing is not magic. The conclusion of the movie was a letdown and totally unbelievable and sort of felt unresolved, like they forgot to add the , uh, end. At times it seemed a waste of a brilliant and talented cast, but even with all those complaints lodged, I still found myself laughing outloud quite a few times, which was a little bit of magic itself. Also, the wigs! More wigs! Wigs for all!
The Dustbowl: A Documentary by Ken Burns
I fell asleep. Which I'm pretty sure makes me the worst person EVER. But let me just say for the record that it seemed really really sad.
What I'm watching now: I'm re-watching Sherlock Season 2 on the BBC (Cumberbatch SLAYS me), , Scandal Season 2, and a miniseries called "Top of the Lake" with the amazing girl from Madmen.
What are you watching readers? Any Netflix suggestions?
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