Category Archives: T.V. Shows/Movies

Homeland, The Next Hit T.V. Show

Last May, the serial drama 24, after eight seasons and 192 episodes, finally ended. The fact that Jack Bauer, the main character, managed to survive the hundreds of waves of terrorists thrown at him over a period of almost ten years may seem improbable. However, when each scene is looked at separately, it is evident that Jack Bauer and his team, save for some rare exceptions, did exactly what they needed to do.

With 24 finished, a new T.V. show has risen — Homeland. It is only in its first season, and the critics are giving thumbs ups.

Homeland is about a U.S. marine and presumed-dead prisoner of war who is discovered during a U.S. attack on a terrorist base. He is subsequently taken back to his home country, and renowned as a hero.

On the other side is an agent who is skeptical about the marine’s return. After receiving intel that “a prisoner has turned,” she assumes that the marine is the one referred to in the quote.

Years of captivity and torture can really impact the human brain — and Homeland shows just how much. That is primarily why the show is categorized under “psychological thriller” (though, it really shouldn’t). The premise, the plot, and the acting are all outstanding, but it is the show’s depiction of torture on the human mind that separates it from the other recent hot shows (Walking Dead, Broadwalk Empire, etc.). 24 or Homeland? That’s up to you!

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Must-watch Television Shows!

The television year is divided into two parts — one from September through May, and the summer season.

With so many T.V. shows, running or not running, out there, we high schoolers (and teachers/staff) do not have enough time to watch them all. There is also that torturous week-long wait we must go through for the new episode to come out. So which ones should we watch? Which ones are capable of easing our pain from all the waiting?

Below is a list of what I believe are T.V. shows everyone must watch (or give a try at the very least).

In order from most family-friendly to least:

1) Modern Family

A unique show that just won the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Comedy, Modern Family features three families: a gay couple with an adopted child, an old widower married to a young Colombian supermodel divorcee with the wife’s son, and a “cool” dad and wife (daughter of old widower) with three uncontrollable children. Modern Family is the next big thing in comedy.

The family tree:

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Famous actors include: Ron Howard is narrator for the show

2) Arrested Development

Modern Family is the cure for those who have ADCS, or Arrested Development Cancellation Sickness. This show is structured almost exactly like Modern Family, and many argue that MF is a ripoff of AD. AD boasts an incredible, one-of-a-kind 9.7/10 average user rating on IMDB — even world-renowned shows have a hard time passing the 9.0 bar. The show is about the father of a wealthy family being imprisoned for company fraud, and the son who must take care of his family full of degenerates, each of whom plays an unforgettable role.

The family tree:

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3) Breaking Bad

This alone will easily get anyone through the summer-fall T.V. drought. It is about a chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer, and must make the most amount of money possible to give to his family because he only has a short time to live. Thus, the fourty-year old, dedicated family man, Walter White, begins his alternate life as a drug dealer. It has won multiple Best Drama Emmys, and the actors and their acting are superb.

One great thing about this show is that every episode begings where the previous one left off; better yet, every season begings where the previous one left off. Every episode and every season leaves you wanting for the next one to come out.

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Famous actors include: Bryan Cranston (Malcolm’s dad from Malcolm in the Middle)

4) Dexter

Dexter features possibly the most interesting protagonist of a T.V. series, ever!  He is a classic vigilante: he works for the Miami police department, but in his spare time, he kills serial killers. Nobody knows about “the Dark Passenger” within him. He is a psychopath — successful psychopaths are difficult to spot, for they seem just like any other normal person. Season 6 premieres on October 2nd.

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Famous actors include: Michael C. Hall (David Fisher from Six Feet Under)

5) The Wire

A fantastic, if not the best, HBO series — The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Game of Thrones, and Entourage are just some examples of other great HBO series. The Wire is set in Baltimore Maryland, and each season (there are five), unlike CSI and the hundreds of other crime series out there, revolves around one single investigation. I mean, those are the best, are they not? It is the most realistic depiction of city life that I have ever watched.

Be warned though, this show will take time to love. Every episode is an hour long, and this is a very slow-paced series. But that is what HBO intended — a ten hour long masterpiece, as opposed to ten hour-long average episodes.

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Famous actors include: Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles of Fringe)

What YouTube Has Become

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 This. What YouTube has become is a(n) ___________.

Many years ago, YouTube was devoid of advertisements. Maybe not completely free of, but free enough of them that the average user could spend hours watching and exploring videos without noticing a single advertisement.

Those were the good times.

Now, it is near impossible to do so. No longer can I watch a YouTube video without my eyes and ears being exposed to the infestation that is YouTube advertisements.

I may not have the slightest inkling of how a company functions, but I do know that advertisements are one of YouTube’s main sources of revenue. I guess it was inevitable for this to happen, by which I am referring to a) advertisements before videos begin and b) huge advertisements on the main page.

I went onto YouTube (South Korea) this afternoon and was met with a huge photograph (and later video) of a woman with the maximum amount of cleavage possible. Did I accidentally type the URL of a pornography site by accident? I would not be surprised if I had.

The URL, however, read www.youtube.com.

This is a major trend in contemporary society. That is, an ongoing competition of inappropriateness — the more = the better. It is found in music, television, movies, advertisements, etc. But what can be done about this? Maybe one day, advertisements will only feature naked people, and people will walk around completely naked.

P.S. The woman’s name in the picture is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Just in case.

The Office without Michael Scott

The curtains are soon to come to a close for The Office’s Michael Scott (Steve Carrell).  He announced his departure even before the seventh season started.

Not often do major characters in any given T.V. show leave. In many crime shows, such as CSI or Criminal Minds, main characters are often leave or are killed off. But in such a happy and funny show like The Office, the departure of such a central role will leave a gaping hole.

Considering he is the manager and the boss of The Office, not many can qualify to take over his role.  So who will replace him? NBC has already renewed The Office for an eighth season.

One comes to mind.

Ricky Gervais — he was the manager of U.S. version of The Office’s counterpart, The Office U.K..Unfortunately, that show ended only after two seasons, but many argue that the latter was the superior one. Either way, Ricky Gervais is a master of comedy and certainly qualified to take over Michael Scott’s job. In fact, he made a cameo appearance in an episode of season 7 which can only lead viewers to assume that he will return full time one day.

The only way to be sure is to continue watching the Office! So everybody continue watching, and if you’ve been missing out, catch up quickly!

Year of the Series finales?

This year, two shows that I’ve watched from the beginning — Lost and 24 — have come to their ends. Not to the end of their season, but to the end of their entire series. Lost ended at season 6 with a pretty good wrap up, and 24 ended at their 8th season with some loose ends. I will miss these shows greatly…

Lost: This show is pretty famous in Korea, because one of the main characters, Jin Kwon, is Korean. The first four or so seasons were really good; it had very engaging storylines with great writing. I started to lose interest in it after more and more mythology was introduced in the show, it made the series really unrealistic. Not that that was a bad thing, but I was just…disappointed. The last episode was very good, it was a good summary and wrap up of the causes behind almost everything. It may not have been as interesting as some people were expecting, but the final scene was brilliant and that alone was good enough for me.

24: Now on the other hand, 24 is a show I truly love, and have loved ever since the first episode. My previous blog post is about 24, so read that one for specifics about the show. The final season focuses more on personal revenge, and Jack goes rogue after about the first half of the season. I can’t write more about it because of spoilers, but as always, every episode keeps me wanting for more. The final episode of the entire series was very good. It may not have served as a good enough episode for the Series finale, but it was definitely perfect as a season finale.

————————There will also be a feature film about 24 to be released in the future, and it has been confirmed it will NOT be a prologue. So I hope it will be an epilogue..

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Movie Reviews

The last 5 decent movies I have watched were Iron Man 2, Kick A** (it’s rated R), and  IIRC (if I remember correctly) , a Korean movie, “의형제”,  the Fourth Kind, and the Bourne Trilogy.

Iron Man 2

Kick A** (school…haha)

The Bourne Trilogy

All of those with the exception of the Bourne Trilogy were new releases at the time I watched them.  I watched the Bourne Trilogy again because it’s one of the best trilogies of all time, and it would be my fourth time watching it. Jason Bourne is kewl.

Review time.

Iron Man 2: 7.5/10

Amazing CG and visuals, good storyline. Lacks action scenes, but still something to watch. I think Iron Man 1 was better, but you should definitely watch the first one before watching the second.

Kick Butt: 8.5/10

It looks like a crap movie at first, as if it were another one of those stupid parody movies that get boring after 2.3 seconds. But it is not, it is truly one that exceeds in its genre. The movie fuses real life with the comic universe, and the movie does it very well. It’s funny and it’s engaging and interesting. The one down side is that it is very explicit in many ways, thus the rating is R.

의형제:  9/10

Who said Korean movies were bad? This one is awesome, and the previous hit movies in Korea “해운대” and “국가대표” are some of the best recent day movies I’ve seen. If there are any Koreans reading this blog, watch 의형제. The story is very very engaging and you will be sitting on the edge of your seat. Literally.

The Fourth Kind: 6/10

Ew! This movie was absolutely disgusting. The only reason it got a six was for its effort. Though I understand the movie was pretending to be real, it’s still not that good. The movie is about alien abductions. It’s very, very unrealistic and every time something has to be explained, they skip it or make a retarded excuse. To give it some credit, it is a pretty good movie in its genre, aliens.

The Bourne Trilogy: 9.25/10

A truly great movie. Features Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, on his journey to find what has happened to him after realizing his memory was mostly wiped. It is a trilogy, consisting of the Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum. He is so badButt! If there was a dual with him against Jack Bauer of 24..it would be tough to decide on a winner. Not to mention the series has great theme songs.

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The epic drama 24, is coming to an end completing its eight season, making it the longest espionage related T.V. series ever, ahead of Mission Impossible and The Avengers.

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The show revolves around Jack Bauer, a former CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) agent as of season 8, working to save the country from various things including terrorism, mass destruction/bombings, assassinations, and much more. Over the seasons, he has had many successes and a very short list of failures.
Why I enjoy this show more than others is because of the connecting storyline. The episodes in one season connect to each other and usually end in cliffhangers. Not only that, but the seasons connect to each other in a special way, and often times the show references to events that occurred in the previous seasons. It is different from a show like CSI. It is more like Lost in terms of connectivitiy.

I’ve enjoyed the show and watched in since its beginning 2001, and grown up with it ever since. Of course back then, I barely understood what was going on, but it feels good to go back to the previous seasons and watch it over again, and realize things you didn’t previously. The finale is due May 24  of 2010, only three weeks away! It is sad to see such an amazingly written show approaching its end, but it had to come to an end sometime soon because Jack Bauer is getting old fast..just like Bruce Willis from Die Hard.