TV Commentary: ‘iZombie’ Season 1

Rose McIver as Liv Moore in 'iZombie.' Photo: Seriable
Rose McIver as Liv Moore in ‘iZombie.’ Photo: Seriable

As a mediocre show, I would consider iZombie the walking dead. The show recently concluded its first season and from what I’ve seen, I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for its second.

In a drastic turn of events, medical resident, Liv Moore (Rose McIver from The Lovely Bones), turns into a zombie and suddenly has cravings for brains. Working in the morgue, she eats the brains of the dead and with that, comes the memories and personalities of the deceased. She uses that to help the police solve cases on a weekly basis. The episodes are okay, nothing cringe-worthy, but definitely nothing great.

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My Pitch for ‘Mission: Impossible V’

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Tom Cruise, star of the “Mission Impossible” franchise. Photo: Kai Space

I started out the other night watching Hot Tub Time Machine, but the first scene grossed me out. Spoiler alert: One of the main characters works at a pet grooming place, and he checks out a dog’s butt. He pulls out the feces and tosses it at the client who catches it with his hand. HE HAS HIS DOG’S POO IN HIS HANDS — IN THE FIRST SCENE. Anyway, I debated for a bit if I’d continue watching the film right then and there, or watch something else. I decided re-watching Mission: Impossible III (M:I III) was better use of my time. It’s the best one in the franchise yet. So, within the first few minutes of re-watching its first scene, 1) my mind was blown and 2) I developed an idea for Mission: Impossible V. SPOILERS AHEAD! Continue reading

What American Idol’s Top 5 Should Sing

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The Top 5 (from left): Angela Miller, Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, and Amber Holcomb. Photo: Starpulse

After 12 seasons, American Idol has its first ever all-female Top 5, and next week’s Idol themes have been revealed: Songs from the Year of Their Births and Divas. Here are my song suggestions for the ladies:

I think Stay by Lisa Loeb is a good choice for Angela Miller, born in 1994. It’s a crowd pleaser and while she could do a different piano arrangement on it, it might be best to keep the melody as is on such a well-loved song and just do her own vocal runs on it.

For the diva theme, she should do Sober by Kelly Clarkson because even though it’s never been released as a single, I think it’s one of the best-loved songs among Clarkson fans and it’s one of my personal favorites. It has really powerful lyrics and could be great when performed on the piano, as it’s what Miller does best.

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Movie You Should Watch: ‘Drive’

Ryan Gosling (aka the guy who should have been People's Sexiest Man Alive) in the movie, "Drive." Photo: Beyond Hollywood

If Drive doesn’t rake in nominations come awards season, then they’re all just deaf and blind.

It deserves Best Picture and Best Director nods.

Based on the James Sallis’ novel of the same name, the thriller (“Pretty in Pink with head smashing”) centers on Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), a mechanic, movie stuntman, and getaway driver all in one. Things get complicated when a heist goes wrong.

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80+ Trailers: Katherine Heigl, Charlize Theron, Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Robert De Niro, and Matt Damon Starrers

You know that saying, “Too much of anything is bad”? Well, that can’t be the case with George Clooney. The actor is surrounded by Oscar buzz for The Descendants. Alexander Payne (Sideways) directs Clooney as a recently widowed father of one Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager). Expected U.S. release date: In theaters now

Also, be sure to check out the documentary on a movie mogul, Unauthorized: Harvey Weinstein. Expected U.S. release date: unknown

Jason Statham (The Transporter) tries to keep a young girl Safe in yet another action movie. Expected U.S. release date: April 27, 2012

After the jump: Films by big-name directors, Guy Ritchie, Joss Whedon, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Peter Jackson, Cameron Crowe, Jason Reitman, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and David Fincher

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TV Recap: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ 8×09 – ‘Dark was the Night’

The latest episode is a game changer for these actors' characters (L to R): Kim Raver, Sandra Oh, and Kevin McKidd. Photo: Pop Tower

Shonda Rhimes, what did you do? WHAT DID YOU DO?

The medical drama has its fair share of mediocre episodes—the kind that made some Grey’s Anatomy fans stop watching years ago. However, I stuck with the show and I’m glad I did. Case in point: The awesome season 6.

Season 8 is no different in this matter, especially the first few episodes, which were ho-hum. Then, it got better again … and then the ninth episode happened.

Depending on who you talk to, this is either a terrific or horrible episode. Rhimes, the show runner, is either a genius or a bitch. Call it sitting on the fence, but I think all of the aforementioned applies.

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TV Show You Should Watch: ‘Raising Hope’

The cast of a new comedy, Raising Hope: Martha Plimpton, Shannon Woodward, Lucas Neff, and Garret Dillahunt. Photo: Couch Time with Jill

The half-hour comedy is just as funny as Modern Family, if not more, then definitely wackier. It’s easily one of my new favorite series! To give you a better idea of the show’s sense of humor, it’s brought to us by Greg Garcia, creator of My Name is Earl (which was super wacky, in case you didn’t know).

Raising Hope is about Jimmy Chance (newcomer Lucas Neff), a young single dad who grapples with the day-to-day problems of taking care of his daughter. He has some help from his lower class family: his great great grandmother (Cloris Leachman) and his parents who also had him at a young age (Garret Dillahunt from The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Martha Plimpton from The Goonies).

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