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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!

New Girl 2×9 – “Eggs”
The Mindy Project 1×7 – “Teen Patient”
Parenthood 4×9 – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

The Silver Linings Playbook

Thoughts on what I watched:
This week’s episode of New Girl wasn’t a standout for me.  In fact, I was kind of bothered by the episode’s A-plot: Jess freaks out about the viability of her eggs when her gyno-friend Sady tells her that after 30, women might as well give up on having children (this is an overstatement, but it’s kind of the message the episode sent).  I don’t really want to go on a whole tirade here, but the episode was unbelievably unfair towards women in their 30s, and this kind of vagina-panic humor feels kind of like men taking pot-shots at women.  I don’t know.  Slate had an interesting article about the episode, too, so be sure to check that out.

What is interesting to note is that this week’s episode of The Mindy Project also focused on reproductive health and sexuality, and it handled it a lot better than New Girl did.  Mindy’s speech to the teenage girls about sex and protecting themselves managed to straddle the line between entertaining and didactic, and for the first time, I actually liked Mindy’s boyfriend.  Kind of a lot, actually.  KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, MINDY PROJECT.

This week’s episode of Parenthood felt like a placeholder for what’s to come. I still think it’s one of the best shows on TV, but I hate where some of the storylines are (can someone please explain to me why they’re doing this to Sarah and Mark?), and this one felt a little like it was spinning its wheels.

I saw The Silver Linings Playbook last week and absolutely loved it.  Although it’s a little slow in some parts, both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are amazing, and it’s definitely a movie worth seeing.  I haven’t decided if I’ll review it, because I’m so behind in blog posts already, but it’s definitely a favorite movie of 2012.

Lincoln was structurally a very good movie, and the cast performances are phenomenal (and will net some Oscars, let me tell you), but it just wasn’t for me.  I saw it with about 8 other people, and they all loved it, so it’s totally a me thing.

J. and I watched Volcano because I wanted a good laugh and he had never seen it before.  The movie doesn’t hold up in any way: it’s absolutely ridiculous, improbable, and impossible, and I snarked through the whole thing (that’s how I know I’ve found  a good one: J. lets me scream at the TV and just sort of laughs).  It’s ridiculous and streaming on Netflix, so what are you waiting for?

What did you watch this week?