Meg’s Media Round Up
It's that time again:
Time for me to give you my reviews of all the TV shows and movies I've seen lately, in my continuing effort to help you make informed choice with your hard-earned entertainment dollars (and time).
I suffer so you don't have to, people. That's what it's all about.
Summer is a tough time for TV lovers like myself because everything good is on hiatus based on the (erroneous) assumption that we viewers are too busy at our beach houses to watch TV (as if).
But there are a few good new shows out there (and some not good ones), so here goes:
I don't know if any you have been following the BBC America television show HEX—touted as the UK version of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER—but I gave it a full season's try, and I have to say…it's no Buffy. If you are a fan of Libba Bray's GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, you might like this show, because it too is set at an English boarding school with weird witchy goings-on. But be aware that the show got cancelled in England after the second season so I'm not sure any of the storylines ever get resolved.
I haven't watched this season yet because I've been on the road, so I missed a bunch of episodes. I want to watch them all in order because I hear it's great. So as soon as I catch up I'll let you know.
The new season starts on Showtime Aug. 14! You'd have to be HIGH to miss it.
No, not the movie with Mandy Moore (which was awesome), but the TV show. I tried to watch this on TNT. Twice. If it were just about Tom Everett Scott I would be all over it. But there are all these other characters, and we have to see things from their point of view sometimes. I just want T.E.S. all the time. Preferably with his shirt off. Why will no network give me this?
Perfection. Sure, I can usually figure out Who-Done-It midway through. But like the show BONES, that is not the point. Watching Kyra Sedgewick and the rest of the quirky cast on this TNT mystery series is.
This half hour sitcom on Showtime is worth watching because it's cute, and the actors and actresses in it are great. Especially the ones who play Louie's daughter and wife. Also, anything with Laura Kightlinger in it is an automatic must-see.
–THE MINOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF JACKIE WOODMAN–
See above. This new series on the Independent Film Channel stars Laura Kightlinger as an actress/screenwriter. It's got a very So NoTORIous flavor, only dirtier and without the rich people. More than decent so far.
–ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS–
I like this series, because it shows exotic places I would never go to and food I would never eat in real life, so I get to feel like I've been to those places and eaten that food without actually having to do either. Special note: Tony got caught up in Beirut when the bombing started. The episode about this airs August 21 on the Travel Channel.
He Who Shall Not Be Named In This Blog hates this show. I like it. So there are fights when it comes on. I always win. The end. (PS I want to see AQUAMAN so bad. I mean, if it existed.)
I didn't expect to get sucked into a show about a polygamist and his three wives and their children…but I did. It makes me laugh. Polygamy is heinous and wrong. But the polygamy Bill Paxton's character practices isn't like the kind you see on the news. The women involved signed up for it of their own free will, and are of age. I am not saying it's the best show ever, but I'll be tuning in next season.
Have you been watching the new season of Made on MTV? There was a GREAT one recently about a girl who never finishes what she sets out to do, but wants to be a boxer. The best part of that episode is when the coach tells the girl, Yazmin, that she's going to go up against another girl in an amateur boxing match, and the first thing Yazmin asks, in all seriousness, is “Is she pretty?” Oh my God, I could not stop laughing. So awesome.
–WHAT NOT TO WEAR–
Where would we be without Stacy and Clinton on TLC's What Not to Wear? I don't know. And I don't want to know. All I know is that they, Nick, and Carmindy make the world a better place and I love them for it.
–FLIP THIS HOUSE—
I used to love this show on A&E because it featured Ginger, a sassy real estate developer who got her dog from a shelter, and her psychotic boss, Richard. But now there are all these new people on it, some of whom are actually unpleasant. So I can't be bothered to watch it anymore. Bring back Ginger, and this viewer will come back.
–LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE–
Oh my God, this movie rocks. It is so quirky—but in a good way. Like, it's mainly about a child, and yet it is NOT for children. Steve Carrell stars as a gay suicidal Proust scholar…which doesn't sound funny, and yet it is. Actually the whole cast is great. I was especially impressed by the teenaged son. This film has a Napoleon Dynamite-esque scene at the end that had me almost choking with laughter. I mean, if Napoleon Dynamite had been totally dirty.
–JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE–
I had to go see this movie because the title reminded me of my upcoming book, TOMMY SULLIVAN IS A FREAK (now renamed PANTS ON FIRE). JTMD is a total teen movie, and for that reason, I loved it. One review compared it to John Hughes. It is no John Hughes. But it's cute, and I had a blast at it.
–SNAKES ON A PLANE—
Just admit that there's this tiny part of you that wants to see this movie, solely because of this amateur trailer. It's okay. I'll be there opening day, August 18, too.
For those of you with iTunes who've been asking about the music Jason listens to in The B in HOW TO BE POPULAR (#2 on this week's New York Times' Children's Chapter Books bestseller list!), I have a surprise for you here!
I haven't been able to read a book in forever because I'm busy writing them, and when I'm writing a book I can't read other people's books. All I've been reading lately are magazines and newspapers. So you are on your own for the book thing. Good luck!
I hope you found this guide helpful. Now go forth and spend your leisure dollars/time wisely!