Friday, May 28, 2010

Likes and Gripes Friday: May 28th, 2010

by Brittany Geragotelis

It's Friday, and that means it's Likes & Gripes time. Here goes:

photo credit: New Line
1. Sex & the City 2—Okay, so the first time I saw the Sex & the City movie, I hated it. I had a serious problem with Steve cheating on Miranda, and the fact that she got back together with him, as well as the way Carrie was pushing her to just forget the indiscretion. But this was one of those movies where the more I watched it, the more I loved it, and now I like to watch it whenever it's on HBO or Showtime. I'm really excited about Sex & the City 2....for any female growing into an adult in NYC, this is our anthem. I'm really psyched, because I've managed to convince my boyfriend's mom to go with me to see it this weekend, since Matt would rather poke out his eyeballs than be forced to see it. Yay!!!!
2. Long Weekends—It's Memorial Day weekend and that means one more glorious day of freedom from work. I'm spending my days off in Maryland this weekend, eating amazing food, revising Painless, hanging out with Matt's family, playing board games, going to the movies and relaxing. What are your plans?
3. Revisions—When I write a book, I never stop to read back over what I've written as I go. I know that if I were to do that, I'd spend so much time on changing words and sentences that I'd never actually get anything down on the page! This means that by the time I'm finished with a book, I'm not totally sure how it reads. Now that I'm finished with my first draft of Painless, I'm reading back through it and editing as I go. So far so's making sense, seems to have a good pace and I don't hate it. It appears I'm right on course!
photo credit: ABC/Grey's Anatomy
4. The "Grey's Anatomy" Finale—I haven't seen a finale in years that has been as intense and dramatic as the "Grey's Anatomy" finale for this season. Spoiler Alert if you haven't yet watched it: I thought the fact that the shooter came in and shot two major players within the first 5 minutes was beautifully done. It was shocking to see him shoot Nora Zhetner smack-dab in the forhead and then turn to get Kerev, too. The way they shot the kill scene was very visually well-done. The scene with Bailey being pulled out from under the bed was harrowing and terrifying and amazingly acted. I really thought the death scenes were beautifully acted...I really think this is a sign of a truly incredible actor. My only gripe is that they didn't really leave anything up in the air. They almost tied up all the loose ends before the end, which could have been better left to next season.

photo credit: FOX/Glee
1. "Glee"—This show's usually always on my LIKES list, but this weekend it had to end up here. It's not that the episode was necessarily bad, it just wasn't up to par with the other episodes we've been seeing lately. Maybe it was because I'm not a fan of Lady GaGa, or maybe it's because there weren't very many awe-inspiring musical numbers or maybe they were just having an off night. Either way, it didn't move me like it usually does. I did, however, love the scene where Kurt's dad stands up for him and the scene at the very end with Tina and the principal. She had me rolling on the floor with her talk of her vampire father coming in and biting him at night.
2. No more TV shows—I thought that having shows on hiatus would be good, because I wouldn't be crazy trying to keep up with the 13 shows I HAVE to watch each week, but now that every show (besides "Glee") has wrapped up their season, I'm starting to have withdrawls. Oh well, I guess that's what Netflix is for, right?
3. Life Imitating Art—This guy robs a drugstore, gets caught, then writes a book about it, which is then made into a movie....and then robs another drugstore and gets caught. Oh, and did I mention he's in his 70s? Come on, guy, you basically gave the cops a blueprint of your evil plan...
4. SCRAM—Anyone hear about Lindsay Lohan being forced to wear a device called a SCRAM, which monitors whether she's drinking? Apparently, a judge is forcing her to wear it until her court proceedings are over (for alcohol-related charges), as well as requiring her to take an alcohol abuse course and random drug tests. Being that most people who have problems with drinking need to have a desire to quit drinking, I'm not sure if this is a good solution for her or not. It is an interesting thought though, like a more rigidly enforced ultimatum. But will it actually help her get sober?



Anonymous said...

"Grey's Anatomy".. . . a tear jerker for sure. I was weeping like a baby. The acting was superb and it had me on an emotional roller coaster from the beginning to the end. Props for the writers and the actors.

Agency Gatekeeper said...

Didn't it feel kind of strange that Rachel would choose to sing with her mother about...well, those lyrics from Pokerface are really racy! And the fact that her mother is just sitting there grinning like she's at her kid's first ballet recital as Rachel sings about arousing a boy and stripping...yeah. The scene went from unbelievably corny to rather creepy in ten seconds flat.

Brittany said...

OMG, Agency Gatekeeper, I totally agree! Marc Cherry did a few interviews where he was talking about choosing Poker face as a mother/daughter duet and how if you REALLY listen to the lyrics that it works.

Sure it does....if it's backwards world! And I too noticed that Rachel was grinning like a maniac. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the first time I've ever seen her smile while singing....It was totally weird.