TV Show Review: Resurrection (Season 1)

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Yesterday, I finished the eight episodes that form the first season of Resurrection. The show aired March 9th 2014 and is based on the book “The Returned” by Jason Mott. It’s an ABC show and it’s been compared to the french show “Les Revenants”.

The plotline follows a town in Missouri, Arcadia, where people starting coming back from the dead. Everything else is a spoiler and, since that was all I knew before starting the show, that’s all I will tell you.

I am a big fantasy/sci-fi fan and I really loved the plotline even before I started watching it and, I must say, I was definetly not disappointed. The show is amazing. It’s honestly the kind of show that will keep you craving for more. And the last episode kept me literally on the edge of my seat.

When it comes to actors, you might recognize Agent Bellamy as Dr. Eric Foreman from “House M.D.” and Omar Epps is great in both shows, just as he was in his 10 episode participation in “E.R.” and in the movies he’s done.

Newcomer Landon Gimenez, who is only 11, is also AMAZING on the show and his acting as Jacob Langston, who’s one of the main characters (if not the main character) is surreally good.

Matt Craven (Crimson Tide, X-Men:First Class, Disturbia, A Few Good Man), Devin Kelley (Chernobyl Diaries, The Chicago Code, Anchors), Mark Hildreth (Dragon Ball Z, Pirates of The Caribben: At World’s End, Barbie of Swan Lake), Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show, RoboCop, Dead Poets Society, Rambo III), Frances Fisher (Titanic, Unforgiven, House of Sand and Fog, The Lincoln Lawyer), Samaire Armstrong (It’s a Boy Girl Thing, Just My Luck, The O.C.), Sam Hazeldine (The Raven, The Monuments Men), Kathleen Munroe (Call Me Fitz) and Lori Beth Sikes (Get Low) all have significant roles and are all doing a great job.

The second season of the show premires this sunday, the 28th!

Pilot Review: Red Band Society

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As I said, I will be doing reviews of the pilots I watch this fall season. And next on my list is “Red Band Society”, which I actually watched when the episode came out online and not yesterday, when it was on TV.

The show is based on “Polseres vermelles”, a catalan TV show and it tells the story of a group of teens in a hospital. It’s sort of a high school show, only it’s not in a high school and all the characters are very sick.

When it comes to actors, the first name that comes to my mind is Octavia Spencer. She won the Academy Award for “The Help” and she stunned in that movie and, now, she’s stunning in “Red Band Society”!

Dave Annable plays Dr. Jack McAndrew that, as you probably figured out, is a doctor at the hospital. You may recognize him from “Brothers & Sisters”, “666 Park Avenue” or “What’s Your Number?”

Ciara Bravo, from “Big Time Rush”, plays Emma Chota, a girl who suffers from a very bad eating disorder. So bad that she has to stay in the hospital all the time.

Charlie Rowe plays Leo Roth, but you might not recognize him since, as a cancer patient, he’s bald. And he doesn’t have legs. Charlie’s been on “The Golden Compass” and “Never Let Me Go”, among other works.

Nolan Sotillo, from “Prom”, plays Jordi Palacio, a boy who crosses the border from Mexico to California to try to get Dr. McAndrew to treat him. He’s also got cancer.

Zoe Levin, from “Palo Alto” and “The Way Way Back”, plays Kara Souders, a very mean cheerleader who was supposed to be at the hospital only for a broken arm. But that’s not how it ends up working and Kara has to stay. (Why? You’ll have to watch and find out)

Griffin Gluck, from “Just Go With It” and “Private Practice”, plays Charlie, a boy in a coma who also happens to narrate the show.

Finally, there’s Astro, who you might recognize from “The X-Factor” and who did “Earth to Echo”. He plays Dash Hosney, another patient, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.

I gotta say, I fell in love with “Red Band Society”. The pilot is sweet and it has just the right amount of everything. The right amount of drama, of romance, of cute scenes and of tears.

This is a show I’ll watch religiously every single week and a show I’ll pray every night never gets cancelled. It’s amazing and I absolutely recommend you go watch it. Now.

Pilot Review: Selfie

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As the fall season comes, I have decided to review all the episodes I watch. And, even though ABC’s “Selfie” only comes out on September 30th, the pilot was released online and I have watched it!

First things first: what is “Selfie” about? Well, as the name states, it’s about selfies. But it’s not just that. The show follows a girl who’s VERY obsessed with social media and who suddenly realizes she has no real friends and that she’s, well, she’s a horrible person. So, she asks this guy from her office (who doesn’t like her very much) to re-brand her, since that’s what he does for the company and he seems to be very good at it.

The show stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of The Galaxy) and John Cho (Sleepy Hollow, Go On, FlashForward). And, as a Doctor Who fan, I couldn’t stop myself from watching the promo when it first came out.

As I watched the video, I kept thinking “This could rock. But it could also suck” and I also kept thinking that there’s a very high chance it’ll get cancelled. Still, when I saw that the pilot was already available, I ran to it.

The show honestly surprised me positevely. The jokes were funny, the acting was good and it wasn’t as predictable as I thought it’d be (but still very predictable). The only thing was that most of the episode is covered in the promo, so there weren’t many new informations (if you haven’t watched the promo, don’t do it. Just watch the episode).

All in all, I liked it. A lot, actually. And I’m sticking to it. And, if it happens to get cancelled, I’ll just cry.

TV Shows: “Faking It” adds 2 new characters for season 2!

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According to Just Jared Jr, Yvette Monreal is playing Reagan, who they describe as “a hip, edgy lesbian with a rebellious streak. She’s a cater-waiter by day and DJ by night who is fiercely out and proud and independent with a husky voice and sexy confidence who supports herself and her music career with odd jobs.”. Yvette is best known for her roles in “Matador” and “Chutes”. 

Keith Powers is playing Theo, who JJJ describes as “a friend of Liam’s who is full of Texas swagger. He’s a laid-back guy’s guy who enjoys working on cars, playing pool and making girls blush. He’ll also spark with Lauren”. He appeared in one episode of “Pretty Little Liars” and had a role in “House Party: Tonight’s the Night”

Earlier today, it was also announced that Laverne Cox, who is a known LGBT advocate, will make a special appearance on the show during season 2!

The second season of MTV’s “Faking It” is currently filming and the first episode airs September 23rd! 

Do you watch “Faking It”?

TV Show Review: The Leftovers (Episodes 1 to 8)

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After “Chasing Life” and “Chuck”, I have decided to review “The Leftovers”. Just like with “Chasing Life”, I still haven’t watched the latest episode, so my review is based on episodes 1 to 8 of the show, considering episode 9 aired last sunday and episode 10 airs next sunday (there’s no episode this sunday, sadly). 

“The Leftovers” is HBO, it’s sort of sci-fi and it’s drama. And it’s really hard to explain what it’s about. The premise is that a bunch of people randomly disappear from planet Earth without any reasonable explanation. They literally vanish into thin air. And the show is set in a small town in New York a couple years after the episode. YET, unlike what you might imagine, the show doesn’t focus on super supernatural things (ok, that sentence sounded very weird). The show focuses a lot more on the interpersonal drama than on anything else. And, yes, this is a very good thing. 

“The Leftovers” is that kind of show that has the right amount of everything. There’s the right amount of romance, the right amount of family drama (ok, there’s quite a lot of family drama. But it’s not too much), the right amount of supernatural, the right amount of those detective like police misteries… It’s just very well balanced. 

The thing about “The Leftovers” is that you must know you’ll have a lot more questions than answers. The show is all about raising questions. There’s the whole vanishing thing, there are cults, there are family secrets, there’s just way too many questions. And, sometimes, it might seem like you’re not understanding ANYTHING. But don’t worry. No one is and you’re not supposed to be. 

Another thing about “The Leftovers” is that the soundtrack is right on spot. This is actually something I’ve read/heard quite a few times by now, which is amazing, since people tend to have very different musical tastes. It’s just… the soundtrack is perfect. 

And the acting on this show is like the best TV show acting ever. (Ok, maybe not, but it’s VERY good) And the whole casting is amazing. Christopher Eccleston, Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler are just three of the names you’ll recognize. And even the ones you won’t recognize, like the actress who plays one of the main characters, Jill, are absolutely amazing. 

As the season comes to an end next week, I truly recommend you sit and watch “The Leftovers”. It’s good and it’s promising. And it’s already been renewed for season 2. 

Celebrities: Rest in Peace Robin Williams

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Today is a very sad day for movie lovers. Three-times Oscar nominee and one time winner Robin Williams, 63, was found dead at his California home and the police suspects it was a suicide. 

Williams had been suffering with severe depression for a while and, that said, they believe it led to him ultimately commiting suicide by asphyxiation. Even so, the cause of his death is being investigated. 

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” his wife stated. “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.” 

Robin is father to three: “Noobz” actress Zelda Rae Williams, Cody Alan Williams and Zachary Pym Wiliams. 

Robin Williams was born on July 21st 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. He studied Political Science, before finding his true passion was acting and enrroling to study theather at Julliard. In 1977, he got his first small movie role, but success came in 1978, when a small role in “Happy Days” led to the spinn of “Mork & Mindy”, where he played no one other than Mork himself. 

It’s hard to talk about best roles when it comes to Robin Williams, but, personally, I recognize him best for “Dead Poets Society”, “Hook”, “Aladdin”, “Jumanji”, “Flubber”, “Night at The Museum”, “Night At The Museum: Battle of The Smithsonian” and “The Crazy Ones”. He won the Oscar for “Best Actor in a Supportin Role” in 1998 for “Good Will Hunting” and was nominated for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” three times: in 1988 for “Good Morning, Vietnam”, in 1990 for “Dead Poet’s Society” and in 1992 for “The Fisher King”. Williams also won 5 Golden Globes and 2 Emmy Awards. 

Williams will still be seen in screens. His movie “Merry Friggin’ Christmas” is set to be released this year and “Absoluetely Anything”, where he voices Dennis The Dog, is coming out next year. He was set to be in “Night at the Museum: Secret of The Tomb”, but IMDB still sets it as filming and its still unclear whether he finished his part. 

A lot of stars have reacted to Robin’s death and we will reproduce a few of the comments made below, specially the ones we find more touching. 

  • Writer and Vlogger John Green wrote: Very sad to hear that the brilliant comedian and actor Robin Williams has died at 63. One never knows the interior of someone else’s life…, but Williams had a wonderful gift for helping us to glimpse the horror and humor deep inside of others and ourselves. He’ll be missed.”
  • Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus wrote: “I can’t take the Robin Williams news. I’ve never cried over someone I’ve never met but I can’t stop,”
  • Actor Logan Lerman said: “Devastated. Robin Williams was a personal hero of mine. Gonna miss him a lot.”
  • Comedian Ellen DeGeneres wrote: “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.”
  • Actress and Singer Olivia Holt wrote: “A good, inspiring man. A comedic genius and legend. Robin Williams, we love you. #RIP I remember meeting him & shaking his hand when I was 11 years old, wanting to work with him one day. Heartbreaking. Love & prayers.”
  • Actress Sarah Hyland wrote: “I can’t handle this today. I will forever remember this moment as losing my childhood. Robin Williams was my hero and idol growing up. RIP.”
  • Actress Alyson Stoner wrote: “My sincerest to co-star Zelda & the Williams family. A role model to all performers, stand out in his field. You shaped the world, Patch.RIP”

It’s horrible to see that someone who brought joy and laughter to so many people couldn’t show himself the magic and beauty of the world. We will never forget Robin Williams, the movies he made and the characters he brought to life. Rest in Peace, Robin. And, wherever you are, I truly hope you never stop inspiring people. And making them laugh. 

Music: Have You Heard Of…. Moderne.

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I’m doing “Have You Heard Of…” again and, this time, we’re going to a really less well known band. This band is still new and upcoming, but I fell in love with it! It’s called “Moderne.” and they’re awesome! 

It’s an Alternative Rock band from California, which consists of Devin Perkins, Sam Macdonald, Ira George and Spencer Baldwin! They currently have 6 songs on their Youtube channel, all out of their EP, “Distance & Distraction”. My favorite is “Colorblind”, which has a music video, just like “Quietly”.

 

The songs are called “Smokes”, “Tied Up”, “Quietly”, “Colorblind”, “Thieves Like Me” and “Goodnight”. I’m putting the link for “Colorblind” here, since it’s the one I liked the most. I’m also putting the links for their Youtube, Facebook and Twitter pages and how to get their songs on ITunes and buy merch! 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/moderneband

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Moderneband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/moderneband

Merch: http://moderne.storenvy.com

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/distance-distractions-ep/id882880089