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June 2013

RECAP- Pretty Little Liars 4×03 Cat’s Cradle

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They are onto them…

The cops are getting crazy close to the girls this week as Hanna stumbles upon a white board full of suspicion. Saying that, nobody is higher on the lists of perpetrators than Hanna’s Mom. Her innocence is becoming less likely as we find out more. She clearly hasn’t thought through her alibi as she went missing in New York as Hanna finds out that instead of going to a broadway show like she said, Hanna’s mom was M.I.A. Where did she go? Back to Rosewood to kill Wilden? It seems way to obvious for the culprit to Hanna’s mom. If signs show it is her this early in the season then it can’t be her. She definitely was up to something though, her ex husband’s gun is now missing and she was looking for money. What have you been up to Ms. Marin?? It is probably something innocent like hiring a hit man and then she thought he went through with it since Wilden was killed. But they will eventually find out Wilden was killed before the hit man could get to him. I like how I think that is innocent.

The parents are getting heavily involved in A’s schemes this season as Emily’s mom has become another of her targets. Suffering from the pool accident last week, Emily visits her doctor. She lets slip that she may have tried some medication (that was prescribed to her mother) and now family services are keeping close eyes on them. It probably didn’t help with this little scene was reported to family services aswell.

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Know your audience Emily’s Mom

I love how family services didn’t get involved in the Pretty Little Liars books when some of the girls were kicked out of their homes. Aria for not telling Ella that Byron was cheating and Emily for being gay. When we start to think that this whole family services thing is non A related, Emily receives a text from A with a photo shopped photo of her Mom behind bars. Eeek, the parents are not getting off easy this season.

Somebody must have been listening to me last week as the majority of reoccurring characters have returned.

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Caleb, Melissa and Ella all returned this episode and they all brought the drama. Caleb has been doing his own digging and found out about the whole gun fiasco with Hanna’s mom. Caleb is looking less suspicious as the episodes progress. I am guessing we are going to adore him by mid season when he is due to leave for the spin off show.

In other news, Ella was asked by her new beau to join him in Austria. Ella says no but when Aria sees that the other girls are having parental issues all relating to A she convinces her mother to join him. I am beginning to think that Ella may do it because she was credited as special guest star. She went from reoccurring to that, doesn’t look good for Ella.

Melissa is acting all suspicious again, I thought she was playing nice but that ended abruptly. She was supposedly in DC?? Sharpening her horns me thinks. The girls  look into Ali lookalike masks and come across an artist who made the mould of Ali’s face. Why on earth did Ali want a mould of her face??? To get information Emily agrees for the artist to have a mould of her own face. Although they are pretty slow on the uptake and barely ask him any questions. Aria gets her nosey on and finds a mould of Melissa’s face BUT WHY!!! What is this whole mask thing???

Spencer being all secretive with Toby breaks into Radley to get a better idea of how Toby’s mother killed herself. Turns out it would have been near impossible for her to jump from the window (mentioned in his mother’s file) and not land on the roof below.  Hmm things are not adding up right?? Where is all this going?

Alot of things were brought up this episode that it made me feel HMMPH and just plain confused. What will all this masks thing add up to and why is it important? Why is Melissa also having a mask important? SO MANY QUESTIONS

RECAP- True Blood 6×02 The Sun

So turns out we were wrong that Jason was sharing a ride with Warlow, but this definitely has to be him.

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Quite an entrance.

It turns out that Jason (in True Blood fashion) has randomly met his great grandfather. And quite the grandfather he is. Like a scene from the Princess Diaries, Sookie finds out that she is royalty. Fairy royalty in fact but it comes with a price. Warlow has been obsessed with Sookie’s family for thousands of years. If I understood the family tree properly, Sookie’s great uncle made the pact (the one that Warlow could have Sookie) hundreds of years ago. Claudine managed to protect Sookie by launching him into another realm, which of course worked until now.

Finally we are getting some fairy answers and I am liking it. Hopefully we will see a flashback of the pact being agreed, I do believe there is more to that story than what we’ve been told. Sookie is learning more about her abilities, well while she still has them. Apparently if she practices enough she can create some supernova effect with her light and kill any vampire she wishes.

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Practice makes perfect.

I doubt that will go to plan, somehow I see her killing a vampire we already know. There have been rumours of a main character being killed so maybe that will be what happens!!! Sookie also met a new fairy character played by former Eastender Rob Kazinsky. The actor recently admitted he is pretty much naked the whole season. Who wants to make a bet that he is mostly naked with Sookie in the room??

While Sookie learns about her family history, Eric is trying to get some inside information about the Governor of Louisiana. He plans to glamour him and get him to make things go back to normal. This of course includes a disguise.

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Geek…

Unfortunately the Governor is well aware of vampire’s abilities and is wearing special contact lenses that work against Glamouring. Eeeek… The government has also created bullets that radiate UV lights. We seen Tara get shot with one last week, luckily it was quickly removed. When the Eric’s plan fails he is ordered to be moved to some sort of facility??? They didn’t count for Eric’s flying abilities though and then this happened.

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…to hot floating creep.

Eric clearly the master of Plan Bs has moved onto the Governor’s daughter. She is contact lens free and at his disposal.  This facility that the Governor mentioned just screams concentration camp….more on that later.

Bill is in a dream like state for the majority of the episode. His entourage goes heavy on the sissy walk. Watch the girl in the very back, she is working that runway. She owned those quick 20 seconds of a bloody nudity scene. Her mother must be so proud.

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Bill’s Angels

Bill has gained some Bruce Almighty powers by being able to hear the pain of vampires around the world. It is soon revealed that Bill  has the ability to see into the future. With that revelation, we see a glimpse into the future and maybe the season finale (I am guessing here).

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You don’t want to look up.

First there was a concentration camp like facility now there will be a gas chamber (this one however has a skylight with a lovely view of the sun). This season is getting creepier and creepier by the minute. The vampires are going to be hunted down and persecuted like what was done to minorities before them. True Blood has always had nods to discrimination that is present in our lives today. Especially evident with the “God hate Fangs” sign seen in the titles at the start of every episode.

Besides those three main stories, there was small vignettes you could say featuring a couple of the minor characters.  We see Sam and Lafayette getting attacked by Alcide. Alcide has gone power mad and wants Luna’s daughter to be in his pack. There isn’t much more to comment on about that. We also see Andy pleading to Maurella to come and help him with his now 4 toddler daughters. They are growing at a rapid race so who knows what age they will be next week. Also Nora believes that the vampire bible was translated wrong, hopefully more on that titbit next week.

Good episode this week, the minor storylines (Alcide, Sam and Andy) are getting smaller as the weeks past. I hate it when they barely use fan favourite characters. The actors will get tired of having barely any screen time. Hopefully their roles will bulk at the season progresses.

MOVIES- Behind The Candelabra

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The director of this film Steven Soderbergh is just treating the gays and straight girls this past year. First it was with the many naked chest and bum shots of Channing Tatum in Magic Mike now we have Behind the Candelabra. We get to see Matt Damon in all sorts of revealing clothes and lots of naked ass. I am sure some of you don’t need to read any further, I have persuaded you enough to watch this film.

I am probably showing my age or just my plain ignorance but I never heard of Liberace. When I first watched the film I got the story confused with Gianni Versace. This consisted of 2 hours of me waiting for Matt Damon to flip out and murder Liberace. This however did not happen. It was an interesting story nonetheless.

The film follows the two real life characters of Liberace and Scott Thorson. Thorson meets the piano player Liberace when he is just 17 but looks about 30 sorry Matt. Liberace is bemused by Thorson and takes him under his wing. Liberace introduces him to designer clothes, expensive cars, lavish jewellery and houses fit for kings. What does Thorson do in return? He provides a listening ear to Liberace’s constant fears of feeling like he can’t trust anyone and the occasional sex session.

The story takes a twisted turn when Liberace wants Thorson to get plastic surgery to make them both look alike. To add to this request, Liberace wants to adopt Thorson as his son. Thorson agrees to the surgeries after feeling pressure and stress of being rejected by Liberace if he declines . The prosthetics in this film are amazing. I initially thought that Damon’s work looked awful but seeing actual photographs of Thorson you can see the resemblance.

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Cheekbones that could cut butter..

The film progresses to the stage where you realize how selfish and manipulative Liberace has been from the start. Thorson is portrayed as a man who is introduced and addicted to the lifestyle of plastic surgery, drugs and fame. Thorson presently is dealing with charges of burglary and is still suffering from a drug addiction. It is sad to see that he failed to overcome any obstacles. The influence of Liberace is still clearly prevalent in his life and it shows.  In the film I thought there was hope for him after Liberace’s death but clearly there hasn’t been any change.

Both Damon’s and Douglas’ performances were superb. Not only did they tap into playing such flawed characters like Thorson and Liberace but they also had to portray characters that were well known to the public. It is easier to be critical of an actor’s performance if they are imitating a well known person. Saying that, both actors in my opinion (from watching youtube clips of Liberace and Thorson) have obviously worked hard by studying old footage because they have perfected their mannerisms and speech.The film’s costumes are also something to be applauded. Every outfit that Douglas wears in the film is just walking art as Liberace’s costumes once were.

If the real life story of Liberace is not of interest to you, the film is even worth a look just to get a bit of an insight into the aids crisis in the 70s. It is especially interesting to see its effect on closeted men in the entertainment industry.

RECAP- Pretty Little Liars 4×02 Turn of the Shoe

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Tough crowd Mona…

It doesn’t take long for Toby’s actions last week to start making the liars shake in their boots. The lair is gone and with it a whole lot of evidence that could get the girls in trouble and all eyes are on Mona. Fortunately for Mona, 5 minutes later she is attacked within metres of the others by A. Is Mona A’s new target or she is trying to make it look like that? During the attack Emily is injured, not a big deal for the other liars but Emily is on track to get a swimming scholarship to college with Paige.

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She couldn’t have found a swimsuit with sleeves.

Emily feeling the pain resorts to medication. It is obvious that this scholarship is her only way into college because Maths is not her best subject. She clearly counted her tablets wrong and konks out in the middle of a race. It is not looking good for her future. And here we all were thinking she would escape A’s clutches…

Emily isn’t the only one having issues with colleges, Spencer just a rejection letter from one of hers. Isn’t Spencer a super genius? How did she not get in? Maybe it has something to do with her lurking around dead bodies and spending all her free time learning how to translate parrot speak (keep reading).

Spencer learns from her clueless moment last week and smells Toby’s odd behaviour. He cracks and tells her he gave A the lair. We learn that Toby’s mother suspiciously killed herself in Radley. According to files A has obtained, his mother was on the road to recovery. Has Toby’s mother got something to do with Ali’s death or the A Team?

Maybe all the parents have some secrets because Hanna’s mom is looking extra suspicious this week or maybe it is just the lighting they are using on her:

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Her phone was found in Wilden’s coffin and now a suspicious pair of dirty heels. What has Ms. Marin been up to?? Hanna is on her case so I am assuming it something innocent. I am thinking she went back to the forest and seen his body was gone. In other Hanna news, she has some creepy interactions with Ali’s mom. She reveals that Ali used to hold her breath to get what she wants. Hmmm is that possible without holding your nose too?

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Ali’s mom such a gullible woman.

We also learn that Ali tricked her mom into having the girls over to their summer home. But the girls never went and beer cans were scattered around the house soon after? Who was Ali hanging round with?? Hanna also meets an old friend of Ali’s: her grandmother’s parrot. And that parrot is full of clues. God knows how Spencer got a phone number from a tune the parrot was singing. REACHING MUCH!! I will always be suspicious of Spencer. LET IT BE KNOWN.

Aria is at a loss this episode, she has no teachers to kiss. She rectifies this issue by going in search of martial arts lessons. Her teacher is of course is ugly and the lessons are strictly professional.

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Within minutes of the lesson this happens….

Aria turned on by his teaching way makes a move and bolts. Even though he barely knew her name, he turns up at her house and asks for a date. Is this another suspicious character to look out for? There are so many at this point.

With this new cop, Ali’s mom and now this martial arts teacher are we meeting too many new crafty characters. A majority of the old suspicious characters are just gone. Melissa? Jenna? Wren? CeCe? Jason?? They better not end up dead, that is all I am saying.

MUSIC- Now Playing: Vacation by G.R.L (PCD Reborn)

I know I have posted about this several times but another reincarnation of the Pussycat Dolls has emerged. They have renamed the band G.R.L. but they are pretty much the same members from PCD 2.0.

Considering they don’t have the widely known brand of PCD, I am not sure they will have the same success.  Although they are giving it a good try with this new song Vacation.  The song even made onto the Smurfs 2 soundtrack. That is better progress than any of the other Antin’s creations in recent years (Sorry Paradiso Girls). The soundtrack will be grabbed up by Britney fans as her new song is also on it. Those girls are thinking wisely, they are practically howling at their key demographic.

The song just screams summer anthem!!! It is a classic glitzy girl group tune, lets leave our shitty boyfriends behind and get our tan on.

RECAP- True Blood 6×01 Who Are You, Really?

True Blood is going through some changes this season, For starters Alan Ball is no longer the show runner. Time will tell whether this will be good or bad for the show. I am a massive True Blood fan so I am hoping for good. Last year got confusing with the Lillith storyline, so hopefully with the new show runner it will find new interesting grounds to work with.

Last season we seen Bill die and then come back to life all in the span of 2 minutes. When we first see Bill this season, he has lost his mind and clothes but gained some new powers. The ability to make stuff shake, who doesn’t love that power. He also can’t killed by a stake through the heart which Sookie has learnt this week. 17-06-2013 19-44-16

That awkward moment when you try to kill your ex and it doesn’t work…

Hopefully Bill moves on with this whole “I am a god” phase and just start stalking Sookie at the bar again. I miss those days. I was surprised at the lack of Bill scenes but I am assuming it has to do with him (Stephen Moyer) also directing the episode. 

This season we are going to be seeing more into Sookie’s family history considering the vampire who killed her parents has arrived in town. Enter the ORIGINAL master from the Buffy flop 1992 film. Warlow, the former ghostly vampire apparition has took physical form and looks like he ready to cause some trouble!! He even looks like he is still dressed in character for Buffy. 

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This should be interesting and from the sounds of Eric’s sister, he is related to the Lillith storyline. Hopefully Sookie’s wasting powers get a recharge and she can zap his ass away. She won’t have any help considering she kicked Eric out of her house only a few minutes after he gives her back her grandmother’s house.  All done with a simple contract:

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Sookie, seriously get some pens for your house. 

Yes in vampire tradition, Eric signs a contract with his blood and hands over the house to Sookie. His sister looks super pissed about it and will no doubt do some snooping in the future. I am assuming she is becoming a regular this season. 

What is everyone else up to? Jason is still seeing the ghosts of his dead parents and is anti vampire again. He also has a little run in with Warlow. Andy is struggling to come to terms with the fact he has 4 fairy babies and thank god they are growing at a rapid pace. By the end of the episode they are like 5 years old,  hopefully by next week they will 18 and we can have some cool new supernatural characters. Alcide is being….17-06-2013 19-44-57

…Alcide.

He is now pack master and from the looks of it POWER MAD. If it involves him being naked more I’M IN!!! His girlfriend has gone all kinds of crazy though, apparently she enjoys being his “NUMBER ONE BITCH”. I am assuming that soon changes, jealousy just seems worse for wolves. Do you all remember his ex girlfriend Debbie who came for Sookie with a gun 2 seasons ago???

Tara and Pam are feeling the pain of the new regime of anti-vampires floating around Bon Temps. With vampire run establishments in trouble no doubt Pam is going to be looking elsewhere for entertainment. The hate towards vampires is being spear headed by the Governor of Louisiana. He is up to something and I haven’t a clue what it is?? Why is he looking to make alliances with the makers of True Blood? Does he want to poison it?? Colour me intrigued. 

It was a good season opener overall, I was hoping for more of an altercation between Bill and Eric but that didn’t happen. Hopefully drama will heighten and the cast and plot will be more unified. It just seems like so much is happening that it is hard to remember everyone that is involved in the show. For example, I felt Sam and Lafayette had a very small role in the first episode. Sam got two scenes and Lafayette got one with Sam. Hopefully they will see more airtime later on.

MOVIES- Man of Steel

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I was worried when it was announced another Superman film was in the works especially since the bomb that was Superman Returns. He returned six years ago but nobody was interested in what he had to say. My interest was soon piqued when it was revealed that Christopher Nolan and Zack Synder were going to be involved. Sydner makes the most incredible action scenes from 300, Sucker Punch and now to Man of Steel and Nolan just knows how to approach a classic superhero tale from a different angle.

This film differs from the original films and Superman Returns because it focuses more on Superman’s home planet Krypton. From its’ destruction, its’ history and to its’ possible future. I don’t think we have ever been given such an in-depth look at the planet on-screen. The origin story of Superman is of course regurgitated and I’m sure there are some complaints about sitting through another version of it. People must remember that the role of Superman is so iconic that we’ve seen the character as a baby travel to earth via spaceship in several incarnations (the animated show, classic films, several television shows including Lois and Clark and Smallville).  In the case of Man of Steel, I think they did a good job by using flashbacks to show Clark’s growth as a superhero and by introducing a Krypton we have never seen before on-screen.

Superman’s nemesis in the film is General Zod, who also appeared in the classic films. The character is more sinister and developed in comparison to Superman 2. His motives explain his actions which is to keep the race of Krypton alive. Who can disagree with that mantra? He along with other menacing characters who have escaped the Phantom Zone (did anyone else notice when they were originally sent to the Phantom Zone their method of transport were giant dildos, just saying) are on a mission to rid the Earth of humans and replace them with Kryptonians.

Something else that has turned upside down in this film series is that Lois Lane is well aware of Superman’s true identity. But why? Was it not fun to see Lois Lane get angry at Clark when he miraculously vanishes out of thin air. My opinion, we’ve seen it happen so often now why not change it a little??? Besides, if Lois Lane can save the world several times why can she not spot that Clark is Superman just because he wears glasses. Lets give the woman her props.

Although the movie was 2 hours long, it was 2 hours of Superman goodness. Who doesn’t want to look at Henry Cavill for 2 hours, that man fills the suits SOOO well!! I enjoyed it and I am especially excited for a sequel. With the origin story out of the way it leaves room for something new. Please not another Lex Luthor story though, I liked the LexCorp truck cameo but NOO…very overused villain at this point. I would eat my words though if he is written to be more Jokeresque.

RECAP- Pretty Little Liars 4×01 A is for Alive

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They clearly have a funeral section in their wardrobes….

The liars are back and it looks like they are adding a new member MONA!!! Has she been rejected by Team A or is this another notch in Mona’s master plan to destroy the girls?? For almost 2 months we have been wondering “What the hell is in the trunk?” It was too clichéd to be a dead body, so of course it was a rotting dead pig. I was kind of hoping for it to be Melissa to really shake shit up but no…eventually a new corpse arrives in the form of Wilden. No longer will the girls be harassed by the cops or will they? Mona gets her  espionage on and steals the harddrive with the video of Hanna’s mom mowing down poor Wilden in the first place. Is she looking to get some brownie points from Hanna or is Hanna’s mom in on all of this aswell???…. SOOOO MANY QUESTIONS

Weave Watch:

Fresh from promoting Spring Breakers, Ashley Benson had dyed her hair brown so obviously didn’t return with her signature blonde locks for Hanna. This week I learnt fresh new ways to hide the fact that I’m wearing a wig.

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We do approve of her new dirty blonde hair seen in the funeral scenes and wherever else she wasn’t hiding her lace front.

Other new plot points in the season include Paige getting all pushy with Emily to move to California with her after high school. Damn girl why you gotta be so clingy. Something obviously happens to botch that plan, if you’re a popular regular in a television show you do not leave the state to go to college. Sorry Paige, Emily is staying put.

Ezra is playing happy families while again putting Aria in an awkward position by returning to teach at her school. That boy is getting sleazier by the second.

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You just know that he is waiting his time before he makes a move on her…..

Spencer is yet again being a dumbass and trusting her boyfriend completely especially when just a few days ago he was off doing WHO KNOWS WHAT for A.

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Have we ever seen Toby’s mother before? I am assuming she went missing and obviously his father went and got hitched with Jenna’s mother. What a predicament he has got himself into and of course he caves and gives A the lair by the end of the episode. Hopefully he will have redeemed himself by emptying the damn lair of all incriminating evidence against the girls.

And finally….

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Did nobody else want to go over and snatch at that bitch’s veil?? This is Rosewood people, when you see somebody as suspicious as that in your vicinity you must corner them pronto.

This season premiere had it all: dead bodies, funeral, a new threatening cop, new suspects, vague answers (as usual) and a cryptic message from Jenna (is she being killed or just off to enjoy her maternity leave) .

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