Taxi Brooklyn (TV Show, 2014)
Dramedy | Crime & Police
Lead Cast: Chyler Leigh (Cat), Jacky Ido (Leo)
Synopsis: “Taxi Brooklyn is a French-American action-comedy” police television show. “Caitlin “Cat” Sullivan is an NYPD detective working in Brooklyn. After her driving privileges are suspended, she relies on Leo Romba, a Brooklyn cab driver from France. Leo becomes Cat’s driver and a de facto consultant on her cases. While solving crimes with Leo, Cat is also running her own unauthorized investigation into the death of her father, an NYPD detective thought to have been executed by the Capella crime family. In doing so, she clashes with her boss, Captain Baker, and her ex-husband Gregg, who has picked up the case for the FBI.” -Wikipedia
Every once in a while I may post a random blog post about something random but probably linked to books or TV/movies or both as the description of this blog itself contains the word “babble.”
Today I’m finally venting on the utter confusion instilled in me as a child when I saw the first Harry Potter film and read the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Life (TV Show, 2007-2009)
Dramedy | Crime & Police
Lead Cast: Damian Lewis (Crews), Sarah Shahi (Reese)
The NBC television show Life is pretty good! I’ve only just finished the first season but I look forward to finishing the whole show (after which I’ll hopefully remember to come back and add to this post).
IMDB gives a very brief description: “A former police officer [Charlie Crews] returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.” Albeit brief ’tis accurate.
Hector and the Search for Happiness (Movie, 2014)
Dramedy | Adventure | Life
Lead Cast: Simon Pegg (Hector), Rosamund Pike (Clara)
Okay. Okay. Okay yeah. Well I’ve seen this pop up on Netflix but never really got around to watching it because “search for happiness”??? What?? But I watched the trailer and decided that yeah I’m going to watch it. Give it a go.
Oh, real quick, here’s a brief synopsis: A psychiatrist named Hector is the ultimate definition of the slang term “square.” His life is a literal flat-line. But it’s fine. But ya know what? Contentment is not the same thing as happiness. Continue reading
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1895)
Theatre | Comedy: Farce
“Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades. Continue reading
Welcome to Me (Movie, 2014)
Off-beat Comedy | Indie-esque
Lead Cast: Kristen Wiig (Alice)
I like actress Kristen Wiig. I think she’s pretty great. Saturday Night Live? Bridesmaids? The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? (Don’t even get me started on the awesomeness of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). Look, she’s done lots of films but like most actors they always sort of shuffle around the same basic character.
Wiig has a talent for comedy but also for the depressed, the odd, and the occasionally hilariously psychotic. So…yeah basically I wasn’t surprised by her performance in this movie but that doesn’t mean she didn’t do a great job with it. Continue reading
Bad Hair Day (TV Movie, 2015)
Comedy | Teen Chick-Flick
Lead Cast: Laura Marano (Monica), Leigh-Allyn Baker (Liz)
As anyone could have guessed this movie was nonsensical, unrealistic, and dumb. I mean, if I was in its target audience age range (so…10-14?) I probably would have liked it more.
That being said…(deep inhale…deep exhale…) I still sort of liked it. Not because it contributed anything whatsoever to humanity, society, or even just the film industry but because of Leigh-Allyn Baker’s performance. She was awesome. She deserves 4.5 stars. The movie however…? Continue reading