Viewed this Week (18)

Inspired by Ticket to Anywhere’s What I Watched, I’ve decided to try to post on Sundays about what movies and/or TV shows I watched the week before.  Some weeks will be epic, and some weeks…won’t be.  There’s no hurt in trying, though, right?

TV:
Glee Season 3 (all)
Bunheads 1×7 – “What’s Your Damage, Heather?”
The L.A. Complex 2×3 – “Choose Your Battles”

Movies:
Dreamgirls
The Dark Knight Rises

Thoughts on what I watched:
I’m not proud of the fact that I devoured all of season 3 of Glee in the last week*, but it is what it is.  After swearing off the show at the beginning of last season, I found myself without a proper distraction and in need of one due to stressful life stuff.  Glee season 3 proved to be the perfect fix for this.  I still have all the issues I’ve claimed to have with the show before: the characters are awful; the music is terrible; the plot lines are didactic and manipulative and predictable; there are serious issues with the message; etc.  That being said, I can’t seem to look away.  I still maintain that Mr. Schuester is the WORST most INAPPROPRIATE teacher in the history of education, though.  The man needs therapy.  ALL THE THERAPY.

It was another pretty strong week for Bunheads, although I enjoyed this episode less than the last one.  Part of my problem with this week’s episode is that Claire Thompson (the redheaded lady who plays the mom of Ginny) has had so much plastic surgery since her SbtB: The College Year(s)/Independence Day Stripper Lady days that it’s hard to look at her.  Between her face, which doesn’t move, and her bust line, which also doesn’t seem to move, I physically wince when she’s onscreen.  I still like Michelle, and the show in general, but damn does it take a long time for the story to go anywhere.

The TV highlight of my week continues to be the excellently campy The L.A. Complex.  This week was a strong entry into the Complex’s canon (is that a thing yet?), but didn’t feature enough music from The Rural Alberta Advantage.  I still feel like too much time is spent on Nick and Abby, who are by far the show’s weakest links (well, except for the little homeless kid, who looks like he’s suffering from some sort of disease–why are there such dark circles around his eyes all the time?).  I hate what they’re doing with the Sabrina character.  However, Kaldrick continues to kill it (that battle scene? whoa!), as does Rachel (Jewel Staite).  When my sister is in town, I’m making her watch this show with me. Not optional.

A rewatch of Dreamgirls was prompted by my viewing of Glee this week. I don’t think I’ve seen the movie since it came out something like six years ago, and I have to say, it doesn’t hold up.  I forgot how stiff a lot of the acting was (I’m looking at you, Beysus), and most of the music is actually sort of forgettable (okay, but not “And I am Telling You”).  I actually found the movie overly-long and boring–especially the stuff between songs.

I was never super-excited about The Dark Knight Rises, but I knew I wanted to see it.  The fact that I waited this long to see it is indicative of that, I guess. While I enjoyed aspects of it, I thought it was way, way too long.  It’s also similar to other Christopher Nolan movies in that it’s too self-important, serious, and gets lost in its own message.  While the cast was great, especially in the case of Anne Hathaway, I could’ve definitely waited to watch this on DVD.

What did you watch this week?