Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year's Eve 2014





The year 2014 is about to disappear in your rear view and as a last tribute it deserves to be celebrated with a lot of pomp, splendour and embarrassing drunken moments you are glad to leave behind in the past year.

We of the BSP crew hope that 2014 has been a good year for you and that 2015 will be even better. Happy New Year and may all your resolutions for 2015 come true. But before that, make it this year’s last resolution to go to a party dancing like Ross and Monica of the popular NBC TV show Friends (and do not forget to send us video footage as proof.)







Happy New Year, Everyone!


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Data Base: FRIENDS (1994-2004)


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Series PremiereSeptember 22, 1994
Series FinaleMay 6, 2004
GenreComedy, rom-com
Country of OriginUSA
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes236
Running Time20-22 mins.
ChannelNBC
Websitehttp://warnervideo.com/friends15/
Developed byDavid Crane, Marta Kauffman
StarringJennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer
Guest Stars Worth MentioningBrad Pitt, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Tom Selleck, Gary Oldman, Ben Stiller, Paul Rudd, Brooke Shields, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Applegate, Kathleen Turner, ....


Synopsis:

“The one where…” you get to hang out with your six favourite friends Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross for ten years. From mid-twenties to mid-thirties you get to laugh, cry and drink coffee with them in NYC. Seriously, if you don’t know F*R*I*E*N*D*S you must have been living in a cave for the past 20 years!


Yay or Nay? 

Of course pop-culture and life have slightly moved on since 1994, but if you want to indulge in the everyday problems of someone else, this is still your show. Hanging out with these six quirky-yet-lovable characters is something you won't regret. Comedy and romance with a spoon full of a-list guest stars is what you are in for.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 24


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That's it. The final day of our Christmas Countdown is here. We hope that you've enjoyed the past 23 days anticipating the holidays with us and our posts about Christmas-themed movie and television moments. 

In any case, the BSP crew would like to wish you a

The happiest of holidays from Nata Lie, Rina, Squuls - and our desktop hero, Hulk Hogan. (© BSP)

Savour the upcoming days with your family and friends. Relax, eat, carol, be joyful and festive, and don't forget to watch a good movie or TV series during the holidays.

See you soon, all happy and healthy.

Cheers!
Nata Lie, Rina & Squuls

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 23


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It's the day before Christmas and our BSP Christmas Countdown is almost at its end (unlike my regular chocolate calendar which is empty since almost a week now). We've spent a lot of thoughts and fought a lot of battles when it came to deciding what to put into the single posts of our calendar, but the contents of day 23 were clear from the very start. There really is only one way to celebrate the night before Christmas, isn't there? And for those who still haven't realised what I am hinting at (and who didn't yet read the bold printed solution below) I'll toss even the last bit of subtlety aside.

It is of course:


The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Enjoy the song!


Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 22


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Only two more days until Christmas Eve! This does not only mean that you'll soon be able to spend a merry holiday together with your loved ones, eating lots of delicious food and singing along to some fun Christmas songs. No, it also means that our BSP Christmas Countdown is slowly but certainly coming to an end. So, today, we'd like you to enjoy our final Christmas movie check-up of the year. Does the following holiday classic have the Christmas factor?


It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
 USA; 130 min.; family drama, comedy, fantasy
Director: Frank Capra
Writing: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra
Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc, Joseph Walker, Victor Milner
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame, Todd Karns, H.B. Warner




Synopsis: George Bailey's life is hardly going according to plan. Despite his original intentions to travel the world and become a millionaire, he eventually finds himself stuck in his small hometown, married to the love of his youth and father of four children. While running the family business, things turn bad for George and financial problems abound. Out of sheer desperation, he wishes that he had never been born. Unfortunately, he doesn't expect that his guardian angel Clarence does not shy away from granting him this wish...


Christmas Factor: 100%
A true holiday classic! There simply is no denying that this tale about love, friendship, altruism, charity and joie de vivre is the perfect watch for all people who enjoy Christmas as a celebration of social bonds and kindness. The film reminds us that life isn't about expensive, fancy presents but the time that we get to spend with our loved ones. It tells us that happiness can come in all kinds of unexpected ways and manners. Can a Christmas movie spread a more uplifting message than this one?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 21


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Hi BSP-community! Today I’d like to share a little Christmas tradition of my own with you. Every year since I was born the whole family has gotten together on the night before Christmas Eve to put up the tree and decorate it. While Christmas carols are a must in our home, for this occasion we look to a television Christmas classic for entertainment, Little Lord Fauntleroy. It’s a tale of warmth, family, and charity – seriously, what more could you look for in a Christmas movie? Therefore I’d like to invite you to “swing your dance-leg”, as the Germans would say, with the little Lord and “'dem golden slippers”.



If you want to check out the whole thing, the full movie is up on YouTube. Just be sure to choose the 1980 version.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Data Base: Camelot (2011)


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Series Premiere 25 February 2011
Series Finale 10 June 2011 (cancelled)
Genre historical, period, drama, family drama
Country of Origin USA, UK, Ireland, Canada
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Running Time ca. 45 min.
Channel Starz
Website http://www.starz.com/originals/Camelot
Developed by Chris Chibnall, Michael Hirst
Starring Jamie Campbell Bower, Chipo Chung, Sinéad Cusack, Jamie Downey, Tamsin Egerton, Joseph Fiennes, Claire Forlani, Eva Green, Peter Mooney, Diarmaid Murtagh, Clive Standen, Philip Winchester 
Guest Stars Worth Mentioning Sebastian Koch, James Purefoy


Synopsis

In order to prevent Britain from chaos after King Uther's (Sebastian Koch) unexpeted death, the sorcerer Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) seeks out Uther's illegitimate son, the young and naive Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), to prepare him for kingship and eventually install him on the throne. Arthur's half-sister, the embittered Morgan Pendragon (Eva Green), has to settle a score with Uther and his male offspring. She yearns for revenge as well as the crown and does not shy away from using sinister magic powers to overthrow Arthur and his loyal court. 

 

Yay or Nay? 

A fresh take on the Arthurian legends featuring lovely landscapes, likeable characters and a good number of intriguing female core figures which makes for a worthwhile watch. Unfortunately, the network Starz cancelled the show after its first season, letting it end with a cliffhanger. Fans of historical dramas with elements of the supernatural should still give it a try, though.

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 20




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Just four more days to go and then Christmas is finally there. To make sure you are prepared for the holidays with some geeky facts and badass replies to (almost) every Christmas related question you might be asked, we have a list of 10 random Christmas Movie Facts for you. So let's get started.




1. Scrooged (1988)


When the Ghost of Christmas Present, Carol Kane, grabbed Bill's lip, she did it too hard and tore his lip so badly that they had to delay filming for a couple of days.



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2. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


The movie It's a Wonderful Life was a flop when it played in theatres in 1946.



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3. Home Alone (1990)


The famous poster for the movie Home Alone with Macauley Culkin screaming is based on Edward Munch's painting "The Scream."



© 20th Century Fox| Source: TheBerry



4. Elf (2003)


Some of the sets for Elf, like Walter's apartement and Gimbals' toy department, were built in an abandoned mental hospital in Vancouver - the same hospital where New Line shot Freddie Vs. Jason.



© New Line Cinema | Source: Buzzfeed



5. White Christmas  (1954)


Vera Ellen, who played Judy Haynes, didn't sing any of the songs in White Christmas; her parts were sung by Costar Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney's aunt!) or Trudy Stevens.



© Paramount Pictures | Source: Buzzfeed



6.  The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


One minute of the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas required an entire week of filming. Therefore it took more than three years for the movie to be completed.



© Buena Vista Pictures | Source: Buzzfeed



7.  Frankenweenie (2012) | Corpse Bride (2005) | The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


"Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not necessarily in that order." - Tim Burton

How can you not love Tim Burton?


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8. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)


The Ghost of Christmas Past was created by making a special puppet that was submerged in a tank of water and then green screened into the film to make it appear like she was floating.



© Buena Vista Pictures | Source: Buzzfeed



9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)


Apparently the prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore for the film took over three hours each day to apply. Carrey felt so confined and uncomfortable in the latex skin that he actually got counseling from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistance techniques for coping.



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10. Love Actually (2003)

Actor Kris Marshall, who played Colin Frissell in the film, returned his pay check for the scene where the three American girls undress him. He said he had such a great time having three girls undress him for twenty-one takes that he was willing to do it for free, thus returning his check for that day.


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Sources:



Buzzfeed: here, here and here

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 19


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Welcome to day 19 of our Christmas Countdown. It’s time for another quote quiz! Can you guess which word in the movie quote below is missing, the character who said it, and of course which movie it is from?

“Damn. How can you give Kris Kringle a parking ticket on Christmas Eve? What's next, ______________ for the Easter Bunny?“

To find out the answer just highlight the spaces below with your left mouse button.

Missing words: rabies shots
Movie character: fake Santa Clause


Movie title: Home Alone

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 18


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Today we have a treat in store for all you Grinches out there. Sing along if you’d like to.




Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Film Review: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)


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USA; 83 min.; horror
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writing: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper
Cinematography: Daniel Pearl
Cast: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan

"My family's always been in meat."  -- The Hitchhiker 

There is a surprisingly low amount of gore in the movie which inspired a bunch of other popular slasher classics such as John Carpenter ’s Halloween (1978), Sean S. Cunningham’s Friday the 13th (1980) or Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and yet after 40 years of its initial release I still find The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to be one of the most nauseating films I have ever watched. At the same time, it is also one of the most beautiful and visually engaging examples of its genre, turning my viewing experience into a mixture of blood-chilling terror and cinematic delight.

The opening credits alone are a small masterpiece in their own right. After a serious voice tells me that the things I’m about to see actually happened (a lie, by the way), the film begins in darkness. I hear the sound of digging and the heavy breathing of an exhausted man. Then, time and time again, the screen is lit by the piercing flash of a camera making visible body parts of rotten corpses. An eerie kind of music haunts the scene and a voice-over from a radio news announcer fades into the acoustic, informing me about ghastly cases of grave robbery. The next scene depicts two decomposing bodies wired to a tall gravestone just as the sun begins to rise. The music culminates in a frightening climax. The credits appear. I’m terrified. With only five minutes into the movie.

Tobe Hooper’s low-budget horror production is the pioneer of the slasher genre. It introduces the storyline of a bunch of teenagers running out of gas in the middle of nowhere to meet their gruesome demise by the hands of a masked, die-hard killer with a deadly hand tool. It introduces the trope of the final girl, the shaken, sole survivor of the attack. It reminds us of the socio-critical power of horror films and how they can comment on the psychological nature of human beings. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has us know, even though the title might suggest otherwise, that horror movies do not have to be about the mere sensation of the kill. They can, in fact, harbour much more depth.

I find it rather fitting that at one point we see Leatherface, the merciless killer, swinging his roaring chainsaw in the first rays of sunshine on an open road. It is not only one of the many fine examples of Daniel Pearl’s expressive, atmospheric photography within the movie, it also symbolises the overpowering omnipresence of evil forces in our everyday lives, forces which don’t just come creeping out in the protective shadow of the night but which lurk in broad daylight. Hooper also uses radio reports about abductions, brutal murders and the collapse of sabotaged buildings to expose the world as an unsafe place in which malice and brutality are common practice. He then perfectly contrasts this gloomy world view with the naiveté of the teenage protagonists. It seems like not even the most sinister accounts of blood and thunder can prevent them from entering dilapidated houses or inviting suspicious hitchhikers into their car. It is this rather absurd assumption that all bad things only happen to other people but never to oneself which leads the teens straight into their fatal doom. Safety really is a mere illusion.

I enjoy that Leatherface, unlike his fellow slasher buddies Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees, is provided with a rather complex psychological background. To me, he becomes more creepy because he isn’t just a masked, almost anonymous killer with a supernatural longevity but a human being tainted by his upbringing and dysfunctional family ties. Hooper uses him, in an exaggerated manner, to show how a harsh life at the margins of society, where there are no real prospects or no room for kindness, can turn people into ferocious, selfish psychopaths, completely out of touch with humanity, and he shows how brutality and viciousness can easily be passed on from one human being to another.

Hooper is not afraid to portray cruelty, and he doesn’t need buckets of blood and fake guts to do so (don't be fooled by the cover picture, people). By focusing on the sheer terror of the teenage protagonists, the director manages to effectively strike fear into me. It’s the nasty dialogues as well as the bloodless yet poignant depictions of physical assault which do the trick. Much is left to the imagination which forces viewers to wander through the darker realms of their minds. Despite never actually seeing any real gore in the film, it still left me with a pungent imaginary taste of blood long after the closing credits had rolled. As a vegetarian, I can hardly come any closer to horror than that.



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Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 17


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Over here at BSP, we're very much for the fruitful exchange between and collaboration of different cultures and traditions. This is why, today, we'd like Mr. Seth Cohen from the popular teen drama The O.C. to introduce all you open-minded peeps out there to the idea of a completely new kind of holiday celebration. Enjoy!


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 16


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It's day 16 of our Christmas Countdown and we have another holiday movie check-up for you today:

Elf (2003)
USA; 97 min; children, family, comedy, fantasy, romance
Director: Jon Favreau
Writing: David Berenbaum
Cinematography: Greg Gardiner
Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Daniel Tay, Faizon Love, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris, Michael Lerner, Andy Richter, Kyle Gass, Artie Lange, Leon Redbone, Ray Harryhausen, Claire Lautier, Ted Friend, Patrick Ferrell, Patrick McCartney



synopsis: Little Buddy’s life changes dramatically when he crawls into Santa’s pouch one night and ends up at the North Pole. Instead of growing up in an orphanage, he gets to live with elves. Years later and all grown-up Buddy sets out to find his real dad in New York City. His own elfish naiveté and his father’s scrooge-like qualities make the reunion a little bit more difficult than the elf imagined. This tale of finding your place in the world is significantly shaped by its typical Will Ferrell humor.

Christmas factor: 90 %
This film has all the landmarks of a typical Christmas movie – Santa and the Elves, snow, a toy store. It also deals with a lot of values such as family, fitting in, and doing the right thing that are overly present in the Christmas season. Still, the movie’s protagonist makes it hard for me to give it a full 100%. Yes, you get a Christmas movie, but you also get a Will Ferrell movie and that is sometimes a little bit too much for me. Elf a lot of times is a super-cute tale of the loyal-to-the-bone elf Buddy. Yet it also is overly giddy and on the verge of annoying at other times. None-the-less Elf is an enjoyable movie that will surely put you in the Christmas spirit.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 15


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Christmas is coming closer and closer. Can you believe that it's the 15th of December already? So to prevent any melancholic feelings from arising, today is all about making you laugh. Just go ahead and have a look at our Top 3 of trashy Christmas movies. Laughter guaranteed.



# 3 Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)






# 2 Santa with Muscles (1996)





#1 The Hebrew Hammer (2005)





Bonus: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

The only reason this movie didn't make it into our ranking is because of the poor quality of the video. But if there is one trashy and somewhat disturbing Christmas movie this is it, so we felt we had to share it with you. With that said, have fun watching.






Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 14


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Today it’s only ten more days till Christmas Eve. This time of the year is filled with traditions and preparations that you have found comfort in since you were a child. While we are enjoying every second of the preparations, you know there’s always someone trying to change things up in the festivities or grinching you up with his or her negativity. Just know you are not alone in this! Today’s video shows Castle struggling with the spread of this holiday negativity.



But don’t fear guys! Most holiday haters will come around and realize what’s important just in time. Spending time with loved ones and giving back to those in need. Rick Castle got his happy ending, too.



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Data Base: Buffy the Vampire Slayer



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Series Premiere March 10, 1997
Series Finale May 20, 2003
Genre Teenie-drama, Supernatural, Horror, Action
Country of OriginUnited States
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 144
Running Time 44 minutes
Channel The WB (1997-2001)
UPN (2001-2003)
Website
Developed by Joss Whedon
Starring Amber Benson, Marc Blucas, Nicholas Brendon, David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Emma Caulfield, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, Michelle Trachtenberg
Guest Stars Worth Mentioning


Synopsis

Buffy Summers is an ordinary American high school girl – by day. When night falls over Sunnydale she becomes a slayer and sets out to hunt vampires and demons with the help of her friends - human and a little less human alike.


Yay or nay?

Watching Buffy is like stepping into a time machine and travelling back into the 90s. It's all there: the (rather questionable) 90s fashion, including a lot of denim, multi-patterned sweaters and weird hats, then the infamous 90s slang and loads of stereotypes - it's perfect. But nostalgia aside, if you like to watch a witty, at times heartbreaking, at others hilarious, high school dramedy, spiced up with some actually dangerous vampires who do not sparkle - this is the right show for you.

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 13


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It's Saturday, the 13th, and today our Christmas Countdown offers you a check-up for a rather unconventional holiday movie. Does it have the ultimate Christmas factor anyway?


Black Christmas (1974)
Canada; 98 min.; horror, slasher
Director: Bob Clark
Writing: Roy Moore
Cinematography: Reginald H. Morris
Cast: Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Keir Dullea, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, James Edmond, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Lynne Griffin




Synopsis: A psychotic killer makes use of the holiday season by terrorising the members of a sorority house.


Christmas Factor: 35%
I admit that there is a fair amount of Christmas decoration and music as well as a man in a Santa costume. Still, the fact that a number of girls are brutally slaughtered while jolly carol singers are roaming the streets rather turns this into a film more suitable for ultra-Grinches than for the sugar-sweet Christmas-adoring crowds. Add to this a batshit crazy psychopath, a fair amount of profanity and a young woman who's contemplating an abortion, and you have the ultimate anti-holiday experience. Great horror movie? Yes. Great Christmas factor? Hell, no.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 12


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In today’s Christmas countdown we travel to Chicago to spend some nice moments with the folks of ER. Even though it’s a medical show that should be largely procedural, Emergency Room produced some of the best Christmas episodes on TV. They are full of Christmas spirit and the companionship a lot of people are missing throughout the year. But ER wouldn’t be itself if some form of drama wasn’t lurking around the corner already. So join us today in song (and a life-altering announcement) in season 12’s All About Christmas Eve.




Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 11




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It's Day 11 of our Christmas Countdown and here is another, relatively easy quote quiz for you. Are you able to not only find out the word in question but also the movie it's from? 
Have fun guessing and please share your answers with us.






"It's because I'm ______ isn't it?"


Answer: green
Movie: The Grinch 

(To find out if you guessed right, do a left-click and select the empty spaces above to reveal the answers.)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

TV Check-Up: New Fall TV Comedies: Selfie


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I decided to check out Selfie because I miss Karen Gillan on Dr. Who and I have a soft spot for John Cho. He always seems to get stuck as sarcastic side-kick dude, so I was happy to see him as a lead character on this new ABC comedy. As the title already suggests the show revolves around today’s society and pop-culture phenomena which we might refer to as The Three S’ – social media, selfies, self-involvement – which all come to life in Karen Gillan’s character Eliza Dooley.

“Butt-ugly” as a teen Eliza reinvented herself on the web and became insta-famous. In the season premiere she then has to realize that social media aren’t all that social and that FB friends don’t measure up to real life friends (duh). After a rather embarrassing incident on a plane Eliza enlists the help of marketing- and image-building genius Henry, played by John Cho, for a My Fair Lady-like coup: She wants to improve her image – he wants to improve her as a human being. In a traditional rom-com set-up the two clash over anything and everything but as usual find ways to connect and have a positive impact on each other. He makes her put away her cell phone and not live life by online likes. She makes him leave his desk and focus on something besides work. Selfie, it turns out, is not all about taking the picture but living in the moment. Have a look yourself:




As a New Girl-esque comedy Selfie exaggerates things quite a bit. I get that exaggeration is good tone on TV but here the clichéd criticism of today’s society is simply overdone. The opposites of no-nonsense Henry and super shallow Eliza are too extreme and the language is simply horrible. Please stop the overuse of abbreviations and acronyms! I know it’s supposed to be funny but it’s just plain annoying. It’s supposed to be a show about adults and not in a 13 Going on 30 way. Similar to New Girl the show can rely on a charming leading lady to dampen the annoying forces: Karen Gillan’s charm makes you feel for arrogant, self-involved Eliza by also hinting at her quirky and vulnerable sides. Otherwise, with only 4 episodes aired so far, you can hardly talk about character depth. Up to now things seem to be evolving in a rather one-dimensional way. Still, the ending of the pilot offers some hope: in a moment of honesty Eliza and Henry apologize to each other and you get a glimpse at the toned-down, honest people behind their overdone facades. If the show could move its focus and energy away from the title and towards the Gillan-Cho dynamic, Selfie could evolve into a charming rom-com with actual My Fair Lady qualities.


For fans of: New Girl, Two and a Half Men, One Tree Hill

Genre: romantic comedy, sit-com

UPDATE:
As of November 7 Selfie has been cancelled by ABC. The network has decided against buying any more than the initial 13 episodes. Too bad, since the show was finally moving on from the “selfie” stigma and focusing more on the Eliza and Henry chemistry. But I guess Selfie took a little bit too long to pick up its pace and potential for viewers to stick to the show or tune into it. The remaining episodes will be released on Hulu.

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 10


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It's the 10th of December already! Where has the time gone? Today our site turns 10 days old and its only 14 more days till Christmas Eve. To commemorate this special occasion enjoy a treat from our holiday movie check-up section:


A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
USA; 42 min; family, comedy, short
Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till 
Writing: Jerry Juhl  
Cast: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Karen Prell, Steve Whitmire, David Rudman, Jim Henson, Caroll Spinney, Gerard Parkes, Terry Angus, Kevin Clash



Synopsis: We all know and love the Muppets whether they put on a show in their theater, they are on a treasure hunt, or up in space. In this Christmas classic Fozzy Bear takes all of his friends (and us) home with him to spend Christmas at his mom’s country estate. Mama Bear is shocked, since she had planned a tropical Christmas get-away and had already rented out her place for the holidays. Yet the disappointment quickly disappears and in the end it truly is a Muppet Family Christmas, since even the Sesame Street gang and The Fraggles drop by for a visit.



Christmas Factor: 100%
To me, A Muppet Family Christmas is THE ultimate Christmas movie. Spend your holidays with the characters you grew up with and love. It’s nostalgia in its purest sense. Also, bring the whole family together with a short little movie: the puppets are a hit with kids, you get a Christmas carol sing-along marathon, and the Muppet’s witty dialogues make this film fun to watch for the adults as well. Family, Christmas caroling, and a dramatic entrance by Miss Piggy – what more could you ask for in a movie?