not your average misfits

Misfits has been classified as many things: action, drama, science fiction, dark comedy and supernatural. I, however, think it’s more suitable to say that it’s underwhelming, chaotic and not overly entertaining.

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The British show revolves around a group of young criminals working in a community service program that gain supernatural powers after a bizarre electrical storm. What I found pretty cool was that the powers one received was based on their character; for example, Curtis Donovan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) wants desperately to change something in his past, and thus receives the ability to time travel. It makes the newly omnipotent teenagers (and in turn, the audience) reevaluate what they believed to be true and important, considering their new circumstances.

I started off really liking the show. I found the premise to be uniquely creative, and the characters wryly and entertaining. Being young offenders, they have a spunk that’s typically unseen in television shows. The story lines were somewhat simple, even though it involved some time travel, and it followed the same group: Kelly (Lauren Socha), who has telepathy, Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), who can time travel, beautiful and overconfident Alisha (Antonia Thomas), who sends people into a sexual frenzy when they touch her skin, Simon (Iwan Rheon), who has the power of invisibility, and Nathan (Robert Sheehan), who appears to be unchanged (his power is revealed at the end of season one).

Moving in to the later seasons, however, things started going downhill. The plot became scattered, and quite frankly, stupid. The characters decide to sell their powers to a man, who gives them new powers instead. One character receives the ability to switch from a man to woman whenever he wants, and ends up getting himself pregnant. Another character can resurrect the dead, but once “alive,” they turn into zombies.

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That wasn’t even the reason why I stopped watching. The last straw was near the middle of season three, when everything got even more ridiculous (if you could imagine). During the storm, a transvestite was given the power to take anyone’s penis that “she” wanted. So, naturally, she steals one of the main character’s manhood (and shows it to boot). The plot then became to find his penis from the grimy transvestite. Blargh.

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Premiering in 2009, Misfits concluded after five seasons in 2013.

Watch the first two seasons and then stop!

Season one: 7.5/10

Season two: 6/10

Season three (and assumedly four & five): 3/10 – focuses on a man’s “junk,” and turns out to be junk.

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Liebster-whaaat?

Being brand spanking new to WordPress, I have no idea what this award is; however, I never win anything so WOOPI!

Thanks, Honestly, Libby, for the nomination.

liebster-awardOkay, now on to the fun stuff.

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would probably live in California. I went there once for vacation, and fell in love with the weather, people and beaches. Mainly the weather. Canadian winter sucks.

2. What’s your favourite holiday movie?

ELF. Hands down. Will Ferrell is the best, and so is Zooey Deschanel.

3. What’s the most embarrassing song in your iTunes library?

Oh God. Uhh, probably the Circle of Life. It came on once at a party and everyone was like “wtf, are you six?” But I just ignored them and sung my heart out. Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

4. Favourite song lyric …. go!

Let go, life does get tough, no need to stress, hold you back too much. I love it so much I got it tattooed on myself.

5. Tell me about the happiest day of your life.

Hmm, probably when I realized that the PC Chocolate Fudge Crackle ice cream at the Superstore was NOT discontinued. I was so unbelievably sad when I couldn’t find it for like two months, because I totally would have stocked up on 10 jugs of it; however, I’m now glad that I didn’t.

6. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would it be and why?

Will Ferrell’s wife. Is that creepy? I’d just wanna hangout with him, I swear!

7. What’s your stripper name? (Childhood pet + name of the first street you lived on)

Hammy Prout… Ewwwww.

8. Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Amy Poehler or Mindy Kaling. Even though I’ve never met either of them, I feel like they most closely mirror my personality. On another note, they’re hilarious and well known, so people would totally go watch it. I would also consider Jennifer Lawrence, but she’s way more confident than I am.

9. What’s your biggest fear?

That I’ll lose my important cards or passport for the umpteenth time and be banned from ever getting another one due to my severe lack of memory.

10. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Having my own house, maybe a kid, a ballin’ job. The usual.

11.  What’s your favourite book?

A tie between Night by Elie Wiesel and the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Don’t judge me.

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METHinks it’s to die for

The days of Breaking Bad are upon us.

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To anyone who has spent endless hours watching, thinking and talking about the show, it should come as no surprise when I say that Breaking Bad is quite possible one of the best television series of all time.

Breaking Bad metaphorically tapes your eyelids back, holds your mouth open and makes you sweat like a husky in the summer heat. It fudges with your mind and emotions, forcing you to experience heightened senses for the entire hour-long episode.

Breaking Bad is a crime drama series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. It follows Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. With his wife and two children in mind, he turns to a former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) for help in producing and selling methamphetamine. His “original” goal? To make enough money to pay off his medical bills and support his family long after his impending death. His end goal? To become a bad-ass meth sorcerer.

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The unlikely duo gets into all sorts of crime-filled shenanigans, and has you wishing that you’d listened to your mother and learned those damn yoga relaxation exercises. You also can’t help but to notice the great chemistry between Walter and Jesse.

I’ll show myself out.

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I almost liked it so much that I would dread watching it – if that’s even possible. It’s like how my dad records all Boston Bruins games, and only watches the ones that he knows they win. You like it so much that it makes you bite off all your nails and feel gut-wrenchingly nauseous until you know the outcome.

I was so deeply enthralled that after each episode I was up until the wee hours of the morning contemplating what happened and where the show was going. The best (or worst) part is, you’re almost never right.

Airing from 2008 to 2013, Breaking Bad has five epic, sweat-producing, nightmare provoking, fear-of-all-crime inducing seasons.

You better call Saul, because this show has been found guilty of breaking the Guinness World Records as the highest rated show of all time.

It has also won a whole slew of other awards, including sixteen Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards and a People’s Choice Award.

9.5/10 – yo, watch it and enjoy, bitch.

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TV Land Pulls ‘Cosby Show’ From Lineup

What do you guys think? Is it right to pull the show?

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NEW YORK (AP) – NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her.

NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the Cosby sitcom “is no longer under development.” A TV Land representative said the reruns will stop airing immediately for an indefinite time. “The Cosby Show” also was to have been part of a Thanksgiving sitcom marathon.

The NBC sitcom and “Cosby Show” reruns joined a Netflix Cosby standup comedy special, which was indefinitely postponed late Tuesday, as mounting evidence of Cosby’s faltering career. They occurred a day after model Janice Dickinson, in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she’d been assaulted by Cosby – charges strongly denied by the comedian’s…

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Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Series Moves From NBC to Netflix

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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is breaking free of NBC.

The comedy, co-created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper, originally was slated to air on the Peacock network. Now, it’s moving to Netflix, the streaming video service announced Friday.

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a movie that has definitely caught fire

I have this weird, hipster-like tendency to not read or watch anything that’s rampantly popular until the frenzy has died down. I couldn’t help myself with The Hunger Games though; all of that teen angst and glorious fighting was hard to resist.

Catching Fire is the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy, a science fiction, post-apocalyptic series written by Suzanne Collins. Written as a sequel, it continues the tale of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) after their unorthodox victory in the 74th annual Hunger Games. Since the duo’s daring act of defiance, an uprising is in the works throughout the 12 districts.

For the 75th Hunger Games, or “Quarter Quell,” the Capitol introduces some kind of spicy twist to revamp the games. Considering the growing rebellion and Katniss’s role in it, the surprise element is revealed as 24 victors from previous years re-entering to compete. Will Katniss and Peeta be lucky enough to survive the games again? Dun dun duuuuunnn!

The movies to-date generally remain true to the books, which is amazing. I never understood why parts of famous novels were changed for film adaptation if they were easily transferable to screen and well-liked to begin with. Don’t even get me started on the City of Bones movie.

I found Catching Fire to focus too much time on recapping the events from book one, making the first portion of the film repetitive. It’s as if the producers wanted the second movie to be able to stand alone, which was completely unnecessary given that the entire world’s population has seen it and/or read the book.

Catching Fire features some stellar actors, including Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and brother of Thor – Liam Hemsworth. Also JLaw is amazing.

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Catching Fire was the highest-grossing film at the box office in 2013. That means it can’t be bad, right?

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The third book is following the annoying new Hollywood trend of being split into two installments, so the first half of Mockingjay will premiere on November 21, 2014. Yipee!

8/10 – makes me want to run around with a bow and arrow yelling “I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!”

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a Hotz show

Watching Kenny vs. Spenny (KvS) is like watching a more comedic, humane and Jewish Kim Jung Un terrorize a higher-strung, Canadian version of Karl Pilkington. As you can imagine, it’s quite entertaining.

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Filmed in their shared Toronto apartment, Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice compete in a number of hilarious, and sometimes repulsive, challenges for their audience. While the winner basks in the glory, the loser is forced to perform an act of humiliation chosen by the winner. These mortifying acts range from kissing a stranger or biting off a piece of toenail, to being covered in cow manure or eating a booger.

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Warning: do not eat a hearty meal before watching humiliations.

Much of the humour in KvS revolves around the two competitors having completely opposing personalities. While Spenny strictly follows all of the rules and refuses to pull out his tampon, Kenny takes the unorthodox approach of doing literally anything to win.

The show also spends a lot of time showing Kenny doing and saying really, REALLY odd things.

At certain points of the series, Kenny’s “harmless” pranks become much more serious – like secretly-give-your-friend-LSD serious. In the “who can wear a dead octopus on their head the longest” episode, Kenny terrorizes Spenny while the poor man is tripping on acid.

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Kenny vs. Spenny was nominated for a number of awards, including the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2010 and 2011 and for Gemini Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2008 for the best Canadian comedy series. KvS was also named #8 in the top 10 list of best 21st century Canadian television shows.

In the six seasons, the challenges range from fairly normal,

– Who can have more fun?
– Who’s the better basketball coach?
– Who can stay awake the longest?

To some Salvador Dali level weirdness

– Who can 69 the longest?
– Who can keep a dump in their pants the longest?
– Who can be tied to a goat the longest?

SPOILER ALERT: Kenny wins 73% of the time, so be prepared for some pretty gnarly humiliations for the ol’ Spenster.

7.5/10 – it’d be phenomenal if Netflix picked this show up for another season.

Ashley and Spenny becoming pals at the KvS tour at McMaster

Ashley and Spenny becoming pals at the KvS tour at McMaster

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