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Viewed this Week (14)

Inspired by Ticket to Anywhere’s What I Watched, I’ve decided to try to post on Sundays about what movies and/or TV shows I watched the week before.  Some weeks will be epic, and some weeks…won’t be.  There’s no hurt in trying, though, right?  The format might change as I figure out what I want this to be.

TV:
Girls 1×10 – “She Did”
True Blood 5×2 – “Authority Always Wins”
Bunheads 1×2 – “For Fanny”

Movies:
Snow White and the Huntsman
Brave

Thoughts on what I watched:
I thought the Girls season finale was damn near perfect.  It took me about 10 minutes to adjust to what was happening w/r/t Jessa’s “party.”  That’s how shocking and uncomfortable it was for me.  She’s fast-becoming one of my favorite characters, though.  The only people I love more than Jessa are Shoshanna, who has transformed into an actual person, and Ray, who has also undergone a terrific change.  The scenes between them were sweet, funny, and wonderful.  I’m so excited they’re hooking up.  Waiting for the second season (which is currently filming) is going to be brutal, though.  My love for this show runs deep, y’all.

True Blood is back to boring me.  I don’t know what it is–I keep watching it, mostly because it’s so enmeshed in pop culture cannon that I feel left out if I don’t–but I’m not enjoying it at all.  As cool as it is to see Christopher Meloni play a super evil vampire, the rest of it doesn’t work for me.  It might have to do with how annoying I find Bill. I don’t even like looking at his face (and have never found him attractive, which is a bummer, because Bill is supposed to be good-looking) because I find him so creepy.  Also, Sookie continues to plumb new depths of irritation for me.  There isn’t enough time spent with the characters I do like (Jason, Hoyt, and Jessica) to make this an enjoyable view for me.  I’ll continue to slog through it, though, because that’s what I do.

Bunheads continues to be the show that I most look forward two, despite having aired only two episodes.  I still think the show has some serious pacing problems, but the final scene in last week’s episode where the girls dance for Fannie was so well done. I may have teared up a little.  Maybe.  That being said, the strange controversy over Shonda Rhimes’s tweet about the show and Amy Sherman-Pallandino’s response has totally bummed me out.  Both actions were problematic, and I’ve come to the realization that while I love Palladino’s work and writing, I can’t watch or read interviews with her.  She’s kind of terrifying, and I feel like I’d hate her if I ever met her in real life.

Snow White and the Huntsmen is a cheat, since I technically saw it last week but didn’t include it in that Sunday’s roundup.  I hated it, you guys.  HATED IT. I don’t know what I was expecting, and it wasn’t like I had super-high expectations to begin with, but it was awful.  Slow plotting, no character development, and a weirdly uneven message.  Absolutely worth skipping.  I’d sit through Prometheus again before subjecting anyone to this movie.

Brave was one I was really looking forward to.  Reviews were tepid, and so I went in with lowered expectations…and ended up loving it.  It was seriously fun and sweet and different.  It’s a great mother-daughter story, and I can’t wait to drag my mom to see it.  I loved it a lot.  I could listen to Kelly MacDonald talk all day long.  All day.

What did you watch this week?

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