Monday, January 24, 2011

A Week of New Shows

Harry’s Law – First of all Kathy Bates, need I say more? This show is fast and funny and the pilot was all kinds of fun. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

The Cape - Bank robbing circus people, cage matches with midgets and the reappearance of Summer Glau. This show is all kinds of wacky and so far, I’m diggin it. This show has lots of heart, good guys who think their bad guys,and all the while keeps true to its comic roots. This show may just be hokey enough to pull it off but I worry if it will have enough appeal for the masses.

Off The Map – Somehow I missed the Greys Anatomy boat. I'm not really sure how that happened but I didn't want to miss the next show from the same creators. Off The Map was a little over the top with its jungle remedies but I’m willing to stick with it for a little while, it has potential. I like the characters they have set up, now let’s see what they can do with them.

Fairly Legal – A new twist on a legal show. Our lead character instead of being a lawyer is a mediator. She’s sharp tongued, witty, and a human tornado. She’s a hot mess and I think there are fun times ahead. Win Win

Being Human – Ok, I’m a fan of all things supernatural so I was excited about this American version of Being Human. So far it’s a story that has been told before. I’m not sold quiet yet but I’m willing to wait around for a few more episodes.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Script - Science and Faith

The self titled first album from The Script blew me away, so natural I was waiting on pins and needles for their sophomore release Science and Faith. I pre ordered my album on-line and was ready to hit that download button the second it hit my email. True to form, The Script does not disappoint. Every time a new track would start I would think “oh man this is my favorite song” only for the next track to start and think “oh wait, THIS is my favorite song”. Track after track, Danny O’Donoghue draws you into his emotional world. His lyrics take you on a ride through storybook love, tragic heartbreak, and the beauty of the human spirit. This album will draw you in with choruses that hook you, and beautiful melodies that you are happy to have playing over and over in your head. It truly is an album FULL of #1 hits. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Script can do no wrong!!!
5 of 5 on the Taleen scale. Buy this album, you won’t be disappointed. CHEERS!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Life Unexpected - The Ending

The bombs drop fast and furious in the 2 hour finale, but what do you expect when your series suddenly ends. I have to thank the writers for giving us some kind of ending and not leaving us out in the cold forever. And what a spectacular ending it was, in the last 3 minutes the writers are able to bring the entire series full circle. I’m never happy when a show ends but I can live with this ending happily. I wish the journey could have lasted a bit longer. I would have liked to see the paths that led them to this ending and shared in their discoveries. But, all good things must come to an ending I suppose, so I bid a fond farewell to Life Unexpected. Gone too soon but you finished with a bang. If you were not watching while it ran on TV I highly recommend spending a weekend with your best gal pals and watching the full series on DVD. You won’t be disappointed.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

True Grit

I love it when I am surprised by Hollywood and this movie is just that, a pleasant surprise. A 4.5 of 5 on the Taleen scale, True Grit is well worth your hard earned money.

Young Hailee Steinfeld plays a 14 year old girl who hires a Marshall to hunt down her father’s killer. She is determined to accompany him and see that the job is done properly. I have not see this young star in anything before this movie but I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of her. She was spectacular in this role. Her delivery was exceptional and her timing perfect. She showed the poise of a truly weathered Hollywood star. For me she was the brightest star in the movie.

Jeff Bridges with his whiskey soaked, cowboy drawl was hard to understand, but didn’t hamper my understanding of the movie. When it comes out on DVD I will have to watch it with the sub titles on and see just what the heck he was saying the whole movie.

This movie is surprisingly funny, which I did not expect. Full of witty one liners that you never see coming. This movie has it all; beautiful scenery, a great storyline, drama, surprise, and humor. I have not seen the original movie starring John Wayne but I hope to get the time to check it out.