On Sept. 22, 1994, the first episode of Friends premiered on NBC, introducing the world to what would become one of the most beloved television ensembles of all time. The program’s fans and stars alike are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Friends on Monday, Sept. 22.

In recognition of the special day, Warner Bros. put together a 236-second highlight reel in honor of the 236 episodes of Friends. Called “The One With 236 Seconds,” the video offers a retrospective on the series. 

Unfortunately, as I am with many TV shows and movies, I was late to the party with Friends and only started watching around season 5, thanks to my college roommate. At first I resisted, because at the time Friends was super popular and I didn’t want to be one of those people that just jumped on the bandwagon because it was what was ‘in’ at the time. Soon, however, after catching up on the previous seasons through reruns in basic cable and free TV syndication, I saw the appeal of the show and realized what made it so popular.

Since then, I’ve made hundreds - probably thousands - of references to lines and scenes from the series and, as most people do with their favorite shows, I not only can quote numerous lines, but also relate a lot of my own life experiences to and have taken inspiration from story lines from the sitcom (eg.: I once took a spur-of-the-moment trip to Las Vegas immediately after watching The One in Vegas: Part 1). It’s one of the few shows that I can watch over and over (I own 7 of the 10 seasons on DVD), but yet still makes me laugh as if I’m watching it for the first time again.

Could I BE any more obsessed?! :)

Happy 20th anniversary to one of my favorite shoes EVER! :D

(Source: US Weekly)

After having seen The Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, I really, REALLY want to reblog EVERY clip, but if I had to pick only one (aside from the Jason Statham arm wrestling segment), I would reblog this… because it is JGL and it is fucking HILARIOUS (and also Stephen Merchant is really funny and so is his show Hello Ladies).

you will believe a man can fly.

Movie Review: Man of Steel (2013)

IMDB Summary: A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

What I liked:

  • References to characters from Smallville. I was a fan of the television show (until it got lame) and I was pleasantly surprised to see the characters from Clark’s childhood – Lana, Pete, and Whitney. [I know that Lana and Pete are actual characters from the Superboy/Superman comics, but Whitney was a character created for the Smallville series.]

What I didn’t like:

  • Amy Adams as Lois Lane. My impression of Lois Lane was always that she was a strong, aggressive, independent woman. Amy Adams seemed to me to be more soft-spoken trying very hard to be outspoken - it seemed a little forced to me. It also bothered me that Lois Lane found out that Clark Kent was Superman early on. Isn’t the part of the main storyline of the Superman comics that Clark Kent has a secret identity and that Lois Lane is in love with Superman, who unbeknownst to her is the same person as her colleague Clark?   

  • The re-interpretation of the Superman story. Most interpretations of Superman have Clark Kent trying to be a normal human being while trying to figure out how to control his first being a superhero and saving the world, and only at the end (SPOILER ALERT) does he become Clark Kent the journalist as a means to stay on top of anything or anyone that would need Superman’s help.

Final Thoughts:

I’m a little behind with this review seeing as how I originally saw this one back in July (!).

As a movie, this was pretty good. As a Superman movie, it was just okay. I’m a fan of the Superman character, and perhaps because I am used to the Superman story being a certain way, this movie wasn’t the greatest to me. In a way, it seemed more like an apocalyptic movie (non-stop destruction for what seemed like an hour or so - no joke) with Superman thrown in. Well, at least I didn’t fall asleep during this one like I did after the first 20 minutes of the Brandon Routh version :)

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Movie Review: Redemption (2013)

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IMDB Summary: Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process.

What I liked:

  • Joey. Statham’s character in this movie is much like that of the character he played in Parker – he lives by his own code of morals and in many ways is a modern day Robin Hood.
  • Statham’s acting. Contrary to popular belief, Jason Statham CAN act – I just think that it is unfortunate that he isn’t given many opportunities or takes on many roles that showcase it. He shows much more depth in this film than in a lot of his other movies, and this is probably his best performance since The Bank Job. In this movie, he plays the tormented ex-soldier well and shows his range from intoxication, laughter, dispair, and sadness – yes that’s right, Jason Statham laughs AND cries!
  • The unconventional love interest, Sister Cristina (Agata Buzek). In most movies, Statham’s character usually falls for the hot model looking type chick. Not so in this movie – not only is she a regular ole Plain Jane – she’s a nun.
  • Jason Statham threatens to kill someone with… a spoon!

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What I didn’t like:

This movie was only out in limited release. I had been under the impression that ‘limited release’ meant that it would be playing in fewer theatres than most other movies. Much to my dismay, this movie was only playing at ONE theatre in Los Angeles! :( Such a shame that a movie like this didn’t get much exposure.

Interesting Tidbits:

In most countries abroad, this movie is known as Hummingbird and in France is known as Crazy Joe. The alternate title “Hummingbird” refers to the surveillance drones used by armed forces and is a metaphor for observation and judgment throughout the film.

Final thoughts:

Not your typical Statham movie. Sure he beats up a few people, but I wouldn’t classify this primarily as a Jason Statham action movie. Not that it’s a bad thing, because what this movie lacks in action more than makes up for in acting. Awesome movie – loved it.

inezco:

Summer movie season is officially over =( Including movie hops I saw 30 movies in theaters this summer haha. Did you see any of these? And what did you think of the movies for summer 2013? #movies #film #ticketstubs #filmgeek #ilovemovies

Whoa - 30 movies?! That is quite impressive! I was hoping to see more movies this summer but alas, *sigh*. Of all these ticket stubs, I’m about 29 movies behind - I’ve got some catching up to do ;)

inezco:

Summer movie season is officially over =( Including movie hops I saw 30 movies in theaters this summer haha. Did you see any of these? And what did you think of the movies for summer 2013? #movies #film #ticketstubs #filmgeek #ilovemovies

Whoa - 30 movies?! That is quite impressive! I was hoping to see more movies this summer but alas, *sigh*. Of all these ticket stubs, I’m about 29 movies behind - I’ve got some catching up to do ;)