Best Three Things About Scandal (the tv show)

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For those of you who have not tuned in to Scandal starring Kerry Washington, you are missing one great tv show.  My sister was the one that recommended it to me.  I haven’t been that interested in tv lately, so if I’m going to commit to a show I need to know that it’s worth it.  In comes my sister.  She is great at knowing which shows I like and I have never been disappointed with her advice.  So I decided to download Season 1.  Oh my God!  Let me tell you, it’s been a while since any tv show has truly grabbed my interest and this show did!  I love the concept of the show.  For those that have not tuned in – here its the official description of the show:

Everyone has a secret… and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. She is hoping to start a new chapter in her life—both professionally and personally—but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her dysfunctional staff, who specialize in fixing other people’s lives, can’t quite fix the ones closest at hand-their own.

Olivia’s accomplished staff, who would follow her anywhere and do whatever it takes to save someone’s reputation, include Harrison Wright, a slick litigator; Huck, hacker extraordinaire; investigator Abby Whelan, don’t let that smile and red hair fool you, she’s as sharp as they come; and Quinn Perkins, the new young woman in the office who is in awe of Olivia, but is initiated in a trial by fire on her very first day on the job.

As Olivia Pope and Associates fights for the reputations and sometimes lives of their clients, Olivia’s former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant, the First Lady Millicent Grant, the President’s Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene, and the Assistant State Attorney David Rosen are never far from her beat. Her clients aren’t the only ones with secrets, though; surprisingly, she may need to exercise all her damage control skills on her own behalf.

As soon as I was done Season 1, I downloaded Season 2.  When I like something, it always makes it on my best three list and Scandal earns a rightful place.

1.  Olivia and Fitz

2.  The Associates (Huck, Stephen, Harrison, Abby and Quinn)

3.  The Clients

Olivia and Fitz.  There is just something about these two characters that add to this show.  The ‘one minute’ thing is so great.  Just when they look at one another.  Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn are amazing actors.  Its true when they say you just can’t help who you fall in love with and with these two that is the truth.  The scene when they’re on the bus and Fitz says that he wished he had met Olivia first…but in reality he is a married man.  Even though I hate to admit it, I’m not for affairs but with these two, you are just routing for them.   There is so much attraction, so much passion and love, I don’t care about the consequences – I just want to see them together so they can be happy!

The Associates.  Each one is interesting and have great stories (and secrets).  They make the show enen more enjoyable, which is always important in a show like this.  They are a family and they know how to get the job done.

The Clients.  On top of the characters and their storylines – there is always the stories of the clients and those are great and again make the show enjoyable and worth watching.

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Best Three Reasons Why Movie Studios Need to Rethink Movies

I was planning on going to the movies this weekend so I looked reviews to some of the movies that would be opening this weekend or had already opened in theatres.  That is what I do – I need to read the reviews to see whether the movie is worth seeing or not.  Sometimes that’s not necessary and the preview of the trailer or tv spot is good enough for me or catches my interest.  However this weekend was different.

I know that the Fast and Furious 6 had a huge opening weekend las week and I’m a fan of the movies (really its because I have a huge crush on Paul Walker.  He is so good-looking…but enough with getting side tracked) but didn’t really feel like sitting in a theatre with hundreds of people this weekend so I researched other movies.  Now You See Me was my second choice and after that it was Star Trek.   In the end, I didn’t get to either and that made me think, especially after reading some ‘scathing’ reviews about After Earth, staring Will and Jaden Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.  The critics were harsh (and really funny) – I’ve attached a link to some of the best ones that EW PopWatch (Entertainment Weekly) were highligting.  http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/06/02/after-earth-reviews-m-night-shyamalan/

Anyways this got me on the post for today.  Why are movie studios spending all this money (in the hundreds of millions) for awful movies.  Who makes these decisions?  Could the money not be donated to something more worthwile?

1.  All the ‘bombs’ being release (i.e. After Earth, Hudson Hawk, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, The Alamo, Cutthroat Island)

Cover of "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"

Cover of The Adventures of Pluto Nash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Movies need to be entertaining, not dull or boring (sorry Beautiful Creatures – I heard that people got up and left the theatre because the movie was boring)

3.  Remakes (i.e. Footloose) – have movie studios run out of ideas??? Why recreate a classic movie.

My first choice was wasy on this one – there are so many other movies I can list here where millions of dollars were lost.  It’s sad because people starve – that money could have fed them.  Yet studios continue to spend millions and millions of dollars on these types of films.

In the old days, movies didn’t need to cost hundreds of millions and they still were able to entertain.  This can be said for movies today.  Sure, I loved the Avengers and that cost a lot to make but I also liked independent films.

Remakes…I hate them.  I love the original movies.  Why do movie studios need to remake classic movies. For a new generation! No, movies would transcend those generations – i.e. Sixteen Candles (please, please don’t make a remake, it just would be the same).