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Viewed this Week (38)

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!

TV:
Switched at Birth 2×3 – “Duel of Two Women”
Bunheads 1×13 – “I’ll Be Your Meyer Lansky”
Girls 2×2 – “I Get Ideas”

Movies:
Paranormal Activity 2, 3, and 4
Ted
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Thoughts on what I watched:
This week’s episode of Switched at Birth was compelling enough.  I’m continually entertained by this show and think that some of the actors get stronger every week.  I love Bay’s continuous struggle with switching to Carlton (and her tension with Natalie, who is excellent).  I’m less impressed with the totally predictable storyline between Toby and the pregnant chick whose name I can’t remember and can’t be bothered to look up.

Bunheads continues to be weirdly uneven, but I still really enjoy it.  It’s so fast-paced in its dialogue that it’s almost hard to keep up (even for this fast-talker).  But I love seeing Liza Weil in it, and I think Truly’s delivery nearly matches Michelle’s.  Definitely a show that continues to grow on me.

The winner of the week was Girls, though, because the scene between Donald Glover and Lena Dunham where they argue and subsequently break up was one of the best things I’ve ever seen (and apparently most of it was improvised).  I knew it was going to be golden when Dunham quoted

a Missy Elliott lyric and then flat-out denied it.  It only got better from there.  Dunham’s Hannah is unbelievably psychotic when it comes to denying her own shortcomings, and watching her go on the defensive is so, so worth it.  I love this show.

Paranormal Activity: It seemed like a good idea at the time.

We watched Ted this weekend because I promised J. we could.  I actually thought parts of it were very, very funny, but it lost steam about halfway through.  Mila Kunis is so very pretty, though.

Both J. and I hated Beasts of the Southern Wild.  I found the entire film incredibly problematic.  I doubt I’ll review it, but know that the racism and sexism underlying the film made it hard to watch.  There’s a ton of literature on the topic, and I encourage you to check it out.

What did you watch this week?

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