All posts tagged: reviews

Where ‘The Good Place’ Goes Bad

Originally posted on Joshua Lawrence Lazard:
In a crowded television market with networks not just competing with traditional line-in cable programming but with the ever-increasingly might of streaming services that are offering original programming that network television shows will never air, a network-based TV show that gets renewed past one season is becoming the new high bar jump. One such show is “The Good Place” on NBC. I stumbled on the show in the midst of its first season trying to find something worth binge watching like most millennials my age. A full day of work deserves a certain level of vegging out; either cooked dinner, left overs or take out, a glass of wine and you look to see what’s on your home streaming device. For the uninitiated, the show centers around Kristen Bell who plays the tragicomic Eleanor Shellstrop, a morally bankrupt individual who works at a company who sells fake medicine to needy people, a who just died and arrives in The Good Place run by the seemingly benevolent Michael played by Ted…

Station Eleven Made Me Man-Cry A Little Inside

Originally posted on Kin S. Law:
Is it possible to write an epilogue for the world? That was the feeling I got, anyway, from the much acclaimed Station Eleven, a book only about 330 pages long but took me months to read. I got it for Christmas. It’s not that I’ve been busy, which I have, it’s just that the book gives you what can only be accurately called “the feels.” You can’t take too much of it at one time, like a cocktail that’s a little bit too bitter and doesn’t trick you into thinking it’s juice. Mmm… where was I? In Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel weaves together the spoiler for the last page of the world. Civilization is dead from a pandemic called the Georgia Flu, and the survivors gather in the aftermath to begin the arduous task of life without electricity, gas, or internet (NOOOOOOOO…) The story is woven around the pivotal character of Arthur Leander, a movie and theater actor who dies on stage almost on the day the world…

Guide to Relocation: Transporting Your Car

My original plan to move to LA (two years ago) involved driving across the country. That plan was quickly shut down and I ended up having to transport my car. Driving would’ve been cheaper, but unfortunately that wasn’t an option. I didn’t know where to start. Naturally, I jumped on Google and researched away. Here are a few things I learned: 1. To quote or not to quote? The upside to getting a quote is that it will give you an estimate for the fees. The downside is that one year later (no joke) you may still receive the occasional quote from a company you looked into. How can you get a quote and avoid the spam emails? I advise calling different companies. Typically they’ll get back to you via phone. Or if they email you it comes from a person and not an automated system. Also, the “quote” is an ESTIMATE. The price is not guaranteed. Typically the company has the find a driver and then see if they will agree upon the price. …

Home Decor Haul

Originally posted on Glitterfulthoughts…:
So if you know me you know I’m equally obsessed with home decor and rose gold haha. I’m moving rooms soon and cant wait to do it up.. I’ll more than likely document the process on snapchat haha. So i recently received and bought home decor stuff , so i thought why not share… Soo i LOVE candles , who doesn’t??? I ran out of candles so I recently bought two of these massive ones. I had to buy two because they smell absolutely amazing and i’m pretty sure I’ll have them for a while . There not really strong smelling that can be to overwhelming either. I also got 2 of these cute little candles and Yankee candle burner off a friend. They all smell great and can’t wait to use them! So while shopping yesterday i spotted these jars. I have no idea what I’ll use them for yet but i had to get them , hello look at them haha. I’m sure I’ll find a purpose for them…

Stop Reviving Things I Loved

You know when your dear old 92 year old grandad has had fourteen heart attacks, but you keep resuscitating him because of your own selfish need to keep him half alive? That’s what keeps happening to the most beloved media of my childhood. I can’t remember what came first. Was it Twin Peaks 2017? Star Wars 7, 8, 9? Gilmore Girls on Netflix? Whatever it was, the most recent crime was Cruel Intentions, and by that point my eyes had rolled clean out of my head. I was once excited. I once thought that bringing something I had once loved back to life, albeit in a zombie state, was a positive thing. “Two members of the original cast are coming back? Wow! It must be good!” I cried. But now…it’s hard to be hopeful. The cynic in me knows that the only reason for the sudden resurgence of things I loved that should have died in the mid-2000s are these: a) Money b) Lack of originality c) Security – to make even more money Hollywood, TV,…

Oscars 2016, Movie Review: Room

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
Here’s what I knew before watching: Brie Larson is getting rave reviews, the young boy Jacob Tremblay gave an adorable acceptance speech at the Critic’s Choice Awards show. I knew the premise of the film and expected an emotional roller coaster. It’s so much more than that! It’s not a simple “let’s decide to escape this life and live happily ever after.” It’s a process as are the consequences that follow. Here’s how I see it and why I want others to as well. Check it out: ? A young mother and her now-five-year-old son have been living in a small shed they call “Room.” Joy, the mother, was imprisoned seven years prior, while her son, Jack, has no idea that there is a world beyond Room. But now that he’s old enough, Joy reveals the truth. Initially in disbelief and outrage towards what she tells him about everything he thought he knew, Jack comes around to help them both escape from their captor, a man they call Old Nick.…