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Viewed this Week (24)

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!

Switched at Birth 1×25 – The Shock of Being Seen
Parenthood 4×1 – Left Field
The L.A. Complex 2×11 – Make it Right

Sleepwalk with Me

Thoughts on what I watched:
Switched at Birth was kind of uncomfortable this week.  In my opinion, any time with Angelo is too much time with Angelo, so I wasn’t thrilled to see him interacting so much with Bay this week.  More awkward still is Daphne’s ridiculous crush on Chef (but super awesome to see Marlee Matlin flirting with him).  This felt like a filler episode for me and didn’t feature nearly enough Emmett for my tastes.  Even so, I’m always happy when I’m watching the show.  I love it to an embarrassing degree.

Okay, can I say this? Is this a safe space?  Parenthood‘s decision to go the cancer route with Christina is really bumming me out.  It just feels so manipulative, and I don’t know why I’m so bothered by it.  That being said, I love watching Julia and Joel navigate their adoption of Victor, and while I’d like to see Ray Romano hit the road (everybody does NOT love Raymond), he is good at playing the snarky curmudgeon to Sarah’s optimistic chatterbox.

This week’s episode of The L.A. Complex was another one where I’m not sure how I feel about the direction the series is heading in.  While I liked seeing Tariq again (and hope we see more of him), I’m still bored by the brother/sisters story lines (though the Scientology stuff is interesting) and hate, hate, hate Abby and her self-righteous face.  Don’t get me wrong: I still think this show is great and is doing really interesting things, but I feel like it’s in a sophomore slump or something.

I went and saw Sleepwalk with Me this past weekend and had the chance to see Mike Birbiglia do a Q&A session afterwards.  The movie itself was good–frequently funny and a few times even sweet–but the highlight for me was seeing Birbiglia in person.  He was funny, charming, and totally at ease in front of the audience.  The movie works fairly well for something that was adapted from a one-man show to a book to a movie, but it’s not perfect by any means.

Burlesque is a great movie to drink to.  I don’t have much else to say about this one–except that I’ve seen it more times than I’m strictly comfortable with–but it is a fun movie to watch while drinking.  Also, it’s bizarre to watch Christina Aguilera then versus now.

What did you watch this week?