Five on Friday: Crime Drama

crime dramaIn television crime drama , the series are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: Law and Order, and everyone else. These are their rankings.

DUN-DUNNNNN!

1. Law and Order. Duh. Can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been sucked into one of these marathons. All those errands seem much less urgent when they are JUST ABOUT TO CATCH THE KILLER. Not that this show even needs an explanation for why it is the ultimate crime drama, but if it did I couldn’t do it any better than John Mulaney does here.

Sub-ranking: SVU is tops (duh), followed by Criminal Intent. Universal consensus is that, yes, we do get tired of all the sex crimes, but we just can’t bring ourselves to watch that super annoying guy on Criminal Intent for an extended period of time.

2 and 3. Criminal Minds/NCIS. The show so nice, they made it twice! A quick cast rundown will show that these series are basically carbon copies of one another.

Gibbs = Rossi
DiNozzo = Hotchner
McGee = Reid
Abby = Garcia

Ok, ok, so they’re not exact equivalents, but they’re pretty darn close. Let’s be honest, we still love ’em.

4. The Mentalist. Simon Baker is cute. If you like a side of blonde hair and half smiles with your murders, robberies, and kidnappings, this is the show for you.

5. Elementary. If you’re looking for a show that stars a nicer and less intelligent Dr. House split into a recovering drug addict with a British accent and a female former surgeon, then this is the one for you. As far as Sherlock Holmes adaptations go, this show is a total bust. There’s really very little carry-over from the Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson of Doyle’s creation to the characters portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. That being said, it’s easy viewing, and CBS has created a fun, marathon-worthy crime drama. It’s nothing mind-blowingly new and different, but it’s certainly worth a watch. (For a good Sherlock adaptation, check out BBC’s Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.)

 

This post created by Dick Wolf.

(Just kidding.)

Kat

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Five on Friday: Guilty Pleasures

guilty pleasuresI’m embarrassed to even enjoy these.  Seriously.

1. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. I wanted to be Lara Croft so bad when I was little, because she is obviously the most badass lady ever.

2. Hellboy. Just the first one though.  Oh, who am I kidding? I’m going to watch the second one if it’s on.

3. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. This movie has absolutely no redeeming qualities.  Except that song by Cold War Kids.

4. South Park. You’ll never know how ashamed you are to be a fan of this show until you watch it in a room of people who aren’t.

5. Doctor Who. Kind of embarrassed of this but not really because I LOVE CHEESY SCI-FI AND I JUST CAN’T HELP IT.

You don’t need to judge me ’cause I’ve already judged myself,

Kat

Five on Friday: What I’m looking forward to

Soooo looking forward to seeing these new movies and shows. Hope I get to catch some soon!

looking forward to

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel. I heart Wes Anderson. Recently watched Rushmore, and it just really got me in the mood for some more! I am hearing this is his best work yet–fingers crossed!

2. Muppets Most Wanted. Tina Fey! Ty Burrell! Kermit! This movie (looks like it) has it all. What can I say? I just love the muppets. Particularly Muppet Treasure Island, their best work. But I bet this will be good too.

3. Transcendence? Not so sure about this one, but the commercials look good. It seems like it will be about the perils of over-integrating technology into our lives, but it also kind of seems like one of those movies with very misleading commercials. Hey, we’ll see. It’s certainly got potential!

4. Fargo. These commercials look sooooo good! FX has been on fire lately (The Americans? Good stuff.), and with a bang-up cast including the likes of Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks, I just can’t wait to check it out.

5. Black Box. Hey, I’m just intrigued. Might even have some potential to fill House’s shoes. It’s about time for another good medical show around here.

Bonus: X-Men: Days of Future Past. Seriously, Days of Future Past? WTF is that title? Honestly though, I love the X-Men movies. This is just a solid franchise, and surely this will be another good installment.

Happy Friday everyone!

Kat

Five on Friday: Fight Scenes

Fight ScenesFIGHT SCENES! Love ’em. Got to. GOT TO!  These are the kind of high-energy feats of human aggression that will MAKE YOU WANT TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS and start a weight-lifting regimen.  This list also doubles as some solid suggestions for a movie to watch with your boyfriend if you’re looking for a more guy-friendly date night.

1. The Matrix.  O.M.G. this movie blew my mind the first time I saw it.  About 70% of this movie feels like an awesome fight scene, but the best of the best is Neo and Trinity taking out that entire lobby after setting off the metal detectors.  If that doesn’t pump you up then there is no hope for you.

2. The Boondock Saints.  Dropping in from the ceiling and spinning on ropes?  Awesome.  Not to mention: accents!

3. Wanted.  It takes some work to get over the whole “loom of fate” thing, but that scene where James McAvoy runs through the factory and catches the guns as they fall is pretty cool.

4. Inception.  How did they even film that scene where Joseph Gordon-Levitt fights all those guys in a rotating hotel?!

5. Equilibrium.  “Christian Bale does this cool, like, gun karate.  You’ll like it.”  That’s how this movie was pitched to me, and I was not disappointed.  Also, “gun karate” turned out to be a pretty accurate description, so that might be intriguing, huh?

Bonus: The Princess Bride.  “I’m not left-handed either!”  The absolute best sword fight ever, and I think we all know it.

Enjoy your weekend,

Kat

Five on Friday: Bromances

BromancesIn honor of Psych’s eighth and final season coming to a close on March 26, this Five on Friday is dedicated to one of the best-ever bromances on TV: Shawn and Gus. I don’t know about you, but a good bromance warms my heart. Below are some pairs that are just oh-so-right, there’s no way these guys aren’t BFFs in real life (they must be, right?!).

1. Shawn and Gus. I’ve watched every episode of Psych, as it came on the air, from the first to the (almost) last. Man, will I miss this show! There’s not a pair on TV more fantastically, ridiculously fun than Shawn and Gus.  Or should I say Shawn and Gus T. T. Showbiz?  Or Shawn and Ovaltine Jenkins?  Or Galileo Humpkins?  Methuselah Honeysuckle, Bruton Gaster, Ghee Buttersnaps?  The show (and Shawn and Gus) are at their absolute best in the Yin/Yang episodes, especially with the Hitchcock throwback in season 4.  The proof that theirs is the best bromance ever lies in the season 5 finale “Yang 3 in 2D”.  I won’t say more (no spoilers), but I’ll leave it at this: I will seriously miss these fist-bumping, snack-eating, 80’s-loving, “you know that’s right”-ing guys.

2. Troy and Abed.  Best part of this Community bromance might be the “Troy and Abed in the Morning” bits we sometimes get at the end of an episode.  Such an adorable, heart-warming pair.  It will be interesting to see how Abed deals with Troy’s departure, which Danny Pudi described as “like the show’s first real goodbye.”

3. Sherlock and Watson.  I think we all know we’re talking about the BBC series here.  “I was so alone, and I owe you so much.”  Need I say more?

4. House and Wilson.  I so miss House.  Thank God for syndication.  I think it’s safe to say any friend who fakes his own death to go gallivanting with his BFF in his last months has earned a spot in the Bromance hall of fame.

5. J.D. and Turk.  This Scrubs combo is just a classic, and we all know it.

I’ll leave you with nugget of pure gold, in honor of Psych’s last days:

See you next time,

Kat

Five on Friday: Dramedies

Dramedies collageIf movies were babies, then dramedies would be siamese twins. These are perfect to watch if you’re feeling a little blue. If you’re not in the mood for a straight-up comedy and a drama just feels too depressing, go with a dramedy. You’ll get a perfect mix of sometimes-life-sucks honesty and hopeful serendipity that just may coax a grin out of you, even on your worst days.

1. Stranger Than Fiction. Always my number one.  Love every single performance in this one.  Dustin Hoffman is hilarious, Emma Thompson is poignant, Queen Latifah is lovely, and Maggie Gyllenhaal is perfectly spicyand sarcastic. This is the perfect balance of funny and serious for Will Ferrel.  You will not be disappointed.

2. Little Miss Sunshine. Abigail Breslin’s big dance obviously steals the show, but Steve Carrell as depressed uncle and Paul Dano as mute brother will have you chuckling all the way through.

3. Safety Not Guaranteed.  I loved Aubrey Plaza from the first second I saw her on Parks and Rec.  She and Mark Duplass will break your heart and make you laugh ’til you cry at the same time.  The most impressive thing about this movie, though?  You start the out 100% sure that time travel is impossible.  Your suspension of disbelief is developed throughout the movied until, by the end, you really have no idea how the story will culminate.  As a viewer, it’s a pretty fun ride.

4. Away We Go.  Just the sight of John Krasinski with a beard should make you smile.  With Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, and Maggie Gyllenhall alongside the leads, even the supporting characters will make you chuckle.  Beware, though: opening scene could get a little awkward if you’re watching this with the fam.

5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story.  If you’ve ever wondered whether Zach Galifianakis could pull off anything more serious than Alan from The Hangover, here’s your answer.  That’s not to say his performance isn’t funny–it’s hilarious–it’s just also unexpectedly heart-warming.  And pleasantly so.

Peace, love, and dramedies,

Kat