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Sunday, February 12, 2012

This week's top five:

Debra Messing/Smash/Musical Theatre 
I haven't managed to read any reviews of Smash yet but I absolutely loved the first episode. It wasn't flawless but it has heart, which is all I want from my TV dramas. It's so good to see Debra Messing back on the small screen and I love that her character's job is my dream job. If I could choose to be anything in the world it would be a composer/lyricist, hands down, no argument.

Brad and Jane in Happy Endings

Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr continually push each other to form the funniest couple on television right now.

Rachel McAdams

Without a shadow of doubt, one of the classiest actresses out there. I love that she turned down The Devil Wears Prada, even though I can see her as Andi more than Anne Hathaway.

Zoe and Lenny Kravitz

Ermmm, coolest father/daughter pairing in the world?!


Last year it was Sandro but I'm not feeling their S/S 12 collection so Maje wins for now. Not that I'll ever be able to afford any pieces...

The Descendants

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Awards season always makes me feel culturally overwhelmed. More than likely I haven't seen most of the films nominated, so I try to cram them in whilst nodding knowingly when discussions arise.

So, I finally got round to watching The Descendants and boy do I wish I could have those two hours of my life back. The cinematography was stunning but the film itself lacked the wow-factor expected after all the awards hype.

George Clooney was good but if anything, the younger actors outshone him, particularly Shailene Woodley. I couldn't believe that was the same girl from The Secret Life of the American Teenager!

It was interesting to see that it was a book adaptation, as throughout the loooong two hours I kept on thinking it would probably play out better in novel format rather than the silver screen. The novel probably provides a greater back story with regard to the cousins and the land- also more of Elizabeth's life before the accident and what led to her secret.

The score was beautiful and wonderfully accompanied the breathtaking shots. I will have to look into purchasing the soundtrack. Also, it was a brilliant piece of tourism propaganda for Hawaii- I want to go now more than ever.

So, overall despite being a little on the long side, it was still a decent family drama.