Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's Back .... Must Watch Thursday

It's been a few weeks since I have posted my Thursday must watch so bare with me there is a lot. Hope you find something you like! Lex :)

I start with a newer show I'm just loving! Kathy Bates always makes me laugh and she can deliver a line like no one other. What a great show that will keep you laughing and loving all the characters.

Harriet is a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer who, having just been fired from her cushy job, is completely disillusioned with her success and looking for a fresh start. Her world unexpectedly collides with Malcolm’s — a young man trying to figure out life. When he finds out Harriet is a lawyer, he begs her to represent him in an upcoming criminal case. Matthew, a dreamer at heart and also recently fired from his job as a high school teacher, is introduced to Harriet through Malcolm, a previous student of his. When these three cross paths, they realize they’re all looking for a fresh start. Now, the most unlikely of people are starting a law practice in the most unlikely of places–a rundown shoe store. “Harry’s Law” also stars Brittany Snow (“Hairspray”) as Harriet’s assistant, Jenna Backstrom and Beatrice Rosen (“Dark Knight”) as Eve, a high school French teacher.
I love Robert Irvine, even when he fibbed on his resume to the Food Network and they cancelled well they tried to give his show to Guy but it just didn't work like it did with Robert. They ended up giving him back his show but it just wasn't the same. I was worried for my Robert and then tada new show! It's like Gordon's Kitchen Nightmares with a little less screaming and a smaller budget. You must check it out.

After combating countless "impossible dinners," Chef Robert Irvine faces a daunting new challenge: save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000. In his new prime-time Food Network series, Restaurant: Impossible, Robert uses creativity and resourcefulness along with a lot of muscle in his fight to rescue these restaurants and give hope to the owners and their employees. Day one of the extreme mission begins with a thorough business assessment as Robert launches the restaurant into full service, closely observes the staff and kitchen, and determines their weakest spots. Then, he springs into action by updating the menu, retraining the staff and implementing aesthetic changes with the help of his design team. To ensure a packed house for the grand re-opening at the end of day two, Robert hits the streets to tell the community about the improved restaurant. Will the ruthless schedule, tight budget and ambitious task overcome Robert’s lofty goals, or will this tall order result in restaurant triumph?
A new doc drama has come to us, now I can't say it is as good as some of the classic's like ER. It does have it's own appeal and good moments. It's still trying to get it's legs but overall it has some potential. The characters are starting to build on and you're starting to fall in love with some of them.

Off the Map Synopsis: Off the Map is an uplifting medical drama from executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) and executive producer/creator Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy”), it explores how far one has to go in order to truly heal. Six doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place.
Matthew Perry's new show has some ups and downs. A few laughs but over all I'm trying to give it a few more tries before it is deleted from the DVR. It does have some funny moments and I do love Perry.

Ben Donovan (Perry) is the operations manager for the Sunshine Center, a second-tier arena in San Diego. He goes through a mid-life crisis when he turns 40, while dealing with the unusual demands of his job and his unpredictable boss.
A new TV show about loosing weight and then you add in a wedding and I was set to watch. It's a ok show, I'm hoping it will get better after this first episode. It was a little cheesy in parts but you feel for the couples. Even though some of their wedding plans are a little odd. Here's for hope that it get's better.

In the series hosted by actress Sara Rue ("Less Than Perfect"), the engaged couples from all walks of life come to Los Angeles, where they will live together and compete over a three-month period. The couples will undergo dramatic physical and emotional transformations as they change their lifestyles and eating habits under the supervision of celebrity nutritionist Ashley Koff (RD). They will also endure hours of grueling workouts with world-class trainers Nicky Holender and Jennifer Cohen.
Rick was watching this show last year I happened to catch an episode and actually enjoyed it. Usually the cop shows Rick watches don't interest me but this one has good plots and the actors are well known and ones you will enjoy watching. Enrico Colantoni who was the dad on the Veronica Mars and loved him and love to see him on this show also.

A highly skilled team of police officers takes on the toughest cases -- including rescuing hostages, defusing bombs and talking down suicidal citizens -- in this action-packed television drama. The SRU (Strategic Response Unit) team uses both cutting-edge weaponry and their highly developed negotiating and profiling talents to get even the riskiest jobs done. Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, Hugh Dillon and David Paetkau star.
Now this one was for Rick, and not me and yes I didn't stay up to watch it. This would be all Rick's review. He said it was a decent movie, not good enough he wanted me to buy it but he did enjoy it.

After trading in his professional past as a black-ops CIA operative for a new identity, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is basking in normality. But he's forced to return to old habits when an assassin puts a target on his back and goes after the woman (Mary-Louise Parker) he loves. Helen Mirren and John Malkovich co-star as former members of Frank's team who reluctantly reassemble to save his life in this Golden Globe-nominated action-comedy.
The one time I should actually listen to what the netflix guide said my rating would be on this. Yes It told me I wouldn't like it, but I heard it was a good movie so I thought I of course had to try. Then of course it was like really why did I do that. When it says twisted I knew I should have run the other way.

Indie favorites Jay and Mark Duplass co-direct this wry look at modern love and family dysfunction. John C. Reilly plays a divorced man who thinks he's found just the right woman (Marisa Tomei) to help him recover and move on. Unfortunately, the woman's son, played by Jonah Hill, has no interest in allowing another man into their lives -- a stance he proceeds to demonstrate in a variety of obnoxious ways.
The boys found Care Bear movie on the instant download and loved it so I of course had to order this when it came to DVD for the boys. It's a cute movie with of course a good message, good one for the kids.

The sky's the limit when it comes to sharing, and who better than the Care Bears to show some of the unexpected ways -- from a surprise party to a simple Care Bear Stare -- to make frowns turn upside down. In these eight unreleased tales from the animated series, Harmony learns on Surprise Day that the unknown needn't be scary, mean-spirited Grizzle walks the welcome mat, and human friend McKenna finds joy in giving.
Ok everyone said this was such a great movie, I don't know if it's I'm just getting older and if I'm going to sit down for a movie it better be worth it. This movie just couldn't capture my interest or my time to sit down. I think this was geared more to a younger generation and I'm not sure I would say it would be suitable for a 13 y/o either.

High school is the setting for this freewheeling comedic twist on Nathaniel Hawthorne's 19th-century novel The Scarlet Letter. Ambitious student Olive (Emma Stone) decides to boost her popularity by pretending to be the school slut. As the school's swirling rumor mill increases both her notoriety and her finances, Olive enjoys her newfound status but eventually must decide which is more important: popularity or self-esteem.
Now I really didn't have high hopes for this one, I thought how could a movie about starting Facebook but interesting? But to my amazement I actually sat down and watched the whole thing and enjoyed it. Jesse Eisenberg has a great way of saying lines and his comic timing in such a dry humor way was priceless. Yes I even thought Timberlake, who I don't usually care for, did a pretty good job. Enjoy I promise a good one to watch.

Director David Fincher's biographical drama chronicles the meteoric rise of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) from Harvard sophomore to Internet superstar, examining his relationships with co-founder Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). Winning Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director, the film also racked up Oscar nods in the same categories and for lead actor Eisenberg.
This movie was a hoot I really enjoyed it and laughed most of the time. And hello Betty White is a comic genius. You add in Jamie Lee & Sigourney you have a hit team! Plus I have always been a HUGE fan of Kristen Bell, still sad about Veronica Mars. If your looking for a good laugh this movie is it.

History -- make that high school -- may repeat itself when Marni (Kristen Bell) learns that Joanna (Odette Yustman), the mean girl from her past, is set to be her sister-in-law. Before the wedding bells toll, Marni must show her brother that a tiger doesn't change its stripes. On Marni's side is her mother (Jamie Lee Curtis), while Joanna's backed by her wealthy aunt (Sigourney Weaver). Kristin Chenoweth co-stars as the couple's wedding planner.
Now I know this movie got rave reviews and won awards but I just couldn't even get into it. I've come to the point that if I wanted to watch and adult film I would. I know I sounds like a prude but really sometimes your like that sex scene was it needed? Overall it was just a ok plot that didn't keep my interest. I'm sorry if you enjoyed it, I just thought it was just ok.

Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), the children of same-sex parents Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), become curious about the identity of their sperm-donor dad (Mark Ruffalo) and set out to make him part of their family unit, often with hilarious results. But his arrival complicates the household dynamics, and nobody is sure how he fits in -- if at all -- in this Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning comedy.
Now you know the last movie I wasn't a big fan of, but this movie I actually enjoyed. Now of course not as good as the book but it was a good movie and I enjoyed watching it.

Danger stalks Seattle with a rash of mysterious killings that have Bella (Kristen Stewart) feeling less secure than ever in the third installment of this teen fantasy series based on the best-selling books by Stephenie Meyer. With a malevolent vampire continuing her quest for revenge from the sidelines, the human Bella must reconcile her love for Edward (Robert Pattinson), a vampire, and her growing feelings for Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a werewolf.


  1. I love your reviews. So very helpful. I LOOOVE Flashpoint! Cyrus was very weird and I love Social Network. Your right about Jesse Eisenberg. He's wonderful! I did like Easy A, but I wouldn't DARE let me 13 year old see it. No Way! I loved You Again too! I haven't seen The Kids Are Alright. I appreciate your review. Not sure if I'll watch it or not.

  2. This was a terrific post. I really love your reviews and will be a faithful Thursday follower. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. LOVE Flashpoint! I haven't seen it in awhile, but that's a great show.

    I keep meaning to catch Harry's Law, but it's on at 9. Seriously, pregnant girls have no chance of staying awake past 8!

  4. kathy bates is my fav actress... great reviews xx

  5. I love Kitchen Impossible. Just cracks me up these people let the restaurants get that bad...

  6. I love Robert Irving too! So glad that he is doing another show. Thanks for the tip. I have to see "you again" it looks funny I love Betty White. Thanks for another great post! Blessings, Joanne

  7. T.V. has just gotten too expensive for us.
    We are having to get our cable turned off.
    I really don't watch much t.v.
    But for those times I do maybe we can rent a movie.

  8. I always love your honest reviews. You save me lots of wasted viewing hours.

  9. I watched Easy A and liked it. I'd like to watch You Again. Betty White is a wonderful actress. I watched Eclipse and thought it was the best of the movies so far. My husband watched it and haaaated it.

  10. ~ I totally LOVE Harry's Law & Kathy Bates rocks in this part and I love Brittany Snow as her assistant. The cast has perfect chemistry.
    ~ I'm really loving Off the Map also (even Bill likes it and he doesn't like medical shows except House) because of the unique medical things and the way they treat them (all true, BTW, like the coconut water as IV fluid) - plus the guys aren't too hard on the eyes. :)
    ~ I'm a cop show junkie, too and LOVE Flashpoint also... another thing that Bill doesn't usually like, but he really likes this one, too. You're right about the characters and the situations that develope.
    ~ Bill and I both want to see Red because we love the actors and the previews look wonderful. A 3* from Rick is good enough for us. :)
    ~ There is just something about John C. Riley that annoys me in most movies - I usually skip them.
    ~ UH... Easy A sounds definitely NOT like something for me - I guess I'm an old fart, too.
    ~ Thanks for the Social Network recommendation, I wasn't sure about it either. Plus I agree with your thoughts about You Again.
    ~ I had the same feelings about the movie The Kids are Alright... I just think it's not necessary to throw sex in a movie just for sex!

    So glad you are doing these again, we have pretty much the same taste... looking forward to more. :)

  11. I am going to have to look for Harry's Law, I haven't seen it but I like all those people. I have been liking Off The Map. I am also trying Mr. Sunshine. I really liked The Social Network. I also liked The Kids Are Alright, maybe because the three main people are favorites of mine. Love the Twilight series.


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