new-age gal pals

Naturally, I took full advantage of my access to U.S. Netflix on my recent trip to Michigan and binge-watched everything and anything.

First up to bat was Life Partners – mainly because it featured a photo of Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester on the cover – both of whom I have major “girl crushes” on. Is that even a “hip” thing to say anymore? Is “hip” even cool to say? God, I’m so unhip.

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The film quickly introduces the duo as joined-at-the-hip besties Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian friend Sasha (Meester). Launching the viewer into their own little world, you can’t help but to envy their hilariously weird relationship.

Without going into too much detail and ruining the entire movie, Paige ends up meeting and dating an adorably nerdy dermatologist named Tim (who is obviously Adam Brody). Gangly, twig-like Brody becomes, quite literally, the stick wedged in the ladies’ intimate friendship. The pair struggles to balance their womance as one transcends into adulthood, while the other is stuck in life-purgatory.

I actually liked this movie far more than I expected I would. I don’t consider myself a sappy romcom kind of girl (who am I kidding… I love a good romcom), but I found there to be a good balance between mirroring real-life struggles, while maintaining a sense of humour.

What do you think? Have you seen the movie?

8/10 – If I learned one thing from Life Partners, it’s that Jennifer is a common name for lesbians.

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Short poppies fills a tall order

I’m not quite sure how I came across the show Short Poppies, but am I ever glad I did.

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The only other New-Zealandish program I know of is Flight of the Conchords. Seething with the same kind of humour, I wasn’t at all surprised to find none other than Murray Hewitt (Rhys Darby) as the reason for the season.

Premiering in 2014, Short Poppies is most comparable to the hilarious, highly-esteemed (in my books anyway) Australian television series Summer Heights High, wherein creator and writer Chris Lilley stars as all of his oddball characters.

In Short Poppies, journalist David Farrier follows and interviews “average Kiwis” in a small, fictional New Zealand town. Not fitting the word “normal” in any sense, the lovable batch of weirdos entertain its viewers through surprisingly delightful randomness and humour.

Check out the trailer!

The mockumentary is impressively created, written and starred in by Rhys Darby. In each of its eight episodes, David and the audience meet a new Kiwi, and are exposed to their loveable, but often times shake-your-head-in-disbelief-able traits. The man of many faces ranges from characters like Terry Pole, a lifeguard training to reclaim his title of “Best Legs” in a local competition, to a UFO specialist named Steve Whittle.

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8/10 – you can’t help but to love this Flight of the Conchords/Summer Heights High-brid filled with dreamy accents.

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trailer park trash

How has it taken me so long to watch this show?

Seriously.

Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian-made mockumentary series that follows the chaotic and scumbag lives of a group of trailer park residents living in Nova Scotia.

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Revolving around ex-convicts Ricky (Robb Wells) and Julian (John Paul Tremblay), as well as their partners in crime Bubbles (Mike Smith), Cory (Cory Bowles) and Trevor (Michael Jackson), the gang wreaks havoc everywhere they go. From stealing car stereos and opening up a trailer park bar, to robbing stores and growing pot, the duo and their accomplices try, largely unsuccessfully, to raise their social standings and get ahead in the world.

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With Julian as the brains and Ricky as the, well, tag-along, the characters get into a whole mess of trouble with both the law and the trailer park supervisors Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth) and Randy (Patrick Roach).

What’s most impressive is that the show is barely scripted; although, I can’t see it being too hard to act like an uber unintelligent lowlife. The acting in the Trailer Park Boys has been so believable that there’s an ongoing myth about the show actually being nonfiction. The cast certainly fans the flames by not breaking character during public appearances.

The Trailer Park Boys had seven seasons from its premiere in 2001 to its finale in 2007. Netflix, my knight in shining armor, came through for all fans by renewing it for an eighth (aired in 2014) and ninth season.

I highly, highly suggest watching this show if you love stupid humour and watching people deal with their train-wrecked lives. The characters are raw and unique, which makes the show really incomparable to any other program.

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7.5/10 – cure for self-pity in the form of TV. You can’t help but to feel like the godamn Queen after watching it.

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I’ll Admit It, I have a Soft Spot

I highly suggest this movie! It’s one of my favourites on Netflix. Be sure to place a Kleenex box nearby.

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your turn!

I’ve been doing all of the talking for the past few months – now it’s time to hear from you! What’s your favourite movie or television show? Why do you like it? What star rating out of 10 would you give it?

It doesn’t have to be from Netflix!

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no condom on the bro, and you’ve got yourself a show

Pramface is a British comedy-drama starring a young lady and boy who become parents after a drunken night of fun. The morning after, Jamie (Sean Verey) leaves Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) a note with his number on it, only to get a life-changing call a number of weeks later from his one-night-stand saying that she’s pregnant.

You quickly find out that while Laura is 18 years old, Jamie is only 16.

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The first season follows the pregnancy, both main characters, and their friends as they try to come to terms with the shocking news. The second and third seasons focus more on the actual struggles of parenthood, and really highlight the super awkward limbo of a relationship that Jamie and Laura have.

I was embarrassingly slow to realize that “pramface” was probably some sort of British term, and eventually learned that it’s an offensive slang meant to insult someone that is or looks like a poor teenage mother.

I thought it was pretty neat that the whole cast is made up of essentially eight characters: the two main characters and their parents, and Jamie’s two best friends.

Pramface reminds me of a lot of other sitcoms, in that the show is PG-13 funny, but the acting and plot line can be super cheesy. The part of the entire series that I got most excited about, was realizing that Jamie’s dad Keith was Dolorous Edd from Game of Thrones (Ben Crompton).

Putting on my feminist pants for a second, I was sort of disappointed that the show reinforced traditional views of teenage parenthood. Laura was, for the most part, expected to raise the child, while Jamie could come and go as he pleased. Even though the father was still in high school and the mother had graduated, I still think they could have made Jamie more eager to be involved, especially after depicting him as such a caring and selfless person.

I was also bummed at the consistently slow-paced storyline. The show revolved around petty teenage dramas, like “is she going to come to my birthday party” or “can he do a good job babysitting for two hours.”

Airing from 2012 to 2014, the series is typically composed of six half-hour long episodes. Unfortunately for fans, a fourth season is not in the cards for Pramface.

6.5/10 – an average, anti-climactic British sitcom, probably better suited for preteens and teens.

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a show that’s killing it

The Killing has been revived more times than Dick Cheney.

Premiering in 2011, the crime drama series follows homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) as they investigate a number of murders in Seattle, Washington.

The first and second seasons cover the investigation into the brutal murder of Rosie Larsen, a local teenager. The story line fluctuates between the police work done to find the culprit, the Larsen’s attempts to regain normalcy and the members of a political campaign affected by the case.

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In 2012, AMC announced the cancellation of The Killing. Knights in shining armours Fox Television Studios and Netflix rescued its untimely death, and renewed it for a third season. Season three was arguably as good as the first two, with the two detectives uncovering dozens of murders related to each other and a case that Linden had worked on years before.

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Once again the devil came for The Killing, and once again he was thwarted. AMC announced in 2013 that the season had been cancelled, but Saint Netflix swooped in to rescue it for a fourth and (possibly) final season. The last season features the detective duo handling the results of their actions from the season before, while also investigating the murder of an entire family whose sole survivor is a boy in the military.

It’s refreshing to see an unattractive cast. For once, I didn’t fantasize about being taken out to a nice fancy dinner, followed promptly by bearing all of their children. I found that the characters were then more relatable to and realistic, struggling with a slightly more dramatic life than us normal folks.

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Detective Linden reminds me of a relentless, pent-up pit bull when it comes to solving the cases; she deals with issues head on and seems absolutely fearless.

8.5/10 – If you like corruption, twists, suspense and drama, then you’ll love this show.

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