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Viewed this Week (23)

Inspired by Ticket to Anywhere’s What I Watched, I 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.  Let’s get to it!

Go On 1×1 – “Pilot”
Switched at Birth 1×23 – “The Intruder”
The L.A. Complex 2×9 – “Help Wanted”
Parenthood 4×1 – “Family Portrait”

Can’t Hardly Wait
Katy Perry: Part of Me
Children of a Lesser God

Thoughts on what I watched:

Reluctantly, I watched the pilot for Go On, which was available on Hulu.  Surprisingly, I kind of liked it.  Despite the fact that I wouldn’t claim Matthew Perry as one of my favorite things ever, I found him very charming on this show full of oddball characters.  I don’t know about the sustainability of the show in the long-run, but for the time being, it seems to be one of the more promising new half-hour comedies.

Still in love with Switched at Birth, as you might imagine.  It was great to see Toby get a little screen time, and it was nice to see him show actual emotion (even if it did mean he was lashing out at Emmett).  I continue to find Daphne’s facial expressions completely distracting and Bay continues to grow on me as she becomes a more-developed character.  I love the new character of street artist Medusa (what up actress who played Alex on LOST) and hope she gets some serious screen time.  I love this show, you guys. Television highlight of the week.

The L.A. Complex gave us a mishmash of an episode this week.  Raquel as a waitress was entertaining, but I also want her to own up to her own issues and drop some of the attitude.  I’m over Simon and his sister (whose name I can’t be bothered to learn), and I’m worried about Connor and his recently-arrived sister.  While I thought the scene at the end between Kaldrick and Abby was a bit overwrought, it was still powerful, which was the point.

I’m so happy that Parenthood is back, and even though I think there was a bunch of clunky stuff happening in this week’s premiere, I also know the show has a lot of ground to cover very quickly.  It boasts a huge cast, and there’s a lot going on.  A few observations: Drew’s girlfriend wants to break up with him hardcore; Amber seems to be continually punished for her sexual decisions, and Sarah and Mark are going to have a hell of a time getting taken seriously. Also, the scene with Haddie at the end? Made me sob. There’s always one scene with this show, and this week, it was that.

My girlfriends and I watched Can’t Hardly Wait while we drank beer and ate barbeque/soul food this past weekend.  It’s one of my favorite movies (whatever, haters), and my roommate and I know all the lines by heart.  It was a great one to watch while we ate and drank because…well, we talk a lot.  This movie holds up, you guys.  The cameos are a veritable who’s who of Hollywood, and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s weave is awesomely terrible.  WORTH RE-WATCHING.

Children of a Lesser God is a title that’s been in my Netflix queue for a long time, and when I saw it was about to expire, I decided to watch it.  I’ve already reviewed it on the blog, so I won’t go into a ton of detail here, but I did like how powerful the performances are.  I like Marlee Matlin a lot, and it was great to see her in her first role.

Katy Perry: Part of Me was something that I jokingly asked people to go see with me.  I have a conflicted relationship with Perry in that I don’t want to like her but kind of dig her music.  I don’t know if she’s brilliant or just lucky or what, and after watching her concert-documentary hybrid, I’m still not sure.  I do know that I enjoyed the movie, and that it made me cry (but I’m blaming hormones or something) near the end.  There’s no doubt that what she does is a lot of work.  I just wish I had gotten a better sense of who she actually is and not who she wants to be perceived as.

What did you watch this week?


2 thoughts on “Viewed this Week (23)

    1. I’m so glad to find out SaB fans out there. I don’t know what it is about Daphne…I want to like her but I just don’t.

      Katy Perry’s music is totally fun, and it never ceases to put me in a good mood. Whatever. I like it, and I’m trying to get to a place where I’m okay with that!

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