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COMMUNITY’s coming back!

23 Feb

Yeees! to my great pleasure, Im glad to anounce that COMMUNITY will be back on air on March 15! The wait has been long enough! With COMMUNITY in it’s -no doubt- best season yet, this extended hiatus has been excrutiating pain, even more so, for me, because though we got the 30 ROCK comeback in return, I think the payoff hasn’t been worth it.

Soooo, glad that the show is coming back to air the rest of its season, I hope this comes as good news for others, and for those who have no idea of what Im talking about, I sugest you watch the show, for me, best show “on air” right now!

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HOUSE CANCELED! “Goodbye my friend it’s hard to die, when all the birds are singing in the sky”

9 Feb

I’ve been pleading for this day to come; as a [H]OUSE fan who has seen the show slowly suffer a long and painful death, I’ve prayed for the TV gods to come and take it out of its misery already. Much like the feeling we have grown accustomed to, having had to endure 8 years of seeing Dr. Gregory House overdosing, inserting knifes into light sockets, jumping out of balconies, and so much worse. This show is just utterly painful in every sense of the word, and I wouldn’t have loved it any other way. We have seen someone we have come to love, suffer and self-destruct, and in that way, we have come to understand that there’s people that can’t be saved, that for some people there’s just sadness. And like Olivia wilde said, referring to the show’s end, “shows like that don’t happen… ever”. So as I inform and confirm that House MD has been cancelled and will end in may, though I sad, I’m also happy and thankful for what the show has given me, and for the creators to have decided to pull the plug, and let that sinking ship out of its misery.

Calling it a ‘creative decision’, the producers of [H]OUSE MD have publicly informed us of the show’s cancelation. The news has travelled the whole world in a matter of hours, and not surprisingly, since it’s the most watched show in the world at the moment, and Hugh Laurie is the highest paid tv leading man. For all of those who have kept informed, it’s not a surprise that the show is ending, we’ve been waiting for the news for a few months now and (at least me), had wanted for the news to come sooner rather than later, so that they can give House a proper exit.

There is so much I could say about this but, since news can be read anywhere, and I can even link you to a page with all of the press statements and all of the messages from the actors and creators talking about the wonderful ride that has been the show; I would like to talk from my heart here, because I have seriously been moved deeply by this show. So here it goes:

I’m a visual artist (or aspiring to be one), I work and study cinematography, film, and just audiovisual language, that is what I love. I am in love with tv, and all it gives us. I have even started piling up information for an investigation on the ‘cinematographical’ value of television shows, since at least in my country, television is not seen as something valued by our colleagues. Art is what moves us, it is a flush of emotions created in the viewer by the piece. On top of that, the art of telling stories allows us to discover ourselves in recognizing a shared humanity, we live vicariously by made up characters and learn something insightful and inspirational about ourselves. This can be done with drama, thrillers, comedy and anything you can think of. All stories are valuable, all stories are art, all stories allow us to feel, and share, and be inspired. I find inspiration in so many places.

So, to come back to House; I just said all of this maybe to justify myself, or maybe just to try and not feel so lame as I talk. I have often wondered how House MD can be the most watched show around the world. As much as I love it, I would have never guessed that a rude, drug-addicted, miserable, caustic misanthrope would appeal to that many people, and I think here lies the value of the show. It is new and fresh and made a unknowing world look deeper; understand and recognize and empathize with a part of ourselves we don’t normally think about, we don’t like to think about. Our pain, our hurt, our stupidity!, our lies, our wrongdoings, and our eternal search, above all of that, for something to keep us alive, for something that doesn’t make us feel like we are shit.

And I also think I might be right about this if we think about the fact that this show is incredibly popular just about anywhere but England. We all now Hugh Laurie is british and he has always stated that he is actually pleased by the fact that he can go home and not be harassed by running horde of people, like it happens in everywhere else. We also know that Greg House is based on Sherlock Holmes. So, I actually think that the ‘not success’ of the show in England might be due to British upbringing. I have said before that it is well established that British film, tv and comedy has been marked by a sarcastic, misanthropic, self-deprecating nature. They grew up with the stories of the original Sherlock Holmes to think about; so maybe Dr. House is not something new, it is probably seen as a superficial commercial hoax of things they have already seen, already read, already known.  THIS IS ALL MY VERY IGNORANT SUPOSITION, AND IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT I AM WAY OUT OF PLACE BY SAYING ANY OF THIS, but it’s what I have come to think. SOOOOO, anyway, all of this is to keep saying the same thing, that at least for me, but I think I’m not alone, this show made us see things in a new perspective, not before seen in our Americanized television sets. This show came at a point in my life where I was in discomfort and I couldn’t really understand what about. This show gave me words, gave me company, made me feel bad but at the same time made me feel better. It came as what we call in Spanish a “modelo de vida”, which maybe means like a example of life, as something to think about; not only from the main character’s point of view but as a study of human nature from every angle, from every interaction and dissection done on 177 hours of television. For me, it was almost never a sad experience to sit and watch House, it was somewhat of a way to feel, a way to see things when you want to be better.

BE BETTER. I think that’s what the show was all about: House wanting and not wanting to be better, his fight for it. And my sad broody self would think it would be a marvelous end to everything if he ended like the lost soul he is, and I don’t think that’s all bad. I think we need to come to understand that not all people get saved, not all people learn to deal with reality and overcome life’s potholes in the road; and I think it shows that at the end it’s up to us, if we let ourselves get washed by it, or if there is something we need to change, something for which we need to fight stronger, fight better.

So to end this post, I want to just talk about a nice thought I had on the series finale. I was hearing one of the songs on Pink Floyd’s The Wall the other day, ‘Nobody Home’, and one of the phrases got me thinking actually about the end of the show: ‘I’ve got a grand piano to prop-up my mortal remains’. Got me thinking of House as a little boy, as we have heard him talk about, about wanting and wishing and having been deprived as a kid, made feel unworthy, and about the character as someone with so much to offer, that got kicked when he is down by life. About him saying he has no material belongings that he cherishes apart from his piano. The song talks about someone who wants better, who wants to do and be and it seems like life has just given him no room to be. Again, it talks about a feeling most people will come to experience at some point in life, and, in a innocence that seems to be narrated by a lost boy, the song names some of this guy’s material belongings, the little crap he values deeply, and one of those few things is his piano, “a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains”. And isn’t that a beautiful image? I think it is an amazing image, for House to climb up to that piano and just lie down and die. :S too awful? But what do I know? The other part of me, the really girly part, wants Cuddy to come back, tell him she forgives him and for them to ride out onto the sunset (in his bike) together. So what do I know?

CHRISTMAS BREAK!!

23 Dec

Hey! Sorry everybody, TV MOVIES and GENERAL IGNORANCE and the GUESS THE MOVIE quiz are taking a little christmas break… Im back home with my parents and we all know that while in the parents house, all you want to do is sleep and be pampered.

 

But fear not ¬¬ we will be  back veeeery soon! Thank you all who are reading! Please keep following us.

30ROCK checks in … COMMUNITY checks-OUT?????

12 Dec

It is a bittersweet moment for me since Community closed up its first half of the season and is now on an extended indefinite hiatus; at the same time, 30Rock comes back on Community’s vacant timeslot. I think that all GREENDALE fans can agree with me when I say that this season has brought us a sequence of incredible episodes, one brilliant week after the other (Personally, I didn’t like the last episode, but that’s just me, and I’ll leave it for another time), so it is with a sad heart that I confirm that Community does not have a announced date for its return after the mid-season break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NBC representatives say that it is only temporary and that the show will eventually be back, airing its remaining episodes of the season, buuut, for a show that has always been kinda bypassed by the mayor critics and not that high on ratings, we are left wondering. What we do know is that, withought a doubt, Community is one of the highest-quality shows on international television at the moment and that it would leave a big hole in the television world if it left for good.

So what’s the sweet part of the story? That at least our longing will be soothed by the comeback of another great that has been deeply missed this season: 30Rock! After taking a break do to Tina Fey’s pregnancy, 30Rock comes back January 12, 2012.

There have been many voices of contempt that have spoken up reagarding Community’s hiatus, from the show’s creators, writers and stars, to angry twitter fans and television gurus. It is outragous for many, that shows like “Whitney” continue on NBC’s primetime, while making Community step aside because of timeslot space.

Regardless of the uncertainty, the cast is positive and have even shared some spoilers for the episodes to come. I share a list of some of the cast members and each of their spoilery treats for next year:

SOURCE: http://www.tvline.com/2011/12/ask-ausiello-spoilers-how-i-met-your-mother-spartacus-revenge-bones/

Alison Brie | “Right now we’re shooting an episode in which Annie and Britta share some more girl time as Annie helps her deal with an ex-boyfriend. It’s been fun to see the side of Annie again that’s got it all together, since we’ve seen our share of her flying off the handle! Usually, Britta is giving the advice and helping Annie grow up, so this time you can look forward to seeing it the other way around.”

 

 

Danny Pudi | “The gang is hired as celebrity impersonators for a Bar Mitzvah. I can’t say who Abed is playing, but it terrified my mother so I think that’s a good thing. And, as you guys know, the blanket fort is back and it’s bigger than ever! But this time there are some creative differences leading to an all-school struggle!”

 

 

 

Gillian Jacobs | “Fans can look forward to seeing me dressed as my celebrity doppelgänger… who is a man.” [Editor’s note: Any guesses?]

 

 

 

 

Joel McHale | “You guys can look forward to some Motown Philly, Pierce saying, ‘Will someone call all of the ambulances?,’ drunk confessions on an altar, “Train Engineer” Dean Pelton, Blade, and French Stewart.”

 

 

 

 

Yvette Nicole Brown | “Fans can expect more varied pairings within the study group and the triumphant return of Shirley’s (ex) hubby, Andre, played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner.”

HOUSE MD the good, the bad and the UGLY of season 8…. HOUSE’s got a gun!…a REAL one

3 Dec

I know I’ve been lacking the reviews on the HOUSE episodes, but I’ve had work, and university, and family issues, and a sick dog and so on…. so anyway, here it is, I will review the last three episodes, making an overview of my opinion on them, without too much specification, since they happened more than 2 weeks ago.

 

The episodes where called “Parents”, “Dead and Buried” and “Perils of Paranoia”. So, the first thing I must say is that they have been getting more and more interesting as the season’s been developing. That meaning I think they have been entertaining. But before I go further into that, I will talk about all the things that keep bothering me and that have also become more evident in this last few episodes.

 

First, HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT THE INITIAL SYMPTOMS OF THE PATIENTS HAVE GONE FROM for example – THE BODY SENDING OUT INVOLUTARY ELECTRIC SHOCKS – TO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING BEYOND THE SNIFFLES . Im not saying that the patients in the latest episodes have not been seriously sick, but it seems to me like they are just taking any patient in and as the episode develops, their sicknesses become weirder. I mean, all of us HOUSE followers know that House doesn’t take a case to help someone in trouble; he takes cases that are a puzzle, that have no answer and that are not progressing as they should. But lately, they get patients with numb hands, bloody urine or migraines, who just happen to get worse once being treated by the team. So here I want to point a good thing that I saw in the last episode: in “Perils of Paranoia” they actually developed the initial symptoms of the patient, making it so House would be interested in it because all else has been ruled out by previous doctors. It’s as if the writers are perfectly aware of what they’re lacking and doing wrong, and they take each thing and try to address it in an episode.

 

-Im sorry, I know im all over the place today, but I have a lot to say and its all tangled up in my head- Concerning my last statement, I just mean that there are a lot of problems going on in that show and what bothers me the most is that I feel like everything’s planted. Like the stories all seem forced. Like they know what they are missing and are just trying too hard to give us what we want. But hey, can you imagine what it can be to have thought already almost 200 hours of teleplays, where you have to have an interesting unknown medical case that has to progress differently in each episode so as not to repeat yourself, and on top of that, you have to make the most complicated character ever, who doesnt like change, who doesn’t want to help himself, and make him actually DO new things all of the time. It must be awfully hard. So I don’t judge – well I do judge but I also try to understand- the thing is that in my opinion, if you cant to it well any longer, then dont do it at all. I ask you all to go to 10′:40” in this videoclip and listen to what Hugh Laurie says.

I think this is all we need to know, everyone is tired and if it is being said so out in the open then we should all really accept that this isn’t going anywhere but down, and they should probably use all their energy into making an awesome season and a great series finally and call it quits. INFORMATION ON HOUSE MD ENDING THIS SEASON WILL BE FURTHER DEVELOPED IN ANOTHER POST.

 

So going on, if there is something that has been bothering me quite a lot in these past episodes it is that everything is perfectly planned. It is awful: A case comes in that makes you evaluate parents so then everybody starts talking about dysfunctional parenting, Taub has to deal with the same theme concerning his two babies, and so on. And you can say whatever you want, but it wasn’t like that before and I can prove it if needed. They say that in storytelling, the story should develop by actions and putting up obstacles that need to be overcome, and that at the end, the final result should be a meaningful idea, enlightening even for the writer; if the writer knows what the powerful meaning at the end will be before the story lays out, then the audience will feel it as something planned, set up, as a SERMON, and that is exactly what has been going on.

 

Now, THE CLINIC! Yes, I was initially happy that the clinic came back, until I noticed that it has come back in much the same way as all I’ve been talking about. Yes, they were probably tired of reading hundreds of reviews saying that it was sad that the clinic had disappeared, so they decided to bring it back, in things that have no relevance what so ever to anything that is going on in any way, and has just been a way for us to see House being not only rude but disrespectful for no reason. Again, I can quote evidence if needed, I know House is a rude guy who has no problem in telling people off and pointing out their ‘stupidity’; and it is always so that apart from being rude, the only times House is actually disrespectful is when someone acts STUPID (by his criteria) or when he is so into a case that it just comes out. I have been outraged by the way the writers have made House act in this past episodes with some patients which I find hurtful and out of character. I know that jokes on fat and ugly people make the masses laugh and enjoy themselves in their own superficiality and feel better about their own insecurities (yes! im ANGRY) but it pisses me off that this show has downgraded itself to those sad pathetic jokes.

 

Check out minute 33:36, when he is in the clinic with the guy who thinks he has diabetes

HOUSE MD parents

 

And here, from 11:55 to just about 13:50, his dismissing of patients based on looks.

HOUSE MD perils of paranoia

 

Anyhow, it just bothers me. And to wrap this up because it has been going on for way to long, besides all this things that bother me, I do think that they have been getting “funner”. The cases have been intriguing and the relationship between House and Wilson has been beautiful.

 

CSI best episodes ever COUNTDOWN … #1!!!!!!!!

25 Nov

And finally, for #1, an episode of the 5th season, called “Harvest”. I adore this episode. It involves a religious family that breaks down after the youngest daughter goes missing. As the story unfolds, we find out that the eldest son has been battling with leukemia for many years; and through finding the little girl’s dead body, we learn she had been pinched and probed way too much in her life, so as to keep her brother alive. I don’t want to give away the ending, but it’s a great story about faith, and pain and love.

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Ok, so finally, that’s all. I hope this encourages someone to go watch some of this episodes, I promise that if you’re a TV fan,you wont regret it .

CSI best episodes ever COUNTDOWN … #2

25 Nov

At #2, I chose the acclaimed season 5 finale episode “Grave Danger”, directed by the amazing Quentin Tarantino. It’s probably the most famous episode of the show, and as many may know, it revolves around one of the members of the team (Nick) being buried alive and having his every move streamed live through the internet for his friends and family to see. The CSI team has very limited time to find Nick before his air supply finishes, blood-sucking ants eat him alive, or he finally has enough and uses his one available bullet to kill himself.

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CSI best episodes ever COUNTDOWN … #3

25 Nov

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At #3 I chose the episode “Built to Kill”. It was the two-part season opener for season 7, and I chose it because it is a brilliant episode filled with lots of action and an amazing cinematography. When the episode starts, Captain Brass is recuperating, after being shot in the season 6 finale; a mayor character gets killed, another one gets drugged and kidnapped, and we get to see the ‘Cirque du Solei’ perform and John Mayer singing. To top it all off, we get introduced to a serial killer who has major relevance in the show: the miniature killer. And this episode is made beautifully. The photography is impeccable. The shots of the circus performers give you goose bumps and the soundtrack is amazing.

CSI best episodes ever COUNTDOWN … #4

25 Nov

I had another thing that I left behind and Im sorry for that 😀 … the CSI best episodes countdown. So anyway, trying to redeem myself –though im pretty sure no one was following the CSI posts – im going to post the top 4 episodes I was missing, in a row. I just have to say that these 4 episodes are all amazing in my opinion and it was very hard for me to choose an order for them. I will give them each a ranking but I think that the outcome is purely subjective, and I think many could disagree – and I don’t mind -; it’s a pull between strong stories, great story-telling, and amazing visual result.

First off, for #4, I chose an episode of the first season called “Too Tough to Die”. I won’t say much about this one, again, so as not to spoil it. You will notice that it is very different from what we are accustomed to see on CSI, cause on its first season, the show was obviously just starting to find its way, the image is a bit poor, its filmed on a 4:3 screen ratio, and the general technical aspects are not as good as what the show offers, but it is an amazing story: “what kind of system rewards the criminal when the victim is too tough to die?”.

 

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SORRY FOR THE ABSENCE

23 Nov

Hey! For the ones reading, I just want to say I am VERY sorry for not posting anything this past week but I’ve been so busy, I have found it impossible. I promise to pick it back up and start writing again!!!! SO SORRY!