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Category Archives: REVIEWS

The Hunger Games – Not Just Another Teen Movie

It’s official…the SurlyGurls are calling it right now…“May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favour” is going to be the new “May The Force Be With You”.

With one of us being a fan of the series, having read the books, and the other having a vague familiarity with the premise we are willing to give into the huge hype surrounding the release of the highly anticipated ‘The Hunger Games’.

We’ll admit it, we were both slightly skeptical. Andrea, having never read the books, believed she would be walking into a film that was only slightly less asinine than the ‘Twilight’ series. Whitney on the other hand, was worried they would never be able to capture the essence of the characters and their emotions.

That being said, we still bought our advance tickets, waited in line to see it in the glorious IMAX, and are now sat in a 24-hour coffee shop telling the world – we both LOVED this movie. It is visually impressive and it’s entertaining for those who know and love the characters as well as those who are just meeting them for the first time.

It is unfair to lump this series into the same category as other teen-centric entertainment. The characters are dealing with real-life problems like supporting their families, famine, and an oppressive government; not just who’s going to ask them to prom. In fact, Katniss Everdeen is essentially the antithesis of Bella Swan. Katniss is courageous, self-sacrificing, intelligent and resourceful. She potentially gives up her own life to save her sister, whereas Bella tries to off herself in any way possible because her boyfriend left town.

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Smash: From The Big Apple To The Small Screen

“There’s a broken heart for every light on broadway.” And, apparently there is also a cliché for every aspect of NBC’s ‘Smash’.

NBC’s ode to Broadway premiered tonight with lots of hype and lots of critical acclaim, so when we tuned in we were surprised to find a whole lot of nothing. While we understand they are trying to show that the process from having an idea to turning it into an actual production takes a long time, there seemed to be almost nothing going on in this pilot to make us want to tune in again. We’re definitely not sitting on the edge of our seats to find out which babe gets the lead role – there is no suspense. And if the plot is as cliché as the characters we’re pretty sure we know who will get it anyway.

Everyone’s favourite American Idol runner-up, Katherine McPhee, plays the fresh-faced, new-to-New York Karen Cartwright. She’s your stereotypical mid-westerner, trying to live the dream. She’s the little fish in the big pond, and trying to make it without losing her morals and wholesome outlook on life. The pilot even included a visit from Ma and Pa. Shockingly, Mr. and Mrs. Smallville want to support their daughter, but don’t agree with her decision to move to the big city.

Also trying to live the dream, is Megan Hilty’s Ivy Lynn – an actress who has made a name for herself as part of the chorus line, but is striving to breakout and become a real star. Her resume is full of experience, but she just can’t seem to get cast as the star. Despite her actual successes and ability to get her foot in the door at her fiercely competitive career choice, her parents are wildly unsupportive and indifferent. At first we thought she was playing the “aging” actress due to her pancake-faced makeup. Later we realized that was their lazy way of showing the difference between her dime-a-dozen persona and McPhee’s fresh-faced new girl.

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The Little Spy That Could – SurlyGurls Say So Long To ‘Chuck’

PINEAPPLE!

The Burbank branch of Buy More is having a liquidation sale and will close forever in three days. Our beloved Nerd Herders will be out of a job as of 10 PM Friday night as the series finale of ‘Chuck’ comes to an end.

Since 2007 we’ve been loyal viewers of the unlikely spy and his team of outcasts and we’re sad to see them go. There will be no more impromptu, poorly timed Jeffster! shows, no more Subway product placements, no more thinly veiled excuses for Sarah to disrobe and no more reasons for Casey to grunt or snarl in response to pretty much any questions thrown his way. It’s a sad day indeed.

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Midseason T.V. Premieres – Jan. 23, 2012

It was a quiet weekend on the premieres front, but now that Monday has arrived there is lots happening!

Premiering tonight on Oxygen at 10 PM is the horror show that is ‘Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas’. We just can’t seem to understand why people like this show. Unlike ‘America’s Next Top Model’ where all the girls are competing for a lucrative future, these girls are literally fighting to see which one can be the “baddest”. Though we’ve never actually seen this show, we’re assuming that means whoever can be the biggest bitch or slut…or both.

Returning to the The CW this evening is ‘Hart of Dixie’ at 9 PM. Zoe Hart and the wacky citizens of Bluebell, Alabama are back from an extended break over the holidays. This show is simply delightful – from Zoe’s short-shorts to the way Lavon Hayes refers to himself as Levon Hayes. And seriously, when is she going to wake up and realize how amazing Wade is?! We can’t wait for 9 PM!

Oh yeah, and ‘House’ is returning to FOX at 8 PM as well…if anyone still watches that show.

Breaking Yawn: SurlyGurls Review of Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part 1)

Finally! The big day is here; the wedding of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)! The fourth movie in the Twilight “Saga” begins with the invitations to this unholy union going out to all the friends and family. Believe us when we tell you that the excitement doesn’t stop with the intricate workings of the postal service.

As with the other ‘Twilight‘ movies, the main conflict in this supernatural soap opera is the love triangle between Bella and Edward and Jacob (Taylor Lautner). So, you don’t need to posses Alice’s clairvoyance to see that Jacob is going to be none to pleased when he gets that invite. We weren’t overly surprised with his immature and melodramatic reaction either, which resulted in him fleeing from that single piece of paper like it was a t-shirt threatening to veil his rippling abs.

Speaking of, Jacob’s hasty retreat does present the opportunity for him to rip his shirt off in a record-breaking three seconds after appearing on-screen!

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SurlyGurls Halloween Boonanza! The Top 25 Funniest Horror Movies

Here is a list of our top Halloween movies to watch if you’re a big wussy like Whitney is. These are just a little scary, and sometimes it’s the acting, not the plot! These movies are just a good time had by all to watch. Again, they are in no particular order, just the order in which our brains remembered them.

Ghostbusters (1984) – Three out-of-work parapsychology professors decide to create their own ghost removal business.
Why it’s awesome – The dynamics between the four ghostbusters are amazing. Janine is the shit. Gozar was one of the scariest things we’d ever seen as kids. It’s the ultimate balance of the scary, funny and intelligent.

The Monster Squad (1987) – A group of kids who obsess over monsters get the chance to actually fight classic monsters.
Why it’s awesome – It’s full of loudmouth, smart-ass kids that we could 100% relate to! After over 20 years we still love yelling “Scary German Guy!” and “Wolfman’s got nards!”

Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Super slacker and his simpleton friend don’t realize the zombie apocalypse is happening right outside their front door.
Why it’s awesome – Their master plan is to hide out in a pub! They use records as weapons and lock a zombified Bill Nighy in a car. Not to mention the zombie beat down set to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen.

Evil Dead 2 (1987) – Dude and his girlfriend break into an “abandoned” cabin and unwittingly unleash evil.
Why it’s awesome – Two words: Bruce Campbell. This is one of the single greatest comedy, gross-out movies EVER!

Tucker and Dale Vs Evil (2010) – Two backwoods hicks buy a dilapidated shack in the woods and are terrorized by a group of college kids.
Why it’s awesome – The lovable bromance between Tucker and Dale, the ingenious role-reversal of the college kids and back woods hillbillies. Not to mention the ridiculous amounts of blood and brutally hilarious slaying of the characters.

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Once Upon A Time Makes Good On Its Promise of No Happy Endings

Well, we haven’t been this disappointed since high school prom night.

We had such high hopes for ‘Once Upon A Time’ – and, hope is something you need to have, or so they drilled into our heads repeatedly over an hour. The sweeping panoramas and scenery shots in the opening scenes made us giddy with excitement. Even Snow White’s glass coffin was a work of art worthy of the big screen.

Sadly, that’s about where the love affair ended – one minute in. It seemed like they blew their budgetary load in the first two minutes of the show, only to fill the other 58 minutes with mediocre special effects – we’re looking at you blue fairy.

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