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Viewed this Week (17)

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.

The L.A. Complex 2×1 – “Vacancy”
Bunheads 1×5“Money for Nothing”

Remember Me
2 Days in New York
Take this Waltz
21 Jump Street

Thoughts on what I watched:

I’m so excited that The L.A. Complex is back.  However, there were things I didn’t like. I don’t like the addition of the homeless teens, and I was bummed that Tariq left, even though it made sense for his character to do so.  I was actually screaming at the end of the episode (my poor roommate).  It’s official: I have become my mother.  I love this show so hard, you guys.  WHY AREN’T YOU WATCHING?

Bunheads continues to steadily decline for me.  Each episode seems to get further and further away from the promise it showed in its premiere, and I can’t quite figure out what it is that’s so off-putting.  Sometimes I feel like Michelle is too glib, and sometimes I feel like the show goes for these emotional moments that feel too calculated (in a way that Gilmore Girls rarely did).  The show seems to be taking forever to set up its premise, and I feel like it’s too little too late: I don’t care any more.  I’ll keep watching because it’s the summer and there’s not a lot on, but if this show were a fall premiere, I’d have axed it already.

I had a sudden desire to watch Remember Me again, and while I didn’t like it as much as I did the first time, I was still struck by how good Robert Pattinson is in it, and how excellent his chemistry with Emilie DeRavin is.  The movie’s central premise felt too stretched to me this time, though, and so some of the authenticity was lost.  However, I’d still recommend it as a quiet little film that’s already been forgotten.

A chance to watch 2 Days in New York before it opens in theaters was met with a resounding YES from me.  A sequel to 2 Days in Paris, this one follows Marion (Julie Delpy) as she navigates her life in New York with her new boyfriend Mingus (Chris Rock) and their two children from separate relationships.  Her family comes to visit, and they are very French and very problematic.  It’s very silly and very fun, and I loved it.

Take this Waltz was sort of uneven, but I kind of loved it anyway.  Michelle Williams was excellent in it, and Seth Rogan was surprisingly stripped down as her husband.  Luke Kirby was smoldering and attractive, which was really all he was supposed to be.  It was a depressing movie though, and I had a good long discussion/argument with my mom (who is the only other person I know who has seen this movie) about the ending, which is upsetting and problematic.  I recommend this one if you don’t mind a slow, character-driven movie short on plot.

After an argument with a friend(ish) at a party last weekend, I was compelled to give 21 Jump Street another try.  While I still don’t love this movie, I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around.  Channing Tatum is very funny, and Jonah Hill is less annoying than usual.  The movie has one of the best surprise cameos of all time (though Zombieland will probably always be tops), and while I still think the movie falls apart in its last act, it was fun to watch with my roommate and drink a bunch of wine.

What did you watch this week?


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