This blog post could easily be titled The Honorable Sandy Cohen: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The O.C. But regardless, here I am, ten years after The O.C. premiered during the first week of August in 2003. Now, before you start judging me as selling out to the girly teen dramas of our youth after they’ve been cool OR as hopping on teen soap opera bandwagons that are devoid of any substance, you should learn a lesson from me and not throw stones through those glass houses.
Cologne is out, having your own alcohol is in.
Hanson is the most recent to hop on the hop wagon with their beer “MMMhops” (not even kidding).
The still touring band (still not kidding), launched their brews at the release of The Hangover Part III because “Mmmbop” plays for a split second in the film. Logic.
Since the dawn of fame, celebrities and others looking to make a buck off them, have attached their names to products to ignite capital gain. And it works.
I’m not going to be rude and spoil the ending to “Elysium” for you, but from a political standpoint, it’s quite the statement. As the screen fades to black and the credits begin to roll, Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi thriller has endorsed a liberal laundry list of positions, from universal healthcare to full amnesty.
The two mentioned are the most obvious to even the most disinterested viewers, but other themes pop up, including class warfare, climate change, overpopulation and the war on terrorism. All this political posturing in less than two hours? Hollywood sure wants you to get your money’s worth.
If you clicked on this piece expecting a scathing rant on why the film industry continues to tackle such highly controversial subjects as this, you’ve come to the wrong place. However, if you’re looking for a brutal breakdown of how Hollywood handles these issues, then continue to let your eyes scroll down the screen. Read more
Palmer and I have talked quite a bit on this blog over the past couple years about two VERY different TV shows: Homeland and Parenthood. While these two shows are quite different, they are two of the top TV shows I look forward to every week. They’re each incessantly captivating with excellent writing and some of the best performances on TV. While one is a roller-coaster ride of adrenaline and espionage creating a morally ambiguous version of 24, the other picks up where Friday Night Lights left off with gritty and raw depictions of everyday life as a mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, or daughter.
Ladies and gentlemen, it may have been a long week. But it’s Friday afternoon, and we have brand new trailers for both Homeland Season 3 and Parenthood Season 5. Enjoy!
I remember it so clearly. When I descended on Oxford, Mississippi for my first day of student orientation, I had it pounded in my head by every speaker gracing the stage that “these next four years will be the best of your life.”
It was like the official university catchphrase. The collegiate version of McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It,” this tried and true saying has become the standard at many colleges enticing students into the youthful wonderlands they provide. The great thing for them is it’s not even the first time that student has heard the sentence; teachers, counselors, parents, summer job bosses and basically every middle-aged college graduate revel in telling teens how spectacular the coming years will be. Read more
I’ll be honest… it’s been a tough few years to be a Memphis Tigers football fan. Ever since DeAngelo Williams left to the NFL, there haven’t been many wins and there’s been some coaching changes. It’s corresponded with my full-fledged baptism as a Vanderbilt Commodores football fan, which also started out with some rough patches and speed bumps as I learned about the heartbreak that comes with that. BUT THEN JAMES FRANKLIN ARRIVED and Vandy football has become a force to be reckoned with.
But that’s not what this post today is about. Today’s post is about a Bright Spot that reminds me what makes Memphis so great: heart. The team bounced back last season with a new coach and new starting QB, Jacob Karam. And this YouTube video of Jacob playing the piano and singing a duet with a St. Jude patient has gone viral.
And as things get dusty in the man cave as you watch this, remember what makes Memphis so wonderful as a city and the Memphis Tigers so easy to cheer for, through good times and bad. It’s heart.
The Bachelorette finale happened last night, while you were probably somewhere not caring. AND, in case you missed it last week too, basically Des’s number-one-boo was NOT IN LOVE WITH HER and bolted home while she sat in piles of tears on a dock. So, she had two dudes left (whom she’s not in love with) and everyone (no one) was like Whaaaa?!
Since this finale was a two-parter (thank God), this episode STARTED with a finale rose ceremony, where Des didn’t have to actually send anyone home because the love of her life had already left on his own accord. During the “ceremony,” Chris was looking normal-dude aggravated that she was clearly crying because she missed ANOTHER GUY. And Drew was all, I wonder if I can collect her tears and turn them into Des-lotion. Read more