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Over/Underrated 2013: Extras

14 Jan

Because we didn’t quite finish what we had to say…

On Pointe

Downton Abbey

— Brook (@brooklynhofstad)


Written 01/12/14

Tonight marks the second episode of season four for US watchers of Downton Abbey, and I, for one, couldn’t be more thrilled.

Last week’s premiere may have gotten off to a slow start, but its ratings were anything but: it drew in 10.2 million viewers, up 22 percent from last year’s premiere, according to Entertainment Weekly. The number is a record high for PBS.

I hate to knock anything put out by the criminally underrated PBS, but Mary in mourning did get old old fast. Despite that, there were a few surprises in last week’s episode that prove Downton deserves every bit of rabid fangirling (sorry, there’s no gender neutral equivalent).

From Sybbie and George’s nasty mean nanny to the newly made-over Edith who is not playing second fiddle to Mary anymore (which I love! Go Edith!), season four is off to a great start.

The Dowager Countess’ one-liners are as scathing (and brilliant) as ever. All hail Maggie Smith. Seriously.

Between her and the beautiful costumes and luxe set designs, I can *almost* overlook the gaping plot holes (i.e. If Matthew could name Mary as his heir, why couldn’t Lord Grantham? Help a sister out!) and the fact that Thomas Barrow refuses to show any signs of character development (I’d lump O’Brien in there, but she’s sadly not present).

Those things aside, I can’t wait for tonight’s episode. The only problem is that tonight is also the return of Girls, the debut of True Detective, and the Golden Globes. What’s a TV aficionado to do? Thank the seven gods for DVR!


Off the Mark

Jennifer Aniston

— Brook

Written 01/12/14

This might sound harsh, but Jennifer Aniston needs to stop making movies.

I don’t particularly enjoy change, so in a perfect world she would play Rachel Green forever and break-up with Ross every so often and make him jealous by going out with another guy.

Unfortunately the world is not perfect, as exhibited by Aniston continuing to be cast in “funny” movies despite her utter lack of comic chops.

Her girl-next-door good looks and ability to play the girl who wants to fall in love are what make her a bankable actress (sounds just like Rachel). That’s why she was great in films like Bruce AlmightyMarley & Me, and Office Space.

But with her newer films like We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses she strays too far from what she’s so good at and doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

And we’re not even going to talk about The Good Girl.

Forbes recently named her one of the most overpaid actresses in Hollywood because her films draw in pennies on the dollar for what she is paid to star in them.

I know that she has bills to pay, but maybe she’d be better off as the next Vanna White. She doesn’t really have to say anything. She can just stand there and look pretty-maybe with a fan to blow around those admittedly gorgeous locks-which we all know that’s what she excels at anyway.

Hey, maybe Melissa McCarthy can join her.



Summer Bucket List – 2013

12 Jun

Well folks, summer vacation is officially here. As with every single summer since the beginning of my memory, I am positive that this one will fly by and I’ll be left at the end of it sobbing, “But I didn’t get anything done!” So, in the spirit of keeping with tradition (and because my love of lists has not faded), I’ve decided to jot down my 2013 Summer Bucket List.

  • Read the A Song of Ice and Fire series (because the shock of seeing the Red Wedding without knowing it was coming will cost me years of therapy)
  • Get caught up on my scrapbooking
  • Put together the baby’s nursery
  • Write. Anything.
  • Figure out what that whole Downton Abbey business is all about
  • Haul all the junk out of our basement and get rid of it all at a garage sale
  • Spend as much time with my son as humanly possible, and treasure this precious time with him as an only child

As per usual, it’s nothing that will change the world at large. But it will provide more peace and less stress in mine. Happy summer everyone!